Breath Therapy: A Mind–Body Awareness Approach for Chronic Low-Back Pain Somatic Research

Contemporary treatment for low-back pain runs the gamut, from the conventional to the alternative, with sufferers seeking relief any way they can. What if it were simply a matter of mindfulness and attention to the breath? In a small pilot study from the Osher Center of Integrative Medicine in San Francisco, California, a research teamContinue reading “Breath Therapy: A Mind–Body Awareness Approach for Chronic Low-Back Pain Somatic Research”

Touching Heaven – Bodywork and the Realm of the Incredible: A Therapist’s Viewpoint

“There is but one temple in the Universe and that is the human body. Nothing is holier than that high form. We touch heaven, when we lay our hand upon the human body.” — Thomas Carlyle, Scottish philosopher Heaven, according to science, is not demonstrable. But we know, both as givers and receivers of bodywork,Continue reading “Touching Heaven – Bodywork and the Realm of the Incredible: A Therapist’s Viewpoint”

Moving Through Life Toward Health

We’re busier than ever with longer workdays, less leisure time, shorter lunch hours, longer commutes, and more demands than ever before. We may even be in a job that doesn’t fulfill us, yet we spend most of our time there. When the day ends, we have almost no energy left to do what we enjoy.Continue reading “Moving Through Life Toward Health”

Bioenergy Research: The Capacity to Heal – Somatic Research

Bioenergy, the assumed basis of what is now commonly called “healing,” is a complicated subject for many of us — and an even more complicated subject for research. In this evolving field of science, experts offer a variety of definitions, explanations and mechanisms for the process. Of course, the village shaman and his patient needContinue reading “Bioenergy Research: The Capacity to Heal – Somatic Research”

Breathing for Life – Are We Suffocating Ourselves?

Massage restores proper breathing, a key element to physical and emotional vitality. I didn’t breathe during most of my 20s — or at least I didn’t breathe fully. I had no idea my chronically tight shoulders, constricted intestines, insomnia and unyielding jaw tension were so closely related to my limited breath. To regain my health,Continue reading “Breathing for Life – Are We Suffocating Ourselves?”

Your Body Remembers – Childhood Issues Affect Adult Bodies

When your massage therapist sees you for the first time, it is likely that he or she may take a medical history. Over time, as you become more familiar with your massage therapist, there may be issues affecting your body that are not covered by the medical history or cannot be identified until your therapistContinue reading “Your Body Remembers – Childhood Issues Affect Adult Bodies”

Massage. What’s in it for You? Everything!

It could be that ache in your back, or that pain in your hip. It could be what the doctor prescribes for your postsurgical recovery. It could be because your 10 work deadlines, five appointments, and three kids’ soccer games have just about put you over the edge this week. There are many reasons youContinue reading “Massage. What’s in it for You? Everything!”

Moving With T’ai Chi – Regaining Strength and Self-Esteem Despite MS

In August 1977, Angelina Hekking was living on a kibbutz in Israel, exploring new horizons and possibilities for her life. She had been experiencing problems with headaches and strange sensations in her body before leaving her native Holland. During her 2 1/2 years in the kibbutz, the symptoms gradually worsened. Journal notes from her book,Continue reading “Moving With T’ai Chi – Regaining Strength and Self-Esteem Despite MS”

Creating a Home Gym

Three factors keep many Americans from joining a gym: they’re crunched for time, cash strapped, or self-conscious about working out in front of others. One solution is setting up a home gym. But where do you start? And does that old, rusty dumbbell tucked away in your closet constitute a home gym? Because one person’sContinue reading “Creating a Home Gym”

Seeking Alternatives for Arthritis Sufferers – Life Span–Chasing the Pain Away

Arthritis is an insidious disease, eating its way into the joints of nearly 70 million Americans, or nearly one out of every three U.S. adults. It is considered one of our most prevalent chronic health problems, costing the economy more than $124 billion in healthcare and lost wages each year.1 One of the more unnervingContinue reading “Seeking Alternatives for Arthritis Sufferers – Life Span–Chasing the Pain Away”