Knee Pain Relief at Integration Massage

yay-7045438 knee pain treatmentKnee pain happens for a variety of reasons. Integration Massage provides relief for many of these.

For example, knee pain can be from recent or old injuries, sports, arthritis or even surgery. Integration Massage uses techniques that are effective for most of these. In particular, Ortho-Bionomy®, neuromuscular and myofascial therapy and exercises work quite well for musculo-skeletal issues. However, some conditions require doctors or physical therapists.… Read the rest

Sprained Ankle Still Bothering You?

If you ignore a sprained ankle, it doesn’t just go away

A sprained ankle from childhood, or later, from sports or athletic injuries, can become a problem if it is ignored.

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It is easy to say, “it’s just a sprained ankle,” and continue to walk on it. Walking is a priority in our busy lives. It’s so important that you may override pain signals.… Read the rest

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

Ortho-Bionomy® as a Healing Art

2015-04-26 16.19.37Ortho-Bionomy®–healing art or science?

Is Ortho-Bionomy® a healing art or science? Currently, science is mostly viewed from a medical perspective. Although great strides have been made in medical research in the last hundred years, most well-funded medical research is about treatments that can be done to a person, rather than what we can do to heal ourselves. That doesn’t mean that our self-healing capacity is not science-based or evidence-based.… Read the rest

Neuroscience of Empathy, Emotions, Touch

yay-9914062How does neuroscience relate to what makes a massage feel good? What actions by a friend, partner or counselor make you feel heard and acknowledged? What is happening inside a child as he bursts into delight as for “getting it right”, or when she snuggles in to be held? The neuroscience study of interpersonal “feeling better” whether by massage, validation, the touch of a friend, good parenting, the support of family or a therapy session is partly about empathy in human relationship.… Read the rest

Healing Moments: The Woo Is In You

Sometimes I work on people who have amazing experiences of healing. I don’t put myself out as a “healer” because I would rather empower you. Then, what is happening with the amazing experiences, the unexpected woo? It’s not in me. The healing is in you.

Ortho-Bionomy® and Self-Corrective Healing Reflexes: Not Woo

I usually explain Ortho-Bionomy® in terms of its origins in Osteopathic Positional Release and the principles of Judo.… Read the rest

Tiger, Tiger! Trust the Body, Heal from Trauma

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How the Body Releases Trauma

Last weekend, I had been reading Peter Levine’s In an Unspoken Voice1 about how the body releases trauma. I wasn’t planning an experiment to test it out. My plans changed.

I take my mother to a therapeutic swim midday Mondays, so I don’t visit her in the evening. Monday had become the late night at the office.… 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

Understanding Fibromyalgia Pain

Understanding Fibromyalgia

continued from previous post–Fibromyalgia: From Disbelief to Documented

fibromyalgia tender points

fibromyalgia tender points

Over the past 12 years, doctors have recognized fibromyalgia as a centrally sensitized pain condition. Central sensitization means the brain and nervous system are hypersensitive. How they interpret pain signals is not functioning properly. Also, a part of the brain that normally regulates pain perception doesn’t work well.… Read the rest

Chronic Low Back Pain and Research

yay-6933066neck painful manChronic Low Back Pain Relief

Chronic low back pain can find relief from massage. This has more and more support from research. But you probably knew the benefits of massage already, right? It is growing in popularity for treatment of a number of conditions, and research backs up what people are finding on their own. In a comparison with self-care education, acupuncture and massage, the massage group “used the least medications…and had the lowest costs of subsequent care.Read the rest