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  • Caring too Much

    By: Ann Catlin OTR,LMT    |    Monday, June 15, 2015
    Caring too Much Ann Catlin OTR, LMT Years ago while sitting in a restaurant with a colleague I learned something about myself. We each worked as massage therapists in eldercare facilities and it was really nice to talk to someone who “got it”. Our conversation took an unexpected turn. We candidly admitted seemingly unhealthy responses to our

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  • Caregiving as a Spiritual Gift

    By: Ann Catlin OTR,LMT    |    Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    Caregiving as a Spiritual Gift Ann Catlin I once had the privilege of presenting at the National Association of Health Care Assistants annual convention. More than four hundred nurse assistants from thirty-two states gathered in Tulsa to learn and renew, not to mention to have a little fun together. I was struck by the heartfelt dedication these folks have

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  • Become a Culturally Competent Practitioner

    By: Ann Catlin OTR,LMT    |    Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    Become a Culturally Competent Practitioner Ann Catlin OTR, LMT Decades ago I was an occupational therapy intern in a hospital in Iowa. One day my supervisor called a meeting where she told her staff about a new patient—not something that typically triggered a meeting. But this was not a typical patient! He was the elder of a gypsy family. The

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  • Massage and Alzheimer's: What would Maslow Say?

    By: Ann Catlin    |    Tuesday, September 2, 2014
    As a licensed massage therapist and Compassionate Touch® Practitioner, I have witnessed the transformation that can occur when intentional touch is offered, enhancing quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease. For example: The woman, withdrawn and thought to be non-verbal, who looked me in the eye and said “thank

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  • Learning to Pay Attention to the Quality of Touch

    By: Ann Catlin    |    Thursday, January 9, 2014
    I once received a massage that stands out in my memory. The space was beautiful and inviting. The therapist was attentive as we visited prior to the session. It had been a while since I’d gotten a massage so I was really looking forward to this time to let go and renew. I was happy to relax on the warm table a few minutes waiting for the session to

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  • The Rewards of Working with Dementia Patients

    By: Ann Catlin    |    Thursday, August 1, 2013
    I’m a brain/behavior geek from way back. In college in the 70’s as an occupational therapy student, I added a semester just to take more psychology classes. An internship was spent living and working at a large state mental hospital in Wisconsin. Loved it! My first jobs were in acute psychiatric units. Loved that, too. There were ten years

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  • Help in Understanding Parkinson's, Part 2

    Help in Understanding Parkinson's, Part 2

    By: Ann Catlin    |    Sunday, June 30, 2013
    In my last article, I presented an understanding of Parkinson’s disease (PD), its symptoms and current medical treatment. Now we’ll take a look at how massage and other bodywork may play an important role in managing symptoms and offering those with PD a better quality of life. I’d like to challenge you to ponder what it means for a person

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  • Understanding Parkinsonís Disease

    Understanding Parkinsonís Disease

    By: Ann Catlin    |    Thursday, April 4, 2013
    More people over 60 are turning to massage therapy for self-care and to help ease symptoms associated with chronic ailments. If you have clientele in this age group it’s possible that you will eventually have a client who is living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). It’s estimated that at least 500,000 people are diagnosed in the United

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  • Compassion is Really Good Medicine

    Compassion is Really Good Medicine

    By: Ann Catlin    |    Thursday, October 4, 2012
    Some think compassion is an attribute reserved for spiritual leaders. (Think Mother Teresa caring for the poorest of the poor in the streets of Calcutta.) But compassionate presence isnít just reserved for people who travel a moral high ground. Itís something we all can cultivate and draw upon when life calls us to the bedside to care for someone in need.

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  • Caregiving as a Spiritual Gift

    Caregiving as a Spiritual Gift

    By: Ann Catlin, OTR, LMT    |    Thursday, May 3, 2012
    Each of us, at some point, will become a caregiver to a loved one, parent or friend. Many of us can point to this kind of experience as the catalyst to our massage therapy careers. The benefits that come from being a caregiver are many and I've learned that my work caring for my clients is not separate from my spiritual practice ó it is one. I recently

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