The Power of the Breath

As this Covid pandemic continues, we are all growing weary of the uncertainty, stress, frustration and loss. The one reliable anchor we can turn to to help us cope is our breath. And there is a fascinating book that can help.  Breath, by James Nestor, is the most comprehensive book

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What is Cross Crawl?

Cross crawl refers to movements in which we use opposition such as crawling, walking, running, and swimming. Opposition means that opposite sides of the body work together to coordinate the right arm and left leg, then the left arm and right leg. Therapeutically, cross crawl refers to any intentional cross-lateral

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What is fascia?

There is a type of connective tissue in the body called fascia. Some people say it is sort of like saran wrap, holding everything together. It is the membrane that surrounds the muscles, organs, blood vessels, bone, and nerve fibers, holding them in place. There is still a lot about fascia

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How do I Decrease Anxiety?

“How to Decrease Anxiety and Increase Confidence in Only Two Minutes” Amy Cuddy, a social scientist, began with the premise that just as body language can be a powerful non-verbal communication between people and animals it can also be a powerful way to nonverbally communicate with ourselves. She found that

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What Exercises Help Back Pain?

Many people at some point in their lives will experience low back pain. Although this is sometimes caused by a serious condition that requires a medical consultation, it is often caused by lifestyle and chronic sitting, lack of mobility and strength.  If your doctor has ruled out serious issues, then

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How do we heal collectively?

Part of my training to become a massage therapist involved discovering my own biases and how to see more clearly the shared humanity of every person that walks through my door. I also continue to grow and evolve, to endeavor to empathize more deeply, and maintain a safe, comforting environment

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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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