Introducing Trager Mindfulness to my Practice

I’m just coming back into my office from an incredibly powerful two day class on Tragerwork for Mindfulness with Fernando Rojas, LMT, PhD and Richard Mack held at Harrisburg Area Community College.

As a massage therapist, I find it’s vital to my well-being to continually learn new things to show up for self first and then being able to show up more fully to my practice. This most recent class has enabled me to do just that. To take that breath and to honor my body, mind, and spirit.

Fernando Rojas, LMT, PhD. Marie Wagner, LMT. Richard Mack, LMT.

Mindfulness can look like many different things for different people. Some find time in nature or being physically active such as yoga or working out to help with having more mindfulness. Some people use breath work and mantras. Yet, for even some mindful eating is their practice. All of these things can cultivate an attitude of curiosity for mindfulness.

What does this mean for clients? How does this translate to working with me? Continued care to the best of my renewed ability. More tools to share with you to take home and use for yourself and your own mindfulness practice.

For other LMT’s, I encourage you to take this class. This work can help you as a therapist to be more present in your own office and in turn, allow you to provide more quality care. Keep an eye out for Harrisburg Area Community College’s Massage Therapy program and their updates on CEU classes. They provide quality classes to help further your growth as a person and a provider. I’ve also included links for upcoming classes with Fernando and more information regarding Richard Mack and his work.

Jojoba Oil by Hoba Care

This is the oil that I use in my offices.

Hypoallergenic for people with allergies and for people in need of a scent-free product.

A high quality product for bodywork. It’s most similar to the sebum our skin produces.

(More technically: sebum from the sebaceous gland, small oil-producing gland present in the skin of mammals. Sebaceous glands are usually attached to hair follicles and release a fatty substance, sebum, into the follicular duct and thence to the surface of the skin.)

For more information from the company about their oil, I’ve included their link below.

Jojoba Oil

Chair Massage Days for Staff of Kathryn Candor Lundy Breast Health Center

20 minute chair massages for the employees of the Kathryn Candor Lundy Breast Health Center by yours truly.
I loved sharing a few moments of stress and pain management with this incredible staff.
Did you know I’m also the massage therapist at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport, Pennsylvania? Booking link in bio for patients, caregivers, and staff!

5K Walk/Run Proceeds to Benefit Oncology Massage Fund in Williamsport.

When: Saturday, April 2, 2022

Where: River Valley Regional YMCA, 641 Walnut Street, Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Race starts at 9am.

Registration opens at 8am.

Online registration will close on Friday, March 25th. For more information please call Stan Cary at 484-432-5516.

All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Touch of Kindness fund. This provides therapeutic oncology massage for patients of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Alt text: Rectangle shaped infographic with a photo of four people running on pavement in the sunshine. Promoting an upcoming 5k walk/run benefitting people with cancer in treatment at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Williamsport, PA. Registration and contact information also provided in written word and a QR code available for scanning. Purple UPMC logo and blue to purple hues of background behind contact information.

Massage and Cancer

If you or a loved one are facing the many challenges of cancer, massage and other skilled touch techniques can be your ally. For patient and caregiver alike, taking the time for a soothing and nurturing massage can be truly worthwhile, even in a schedule crowded with appointments. Caring, professional touch can ease pain, relax mind and body, and restore your body’s own healing resources.

Relieving Your Discomfort
Many people find that when medication doesn’t completely ease their pain, massage helps. It can ease muscle tension, help eliminate irritating toxins and decrease achiness caused by forced inactivity. In addition, massage can reduce the discomforts of nausea, fatigue and insomnia. Most of all, massage offers deep relaxation of body and mind that can bring profound relief. As you let go and focus on the comfort of nurturing touch, pain and anxiety loosen their grip. Your physical and mental load can lift, often increasing your sense of energy and optimism. This welcome respite can extend into the hours and days beyond your sessions.

Support For Your Recovery
Touch therapies can support recovery in a number of ways. Massage can increase circulation and speed healing in tissues affected by surgery or radiation. Certain advanced techniques, applied
with caution, can reduce swelling and restore pliability to scarred areas. In addition, due to its
ability to decrease muscle tightness and increase range of motion, massage can help you feel more
like stretching, exercising and enjoying recreational activities as you recover. Finally, as massage
reduces pain and stress, your body is better able to rally its healing capabilities on all levels.

Your Emotional Well-being
No matter what your stage of treatment, skilled and caring touch can affirm that life still holds warm, positive experiences. A one-on-one massage session can nurture you while you are undergoing treatment or adjusting to physical changes, such as a mastectomy or hair loss. If you have encountered changes in your activity levels or social network, or are coping with fear, anxiety or depression, massage can provide a time for self care and acceptance of tender emotions. In cases where cancer is no longer treatable, attentive touch may provide the most consoling kind of support a person can receive.

What Research Says
Many hospitals, such as Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Stanford University Hospital, provide touch therapies for cancer patients. Research confirming the benefits of
these therapies is appearing in numerous reputable journals such as Journal of Pain and Symptom
Management; Annals of Internal Medicine and Cancer Nursing. Studies have found that cancer
patients variously experienced less pain, anxiety, nausea or fatigue, increased their immune response,
and felt more relaxed after receiving massage or other touch therapies.

Part Of Your Health Care Team
It is now generally accepted by the medical profession that gentle, professional touch can reduce many of the discomforts of cancer and its treatment. Your care is complex, however, so inform your physician or patient care team before receiving massage. Your therapist needs to be kept up-to-date on your treatment in order to determine what is appropriate. For example, vigorous pressure is rarely advisable during or immediately following medical treatment. If you have had lymph nodes removed or other surgical treatment, be sure to let your therapist know. A massage therapist trained in working with cancer patients can answer any questions about receiving massage.

Meeting Your Individual Needs
Everyone is different, and depending on where you are in your treatment, your needs may also differ
from one session to the next. Communicating with your therapist is very important. Many people are
sensitive to pressure and prefer a light touch. Let your therapist know if anything is uncomfortable,
for example if pressure is too much or too little, if an area is extra-sensitive, or if scents from are irritating. Your massage therapist can offer extra pillows or bolsters for your comfort if needed. It is not
necessary to lie in a particular position, such as face down. In fact, therapists can massage a
person confined to a bed or a wheelchair. Keep in mind that, like any input to your system, massage can tax your energy. Short sessions may be best at first, to help you and your therapist judge
what works for you. Depending on your stamina and pain levels, your therapist may want to adjust
or reschedule a session. Marie Wagner, LMT will work with you in partnership to determine the approach and technique that best meets your needs.

The Gift of Touch
No matter what stage of cancer you are experiencing, massage therapy offers a chance to let go and receive the healing effects of relaxation. Under the nurturing hands of your practitioner, you will be cared for with a therapy that addresses not your disease, but you as a whole person. Even in a crowded schedule, you will find massage to be a completely different experience — a restorative and healing respite.


Our first ever RESET class was a success!

Laurene of Laurel Limb Yoga and myself facilitated a restorative yoga class with massage and Reiki.

What an incredible combination of tools!

Thank you Laurene for hosting! You rock, this class rocks, and so do all of our incredible participants.

For more information on future classes, check out Laurel Limb Yoga!

For more information on massage for chronic pain management and stress relief, check out my website to see if massage is a tool that aligns for you!

Chamber of Commerce Member

I am a proud member of the Central PA Chamber of Commerce!

Local businesses thriving is important to me! That is one reason I appreciate being a member of the Central PA Chamber of Commerce.

If you’re a business within the Central PA area, check them out and see how they can help you succeed.

Huge shout out to Jeff, Jessica, Tee Jay, and Michael!! Thank you for your help and time as I build my business.

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