Massage & Bodywork

November | December 2014

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F r e e m u s i c d o w n l o a d s f o r C e r t i f i e d m e m b e r s : w w w. a b m p . c o m / g o / c e r t i f i e d c e n t r a l 11 READER FORUM VALIDATION THROUGH TOUCH I don't normally respond to articles I read in magazines, but I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated Douglas Nelson's article "Validation Through Touch" [September/October 2014, page 29]. It hit a very personal and professional chord that is very hard to communicate to people. This can be such a sensitive issue. I feel many medical practitioners miss so much and many patients go through their lives being told [the pain is] their fault, in their mind, or believing there is nothing that can be done. Saying this to clients or colleagues can feel like slinging mud, but this article said it beautifully. I am a veteran bodyworker and was involved in a sledding accident three years ago. The mental turmoil of not being able to fi gure out what was happening with my body and not getting answers or solutions from other medical practitioners was expensive, depressing, and frustrating. I was told that I needed to build my core, lose weight (I gained 52 pounds after my accident from not being able to exercise), that it was in my mind—all very invalidating. It wasn't until I received a thorough evaluation from Jerry Hesch at the Hesch Institute that my complaints and dysfunctional patterns of movement were validated. It was so empowering to have someone understand my body and teach me what to do to help it. I can now see my diffi cult journey as a key lesson in my own business and relationships with my clients. When I validate their pain and help them realize that nobody knows their body like they do, everything changes. I can almost see the darkness lift. Validation is very important and Douglas is right: "the emotional effect is just as powerful." Thank you! TAMI MOHLER MCCALL, IDAHO THE SIMPLICITY OF SELF-CARE I thought this article was really helpful [ July/August 2014, Ten for Today, "It's Time to Take Care of You," page 25]. The simple things in life get overlooked, but need to be in the front of minds every day so we, as massage therapists, can be benefi cial to others. KAT STROYEK MARGATE CITY, NEW JERSEY Thank you for your inspiring and affi rming article "It's Time to Take Care of You" [ July/ August 2014, page 25]. I own and direct Green River Dance For Global Somatics—a private career school in Minnesota that trains somatic movement educators, bodyworkers, and energy healers. I hang intentional feng shui mobiles in our learning environment. Massage therapist/ feng shui expert LaRae Fjellman of Transcending Art makes these mobiles, which blend art, nature, and the principles of feng shui. They have cleared, focused, and illuminated the transformational work that takes place at our school. I'm delighted to see ABMP stepping outside the box and talking about the power of feng shui. SUZANNE RIVER MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA EMAIL YOUR LETTERS TO EDITOR@ABMP.COM. INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME AND THE CITY AND STATE IN WHICH YOU RESIDE. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO EDIT LETTERS FOR LENGTH AND CLARITY. Access the digital edition archives at on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

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