What is an Altered State of Consciousness?

If you know a little bit about physiology, you know that the sympathetic nervous system has become our norm in the modern world, which means we function most of the time in “fight or flight”. The parasympathetic nervous system is our calm, sleep and digest mode. For many years this was

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What is tensegrity?

One of the fundamental principles I use in my work is called “tensegrity”. It is a term coined by Buckminster Fuller, an architect, to explain the inherent tension and integrity of structures in the universe. One simple definition is:” a concept in architecture and biology where a balance of tension

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Why is Massage Effective?

In Deane Juhan’s book, Job’s Body, he talks about how the body adopts habitual patterns of holding and movement based on our jobs, social situations, general dispositions, injuries and repetitive motions. He says, on pages 220 and 221: Over the years, it is the habitual repetition of these preferred fixations

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Who is Deane Juhan?

Recently I was very lucky to have an opportunity to train with Deane Juhan. I attended a three-day workshop on Trager Fundamentals with Resistance and Release, focused on neck and shoulders. Deane is the author of Job’s Body, a book that is a “Bible” for massage therapists. It is possibly the most

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Human Anatomy Fascination – The Shoulder

Over my 15 years of practice, I have gone through phases of fascination with various aspects of the body. At one point it was the temporomandibular joint (the jaw), another time the ribs, another time the ankle and foot, etc. Most recently I am fascinated by the shoulder, particularly where

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Recommended Oil for Massage Therapy

Since 2006 the only oil I have used in my practice is Jojoba Oil. It technically is not an oil, but a wax derived from the jojoba seed. Its chemical composition is very similar to human sebum, so it leaves no oily residue, is hypoallergenic and never goes rancid. It

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