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. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
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. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
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. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
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. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
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. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
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. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
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. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
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. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
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. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
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. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
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. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
A Constellations Intensive, Part Bazillion

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A Constellations Intensive, Part Bazillion

Here's the final, overdue installment of my experiences at the 9th North American Systemic Constellations Intensive.

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
A Constellations Intensive, Part 2

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A Constellations Intensive, Part 2

This is a short post about my day 2 at the 9th North American Systemic Constellations Intensive in Hartford, Connecticut.

Since I'm in what's called the Mentoring Track, I have to facilitate constellations along with all of my group members. We have a small group of about 11, I think, and we work with different faculty each day, facilitating. Today someone picked me as their facilitator. 

I cannot ethically disclose the contents of my client's constellation. I *can* say that the Field works very efficiently at putting client and facilitator, group and teacher together!  My teacher, Francesca, was our group leader today. My client had an issue that was not an ordinary Family system issue, but much more shamanic in nature. I believe that that is why the circumstances came together for this particular constellation: the teacher recognized and supported my framing of it, the client did as well, and the group was also in agreement, at least to the point of stepping in to what I was proposing without any pushback. 

I can't say that it went perfectly; my first attempt had to be stopped and so we started a constellation with a second idea of what might work. That eventually *did* work, and in a really beautiful way. Several of the representatives spoke wise words from which I learned a great deal, myself. 

Terrifying and thrilling all at the same time. 

Tonight, my shamanic friends and I will present an informal presentation/discussion "Constellation Applications in Shamanic Healing" as a side bonus event. It should be fun :-) 

 

UPDATE, 10:19pm: Well, it WAS fun! Lots of my shamanic peeps showed up, as did about two thirds of the entire intensive. Which was kind of great. I presented my stuff, which I've also written into an article. We did some live constellations and some revelations were had. Several of us presented, and about half of the people actually stayed the whole two hours. After a very, very long and arduous day. I'm glad that I put myself out there - that has been a barrier of mine that I've been working on; really being "all in." 

Tonight we were totally "all in!"

 

 

 

 

 

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
A Constellations Intensive, Part 1

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A Constellations Intensive, Part 1

First in a short series of posts about my experience at the 9th North American Systemic Constellations Intensive

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
The LifeCycle of a Healing

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The LifeCycle of a Healing

Have you ever wondered why some healings happen instantaneously, while others seem to unfold slowly over time, while still others seem to accomplish nothing? Here are some of the answers!

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
What We Learned From Nature Constellations

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What We Learned From Nature Constellations

We had some amazing conversations with Nature last Saturday! Here's what we learned ...

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
Luke -- The Force is Real!  And ... it's called the Pachawan Kausay

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Luke -- The Force is Real! And ... it's called the Pachawan Kausay

Luke — The Force is real ... And it's called Pachawan Kausay!

Last week I had the absolutely wonderful opportunity to spend several days with my teacher from Peru, Adolfo Ttito Condori, in the gorgeous and inviting home of my wayqechaykuna (my dear brothers) Kevin and John. We were in my home town of Weaverville, NC., amongst some of the oldest mountains and mountain beings on the planet, and also less than a mile from one of the oldest known rivers, the French Broad. With this teacher, I study the Andean Cosmology, of which he is a true master, having spent at least three decades in study and practice.

The paqos, the Andean healers who walk the path of the Andean Cosmology, study the energies all around us very, very closely; they study the energies of places, the energies of people, the energies of events, the energies of our mishas, the energies of the ancestors, the energies of ceremony, eclipses, and on and on. This beautiful Cosmology is all about Light and Life-Force. It is about connecting with the Light and the Life force that exists in and flows through all things, especially the Pachamama and the Apukuna, the spirits of the mountains who are her sons. In Quechua (also known as 'runa simi', the 'people's tongue'), the native language of the Andean paqos, this energy is called pachawan kausay (pah CHOW ahnCOW sigh), the time/place of kausay, life-force. The pachawan kausay says that all things are alive, aware, awake, and imbued with living energy through and through.

“For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the force around you; here, between you, me the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes.” -Yoda

Yoda was correct. He must have been a paqo. My teacher, Adolfo, says these same things in almost exactly these same words. I’m not sure he’s ever seen Star Wars. I know that he’s been working with this energy since he was a little boy at the knee of his grandfather, a revered hatun misayoq healer, a ‘misha carrier of high degree’.

One of the things that Adolfo said to us in this last class was very interesting to me: he said that when an object, such as a small stone, is sitting on the Pachamama, our Earth Mother, she is ‘in charge’ of that object; she is taking care of it, its energetic template, and its kausay. When we pick it up, then we become responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of its kausay, its life force and energetic template. In my mind’s eye, I see the rock sitting on Pachamama, its inductive ’charging station’, being kept topped-up with kausay, life-force, and with its energetic pattern fully matching its perfect divine blueprint. When the stone is picked up, the connection is broken, and both its ‘charge’ and its pattern can begin to drift.

We humans are the same. Our bodies come directly from the Pachamama from the elements we consume as food, water, and the air we breathe. When we hole up in offices and houses for too long, we become desiccated, dehydrated from this vibrant life-force template that is perfect for us; we begin running our batteries down. Just like our cell-phones. Getting back in physical contact with the Pachamama is our best way to ‘charge’ and top us back up to 100%.

The study of this energy requires complete inner silence, something that has also been shown to be a profoundly healing state for us all. This requires “the deepest commitment, the most serious mind (again, Yoda).” This quality of silence, this practice, is called ch’inkay in Quechua; seeking and contemplating our own inner Light. Not exactly meditation. Another word he gave us for this greater seeking is chaskikuy, which means being the star within us, studying and embracing that divine blueprint within, the light of your own star.

If anything, I came away more committed to this utterly beautiful path of the Andean Cosmology. I am also beginning to realize just how committed one must become in order to begin to have the slightest awareness of these energies. It happens poco a poco, little by little. Or, in Quechua, as-asllamanta. With each small practice, each silent sitting, each connection to an energy, we grow our capacity and increase our ability to move into this pacha, this time/place of being totally connected to the pachawan kausay. No practice is wasted; it all contributes. Our capacity opens from the inside-out; its more rather like phasing into a parallel universe than *doing* anything specific; this pacha is available to us — we need only prepare ourselves for it to receive us.

We are Light.
Not this crude matter.

 

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
Clearing Your Body's Hucha the Easy Way

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Clearing Your Body's Hucha the Easy Way

In the last post I talked about some of the body's energy systems. Today I'm diving more into hucha, its detrimental side effects, and how to easily clear it.

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
What You Should Know About Clearing Human Body Energies And Why You Should Care

What You Should Know About Clearing Human Body Energies And Why You Should Care

We are energetic beings, interacting with the energies around us for good or ill, and having specific needs for maintaining our energy health. This post talks about this a bit and shares a teeny bit about recalibrating and clearing your own energies for maximum health.

Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com
The Powerful Usefulness of Exploring Your Dreams

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The Powerful Usefulness of Exploring Your Dreams

Dreams are powerful; they give us guidance and information, and reunite us with our vitality.

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Jeffrey Rich, LMT 656, is a practitioner and educator in the healing arts living and working in Huntsville, AL. He is a Licensed Massage Therapist, certified in Orthopedic Massage by OMERI, Certified Systemic and Family Constellations Facilitator, and Shamanic Practitioner and teacher.
Being a true Gemini, he has two websites,
www.shining-mountain.com and www.waterwillowmoon.com