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Have you ever wanted to download someone’s brain??

Have you ever wanted to download someone’s brain?? Every once in a while I meet someone who impresses me with their mastery. Talking with them is constantly fascinating and informative- and humbling. Their knowledge on a topic seems broad and deep in every direction, reminding me how endless this process of education really is. Downloading their brain just seems like a shortcut to the mastery that I seek. (Lazy, I know… but we all know

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How the pieces fit: Naprapathy & Other Connective Tissue Specialties

I lucked out in massage school. Not only did I go to a school that encouraged my understanding of the body as a whole (rather than parts mysteriously divided and separated along imaginary boundaries), but they initiated my education of connective tissue dynamics.   If you aren’t familiar with connective tissue, or fascia, I’ll take a moment to explain, as easily as possible, what it is. I’ll assume you’re at least casually familiar with the

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Studying to be a doctor

If you’ve been following my writings, you’ll know that it’s been a while since I’ve written. If you’re wise, you’ll have noted that I’m in school. And if you’re really wise and have a clue what a Naprapath is, you’ll note that I’m in med school, studying to be a doctor.   It’s an interesting place to be, in school studying to be a doctor of Naprapathy. First of all, few people actually understand what

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How the pieces fit: Naprapathy & Massage

The start of my journey as a healer began in massage school ten years ago. I never had any intention of working in a spa or simply helping someone relax so I was very particular about the school I chose. My high standards are what led to my leaving the east coast and coming to New Mexico.   The school I attended was founded by a doctor, albeit a very unusual one. Though he held

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Week 6: Tales from the Field

In case you didn’t read my introduction, I should clarify something. Like a Naprapath, the work I do as a Structural Integration Therapist focuses on the health of the Connective Tissues. I am a manual therapist (much like a massage therapist) who evaluates the imbalances of the body and works to release the tissues back into normal alignment. At this point, I work beyond the muscular tissues and have the skills to include the visceral

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Week 5: Midterms

SUNM Experience: Last week we gathered to hear the story of Naprapathy in New Mexico from the director, Pat Nuzzo, and some political allies (local lobbyists). It was a fascinating tale of one thing leading to another and the right people peppering the way. It’s also a tale of the work selling itself on results. If it didn’t help people, New Mexico wouldn’t be paving thee way for its revival.   It was inspiring and

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Week 4: The Blessings of Internet

SUNM Experience: As a returning student, I’ve been here before. The rhythm of reading, lectures, discussion, and tests are ingrained in my soul, and it’s nice to be back in the classroom.   That said, I haven’t quite been here before. For anyone who hasn’t been a student in the past 5 or 10 years, it’s not the same old, same old. It’s been said before in a million ways, but here it is again:

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Week One: Orientations

SUNM Experience: So far, I’m impressed. So far the administration has been nothing but helpful and friendly, and the teachers have already shown themselves to be attentive, thoughtful and extremely knowledgeable in their given subjects. But instead of jumping to reports of classes, I’m sharing some noteworthy facts I picked up this week about the history of Naprapathy:   Tidbits from Week 1: There were once 17 schools of Naprapathy in the United States. The

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Week Three: The Rhythm and Pace

SUNM Experience: The teachers are settling into their comfort zones, and we’re finding our paces in each class. It’s a demanding schedule with lots of reading, quizzes in almost every class, and an intense amount of information coming at us for 3 hours straight each night. I can’t imagine trying to do this without a knowledge base already, especially with the schedule I’m keeping. To be honest, I’m already way behind in reading!  Student

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A New Path: Introductions – SUNM Student Blog

I have just begun a journey that defies any logical choice on my part. But then, I’ve always operated on a more intuitive level than most people, and at times, this has meant taking on a bit more than any sane person would. Let me explain by way of introduction. My name is Jennifer Brannen, and I am 41. At this point in my life, I have been married for almost 17 years and have

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