The Deep Massage Book – update!

About a year and half ago I wrote about the process of writing The Deep Massage Book, which I've been doing, off and on, for a number of years. So here's an update.  I'm done with the writing and the commissioned illustrations from a fantastic local medical artist, Christy Krames, MA. I've pasted the table of contents below.  I am honored that it will be published by Redwing Books, one of th...
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Don’t learn more about massage!

Don’t learn more about massage or bodywork! Can you imagine anyone believing that? What do we get from advanced learning? Better results with our clients. The skill level needed for self-employment More client retention More alleviation of pain More effective release of physical tension More healing from past psychological stress and trauma More deligh...
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What are Energy and Structure? Clarity will Help our Massages!

As you may notice, over the last few weeks in this blog I've been focusing mostly on structure/energy, art/science and their integration in bodywork.  Bit-by-bit I want to assemble a position paper that helps brings clarity to these things and helps our field take a closer look at integrative healthcare.  Thanks for listening and your feedback. Here's the next installment: What is Structure?  ...
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3-D Massage – Disease, Disposition & Destiny

In my last blog piece, I outlined three realms of massage/bodywork – wellness, orthopedic, and holistic.  We can also look at three purposes for massage and bodywork.  These relate to the “3 D’s” - Disease, Disposition and Destiny. DISEASE People come to us with dis-ease.  It may be a physical disease – an injury or physiological issue - which massage may help.  Certainly we have come a long...
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Medical Massage is Not the Best Kind of Massage

Over the last few years, some practitioners of so-called medical massage have implied it represents the highest level of our profession. First problem, most state laws say massage is NOT the practice of medicine.  Many therapists persist in blithely ignoring that. Second problem, assuming the superiority of a medical approach ignores the client.  The best massage is the one that meets the ne...
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Massage and Meditation: Touch Changes Everything

Next weekend I'll be teaching "Massage and Meditation" a CE workshop which has become a holiday and new year's tradition at our school. Whether we've been doing massage for just one year or twenty, we can always find ways to renew our appreciation for how profound, and sometimes how neglected, touches are in our lives. Have you ever had meal and afterwards realized you couldn’t really rememb...
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Massage Internship: Learning all the Roles of a Massage Therapist

Tim Sullivan is a yoga teacher and massage therapist in training. You can find him at www.timyasa.com and americainshort.com. I swore I wouldn’t bring Spiderman sheets to internship. This was our first time to really step into the role of massage therapist and I so wanted to be professional. I’m talking paying clients, full sessions, full strangers, no-holds-barred general public. Yes, everyone...
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