Day 12: Bodywork

Therapeutic Massage and the Healing of Touch

“It is in the mind, it is not the body: my job is reaching the mind.” - Milton Trager

“The sense of touch is the massage therapist’s main avenue used to affect another being and is the body’s main method of gathering information about itself.  In contrast, an artist uses the sense of vision, and a musician uses the sense of hearing to communicate with others. Touching can affect us physiologically, cognitively, psychologically and emotionally.” - Susan Salvo, Massage Therapy Principles and Practice.

Welcome to Day 12!

How are you doing today? Do you feel like some bodywork such as a massage would be the right thing right about now?

At this point in the Feast, you might want to treat yourself to a professional massage, or some type of bodywork at home.

Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a luxury splurge that has no real health benefits. To the contrary, hands-on healing helps you unwind, lowers blood pressure, moves lymphatic fluid (which carries the bulk of the toxins released from your tissues during a Juice Feast), promotes muscle relaxation and boosts your immune system. During a massage session, massage therapists use their hands and fingers to press and manipulate your skin, tendons, ligaments and muscles.

The strokes gently move your blood, oxygen and lymph to various tissues and organs in a way that normally doesn’t happen in the bodies of most people. As a result, the person who is receiving the massage experiences a level of physical and mental renewal that is hard to surpass.

Massage therapy also assists with releasing endorphins into the body, which can help with pain relief.

It is able to lessen depression and anxiety while improving the condition of the skin, which is the largest organ of the body.

Hidden Health Benefits of Human Touch

Today, numerous well respected studies indicate that massage therapy doesn’t only feel good, it also may be good for you. Take a look at the health benefits below and discover the power of human touch:

+ Stress & anxiety relief

+ Muscle relaxation

+ Blood pressure control

+ Better circulation

+ Pain reduction

+ Boosting immunity

+ Enhanced cancer treatment

+ Improved quality of sleep

But there’s more – a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine suggests that individuals who undergo massage therapy experience measurable improvements in their immune response.

Mark Rapaport, M.D., and his colleagues from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center followed 53 healthy adults who were divided into two groups: The participants received either 45 minutes of Swedish massage or the same amount of time of light touch massage, which is much milder and served mainly as a comparison to the more vigorous Swedish massage. After examining their blood samples, the scientists found that people in the Swedish massage group experienced a decrease in cortisol and a significant increase in lymphocytes, cells that keep our immune system strong.

More research is ahead of us but it appears that a single massage may deliver a measurable benefit,” Rapaport said in a news release.

Massage is far more potent therapy than most people realize. In fact, it can (and should) replace analgesics as a treatment for tension headaches. As it turns out, it takes only a 30-minute massage on cervical trigger points to boost autonomic nervous system regulation and alleviate the symptoms. Patients also report an improvement in their psychological and physiological state, which goes hand in hand with the reduction in stress and anxiety associated with such a disturbing condition.

The Field of Bodywork

FOR CENTURIES, the therapeutic use of touch has been applied to heal the body and reduce the tensions of daily life. Today, there are over 100 schools of bodywork that break down into the following categories and subcategories.

Therapeutic Massage: Lymphatic Drainage, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage

Structural Bodywork: Rolfing, Hellerwork, Myofascial Release and Aston Patterning that employ deep tissue techniques to restructure the body.

Movement Re-education Therapies: Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique, and Trager Approachhelp realign the body through the correction of postural imbalances to promote more efficient function of the nervous system.

Pressure Point Therapies: Reflexology and Shiatsu apply pressure on various areas of the body to relieve pain and restore proper energy flow.

Bioenergetic Systems: Acupressure, Polarity Therapy, Therapeutic Touch, and Reiki, help balance energy in the body and bring about enhanced health and well-being.

Bodywork approaches within the field of somatic psychology: Bioenergetics, The Rosen Method, and the Rubenfeld Synergy Method focus on the interrelationship between body (soma) and mind (psyche). The majority of bodywork practitioners employ a combination of bodywork methods.

GIVEN THE LARGE ARRAY OF PRACTICES, we interviewed Juice Feasting Consultant Kelly Ordway in Montana to help us discern a bit what some good entry-level bodywork practices are that we can access during a Juice Feast. For even more detailed information, please see today’s file.

Treat yourself to your favorite juice today, and do something that makes you laugh! After all, one of the main reasons that you are Juice Feasting is to feel fantastic!

Finding a Bodywork Practitioner

To find a practitioner in your area in the U.S., see the American Massage Therapy Association’s search engine.

For a group of International Listings, see the Online Articles section below for links.

As you will see in today’s Download on Bodywork, there are almost as many types of bodywork as there are reasons for receiving it. If you feel that something in this file resonates with you at this point in the fast, or later, get you in touch with an excellent practitioner.

Consider some bodywork to help your Juice Feast along – particularly a lymphatic drainage massage!

See you in The Green Room!


Day 12: Introduction with David and Katrina Rainoshek


Theme Music: “At Last” by Etta James

HUMOR: Cat Massages Dog


Part 1: John Robbins at LongevityNOW Conference (2010)

"The Age of Synthetic Chemicals" by Mike Adams and Dan Berger

"The Age of Synthetic Chemicals" by Mike Adams and Dan Berger

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Today’s Downloads

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by David Rainoshek, M.A.

The term bodywork refers to a wide range of therapies, such as massage, deep tissue manipulation, movement awareness, and bioenergetic therapies, which are employed to improve the structure and functioning of the body. The benefits of bodywork in all its forms include pain reduction, relief of musculoskeletal tension, improved blood and lymphatic circulation, and promoting deep relaxation.

Online Articles

Adults Demonstrate Modified Immune Response After Receiving Massage, Researchers Show

Researchers in Cedars-Sinai’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences have reported people who undergo massage experience measureable changes in their body’s immune and endocrine response.

Simple Massage Relieves Chronic Tension Headache, Study Finds

Researchers at the University of Granada — in collaboration with the Clinical Hospital San Cecilio and the University Rey Juan Carlos — have shown that the psychological and physiological state of patients with tension headache improves within 24 hours after receiving a 30-minute massage.

Massage outperforms meds for low back pain, study finds

The investigation conducted by the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle involved 400 patients who had low back pain, the majority of which were middle aged, Caucasian and female. Researchers found those who were given a series of relaxation massage or structural massage were better able to work and be active than those who were given traditional medical care, such as pain pills, muscle relaxants or physical therapy.

Stubborn Back Pain? Try Massage (New York Times)

Massage is a common alternative treatment for chronic low back pain, but most recent studies have found little evidence that it works. A group of researchers designed a study to see if they could find a difference between back pain sufferers who got massage and those who did not.

Those who received massage scored significantly better on both symptom and function tests, and they spent less time in bed, used less medicine and were more satisfied with their current level of back pain.

A Review of Recent Research Touting the Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

Exciting and proven benefits of massage begin with the very young. In one study, preterm infants gained 47% more weight, were discharged six days earlier (at a hospital cost savings of $10,000 per infant), and become more socially responsive. If the 470,000 preemies born in the U.S. each year were to receive this simple, soothing, and natural treatment, that would translate to annual savings of 4.7 billion dollars.

Preschool children who receive massage right before bedtime fall asleep sooner and stay asleep longer.

Read on for impacts on adults with migraines, hypertension, and much, much more…

International Bodywork Listings

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)

American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)

American Medical Massage Association (AMMA)

American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia(AOBTA)

American Reflexology Certification Board

Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA)

International Association of Infant Massage

International Association of Structural Integrators

International Institute of Infant Massage

International Massage Association

Massage Therapy Foundation

National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists

National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)

Pennsylvania Body Therapy Association (PaBTA)

The Spa Association

Great Books

by John W. Anderson

The Definitive Guide is known as the Bible of alternative medicine. You may very well want to use a dictionary stand for this hefty tome; it weighs in at more than 1,000 pages. Nearly 400 doctors (M.D.s, Ph.D.s, naturopaths, Doctors of Oriental Medicine, and osteopaths) contribute their cutting-edge knowledge, and the list of names is impressive. You’ll find words of advice from Joseph Pizzorno, the president of Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington; C. Norman Shealy, the cofounder of the American Holistic Medical Association; Nobel laureate Linus Pauling; Deepak Chopra; and Joan Borysenko, author and director of the Mind-Body Health Sciences in Boulder, Colorado.

After an intriguing, optimistic look at “The Future of Medicine,” the book is divided into two sections. The first profiles 43 alternative therapies–acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, qigong, hyperthermia, and yoga among them–including their development, how they work, proven uses, and controversial or yet-to-be-proven uses, along with contact information for organizations. The second section covers 105 topics such as headaches, mental health, and allergies, along with the alternative therapies that are most likely to help alleviate pain and encourage healing. This guide is easy enough to understand to make it perfect for home reference, while it would also make a fine resource for health care providers interesting in learning more about alternative medicine.

by Andrew Biel and Robin Dorn

Before you can assess or treat a muscle, you first must be able to locate it. This acclaimed book delivers beautifully illustrated information for learning palpation and the musculoskeletal system. It makes mastering the essential manual therapy skills interesting, memorable and easy. With 440 pages and 1,400 illustrations covering more than 162 muscles, 206 bones, 33 ligaments and 110 bony landmarks, this text provides an invaluable map of the body. A complimentary DVD for practicing palpation is included with the textbook. Trail Guide to the Body is a highly recommended textbook for the state licensing tests administered by both the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and is one of only five books on their official examination reference lists. Whether you are a massage therapist, physical therapist, sports trainer or student in any bodywork modality, Trail Guide to the Body is for you!

Media, Films, & Documentaries

This is a combo pack of of two most popular massage instructional videos. This two video set takes the viewer from no knowledge of massage up through and including what professional therapists understand.

The massage therapy instructional DVD is the full-unabridged version of our basic massage video and teaches the techniques used by professional massage therapists in everything from Swedish massage to deep tissue and pressure point therapy.

The video is narrated and demonstrated by a certified massage therapist instructor with years of training and professional experience. The video skillfully covers all the basic introductory massage techniques and shows some advanced maneuvers while providing all the tools necessary to learn the healing art of massage. This video is a great instructional device whether the intent is massaging for fun or pursuing massage therapy as a career.

Professional Massage Therapy has long been a secret to the general public but now the secrets are revealed through this video. In this video class is taught by a massage therapist instructor with over 20 years of teaching who prepares massage students to take state certification tests. While each state has different certification or registration procedures for therapists, the principles and knowledge are the same no matter where you go.

This video shows you what you’ve always wanted to know. See what up until now could only be seen by enrolling in a professional massage therapy school taking many months and several hundreds of dollars in fees. We bring the hidden techniques of massage therapy to you for use in the comfort of your own home. You can even watch this instructional video over and over again to improve and perfect on your massage therapy technique.

I Am Active

Yoga Camp - Day 12! This 20 min practice invites you to the yoga mat to connect and develop your intuition. Ease into it by opening the shoulders, hips and heart. The Day 12 yoga sequence invites a strong connect to your center, assisting with building balance and stability, improving posture and welcome grace. I TRUST.