Body-Mind, in Sports & Healing

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Sports Training and Healing

Mental rehearsal and mindfulness are the rage in elite sports training. From Olympic gymnasts, to college football, imagery has helped athletes perfect their performance for decades. Athletes (and non-athletes) now also use mental imagery to heal from injuries.

The body and mind are not separate. The key is to harness the mind to benefit the body. That takes training.… Read the rest

How Does Functional Neurology Massage Work?

20948508_sFunctional neurology massage works to bring about better cooperation of the body, emotions and nervous system. It uses learning and feedback principles of neuroplasticity–how the brain can rewire itself–to improve functioning. The assessments (see Functional Neuro–A Different Approach to Massage) may give me information about how sensations are limited or distorted–numbness in one arm, or down one side of the face, or continued pain from an old injury.… Read the rest

Meditation: the Secret to Brain Power

Meditation is a hot topic. It cools the emotions, reduces stress and boosts health. It helps the brain release toxins. It can improve learning and athletic performance. (See more about Mind-Body Research and Massage here.)

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I first heard about meditation benefits in the early 1970’s. Since I had been meditating in some fashion since I was seven years old, it was not new to me.… Read the rest

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

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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