The Thinking Practitioner Podcast

w/ Til LuchauWhitney Lowe
 
Join two of the leading educators in manual therapy, bodywork, and massage therapy, as they delve into the most intriguing issues, questions, research, and client conditions that hands-on practitioners face. Stimulate your thinking with imaginative conversations, tips, and interviews related to the somatic arts and sciences.
Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 48: Psoas Work: Is it Safe? Is it Necessary? (Rebroadcast)

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 48: Psoas Work: Is it Safe? Is it Necessary? (Rebroadcast)

48: In this “Greatest Hits” rebroadcast of episode 25, Whitney and Til discuss the controversies, disagreements, considerations, and their own views on the infamous psoas muscle in manual therapy and massage. Download the handout with detailed episode notes, techniques and tests, and a special chapter from Til’s book from http://a-t.tv/ttp-psoas/ 

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 36: Research and Education with Robin Anderson

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 36: Research and Education with Robin Anderson

36: Whitney Lowe talks with Robin Anderson about her new role as president of the Massage Therapy Foundation and how research plays an important role in our field. They also dive deep into some issues around curriculum design and the crucial importance of developing solid educational programs to ensure the future success of our field.  

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 35: Resources that Inspire Our Learning

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 35: Resources that Inspire Our Learning

35: Til Luchau and Whitney Lowe share their top resources for information and inspiration, both professionally and personally, letting us in on everything from their favorite podcasts, playlists, books, and apps, to how they recharge and find meaning in their work and in their lives.

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 34: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: What You Didn’t Know

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 34: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome: What You Didn’t Know

34: Whitney Lowe and Til Luchau share trivia, tips, tests, and techniques for working with thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), including some cool self-care methods for you and your clients. Find out why TOS is “one of the most controversial topics in musculoskeletal medicine,” and how Til and Whitney actually work with TOS symptoms in practice.

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 33: Drew Freedman: Dealing With Adversity

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 33: Drew Freedman: Dealing With Adversity

33: Dealing With Adversity (with Drew Freedman) Clinician and educator Drew Freedman talks about navigating many challenges of managing a busy clinic in the heart of Boston. The clinic was severely impacted by the Boston Marathon bombing and then again this past year during the Covid challenge. We discuss how to face adversity and how to continue looking forward and not let these challenges drag you down.

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 32: Art Riggs: Aging Well

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 32: Art Riggs: Aging Well

32: Bodywork pioneer Art Riggs was one of the first Certified Rolfers to publish a book about “advanced” techniques. His textbook (Deep Tissue Massage) was adopted by massage therapy programs worldwide, and as a result, his teaching and style has influenced tens of thousands massage and manual therapists in the decades since. Art talks with Til Luchau about his work, aging, self-care, and more.

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 31: Cervicogenic Headaches: As If We Need Another Type

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 31: Cervicogenic Headaches: As If We Need Another Type

31: What are cervicogenic headaches? Are they even a thing, and if so, why are they particularly amenable to manual therapy and massage? Til Luchau and Whitney Lowe discuss these questions, and share some self-care tips for you and your clients. Download the handout with detailed episode notes, techniques and tests from http://a-t.tv/ttp-cgh/

Episode topics include:
– What kinds of headaches CAN manual therapy help with?
– What’s the controversy around cervicogenic headaches?
– What kinds of self-care help?

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 30: Excuses, Excuses: Our Favorite Reasons Not To ________

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 30: Excuses, Excuses: Our Favorite Reasons Not To ________

30: What makes taking care of ourselves so hard? Til Luchau and Whitney Lowe dissect the difficulties, and share their favorite excuses for not putting their own care first.

Episode topics include:
– The five key self-care behaviors;
– The date we’re most likely to give up on our resolutions;
– Getting “internal bipartisanship” around your own self-care initiatives.

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 28: Advanced Credentialing and Massage as Healthcare

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 28: Advanced Credentialing and Massage as Healthcare

28: Whitney Lowe talks with Cal Cates, executive director of Healwell. They tackle the challenging issues of how to recognize advanced training and the challenges of integrating massage into the healthcare system.

Episode topics include:
– Why is advanced credentialing important for us?
– What are some of the big challenges we face when attempting to be part of the healthcare system?
– Who is ultimately responsible for advanced credentialing?

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 27: The Little Man In Your Brain: The Sensory Homunculus

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 27: The Little Man In Your Brain: The Sensory Homunculus

27: Til Luchau and Whitney Lowe discuss the most famous (yet, unreplicated) illustration in neuroscience, the sensorimotor homunculus, which purports to show the proportion of the brain dedicated to each body part. Is it accurate?

Episode topics include:
– Is the cortical homunculus a map, or the territory?
– How did it come about? Penfield’s methods and limitations.
– How might this all apply to manual therapy and massage?

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 26: Movement for Manual Therapists, with Wojtek Cackowski

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 26: Movement for Manual Therapists, with Wojtek Cackowski

26: Til Luchau talks with Polish physical therapist, Anatomy Trains teacher, and manual therapist Wojtek Cackowski about his innovative Zoga Movement method, and how it can help manual therapists not only with their clients, but with their own embodiment and self care.

Episode topics include:
– Fascial shearing and gliding, vs fascial “stretching”
– What is Zoga? How does it relate to manual therapy and massage?
– Til and Wojtek’s collaborative online courses combining Zoga and Advanced Myofascial Techniques

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 25: Psoas Work: Is it Safe? Is it Necessary?

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 25: Psoas Work: Is it Safe? Is it Necessary?

25: Whitney and Til discuss the controversies, disagreements, considerations, and their own views on the infamous psoas muscle in manual therapy and massage. Download the handout with detailed episode notes, techniques and tests, and a special chapter from Til’s book from http://a-t.tv/ttp-psoas/

Episode topics include:
– Psoas: Holy Grail muscle, or wholly irrelevant?
– Psoas and back pain, leg length, etc.;
– Safety considerations;
– What Til and Whitney actually do in practice.

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 24: Plantar Foot Pain Crash Course

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 24: Plantar Foot Pain Crash Course

24: Whitney and Til share a treasure chest of foot-pain ideas and techniques, packed full of assessments, anatomy, concepts, and hands-on tools. Download the free (optional) handout and follow along as Til and Whitney give an audio preview of their upcoming Plantar Foot Pain collaborative webinar (part of the ABMP CE Summit).

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 23: Do Expectations Shape Results? Mark Bishop

Thinking Practitioner Podcast, Ep 23: Do Expectations Shape Results? Mark Bishop

23. Mark Bishop’s research shows that clients who think treatment will help benefit more than those who don’t expect much relief. What is more, practitioners who expect their modality will help actually get better results than practitioners who are less certain. What’s up with that?

In this episode, Til and Whitney interview manual therapist, physiotherapist and researcher Mark Bishop about his fascinating investigations into how expectations can shape results; the role of client preferences in treatment success; and how practitioners can most effectively leverage these effects.

Huge thanks to our founding sponsors:

           ABMP massage therapy            Handspring Publishing

 

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