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deliberate practice

Deliberate Practice

Have you heard the 10,000 hour "rule" for gaining mastery? I am a bit skeptical of this suggestion because if I am repeating the same thing over and over I am likely to stagnate and actually decline in my skills. ...
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fix or facilitate?

Fix or Facilitate?

Milton Trager embraced the notion of the client being the practitioner, and the practitioner being the "instigator" or facilitator. After many years of problem-solving and fixing in PT, it is a relief to give Trager sessions where I can let ...
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holistic focus

Restoring Joy

When a client arrives saying that the focus on her knee (recent joint replacement) has taken all the joy out of her life, it is a reminder to see each client as a whole person, and focus less on the ...
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talking about your work

Say what?

Many bodyworkers struggle to talk about their work with potential referral sources and potential clients, and sometimes even with existing clients. I'm curious about the underlying challenge. Talking with people about practices that aren't mainstream in our culture is the ...
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power of words

Words

Words. Milton used them effectively, and at the same time he often minimized their power. Words have the power to convey thoughts, ideas, concepts, and yes, feeeeelings! I often hear from Trager students and practitioners that they hesitate to use ...
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pedagogy

Under The Hood

Have you ever wondered about the underpinnings of the Tragerology presentations? Here's an "under the hood" view of the three modules related to pedagogy, unveiling how we used educational principles to support your learning. Ahead of this series, we planted ...
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Self-directed learning

Self-directed Learning

I've heard Lorimer Moseley speak about learning, mostly in the context of pain science. Much of what he talks about can be applied to self-directed learning in any subject matter. I recall one of Lorimer's quotes that resonated with me.​ ...
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self-development

Self-development: the Missing Piece in Marketing

Milton spoke frequently about the need for self-development, and he stated repeatedly that we are able to give only what we have already developed within ourselves. Did you hear him say this directly? What connection to you see between self-development ...
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pleasure snacks

Pleasure Snacks

Yesterday I participated in a webinar related to pain and was delighted to hear the speaker introduce the concept of pleasure snacks. When I think of snacks, I think of something small that is eaten between meals. For me it ...
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The Knowledge Iceberg

I first saw the iceberg image in a post by NOI  in their Neuroscience Nuggets series, a regular and witty bit of writing by Lorimer Moseley and/or David Butler. They are writing primarily for an audience of people who work ...
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learning

Feeding Curiosity Through Learning

I have been told I have a large appetite for learning. How about you? If I'm not learning something new, I feel less than fully alive. The more I learn, the more I want to learn, and the more excited ...
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Pain

Are You Tired of Chasing Your Clients’ Pain?

Milton Trager gave us many strategies for working with people in pain. He advised us to play with pain rather than trying to eliminate it, suggesting we use smaller/ slower movement, or simply pause. Another piece of advice from Milton ...
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habits

Tiny Habits

Ah, September! This is the time of year I associate with renewal more than the traditional new calendar year. Along with new pencils, new classes and teachers, and a blank slate from schooling years, fall opens me to new possibilities, ...
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fascia

Reflections on Fascia

lThe world of fascial research and specific fascia-related modalities has recently exploded. Since one of the banner words on the USTA website includes the word fascia, I suggest we expand our view, and understand more about this ubiquitous tissue. You ...
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Letting go

Letting Go of Letting Go?

Several years ago I read a blog post titled Our Obsession with Releasing is Hurting Us. At the time it didn't register deeply, as my interest was not in the arena of trauma work. Since then I have expanded the lens through ...
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