The Integral Anatomy DVD Series by Gil Hedley

Review by Stew Wild

Same body, new view

In the last 10 years there have been some landmark visual aids for improving our anatomy knowledge, including the Ackland videos, Adam interactive and the Primal 3D Interactive 9 disc set of CD-ROMs. If you thought you had seen it all as regards books, CD-ROMs and DVDs on anatomy think again. Continue reading The Integral Anatomy DVD Series by Gil Hedley

McGill and Back Strength

Reviewed by Stew Wild

Tensegrity can be likened to a system of struts and cords holding a semi-rigid structure together, but allowing some movement, like the Golden Gate bridge. Prolific examples occur in every living cell in the body. One of the first to recognise this type of structure was Buckminster Fuller. He investigated how nature used this tension and compression system to allow movement without loss of stability. Continue reading McGill and Back Strength

Massage Therapists and Subcontracting Agreements (David Callis)

Massage therapists and the taxman

Massage therapists regularly enter into working relationships with other practitioners. The reasons for these relationships are many and varied. It is crucial however to ensure that the bases of these arrangements are well documented, especially in relation to the potential tax liabilities for either party. But what does this mean? Continue reading Massage Therapists and Subcontracting Agreements (David Callis)

A view of the body from the inside out (part 2)

By Stew Wild, RMT (TMANZ), CNMT

Part 2 Traditional versus AIS hamstring stretching?

In a common hamstring stretch you put your heel up on a chair and lean forward.

During this the hamstring muscle has a dilemma — to let go or not. Voluntarily you want it to let go, but the ‘gamma ‘in the muscle thinks to itself if I let go there maybe muscle strain, possibly some joint damage and, worst case, the head may bang into the chair. Continue reading A view of the body from the inside out (part 2)

A view of the body from the inside out (part 1)

By Stew Wild, RMT (TMANZ), CNMT Part 1;

The Gamma Sensori-motor System

Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is — Will Rogers.

It’s been a few years since my last contribution, so for that I start with an apology. I now live in Florida, the home of the Upledger Institute, The Touch Research Institute, both variations of Neuromuscular Therapy, Aaron Mattes stretch, and 22,000 licensed massage therapists and their various skills. It is an area of ideas, creativity, vast experience, and a refreshing public acceptance of all things massage (oh, and sunshine). Continue reading A view of the body from the inside out (part 1)

What is Lymphatic Drainage?

Tell Me – What is Lymphatic Drainage?

Lymphatic Drainage is a modality that has been used to treat a myriad of health conditions for hundreds of years. Over the last fifty years it has spread world wide and has become a popular treatment in many European hospitals and clinics. It is now beginning to gain acceptance in New Zealand as a component in the treatment and control of lymph oedema and chronic pain. Continue reading What is Lymphatic Drainage?