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92 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k m a r c h / a p r i l 2 0 1 6 The Benefits of Multi-Hands Study Groups All hands on deck By Jana Panter, ND including one that is fairly unique to bodywork—trading sessions with other practitioners. Trading massage, reiki, or visceral manipulation with a peer practitioner is a twofer: providing care for a kindred spirit and an opportunity to receive care and work on your own healing path. I first experienced bodywork trading in my initial craniosacral therapy class. There, we worked in pairs, unless there were an odd number of people, and then there would be one group of three people— two practitioners and one client. At first, none of us wanted to be in the group of three; it felt diluted, as if each practitioner had less of the client's energy to work with because we had to share. Then, as we began to understand the value of more than one practitioner—multiple hands-on work (multi-hands)—our attitudes shifted and we wanted to be in the group of three. Being a bodywork practitioner has many perks,

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