Yahara Therapy

October 2011 Newsletter:

Happy autumn -- I hope this finds you well and surrounded by friends and family and abundance.

  1. Donate to Goodman Community Center's Fritz Food Pantry
  2. Share your resources
  3. Visceral Manipulation
  4. PT News
  5. My love of muscles got me published!
  6. Yoga Therapy

1) Donate to Goodman Community Center's Fritz Food Pantry
During the months of October and November, I will be accepting donations to the Fritz Food Pantry of the Goodman Community Center here in Madison. You can bring a donation next time you have an appointment or when you are in the neighborhood. Donations may be left in the designated area on my front porch, safe out of the elements. Please find the food pantry's Wish List by opening this PDF.

Leave your name along with your donation to be entered into a drawing for a free massage. One each in October and November (and yes, you can donate more than once!).

Thank you for helping to keep our local pantry full!

2) Share your resources
A therapeutic relationship is an ongoing conversation, an exhange. I feel that it is my responsibility as a massage therapist to provide effective and thoughtful therapy, to educate about the work that we do together, and to share information that you can use to support your health.

My web site will soon have a "Resources" section with information, opportunities and ideas.

I invite you to share your favorite resources with me for possible posting. What kinds of providers, health tips, support services, networks, research, products, and ideas have you found useful to support your health and well-being?

Some examples of what I'd like to post:

  • Articles, videos, graphics, printable brochures and other media
  • Individuals, businesses, organizations (especially, but not limited to, local) - including other bodyworkers/massage therapists

Please contact me with your ideas. I'll edit and decide on all final content. This will be an ongoing process, so as you encounter something, please send it along.

3) Visceral Manipulation

Being a full-time physical therapy student is the perfect time to pile on more classes! Therefore, I'll be in the Milwaukee area for four days, training with the Barral Institute in a manual therapy technique: Visceral Manipulation (VM).

In a nutshell, VM helps to discover and address tension and restrictions in your viscera: organs and the connective tissues that surround them. This, in turn, can help relieve symptoms of illness and injury.

In a few more words: The intent of this soft tissue manipulation is, much like the goals of myofascial work, to: discover dysfunction and irregularities through direct palpation; balance the stresses upon organs and their ligaments; free adhesions, and encourage healthy circulation within and to organs and their supportive structures.

Who benefits from this work?
Those who have had trauma such as accidents, childbirth, and illness, and those who live with chronic conditions such as cerebral palsy may benefit from VM.

A major focus of VM is the gastrointestinal (GI) system. The "brain-gut" axis is the unique connection of the nervous system with the viscera. Studies on GI disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) look at the relationship between emotional distress and the function of the gut. VM attempts to directly address both the gut and the nervous system to rebalance and promote healing.

While manual therapies directly affecting the viscera have been around for centuries (and longer, it is believed), visceral treatments are beginning to re-emerge. I look forward to learning to work effectively and safely with this special anatomy, and to providing you with enhanced therapy services.

4) PT News
This has been the busiest semester, yet, at PT school. I'm learning how to screen and treat low back pain. I've tested a young toddler's motor skills using a standardized test, spent a day in a wheelchair, and played with babies in the famous "Baby Lab" while trying desperately to quantify how they move.

Feel free to ask questions. I'm always happy to share!

5) My love of muscles got me published!
I am thrilled to announce that I am now in print! My Human Physiology professor at UW Madison - Dr. Andrew Lokuta - took notice of a silly teaching tool I created to tutor other students about how a muscle contracts. He submitted it to the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society's publication, the HAPS - EDucator. They accepted!

Now, you, too, can read "Excitation-Contraction Coupling in Skeletal Muscle: A Love Story?", a combination of "Mad Libs" and a soap opera. (Heck yeah, I'll send you a copy if you like!)

6) Yoga Therapy
"Ancient Moves for Orthopedic Problems"
"It pays to know about methods of prevention and treatment for orthopedic problems that are low-cost and rely almost entirely on self-care."
By Jane E. Brody
August 1, 2011
The New York Times: Health

As always, contact me with questions or concerns. Until we meet, again,