Body-Mind, in Sports & Healing

Do you want to take charge of your health?

body-mind training improves athletic, sports performance

Have you been feeling lousy, stressed, achy? On a body-mind roller coaster? The good news is that you can do a lot for yourself, and it doesn’t hurt.

To start, exercise and movement improve health and mood. For example, movement even beats ice for injuries. Secondly, mental rehearsal and mindfulness are the new wave in elite sports training as well as healing.… Read the rest

Anger to Forgiveness: Emotions in the Body

Why am I stuck in anger?

Anger is not listening, attempt to prove I'm right. yay-9244844Anger is the most difficult emotion to master, for many people. Where does it come from? And why is it so hard?

  • Did you expect something to work out and it didnt?
  • Or, did you think you deserved something you didn’t get?
  • And perhaps you think someone is treating you unfairly.
  • Or, you may suspect someone misunderstands your motives?
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Assisted Living, Other Facilities–When Parents Need to Move

Assisted Living and Self-Care for Healthy LivingWhen your parents are considering moving for additional care needs, you have many choices of licensed facilities1: Assisted Living, Residential Care, Adult Care Homes, and Continuing Care Retirement Communities. (This post is a continuation of Caring for Aging Parents-Oregon Options) The information below is for the Portland, Oregon area. Licensing may be similar in Vancouver and SW Washington, through other agencies.… Read the rest

Principles of Ortho-Bionomy® in My Practice

Ortho-Bionomy®: a way to follow your body’s intelligence

  1. Create comfort, don’t inflict pain.
    I may palpate for a tender spot, and then position the body, limb, neck or ribs around that tender spot, until we achieve a position of comfort for you. I can often feel the relaxation of tissue under my finger when the position is right. Or, I may ask you which position feels more comfortable.
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Fibromyalgia Diagnosis: Disbelief to Documented

The struggle to define a fibromyalgia diagnosis has been a long one. It is an example of a reversal of scientific disbelief in the face of consistent reports of unexplained symptoms. Fibromyalgia doesn’t show up on tests. For many years, the mostly women were dismissed as hypochondriacs, or hysterical. Although it was called “muscular rheumatism” in the mid-1800’s to distinguish it from “joint rheumatism,” or arthritis, it wasn’t identified as a distinct syndrome until the last 30 years.… Read the rest

Brain Injury Recovery, Pt.1

11477707_sI am mostly an authority on my own brain injury and recovery, although I have been in many brain injury support groups, and have treated people with TBI and PTSD as part of my massage therapy practice. I have been discovering how to recover for 43 years, on my own, because there were no brain injury rehab units in 1970. And doctors did not believe the adult brain could heal from the massive damage I sustained.

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Body Awareness: Mindfulness to Empowerment

Mindfulness As Bodyyay-5931754 Awareness

What does your body awareness tell you? Despite various aches and pains, mindful body awareness can help you know your wholeness. Your beliefs and habits, and whether you feel power over them, either feed and replenish you, or eat away at you. You may think, how do I change that when I can only focus on pain from my back or shoulder or hip?… 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

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

Improve Posture: Neck Back & Shoulder Relief

10930103_sMindful Awareness to Improve Posture, Relieve Pain

Posture Power is a class in mindful awareness with movement and awakening to the effects of our self-talk to improve posture. It developed from the works of Barbara 10929991_sConable, Marion Rosen, Stanley Keleman, and Thomas Hanna.

Posture Power teaches awareness of your body’s unique structure and function. When your body is stuck in an old pattern, your shape may reflect your beliefs as a child.… Read the rest