Beyond the Immune System: Making History with Massage Part 1

A Talk Presented by David Lauterstein at the first National Conference for Teachers of Massage and Bodywork,  July 1993 To articulate the past historically does not mean to recognize it "the way it really was".  It means to seize hold of a memory as it flashes up at a moment of danger.                                                 Walter Benjamin - Illuminations The above quotation may ...
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Anatomy Review: Hamstrings

by David Lauterstein, LMT Origin: Ischial tuberosity; medial 1/3 linea aspera (short head of biceps femoris) Insertion: Semimembranosus: medial condyle of tibia, Semitendonosus: proximal, antero-medial aspect of tibia, Biceps Femoris: head of fibula Action: Extention of hip, flexion of knee, medial or lateral rotation of lower leg, (Excessive: Hyperextended knee) Antagonist: Quadriceps These...
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Anatomy Review: Back of the Future, Future of the Back

By David Lauterstein, LMT, Cert. ZB Most people don’t know much about their bodies.  As a result, we live with suffering individually and as a society suffer from the symptoms of “psycho-physical illiteracy”. Most of the physical suffering happens in the back.  Lower, middle, and upper back problems account for most worker absentee-ism in the U.S. - as well as most client complaints when peo...
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Self Care for Massage Therapists

by Gretchen Cole, LMT, MTI and Massage Instructor The Spiritual Warrior Retreats. When thinking about self-care and the need for our own nurturing, a quote from Lao Tzu comes to mind, "Timely retreat is the mark of the spiritual warrior." I use it often to remind myself and my massage students of the need for "timely retreat" when life gets us running a bit ragged.  In assessing self-care need...
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