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Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE)

Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises, or TRE for short, are exercises specifically designed to allow us to shake-off any underlying held tension. The premise is to pre-fatigue the muscular system in order to help us bypass the prefrontal cortex of our brain, which is where logic and reasoning reside, so the lower brain centers can [...]

By | August 31st, 2018|Exercise, Massage, Movement Integration, Self-Care, Stretching|0 Comments

Upper Cross Syndrome

Upper Cross Syndrome is a pattern of myofascial tension related to poor posture, muscle imbalances, and behavioral holding patterns. UCS is also referred to as shoulder girdle crossed syndrome due to the specific postural changes including forward head posture, increased cervical lordosis and thoracic kyphosis, elevated and protracted shoulders, and rotation and abduction and winging of the scapulae (1). These postural [...]

What are Trigger Points and Why do they Matter?

Have you ever experienced achy muscles, tingling, or tight areas that don't respond to movement? The majority of us will answer, "Yes!", because these are common effects of living in the gravitational world. No matter how hard we try we are bound to acquire trigger points. "Posture, work conditions, sedentary habits, and injury can cause [...]

New location in Bend!

We have set-up shop in beautiful Bend, OR within Wellness Doctor Natural Healthcare and Chiropractic Sports Medicine. Renée and I will both be offering Fascial Stretch Therapy in addition to my massage therapy and bodywork. We are very excited for the new opportunity to function within a multidisciplinary environment with 2 Sports Chiropractic Physicians, 1 Acupuncturist, [...]

By | May 31st, 2017|Fascial Stretch Therapy, Massage, Massage Therapy|Comments Off on New location in Bend!

Breathing & Bodywork for Daily Living & Longevity

The topic of breathing has been coming up more lately in my day-to-day sessions with clients as well as my own reading and meditation practice. There are several methods on how to instruct breathing dating back to the practices of yoga up to the current methods in physical therapy. As a massage therapist and movement [...]

Meridian Massage

First, let's take a look at a brief background to lead up to Meridian massage. In Tuina, the ancient medical system of China, the theory of qi (chi) energy flow tells of how, where, and when this life force of chi circulates the body. There is a pattern, or biorhythm clock, where chi energy reaches [...]

By | December 13th, 2016|Massage, Massage Therapy|0 Comments

Self-Massage for the Thigh

One of the effects of repetitive activity, either athletic, recreational, or professional, is that tension builds in the quadriceps, hamstrings, and inner thighs. Think about any athletic ready position with a slight hinge in your hips. This stance automatically loads the thighs as well as the glutes in order for a movement reaction to be [...]

By | December 2nd, 2016|Massage, Self-Care, Self-Massage, Stretching|Comments Off on Self-Massage for the Thigh

Tuina

Tuina can be translated as push/pull or push and grasp in Chinese. It combines both massage and medical theory and practice that includes the modern Swedish massage we commonly know today. In China, Tuina practitioner's study for over 7 years to learn more than relaxing massage techniques. They are the equivalent of our massage therapist, physical [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Fascial Stretch Therapy, Massage, Massage Therapy|Comments Off on Tuina

Self-Massage for the Lower Leg

This is the second part of our self-massage series following part one which covered the feet. The lower leg is comprised of the calf muscle, or gastrocnemius and soleus, the peroneals which lie to the outside, shin or tibialis anterior and extensor digitorum longus in the front, and the deep toe flexors and arch stabilizers [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Massage, Self-Care, Self-Massage, Stretching|0 Comments

How to Self-Massage Your Feet

The feet are the most obvious place to start with self-massage after a long day hiking, running, or working over long-distances and rough terrain. They endure hundreds of pounds of repetitive force in the often hot, wet, enclosed spaces we call shoes. They absorb shock, mold to uneven surfaces, and offer us a temporary connection point [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Hiking, Massage, Self-Care, Self-Massage, Stretching|0 Comments