JAN'S PHILOSOPHY of MASSAGE
I regard myself as a sensorimotor educator,
informing the body of its potential for comfort and ease of movement.
I help the body increase its range of motion, give up its tension, and
relax. Most of us take better care of our houses and cars, yet our
bodies are our homes from the day we are born (or earlier!). We
need to take a more enlightened view of our bodies through food, exercise,
TAKE YOUR BODY IN FOR A TUNE-UP
"USER'S GUIDE TO THE HUMAN BODY"
Many people think of massage as pampering, because it feels so good. But the reason it feels so good is that massage gives you an 'optimally functioning body'.
If you Google 'bodywork' you will find many places that will take the
dents out of your car! When a vehicle's alignment is off, it manifests
as uneven tread wear and loss of tire life. When a human body's
posture is off, a range of problems result. These include restricted
ROM, pain, organ/nerve/muscle/joint dysfunction, and joint/tendon/ligament/muscle
stress (just for starters).
body has an ideal position. If it is balanced and harmonized, it
runs smoothly and for a long time. A mechanic will put the car in
neutral and check the wheel positioning. This is analagous to a postural analysis. Is there "toe-in"/internal rotation, "toe-out"/external
rotation, FHP (Forward Head Position?
Is there spiral line flexibility?
Are there good flexion and extension curves acting as shock absorbers?
A good massage is a good tune-up. A good massage will give you an
optimally functioning body.
Our culture is in denial that we have bodies at all; we can have clothes,
but we can't have bodies unless there is something medically wrong with
them. So much of human anatomy and physiology is cluttered with
long multisyllabic Latin names that actually inhibit understanding of
our bodies. The concepts are simple; the language is not.
I love designing educational experiences for "USER'S GUIDE TO THE
Touch is a boundary experience;
the body is constantly deliberating: ME or NOT ME. We don't experience
our physical boundaries until they are touched. This has psychological
and emotional impacts. We need to reclaim our bodies and decolonize our
minds from outside occupation.