80 episodes

Join us for ideas and angles for professional practitioners in bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedics, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy; as well as yoga, strength and conditioning, and allied professions. This podcast is not medical or treatment advice.

The Thinking Practitioner Til Luchau & Whitney Lowe

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 139 Ratings

Join us for ideas and angles for professional practitioners in bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedics, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy; as well as yoga, strength and conditioning, and allied professions. This podcast is not medical or treatment advice.

    What We Might Learn From Sex (with Betty Martin)

    What We Might Learn From Sex (with Betty Martin)

    What can we as bodyworkers can learn about intimacy, ethics, consent, touch, and boundaries, from people working on the other side of the no-sex "firewall" that (very appropriately) separates our profession from erotic and sex work? Betty Martin is a leading author, thinker, and trainer in the field of consent and touch; listen in as she and Til think it through. 
    Check out the video or get the full transcript of their conversation on Til or Whitney's sites: 
    Til Luchau’s Advanced-Trainings.com 
    Whitney Lowe’s Academy of Clinical Massage
    Resources:
    Waking Up The Hands (YouTube)
    Betty Martin’s site
    Book: The Art of Receiving and Giving
    Trainings: School of Consent
    Sponsor Offers:
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    ABMP: save $24 on new membership at abmp.com/thinking. 
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    About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us: info@thethinkingpractitioner.com
    (The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

    • 48 min
    Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos, Fascia, and Pain (with Tina Wang)

    Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos, Fascia, and Pain (with Tina Wang)

    Does stiff fascia hurt because it's stiff? Why then is there pain with the softer-tissue patterns of hypermobility and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes? Dr. Tina Wang's fascinating research (as well as her own story) helps shed some light on this paradox. Check out the video of her Thinking Practitioner conversation on Til or Whitney's sites: 
    Til Luchau’s Advanced-Trainings.com 
    Whitney Lowe’s Academy of Clinical Massage
    Resources:

    Dr Wang's clinical practice https://tupelopointe.com/


    Dr Wang's neurofascialinflammation seminars including hEDS course: https://www.thebraincelledu.com/seminars

    Selected research:

    Wang, Tina J., and Antonio Stecco. “Fascial Thickness and Stiffness in Hypermobile Ehlers‐Danlos Syndrome.” American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C: Seminars in Medical Genetics 187, no. 4 (December 2021): 446–52. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajmg.c.31948.



    Wang, Tina, Roya Vahdatinia, Sarah Humbert, and Antonio Stecco. “Myofascial Injection Using Fascial Layer-Specific Hydromanipulation Technique (FLuSH) and the Delineation of Multifactorial Myofascial Pain.” Medicina (Kaunas, Lithuania) 56, no. 12 (December 20, 2020): 717. https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina56120717.


    Sponsor Offers:
    Books of Discovery: save 15% by entering "thinking" at checkout on booksofdiscovery.com.
    ABMP: save $24 on new membership at abmp.com/thinking. 
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    About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us: info@thethinkingpractitioner.com
    (The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

    • 53 min
    More Carrots, or More Sticks? The Continuing Education Conundrum

    More Carrots, or More Sticks? The Continuing Education Conundrum

    Most everyone agrees that the current system of continuing professional education (CE or CPD) for massage and manual therapy has problems. Should CE requirements simply be abolished? Or is even more regulation needed? Whitney and Til think these things through and come up with individual and system-wide options. Check out the video of their conversation on Til or Whitney's sites: 
    Whitney Lowe’s online Clinical & Orthopedic Massage Courses
    Til Luchau’s courses at Advanced-Trainings.com 
    Resources:
    Julie Onofrio’s post “The Continuing CE Conundrum in the Massage Profession” 
    Whitney Lowe’s “The Future of Advanced Massage Credentialing” 
    Sponsor Offers:
    Books of Discovery: save 15% by entering "thinking" at checkout on booksofdiscovery.com.
    ABMP: save $24 on new membership at abmp.com/thinking. 
    Handspring Publishing: save 20% by entering “TTP” at checkout at handspringpublishing.com. 
    About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us: info@thethinkingpractitioner.com
    (The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

    • 55 min
    The Future of the Profession (with Sandy Fritz)

    The Future of the Profession (with Sandy Fritz)

    Whitney has a conversation with Sandy Fritz on her vision of the current and future state of the profession. 
    How the current economic situation has impacted the massage profession
    Innovative changes with the ICMT
    The migration of massage employment to a "job"
    Challenges with massage employees
    How to work full time
    Ergonomic challenges in our field
    Get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites:
    Whitney Lowe’s online Clinical & Orthopedic Massage Courses
    Til Luchau’s courses at Advanced-Trainings.com 
    Resources:
    International Consortium of Manual Therapies: https://www.icmtconference.org/
    Health Enrichment Center: https://www.healthenrichment.com/
    Sponsor Offers:
    Books of Discovery: save 15% by entering "thinking" at checkout on booksofdiscovery.com.
    ABMP: save $24 on new membership at abmp.com/thinking. 
    Handspring Publishing: save 20% by entering “TTP” at checkout at handspringpublishing.com. 
    About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us: info@thethinkingpractitioner.com
    (The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Fascia Research Congress Highlights (with Whitney Lowe & Til Luchau)

    Fascia Research Congress Highlights (with Whitney Lowe & Til Luchau)

    Til & Whitney share their takeaways, impressions, and highlights from the recent 6th International Fascia Research Congress in Montreal. Topics include:
    New research correlating tissue qualities with depression
    Biomechanics of thoracolumbar fascia
    Counterintuitive findings about Ehlers-Danlos
    Fascia and elastic recoil
    Should we massage tumors?
    Get the full transcript at Til or Whitney's sites:
    Whitney Lowe’s online Clinical & Orthopedic Massage Courses
    Til Luchau’s courses at Advanced-Trainings.com 
    Resources:
    Robert Schleip's recent article in Massage & Bodywork magazine: The Fascial Network; Our Richest Sensory Organ
    The Fascia Research Congress info page for speaker info, recordings and 2025 dates: https://fasciaresearchsociety.org. 
    Sponsor Offers:
    Til's next Principles training: Ilia & SI Joints: Principles first lecture: Oct 5, 2022
    Books of Discovery: save 15% by entering "thinking" at checkout on booksofdiscovery.com.
    ABMP: save $24 on new membership at abmp.com/thinking. 
    Handspring Publishing: save 20% by entering “TTP” at checkout at handspringpublishing.com. 
    About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us: info@thethinkingpractitioner.com
    (The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

    • 48 min
    Secret Shopper CE Review (bonus episode, with Hands at the Table podcast)

    Secret Shopper CE Review (bonus episode, with Hands at the Table podcast)

    Unbeknownst to us, the hosts of the 'Hands at the Table' podcast recorded and aired a “secret shopper” episode about one of Til Luchau’s most popular online CE classes. Listen in as they dissect and review the course, bit-by-excruciating-bit. (And, you can find out more about Til’s next Principles course, live or by recording, at Advanced-Trainings.com.)
    In this episode:
    Were the techniques useful?
    How was the course structured? 
    Can something like this even be learned at a distance?
    Get the transcript of their conversation on Til or Whitney's sites: 
    Whitney Lowe’s online Clinical & Orthopedic Massage Courses
    Til Luchau’s courses at Advanced-Trainings.com 
    Resources:
    Til's next Principles training: Ilia & SI Joints: Principles Free intro: Sep 28, first lecture: Oct 5, 2022
    The original review: the Hands at the Table podcast dissects Til Luchau's AMT Principles course 
    Bori is on Instagram at: @bori_suranyi_lmt
    Jeff is on Instagram at: @jbramhall
    Sponsor Offers:
    Books of Discovery: save 15% by entering "thinking" at checkout on booksofdiscovery.com.
    ABMP: save $24 on new membership at abmp.com/thinking. 
    Handspring Publishing: save 20% by entering “TTP” at checkout at handspringpublishing.com. 
    About Whitney Lowe  |  About Til Luchau  |  Email Us: info@thethinkingpractitioner.com
    (The Thinking Practitioner Podcast is intended for professional practitioners of manual and movement therapies: bodywork, massage therapy, structural integration, chiropractic, myofascial and myotherapy, orthopedic, sports massage, physical therapy, osteopathy, yoga, strength and conditioning, and similar professions. It is not medical or treatment advice.)

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
139 Ratings

139 Ratings

Jason Nadeau ,

Good brain stimulation and fun!

As a career massage therapist and bodyworker I enjoy every episode of this show. They make me think about what am I really doing and what do I think I’m doing. It also raises questions about what I was told I was doing when I went to massage school and what I told others we were doing when I taught at massage schools in comparison to what research says is likely happening.

Highly recommended, especially as most of my clients don’t know or care about the science of massage, this show keeps me in tune with that after a day of providing that Zen space for my clients

fjeanne ,

Wonderful podcast!

It is refreshing to hear thoughtful, intelligent conversations in the field of massage. Til and Whitney are friendly, compassionate and fun to listen to. Thank you both for putting your hard work into this podcast! Beautiful job.

Massagesfor you ,

Educational and informative podcast

I enjoy so many of these episodes! Many technical and functional episodes I have re-listened to multiple times. Whitney asks thoughtful questions that require in depth answers from his guests.

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