Counterstrain and Chiropractic Medicine – Complementary, Not Conflicting

I met Doctor Chris Grams, DC, at a point in which I was convinced that Counterstrain was the one and only modality that I—and everybody else—would ever need for the rest of our lives. And it’s not that I hadn’t even tried chiropractic medicine in the past—all the contrary! It was chiropractic medicine what delivered…

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Five Ways Counterstrain Crushes Other Modalities

Counterstrain is without a doubt an amazing modality. It is so amazing that it leaves other therapeutic modalities in the dust! But how does Counterstrain do that? Before I tell you, there are a few things you need to know—namely, the latest in the world of Counterstrain. I consider myself privileged to be part of…

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What an Amazing Time to be a Counterstrain Therapist

It’s nearly impossible to describe the unmistakable feeling of being part of something greater than ourselves. Something so amazing that, deep inside, we know will change the world. That’s how I feel about being part of the Counterstrain community. As this revolutionary therapeutic modality evolves, not only does it challenge what we had accepted about…

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Sharing my Passion for Counterstrain – Thank You, Island Fitness

I have a soft spot for Island Fitness since it was Michael and Alexa Rosenthal—the current owners—who introduced me to Counterstrain Master Tim Hodges, and also welcomed me and my new, then, practice in a part time office; two events that certainly changed my career and my life. I have great memories of my time there, interacting with the staff, the trainers, and their members, and of starting to develop a solid reputation as Counterstrain therapist.

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Counterstrain, Hakomi, and the Benefits of Expressing Anger

Who isn’t familiar with what we call the Fight or Flight response? It is how we simplify and digest the interactions of the autonomic nervous system—namely the Sympathetic division—as it prepares us for a response when facing what we consider a threat. Whether this threat is tangible (as in facing a growling animal) or perceptual…

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How Cheats, Hacks, and other Huckstery Distort Healing Expectations

The arrival of the World Wide Web has transformed the way we communicate and consume information. We have immediate access to the latest from multiple sources, all enriched with a variety of perspectives. This is a welcome change, considering that only about two decades ago the prohibitive costs of distribution channels meant that crucial information…

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Deep Tissue Therapy – What It Means in Counterstrain

The raised eyebrow of disbelief appears when I warn Counterstrain neophytes of the potential soreness, or other effects, after their initial session. “But you barely touched me,” they say. “I get deep tissue all the time; how can this affect me?” My reply is consistent: “This is one of the deepest forms of bodywork you’ll…

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