Co-Creative Healing

Why Being Called A Truffle Pig Can Be A Compliment (Plus a Recommendation for a Local Truffle Dish)

Periodically, I’d like to offer recommendations for local businesses in my column. This month I must recommend a dish at the Loft Brasserie. The Dungeness Crab Macaroni Gratin is made with white truffle oil and is an amazing and rich delight. I suggest ordering it without crab so that the savory truffle flavor is the star of the dish. This dish serves as inspiration for my column this month. . . read on to learn more about truffles and the surprising way in which truffle pigs and massage therapists are alike.

During a session several months ago, I honed in on a troubled spot of a client and she enthusi-astically said, “You are like a truffle pig for [finding the source of] pain!” As a foodie and truffle fan, I thought this was such a great compliment. For those of you who are not familiar with what a ‘truffle pig’ is, let me illuminate why I found this comment flattering.

Truffles are wonderful, flavorful, and rare mushrooms. Just a small amount of them can hugely impact the flavor of your dish. Truffles live underneath the soil and aren’t apparent to the naked eye, so they are very difficult to find. Even when you carefully brush away the dirt around an area where truffles are, unless you have a very trained eye, one may be right in front of you and you may miss it. Pigs have a keen sense of smell, are naturally drawn towards the scent of truf-fles, and have an affinity for rooting in the earth for food. Because of these natural skills, humans have used specially trained pigs to help them find truffles for centuries.

Just like with truffles, sources of pain in the body can often be buried, evasive, and difficult to find. Also akin to how a small amount of truffles can impact the flavor of an entire dish, a grain-sized trigger point or an adhesion pattern can hugely impact several muscle groups and create pain or tension in a large portion of the body.

Similar to the delicate nose of a pig, I’m able to ‘sniff’ out those hidden areas of tension in your body with my hands. I’m naturally drawn to and want to find the roots of your pain. Like a truffle hunter who carefully removes the soil around the truffle, once I find the root of your pain, I care-fully unwind the holding patterns around the source to free up that delicate part of your tissue that is longing to be liberated. Healing pain in the body is my passion. This is why I will gladly accept the compliment of being compared to a truffle pig anytime.

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Co-Creative Healing

Specialties Co-Creative Healing offers Massage Therapy & Bodywork in Ashland, OR. I offer blends of deep tissue, acupressure, CranioSacral, myofascial release, visceral work, sports massage, stretching & Thai massage. * I have been doing massage therapy professionally since 1998, have over 1800 hours of training. I also am a nationally certified massage continuing education provider.* My work is also unique because of its timeless nature. Instead, I offer sessions that last an "hour and half plus." Most sessions tend to run between 1.5 and 1.75 hours. Working at this pace allows us to talk before your session begins and gives you the time to get up from your session without feeling rushed. Serving the greater Rouge Valley, including Ashland, Medford, Talent, Jacksonville, Eagle Point, Phoenix. Clients even drive in from Portland and Roseburg! History Established in 1998 I began my first private practice in New Orleans within a Medical Clinic. Over the years I have experience working in medical settings, spa settings, holistic retreat centers and private practice. I draw upon this diverse types environments to provide a session that is therapeutic, effective, relaxing, nurturing, pain and stress relieving and long lasting.

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