I believe we all naturally born, it’s just important to realize.

20 years ago I have established the school in LA – Institute of professional practical therapy, school of massage physical therapy aid, and chiropractor assistant program.  3 years ago I sold my school and now it’s South California health institute.  Now it’s a much bigger school and much broader program even though the fundamentals of this programs are the same – all general education training composes about 20 percent of the course time leaving 80 percent to hands on training.

On June 6th  2013 I was invited to address the alumni reunion of all the school’s past generations of graduates.

In trying to prepare for this event my thoughts were in disarray.  Indeed what could I possibly tell people, some of whom had already 15 or 20 years of experience?  So I hoped that when I see the people and feel their energy I would find the right words.

When I arrived and was asked to speak that’s exactly what happened.  I shared with my audience my life long quest to find out why people chose the profession of massage therapist?

Many years ago I conducted my own research.  Surely, I asked this questions only when the personal relationship between the teacher and the student were built to made sure that students would frankly speak their minds.

Many responses fell into several categories.  One of them was that a person lost his or her job and seeing the ad from a massage school decided to try it.  The other one was attracted by free schedule demonstrated by the neighbor who was massage therapist.  It gave a possibility to earn some additional income on evenings and weekend.  One more was that a friend advised to become a massage therapist and many more similar variations.

Eventually I came to the conclusion that what people were telling me was their conscious answer.  Our subconscious mind is much more powerful.  According to Karl Young, compared to unconscious mind the conscious mind is like the nut shell compares to the ocean.  This means that mostly we make similar decisions on subconscious level.

Millions of people can see the ads of massage therapy schools and not reacting on them even if they lost a job, have neighbor working as massage therapist or look for a new career and only few of them decided to enroll into a massage school.  I believe that those few people are naturally programmed to place our hands on people and to heal them by means of massage.  It is very important to remember that we have a proclivity to heal with our hands.  Conscious realization of this phenomenon immediately gives you a different energy when you start performing massage procedure.

If each of us would think of what I was saying at this reunion, probably somehow we would get to the same conclusion.

When I finished talking, I felt the energy of all the 200+ people at the alumni.  It was the union of understanding and positive energy.  Then I added that all the people in the alumni essentially practice the same methodology, the same techniques etc.  But the scientifically developed healing art is like any art – everyone is expresses him/herself differently.  Understanding this will greatly affect the treatment outcome and would make a therapist to love his/her occupation even more.

I felt that these words felt deeply in the hearts of everyone.  When I came off the podium people in the audience started to hug me, hug each other and give each other high fives without talking.  As I told you I wasn’t prepared for that speech, but when it came out it so naturally, it came through as so important, and became so unifying that, for a moment, it made brotherhood of massage therapists come to life.  The massage therapy isn’t only about techniques, no matter how great they are, and it isn’t only about theoretical concepts.  Not less important is the realization that we are artists, who chose this occupation not by accident, but because we were wired to do this since birth.

Best wishes,

Boris

 

Consuming antidepressants and Lyrica is not always the solution.

 

Recently, a familiar  physician,  referred to me a 53 years old male, CEO of a huge corporation.  The referring physician, who is a board-certified rheumatologist, diagnosed this patient with having a major depressive disorder. According to the physician, in addition to classic clinical depression symptoms, the patient also suffered from pain all over the body, tension headaches, sleep disorders and other  similar to fibromyalgia symptoms. He also said:”  However, during my initial examination I couldn’t discover the typical 11 tender points, typical to fibromyalgia cases and necessary to establish fibromyalgia diagnosis.

Being on good terms with the doctor, I had no problem discussing the clinical picture frankly.  Therefore I said that if blood tests were done and autoimmune diseases were excluded, then, because of the absence of typical 11 tender points, the disorder isn’t fibromyalgia.  I asked him then if, practically, clinical depression and major depressive disorders is essentially the same diagnosis?

He rejected this generalization because major depressive disorders symptoms include pain all over the body.

When this person appeared in my office, just by looking at him, I felt, that emotionally he was hurting, to exactly the same degree or more then from outside. He really was lost.

This session, including the initial evaluation and treatment, was scheduled for approximately one hour and 10 minutes. I have asked him if he would have more time to talk to me and then to receive the treatment. He agreed to do whatever’s necessary to make him feel better.

I called to my next client and reschedule her appointment for a later time. I asked him to provide me with all the details: describe the symptoms, the time when these symptoms appeared, and whether any emotional or physical trauma took place prior to symptoms appearance. I barely finished my phrase as he started crying.

In total he suffered from this devastating symptoms for almost 7 months. It started some headaches, minor pains all over the body, sleep disorders, waking up at 3 AM and not being able to go back to sleep. The last two months he was constantly catching a flu.

Little by little his symptoms got much worse. As he described, his job is very stressful, stockholders expect huge profits and his wife decided to leave him. I asked him how he was performing at work.  He said that he has to be on top of the game.  That didn’t sound like a response of clinically depressed person. Clinically depressed people cannot fight simply because they “have to perform.” I asked him how he reacts on taking antidepressant? He said that he started it only for the lasts two weeks and described it as having horrible effect on him. He even started to hallucinate as well as when he took the drug Lyrica, it’s really make him feel not like himself.

I advised him to talk to his doctor about it. He was of an opinion that everyone was thinking of him as being crazy so he didn’t want to bother anyone anymore, and just limited the drugs intake.

I was amazed how this smart and well-educated person can feel so lost. Obviously, sickness and life situations sometime can get the better of us.

I proposed to call to his doctor, discuss discontinuation of taking this medication and insisted on him doing it immediately. From my experiences I knew, “tomorrow could be too late.” In this situation taking this medication can cause suicide. From my office in his presence and with his permission I have called his doctor. As I have anticipated his doctor ordered him to stop this medication immediately.

Pondering over the clinical picture of this client, I came to the conclusion that stress and its side effects significantly disturbed the amount of lymph drainage. Accumulation of toxic metabolic waste within the body triggers the increase in muscular tensions.  Exactly like in cases of fibromyalgia it leads to ATP crisis, dropping pH, activating  pain analyzing  system and producing symptoms similar to clinical depression.

I started the treatment by checking tensions within muscles and fascia. The tension in fascia was acceptable, normal, but muscles where very tense and contained many trigger points. I have explained him what the acceleration of Lymph drainage techniques does and proposed to dedicate first five treatments to detoxification.  To him this approach seemed reasonable.

In the first week five times I have provided him with lymph drainage procedure. To my surprise, during the first week the clinical picture changed for the better. I actually expected that some evidence of improvement would come much later.

His mood changed for the better. He told me: ”Boris I’m going to make it.” When I asked him whether he had any doubt, he paused and said that the day before he came to me, he had doubts.

To me this was a scary moment. Considering his complaint on what this medications caused, and knowing how many people committed suicide, mentally I thanked the Almighty for the privilege to be in right time at right place – for the call to the doctor and the request to immediately stop the medication.

The next two weeks I provided 8 full body medical stress management massages, as well as have addressed the trigger points. I also advised him the home program of self-massage and we talked frequently so that he wouldn’t feel he’s alone in this struggle.  He thanked me, told me of his progress, and of him being able to better perform his daily functions and return of the ability to be a good father.

Tomorrow I will see him again for 12 to15 treatment just to sustain results. Please click this link to read my article on Lymph drainage http://medicalmassage-edu.com/articles/47-article31

If you decide to read it, I would like you to be aware on typo with in article. Instead ofinspiration, you should  read the inhalation.

This link is to article on fibromyalgia. http://medicalmassage-edu.com/articles/31-article15

I have no doubt that if I haven’t addressed those symptoms then, little by little, this condition could have evolved into Fibromyalgia or Fibromyositis, being a chronic, low-grade inflammatory condition of the muscle, fascia and other connective tissue, resulting in calcification, adhesions and tension within fascia and muscles.

You are also welcome, to read about my DVDs where I teach all techniques I have applied in this successful treatment. http://medicalmassage-edu.com/dvds-only/69

http://medicalmassage-edu.com/dvds-only/66

and post any questions.

Best wishes.

Boris.

 

  1. No doubt, this client can afford paying for his treatment. Interesting enough, when talking to me on the phone on Thursday, he said: ”…your treatment is expensive, but I calculated that your treatments are actually saved me money.” He simply calculated, how much money he would have spent for co-payments  medications, deductibles.

A little bit of good is in every bad

When your office flooded, it isn’t a pleasant experience but not a tragedy either.

As you understood from my previous blog “show must go on” a week ago at the day of seminar my office, including the classroom was flooded. This is surely not a great news.  I cannot see my patients, cannot conduct seminars and cannot film videos.

But looking at this event philosophically – it could have been much worse.

The boiler could have exploded, this could have happen at a time I treat clients, and so on.  As Anton Chekhov has put it nicely “If you have tooth ache – rejoice that it’s not all your teeth, if your wife betrayed you – rejoice that she didn’t betray your country and if you are going to prison – rejoice that you are not going to hell.”

Actually I wasn’t aware of the fact that the boiler was directly atop of my office. Now I made sure that boiler would not be above my office anymore, which means what has happen would never happened again.

In addition I requested from a landlord to provide me with safety report in regards to the entire installation, within my office and other facilities connected to my space, including  installation of the special device that will regulate water pressure, which was the main cause for the boiler incident.

Participants of workshop, who have arrived and have witnessed what has happened, advised to take pictures, and videos. These were great and useful advises  especially at the moment of initial bewilderment.  Also I have learned that we have to carefully check our insurance coverage. Not only it must include the professional livability coverage, but also wages lost, property damages, etc.  Let’s learn from my experience and others, in order not to get hurt.

Everyone who can add some advises and can share your experiences are welcome to post.

Summarizing, the greatest news of that day was that the landlord have provided me with the space to conduct of what turned out to be the very successful seminar.  All what happened since then and is happening now is not a very comfortable:  I am not able to see clients. On the good side soon I will have beautiful, safe and practically brand-new office.

Best wishes.

Boris.

P.S. Dear friends,

I’m not the major partner in my company, and is mainly responsible for educational materials.  However I’m always  aware of my management company plans and I did influence them to offer a significant discounts on self treatments DVDs. I can assure you this is very useful material, and would recommend to take advantage on this special offer to purchase all 8 DVDs for $100 only. It soon will be end  for this great and generous offer .take advantage http://medicalmassage-edu.com/dvds-only/265

It is official. Very soon prices on silicon jars will be increased at least on 25%. The wholesale on this jars had increased 28%. Please take advantage and purchase it. Click this link http://medicalmassage-edu.com/video-rentals

From MedicalMassage–edu.com, LLC support team.

Soon the release of Boris’ DVD “Prilutsky’s Method of Silicone Massage. Upper & Lower back disorders” is going to take place.

The DVD is going to cover incorporation of silicone jar massage for the Lower Back disorders, including:

and Upper Back Disorders including:

The suggested retail price of this DVD will be 49.95 +7 dollars shipping and handling.

However, as and promotional effort, the first 200 DVDs, just to cover production cost, will be sold for $15 + $7 shipping and handling on first come first served bases.

If you would have an interest in learning from this DVD please write us to support@medicalmassage-edu.com

 

The role of coffee grounds in cellulite reduction.

Recently I had the most peculiar clinical experience that left me with a big question. A familiar dermatologist referred to me as a client for cellulite reduction massage.  The main focus of my practice is painful pathologies and orthopedic massage.  Strictly speaking, cellulite is not a pathology. However, when a lady looks in a mirror and sees cottage cheese or orange peel marks on the skin, it makes her unhappy. Unhappy people cannot be healthy, and as therapists, our duty is to help people ridding of these sources of unhappiness. In many cases, cellulite reduction massage is a much cheaper and much safer alternative to liposuction or other plastic surgeries. If you would like to get more information on the subject please follow this link.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFO2vOG-Qdo

The client turned out to be a very extravagant lady, who brought with her a container with coffee muck and insisted on me incorporating this substance while performing cellulite reduction massage.  During the explanation of this bizarre demand, she referred to a cousin of hers, whom usage of coffee muck allegedly brought amazing results.

At that moment I was presented with the moral dilemma.  I was trained in how to incorporate Chinese cupping together with other special massage techniques to reduce cellulite. But since recently I started using silicone jars instead of glass jars, I had my first opportunity to use them for cellulite reduction.  Surely I had to adjust the existing protocol because glass jars are rigid while silicone jars are soft.  However, I had a strong hunch that silicone jars techniques could be even more effective, and less painful in cellulite reduction case as they proved to be in other cases.  But to do coffee mucking?

To do something that has no, known to me, scientific explanation or clinical proof, or lose the client and, more importantly, the first opportunity to investigate the effect of silicone jars?  Captain Kirk inside me wanted to “boldly go where no one has gone before.” Yet Mr. Spock, who happens to also be inside me at the moment, advised caution.  This coffee muck sort of smelled as is the entire experiment.  Surely, I thought of Dr. Oz green coffee campaign http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQSjObxUYRs But, first of, can you take Dr. Oz’s advice seriously?  Secondly what my client insisted on using wasn’t green or fresh.  Thirdly, even if it were green and fresh, would rub it in have the same effects as when you drink it?

So, I told my clients that I’ve never done a procedure that incorporated the usage of coffee muck. I also shared with her my suspicion that coffee color can get into the skin pores, and, possibly, can leave stains.  However, if she were to sign a release paper, I was ready to try it.  After all, her cousin used it and according to my client had no negative side effects.  The thought of this made me feel comfortable. I also surmised that coffee muck could play the role of an “emotional feel good“ effect for my client and in the worst-case scenario would do nothing.

To my surprise, the results of that experiment were a dramatic improvement.  Within 5 visits my client lost a significant part of her cellulite looks, developed less edema than usually. I have completed 10 treatments after two weeks have asked her to come for a checkup. The treated parts of her body looked very good compared to the parts I didn’t address. Usually, I concentrate on one location at the time. Now I will start working on other cellulite locations, of course, using coffee muck.

Despite the obvious improvement, the experiment didn’t make me an instant believer in the “coffee muck” method.  This happens because I used coffee muck in tandem with silicone jars.

As a matter of fact, during the last two years, I was developing a method allowing incorporation of silicone jars into medical-massage.  One of the advantages of silicone jar massage is its powerful ability to mobilize fascia, eliminate adhesions which provide faster and more advanced results compared to the classical hand’s fascia stretching and fibrotic cords tears methodology.

So currently I don’t know what caused those visible and rapid results in cellulite reductions.  Should I attribute those results to the incorporation of silicone jars, to the integration of coffee muck or to both?

To resolve these doubts I should have conducted more testing with coffee muck without silicone jars or vise versa.  Of course, I will continue my experiments and would be glad to share the results with you.

In the meantime, I would like to invite your opinion and see what my colleagues think or know about the usage of coffee muck in cellulite reduction massage.

Incidentally, those of you who utilize Chinese glass cupping and generate suction by means of fire, and would like to learn techniques for cellulite reduction, are welcome to look at my DVD#8 please click this link http://medicalmassage-edu.com/dvds-only/72   You can also preview short fragment from this DVD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cdm8BVVf3mA

From MedicalMassage–edu.com, LLC support team.

Dear friends,

Soon the release of Boris’ DVD “Prilutsky’s Method of Silicone Massage. Upper & Lower back disorders” are going to take place.

The DVD is going to cover the incorporation of silicone jar massage for the Lower Back disorders, including:

and Upper Back Disorders including:

 

The suggested retail price of this DVD will be 49.95 +7 dollars for shipping and handling.

However, as and promotional effort, the first 200 DVDs, just to cover production cost, will be sold for $15 + $7 shipping and handling on first come first served bases.

If you would have an interest in learning from this DVD please write us to support@medicalmassage-edu.com

 

Patients reported outcome: Not all cases of sciatica are alike.

Six weeks ago I received a 48 years old woman who suffered from sharp pain in lower back, buttocks area, including a high intensity irradiation pain to right lower extremity for the last seven months.

Actually she had sciatica condition since the age of sixteen. According to her these pains of some intensity were constant.  At least, once a year she had episodes of very sharp pain, that disabled her for few weeks.

All possible tests were done, including repeated MRIs. In the age of 36 MRI shows 4mm disc bulging on L4/L5 level. This time she have gotten a terrible attack for seven months and couldn’t function at all, consuming lots of pain killers, undergoing three epidural injections, during six physical therapy procedures, including exercise, the condition have aggravated to the  point of being not able to function at all.

Listening to her, I was pondering that piriformis muscle syndrome often is the main cause of sciatic nerve neuralgia, and other related syndromes.  So I planned to investigate the presence of piriformis muscle syndrome and then apply the piriformis muscle syndrome protocol since it is very effective in most difficult cases of sciatic nerve neuralgia.

I started by carefully palpating all areas of lower back, buttocks and extremities and have discovered much fascia and muscle tension as well as many trigger points practically everywhere in these regions, but especially within  quadrates lumbarum, gluteal muscles group and hamstring.

Having been aware of similar cases, first few treatments a therapist should advance slowly, expecting to palpate additional abnormalities within soft tissue.  Considering the long history of her disorder and the fact that the exercise programs significantly aggravated her condition, I suspected that she was born with an unusual condition where sciatic nerve fibers intergrew through fibers of piriformis muscle. Due to chronic inflammatory conditions, people develop region adhesions, especially within neighboring muscles and other soft tissues. With age the condition gets much worse exacerbated by soft tissue calcifications.

During my career I have treated people with this condition.  So I carefully  went ahead, following the piriformis muscle syndrome protocol.  I was extra careful while addressing buttocks and shifting gluteal muscles since my goal was to transmit pressure to piriformis muscle.

Because of the intergrowth of sciatic nerve fibers in the fibers of piriformis muscle and neighboring soft tissues, in addition to normalization of aforementioned muscles resting tone, reduction of fascia tension and elimination of all trigger points within region, the main goal of the treatment was to carefully address all adhesions.

Again one has to be very careful tackling this problem and progress slowly. Otherwise it would be easy to significantly aggravate the condition, causing the client additional pain and sufferings.  By the way, this is why cases of sciatic nerve neuralgia/piriformis muscle syndrome, where sciatic nerve fibers intergrew through fibers of piriformis muscle. take many more treatments, then just usual cases.

Usually in case of piriphormis muscle syndrome improvements are evident in a frame of five treatment.  Yet in aforementioned case of intergrowth the progress comes even slower.  My professor Dembo believed that massage therapists  doesn’t necessary have to be very strong , but sensitive.  His view is  especially applicable in this case.

Considering that my client was unlucky enough to be born with the aforementioned intergrowth condition, her timing appearing in my office was perfect.

I just finalized development of silicone jars massage techniques, which proved to be very powerful but gentle in case of adhesions elimination. So I, naturally, have proposed my client to try applying this technique for her condition.

It so happened that her husband, who is a medical doctor, asked me to demonstrate this technique on him.  After being subjected to silicone jars techniques, he come to the conclusion that these techniques are safe, effective and especially was impressed with my approach to introductory part, where I activated pain gate control.  In our collaborative opinion the worst case scenario was that application of these techniques could do nothing.  As for my client, she admitted that had nothing to lose since she already scheduled a  surgery.

After first gentle application of silicone jars techniques, she reported a relief in first time during the last seven months.  For the three days she received treatment while I gradually increased suction.  She improved to the point of coming back to normal life and having no pain.  In total I have provided sixteen treatments.   The surgery was canceled.

In two weeks I recommended to come back for some additional treatments  even if she was free of pain. Of course I asked her to be very careful in all functional activities, avoiding challenging the improvements and proposed her the home program.

By the way, the surgery would have done her nothing good but to add suffering.  In her case changes within L/spine didn’t play the main role in terrible clinical picture she had suffered all her life.

From MedicalMassage–edu.com, LLC support team.

Dear friends,

Soon the release of Boris’ DVD “Prilutsky’s Method of Silicone Massage. Upper & Lower back disorders” is going to take place.

The DVD is going to cover incorporation of silicone jar massage for the Lower Back disorders, including:

 

and Upper Back Disorders including:

 

The suggested retail price of this DVD will be 49.95 +7 dollars shipping and handling.

However, as and promotional effort, the first 200 DVDs, just to cover production cost, will be sold for $15 + $7 shipping and handling on first come first served bases.

If you would have an interest in learning from this DVD please write us to support@medicalmassage-edu.com

 



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