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Blog of the Pathqueen #001: What’s On Your Mind?

Dear Reader,

You have signed up on my pathology-related mailing list or followed my Facebook business page because, theoretically at least, you might be interested in what I have to say.

I am writing to let you know that I am—at long last—going to communicate more about my work, my thoughts, and how I might be helpful to you. I have lots of ideas and topics I want to share, but I also want to know something really important:

What’s on your mind?

Do you have topics you’d like to see covered—specifically about pathology in the context of massage therapy? You are invited to let me know. And please pass along anything I provide that might be helpful to colleagues or clients.

Time is our most valuable resource. I promise to use yours carefully.

Always be learning,

4 Responses to Blog of the Pathqueen #001: What’s On Your Mind?

  1. I’d love to see you do an article in M&B (or just here but yay to wide readership) detailing the Path Queen’s Dream Intake Form. What’s on that medical history section? Why? Break it down for us, Ruth.

  2. Hi Ruth! I’m excited you’re taking this on!! I have a big giant question. Susan Salvo has talked about a distinction between truly therapeutic massage (which has some curative effect), and palliative massage (which helps people feel better, but does not speed physiological recovery). She talks about this in the context of informed consent, and accurately representing what massage is able to do. (I may not be getting her distinction exactly right…..)

    Anyway, my question is: Are there conditions that we can say massage has a true curative effect? Or is it more honest to say that we help clients manage symptoms, but it’s unlikely that we are speeding recovery?


    • Wow, this is a big question.

      I want to push back for two reasons:
      1. How can we know whether something has a curative effect?
      2. “Palliative massage” may be as restorative and as “curative” as any other type.

      I am reluctant to draw a line in the sand here.

      That’s my $.02
      Thanks Mark!

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