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by Breathe
Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:51 am
Forum: Off the Table Topics
Topic: Just don't sit there
Replies: 2
Views: 2916

Re: Just don't sit there

This is always an interesting topic to me. I think any manual therapist knows that a sitting desk job is one of the worst things people can do to their bodies. But most people who work these jobs don't have the luxury of drastically changing their circumstances. So what do we do? Here's a moderating...
by Breathe
Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: Tools of the Trade
Topic: Massage Creme help! (no nut oils)
Replies: 8
Views: 6331

Re: Massage Creme help! (no nut oils)

Still haven't found one I really like. I compromise with an organic coconut cream, and an olive oil and beeswax salve. Between the 2 most needs are covered adequately. I'm still hunting though.
by Breathe
Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Massage & Holistic Therapies (Techniques, Modalities, etc.)
Topic: Is there a market for light/soft massage
Replies: 2
Views: 3482

Re: Is there a market for light/soft massage

If you like working with pregnant people, there's an entire market right there. Get certified in pregnancy massage from somewhere, because IME, pregnant people are one of the only demographics that consistently ask for proof of advanced training. (So it's a good marketing move.) Build a nice, inform...
by Breathe
Mon Apr 11, 2016 11:38 am
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: Continuing education for sports massage
Replies: 5
Views: 9168

Re: Continuing education for sports massage

I'm glad it helps! The most practical training I've taken (technical courses,) have come from Waslaski and Dalton. There's a long list of methods that could be very useful, for me it was a matter of determining which educators were teaching things that made sense to me. In practice, when doing treat...
by Breathe
Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: Continuing education for sports massage
Replies: 5
Views: 9168

Re: Continuing education for sports massage

Hi aloha. I took W.L.'s distance learning, one of the lower body modules. It's very comprehensive, and an excellent program. Because you have a biomed/nursing background, I'm confident that you'd handle the science and biomechanics portion of his program with ease, however, without some serious hand...
by Breathe
Sat Oct 10, 2015 12:36 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: question about deep tissue
Replies: 9
Views: 9584

Re: question about deep tissue

The body's natural defenses will always be better at keeping you out, than any technique you can do to force your way in. If you can get your head around that concept, it will help you to visualize what "deep tissue" ought to be. It must always be a collaboration, with your hands saying "please, may...
by Breathe
Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:41 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: When do you use the side-lying position? And body mechanics!
Replies: 3
Views: 3893

Re: When do you use the side-lying position? And body mechan

Regarding the flexed fingers, it's a useful technique. Your strength will build up, and if your bone structure is compatible with that position, it might be worth adding to your repertoire.
by Breathe
Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: When do you use the side-lying position? And body mechanics!
Replies: 3
Views: 3893

Re: When do you use the side-lying position? And body mechan

She said it's worth it for the sake of great massage. I'm trying to think of a diplomatic way to put this. Nope. I can't. No. No no no no. NO! In my opinion one of the most important things a therapist can learn is not to "sacrifice" to deliver "what the client needs." What a client needs is for th...
by Breathe
Fri Aug 28, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: How much should I learn in school?
Replies: 5
Views: 4202

Re: How much should I learn in school?

Cross-fiber and multidirectional fiber friction (xff/mdff) are completely different from the superficial friction you described. I almost never use the latter technique. The only time I ever do is as a distraction, for instance, when a superficial nerve ending gets "lit up." As a distraction techniq...
by Breathe
Fri Aug 28, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: Off the Table Topics
Topic: Should race requests be honored by MTs?
Replies: 6
Views: 3658

Re: Should race requests be honored by MTs?

There are many things that I find understandable, that I do not find acceptable . One is empathy and the other is ethics. Nobody can decide for another person how to answer that question. However, for myself, I will never knowingly or willingly perpetuate an act of racial, gender, orientation, size ...
by Breathe
Wed Aug 26, 2015 7:55 am
Forum: Tools of the Trade
Topic: Massage Creme help! (no nut oils)
Replies: 8
Views: 6331

Re: Massage Creme help! (no nut oils)

Pueppi: looks like the MC-5 might work. JLW: Soothing touch lotion (the standard one I think,) is one of the ones I've never been able to use. There's an ingredient in it that smells to me like discarded banana peel, and I tend to have an odd reaction to it that could very well be psychosomatic. BUT...
by Breathe
Tue Aug 25, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: CEU's
Topic: Essential Somatics - Are you interested?
Replies: 6
Views: 9797

Re: Essential Somatics - Are you interested?

Sounds fascinating.
by Breathe
Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:17 am
Forum: Tools of the Trade
Topic: Massage Creme help! (no nut oils)
Replies: 8
Views: 6331

Massage Creme help! (no nut oils)

I just put this in another thread, but it probably belongs on it's own. I don't use massage creme very often, I use jojoba oil almost exclusively, and handmade salves as needed for certain kinds of spot work. But I do use creme for a carpal tunnel/forearm maintenance routine I do with several regula...
by Breathe
Tue Aug 25, 2015 7:10 am
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body hair?
Replies: 17
Views: 10308

Re: How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body ha

Yeah, my money is on the almond oil. AND, I just realized that I've been mixing up massage cream and massage lotion. You're using lotion, I've been talking only about cream. (derp) Frankly, I've never had any success using lotion on anybody. I'm not a heavy product user because I have some tactile i...
by Breathe
Mon Aug 24, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body hair?
Replies: 17
Views: 10308

Re: How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body ha

Just wondering - how do you do the returns on your long glides, so as not to be pulling against the growth of the hair? Skip it? You are right, I have noticed that the lighter I go against the hair, the more upset he gets. I had to think about this one. :lol: I think I use a similar long stroke wit...
by Breathe
Sat Aug 22, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: Website Ideas, Software & Technical Information
Topic: Online scheduling
Replies: 71
Views: 55965

Re: Online scheduling

I'm on FullSlate too. It works very well for me, and the calendar sync is very reliable. I do the rest of my (non-work) scheduling in my G-cal and it syncs both ways within a minute or two. - Prior to online booking did you provide somewhere in the area of 15-20 hours of massage per week on a consis...
by Breathe
Sat Aug 22, 2015 7:56 am
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body hair?
Replies: 17
Views: 10308

Re: How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body ha

Yep, jojoba is the only thing I would use for a hairy client. Here's the reason it works so well: Jojoba is a plant ester, not actually an oil, and as a lubricant, is one of the closest things in the plant kingdom to mammalian sterols, some of which comprise the skin's natural oils. In comparison to...
by Breathe
Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:26 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: How much should I learn in school?
Replies: 5
Views: 4202

Re: How much should I learn in school?

Let's see if I can remember how to do line quotes without having to edit. LOL. This makes me feel better, thank you! I can see that having a routine gives me extra mental space to think about smooth transitions, body mechanics, etc. Excellent. Try also to spend some time not thinking in words, just ...
by Breathe
Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:12 am
Forum: Tools of the Trade
Topic: Seamless Face Cradle Covers - Links
Replies: 13
Views: 11050

Re: Seamless Face Cradle Covers - Links

Zout stain remover works for my worst mascara offenders.
by Breathe
Fri Aug 21, 2015 7:09 am
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: How much should I learn in school?
Replies: 5
Views: 4202

Re: How much should I learn in school?

Hello, Aloha. You don't say how far along in your program you are, but most decent programs will spend most of your last term on (let's call it) customizing. It usually starts to happen a bit after you've had your pathology classes, or classes on massage applied to certain conditions. In my case, th...
by Breathe
Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: Therapeutic Trades
Topic: Hillsboro
Replies: 4
Views: 4057

Re: Hillsboro

Thanks, pueppi, for the connection. It was a privilege to meet holley.
by Breathe
Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:10 pm
Forum: Business Issues & Marketing Discussion
Topic: Information on client loss/retention when moving?
Replies: 25
Views: 4246

Re: Information on client loss/retention when moving?

Can a mod please lock this thread? It seems that it's only purpose now is for people to come on here and tell me how wrong it is for me to protest R & Rs' threats and abusiveness, and quite frankly I can't take anymore of it.
by Breathe
Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:42 am
Forum: Business Issues & Marketing Discussion
Topic: Information on client loss/retention when moving?
Replies: 25
Views: 4246

Re: Information on client loss/retention when moving?

BTW, this is NOT a stimulus project. It's one rich REPUBLICAN (if you want to get political) teaming up with other rich republicans, to bring a stadium to a town of 86k, at the cost of $100M, (for the facilities and proposed parking structure,) paid for almost entirely by property taxes, which will ...
by Breathe
Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:21 pm
Forum: National Certification
Topic: Recertification Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 4941

Re: Recertification Questions

Does your state require recertification? You might want to look into the NCTMB's dirty practices, including trying to strong arm states into excluding all alternative testing, and when that doesn't work, appealing to lobbyists behind the state Boards' backs to outlaw the MBLEx. As well as some of th...
by Breathe
Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:59 pm
Forum: Off the Table Topics
Topic: Single Payer Health Care Rally
Replies: 302
Views: 135061

Re: Single Payer Health Care Rally

Most annoying misconception is of course the whole abortion discussion. Fact is - and I don't know why nobody takes the time to point that out - that when a European talks about abortion, the time, in which the procedure is still allowed ends so early, that the discussion, whether the child is alre...

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