My Healing Experience with Holographic Bodywork

My Healing Experience with Holographic Bodywork

Have you been looking for a shift in your life, or a change in your health? Many of us recovering from chronic illness have these plateaus. Things get better, then they stagnate. We read a new book or hear an interesting TED talk and we try something new. While I can’t say this treatment really made any shift in the jaw symptoms I was hoping for,

instead it changed my life.

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Holographic Bodywork Session

Holographic Bodywork Session

I was wiped out. My last client had drained my reiki battery. In theory, I'm always the conduit during treatment and don't use any of my own energy; however, the process of meditating my way to being - and staying- a clear channel for energy transfer is sometimes an effort. 

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Can Washington make massage gender-neutral?

Can Washington make massage gender-neutral?

September Newsletter: This month we have updates on regulation, registration and ambulation! Our peerless reporter was on location in Spokane for the Board of Massage meeting on September 9th. What has proven to be an extraordinary challenge to the Board is creating gender neutral policies around draping and breast massage. Questions about gender identity issues? We might have an ethics class just for you!

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Lessons from the Dying: My First Memorable Lesson

Lessons from the Dying: My First Memorable Lesson

While End of Life Care may not always be physically demanding, the emotional and spiritual challenges can be overwhelming. My goal in offering these short segments is to engage your thinking about hospice massage and how it has influenced you.  This 4-week series, Lessons from the Dying, starts with My First Memorable Lesson. The next three weeks will include: Deep Listening, Keeping Relationships Current, and Honoring the Moment. 

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My first hospice massage: my father-in-law's feet

My first hospice massage: my father-in-law's feet

I was in massage school in 2001 when my father-in-law was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, with metastases to the spine. He was having chronic back pain and went to get an MRI. They found a tumor wrapped around his nerve root. Ouch. The whole experience was one big ouch after another. And there wasn't much I could do -- I hadn't even completed my massage training yet. But I discovered pretty quickly that there was something invaluable that I could offer: foot rubs and shoulder squeezes.

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Do you ever feel alone in your massage practice?

Do you ever feel alone in your massage practice?

When I finished massage school in Chicago in 2002, I had the opportunity to start working at an integrative medicine clinic. I loved it and everything was beautiful.  Then I had to move out of state. Now, I had to start all over again in a state with NO licensing for massage and I had NO colleagues to network with.  I found a chair massage job with very poor management and questionable business ethics.  After a few months, I had to take a desk job doing something I hated to pay the bills. Who was I supposed to talk to about all this craziness?

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Massage Your Practice Is Born

Massage Your Practice Is Born

Massage Your Practice Project is gathering this wisdom and spinning it into gold. Some of us are writers, or teachers, or artists, or networkers. Bringing everyone's skill sets together into one pantry feeds everyone. Bodyworkers Confidential a safe place to tell people -- people who know what it's like -- that I screwed up, or I did a great job, or I'm frustrated and scared. And I get to hear that others have the same issues I do. 

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PTSD from the War on Cancer?

PTSD from the War on Cancer?

I recently attended an amazing mentorship class with Char Sundust. During the class we watched a lecture by Edward Tick, PhD. His work focuses on healing veterans with PTSD. It suddenly and profoundly hit me that all the words that were being used in the lecture to discuss warfare were also used in cancer treatment.

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Transitions from Survivorship to Thrivership in Your Massage Practice

Transitions from Survivorship to Thrivership in Your Massage Practice

Our clients in their efforts to regain a sense of normalcy will forget or neglect to share with us that they have a history of cancer; or that they are receiving treatments. What are we to do when this information comes out while they are lying on our massage table? How do we respond?  Do we become overly concerned and begin to rethink our work, wondering if we may have harmed them in some way? Do we find ourselves overwhelmed with grief or pity for the person, which shifts the focus of the session away from our client and onto our self? Or, are we able to find a balance in being present with this new information and mindful of how we need to make accommodations to support their healing process? 

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