Massage & Bodywork

September/October 2011

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reader forum WHAT YOU ARE SAYING Refl exology Relief I love every issue, but this particular one is exactly what I needed to have more in-depth information on [July/ August 2011]. Thanks for the well- written articles with photos that are educational. It is so reassuring that I know when I open each and every publication that I will learn more and enjoy sharing this information with fellow therapists and all of my massage therapy students. Thanks ABMP! DEBORAH NOPPEN SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS The MT and the Bereaved I wanted to take the time to thank Mary Kathleen Rose (and ABMP) from the bottom of my heart for your article about grief and loss in the most recent issue of Massage & Bodywork magazine ["Grief & Loss," July/August 2011, page 60]. Although the article was aimed at giving massage therapists knowledge of grief so that they may better serve bereaved clients, I, unfortunately, am in the roles of both massage therapist and the bereaved. I lost my father somewhat unexpectedly in February of this year. It has been diffi cult for me at times to be able to grieve properly, yet put it aside during work so that I may effectively serve and assist a client. Although I am now in the bereavement process, I still have a hard time comforting or supporting clients who are grieving. I know personally how infuriating it can be to hear the words, "I understand," because when I was in the thick of it, I felt there was not a soul who understood how I felt. I still do not know what to say or do to help others, because in reality, there was not much anyone could do or say to help me. There are no quick, magical words of comfort. To grieve think creatively and striving to come out on top. Without it, I get bored. Your article spoke to me and I just wanted to thank you for sharing your experience of trials and triumph. It gave me hope for the future and reminded me to keep working toward my goals. STEPHANIE TURPIN BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA is to feel the most horrible feelings imaginable: fear, heartache, anger, even bitterness. These feelings cycle in and out, and they can vary from person to person. Your article really brought home for me what I knew to be true throughout this whole process: there is no advice to give. All that is required to help the grieving is your unconditional, supportive presence. LAUREN TALBOT FAYETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS The Itch I want to thank Robert Chute for writing about entrepreneurship [Practitioner Parables, "The Entrepreneurial Spirit," July/August 2011, page 127]. I have been getting the itch to follow my longtime dream of owning a wellness center. I decided years ago to work for myself, because I knew I just couldn't work for anyone else. There is a part of me that wants to be in charge, even if it means paying higher taxes, paying for my own health insurance, and no paid vacations. I feel that being an entrepreneur is not a choice for me; it's do it or be miserable. There is something perpetually stimulating and exciting about having to solve problems and Where Credit's Due Image 5 on page 77 of the July/August 2011 issue is taken from page 131 of Body Awareness in Action by Frank Pierce Jones, fi rst published in 1976. Body Awareness in Action (republished under the title Freedom to Change) is Jones's only book on the Alexander Technique, and it was published posthumously. It is an important book, because it includes a report of Jones's scientifi c investigation of the Alexander Technique that he conducted at Tufts University. This was the fi rst, and really the only, investigation until recently. Jones focused on the mechanism of the Alexander Technique, while some of the more recent studies focus on outcome. LELAND VALL NEW YORK, NEW YORK Please email your letters to Include your full name and the city and state in which you reside. Massage & Bodywork reserves the right to edit letters for length and clarity. tune in to your practice at ABMPtv 15

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