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I just completed a weekend of working with a medicine woman here at Massage School. We started chatting about what I offer… and the list started growing long (not to brag or boast – I have been learning bodywork since 2003 – simply what is).

She has taken several levels of BodyTalk – a modality where we muscle test to see what is the priority for the client. It is a comprehensive and complex modality. I have only taken the first level – BodyTalk Access which was insightful and where I learned some beneficial techniques! Plus I have been fortunate enough to receive at least several dozen BodyTalk sessions from exchanging with a friend who has taken all the Advanced Courses in it. Therefore I feel like I have some knowledge of the protocol and the muscle testing for what is a priority.

I mention all that because I am now working on a protocol for a Kirby’s Modality BodyTalk style protocol. It is pretty crazy all that I can offer – especially with the half dozen or more modalities I am learning here in Massage School!

Oh – and I told the medicine woman about my conversation with my Tibetan Lama, Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen – a clairvoyant and exceptionally clear and lucid spiritual teacher. When my main bodywork teacher, Janet Evergreen, asked him about what she should call all that she does, he didn’t miss a beat saying, “Process Buddhism.” Now I pretty much offer most of what Janet does (having studied with her since 2005), so the medicine woman here said that I better add “Process Buddhism” to my protocol! 🙂

In case you are wondering, here is my list so far of what I offer: 5-Elements (Chinese Medicine basics), Craniosacral Therapy, Polyvagal Work, Pre- and Perinatal Therapy (and Education), Visceral Manipulation, other Process-oriented Bodywork, BodyTalk Access techniques, Zapchen Somatics, Kundalini Yoga Kriya, Chi Kung advice, Tai Chi basics, Acupressure, Swedish Massage, Hot Stones Integrated Treatment, Herbal Wrap, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Working with Essential Oils, Buddha-Dharma teachings (I am only able to share the basics but this is enough for most clients), Spiritual Astrology, Medical Astrology, Non-Violent Communication, Conflict Resolution Techniques, Process Buddhism would  fall under several other categories.

It looks like I definitely need to narrow this down! Or at least find an efficient way to muscle test and get a category pretty quickly. I might need to delete several items off my list.. time will tell!

I will keep working on this when I have time (we have 3 tests this week and we are preparing to teach Kundalini Yoga – not as a yoga teacher, just as a check mark to make certain we understand K. Yoga).

Thank you for reading!

Have a beautiful Spring day / evening,




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This post was written and submitted by Melanie Bowen.

Those who are undergoing cancer treatment often have to deal with overwhelming side-effects. For this reason, both patients and doctors are looking for alternative treatments to manage difficult symptoms. One approach that is being taken is the use of massage therapy. Recent studies have found that massage therapy can ease pain and improve a patient’s emotional welfare.

Massage therapy is a process that involves rhythmically kneading the body’s muscles and tissues.  There are many different types of massages that are used across the world. The Swedish massage is the most common in the United States. During this massage, the therapist uses long and smooth strokes to rub the muscles. However, mesothelioma treatment requires a much lighter therapy session since this type of cancer is extremely serious.

These movements happen in a deep circular motion. Other popular types include the Thai massage, Oriental massage and the Shiatsu. Massages are given in a warm environment and last anywhere from twenty minutes to one hour. Soothing music is usually played in the background. Along with that, aromatic oils are used to enhance the experience.

According to the American Cancer Society, massage therapy provides many benefits for cancer patients. For instance, massage therapy helps patients by increasing blood flow and stimulating the lymphatic system. Patients often feel less tension and anxiety after getting a massage. Since having cancer is such a stressful situation, any kind of treatment that can relieve stress is important. In the end, the reduction in anxiety causes patients to feel less depressed. Having a positive attitude often increases a patient’s chance of survival.

Overall, massage therapy can lessen the pain that a patient feels. One study found that massages increase blood flow and oxygen levels in the muscles. This can influence neural activity and moderate the actions of subcortical nuclei. As a result, the body’s pain perception is modified. Alleviated pain helps the mental well-being of cancer patients. In addition, it also improves their overall quality of life.

Patients who are fighting a serious disease such as mesothelioma require alternative treatments to help manage their symptoms. A number of studies have been conducted in the past few years to examine how well massage therapy works as an alternative form of therapy. These studies have found that massages promote relaxation and stress reduction by improving circulation throughout the body. The therapy can relieve headaches, joint pain and stiffness. Not only that, but it can also minimize lower back pain and prevent insomnia.

Although massage therapy is not a cancer cure, it can help when it’s combined with other forms of treatment. Patients should consult with their doctor to come up with an effective treatment plan. Getting a massage is a great way to relax and find inner peace. It’s the perfect time for cancer patients to give their mind and body a break from the stresses of life.

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