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Valentine's Day Self Care for (not only) Singles - Top 4 Ways to Be Your Own Valentine

By: Kathleen Gramzay Tuesday February 14, 2017 comments Tags: #selfcare #selflove

Valentine's Day Self Care for (not only) Singles - Top 4 Ways to Be Your Own Valentine

Holidays designated to celebrate relationships often have a way of magnifying their absence for those not in one. Valentine's Day, in particular, can be challenging because the implied message is that validation of being lovable comes through someone else's expression of love for you. Whether you're single (or in a relationship) and feeling unloved because someone else isn't demonstrating their love or affection, I invite you to challenge the assumption of what defines "lovable" and free yourself in the process. Being lovable is a... Read More


Sitting is a Pain Pt 3 - Air Travel

By: Kathleen Gramzay Wednesday September 28, 2016 comments Tags: back pain relief, flying pain relief

Sitting is a Pain Pt 3 - Air Travel

The third place sitting is a pain is air travel. Between schlepping bags, the mental duress of contending with possible schedule changes, and the actual time stuck in a seat, flying can definitely be a pain. If your job or vacation involves cross-country or international travel, you are already keenly aware that 5 to 15 hours in a cramped seat can definitely cause some discomfort. Hopefully, you get to travel business class which makes flying a lot more comfortable. My recent flight to and from Greece, then from New York to Phoenix had me... Read More


Sitting is a Pain Part 2 - Driving

By: Kathleen Gramzay Friday September 2, 2016 comments Tags: back pain, back pain relief, driving back pain relief, hip pain, hip pain relief, neck pain relief, sciatica, sciatica relief

Sitting is a Pain Part 2 - Driving

In my August blog, Sitting is a Pain in the Butt, I offered some simple and effective tips to make your office chair a little less painful. There is another office seat that causes many people pain, the mobile one located behind a steering wheel. While cab and Uber drivers come readily to mind, there are untold numbers of people who spend their days on the road for their jobs covering expansive territory, as my friend Lynn did. She, along with many of my previous clients, dealt with sciatic pain as a result. Neck pain is equally... Read More


Sitting is a Pain in the Butt

By: Kathleen Gramzay Thursday August 4, 2016 comments Tags: corporate wellness, counteract sitting, move

Sitting is a Pain in the Butt

Have you heard the saying if you want to understand someone's experience "walk a mile in their shoes"? Instead of walking in someone else's shoes, I have been sitting in someone else's office chair. All I can say is given the option, I'll take the shoes. I'll admit I've been spoiled. For the last 17 years as a self-developed, movement-based therapist and educator teaching Kinessage to therapists, my days were all about movement. My desire to share the method with everyone else who lives in a body led me write Release Your Pain, Expand Your... Read More


5 Reasons Why Your Body is Easier to Understand than Rocket Science

By: Kathleen Gramzay Friday June 17, 2016 comments Tags: mind/body, self care

5 Reasons Why Your Body is Easier to Understand than Rocket Science

Have you ever noticed certain subjects have general perceptions around them? For example, how many times have you heard the adage: "it's not rocket science!" Meaning, whatever you're talking about is understandable or not that hard. To the average person, rocket science is believed to be very difficult to understand or you have to be brilliant to do so. To a rocket scientist, however, it just makes sense. What's the difference between the average person and the scientist? Education, interest, and the belief that the information is... Read More


Are You a Boss Willing to Lead Your Team?

By: Kathleen Gramzay Friday June 3, 2016 comments Tags: body/mind pain relief, holistic health, holistic pain relief

Are You a Boss Willing to Lead Your Team?

In my last blog, What Kind of A Boss Are You? , we saw that "Team Body" does the best job it can given the leadership, tools and materials provided by its "Mind-Boss". The body gives feedback all the time about whether the leadership and materials are sufficient or not. How do you know? It tells you. It speaks. As the boss, you might not have ever learned its language (who thought you needed to?) Maybe you've relied on interpreters. Great interpreters are highly valuable;but if they're off duty when the team is ready to strike, you... Read More


What Kind of a Boss Are You?

By: Kathleen Gramzay Friday May 20, 2016 comments Tags: body/mind, holistic pain relief

What Kind of a Boss Are You?

When you think about it, it's pretty miraculous that your body's innate intelligence keeps you alive with fairly minimal participation on your part. Your role? Provide the materials it needs: water, nourishment, sleep, and movement. Everything else happens without your conscious participation. You don't have to understand it or pay attention for your cells, organs, and systems to continually operate for highest function and health. The system is extraordinary. It's also familiar. It's your body. You've been living in it for years. And... Read More


Paradigm Shift: It Has to Hurt to Work, Doesn't It?

By: Kathleen Gramzay Friday May 13, 2016 comments

Paradigm Shift: It Has to Hurt to Work, Doesn't It?

A predominant myth in our culture is "No pain-no gain." In addition to athletics, it permeates beliefs with regard to healing. I say "no pain-no gain" is a bald-faced lie. In sports or working out, you can argue the merits of pushing the body through its limits to increase its capacity for greater strength or endurance. But why is that belief so common when it comes to healing? Therapies that initiate pain or discomfort first and then provide relief, fuel the underlying assumption that some kind of pain is necessary in order to... Read More


The Paradigm Shift: Your Body, Your Partner

By: Kathleen Gramzay Friday May 6, 2016 comments Tags: health benefits of movement, holist, movement, pain relief

The Paradigm Shift: Your Body, Your Partner

The idea that you can partner with your body is somewhat novel to many people. Isn't your body something you have and manage? It's great when you're young (even if you don't appreciate it at that time) and then it becomes a pain, literally somewhere down the timeline. When I became a massage therapist in 1999, I was eager to learn as much about the body as possible because I wanted to help many people. What I couldn't have known then is how that knowledge would change my perspective, my life, and my own health. What is one of the basic... Read More


The Price of Pain Part 3 - Shifting the Paradigm on Pain

By: Kathleen Gramzay Friday April 29, 2016 comments Tags: alternative answers to pain relief, holistic pain relief, pain, pain relief, painreliefwithoutdrugs

The Price of Pain Part 3 - Shifting the Paradigm on Pain

So far, this series has been looking at pain through the lens of the western medical model. Today the lens is being widened to let more light in on the subject. Notwithstanding its contributions, the drawbacks of the traditional medical model are significant: side effects, potential drug dependency and lethal interactions, not to mention the risks associated with surgery. In the western model, the body is seen as something to fix. Pain is something to manage, and imbalance or disease something to conquer through external means. Pain has... Read More





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