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Nostril yanking therapy

 •  • by Paul Ingraham
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Actual reader Q: “Why would a bodyworker yank painfully on my nostrils?”

Why indeed! My answer: pure therapy theatre. Specifically, a melodramatic clinical gesture intended to impress patients with the therapist’s creative, eccentric wisdom and exotic skill… but which is, in fact, utter bollocks. 🙄

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