Pleurisy

Greetings All and Happy Holidays One of you asked in an email: “Any chance you can address your take on Pleurisy? (especially not virally caused) And, what a treatment may look like….It’s really frustrating doing research when there’s all this Western medicine point of view – I was trying to look at pleurisy as not […]

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Inflammation: Cause or Symptom?

Inflammation is for the most part looked upon by the health care community as an entity more or less unto itself. Inflammation may be accompanied by other conditions, but it is usually seen as its own aspect and exists coincidentally with the other conditions. I see inflammation as both a result of certain situations and, […]

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Using ‘Energy’ in Massage Therapy – Part 2

As the last blog suggested, there is a singularity of thought and purpose that is characteristic of creating effective energy, and it begins as an internal process/phenomenon on the part of the bodyworker. Here we will look at the energetic interaction between the therapist and client, and how to use that for therapeutic effect. There […]

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Using ‘Energy’ in Massage Therapy

“Energy Work” in massage therapy usually refers to therapeutic massage in which the technique is physically minimal on the practitioner’s part, often not even touching the client’s body. This can be misleading because all bodywork of any type is energy work, since everything is energy. Things without energy don’t exist in the physical, relative universe. […]

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Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction

Temporal mandibular joint dysfunction is one of those issues similar rotator cuff problems in that we all have it, it’s a question of how bad is it. At some point Western medicine will consider patient’s complaint classifiable as TMJ: basically when you go to a doctor and complain. Like any chronic pain, there is a […]

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Psoas – With A Piriformis Cameo

Back by popular demand, I’m revisiting psoas, that muscle all WMTI folk came to know and love. Ah yes, psoas, a five-letter word some bodyworkers feel is a four-letter word in drag. Let’s start with a little history. Many therapists dislike working psoas because they were taught the stupid dive-bomb technique. Forget it. It doesn’t […]

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Trigger Finger

‘Trigger Finger’ refers to a condition where flexing and extending one or more fingers has a ‘step’ in the action, sometimes a ‘lock’, rather than a continuous smooth movement. Pain is often but not always present through the ‘step’. Interestingly, passive movement through range of motion most often produces no ‘step’ or ‘lock’; the movement […]

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Frozen Shoulder

“Frozen shoulder” (F/S) describes a situation where so much pain is felt in the shoulder joint that the sufferer finds virtually any movement extremely painful and holds the arm as still as possible in the least painful position, which is often still quite painful. The first thing to be aware of as a bodyworker is […]

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The Three Main Properties of Connective Tissue

Connective tissue is that fabulous tissue type that holds all of our cells, and all of ourselves, together. It surrounds every neuron, myofibril, and fibroblast to the extent that one could say all those cells are inserted into the extracellular matrix of connective tissue, which holds us all together. This extracellular matrix is the combination […]

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The Core Problem with Circulation

Most people, when they think of circulation, consider the heart, arteries, veins, and possibly the lymphatic vessels. These are all key components of the circulatory system and can have a variety of problems associated with them. However, there is another aspect to the circulatory system that is more central to long-term health. All of our […]

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