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Newsletter #32                                                                        Apr 2014
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Quotes on Touch, Massage, & Body
Touch seems to be as essential as sunlight.
-Diane Ackerman
 
An illness of the mind is an illness of the body, and vice-versa.
-Madrianne Arvore
 
  If you understand the force of intelligence in the body, its mechanical operation and structure, you can work on any part of the body you can reach with your hands.
-Lauren Berry
 
When you touch – don’t take. Touch people only when you are giving something: reassurance, support, encouragement, whatever.
-Ken Blanchard
 
To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
-Buddha
 
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
-Leo Buscaglia
 
On one level, massage actually has little to do with muscles and joints and hands and backs. It has to do with the person inside the body giving the massage and the person inside getting the massage. The real massage is the transmission of a message from the giver to the receiver and back again: and that message is likely to contain elements of gratitude, understanding, compassion and shared awareness.
-Steve Capellini
 
Emotion always has its roots in the unconscious and manifests itself in the body.
-Irene Claremont de Castillejo
 
The way towards each other is through our bodies. Words are the longest distance you can travel so complex and hazardous you lose your direction.
-Jeni Couzyn
 
The human body is made up of some 400 muscles; evolved through centuries of physical activity. Unless these are used, they will deteriorate.
-Eugene Lyman Fisk
 
Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen.
-Shakti Gawain
 
The body never lies. -Martha Graham Every desire of your body is holy.
–Hafiz
 
Whenever touch is combined with other senses, much more of the brain is activated, thus building more complex nerve networks and tapping into more learning potential.
-Carla Hannaford
 
When you touch a body, you touch the whole person, the intellect, the spirit, and the emotions.
-Jane Harrington
 
When health is absent...Wisdom cannot reveal itself. Art cannot become manifest. Strength cannot be exerted. Wealth is useless and reason is powerless.
-Heraphilies
 
Soothing touch… has a universally recognized power to ameliorate the signs of distress. How can it be that we overlook its usefulness on the jangled adult as well? What is it that leads us to assume that the stressed child merely needs comforting, while the stressed adult needs medicine?
—Deane Juhan
 
Touch has a memory.
-John Keats
 
I like to have a massage therapist come to my house, get a massage, take a bath, go to bed. That's a perfect night alone for me.
-Stacy Keibler
 
I don't fear death because I don't fear anything I don't understand. When I start to think about it, I order a massage and it goes away.
-Hedy Lamar
 
Massage is the study of anatomy in braille.
-Jack Meagher
 
From the patient’s point of view, the touch has its roots in non-verbal communication or communion. S/he does not experience the touch as merely a technique or procedure on her/his body tissues, it involves her/himself. S/he is being held, cradled, stroked, caressed, valued, cared-for, healed. The patient’s experience is above all a psychological and existential one.
-Bevis Nathan
 
There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies.
-Friedrich Nietzche
 
We need touch, but most importantly we need conscious touch, a moment when somebody is connecting with us skin to skin and is also aware that this is happening.
-Mary O’Mally
 
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
-Plato
 
When the Body Gets working appropriately, the force of Gravity can flow through, then spontaneously, the body heals itself.
-Ida Rolf
 
Only when you truly inhabit your body can you begin the healing journey.
-Gabrielle Roth
 
There is some kiss we want with our whole lives, the touch of Spirit on the body.
-Rumi
 
The sense of touch is the massage therapist’s main avenue used to affect another being and is the body’s main method of gathering information about itself. In contrast, an artist uses the sense of vision, and a musician uses the sense of hearing to communicate with others. Touching can affect us physiologically, cognitively, psychologically and emotionally.
-Susan Salvo
 
Our bodies are our gardens - our wills are our gardeners.
-William Shakespeare
 
Our purpose is to remind each other who we are. We are able to know ourselves better through being touched.
-Jacquelyn Small
 
Every man is the builder of the temple called his body. We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our flesh and blood and bones.
-Henry David Thoreau
 
For fast-acting relief, try slowing down.
-Lily Tomlin
 
I started practicing yoga. I started learning some hands-on healing stuff. And I found really good chiropractors, really good massage therapists, and what I found is I've been able to actually peel off layers of trauma on my body and actually move better now than I did.
-Ricky Williams
 
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
-World Health Organization
 
Oxytocin connects us to other people; oxytocin makes us feel what other people feel. And it’s easy to cause people’s brains to release oxytocin. Let me show you. Come here. Give me a hug.
-Paul Zak
 
Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
-Chinese Proverb
 
The root of all health is in the brain. The trunk of it is in emotion. The branches and leaves are the body. The flower of health blooms when all parts work together.
- Kurdish Folk Wisdom
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Plainsure: A Brief Essay on Trigger Points
MASSAGE THERAPY
 
Massage therapy is as important to maintaining a healthy body as exercise and diet. However, most of us still view massage as a luxury.
 
Massage is the practice of applying various techniques of pressure, tension, motion, or vibration, to muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints and lymphatic vessels. There are many different styles and modalities of massage. And each massage therapist has their own unique style and techniques within any given modality. Sometimes, it takes a succession of trial massages to find the therapist that is just right for you.
 
The AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) list of benefits to therapeutic massage are:
 
-Improves posture
-Reduces blood pressure
-Reduces levels of anxiety
-Reduces muscle spasms
-Reduces pain and swelling
-Helps relieve mental stress
-Enhances athletic performance
-Strengthens the immune system
-Treats musculoskeletal problems
-Promotes deeper and easier breathing
-Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation
-Satisfies needs for caring nurturing touch
-Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
-Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
-Enhances the health and nourishment of skin
-Fosters peace of mind and a feeling of well-being
-Rehabilitation for post-operatives and post-injuries
-Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
-Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
-Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
-Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments
-Creates body awareness and increases awareness of mind-body connection
 
I get massage therapy once a week. I alternate weeks between two different types: traditional massage with deep tissue work and Rosen therapy. Rosen therapy uses a combination of muscle manipulation and pressure to release emotions and stories that are held in our muscles. So it is a combination of talk and massage. During traditional massage sessions, I don’t talk at all so that I be completely in my body, fully present to each moment of touch. As a Taurus it is very important to satisfy my sensual needs and as a predominately spiritual/intellectual soul, it is important for me to fully experience my physical body.
 
TRIGGER POINTS
 
Just as we have buttons that get pushed when we are triggered by emotions from others or from specific events, our physical bodies have buttons that are called trigger points.
 
 
A trigger point is a muscle knot or a small area of muscle tissue in spasm. It is an accumulation of waste products around a nerve receptor. Spasms physically reduce blood flow to the trigger point area, reducing oxygen supplied to the tissues. 
 
Trigger points can occur in muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joint capsule, and scar tissue. They are most common in muscles that control movement of the body from side to side especially those used to maintain posture.
 
When a muscle is working, its fibers act like tiny pumps to circulate blood through the capillaries. A trigger point holds the muscle contracted, stopping blood flow. The resulting lack of oxygen and accumulation of waste products irritates the trigger point. The result is muscle fatigue, nerve irritation, soreness, and pain.
 
There are 2 types of trigger points:
 
Active: Causes pain with movement and compression and refers pain and tenderness to other areas, even when not being touched.
 
Latent: Is tender only under the area compressed and doesn't refer pain elsewhere.
 
Possible causes of trigger points include: overload, overwork, fatigue, direct trauma, chilling, skeletal asymmetry, other trigger points, arthritic joints, nutritional deficiencies, food allergies, toxicity, lack of exercise, poor posture, sleep disturbances, joint problems, sports injuries, repetitive stress, surgical scars, tension, age, inflammatory and/or conditions.
 
Characteristics of trigger points are:
-Edema
-Paleness
-Immobility
-Pain or tenderness
-Increased perspiration at site
-Resistance to gliding strokes
-Changes in thickness of tissue
-Muscle shortening with weakness
-Lumps felt in the muscles on palpation
-Bands, ropes, or string-like muscle fibers
-A twitch or jump response when touched
-Temperature change (area is usually colder)
-Symptoms of restricted movement, muscle stiffness and weakness, decreased range of motion, poor balance, buckling knees, and/or weak ankles
 
Treatments include:
-Massage
-Stretching
-Ultrasonography
-Electrostimulation
-Mechanical vibration
-Low level laser therapy
-Application of heat or cold
 
-Exercise for latent trigger points
-Injections (saline, anesthetics, steroids)
 
Massage treatment flushes the tissues and helps contracted muscle fibers release. There are 3 common massage methods are:
 
Trigger Point Pressure Release – Applying direct, firm pressure to the trigger point 10 seconds, released, then applied for 10 more seconds in a pumping action. This flushes the toxins and releases endorphins.
 
Deep Muscle Stroking – Applying slow, deep pressure along the length of the muscle. The goal is to elongate the shortened, contracted muscle fibers that house the trigger point.
 
Strumming - Applying pressure perpendicular to the muscle fibers that contain the trigger point. This cross-fiber action forces muscle fibers apart.
 
 
PLAINSURE
 
Plainsure is a term I invented to describe the bittersweet feeling of trigger point manipulation and release. It consists of 3 components:
 
1. Pleasure
2. Pain
3. Pressure
 
The initial reaction to hitting on a trigger point is pain and jumping or twitching. The muscle(s) contract to resist the incoming pressure on the sore spot. Release of the pressure brings the pleasure. There are 3 levels of release when a trigger point is treated:
 
1. The Physical Level – Biochemical toxins are released from the trigger point area, relieving inflammation and irritation.
 
2. The Emotional Level – As described by Dr. Kirk Prine in his book, Erotic Body Prayer, memories are held in our bodies. They are called body stories. When muscles are moved, energy blocks are release, and the associated emotion or body story can be released into consciousness.
 
3. The Energetic Level – Any blockage in the physical body will cause a blockage in the energetic body as well. There are many meridians that our energy flows along.A trigger point will trap energy which will be released during treatment. Also the energetic body may develop an energetic block from past wounds first and then they may manifest as trigger points in the physical body.
 
There are 3 primary ways to treat and help prevent trigger points:
 
1. Get regular massages from a professional, your partner, or yourself (the areas you can reach).
 
2. Maintain an alkaline diet. Acidic foods create toxins in the body that can build up at trigger points faster.
 
3. Exercise and stretch. A professional massage therapist can help you design a stretching regimen that will keep your muscles in shape. Another form of stretching, yoga, is also excellent for keeping the body toned and limber.
 
Perhaps because I love receiving deep tissue body work so much, it is my preference in giving a massage as well. I love to seek out those knots and ropes with my fingers. It’s a vicarious pleasure to me as I visualize feeling what I am giving as I give it. One of my clients called me the Moan Maker. Moans, groans, and jumping are appreciated because they help me identify the location of tight spots and indicate whether the intensity of touch may be too soft or too hard. In addition, breathing deeply and making noises are an excellent form of energetic release for the client.
 
Sometimes clients don’t realize how resistant they are touch. Their hyper-vigilance (as a defense and survival mechanism) keeps the muscles in a contracted state of holding. Guided meditation for relaxation helps relax the muscles. As a hypnotherapist, I have done hypno-massage. The client is first hypnotized with an induction that includes going to a peaceful place in nature. Then the massage commences with muscles that are in a much more relaxed state. This makes it easier for the therapist to manipulate the muscles and it’s easier for the client to receive. At the end of the massage, post-hypnotic suggestions of peace, relaxation, and well-being are given.
 
COPYRIGHT © 2013 DRAKE BEAR STEPHEN. EXCEPT AS ACKNOWLEDGED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
The Golden Rule: We Are All Related
 
The Native Americans have a saying “Mitakuye Oasin”, which translates as “all our relations”.
 
The Maya have a saying “n Lak’ech Ala K’in”, which translates as “I am another yourself”.
 
The Tibetans have a saying “Namaste”, which translates as “the divine in me greets the divine in you.”
 
No less than 9 religious texts have an expression of The Golden Rule:
 
Brahmanism: This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you. -Mahabharata 5:1517
 
Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. –Udana Varga 5:18
 
Christianity: All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. -Matthew 7:12
 
Confucianism: Surely it is the maxim of loving kindness: Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you. -Analects 15:23
 
Islam: No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. -Sunnah
 
Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowman. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary. -Talmud, Shabbat 31a
 
Taoism: Regard your neighbor's gain as your own gain and your neighbor's loss as your own loss. -T'ai Shang Kan Ying p'ien
 
Zoroastrianism: That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good for itself. -Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5
 
Wiccan Rede: 8 Words the Wiccan Rede fulfill – an it harm none, do what ye will.
 
It seems no matter what our spiritual belief is, we all have a fundamental one in common. I wonder, then, why we still have so much war, hate, prejudice, and power-grabbing in this world. Could it be that it is because we are still beating up on ourselves, suffering from victimhood, low self-esteem, and feelings of being unloved? That these feelings are being projected onto others and then reflected back to us as a self-fulfilling belief?
 
Most Christians quote the Golden Rule as “Do unto others what you would have done to you.” Perhaps until we reach the ability to live with unconditional love in our hearts we should adjust the Golden Rule to state: “Do unto others as God/Great Spirit/Creator would”. We, with our human egos, can twist and warp almost any passage. But what we should remember is that, what we do to others has to reactions:
 
1. It sets a karmic action in motion.
2. We are really treating ourselves in this way because we are all One.
 
We are all intricately woven together with other souls. A soul mate is a soul that we incarnate with many times in differing roles so when we meet these souls in our lives; they seem quite familiar to us. Souls belong to soul clusters or soul family groups that have a common purpose. There is a spirit guide who is the teacher for each cluster group. The soul family incarnates repeatedly with one another. Even souls that may not have known each other in previous live, but are from a common era, will reincarnate together again because they are attached to a group consciousness.
 
So remember, those highly charged and intimate relationships between close friends, spouses, parents, and children are signals of previous lives spent together. Former family members very frequently come back together as a unit, sometimes repeating their roles and sometimes changing them. (Thought you were going to get away from your family? Not until all the lessons have been worked through.)
 
Unhealed pain can be passed down through the genes and through the Collective Unconscious to descendants for at least 7 generations. So as soon as a soul arrives on the earth plane, it has a lot of stuff to work with. But as we heal ourselves, we break the chain of pain because we are healing our ancestors and our descendants in the process.
 
 COPYRIGHT © 2013 DRAKE BEAR STEPHEN. EXCEPT AS ACKNOWLEDGED. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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