Age is a State of Mind – Baby Boomers Combat Aging with Bodywork

Massage therapy can play an important role in aging well and remaining youthful and healthy. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, preventing disease and injury is critical to reducing the expected growth of health-care costs headed our way, as more than 70 million U.S. baby boomers cross the 60-year-old threshold. Moreover,Continue reading “Age is a State of Mind – Baby Boomers Combat Aging with Bodywork”

Stop Judging Your Beautiful Self – Massage Fits You (yes, YOU!)

Sol Benson loathed her body. It went beyond mere embarrassment at how “fat” she was. Deeper still was the conviction that her body was unworthy of love, undeserving of nurturing. And it was that alienation from her own body that for years kept Benson, a professional dancer who has waged a lifelong battle with anorexia,Continue reading “Stop Judging Your Beautiful Self – Massage Fits You (yes, YOU!)”

Energy Medicine – The Importance of Everything

The great Yellow Emperor of China, Huang Di, who ruled in 3000 BC, inquired of his ministers why people’s longevity was half that of those in ancient times. People once lived to be more than 100 years old, remained active and vital and did not show signs of decline now apparent at age 50. IsContinue reading “Energy Medicine – The Importance of Everything”

The Healing Effects of “Massage Mind”

I used to sit at the edge of the ocean to find my rhythm. When planning my annual vacations, it was the water that called me–not so much to be in it, but to be by it. Maternal and soothing, the comings and goings of the tide was my “reset” button–you know, the one thatContinue reading “The Healing Effects of “Massage Mind””

A Body Map of the Chakras

I always preface any discussion of body maps with this dictum above by linguistic philosopher Alfred Korzybski. We rely on maps to find things and to get us where we’re going, and we have the expectation that what a map tells us is “true.” Maps are only partial truths, but they are useful tools nonetheless.Continue reading “A Body Map of the Chakras”

Energy Medicine: A Field of Potential – Part II

Where Do We Go Next? If I were to measure future acceptance (of energy medicine) based on the feedback I receive from my colleagues in Georgia, I would be tempted to call the future bleak,” says Gustafson, from her Georgia clinic. “Were I to measure it from the requests, reactions, and healing of my patients,Continue reading “Energy Medicine: A Field of Potential – Part II”

Energy Medicine: A Field of Potential – Part I

The “unknowns” of energy medicine are the aspects that make it seem unusual, unique, and — unquantifiable. The very things that make the work profound are also the things that have kept much of the medical establishment at arm’s length on this side of the world. Now, as science is slowly proving out what energyContinue reading “Energy Medicine: A Field of Potential – Part I”

Energy Work – Energy Healing

Energy healing is often discussed as a new, somewhat unexplainable therapy. Truth is, energy work is an effective bodywork that is as ancient as healing itself. The body is, after all, bioenergetic and seeks to maintain balance. Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, called the body’s natural capacity to heal itself vis medicatrix naturae —Continue reading “Energy Work – Energy Healing”

Living in Difficult Times – Sanctuary in Bodywork

These are uncertain and unsettling times. It’s not just what is played out in the theater of world politics but the very nature of modern life with its ever-present shadow of uncertainty and threat that has produced a continuous low-grade “fight-or-flight” anxiety as the basal pulse of our normal human condition. Psychologist Miriam Greenspan describesContinue reading “Living in Difficult Times – Sanctuary in Bodywork”

Knee Deep in Pain – Promising Results for Treating Osteoarthritis

One of the most disabling chronic conditions for Americans is osteoarthritis. This slowly progressive degenerative disease is said to cause more physical limitation in adults than the diabetes and heart and lung diseases we see topping the health news these days (from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Knee and hip joint replacements are nowContinue reading “Knee Deep in Pain – Promising Results for Treating Osteoarthritis”