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Gary W Addis, LMT
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is this spa massage??
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Five months ago, illness in the family forced my relocation from MS to GA so that my wife could care for her slowly dying mother.  In MS, I had a thriving private practice; in GA, I had to start from…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gordon J. Wallis Aug 5.

needing a referral
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Yesterday I treated a tourist who lives in Muskogee, OK.  On my table, her first experience with trigger point therapy.   I released four TPs, and she announced that she was pain free for the first…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gordon J. Wallis Jun 5, 2013.

Iconic Foot Bath Scam
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When a client asked me to buy an Ionic Foot Bath for my shop, I investigated its claims, and discovered a slick scam.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Abram Herman Nov 5, 2012.

The Client List
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Are all of you aware of the sexualization of massage therapy being promoted by Lifetime Network's "The Client List" which will air beginning in April?  In this show, a beautiful young woman becomes…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary W Addis, LMT Mar 5, 2012.


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Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Taffie Lewis's discussion Cell Phones in the classroom
"In another life I drove a semi for 25+ years (2 million + miles w/o a chargeable accident).  If I asked someone for directions, and relied on memory, I'd nod knowingly to every turn mentioned, but while returning to my rig, I always went…"
Dec 3
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to erica ragusa's discussion When Clients Become Inappropriate
"well said, Daniel "
Dec 3
Gary W Addis, LMT commented on Lynne Stiller's blog post Have you tried Critz Technique?
"sounds like trigger point therapy to me. "
Nov 22
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Bencharat Morarit's discussion Deep Tissue Massage
"Deep Tissue and MFR both attempt to release fascial adhesions.  But take out any associated trigger points, often the adhesions will dissolve naturally.  Adhesions form to prevent movement in what the body perceives to be injured muscle…"
Oct 28
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Gordon J. Wallis's discussion A typical experience
"that's an excellent article, good info to pass on to clients.  "
Sep 27
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Gordon J. Wallis's discussion A typical experience
"I'm not sure that the ITB can be stretched.  TPs in the muscles attached to it and covered by it in the thigh can be released though, and that will soften the sucker.  I'm assuming that's what you'll do."
Sep 27
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Sarah DeRosier's discussion reflexology?
"very good plan. And once in classroom, don't stop outside studying.  Watch beaucoup youtube videos, ten minutes in will tell you whether it's something you're interested in.  Don't cull any modality till you have had a…"
Sep 24
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Sadie Haney's discussion The Pressures of Being a Massage Therapist
"I work a bit differently than my friend and mentor Gordon.  He gets a lot of short sessions that are in just for pain relief-- trigger point work, which he excels at.  If the client has a specific complaint, after warming up the tissue, I…"
Sep 21
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Gordon J. Wallis's discussion A typical experience
" A great testimonial. "
Sep 20
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Sadie Haney's discussion The Pressures of Being a Massage Therapist
"I've had a great deal of help along the way.  I try to pass it on. About MFR.  I don't always do the full-body MFR--it's seldom needed, especially after getting rid of the trigger points.  Mostly I use it on small…"
Sep 19
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Sadie Haney's discussion The Pressures of Being a Massage Therapist
"Please do.  My personal email is my name, small letters at gmail. You do know that I hold you in high regard, don't you? "
Sep 19
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Sadie Haney's discussion The Pressures of Being a Massage Therapist
"You might be right, but from everything I've read lesewhere, there is very little pumping in the lymph channels, it's mostly moved along by skeletal muscle during everyday movement; that would explain why it gathers at the surface. MFR--…"
Sep 19
Gary W Addis, LMT left a comment for Sadie Haney
"I was teasing anyway.  Sadie was a character on Al Capp's Lil' Abner comic strip, and in a movie too. "
Sep 19
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Sadie Haney's discussion The Pressures of Being a Massage Therapist
"As I just told Sadie, if the client wants hard, they are paying for hard.  Not bone crushing, but, yeah, I set my table low so that I can drop all my upper bodyweight into an MFR forearm sweep, if they desire deep pressure.  But, it's…"
Sep 19
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Sadie Haney's discussion The Pressures of Being a Massage Therapist
"I always ask, "Do you prefer more pressure or less pressure?"  If u ask a yes or no question, generally you'll get "That's fine." even if they are extremely uncomfortable (they don't want to seem a wimp).…"
Sep 19
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Gordon J. Wallis's discussion A typical experience
"My take on acupressure is that though it can take out trigger points, but accidentally, if the acupressure point happens to be on top of a trigger point.  Acupressure puts the therapist in a "box" defined by meridians.  Trigger…"
Sep 18

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Is anyone familiar with "Emotional Freedom Technique" Therapy

This EFT evidently was begun by a David Feinstein, who purports to be a PhD psychologist with several award-winning books to his credit, and his wife Donna Eden, a specialist in her own brand of energy therapy. Neither claims any training or expertise in any therapeutic massage modality. The only website to confirm Feinstein's academic credentials seems to be a site owned and operated by his wife.

Practitioners of this EFT claim to heal even combat PTSD with one or two sessions of… Continue

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At 4:26pm on August 14, 2013, Wilson Jordan said…

Gary, I read your post and I wanted to be clear whether or not I understood your findings.  You were able to feel a pulse in the foot, with your fingertips but not with the palm of your hands while hold the adrenal location in the foot.  You didn't say anything about whether or not you were able to feel a pulse in the adrenal region in the low back. Do you agree with that? The fact that you could only feel the pulse with the fingers and not the palm means "the adrenal circuitry is weak" and is over producing. Why because it is there as you witnessed but it is  not there strongly, which would indicate optimum health or just being okay.  They can't be off because there is a pulse what left is over extension without rest, hence the pulse is weaken from fatigue.  Now other symptoms begin appearing and will not completely go away until that pulse is strong again in both locations (low back and feet).  Adrenal issues can be worked but it takes a different kind of time than the hourly clock, cause them adrenals and kidneys don't care about our regulations about time. Body time as you know is not same as hourly time.  I would like to continue to share about whomever you are practicing on. Not to find out about there condition but to offer another way of enhancing what we already know. And, once again I do apologize and especially thank you for "being willing" to find out personally if what I was speaking was of any merit. 

At 10:41pm on April 25, 2013, Linda LePelley, RN, NMT said…

That's an offer I'd love to take you up on, LOL!! I don't fly. But I'm gonna figure something else out -- I'll get back to you on it! We just got back from Indianapolis, I taught a class there, it was great. I don't know about couples massage, though, I only do treatment massage for pain these days. Now, if the couple is old and arthritic, that would work. :)

At 9:23pm on April 25, 2013, Linda LePelley, RN, NMT said…

Hello Gary! Thought I'd stop by and see how you are doing? Well, I hope!

At 3:08pm on March 31, 2012, Daniel Cohen said…

Gary, I am sure you will do well. Some chair massage is done simply by getting permission to wonder through the executive offices asking if some one wants a massage. I work with HR and get paid by the company for hours on premises and they are responsible for having employees sign up for times. We do 3/hour so it is divided into 20 minute segments but the actual massage is 15 minutes allowing for paper work and sanitizing.

I suggest you talk with an HR person at a nearby large company that has work injury claims related to soft tissue and give a demonstration. Stress the company benefits of less fatigue, reduced repetitive motion syndrome, mental alertness, and etc.

Another avenue is to talk to the manager of a busy store nearby and get permission to do scheduled chair massage for shoppers. You charge the shoppers and the store gets an added attraction for free. You can then rent out the space to other therapists when you are not available.

I am sure you already have ideas and with experience will fine tune it. If you want to run anything by me, I am available.

Welcome on board very soon.

At 2:48pm on October 3, 2011, Linda LePelley, RN, NMT said…

We converted a spare bedroom into my clinic because it has it's own door to the outside. My work spaces look cramped because I can't walk any more. I just took the legs off my massage table, use a rolling task chair to get around it, and keep all my supplies close at hand. Haha!! I was so devastated when I realised I couldn't do "proper" massage anymore. I decided I was was "ruined" anyway, so I just tossed the rules on proper body mechanics and went about my business with the idea that I would just use up whatever was left of me doing the work I love. More than seven years later now, and I am no worse off because of it.

At 12:55pm on August 19, 2011, michael anthony said…
thanks , yea everything you say is true but we shall see what we shall see , i just got done with a class from garry adkins on sciatica was great and he is great as well check that out its a eye opening
At 9:07am on August 19, 2011, Daniel Cohen said…

Gary, I am not an Acupuncturist. Among my modalities I do Acupressure and KMT, a Korean form of Deep Tissue.

I agree with you, this sounds like a need to change therapy and apparently therapist.


Trigger point. Myofascial and Acupressure are what I would try. Acupressure goes very deep so don't give up on it along with acupuncture. Most Korean and Chinese MTs do this.

I wish the friend luck in finding the solution.

At 10:36pm on June 29, 2011, Kristy Savarese-Gerald said…

Hey Gary! It was great seeing you in a class with me finally! If you need any help with any of your classes just let me know!


At 10:55pm on May 12, 2011, Boris Prilutsky said…

thanks for friendship Gary.



At 2:42pm on April 13, 2011, Stephen Jeffrey said…

Hey Gary thanks for this

I may have to read it over and over but def get some good from it cheers man :)


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