Myofascial Release for Neck Pain and Shoulder Pain

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Myofascial Release for Neck Pain and Shoulder Pain

Myofascial Release quickly relieves neck pain from prolonged sitting. It's also great for the upper trapezius, too. Find out more about Myofascial Release and how it helps.

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.
Myofascial Release for the Hip Flexors (Psoas, Iliacus, Iliopsoas)

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Myofascial Release for the Hip Flexors (Psoas, Iliacus, Iliopsoas)

The hip flexors are some of the most powerful muscles in the body, impacting the pelvis and low back. Myofascial Release for the hip flexors can help with chronically tight and painful hips and back. 

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.
What Does Shamanic Healing Feel Like?

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What Does Shamanic Healing Feel Like?

What does shamanic healing feel like? For most people, a shamanic healing session brings pleasant sensations. Read on to learn more ...

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.
Pachamama, the Living Earth, is Our First Mother

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Pachamama, the Living Earth, is Our First Mother

Apple Trees "apple."  The Earth "peoples." Pachamama is our Mother.

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.
How Will I Feel After Deep Tissue?

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How Will I Feel After Deep Tissue?

What do I do after Deep Tissue therapy? How will Deep Tissue make me feel? Here's a short article that explains how you may feel afterward and what to do to care for your body after a Deep Tissue session.

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.
What is Stress and How Does It Affect My Body?

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What is Stress and How Does It Affect My Body?

Stress is much more than just a word. It affects the tissues of your body and your body systems. Read more about stress and how it degrades your health.

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.
What Is Orthopedic Massage?

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What Is Orthopedic Massage?

How does Orthopedic Massage, sometimes called Medical Massage, differ from relaxing Swedish Massage?

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.
I've Never Had Massage! What Is Massage Like?

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I've Never Had Massage! What Is Massage Like?

Here's what happens in a massage, from beginning to end. If you have never had a massage you are really in for a treat! Massage is relaxing and healing.

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.
The Many Reasons Why People Receive Massage

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The Many Reasons Why People Receive Massage

Massage isn't just for relaxing anymore! It also helps support you after injury, and after surgery and medical procedures. Massage can be a mini vacation that benefits your mental health, too.

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.
Orthopedic Massage: What is It?

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Orthopedic Massage: What is It?

What is Orthopedic Massage? Learn the four principles of Orthopedic Massage and why its practitioners are set apart from the rest.

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.
Why is Swedish Massage so Powerful?

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Why is Swedish Massage so Powerful?

"Never underestimate the power of a good relaxing Swedish Massage!" ~my massage teacher, Mary

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.
What Constellations Are Teaching Me About Soul Retrieval

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What Constellations Are Teaching Me About Soul Retrieval

For a few years I have been using constellations to understand shamanic healing processes and reveal their workings more fully. This is the story of a shamanic Soul Retrieval constellation.

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.
Releasing Myofascial Tissue: Myofascial Pain Syndrome

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Releasing Myofascial Tissue: Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Myofascial Pain

Myofascial Pain, pain that originates in the connective tissue/muscle tissue interface, is still relatively misunderstood by massage therapists, bodyworkers, and by medical practitioners alike.

Myofascial pain arises in the soft tissues due to a number of causes and has several modes of treatment. Inflammation of the muscles and connective tissues is often involved. Repetitive motions and lack of mobility are two of the major causes of myofascial pain.

Neuromuscular Trigger Point

Neuromuscular Trigger Points

Often neuromuscular trigger points develop, causing pain in the muscle and pain referred to other tissues. The pain can happen when resting, or when using the muscle. Trigger points are thought to develop in muscles under repetitive contraction and static contraction for long periods of time. In cases of repetitive motion and immobility, layers of connective tissue begin to stick together. When tissues stick together, movement causes pain. Pain resolves by releasing myofascial tissue and resolving neuromuscular trigger points

How Myofascial Pain Begins

When you sit at your computer or are in one position for long periods, the fluid which normally lubricates between the layers of your connective tissue disperses. The spaces between the gliding layers dry out a bit and this causes your tissues to stick together.

Because myofascial connective tissue is so strong, when these gliding layers get stuck together, your body can no longer move in its normal way; it gets stopped short. When you try to move beyond this point, pain occurs. Deep Tissue Massage and Myofascial Freedom Massage techniques 'unglue' the tissues, restoring normal lubrication and movement.

During repetitive motions, sometimes a tiny part of your muscle, one little muscle bundle, fatigues and remains in contraction. This can create a Trigger Point which causes pain in its own way.

When a muscle bundle, a motor unit, stays in contraction, it squeezes the capillaries and vessels that bring it food and clear its waste products. The waste products build up and encourage the motor unit to contract even more. When this happens, a Trigger Point forms, which is tender or painful to the touch.

Resolving Myofascial Pain

Pressing into a Trigger Point refers pain to another part of the body in a known, predictable pattern called its referral pattern. The extra neurological traffic along nerve pathways tend to keep the area contracted, too. This extra neurological traffic increases general stress in the bodymind and in the neurological system.

The directed and skillful pressure on the trigger point is called Neuromuscular Trigger Point therapy. It resolves Trigger Points quickly and easily, restoring muscle tone and reducing this extra neural traffic, and reducing general stress levels in the bodymind.

Myofascial massage and release methods reduce stiffness, re-lubricate the tissues, and resolve pain. You end up feeling much better, more relaxed, and with improved movement. Try some today :-)

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.
What is the Bodymind?

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What is the Bodymind?

What does the term 'bodymind' refer to in massage and acupressure? Here is a peek ...

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.
Why I Love Acupressure

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Why I Love Acupressure

I love giving acupressure sessions. Here's a little bit of why ...

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.
What We Are Learning From Nature Constellations

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What We Are Learning From Nature Constellations

More about what we arecontinuing to learn from Nature Constellations.

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.
What is "Clearing"?

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What is "Clearing"?

What do I mean when I talk about "clearing"?  This article explains some of the facets of energetic clearing, both simple and on more complex levels.

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.
The Reality of a Spiritual Practice: It Only Gets Harder

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The Reality of a Spiritual Practice: It Only Gets Harder

Some people think that a spiritual practice takes one to nirvana. I'm here to tell you otherwise ...

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.
What Shamanism Teaches

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What Shamanism Teaches

Here are some of the surprising things that Shamanism and shamanic practice have brought to me. I still think I'm just now opening the box ...

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.
Constellation Miracles and Movements

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Constellation Miracles and Movements

The sometimes miraculous results of constellations, and what it's like after.

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. A Licensed Massage Therapist, he is certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator. Jeffrey is a Shamanic Practitioner and teacher who studies and practices the Andean Cosmology and Core Shamanism.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
He owns waaay too many books for his own good.