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

Parkinson’s, Mindfulness & Massage

yay-9860340Parkinson’s Symptoms–Not Only A Movement Disorder

Parkinson’s is known for the shuffling gait, the masked face, the stooped posture, the soft, almost inaudible voice, the slowness of movement, the trembling and rigidity. These motor or movement symptoms are what most people seek treatment for, and they form the basis of the diagnosis.

Non-motor symptoms such as loss of the sense of smell, constipation, depression, anxiety, fatigue, restlessness, irritability, and sleep difficulties may appear 20 years or more ahead of the motor symptoms.… Read the rest

Anger to Forgiveness: Emotions in the Body

Body-centered awareness

Have you ever found yourself stuck in emotions like anger, fear grief or shame? You don’t need to stay stuck. You can learn to change emotions by body-centered awareness.

Some people choose greater detachment, when they want to get free of emotional chaos. They find a meditation practice to be a wise choice. And equanimity can certainly be a relief.… Read the rest

Aging Parents? Self-Care Time

with State of Oregon links in blue, and private organization links in green

Assisted Living and Self-Care for Healthy LivingWhen you are managing the care for your aging parents, in the Portland, Oregon area, you have choices of licensed facilities: Assisted Living, Residential and Adult Care Homes. Getting your parents settled, downsizing, organizing what they need in their new home, and frequent visits follow. Next: a gentle reminder that you also need to take care of yourself.… 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

Fibromyalgia Treatment: Exercise, Massage, O-B

Continued from previous post, Fibromyalgia Cause is Still a Mystery.

People usually undertake integrative approaches to fibromyalgia treatment with the support of their physician. Lifestyle changes with massage and exercises are often recommended to reduce stress and benefit immune and nervous system response. Doctors may recommend medications for pain relief and improved sleep. Some improve from psychological counseling and many benefit from fibromyalgia support groups.… Read the rest

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

You Can Heal Your Life & Your Body

You Can Heal Your Life book cvrLouise Hay is a popular metaphysical teacher and author. I bought her first book, Heal Your Body in the late 1970’s. That little blue booklet had a chart of the beliefs people use to create bodily and mental distress or dis-ease, along with affirmations of new beliefs to create health. In You Can Heal Your Life, the chart was expanded and some items amended.Read the rest

Advocate, Caregiver, Friend, Daughter to Aging Parent

Oregon leads the nation in alternatives to nursing homes for an aging parent. If you live in the Portland area, you have a lot of choices. Four options are listed below, and additional blog posts 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