What Happens When Your Massage Client Disappears?

I have received student sessions for years - it's a requirement at our school (I know - tough life for us teachers!) I commonly have the experience that, in the best sessions, one forgets the therapist is there.  The touch feels so trustworthy and clear that the focus is not on the therapist's touch, but rather on the experience in one's own body (or mind or heart). Years ago I mentioned thi...
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When First We Meet – Massage and the Nervous System, Part I

Meissner's corpuscles were discovered by the anatomist Georg Meissner in the 19th century.  They are located in the skin, just underneath the epidermis. These are the main receptors uniquely designed and located to detect specifically light touch*.  So these are what our clients first sense with when we lay our hands on a body.  When we are doing "conscious" bodywork, then, we pay attention...
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