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

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 Empower Yourself

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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

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

Emotional Tone Scale, to Your True Self

canstockphoto16549606Dr. John Whitman Ray, N.D., developed the Emotional Tone Scale as part of Body Electronics. Dr. Ray’s teachings encompassed the physical and electrical systems of the body, and their relationship to emotions, thoughts and word patterns, and our spiritual evolution. His teachings spread to Portland around 1982. This was largely due to Thomas Chavez, one of his earliest students, and later the author of Body Electronics.… Read the rest

Senior Sovereignty™, embodied wisdom

9318214_s“Senior Moments”, or a new lease on life?

Did you resign yourself to inevitable decline, “I’m having these senior moments?”

Do you find yourself saying, “it’s getting hard to pick up my grandchildren”, “I have this pain that won’t go away,” “I can’t reach up”, or “I feel stuck”?

Are you only in your 40’s or 50’s and already have mobility issues, digestive problems, or your spouse is complaining you aren’t remembering things the way you used to?… 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