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Vitalism and Structuralism: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

This post is a little philosophical, so I will apologize in advance and keep it mercifully short. There are many ideas in manual therapy. Some are good, some are not so good. The subject of this post is ideas that are very obviously not good, but for some reason attractive, even in the face ofRead More

Why Massage is Like Chicken Sexing

I’ve written before on this blog about how manual therapists can develop some very questionable ideas about exactly how they are helping their clients. Like thinking they can manipulate energy fields, chakras, chi or cerebral spinal fluid patterns. Interestingly, my own observation is that many therapists who believe the craziest things actually get some pretty good results! How could this happen? How …Read More

More Deepities: What is “Energy Work”?

In a previous post I introduced the concept of a deepity. Deepity is term coined by Dan Dennett to describe a somewhat ambiguous statement that precariously balances between two possible meanings. One potential meaning is true but trivially obvious, while the other would be earth shatteringly profound if true, but is in fact false. DennettRead More