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Neck and Shoulder Pain Positional Self Release

  In the original spirit of this blog (freely available healthcare and life-force for the common Joe): I hope to save your pocketbook and your liver the cost of that Advil®. Because screw that aspect of symptom-suppressing Western Medicine that avoids addressing root cause of things you can fix yourself with a little care and “looking into”.  Enjoy […]

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Your Rib is Not Out, It’s Just Freaked Out.

Your ribs aren’t “out”(that would be excruciating and you should be in the Emergency Room).  They’re probably just freaking out! They’re freaking out because they’re trying too hard to do too much at once.  They’re overworked community members within the community of you.  You’re the leader and management of this community; it’s time to engage and smooth […]

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Olympic Cupping: Octopus Attacks Elite Athlete’s Fascia

Olympic athlete cupping marks, everybody is buzzing about them.  What’s with them, and why on earth would anyone intentionally be attacked by an octopus to perform better? Great questions, and I can’t express how overjoyed I was to hear the Sports Anchor say the words “Myofascial Decompression” during a national broadcast. As a myofascial therapist, I love anything that informs […]

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Cubicle Kung Fu: The Chair in Your Knees, Exercise for Sit-Stand Desks

Inspired by Martial Arts and Myofascial Anatomy, the Chair in Your Knees is a favorite exercise useful for increasing stamina and comfort while standing at Sit-Stand desks, doing dishes, cooking, etc., in addition to helping: (Just need a quick reminder without all the explanation? Scroll down for the abridged version.) -Cultivate presence in base of support (feet, legs, pelvis, spine, ribs). […]

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Marijuana and Massage in Oregon: a Cannabis Coming Out

Transcend Bodywork is Pro-Cannabis. What new services can/do I offer?  How do I tell my kids? I’ve wanted to shout my love for cannabis from the highest mountaintops for years (pun intended).  Why now? Here’s what’s new: cannabis, including topical oils and lotions are legal in Oregon, both recreationally and as medicine. Plus the latest word from the Oregon Board […]

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Fitting Ski and Snowboard Boots for Minimalists and Barefooters

The video covers the essentials in 2 minutes.  Read on for the whole story. You’re a minimalist or barefooter, you’ve liberated and strengthened your feet, your arches support themselves, and you trust your feelings in your feet when they tell you they like what you are doing with them, or not. You honor and maintain your feet by choosing […]

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Feel The Bern! FREE PRINTABLE BERNIE SANDERS POSTER. Your Healthy Body is a Socialist Community.

If your healthy cells, organs and systems wanted to name their political philosophy they’d be socialist and you’d be their egalitarian leader.  Why don’t we try treating the country like a healthy body?  We have the chance now!  Elect Bernie Sanders and put the “We” back in  “We The People”.  Right click this image and “download” or “save […]

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Big Toe Alignment and Arch Support.

So simple, yet so overlooked.  I wish I had learned this before my feet had become weak, floppy paddles (read more about that here).  Sure there’s tibialis posterior, anterior, etc., + the myriad of intertwined soft tissues comprising your body’s tensegrity that have a role in controlling the arch too.  But the majority of work anchoring the supporting ends of the medial arch, […]

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