Bodywork and Mild Frontal TBI

Public awareness of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is growing. That’s a good thing.

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Unfortunately, disability and the need for care of people with TBI is also growing. Sports-related injuries, war trauma, whiplash or concussion in an auto accident, even toxic chemicals and stroke can result in TBI.

Mild to moderate frontal brain injury, or frontal TBI may give people trouble with memory, reasoning, emotions, and social relations.… Read the rest

Neuroscience of Empathy, Emotions, Touch

yay-9914062Does neuroscience have anything to do with what makes a massage feel good? When we look at touch, we are looking more than skin deep. We are looking at how humans as a species have survived and how we relate to each other. We are looking at our individual histories, our emotions, and how touch can make us feel held, loved, seen, alive.… Read the rest

Functional Neurology Massage & Head Injury

brain showing lobes, cerebellum, brain stemWhen you have had whiplash, concussion, trauma or head injury, the brain and nervous system may adapt in ways that make it hard to resume normal life. You may find problems with walking, thinking, speaking, memory and learning. Or you may have lost awareness of a part of your body. You may be hypersensitive to noise or sounds, have sleep disturbances, or pain.… 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

Why am I stuck in anger?

Anger is not listening, attempt to prove I'm right. yay-9244844Anger can be the most difficult emotion to master. Partly because it can feel so intense. It has a lot of energy. And partly because it has been used as an excuse to hurt other people, to act outwardly. With that as a model, all feelings of anger are then judged as “wrong” or “bad”.… Read the rest

Ortho-Bionomy: To Find Balance

Ortho-Bionomy®

Reminding the body of its natural ability to find balance by Alison Zuber, © 19911

canstockphoto3013013Ortho-Bionomy is a gentle approach to bodywork, a system of somatic education and a natural avenue for whole health.

Founded in the early 1970’s by British osteopath Dr. Arthur Lincoln Pauls, Ortho-Bionomy® blends cornerstones from ancient as well as modern health care systems.

From Eastern thought, Dr.

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Healing Moments: The Woo Is In You

Sometimes I work on people who have amazing experiences of healing. I don’t put myself out as a “healer” because I would rather empower you. Then, what is happening with the amazing experiences, the unexpected woo? It’s not in me. The healing is in you.

Ortho-Bionomy® and Self-Corrective Healing Reflexes: Not Woo

I usually explain Ortho-Bionomy® in terms of its origins in Osteopathic Positional Release and the principles of Judo.… Read the rest

Trauma: Tiger, Tiger! Trust the Body

The weekend before last, 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 that’s the one evening I don’t visit her. Instead, Monday had become the late night at the office.… Read the rest

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

Understanding Fibromyalgia Pain

Understanding Fibromyalgia

continued from previous post–Fibromyalgia: From Disbelief to Documented

Over the past 18 years, doctors have recognized fibromyalgia as a centrally sensitized pain condition. (This was written in 2013, updated 2015. Research has improved since then in terms of understanding fibromyalgia.) Central sensitization means there may be changes in your brain that affects your experience of pain. Or, a part of your brain that normally regulates pain perception doesn’t work well.… Read the rest