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Gary W Addis, LMT
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  • Biloxi, MS
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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 Gary W Addis, LMT Feb 1, 2015.

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 Gordon J. Wallis's discussion A typical experience
"Am I right that it has to do with energy (nerve signal, nothing mysterious ) working on muscles and to a lesser dwgree, on the fascia that works with muscles?"
12 hours ago
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to William's discussion Massage Customer suing therapist for sex harassment
"Forgive me for armchair quarter backing. I think majority of MTs have applied oil to clients w/o asking them to fully disrobe. I certainly would have refused to hold the female's panties; I would have left the room and closed the door while…"
Feb 1
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Jeff's discussion Personal training business and massage therapy
"Jeff, there is no national licensing, it is regulated by the states individually.  In some, renewal is less than the initial licensing, but almost all then tack on the necessity of obtaining CEUs-- MS, GA, FL, we're required to earn 24…"
Feb 1
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Jeff's discussion Personal training business and massage therapy
"Jeff, I became a CPT in '82 while training for and competing in bodybuilding competitions. With poor genetics as a base (at 32 I weighed a whopping 112#), I needed to learn everything I could about human anatomy. When I wasn't in the gym…"
Jan 30
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Gordon J. Wallis's discussion A typical experience
"Methinks even the small weight if used at an unnatural rotation angle might have popped it partially out of the joint.  Did you try initially to "pop" it back in, as you would a jammed finger or a doctor would a dislocated…"
Jan 30
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Gordon J. Wallis's discussion A typical experience
"True, unfortunately.  While I was halfway through school, a crew of students were assigned to a kids' soccer game, giving sports massage after/before/between games.  One 12 yr old was brought to the treatment area by his dad; he had…"
Jan 10
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Gordon J. Wallis's discussion A typical experience
"the website offers a great flip chart and wall charts-- but no prices listed.  "
Jan 8
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Gordon J. Wallis's discussion A typical experience
"you should ask the lady to send her recommendation of you to those doctors"
Jan 8
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Tara Doyle's discussion What are the qualities you appreciate most within a client?
"Clients who remain responsive to the therapist when he needs input.  Alas, some zonk out at the start of the session even though their stated reason for scheduling was a specific pain issue.  In that case, I suspect that is usually caused…"
Dec 21, 2015
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Lisa Maguire's discussion How to go about re entering the field
"If your Board requires evidence of your schooling...if they demand a school transcript they'll want it to be an "official transcript."  Meaning, sealed in an envelope provided by the school-- unofficial and insufficient if the…"
Dec 21, 2015
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Gordon J. Wallis's discussion A typical experience
"amen, brother.  It's a great feeling when they flash that smile of relief, isn't it. "
Dec 21, 2015
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Gordon J. Wallis's discussion A typical experience
"another great reminder! thanks, brother."
Nov 29, 2015
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Gordon J. Wallis's discussion A typical experience
"Gordon, your thread is followed, read, by hundreds of MTs, all of whom (and their clients) benefit from their distant association with you.  On behalf of all of us, I thank you, brother. "
Nov 24, 2015
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Russell's discussion How do you prefer to begin a massage
"How I begin depends on the needs of the particular client.  But, since most client complaints center in the back, like most other LMTS, I most often begin with the client prone, face in the cradle. There's a logical reason for my…"
Oct 26, 2015
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Sadan Yagci's discussion Complementary skill in know-nothing novice
"Attempting to help Yagci ihas been an exercise in futility lasting more than six months, for apparently without schooling whatsoever Sadan already knows everything he thinks he needs to know about human anatomy and physiology and kineseology to…"
Oct 26, 2015
Gary W Addis, LMT replied to Kristi Sanders's discussion Reasons to leave your massage therpapist
"As all who have worked with other MTs know, whether out of boredom or overwork or just not enough training, some give little more than a light skin rub, some try to scrape bone when doing their version of Deep Tissue.  However, some clients…"
Aug 2, 2015

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Swedish Massage, Integrative Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone, Sports Massage, Abdominal Massage, Myofascial Release, Chair Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Acupressure, Lymph Drainage, Golf Ball Massage

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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

Posted on November 16, 2010 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

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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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