Body-Mind, in Sports & Healing

Do you want to take charge of your health?

woman celebrating in joyWould you like to get back into sports, but are worried about old injuries? Do you want to overcome your stresses, but feel stiff and achy? Or perhaps you have been on a body-mind roller coaster? Good news: to get moving again doesn’t have to hurt.

There’s a few strategies to follow.… Read the rest

Knee Pain Relief at Integration Massage

yay-7045438 knee pain treatmentKnee pain can happen for a variety of reasons. Integration Massage will do a thorough assessment, and careful treatment, with the goal to get you moving again. I only use techniques within my scope of practice, however. And some knee issues will need to be treated by other professionals.

For example, knee pain can be from recent or old injuries, sports, arthritis or even surgery.… 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.

sprained ankle on the beach

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

Neuroscience of Touch via Aline Newton

Aline Newton, a Rolfer with many publications to her credit, has written the best post I’ve seen on the neuroscience of touch. Her main points, with my interpretation:

  1. Massage therapists and bodyworkers have long been aware of the power of touch to benefit our clients.
  2. Functional MRI’s show that touch influences mood, sensations, movements, thinking and learning capacities.
  3. The brain may have different responses to different kinds of touch, duration and depth, and more research is needed here.
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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: Needs Research

How could functional neurology 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 (CFN), Dr. Paul Thomas, (American Functional Neurology Society), graduate of the Carrick Institute. Like other CFNs, Dr. Thomas trained in a rigorous three year graduate program after completing his chiropractic studies.

CFNs often have 3 to 6 month wait lists.… Read the rest

Fibromyalgia Treatment: Exercise, Massage, O-B

Fibromyalgia Treatment is continued from Fibromyalgia Cause is Still a Mystery.

yay-1064623People usually consult their physicians for fibromyalgia treatment. Although some have found medication to be effective for pain relief and improved sleep, others prefer to supplement with integrative approaches. Still others like to do everything they can do themselves. Lifestyle changes with massage and exercises often reduce stress and benefit immune and nervous system response.… Read the rest

Movement Education

Movement Education

Movement education allows you to experience how your body functions when it is free from restriction. It involves an assessment of the range of motion of your joints, noting where you experience limitation. You then map areas of your body where you may have less sensation and less capacity for movement, perhaps where you have shut out pain signals for some time.… 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

QiGong Breath to Release Pain

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I learned this from a book loaned to me by my qigong instructor (Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body by Qigong and Tao Tai Chi Master Bruce Frantzis). I teach an adapted version to my clients who have acute localized pain. You don’t need to be a Qigong Master to use this. But you do need to focus your attention on the area with intense pain, and it is helpful if you can reach the area comfortably, or have a friend touch it.… Read the rest