Announcements

Getting ready to travel for summer teaching!

Hi Folks, We’re getting ready to travel to Breitenbush Hotsprings for the Pacific Northwest Massage Practitioner’s Retreat on July 13-16, 2018 in Detroit, OR. We’ll be presenting gentle and effective ways to balance the “lozenge” in our torso (a.k.a. the ‘core’) using Myofascial Balancing assessment and manual techniques. The retreat is superbly organized and hosted…

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Craniosacral study

This spring, I decided to take a series of craniosacral classes taught by my favorite teacher, Lauren Christman. It’s her first time around running a program like this—but, of course, she’s highly experienced in this modality, in teaching, and in curriculum design. I’ve already learned a lot…

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Therapeutically speaking…

This year, the WA State Board of Massage enacted a change to our professional credential: from licensed massage “practitioner” to licensed massage “therapist.” Besides the linguistic hitch of remembering to say or type a different word, is there a difference? There’s Shakespeare’s “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other…

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New Number

Autumn is the time for making changes — releasing what’s no longer working and reorienting to the simpler versions of all our activities. This year, we’re making the change away from land line: secure email fax service (hooray!) and me shifting calls to my cell phone. I still prefer email for appointments and conversations about…

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Aston-Patterning Visceral Manipulation

I just attended my first Aston-Patterning CE class in about 14 years. Fortunately, I had all my roomies from that last course (Valerie Lyon, Beth Berkeley and Elaine Marquez) in the room with me again. It really was quite a lovely experience: Harvey Ruderian and Brian Linderoth brought their wisdom and experience, and I definitely…

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Integrative Pain Management

Two summers ago, we were asked to write a chapter about Myofascial Balancing for an anthology about complementary modalities in pain management. That book "Integrative Pain Management," has now been published by Handspring Publishing! (You can even buy it on Amazon.) The book includes theoretical overviews of pain mechanisms and management and discussions of many different…

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The Short Loop

One aspect of our mode of treatment is shortening the loop of assessment and treatment—making a session into many, many short loops. In our paradigm, we move from standing evaluation to the table with a clear sense of what we want to change and the ability to quickly change it. Once we can tell that…

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Motion Barriers

The concept of the motion barrier comes, as far as I know, from osteopathic principles, but it’s now widely distributed in the therapeutic world. Fundamentally, the idea is that tissue mobility is always limited, and that we can make clinical decisions based on our evaluation of these limitations. In our work, we use motion barriers to tell us about the shape, degree, and direction of restrictions. One…

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Aston-Patterning reunion

This weekend, I had a lovely opportunity to meet with 2 of the Aston-Patterning practitioners I like best. (The third invitee, Elaine Marquez, couldn't make it from the Methow because of the forest fires.) The two who came were Beth Berkeley, who just returned to Seattle after 15 years in the New York area, and…

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