Why the Healer’s Gathering?

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A little over a year ago The Healer’s Gathering was birthed. Tamra Fleming, Sandi Hanson,
Katie Cavanaugh and I were each on our individual healer’s path, each with a strong desire to make a difference in the world. We were all brought together in a magical and mystical way.  We knew when we met that something big was brewing.

Along our journeys we each had opportunities to have conversations with many healers and they have shared their struggles and frustrations about their journeys with their work.  We found there to be common threads to these challenges. I now refer to these as “The Universal Struggles of the Healer”.

  • Have you felt the calling to serve others in their physical, emotional or spiritual pain, but are not sure how to move forward with this path?
  • Or maybe you are already following your calling but you feel isolated and ‘on your own’ in your work?
  • Do you struggle with how to put yourself out there in the world and still feel authentic?
  • Do you find that you compromise yourself – physically, energetically, and emotionally?
  • When you hear of the success of a fellow practitioner do you feel jealous or envious? Or maybe you have thoughts like “That can never happen for me.” Or “I try and try and I don’t why that doesn’t happen for me”.
  • Are you predominantly right brained and find it challenging to ‘run a business’ in this left brain world?

You are not alone in these feelings and struggles. Most healing practitioners have been challenged by most if not all of these issues. I have certainly lived all of these challenges at one time or another in my 27 years of practice.

The Healer’s Gathering was created for people just like you. We want you to feel empowered, supported, and inspired to do your work – your unique work without compromise. The world needs YOUR healing touch.

The inaugural Healer’s Gathering took place in Sisters, Oregonhttp://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-people-dog-jumping-beach-image23531593
in September of 2012. It was a resounding success – “life changing” was the overall feedback.

Katie and I have teamed together to carry the torch forward. The second annual Healer’s Gathering will take place September 20-22, 2013 in Sisters.

The 2013 Healer’s Gathering promises to be more powerful. We have brought together an amazing array of teachers that will help you “supercharge” your gifts as well as give you practical tools to move your work forward and upward. Our teachers include Colby Wilk, Marcia Bench, Barbara Largent as well as your co-hosts Katie and Regina. We will also be graced with the music of beautiful singer/songwriter and healer Anastacia. Please visit the website to see the offerings of our teachers.

Here are 10 reasons for you to attend the 2013 Healer’s Gathering:

  1. You’ll be inspired by incredible teachers to stand more fully in your role as healer.
  2. You will discover new tools to empower you as a healer.
  3. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge you need to take your career and business to the next level.
  4. You will build a valuable community of healers, a support network, and mentors.
  5. You’ll discover a new sense of confidence and passion for who you are and what you do.
  6. You will receive tools to help you become more grounded, centered and balanced.
  7. You will learn to amplify your impact as healer in your work and in your community.
  8. You will learn ways to walk the path of the healer with ease and grace.
  9. You will be investing in yourself and in your ability to help others.
  10. You will connect your unique gifts and to the truth of who YOU are – as a healer.
  11. You’ll have fun!

TempleKatie and I have also collaborated together to create “The Four Pillars of Your Sacred Healing Temple” – a forthcoming book and as well as a series of FREE supportive “Healer – to – Healer” tele-calls. We speak to your challenges and you will receive guidance and practical tools to authentically bring your healing work into the world.
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Regina
K and R in field

Work Smart! Not hard! Body Mechanics: The Wrist

Massage therapy can be physically demanding. Many massage therapists end up needing to leave the profession due to injury. I am fortunate to be able to say that I have been doing massage and bodywork for 27 years. But it wasn’t always smooth sailing. I had some struggles on and off for the first years of my career until I figured out what I was doing wrong, how and where I was compromising myself and how to use my body more efficiently.

Just as your car runs more smoothly and uses less gas when it is tuned up and the wheels are in alignment, you will perform better and for longer if your body is in alignment.

In 2006 the ABMP surveyed 600 massage therapists. They inquired about musculoskeletal symptoms and injuries among massage therapists and bodyworkers. Go to the end of this article to see their frightening statistics.

I am sometimes flabbergasted at the lack of alignment that I see when some of my students enter my classes. Massage therapists sometimes do some crazy things with their hands. So I am on a mission…. I want to help you stay in the profession as long as you want. My students hear me say over  and over, “Work smart. Not hard”.

I highly recommend that at all times, you use proper alignment of your thumbs, fingers, wrists, arm, shoulders as well as your upper and lower back, pelvis, hips, knees, ankles and feet.
That is a lot to be mindful of.  Let’s start with the wrist.

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Image #1

Using the fist is a common tool used is massage therapy. This is an effective tool. You can achieve deeper pressure with a soft fist than with the thumb. It gives a much broader base of contact than the thumb. We always want to work with the wrist in a neutral position. Look at the image #1 to the right. This is neutral. In a neutral position, the bones are aligned and the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joint capsule are toned but not overworking.

Image #2

Image #2

Now look at image #2.
In #2 the flexor side of the wrist is compressed which means the bones are compressed, the ligaments and joint capsule are compressed. The extensor side of the wrist is elongated which means the ligaments and joint capsule is stretched open. The therapist has to work hard to stabilize the wrist so they are using extra effort to do the stroke. If you currently have this in your massage repertoire, take it out.

Image #3

Image #3

In image #3, the wrist is ulnar deviated which compresses the medial wrist bones into the ulna. If you currently have this in your massage repertoire, take it out.

Image #4

Image #4

Look at image #4. Well…
that is just plain awful.
Please don’t EVER do that.

Look back to Image #1. Make a soft fist. Tone your hand but don’t squeeze it. I find lightly pressing my finger pads into the proximal thumb and pinkie pad to be helpful with the maintaining of this tone. Pretend you have a roll of dimes in your hand so that you are not squishing the metacarpalphalangeal joints.

When you perform a “soft fist” stroke, stack you bones. Align your softy flexed elbow over your wrist. This eliminates any deviation. Look at it to make sure you are aligned. After 27 years in the profession, I still look to make sure I am aligned. Always align the thumb in the direction you are stroking. Don’t use your upper arm/shoulder (biceps, coracobrachialis, anterior deltoid) to push the stroke forward. Use your legs. Stack you bones, feel the vector forces lining up through the bones and then move from your legs. It is better to push the stroke than pull.

I have many tools in my toolbox. I set it on a table next to my massage table. Every couple of minutes I pull out a different tool. Sometimes I use my thumb, then I will switch to my fist, then an elbow, sometimes the flat of my hand. This way no tool ever gets overused.

General principles to pay attention to:

  • Use a variety of tools.
  • If you feel like you are working too hard… you are! Stop! Reevaluate how you are doing the stroke. Look at the alignment of all of your joints.
  • If you are experiencing pain doing a particular stroke, STOP! Ask yourself “How long do I want to remain in this profession?” Then choose another tool out of the tool bag.
  • If you don’t know if you are in or out of alignment, seek out a teacher or colleague that can watch you work and guide you to greater ease in your body.
  • Learn  how to move from your center by familiarizing yourself with Tai Chi principles.

ABMP Stats:

  • 77 percent experienced pain or other musculoskeletal symptoms related to massage work.
  • 64 percent sought medical treatment for symptoms.
  • 41 percent were diagnosed with an injury.
  • Shoulders, thumbs and lower back were the most common injury locations.
  • “Applying pressure” was listed as the most common cause of work-related symptoms.
  • 67 percent had ongoing symptoms.

Think about this….

If you leave this career (a career that I assume that you love), due to injury from poor body mechanics, think of all the people that will never get to experience your unique loving touch.

May you have a long and flourishing career!