Gray’s River- How Allopathic and ‘Alternative’ Medicines Work Together Part 3

Although the river we’ve been discussing flows only one direction in time in the physical dimension it may also be traversed in the spiritual or energetic dimension back to it’s source instantaneously. Many of my massage and deep tissue massage clients have reported calming and spiritual healing journeys during their sessions. They have reported revisiting safer and gentler times during their massage sessions. What I believe may be occurring is that our mortal minds move along linear time like a train on it’s track. To reach point point C, point B must be reached first from point A. However in ‘spirit’ or emotional time all time occurs at once. This is how a piece of music or a fragrance can activate the parietal memory centers of the brain and you are instantly transported to your high school prom, mother’s garden or the loss of a beloved pet. Skilled massage therapists have been know to elicit these type of responses. Great healing can happen at this level of awareness. There are thousands of cases of spontaneous reemissions of life threatening disease documented from around the globe that defy the currently know medical healthcare model. Understanding the entire scope of the Gray’s River …
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Gray’s River-How Allopathic and ‘Alternative’ Medicines Work Together Part 2

Skilled massage therapy works on several levels. Not only does the range of physical sensation span from relaxing to firm and satisfying tactually the effects assist in reducing cortisol levels and relaxing the entire nervous and limbic systems allowing the immune system to function much more efficiently. I have found in my massage therapy practice this seems to be the case most of the time. Many clients who initially seek problem-solving bodywork revile to me later of the emotional difficulties they face in daily living from challenges by work, health, family and a host of other issues. Celebrated author Louise Hey has illustrated the phenomenon of muscles acting as living capacitors  for unresolved human emotion in depth. This idea pervades traditional Chinese medicine as well.  In massage training students are cautioned to take care when working on areas of the body that have the potential of being hotbeds of unresolved emotion, such as the abdominal and throat areas. Several years ago two doctors, Alexander Loyd, a psychologist and Ben Johnson, a doctor of osteopathic medicine described in their book ‘The Healing Code’ how by making positive corrections at the spiritual level it is possible to create desired physical changes within …
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The Benefits of Massage Therapy

As massage therapy becomes more widespread it is also is being recognized as a viable treatment for a variety or idiopathic maladies. Chronic sore low back, painful arms or wrists, muscle tightness, and headaches are just some of the symptoms that can be mitigated by a skilled massage therapist with proper training. Additional benefits of massage therapy other than the reduction of neck and low back pain span even into the way a client feels emotionally. Simple touch has been documented to increase serotonin production and boost your immune system. A bi-product of this is massage therapy’s tendency to lessen depression and anxiety. Neuromuscular massage therapy is also been shown to be effective in the treatment of knee pain, increased range of motion (ROM), as well as reducing muscle cramping and enhancing circulation through out the treated areas. It is also effective in post-surgical application to assist in reducing swelling and adhesive scar tissue from forming. Regular massage therapy for expectant mothers provides benefits not only for the mother but to her child as well. Years ago a study was conducted with premature infants in hospital’s neonatal care units. Premature children were given short 15 minute massages two to three …
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Gray’s River- How Allopathic and ‘Alternative’ Medicines Work Together Part 1

Healthcare for the most part is presented to us through the media as an us or them proposition. So called ‘Alternative Medicine’, although gaining foot hold in the ‘Western community is marginalized as not true science while allopathic medicine is considered cold and wreak-less when applying it’s life altering methods. I propose that both allopathic and alternative as well as psychotherapy and spiritual belief systems as all part of the same spectrum of healthcare. Imagine a river where one end ends in enormous misty depths over a water fall. At the other end there is a underground spring that gently and continuously flows downward. It’s beginning is also unknowable. As the water flows to it’s terminus at the waterfall it changes characteristics from gentle and calm to faster moving to rougher water then rapids with rocks. All the time traveling in the direction to that inevitable drop off. I propose that the fountain head can be likened to our birth. Water free of sediments heading with little comprehension where gravity takes it. Further down the mountain the stream picks up speed and direction. We are like this part of the river, influenced by the belief system with learn from our …
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Benefits of Massage Therapy-Part 1

The body’s limbic system sits deep within the brain. It is what assigns meaning to incoming stimuli then just as fast creates a motor response to that stimuli. “See a bear, run like crazy”. “Delicious food, eat it now.” What is really meant by ‘motor response’ is neurotransmitters are released that precipitates an action. This can put our bodies into a sympathetic (fight or flight) like traffic or taxes, or parasympathetic (rest and repair) physiologic state, as from a long relaxing neuromuscular therapy massage session. This can either stress or relax the body which and has a direct effect on the immune and endocrine systems. Neuromuscular massage therapy works be reducing the body’s allostatic load or the wear and tear on the body from everyday living. The allostatic load is comprised of three inputs: Physical rigors, Dietary rigors, and Emotional rigors. By calming down the body’s nervous system with massage therapy it is also possible to beneficially relax the limbic and by doing so the endocrine and immune systems as well. Neuromuscular massage therapy and well as other bodywork treatments labeled as ‘holistic’ have proven to be of great benefit to many people. Those who suffer from a list of …
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Cause and Effects of Pathology-My Opinion

How is it possible that the armies of well trained medical and scientific professionals worldwide and billions of dollars over the last 50 years have not yielded a solution to the Cancer question? There can only be two possible reasons. Either the global oncology community is horrendously incompetent, (which I highly doubt), or they are simply not looking in the correct places. What if the true cause of not only Cancer and other wasting autoimmune diseases such as ALS, Dementia, and Multiple Sclerosis are discovered to have their genesis in the mental or even spiritual components of the ‘mind-body’? I am NOT saying that massage cures cancer, ALS, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis. By the time these maladies can be measured with medical tests, It’s doctor time. The body of the patience suffering from the physical presentation of any illness has been compromised via Physical rigors, Dietary rigors, and/or Emotional rigors. What does that mean? Example: Have you heard stories of active people with excellent diets dropping dead from a heart attack? How about stories of the spontaneous remission from a life threatening disease after seeing a long lost beloved relative or receiving good news. What are the life giving or life …
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Origins of Neuromuscular Massage Therapy

In India there is a 4,000-year-old system of medicine known as Ayurveda. This ‘Science of Life’ deals with nuance changes in one’s diet, daily activities, and even though process to balance the ‘dochas’ that govern any one person. It is commonly held thinking within the Ayurvedic community that, ‘If one is interested in what they will look like in three years look at one’s thinking now, and if one is interested in what they were thinking three years ago, look in a mirror’. In short the body is the literally a ‘print-out’ of the mind. Neuromuscular massage therapy has it’s roots in the traditions of Ayurveda. In fact neuromuscular massage therapy has been used for hundreds of years in the treatment of neck pain, low back and chronic pain. It is even used to assist in treatment of recovering substance addition. Just the simple act of focused intention in a caring manor on one who is suffering creates a measurable benefit within the body itself. Although somewhat controversial from a scientific vantage point, it is folly to assume that the allopathic medical community comprehends the complete nature of human health.

Why Does My Low Back Pain Always Come Back?

After the onset of a trauma to the low back damaged tissues send a strong sensory signal to the spinal cord and brain of pain. Here the incoming sensory signal is amplified roughly ten times and returned to the low back site where we feel pain. The brain responds by returning a motor signal to the affected area to “splint” the affected mussels of the low back. By making the low back tight as well as enlisting surrounding muscles the body attempts to stabilize the compromised structure. This is systemically true and especially with low back pain injuries. While low back pain is in one’s conscious awareness the neuropathway or nerves being used to communicate the low back pain are being traversed many more times that other areas or the back. During this process the myelin sheath-a protein covering the nerve itself grows thicker resulting in lower resistance to subsequent nerve impulses. This mean the more your low back hurts the easier in the future it will be prone to pain. This is known in neurology as the “Law of Facilitation”. This results in a physical structure of thickened nerves with less resistance. Therefore, future injuries, even in other parts …
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Older Client Freed of Debilitating Low Back Pain

One client, an older woman with a chronic low back pain condition was adamant that she had done “everything under the sun” to alleviate her condition but not massage. She had issues with her knees but still enjoyed doing a lot of walking. I suggested her low back pain was most likely a symptom of her tight quadriceps muscles resulting in a hyper-anterior tilt of the pelvis. Therapeutic massage could help to really relax her legs. She was particular about the areas she would accept being massaged. She only wanted point therapy massage on the area that was directly hurting in the reign of the low back. Respecting her wishes those areas alone were massaged with only temporary benefits. She insisted on having these areas massaged with point therapy for years. Then seven years later she consented and allowing me to massage the hot spots in her quadriceps group in both legs. After one session of this deep massage therapy work she reported almost complete cessation of low back pain. What was then hot and painful had calmed way down. Later after a vacation she reported that the relief from the therapeutic massage and point work to her to her …
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High Heels & Aching Backs

A number of the clients that see me for sports massage and deep tissue massage are performance artists. The people, mostly women with very developed musculoskeletal systems usually work under a great deal of stress, tight schedules and usually in high heels on hard floors. These women rely on regular sports massage and deep tissue massage treatments to keep them on top of their game. The carriage of the pelvis is paramount in the relation of sacroiliac (S.I.) joint function. Wearing high heels changes the geometry of how the body maintains balance while walking. This usually requires the wearer to balance by sticking out their rear and standing more erect than natural. This posture places a sharp curve on the low back’s curvature and stresses the S.I. joint. Sports massage and deep tissue massage assists in stopping the pain now. This also can result in the quadriceps group as well as the gluteus medius to over develop in an attempt to protect the low back against pinching at the S.I. joint. The result of all this is usually a chronic nagging low back pain/tightness that baffles many highly trained medical doctors even with drug or surgical intervention. Remember that muscles …
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