If you are retired, you don’t need to feel tired–you may just need some healing sessions, that I used to call elder massage! Perhaps you assumed that pain, loss of mobility or various chronic ailments are natural? They are not. They are often the result of putting everything and everyone else first, and not attending to your body’s needs.… Read the rest
Would you like to be part of research?
I submitted case reports to the Massage Therapy Foundation 2013 and 2014 Practitioner Case Report Contests. Both times, I won Honorable Mention: Mind-Body and Body-Based Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease, and Contralateral Treatment for Disabling Shoulder Pain.… Read the rest
Parkinson’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
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:
- Massage therapists and bodyworkers have long been aware of the power of touch to benefit our clients.
- Functional MRI’s show that touch influences mood, sensations, movements, thinking and learning capacities.
- The brain may have different responses to different kinds of touch, duration and depth, and more research is needed here.
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
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
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
continued from Birth and Infancy of a Research Massage Therapist, Pt.2
In 2011, at the Oct. AMTA conference,1 I learned about the importance of research to advance the field of massage therapy. In 2012 I enrolled in Functional Neurology for Bodyworkers taught by a chiropractic physician, Dr. Paul Thomas. It was a year-long, rigorous study of human neurology, brain and nervous system structure and functions, applications of neuroscience research, principles of neuroplasticity, and how massage, acupuncture, other bodywork, diet and specially designed movement exercises could impact a variety of health conditions.… Read the rest
Welcome to Integration Massage
with Rosi Goldsmith, BA, LMT, DAFNS
OR Lic. #16585
Currently seeing patients only by remote healing telehealth sessions
My office will be closed for face-to-face appointments until further notice. I offer secure video or phone telehealth sessions, payment optional, during this time of our community healing response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Pain and Stress Relief, Deep Healing
Are you looking for relief from stress, pain or trauma?… Read the rest