I've had the pleasure of working several times with the Prescott College graduate program in Equine Therapies. But I never saw anything like this… quite inspiring.
"The model of anatomy which we have been building for several hundred years is simply not going to make it through this century. We need allow a new model." -Tom Myers
On another note - the multi-hands therapy team would love to visit with you! We are considering a destination / retreat style program where participants would join us for a classes and multiple treatment sessions over the course of a week. Where would you like to go for vacation, fun and multi-hands therapy?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with where you're like to see us offer the package or mention if you have a location in mind!
I previously posted about the Mushroom Project by Kevin Hovey
and wanted to offer a brief continuation.
I was asked to do a small interview with DNAinfo Chicago - a cool indie news outfit - about the project. Click here to open the article in a new window. The chat went well and while my interview was condensed to a few sentences for the article, I was happy to contribute.
I'm thrilled to say that Kevin's project was fully funded on Kickstarter and even went beyond his initial goal. I had the pleasure of dining with him the day the project closed (we cooked up wild harvested mushrooms of course) and his plans for the lab are ramping up.
Keep an eye on his website and for updates on his progress, classes, mushrooms forays and more!
Awesome job, Kevin!
Ever want to build you own EEG machine and measure electrical impulses emerging from brain tissues?
I know, I know. Passing fad.
Well if you're late to the party and want to build your own electroencephalogram check out the website below.
The OpenEEG Project
A group of researchers followed a group of ultra-marathon runners (50-100+ mile racers) on a ridiculous 4,500k course in Europe - oh, and they brought a mobile MRI with them to regularly scan the bodies and brains of runners.
Sound ridiculoso? That's because it is.
The amount of data gathered is immense.
I have worked with lots of endurance athletes and see tons of clients trying to understand and alleviate issues with the plantar fascia. It's always an interesting process discovering the foundational issues. However, we can often successfully release or tone tissues and invest in a new coordination to re-train the movement patterns.
One of the papers drawn from data on the above adventure is particularly related to the feet - specifically changes in the plantar fascia and the Achilles tendon throughout the course of endurance running.
Click here to open the paper on the feet.
Spoiler: Both connective tissue regions change due to movement patterns. *gasp
Two other papers are focused on reduction of grey matter in the brain due to endurance running! WHAT?
Click here for brain paper one.
Click here for brain paper two.
Other sections and blurbs of published material hint at curious fatty and connective tissue inflammation being the root of some potentially chronic physiological patterns endurance athletes develop. Thus, it could be worth a distance runners time to investigate some manual therapies and anti- inflammation foods / alkalizing diets.
Now more than ever the public is getting lots of exposure to various pieces of big and complex theories / data relating to health, wellness, vitality, etc. While, overall, I believe this is a good thing and encourages curiosity and accountability, it also often generates quite a bit of confusion regarding modalities, techniques and training.
Research or media coverage will often highlight a portion of a scope of practice of one kind of practitioner - be it a bodyworker, medical doctor, nutritionist, etc - and then suddenly there will be a wave of new inquiries and/or clients relating to that specific bit of what a practice focuses on.
"Wait, so, what is it that you do?"
"How does this relate to this or that?"
"Shouldn't I not do ________?"
Questions are always awesome - don't get me wrong. It's is part of the job of the practitioner to connect the dots about the scope of benefits from a treatment approach in a way that is comprehensible to someone who has not spent years studying the theories of any given modality system. I see any media exposure which results in people asking questions as a good thing. I do, however, think that the kind of explanations healthcare providers commonly offer could stand an upgrade. Specifically, I think practitioners could (generally) give a little more effort to explaining the context of a situation and helping to birth the notion of the connected nature of the system(s) of the body.
Every year we are understanding more about the relationships of the mind, the body and other more subtle parts of the experience of life. Science is doing a great job connecting dots, constructing new models and verifying or derailing old notions.
Quite a bit of new investigation is launched from platforms (so to speak) of old ideas. Sometimes very old ideas. In my opinion, it takes a very experienced and expansive individual to consolidate various "worlds" of information and produce a digestible answer to seemingly simple questions such as those I mention above (think Carl Sagan, Oliver Sacks) - to help explain how all the components can be seen as whole.
When it comes to "stepping down" large amounts of info relating to health philosophies, modality perspectives and illuminating connections rather than inventing differences, Dick Larson, Ph.D is a helpful man.
Dick is an Advanced Rolfer, Acupuncturist and Craniosacral therapist. A practitioner and educator, Dick, has also written some very helpful articles connecting concepts from various systems.
Click here to go to his excellent article on connective tissue, Rolfing and traditional chinese medicine.
You can find more at his practice website: www.larsonwellbeing.com
Below is a video link to some portions of "Strolling Under the Skin" by Dr Jean-Claude Guimberteau MD. The whole work is a collection of micro-camera videos taken, with patient permission, during various surgeries. The images offer a glimpse down into the various architectures of tissues (mostly connective) which we commonly rely on artist renderings to help imagine.
Don't worry, it's nothing too graphic.
Folks often ask me for visual references regarding one body system or another. I have plenty of verbally cued visual descriptions and analogies, however, my animation skills are a bit lacking.
So I thought I would post this lovely conceptualization and representation of the movements of the cranial bones according to medical osteopathy. Highlighted is - my favorite bone - the sphenoid. It's the one that looks like Batman's private crime-fighting jet.
I wish I could take credit for this, but I cannot. And I'm not 100% sure that the individual who posted it created the animation, however, there is a small signature in the bottom right corner.
Fibromyalgia remains a bit of a treatment mystery in current medical care protocol. With symptoms extending into physical, emotional and mental areas, it can be difficult to know where to start to find assistance and relief.
Below is a link to a well written article from 2010 summarizing a study and offering citations of others investigating the benefits of Craniosacral Therapy for individuals experiencing the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.
"According to these results, craniosacral therapy can be considered a complimentary therapeutic approach to fibromyalgia."
"[CST] was found to contribute to a better quality of life in fibromyalgia patients."
No surprise, right? I mean, I'm not likely to post something that says what CST practitioners does is nuts. However, being a science dork, I'm interested in any data that helps to articulate and explain to clients what is occurring during and after my work. This article isn't just a chance to dress up CST - it is mentioned that the studies considered revealed a timeline specificity for treatment of this particular scope (benefits diminished after one year without treatment sessions) and that there wasn't measurable data for how CST influenced the autonomic nervous system (an element ultimately relating to symptoms of the cardiovascular system in fibro).
However, quality of life is pretty valuable thing. Each step towards an easy smile and options to participate more fully in life ought to be considered a victory.
Andrew M. Given