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Oregon Bodyworkers

a place for bodyworkers in Oregon to connect

Location: Oregon
Members: 42
Latest Activity: Jan 15, 2015

Bodyworkers of Oregon

So, I guess my main idea for this group was for it to be like a gateway to in-person connection.
Here are some examples:
Maybe I'm visiting my sister in another Oregon town, and I want to get a massage while I'm there. I can come on here to the discussion forum and say, "Hey, anyone in wherever have an opening on whatever day?" That way seems to me like less of a hit-or-miss situation than just looking up someone in the phonebook once you get there, and this way you're already familiar with the one giving you a massage.
Or, maybe I am thinking of trying out a new product in my practice, but I want to experience it first. I can ask the members of this group if they use it, and if anyone in my area does, I can go make an appointment with them so I can feel what it's like as opposed to just hearing people's opinions about it.

But of course, we can use this group for whatever. So, welcome!

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SAVE YOUR HANDS! Injury Prevention Workshop

SAVE YOUR HANDS! Injury Prevention WorkshopLearn through other LMTs' eyes as they spot your body mechanics during plenty of hands-on time. When you take this workshop, you will learn how to modify…Continue

Tags: longevity, body, mechanics, ergonomics, career

Started by Rachel Sheard, LMT, NCTMB, CIPI Dec 17, 2013.

Where in Oregon are YOU? 5 Replies

I just thought it would be helpful to have a quick reference of where the group members are located... when you join the group, post your city!I am located in Bend in beautiful Central Oregon.Continue

Started by Martha Kay. Last reply by Mandy Beeman Apr 23, 2013.

Insurance/Work Comp 4 Replies

Hello OR LMTs!I am wondering how to go about contracting with work comp here. I'm getting the run around and haven't found the right avenue to get connected yet. Anyone?Also, if anyone is billing med…Continue

Started by Jamie Smith. Last reply by Rachel Sheard, LMT, NCTMB, CIPI Aug 29, 2012.

Insurance credentialing in Oregon 2 Replies

Hey!! I am totally new to the whole credentialing process and don't have a good idea of different networks insurance groups etc.  I was in the process of credentialing with ASH, but heard some…Continue

Started by Lauren Swick. Last reply by Lauren Swick Apr 20, 2012.

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Comment by Rachel Sheard, LMT, NCTMB, CIPI on January 15, 2015 at 3:10pm

Chances are, you know a massage therapist who has suffered from an injury that has kept them from working, if you haven't experienced an injury yet yourself. It's a scary thing to think about, since we love our careers and our clients so much. Most LMTs are also independent contractors, therefore unable to make a Workers' Compensation claim if/when an injury does occur, so the safety and protection of our hands truly lies in our OWN hands.

Please join me as I teach a 6-CEU workshop in historic Oregon City, Oregon (the end of the Oregon Trail!) based on the 2nd Edition Save Your Hands! book written by Lauriann Greene & Rick Goggins. Learn a multitude of ways to protect your most valuable assets--your hands and body! Space is limited, so please sign up to save your spot and get your book soon. If you aren't able to join us in the next few months, you may want to purchase the book now and begin to read through it, then sign up for a workshop at a later date.

Visit www.rslmt.com/SaveYourHandsCEWorkshops.html for more information and workshop dates. You can register through the website, or directly at www.ricochetbodysolutions.eventbrite.com

Time: 9am-4pm, including a break for lunch

Location: 707 Madison Street, Oregon City, 97045--Subject to change based on number of participants.

CEUs: 6 NCBTMB Approved CEUs

Cost: $150--includes a copy of the 2nd edition Save Your Hands! book (required for the workshop, please read through prior to hands-on workshop) and cost of workshop.

Proven methods exist to lower the incidence of work-related injury. Many of them involve making simple but important changes to your activities, both at work and elsewhere; others will take more thought and practice to apply. But taking the necessary steps to prevent injury is much easier and less disruptive to your career than dealing with an injury once it has occurred. Ideally, all students should learn effective injury prevention and ergonomics techniques during their training, to prepare them for the challenges of their future careers.

Space is limited--sign up now to guarantee your spot!

Visit www.rslmt.com/SaveYourHandsCEWorkshops.html for more information and workshop dates. You can register through the website, or directly at www.ricochetbodysolutions.eventbrite.com

Comment by Dawn Lewis on March 4, 2014 at 3:19pm

Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique (SMRT) Class Schedule:

        SMRT: Hips, Lower Back, & Abdomen, Winter Park, FL, April 4-6, 2014, 24 CE's

                       ***10% discount ends today***

        SMRT: Shoulder, Axilla, Ribcage, & Upper Back, Rochester, MN, April 25-27, 2014, 24 CE's

        SMRT: Thighs & Knees, Seattle, WA, May 9-10, 2014, 12 CE's

        SMRT: Lower Legs & Feet, Seattle, WA, May 10-11, 2014, 12 CE's

        SMRT: Head & Neck, Coeur d'Alene, ID, May 16-17, 2014, 12 CE's

        SMRT: Back & Spine, Coeur d'Alene, ID, May 17-18, 2014, 12 CE's

        SMRT: Head & Neck, Watford City, ND, June 13 -14, 2014, 12 CE's

        SMRT: Arm & Hand, Watford City, ND, June 14-15, 2014, 12 CE's

                       The following classes will be on our website by March 10th

        SMRT: Shoulder, Axilla, Ribcage, & Upper Back, Moorhead, MN, July 18-20, 2014, 24 CE's

        SMRT: Head & Neck, Atlanta, GA, August 1-2, 2014, 12 CE's

        SMRT: Back & Spine, Atlanta, GA, August 2-3, 2014, 12 CE's

        SMRT: Shoulder, Axilla, Ribcage, & Upper Back, Durham, NC, September 5-7, 2014, 24 CE's

        SMRT: Thighs & Knees, Boulder, CO, October 3-4, 2014, 12 CE's

        SMRT: Lower Legs & Feet, Boulder, CO, October 4-5, 2014, 12 CE's

To register, go to http://efullcircle.com/registration-2/

Comment by Dawn Lewis on March 3, 2014 at 4:00pm

Have you ever had a client with a thick, tight piriformis?  Maybe you used your forearms, elbows, thumbs, and worked like crazy to get the tone to come down.  But, when you went back to piriformis, it was hypertonic again.  Has this ever happened to you?  One of the main reasons piriformis gets, and remains, tight is that the second through fourth sacral vertebrae are compressed.  This compresses the fibers of piriformis' origin, and creates hypertonicity in the muscle.  Unlocking the sacrum can be done quickly and easily.  I have a client that I have been seeing for almost 20 years.  When he first came to me, he was convinced that a girl like me would never have enough pressure for him.  He had fairly severe piriformis syndrome or psuedo-sciatica and had been getting massage for several years with limited results.  Needless to say, my pressure was fine, but it was the Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique or SMRT that really took our first session over the top.  I unlocked his sacrum, released both piriformis muscles, as well as the rest of the hip tissue in both hips and bilateral hamstrings.  One session, that is all it took with SMRT to get rid of his piriformis syndrome, and I had a client for life.  He came back every week and had me do the same massage for six months, just to be sure it would stay gone.  It came back - 15 years later after his second hip replacement.  It took us one session to fully release piriformis and it was gone again.  Work SMaRTer on piriformis!  Get better results for the client in a way that is easier on your body.  Join us in Winter Park, FL to learn this and much more.  10% discount ends Tuesday, March 4th.  http://efullcircle.com/class-schedule/

Comment by Dawn Lewis on February 28, 2014 at 2:36pm

Hi Everyone! This is a link to our newest newsletter article - http://efullcircle.com/case-study-beths-knee/

Comment by Dawn Lewis on February 26, 2014 at 6:55am
I read an article recently from a link posted on facebook about plantar fasciitis. The author of the article said plantar fasciitis is largely misunderstood. First, it was thought to be a shortening of the plantar fascia, then inflammation where the plantar fascia attaches at the medial process of the calcaneal tuberosity, but lately the thinking is that the symptoms may not be in the plantar fascia at all. When the bones of the foot become compressed, whether this happens because of types of shoes worn, surgeries, and/or compensation patterns, there is damage done to the connective tissue attaching to and surrounding those bones. Compression of the tarsal bones leads to shortening of this connective tissue, and because the bones do not move fully while walking, a chafing of the connective tissue with each step. I have several clients with this issue, and with most a combination of deep tissue and SMRT works fairly well for maintenance, but for one client this only increases the inflammation. Knowing that SMRT would not increase inflammation, this week I dropped the deep tissue and combined the SMRT with myofascial unwinding. After the session, she had no pain for the first time in months. Check out Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique for the feet on video at http://efullcircle.com/spontaneous-muscle-release-technique-lower-l... or join us for a live seminar in Seattle, http://efullcircle.com/class-schedule/
Comment by Dawn Lewis on February 24, 2014 at 7:24am
The muscle tissue in the neck can be extremely tender and hypertonic. One of the main reasons for this is immobility or misalignment of the cervical vertebrae. Releasing the cervical ligaments unlocks the vertebrae, allowing more movement and a natural realignment of the vertebrae. When the vertebrae are mobile and moving back into their natural space, the muscle tissue is far less tender and hypertonicity is lessened automatically and instantly. For example, the scalene muscles attach to each of the cervical transverse processes from C2 through C7. Working with the muscle without addressing vertebral immobility and misalignment can cause quite a bit of pain. That pain is significantly reduced by working with the vertebral ligaments first. To see how this is done, check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyVHjYJ8gcc Get more SMRT releases for the cervical ligaments and the muscles of the neck at http://efullcircle.com/spontaneous-muscle-release-technique-head-ne...
Comment by Dawn Lewis on February 19, 2014 at 3:57pm

        I have just finished proofing the video for our Lower Extremities DVD.  This DVD set will be over 6 hours long with extras.  The Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique information is exciting, from the ability to quickly release the deltoid ligament in the medial ankle to the ACL release that creates instant mobility in the knee, from the move that softens the ITT in 30 seconds to the ability to unlock the groin muscles without working directly on the pubic bone, from the release for the connective tissue at the popliteal fossa to the instant removal of adhesions between the hamstrings, it is fabulous.  And the extras in this set really excite me.  Patti does a take on active isolated stretching, both on the client and for you, the therapist, and Rhonda's yoga flows beautifully, and is designed to enhance your body mechanics.  Full Circle is an approved massage therapy continuing education provider through the NCBTMB, as well as in NY and ND.  This set is approved for 24 CE's.  To order, http://efullcircle.com/spontaneous-muscle-release-technique-lower-e...

Comment by Dawn Lewis on February 17, 2014 at 1:04pm

        Gluteus Maximus is a large muscle with many attachments.  It originates from the posterior iliac crest, the posterior inferior sacrum and the posterior coccyx.  This means tension in gluteus maximus can affect the position of these bones.  It also means that a shift or compression in these bones can have an effect on tension in gluteus maximus.  If there is an imbalance between the left and right gluteus maximus (i.e. one is hypertonic, the other is hypotonic), these bones will be pulled to the hypertonic side.  This muscle inserts on the gluteal tuberosity and the iliotibial band, which means that tension in gluteus maximus can pull the femur into a lateral rotation or a posterior position.  Additionally, since it attaches to the IT band, any imbalance can cause either too much or not enough tension in the IT band.  This link is to a video that shows an SMRT release for gluteus maximus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS_rvsD90ek  This release will take tone down in hypertonic muscles and bring tone up in hypotonic muscles.  If you find that it does not work, it is possible the issue is a bony misalignment.   Get more SMRT releases for the hip at http://efullcircle.com/spontaneous-muscle-release-technique-hips-an...

Comment by Dawn Lewis on February 14, 2014 at 9:27am

2 live seminars in Seattle, WA:  SMRT:  Thigh & Knee, May 9th and 10th, and SMRT: Lower Leg & Foot, May 10th & 11th.  Each course is NCBTMB approved for 12 CE hours.  In the Thigh & Knee course, you will learn to instantly soften IT bands, painlessly remove adhesions and tension from adductors, release ligaments of the iliofemoral joint to mobilize the femur and knee, and work with chondromalacia, ACL replacements, MCL and LCL injuries, etc. In the Lower Leg & Foot course, instruction will be given in how to balance gastrocnemius, alleviate shin splints, lessen lymphedema, remove chronic ankle inflammation, release ligaments in the talocrural joint for natural realignment, and work with plantar faciitis and tarsal tunnel syndrome.  Get more information or register at http://efullcircle.com/class-schedule/

Comment by Edward M. Scott LMT on February 19, 2012 at 11:36pm

Hello, any Esalen or Esalen inspired practitioners or learners in the Portland/ Gresham area.

 

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