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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One Down, Seven to Go!

Quarter one is over.   Those in the know told me that I’d be a doctor before I knew it, and at the moment, it seems they might be right. The first 12 weeks are over, and I’m surprised to be here already.   So what do I have to say? It’s a hectic pace. It’s not easy to add yet more to an already consuming life. But, that said, it’s a predictable rhythm. Expectations

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The Ah-Ha! Moment

I’ve shared that I’ve been part of the Structural Integration approach to connective tissue work. In that world, we start with an evaluation of the client’s structural balance. What shoulder is higher? What rotates forward? How is the curve of the spine? In connective tissue dynamics, it’s an essential way of seeing the tensions and learning to direct our attention to the root causes rather than just the areas of pain.   Yesterday we had

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The nitty-gritty, down and true reality.

SUNM is an impressive manifestation of the ideas and efforts of many people. But two in particular have devoted their every day for the past several years to the task. They are, however, naprapaths by trade, not seasoned school administrators. It’s an undertaking that has been overwhelming at times, learning about building schools as the moments come. Persistence, dedication, and optimism have served them well in creating their dream.   But as the second class

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