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by David Pratt, LMT, BA

“...It is very important to understand there is no disease process which cannot be made more likely - or more serious ...


Author's Note: Most people seem to know that reducing stress results in feeling better. That's a bit of a "no-brainer," but did it ever occur to you that our reactions to stress can cause and perpetuate a whole slew of diseases and illnesses?


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by David Burrows, BA, CMP, CHTP, RMT

Reiki is a Japanese term which translates as “Universal Life Force Healing.” Reiki was developed by Dr. Mikao Usui. Many versions of the origins of Reiki have been told. Historians are not definitive on Usui’s life or the origins of Reiki. What follows here is the version of the story of Reiki as it was told to me by one of my Reiki teachers...




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Editor's Note: Sometimes I can relax my whole body simply be relaxing my hands!  Follow along with this well-made video showing you how to massage and relax your own hands.


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by Charlotte Phillips

Some treatments for breast cancer can be damaging to the lymph nodes under the armpit. Whether nodes are removed during surgery or receive radiation, lymph node reduction is a typical result of breast cancer treatment...


Editor's Note from David Burrows: Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) is a very light form of massage which gives deep assistance to those with lymphedema related to breast cancer.  This article helps those unfamiliar with massage in general as well as with MLD know what to expect when receiving this therapy.


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by Nancy Sheehan, LMT

Three years ago I was sitting in a hostel in Singapore reading a fabulous article in Yoga Journal about the healing art of Thai Massage. I had just gotten my land legs back after eight months of cruising the South Pacific and Eastern Asia as an on-board Massage Therapist and Yoga Teacher...


Editor’s Note: Thai Massage has been steadily gaining popularity in the West in recent years as a practice that lies somewhere between the worlds of massage and yoga. It seemingly combines the best of these two worlds...

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by Mary Ellen Derwis-Balaz

Chi Nei Tsang is based in the teachings of Mantak Chia as originally taught to him by Taoist monks. It is a practical useable system that combines massage, breath and Chi Kung in such a way that a practitioner can teach their client basic practice that can be incorporated into their everyday lives...




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by James Schreiber

Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a luxury splurge that has no real health benefits. To the contrary, hands-on healing helps you unwind, lowers blood pressure, promotes muscle relaxation and boosts your immune system...


Editor's Note: Author, James Schreiber, who suffered from Candida albicans, writes of the hidden benefits of human touch.


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Editor's Note from Suzanne Getz: Office Chair Massage. This video has lots of good info. in a short period of time and the speaker is great with a clear and articulate voice and even quotes research. A must see.



by Brian Critchley
There are few things in the world that seem easier than receiving a massage. As massage clients, the job seems simple: lay down and relax! However, there are many things that you can do as a massage client that can turn a good massage into an amazing one. Here are five things that you can do before, during, or after your next session to get the most out of your massage investment...





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by David Lauterstein

For lower back pain, some of the most important structures we need to address are the ligaments. Of particular interest are those running “horizontally” – from the levels of S5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and L5 to the ilium at each vertebral level. The sacroiliac and iliolumbar ligaments are, in other words, running at 90° to the “vertically” organized fascia associated with the erector spinae...


Editor's Note: One of the best massage educators around shares one of the less known causes of back pain and how to treat it with massage.


Massage & Bodywork

by David Pratt, LMT, BA

This is the fourth part of a series of columns about the muscles of the rotator cuff

Well, it’s been a while since I last wrote here about the old rotator cuff, and I’ve had a few requests for another installment...


Author's Note: "Unfreezing" a restricted shoulder can often be accomplished with the careful help of a skilled massage therapist. Do you know which of the four rotator cuff muscles is most often involved in this condition? Find out now...


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Why CEOs Need Expanded Awareness

by JD Messinger

The greatest advantage that a chief executive can attain is a condition of Expanded Awareness (EA). A recent Fortune magazine cover bears the image of legacy leaders whose unique vantage point and prescient insights were not only demonstrated in stellar shareholder returns, but in altering human behavior as well. These great EA visionaries created a linear innovation—a combination of things that already existed but bundled in a manner that added new value in a new way—and in the process shifted industrial patterns and consumer behavior...


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