Orthopedic Evaluation and Treatment of Shoulder Injuries and Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Work for the Shoulder Girdle and Paraspinals

Orthopedic Evaluation and Treatment of Shoulder Injuries and Muscle-Specific Deep Tissue Work for the Shoulder Girdle and Paraspinals by Brian Utting Orthopedic healthcare practitioners often do an excellent job of locating and treating the exact site of an injury or lesion. However, in some cases, they don’t take a more global, holistic view of the whole human being, and...
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3 Steps to Receive a Great Massage

3 STEPS TO RECEIVE A GREAT MASSAGE - whether you are client or a student It is amazing how many students come who attend massage school think they will learn to give massage. They often forget that they will be receiving massage as well. They go through a brief moment of surprise – “Oh, I didn’t think about how I’d receive a lot of massage too.” The good news is you receiv...
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Exploring the ‘CARE’ aspect of Healthcare

I became a massage therapist because I couldn’t think of another job I could do that felt more meaningful.  It was super-important for me to find work I could respect, feel good about, and find fascinating. Learning massage and its related subjects adds not only to your professional life but also to you as a person. In the course of training at our massage school you work on...
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LOVE AND WORK – HANDS AND FEET

Freud said, “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.” Most of us give an ordinate amount of time and attention to our work. Do you spend as much time cultivating the love in and of your life as you do your work? Likely we all need to refine that balance. The other day in yoga the teacher said, “I can tell who’s been doing yoga for a long time, by what they do...
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DON’T IGNORE THE INTERCOSTALS

by David Lauterstein “Anything with wings always comes down in the end”. ~ Simone Weil One of the most important groups of muscles often ignored by massage therapists is the intercostal muscles. These of course give rise to the deliciousness of “spare ribs”. But far more importantly they are core muscles involved more or less in every breath. The reluctance to work them s...
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Massage Can Be a Light at the End of the Carpal Tunnel (video included)

By David Lauterstein What is the “carpal tunnel”? The main nerve and tendons going to your palm and your fingers run through the middle of the wrist. On the palmar side of your wrist there is a ligament running above them. It’s called the “transverse carpal ligament”. This ligament is basically the roof of the carpal tunnel – it helps hold these tendons (NINE tendons!...
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THE TEMPORO-MANDIBULAR JOINT – MOST USED IN THE BODY!…AND SOMETIMES…MOST ABUSED!

One of the most fascinating and important things that therapists must understand is the anatomy of the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ), its function, and its dysfunction. The TMJ joint is the most used joint in the body. And it has – like the knee – an articular disc within it! So, If this disc gets displaced or injured, just like a meniscus in the knee, then you’ve got dy...
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THE TYRANNY OF THE BACK – A RANT

My wife and I got massages at a very nice spa last night. We each signed up for 1.5 hour deep tissue. What we got is about 60 minutes on the back, relatively little work on the rest of the body. Therapists, maybe some clients, want only back, shoulder and neck work. And maybe some schools teach this way of working. And we need to respond to that. But better knowledge tells u...
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Meet Serratus Anterior Again

Last weekend I was teaching a Deep Massage Teacher training and we traded each day. On the second day, after receiving, I stood up, walked around, and was amazed at how free my shoulder girdle felt – primarily because my partner hadn’t worked on my shoulders! Neither of us could figure it out. Then the next morning we both shared our thought that the freedom stemmed fr...
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