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

First, Detours:

Rosi13 sincere, listening, in agreement, curious, bemused, thoughtful, head up

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

Caring for Aging Parents–Oregon Options

Daughter, caregiver or advocate for aging parents?

I loved caring for my mom. I also support you as you care for aging parents.You are lucky to be in Oregon. Oregon leads the nation in alternatives to nursing homes. If you live in the Portland area, you have a lot of choices for aging parents. Five options are listed below. An additional blog post will discuss other facilities and Rosi’s experiences with her Mom. Links are provided to additional information from the State of Oregon (in blue), and private agencies (in green).… Read the rest

Preventing Falls in Aging

A fall is a risk factor for frail elderly, old-old, or people who do not combine exercise with joint mobility, balance training and proprioceptive stimulation. For frail elders, it is often the trigger for a steep decline, since pain impedes movement, decreases circulation and appetite. A fall that is accompanied by hip fracture or compression fractures of the spine can be the beginning of the end for the 75% of older adults who do not recover completely.… Read the rest

Referrals from a Massage Therapist

I have given referrals to a variety of other practitioners and serviceyay-7007664 providers: chiropractors, acupuncturists, other massage therapists, mental health practitioners, medical doctors, naturopathic physicians, osteopathic physicians, artists, writers, activities developer, elder care facilities, photographers, nutritional coach, business coach, caregivers, pet sitters, web designer and web developer. Often I hear where people have really benefited. Sometimes a client doesn’t follow through and I realize it might be partly from my role in their lives as a massage therapist.… Read the rest

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional

lightsThe Buddhist phrase, “Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional,” has set me to thinking. Events will just happen, they are part of “what is”. There will be pain, so long as we are in the body. Suffering comes from our reaction to our pain.

We can choose to be at peace, whatever comes. This takes training and discipline. We can react to untoward events with anger, frustration, sadness, discontent, disconnection, despair, apathy, resignation.… Read the rest

Benefits of Massage– can it help me?

It’s for anyone!

You don’t have to be special to reap the benefits of massage. You can be old, young, out of shape, in shape, in pain, working too hard, stressed about your job, or just needing to relax. It is becoming popular for sports, pre-natal, overall well-being, and as a great addition to self-care.

The health benefits of massage cannot be emphasized enough.… Read the rest

Pitting Edema: Please See a Physician

December of 2008, after six months of massage school, I flew out to the East Coast to help celebrate my brother’s 60th birthday. I was practicing my newly found skills with enthusiasm. My sister-in-law kindly agreed to let me practice on her. Her feet and ankles were pale, swollen and puffy, with a few areas swollen and hard. When I gingerly tested with my finger tips, the impressions stayed, as deep, round, threatening indentations.… Read the rest

Volunteer with Returning Veterans Project

I attended orientation to volunteer with the Returning Veterans Project, Nov. 16, 2011. I have been grateful for every client I have seen since. RVP is a non-profit that provides free counseling and other alternative and complementary health services for vets returning from the Iraq/Afghanistan wars and their families. They provide returning veterans with needed and much appreciated community-based services that allow vets to reintegrate into civilian life and heal.… Read the rest

Tight Muscles, Relaxation, and Ortho-Bionomy®

man bending garden gardener back postureA tight muscle is in a state of chronic contraction, and that makes it unavailable or less available for use. Muscles move joints. A fluidly moving joint allows for normal range of motion. Stiffness or pain from a tight muscle can limit the range of motion of the joint, and you may find yourself limited from achieving your optimum in sports or from doing ordinary daily activities.… Read the rest

Chronic Pain and Mindfulness

joints that may be affected by foot injuryWhat is going on when you experience chronic pain? You have pain nerve signals to various body systems, including the immune system and the brain. You may have muscle guarding, contracting nearby muscles or more distant ones, as you attempt to minimize the impact of pain and continue your life. Other times, you may stop moving to let an area heal, which may even decrease the ability of the body to eliminate toxins because of lack of exercise.… Read the rest