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

Body Awareness: Mindfulness to Empowerment

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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

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

Awaken the Body Sense, Overcome Myths of Aging

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Myths of aging such as belief in inevitable stiffness, inevitable loss of bodily functions, or inevitable cognitive decline activate a feed forward system. Our bodies manifest what we fear the most. We can instead recognize how aging brings wisdom and grace, and awaken postural ease. We can become more resilient.

When we live in a state of chronic stress, we hold chronic contractions.… Read the rest

Posture and Body Map

canstockphoto6590492When we have an incorrect map of where our body parts fit together, and where they live in space, we move according to the body map, not according to our true size, structure and function. We are the only animals that can distort our bodies based on what we believe. Just as imagining a perfect gymnastic routine is a rehearsal that helps Olympic gymnasts win, incorrect beliefs about our body can rehearse our posture into painful distortions.… 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

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

Show up as your true self: power in your body

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When we live with integrity and authenticity, it is obvious from our posture and attitude: how we show up to family, friends, and colleagues, and our resiliency to stresses. We can change our bodies, heal from within. As another Ortho-Bionomy blogger says, “If you observe how your body functions when you are feeling happy, in control and safe, then you have the basis for changing when you are feeling sad and insecure.” (Ortho-Bionomy with Tracy, Posture and Emotions).… 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