One of the things I love most about this profession is that there is always something new to learn. After completing 750 hrs. of massage training at Winter Park Tech and passing the State Exam, the first continuing education class I took was a 32 hr. workshop in Manual Lymphatic Drainage. This is incredibly helpful for people who have had surgery (needed or elective) and Liposuction treatments where swelling and inflammation can be issues that need resolution. Through a session, we are able to release excess fluid in the tissues that are swollen due to inflammation from surgery, assist the lymphatic system in releasing the debris left behind by broken cells, and generally boost the immune system with a fully functional lymphatic system.
Next, I discovered CranioSacral Therapy and couldn’t wait to begin my studies at Upledger Institute, where I’ve taken CranioSacral I and II as well as SomatoEmotional Release I and II. It always amazes me that the Universe always matches my clients with the knowledge I’ve acquired. As soon as I completed each class, clients began showing up that needed the benefits that CranioSacral brings, like migraines and TMJ, recent dental work that left huge trauma in the gums or head injuries where the trauma lodged in the upper palate.
I did my training in Somato Emotional Release I and II at Upledger. This assists our bodies in releasing the emotions that can remain lodged in the tissue and organs as a result of physical or emotional trauma. Again, I’m fascinated that even as I read the textbook in preparation for this class, clients are showing up that need emotional release and are shedding a few tears or remembering past events that they’ve suppressed for many years that correlate with current physical pain. Even if you don’t think you do, I can promise that there are issues that you’ve “stored” in your tissues that you’ve forgotten about.
During our lockdown here in Florida, I took both cupping and lymphatic cupping classes. The cupping is an excellent way to release tight muscle bands (knots) and the lymphatic cupping a