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A Different Approach

A Different Approach By Francine Smith, LMT When you’re healthy and you’re in pain, it’s because something is off. You’ve either overdone it and pulled something, or worked for too long in the wrong position. When this happens the solution is stretching or exercise. The pain might be excruciating but there is hope of it… Read more »

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage By Francine Smith, LMT As an expectant mother you have every right to question whether what we do is safe. Your job of protecting your child overrides every other need and urge. We respect that and we know it’s one of the hardest jobs to take on. We are Mothers Let us be… Read more »

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy

Much like the tides of the ocean, our cerebral spinal fluid has a flow or “ tide” to it, as well. This includes its flow out, followed by a pause or stillness, which is then followed by the return flow or wave back in. This stillness is referred to as “dynamic stillness” and it is… Read more »

Craniosacacral Therapy as a Way of Life

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) naturally begins to becomes a way of life. The therapist is trained in listening and nowness – creating a sacred space in the room or office. By connecting to a nowness (fancy word for being present), the therapi st creates a continuum. It leads to deeper qualities of perception and awareness…. Read more »

Third Hour Structural Integration

On Rolf Structural Integration   Rolfing or Structural integration is a soft tissue approach to re-establishing natural alignment. Dr. Ida Rolf was the innovator of this process and held that when a body is aligned in gravity it works properly. Integration of the body in a gravity field reveals the fluid and natural movement and… Read more »

Leatherstocking Trade Press – New Home in Saratoga Springs

I’m absolutely delighted to announce the formation of a new enterprise called Leatherstocking Trade Press and it’s new home at the Upstate Distilling House in Saratoga Springs. When I was 12, my dad and I started a business called Leatherstocking Trade Company, after the region I grew up in. We sold used tools, tie dye … Read more »

The Bodywork Adventure ~ Teaching to learn

I was in Montreal on New Years Day is 2012. Some friends and I had gone there for something different and as I do I make a speech and set my goals for the following year. 2012 was going to be the year I got over my fears and taught my first class in bodywork…. Read more »

Volleyball & Massage: Serving Up the Best Treatment

Talking about great summer-time sports wouldn’t be complete if we left out volleyball. All it takes is a ball, a net and poles, a flat surface and some willing players and, voila! You got a game goin’ on! Whether you’re an occasional backyard BBQ player or an avid beach or sand volleyball competitor, there are… Read more »

Farewell the Well : Remembering My Mentor Emmett Hutchins

I’ll never forget arriving in Hawaii for the first time to start my training in 2000. I  was 22 at the time, and a great many parts of my life were in flux. I got lucky on a stock and made almost to the dollar my tuition for Structural Integration school, and a couple of… Read more »

SWIMMING AND MASSAGE THERAPY

  Warm weather in upstate New York doesn’t last forever. So, most of us want to get outside and enjoy outdoor activities before we’re forced to take refuge indoors. One of those activities – swimming – is, of course, something that people can enjoy throughout the year, whether they belong to the local Y, they’re… Read more »