Pain and Self-Care: A Panel Presentation

As massage therapists, we understand the importance of combining massage, movement, and mindful awareness into our treatment sessions. Now learn to apply them to your self-care practices. Three experts from each field - massage, movement, mindful awareness - provide simple tools to preventing and treating pain. Diana Thompson demonstrates dry brushing to decrease inflammation of the hands, wrists, neck and shoulders; Nancy Haller teaches movement practices to enhance ease and grace around the table; and Carolyn McManus guides you through mindful meditative awareness to calm your nervous system and give you tools for transitioning between sessions.

Diana Thompson
Diana, a massage therapist for over 30 years, practices in Seattle, treating acute and chronic pain disorders. Diana is the former President of the Massage Therapy Foundation and has received many awards, including the President’s Award, AMTA; Massage Therapist of the Year, One Concept; and Humanitarian of the Year, Performance Health. Her newest endeavor, Hands Heal Electronic Health Record, turns her book, Hands Heal: Communication, Documentation and Insurance Billing for Manual Therapists, into an online charting system. Diana also has a new book, Integrative Pain Management: Massage, Movement, and Mindfulness Based Approaches, published in 2016.

Nancy Haller
Nancy is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Massage Therapist for 20 years and has developed “NeuroMuscular Connections” seminars to bridge Feldenkrais and Massage. She educates clients and practitioners on how to enhance posture, balance and movement and co-authored a chapter on "Interactive Movement Practices The Feldenrkais Method" in the new "Integrative Pain Management" textbook. As an educator, she speaks on living with brain injury and the recovery process.

Carolyn McManus
Carolyn holds a Master’s degree in physical therapy from Duke University and in psychology from Antioch University. She is on staff in the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at the Swedish Medical Center where she developed and has taught the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program for patients with chronic pain and disease since 1998. She is an instructor for the Puget Sound VA Health Services' Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Kindness Meditation Research for veteran populations. She is an author and national speaker on the topic of mindfulness, pain management and mind body wellness.

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