The Breath Within the Stone – Understanding the Healing Power of Rock, Part 1

Some of the most progressive healers in the world have begun using stones in their massage work — not to replace healing hands, but as an adjunct to traditional massage, facials and healing treatments of all kinds. Stone massage is an ancient, enduring form of therapeutic bodywork using heated and cooled stones as extensions ofContinue reading “The Breath Within the Stone – Understanding the Healing Power of Rock, Part 1”

Relieving Postoperative Pain – Massage in Palliative Care

Pain is an individual experience and, as pain expert Margo McCafferey notes, exists whenever the individual says it does.1 The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the governing body of safety and quality in medical care, agrees and has now designated pain as a fifth vital sign, along with heart rate, respiration, bloodContinue reading “Relieving Postoperative Pain – Massage in Palliative Care”

Snuffing the Desire – Natural Ways to Curb Smoking

Addiction experts say smoking is a habit more formidable than cocaine or heroin. Of the 46 million American adults who indulge, close to three-quarters of them say they want to quit, and nearly half of those hooked make at least one annual attempt to curb the habit. Yet even when their addiction confines them toContinue reading “Snuffing the Desire – Natural Ways to Curb Smoking”

Hypnosis Helps IBS Sufferers – News Note

Hypnosis can relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for at least five years, according to findings published in the November issue of Gut. While several studies in recent years have proven hypnotherapy provides short-term relief from IBS, which affects nearly 12 percent of the U.S. population, the new study proves long-term benefits — greatContinue reading “Hypnosis Helps IBS Sufferers – News Note”

Hypnosis Ices Pain – News Note

Hypnosis has long been used for pain relief and pain management, and now researchers have gathered some insight into how it may actually work. German researchers teamed up with scientists at the University of Iowa and used a heating device on the skin of 12 healthy subjects, determining a pain threshold for each person. AfterwardContinue reading “Hypnosis Ices Pain – News Note”

HOF’s BLOG . . . Massage Medicine: Healing Mind, Body & Spirit

Welcome to the Hands-of-Faith Blog entitled, MASSAGE MEDICINE: Healing, Mind, Body & Spirit where you will find articles that may challenge your current ideas about healthy thinking, living and being; where you will be the first to learn about upcoming specials and/or training programs; where you can read reviews about us or leave your own.Continue reading “HOF’s BLOG . . . Massage Medicine: Healing Mind, Body & Spirit”

Guided Imagery and Massage – Guided Imagery Finds Its Way Into the Spa

For massage therapists, there is no mistaking the connection between body and mind. It’s evident in each day’s work–from the client who has an emotional release in the middle of a session, to the client who recalls vivid memories as you work his scar tissue from an old injury. Massage therapists know well that theContinue reading “Guided Imagery and Massage – Guided Imagery Finds Its Way Into the Spa”

Centered in Chaos – The Lessons of T’ai Chi and Qigong

T’ai chi and qigong remind us that we are energy by immersing our mind and body in the experience of it each day. This constant immersion reminds us how closely we are linked to all things. This isn’t an illusion. The illusion is that we think we are separate from the world. The rainforest andContinue reading “Centered in Chaos – The Lessons of T’ai Chi and Qigong”


As the holiday season approaches, your task list may begin to overwhelm you. There are office parties, social engagements, gift buying, children’s recitals, holiday meals, travel, and financial decisions — all tapping on your shoulder and demanding attention. Where do you begin? “We have to resist the speediness around us,” says Hyla Cass, M.D., coauthorContinue reading “SOOTHING THE SEASON – NATURAL REMEDIES TO EASE HOLIDAY STRESS”

Stress and Pain Age the Body and Brain – News Note

Chronic stress ages the body and can make cells appear up to 17 years older than they really are, according to a recent study reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While researchers and healthcare practitioners have long thought as much, this study reveals exactly how stress takes its biological toll onContinue reading “Stress and Pain Age the Body and Brain – News Note”