Rosi! Not Another Brain Injury/ Auto Accident!

This rose reminds me of friends who helped after auto accidentRosi! Not another auto accident!?

I have had head injuries before. After I was rear-ended in an auto accident, May 2015, I wouldn’t let them cart me away in an ambulance because I didn’t want “to take care of a bunch of doctors!” (I agree, that was evidence of impaired judgment.)

Within 10 minutes of the auto accident, I was having continuous seizures and could not speak or walk normally.… Read the rest

Bodywork and Mild Frontal TBI

Public awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is growing. That’s a good thing.

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Unfortunately, disability and the need for care of people with TBI is also growing. Sports-related injuries, war trauma, whiplash or concussion in an auto accident, even toxic chemicals and stroke can result in TBI.

Mild to moderate frontal brain injury, or frontal TBI may give people trouble with memory, reasoning, emotions, and social relations.… Read the rest

Functional Neurology Massage & Head Injury

brain showing lobes, cerebellum, brain stemWhen you have had whiplash, concussion, trauma or head injury, the brain and nervous system may adapt in ways that make it hard to resume normal life. You may find problems with walking, thinking, speaking, memory and learning. You may have lost awareness of a part of your body. You may have exaggerated fear or anger reactions without the pre-injury emotional balance you and your family were accustomed to.… Read the rest

2006 Taxi Lesson, There Are No Accidents

Healthy Garden Aging Rosi pptTaxi Lesson: there are no accidents Nov. 16, 2006

Monday morning in San Francisco, I gave my first really professional presentation, to an audience of about 200-250 for a work-related conference. Riding to the afternoon session, belted into the back seat of a taxi driven by a man in the 11th hour of his first day on the job, with a taxi company trainer on the passenger side, I heard the trainer yell, “Stop!… Read the rest

Neuroplasticity, Brain Injury, Massage

yay-12759848Brain Injury and Neuroplasticity

The ability of the nervous system to adapt, change and repair itself is called neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity means you can change how your own brain functions. When you have had a brain injury, what you can do for yourself is key. But you don’t have to do it alone. Integration Massage has the knowledge and experience to help.… Read the rest

Functional Neurology Controversy: Research Needed

How could functional neurological massage become well-accepted when its parent field is controversial?

Our 2012 Functional Neurology for Bodyworkers class was taught by a Board-Certified Chiropractic Functional Neurologist, Dr. Paul Thomas, (American Functional Neurology Society, AFNS), graduate of the Carrick Institute. Dr. Thomas trained in a rigorous three year graduate program after completing his chiropractic studies and was practicing as a Chiropractic Physician.… Read the rest

Functional Neuro–A Different Bodywork Approach

Functional neuro tracks the brain-body connection. Brain_human_normal_inferior_view_with_labels_en.svgMy capacity to make a difference with massage and bodywork changed enormously in 2012, when I took a year-long advanced course called Functional Neurology for Bodyworkers.1 It increased my understanding of the relationship of brain, nervous system, body, and emotions, and how we create neuroplastic changes. I learned to perform a functional neuro assessment. It can be used to treat chronic pain, numbness, “brain fog”, head injury (see Head Injury), or other neurological conditions.… Read the rest

Post Traumatic Growth and Serving Vets

I first heard of Post Traumatic Growth through researching issues for people in the Returning Veterans Project, where I am a volunteer massage therapy provider for vets and their families. At first, I thought, “Is this just another excuse to deny the trauma of PTSD?” No it isn’t. It is more than surviving trauma and making the best of a bad situation.… Read the rest

Birth and Infancy of a Research Massage Therapist, Pt. 2

First, Detours:

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Chef and dishwasher. Alternative school. Printer, publisher. Operated large presses and guillotine paper cutter and didn’t lose any fingers. Film stripper: I loved my boss and looked forward to Mondays–a coworker used to tell her husband’s friends that our boss was a male stripper! Black belt in karate. Aikido and Ki training for mind-body coordination.

Rosi42 clear, sincere, listening, curious, pleasant, peaceful, calm, thoughtful Then back to college:

Speech Communications and Physics majors, to keep the left and right hemispheres of my brain balanced.… Read the rest

Thoughts, Beliefs, Emotions in the Body

Beliefs and emotions in the body

yay-12880312Your thoughts may become embedded physically or stuck as emotions in the body. Thoughts are powerful. And mindfulness is a vehicle to change them. As Louise Hay says, “Life is really very simple. What we give out, we get back. What we think about ourselves becomes the truth for us.”

Your body reflects your negative self-talk: sometimes by contraction, making yourself small; sometimes by inflation, puffing up.… Read the rest