Remote healing: 7 new benefits, office still closed.

COVID-19: 7 new ways to heal; 3 special offers

Life turned upside down, didn’t it? I considered the advice of health professionals. I chose to limit face-to-face exposure, for my own health and yours. Then, I closed my office for in-person sessions during the coronavirus pandemic.

It has been hard on all of us. The first four months, I didn’t realize I was already infected–an early, unrecognized virus variant.
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Body-Mind Training: Winning Ticket in Sports & Healing

Body-Mind Training, Sports Advantage

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Body-mind training, mental rehearsal and mindfulness have been the rage in elite sports for many years. From Olympic gymnasts, to college football, imagery has helped athletes perfect their performance for decades. But that winning attitude has grown to broader applications. Athletes and non-athletes now use mental imagery to heal from injuries as well.

The body and mind are not separate.… 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

Parkinson’s, Mindfulness & Massage

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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

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

Neuroscience of Touch via Aline Newton

Aline Newton, a Rolfer with many publications to her credit, has written the best post I’ve seen on the neuroscience of touch. Her main points, with my interpretation:

  1. Massage therapists and bodyworkers have long been aware of the power of touch to benefit our clients.
  2. Functional MRI’s show that touch influences mood, sensations, movements, thinking and learning capacities.
  3. The brain may have different responses to different kinds of touch, duration and depth, and more research is needed here.
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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

Mind-Body Research and Massage

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, pioneer in mind-body researchMind-body healing has become widely accepted in public awareness! (Even if it hasn’t made it to your doctor’s office yet.) That is largely due to Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s research. Early in his career, he studied Zen Buddhist meditation and Hatha Yoga. He then adapted them to a scientific context for research. He has been publishing books since 1991.1 He is a Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS).… Read the rest

Neuroplasticity for Parkinson’s Research, Why Not?

Could neuroplasticity for Parkinson’s (PD) be developed by following the same principles that have been effective for recovery from stroke, spinal cord injury, memory decline, loss of use of a limb, hearing impairments, blindness, severe vertigo, and obsessive-compulsive disorder?1

Complete neuron cell diagram, components of a myelinated vertebrate motorneuronRelated Research Has Focused on Neuroprotection, not Neuroplasticity for Parkinson’s

Much of Parkinson’s research has mostly been on drug or surgical options to slow the rate of decline, or to protect the remaining brain cells and their connections.… 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