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Less is more. Usually.

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Sometimes i feel deep connective tissue that is so soft and hot and tender; it is fascinating. My hands tell me not to go deep when they encounter this tissue. Sometimes I put my fingertips on skin and they just sink. Way down. Hard  pressure is necessary for ropey tissue and at other appropriate times. A deep tissue massage is not about physical strength. It is about massaging deeply and precisely on and in tissue.

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Myofascial Triggerpoint Success!

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So learning this technique has changed the whole way I am able to feel what I’m looking for – damaged tissue. Those little capsules of tissue hide deep down and cause pain! Lower back pain is so common. I’m able to relieve the strain in that region by treating the glutes. And the QL on both sides of the back …. Quadratus  Lumborum …. Lumbar muscles. A client with painful chronic arthritis felt relief after using trigger point therapy on her knees, quads, hamstrings, and even feet. I have treated her for a long time and this was the best…

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Triggerpoint myofascial Continuing Ed.

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Last weekend was fantasic.  I Learned how to hone in on both active and latent trigger points in the muscles. For the lower back pain relief we studied the hip and glute muscles, palpating them very specifically, adhering to the direct lines of the muscles.  It was slow and deep work.  The trigger points can be a little tender when being released, but more than worth it in the end.  To learn about what exactly a trigger point is, google it.  There are some good articles out there.  We also worked on the QL, or quadratus lumborum, on each side….

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Neck/back/hips study

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This weekend I am spending the weekend in Myrtle Beach …. the location of a 2 day intensive class delving into intricate work in the neck, hips, and lower back. I’m really excited about it. There is not a ceiling in massage therapy; you can never learn enough about the body and how to properly treat clients’ pain. The neck is a particularly vulnerable area because of the jugular nerve and its fragile nature. Stay tuned for more …..

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Bulging Discs

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I have written this post in note form. .90% of bulging or herniated discs begin at base or lumbar area of the spine .Commonly shared symptoms – inability to move big toe or major pain at the top of the foot Massage increases circulation to injury, providing needed oxygen and nutrients to the area, which speeds the healing process. Warm or cold massage stones ( which I have in my studio) may relax the muscles around the disc allowing deeper release of muscles around area. There are 4 stages to a bulged disc, aka disk herniation: 1. Degeneration 2. Prolapse…

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SI Joint

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My SI, or Sacro-Iliac joint has been bothering me on and off for about four years. It’s the joint between the sacrum and the iliac spine, so at the very top of your natal cleft …the top of your bum that forms a little V shape where the sacrum meets the iliac crest. Well – mine has been misaligned on the left side. A good massage was a quick fix but I got fed up with having to slowly roll out of bed a coupla weeks ago. I want to a chiropractor for the first time. Turns out the x-ray…

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