replied email from Doug Nelson-
v24 sön den 16 juni 2019 kl 17.57

Hi Allissa,
Germany was wonderful, as was Denmark where we visited an exchange student and her family. I feel at home in the Nordic countries (no surprise there. . .)

May I publish your blood sugar case report on this page?


email written to Doug Nelson-
v24 lör den 15 juni 2019 kl 11.04

I always find when I have certain quandaries about my massage practice, I go back to PNMT classes and what I learned from you.

I saw recently you and Janet were in Germany. Were you able to check out the FASCIA exhibit from Gunther von Hagen’s Plastinarium in Berlin?

I listened to the Naked Scientists, Naked Neuroscience Podcast March 20, 2019 – “Uncovering Consciousness”. It made me know why I pursued a Blood Sugar Study when I was a massage therapist in Des Moines, Iowa. I thank you for being a wonderful guide and nurturing ideas.

All my Best
Allissa from Iowa, Living in Sweden 🙂

The elastic behind light bulb moments
with Leonard Mlodinow

“Human thinking can be put on a spectrum and at one end is logical, analytical, rational thought, that’s conscious thinking…..And at the other end of the thinking spectrum is elastic thinking, and that’s where that comes from. Elastic thinking isn’t about following rules it’s about making up the rules that you’ll follow later when you use the analytical thinking. It’s about how you see a situation, figure out what to ask about it and it’s about how you adapt and approach a novel situation or challenge.” by Leonard Mlodinow

Using Elastic Thinking in a small Blood Sugar Study
– alterations thru Massage Therapy albeit food intake

Feb 2014 – Sept 2014

I am not a scientist, but a massage therapist with a curious mind. It was often in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy continuing education classes in which instructor, Doug Nelson, would say, “We did a study on that.” There were data points on Adductor Magnus massage increasing ROM of hamstring length and flexibility benefits. There were data points on forward flexion increasing with simple massage therapy interventions. It was astounding to me, he and his office, and several other curious therapist embarked on case studies and research themselves.

When a client of mine (MCK1954) developed a condition of Type II Diabetes after years of healthy eating. He and I asked a lot of questions: Why? How?

MCK1954 should not have been on the diabetic chart given his lifestyle. An avid cyclist with his wife, he took the bus downtown to work so he could close his eyes and mediate, or look at other people and create stories of where they came from. His children often shunned the idea of having friends over for dinner, due to the menu and questions like, “What on earth are we eating?” Buckwheat pancakes with blueberry compote were often on the breakfast menu. Wheat grass shots were the first “go to” at the weekly Farmer’s Market outing on Saturday mornings.

Yet, MCK1954, was a career man with a stressful job at a large corporation.

Many health professionals told MCK1954 that his blood sugar was exclusively linked to diet. But he and I wondered if that was a medical myth. It did not make sense given his lifestyle.

Every time MCK1954 went home after massage, despite what he ate pre or post massage, his blood sugar had the most remarkable decrease. Could massage be helping MCK1954’s chronically high blood sugar levels to lower?

So MCK1954 and I did research “N of ONE”. Then more massage clients jumped on board.

An over the counter blood sugar testing device was found to calibrate well with MCK1954’s home blood sugar device. It was the standard monitoring device used throughout the study.

35 clients agreed to participate in the blood sugar test / massage experiment from Feb 2014-Sept 2014 and one sample taken June 2015.

Blood sugar was measured in 35 participants before their massage and directly after their massage, despite what they ate prior to massage. Three or more blood sugar levels pre and post massage were successfully measured in 33 participants. (#31 FJHalf1976 her last post measurement was taken June 2015, but the reading is on the Blood Sugar monitoring device. The device was moved to Sweden and it is in a box somewhere).

Values have not been statistically analyzed. But it is interesting how many people had a drop in blood sugar after massage, except the following outliers:

The case of #22 FHS1973, her 2nd testing. Her blood sugar was higher post massage than pre massage. Out of 3 samples taken, this was abnormal from her first and third sample. In the second sample, she had apprehension of going to a dentist appointment directly following the massage.

#3 MRP1961, 3rd sample out of 4 samples. Normally, he demonstrated a large decrease in blood sugar levels pre and post massage, except for the 3rd sample. MRP1961 was going on vacation directly after our massage. Upon arriving, he proudly boasted “I am not even taking the laptop on vacation!”.

I had a client with an opposite reaction.
#13 MJR1946 had consistent blood sugar levels and #1, #2, #3 samples. It was out of interest to test him on #4 pre and post massage. During the massage, I knew I would tell him I would be moving to Sweden in the very immediate future. His blood sugar raised on the 4th sample post massage.

I understand this is not the most rigorous experiment on Blood Sugar and Massage. Many individuals told me I needed to measure blood sugar after fasting. Although, there are reasons for this, my reason for the experiment was to conclude: Could Massage Therapy allow the body to balance systems on its own?

The results speak for themselves and they are interesting.

It has been difficult to find someone whom could help crunch the numbers. I have contacted Universities and other scientists, alas no statistical data from the 35 participants has been calculated.

It is my conclusion, massage therapy does free the body to help homeostasis in most individuals with stressful lives.

In a Promotional advertisement from Abbott Labs*, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the FreeStyle® Libre for the 30.3 million Americans who have diabetes is the tip of the iceberg of monitoring fluid systems in the body. This measuring device monitors fluids in the periphery. My conclusion is massage therapy alters these fluid systems in the periphery, thus, helps to promote homeostasis throughout the body.

It is my conclusion, although diet may play a role in blood sugar levels, decreasing perceived stress thru massage therapy offers more health benefits than only diet control. Since this mini blood sugar study was completed, I have read information from Dr. Rangan Chatterjee (UK medical doctor), Alessandro Ferretti* nutritionist and researcher, and Dr. Brent A. Bauer* from Mayo Clinic USA all to point to the fact stress plays a significant a role in diabetes.

A PDF is included to see the 35 participants data.

Thank you for reading my Elastic Thinking Blood Sugar Study.
Allissa Harter from Iowa, Living in Sweden

* Visit
The FreeStyle Libre system measures glucose levels through a small sensor — the size of two stacked quarters —applied to the back of your upper arm. It provides real-time glucose readings for up to 10 days, both day and night. The sensor can also read glucose levels through clothes, making testing discreet and convenient.

Studies show that FreeStyle Libre users who scan more frequently spend less time in hypoglycemia and experience improved average glucose levels. According to a study published in The Lancet, people using the FreeStyle Libre system spent 38 percent less time within hypoglycemia as compared with those who managed their glucose with traditional self monitoring glucose system.

Diabetes doesn’t have to control your life. It’s time to live freely.

* Alessandro Ferretti, nutritionist and researcher, who has spent years researching the effects of various stressors on the body by meticulously monitoring the heart rate variability (HRV) and blood sugar levels of both his clients and himself. He shares the fascinating findings of his research and explains that what causes stress on our bodies can be different for different individuals – one man’s medicine really can be another man’s poison – and the way we perceive an event is key. We also discuss the effect of shift work on our bodies, how type 2 diabetes is not just a dietary problem, how the wrong timing of meals can act as a significant stressor on the body and the impact of caffeine and insufficient sleep.

by Dr. Rangan Chatterjee / April 24, 2019

Brent A. Bauer, MD – Mayo Clinic
Massage Therapy at Mayo Clinic: Research Transforming Practice

AMTA presents IMTRC 2016