It’s been a while.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update. I wish I could say that I’ve had a major life event keeping me from this, but it reality, I haven’t. It’s just been me procrastinating and making excuses. I’ve been saying “I’ll work on it tomorrow.” Well, after two years, it is finally tomorrow. What has happened in the last two years? Well, John E Upledger has died. He developed CranioSacral Therapy, and was one of the fathers of modern soft-tissue therapy and subtleties of touch. He taught about the body-mind-emotion connection and developed techniques for working with PTSD. CranioSacral Therapy and Myofascial Release have a lot of overlap in ideologies many of the cranial techniques used by the John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach are modified versions of Upledger’s techniques. He was a remarkable man and will be missed by many.

Massage therapy has added quite a few new modalities and techniques in the last couple years. As I look through the overview for various training classes, and read about new modalities in massage trade magazines, I am finding quite a few with some overlap of the John Barnes Myofascial Release Approach. Many are now touting the integration between mind, body and emotions and how dysfunction in the body is not always treated best by a direct symptomatic response. Gone are the days where the only two massage techniques were Swedish and Deep Tissue. This is a good thing for massage clients everywhere as therapists learn about these new modalities and techniques, they can better and whole-istically treat their clients. This is truly a win for everyone.

For myself and my own practice, I have closed my Webster Groves office. With my Groupon offers completed, and slightly variable hours at my day job, it was not practical to maintain my Webster Groves office any longer. I am now working out of my home office, and making house-calls as needed.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

– Michael

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