Ortho-Bionomy® as a Healing Art

2015-04-26 16.19.37Ortho-Bionomy®–healing art or science?

Is Ortho-Bionomy® a healing art or science? Currently, science is mostly viewed from a medical perspective. Although great strides have been made in medical research in the last hundred years, most well-funded medical research is about treatments that can be done to a person, rather than what we can do to heal ourselves. That doesn’t mean that our self-healing capacity is not science-based or evidence-based.… 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

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

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 Treatment: Exercise, Massage, O-B

Fibromyalgia Treatment is continued from Fibromyalgia Cause is Still a Mystery.

yay-1064623People usually consult their physicians for fibromyalgia treatment. Although some have found medication to be effective for pain relief and improved sleep, others prefer to supplement with integrative approaches. Still others like to do everything they can do themselves. Lifestyle changes with massage and exercises often reduce stress and benefit immune and nervous system response.… Read the rest

Post Traumatic Growth and Serving Vets

I first heard of Post Traumatic Growth through researching issues for people in the Returning Veterans Project, where I am a volunteer massage therapy provider for vets and their families. At first, I thought, “Is this just another excuse to deny the trauma of PTSD?” No it isn’t. It is more than surviving trauma and making the best of a bad situation.… Read the rest

You Can Heal Your Life & Your Body

You Can Heal Your Life book cvrLouise Hay is a popular metaphysical teacher and author. I bought her first book, Heal Your Body in the late 1970’s. That little blue booklet had a chart of the beliefs people use to create bodily and mental distress or dis-ease, along with affirmations of new beliefs to create health. In You Can Heal Your Life, the chart was expanded and some items amended.Read the rest

Caring for Aging Parents–Oregon Options

Daughter, caregiver or advocate for aging parents?

I loved caring for my mom. I also support you as you care for aging parents.You are lucky to be in Oregon. Oregon leads the nation in alternatives to nursing homes. If you live in the Portland area, you have a lot of choices for aging parents. Five options are listed below. An additional blog post will discuss other facilities and Rosi’s experiences with her Mom. Links are provided to additional information from the State of Oregon (in blue), and private agencies (in green).… 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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