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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Thai yoga massage from Thailand

Erin Cowell - March 2nd, 2009
Thai yoga massage from Thailand
Erin Cowell 3/2/09


In dance, one partner leads the other, always guiding and moving with the music, creating an energy that can be invigorating, releasing and therapeutic, all at the same time.
In order to understand Thai yoga massage (TYM), it’s best to think of it in terms of dancing. Therapeutic massage generally involves a passive client laying nearly unconscious on a table with a masseuse working over him or her. But with TYM, both client and masseuse are on the floor, working in a three-dimensional space of movement. The partner leading is the masseuse, guiding the other through a series of deep stretches and massage.
The result is a comprehensive full-body treatment. Like therapeutic massage, it relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body’s energy. However, the benefits of TYM outlast those of basic massage through movement and correct posture.
Sally Trombly, a certified Thai yoga massage therapist at Living Light Massage & Wellness Center in Traverse City, believes those two elements are key to long-term health.
“When they say mind/body connection, there’s actually science behind that statement. The brain controls the musculature of the body. Sensory-motor amnesia occurs as we grow older, causing disconnection with certain areas of our body. Thai yoga massage works to re-educate and reconnect the mind and body,” Trombly says.
Although fairly new to the Western Hemisphere, TYM has been practiced for more than 2,500 years. Originating in India, it evolved from traditional Thai massage within the environment of Buddhist temples.
“Thai massage is a well-respected and proven healing art that’s quickly gaining popularity in the West because of its meditative approach and its application of yoga’s well-established benefits,” says Kam Thye Chow, founder of The Lotus Palm: School of Thai Yoga Massage in Montreal, Canada.
If TYM is a dance, then “prana” would be the music. It’s believed that when “prana” – being the fundamental life force of energy circulating within the body – is blocked or restricted, then sickness or disease can result. TYM clears those blockages through palming and thumbing along pressure points.
Like basic yoga, TYM allows a person to gradually stretch and move their body to a level beyond their everyday movement. Because of this, TYM is ideal for anyone. Elderly people can gradually increase flexibility while helping relieve the effects of osteoporosis. Athletes get an even deeper stretch beyond what they normally do alone. And everyone in between can reawaken the body, participating in this old, yet modern-day dance.

For more information on Thai Yoga Massage, call Living Light Massage & Wellness Center at 231-995-9697.

 
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