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Steiner North American interviews in Las Vegas 2016


It’s June 24th, 2016 and I was a guest of The Nevada School of Massage Therapy and The Steiner Education Group. It’s been a lovely experience and visit to Las Vegas. I made time recently to look up basic info on the founder, Rudolph Steiner before the meeting. Today I learned Mr. Steiner began his… Continue reading Steiner North American interviews in Las Vegas 2016

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Licensure and Portability: NCB and ITEC UK team up to create international massage credential


The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork announced on March 14th, 2015 that they have partnered with ITEC, a British education company specializing in international credentialing. The goal is to facilitate 'portability' and 'standardization' for the massage profession. This partnership is similar to ISPA's Spa Certifications that have been available to members and non… Continue reading Licensure and Portability: NCB and ITEC UK team up to create international massage credential

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Announcing Fruits, Nuts and Flakes: Massage and Bodywork Edition


Announcing Fruits, Nuts and Flakes: Massage and Bodywork Edition I have launched a kickstarter project to promote what I hope will be a welcome edition to massage publishing and education. I plan on it appealing to friends and foes of complimentary and alternative medicine and education, science and modernism. Please share your thoughts! I hope… Continue reading Announcing Fruits, Nuts and Flakes: Massage and Bodywork Edition

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The Vampire Facial: An assault on science or simple race baiting?


Back in 2013, Kim Kardashian tried the newest trend in esthetics, or so it may have seemed. The Vampire Facial. The Spa world responded discreetly and quickly renamed the procedure "microneedling." Count on MTV to showcase this attempt at cultural stereotyping and shoddy science. 19 year old teen bathes in pigs blood to retain her 'youth'… Continue reading The Vampire Facial: An assault on science or simple race baiting?

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Absolute Values? Professionalism and manifestations of the individual


This is the first post of a four part series on professional development. The series will utilize the terms Massage Therapist, Masseur and Masseuse as a touchstone. Massage Therapy is a growing field of professional endeavor. As the last fifteen years have demonstrated, the creation of civic, secular infrastructure to consolidate and incorporate the profession,… Continue reading Absolute Values? Professionalism and manifestations of the individual

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Of Paradigm Shifts, Logical Fallacies and Process Philosophy


Step One "We admitted we were powerless over the New Age—that our Higher Selves had turned us into flakes." Step Two "Came to believe that a powerful bullshit detector could restore us to sanity." Step Three "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of our lower selves and… Continue reading Of Paradigm Shifts, Logical Fallacies and Process Philosophy

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Open Letter to doTerra and Young Living Corporate Offices: FDA warning letter is a challenge and an opportunity


  Last year, the FDA issued a warning letter to both Do Terra and Young Living Essential Oils CEO's about the activities of their distributor networks. The letter to Young Living states in part: "You market your Young Living Essential Oil products through paid consultants; your compensation plan for your consultants is explained on your… Continue reading Open Letter to doTerra and Young Living Corporate Offices: FDA warning letter is a challenge and an opportunity

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Conspiracy, Hacking and The Gothic


What is a conspiracy? There is more than one form of conspiracy according to epistemology, which is the branch of philosophy that deals with how we know what we know. Conspiracy (civil), an agreement between persons to deceive, mislead, or defraud others of their legal rights, or to gain an unfair advantage Conspiracy (criminal), an… Continue reading Conspiracy, Hacking and The Gothic

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NCB and FSMTB: The Muddy Water Remains?


I recently saw this article posted about a meeting of the minds between the NCB and the FSMTB. Meanwhile, comments continue to arise from various quarters across the country and abroad about what has been described as a lack of clarity. The following statement from the NCB illustrates the lack of clarity I have heard expressed:… Continue reading NCB and FSMTB: The Muddy Water Remains?

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Massage Envy


This Girl has been offered a job with Massage Envy! Several perks that I did not anticipate were offered for an out of state location and the local location is offering more per hour. I asked for ten days to respond which gives me time to look into license and insurance costs and renewals, housing… Continue reading Massage Envy