Get Deeper with NYOM

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People always ask me if I do deep tissue massage. I say it’s not a simple answer. We need to redefine deep bodywork. Pressing harder isn’t the answer. The nervous system is the key. If we remove “software” and “hardware” miscommunication between the muscles and the brain, neuromuscular efficiency and joint range of motion becomes pain free. Imagine painless manual … Read More

What is pain? 

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The following comes from http://www.bodyinmind.org/what-is-pain/. Upon reading it, I realized that the words that have been repeated to my clients over the years couldn’t of been summed up better. I felt information was explained very well and was too invaluable not to share so I liberated it but will gladly remove if asked. Doctors, surgeons and many specialists let alone … Read More

P-DTR: The Neuro in my Orthopedic massage 

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P-Dtr drastically changed how I do bodywork. During my early years in the field I realized there was more to resolving pain than just giving someone a massage. I was stymied by the concept of recalcitrance. If you can get someone out of pain, why does it come back? To find answers, I studied with teachers in the fields of … Read More

Neurology or Magic?

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Magic or Phenomenal My client’s often joke that I’m doing voodoo or magic when they feel pain disappear. I explain that it’s neurology, not magic. When people live with pain, they expect that it’s not going to go away easily. Most clients have tried “everything” and simply accept pain as part of life. Reformed skeptics have come to be great … Read More

Managing Massage Expectations

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Expectations and preconceived notions can get in the way of receiving care. I do a lot of things in my practice that are new to most people. Regardless of your knowledge of healthcare and fitness, if you are coming to see me, there are things you don’t know about dysfunction in your body. Whether I get a new referral from … Read More

Injury history is trauma history

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Everyone falls victim to a minor injury here or there (stubbed toe, finger jams, bumps, bangs and falls). Accidental injury includes ligament strains and muscle tissue strains. Burns are as common as cuts and bruises. Sometimes injuries accompany one another as accidents unfold. Although they seem small, these minor insults are traumatic in nature. Webster’s Simple Definition of trauma says: … Read More

Abs working you or you working them?

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Transverse abs and Diaphragm facilitation For many of us washboard abs seem unattainable. For those of us putting in hours a week to barely maintain our shape, which may resemble a fruit, something isn’t working. Of course diet and drinking alcohol plays a huge role but there is often another reason people can’t seem to target certain areas with efficacy. … Read More

Kinesthesia and palpatory awareness

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One of the hardest things about giving someone a massage is you can’t feel what the client is feeling so you can’t feel what hurts. Treating clients in a pain free way is something all bodyworkers grapple with. Even more so when trying to address complicated neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. You don’t want to increase the level of pain that someone is … Read More

Shoulder blade pain

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June Blog Whenever I hear someone say “I have this spot under my shoulder blade…” I automatically think one thing. Rotated rib head. There are 66 Joints in the thoracic spine including the intervertebral “disk” joints. All of these faceted and Demi faceted synovial joints have the ability to become fixated and immobile. One of the most annoying nagging fixations … Read More