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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Counterstrain Treatment Plan

What is the most beautiful aspect of the healing process? That most of it is within your control! But this does not mean you cannot benefit from expert guidance. On the contrary, a qualified health expert, like a fully-trained Counterstrainer, can help you figure out not only the steps of your treatment plan, but also…

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Why I Chose Counterstrain

(Watch video first!) That suffocating feeling we experience when our best efforts are not enough. It disrupts our sleep and gets our minds immersed in myriad fretful thoughts as we keep searching for answers. That feeling, my friends, is frustration. But frustration is not necessarily bad. Frustration is what makes us realize that the answers…

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How Will I Feel After Counterstrain Therapy?

Those who have experienced Counterstrain know how gentle but powerful it is. But in this group, there are those who also know that, despite its gentleness, Counterstrain can produce some significant post-treatment effects. For those who experience them, the effects usually last 24 hours. Occasionally, some will feel them for 48 to 72 hours, but…

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