Archives for 2011

Sit before you Veg

I saw this article in Massage Magazine and think it’s worth passing on.  Basically, it recommends that when you get home and you’re tired, try something different in order to feel different.  I recall hearing a definition for “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”.  So this article is saying, if you want to have a different result, try doing something different when you get home for the evening.  Great advice!

Sit before you Veg

Benefits of Massage for Mental Health

This is a great article on the benefits of massage for mental health.  I’m so happy that researchers are finally validating what my clients have known for years – Massage is good for you!

10 Ways to Improve Your Posture

Saw this article and thought it was pretty good.  Too bad they don’t mention massage or especially Structural Integration although they do mention yoga a couple of times.

10 Ways to Improve Your Posture

Pain is like thirst or hunger….

Got this from Facebook via Tom Myers:

“Patrick Wall suggested that pain may be likened to a “need” state, like thirst or hunger. Both of these are uncomfortable states that require action for their downregulation, i.e., a “consummatory act.”

If you are thirsty, to get a drink is the “consummatory act” that will satisfy that particular “need” state.

If you are hungry, to find and eat some food is the “consummatory act” that will satisfy that particular “need” state.

If you have pain, to find a way to move that will dispel the sense that you can’t, will be the “consummatory act” that will satisfy that particular need state.”

Got Low Back Pain? Massage Therapy May Rub It Out

Low back pain is second only to cold symptoms when it comes to complaints that send people to the doctor. Sooner or later, back pain seems to get most of us.

Peggy O’Brien-Murphy receives a massage from therapist Loretta Lanz. O’Brien-Murphy was among the participants in a study that found both relaxation and deep tissue massage are effective treatments for lower back pain.

Now, a study in the July 5 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that massage is an effective treatment for lower back pain. In some cases, researchers report, the benefits of massage lasted for six months or longer.

See the Full Story at NPR

Ancient Moves for Orthopedic Problems

Jason Lee

FASTER THAN AN OPERATION The triangular forearm support may relieve shoulder pain in those with injured rotator cuffs.

With the costs of medical care spiraling out of control and an ever-growing shortage of doctors to treat an aging population, it pays to know about methods of prevention and treatment for orthopedic problems that are low-cost and rely almost entirely on self-care. As certain methods of alternative medicine are shown to have real value, some mainstream doctors who “think outside the box” have begun to incorporate them into their practices.

One of them is Loren Fishman, a physiatrist — a specialist in physical and rehabilitative medicine affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital. Some in the medical profession would consider Dr. Fishman a renegade, but to many of his patients he’s a miracle worker who treats their various orthopedic disorders without the drugs, surgery or endless months of physical therapy most doctors recommend.

Read the rest of this article in the New York Times

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Love After Love

Love After Love
by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

The Real Fountain of Youth: Exercise

I saw this article in AARP. Yes, I’m old enough to be a member of that organization 😉

The Real Fountain of Youth: Exercise