A recent article by Mark Bertin, MD, reported on a new study that suggests that mindfulness of the body—noticing our physical sensations—can be a useful tool for stress management and greater resilience. Participants who noticed their physical state sooner, were able to reign in the stress response before it escalated. This is because it’s much easier to settle ourselves when mildly…
This gentle, hands-on form of stretching evaluates and treats the fascial connective tissue system, which can become restricted due to overuse, inactivity, trauma, or infection, often resulting in pain and muscle tension. The function of fascia is varied, but it generally acts as a shock absorber. It creates tissue spaces and plays an important role in support, protection, separation, cellular…
Kathleen completed the state Certified Massage Therapist license through courses taken at McKinnon Body Therapy Center in Oakland upon graduation in June 2014. She is certified in advanced Swedish/Western, Sports, Deep Tissue, and Asian systems including Shiatsu, Reiki, and Acupressure. She also completed a 150-hour course for elders and chronic conditions. One of her ongoing interests is how…
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The lymphatic system is a branch of the circulatory system made up of organs (spleen, thymus, tonsils and adenoids), lymph nodes, and lymph vessels. It produces the clear, extracellular fluid that bathes the tissues (lymph), and circulates it through the lymphatic system and back into the bloodstream. The lymphatic system is responsible for keeping our bodies free from excess water, protein, …
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