First of Nine: Tensegrity Blog

Portland, Oregon's Cancer Survivorship and Bodywork Zine by Compassion Arts PDX, LLC

Bringing massage to cancer survivorship

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Richard Buckminster Fuller Before I met Tracy … Continue reading

October 7, 2012 · 6 Comments

The proprioceptive run

“Get a hair cut, stupid hippy!” I didn’t have the heart to bother with the young hoodlum of admirably limited cognition hanging outside the AM/PM mini-mart. Just kept running. Breath … Continue reading

August 14, 2012 · 9 Comments

First contact… and, sound therapy for cancer survivorship

Hold back, dear one Hold fast For just a moment more And a moment beyond that. Etched in Zazen A beauty of mind Unencountered First contact I am light… A … Continue reading

July 25, 2012 · 4 Comments

To the moon… Robots, bodywork and proprioception

For but a moment, I faced the eyes Of a fox Running down a tree lined avenue Under a super moon. The coyote She trotted 20 yards behind And on … Continue reading

July 8, 2012 · 4 Comments

A Stumptown massage day

“Consciousness is about three pounds and looks a little bit like a gray cauliflower.” -Andrew Newberg, MD It’s not every day that a dame pulls up next to ya; tells … Continue reading

July 5, 2012 · 2 Comments

Son of a Mustang Ford

Miss ya, pops…ya taught me so much about patience and silence. About acceptance and where to draw the line. Ya taught me to flirt with the ladies and never hold … Continue reading

June 17, 2012 · 5 Comments

Massage, music and nutrition: Thoughts on Taking Care

Awareness of oneself. Therapeutic transformation over the long term originates from an observation, sans-judgement, of oneself. Right perspective goes a long ways. The mindful step. Explore your proprioception in minimalist … Continue reading

June 8, 2012 · 2 Comments

Taking Care: Community Support for Cancer Care, June 2nd

First of Nine is quite proud to be working in collaborative, community effort with some amazing folks in our Stumptown community. I have been working closely with Daniel Miller, the … Continue reading

May 25, 2012 · 3 Comments

Self-care and massage therapy

It’s never been about learning a certain bodywork technique. It’s never even been about making a glut of money. Though a good, honest, sustainable living is part of the business … Continue reading

May 7, 2012 · 12 Comments

The real Portlandia: Farmer Dave, episode 2

Welcome to episode 2 of First of Nine’s video series, The Real Portlandia! This episode gets us thinking about our sources of nutrition. Back in 2009, the  Community Health Project … Continue reading

April 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

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Hamid Shibata Bennett, LMT, CAMT (OBMT #301)
Advanced massage therapy and bodywork
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Portland, Oregon 97214