Massage Can Be a Light at the End of the Carpal Tunnel (video included)

carpal-tunnel-syndrome
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!...
Read More

THE TEMPORO-MANDIBULAR JOINT – MOST USED IN THE BODY!…AND SOMETIMES…MOST ABUSED!

tmj feature
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...
Read More

THE TYRANNY OF THE BACK – A RANT

Blogsizebackmass
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...
Read More

Meet Serratus Anterior Again

SerratusAnteriorFeatBlog
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...
Read More

Senior Massage – Not Just for Old People

Relaxed senior woman receiving back massage at a spa center
by Mary Duval The seniors are coming – be prepared! The baby boomers started turning 65 in 2011. Every day since then more than 7000 baby boomers have reached 65 and this will continue until 2030, when all baby boomers are 65 or older. This is a growing population and even if you do not plan to work exclusively with this population, you will probably see more and more sen...
Read More

What is Table Thai Massage?

Robert_Gardner_Wellness_Thai_Massage_Table-499
by Robert Gardner Table Thai is something I developed after being unable to find facilities that allowed me do Thai massage on a mat. In most of Texas, massage is done on a table so the Thai massage I'd learned was difficult to use in various settings whether I worked in a spa or clinic setting. I knew Thai massage was more effective for common client complaints and saved ...
Read More

How GOOD Chair Massage is Essential for Your Success

chair featured
You see chair massage all over – in grocery stores, banks, airports, concerts, car races, etc. – it’s wild! I recently saw someone doing chair massage where I could not believe my eyes – I felt like going over and giving the therapist a ticket! ☺ This person was loading up her hands with oil. Then she actually took her hand and suddenly plunged her hand down from above t...
Read More

SPACE IS THE PLACE

FeatLightning
Suzuki Roshi: ‘Sometimes a flash will come through a dark sky...The sky is never surprised when all of a sudden a thunderbolt breaks through. And when lightning does flash, a wonderful sight may be seen. When we have emptiness, we are always prepared for watching the flashing.’” When I listen to my thoughts, in general or while doing bodywork, sometimes their volume seems so...
Read More

Hot Stone Massage – Meditation in Motion

woman getting a hot stone massage at a day spa
By Joy Sablatura Rockwell Hot stone massage is one of the most deeply relaxing forms of massage. With hydrotherapy, one applies a hydrocollator pack to the back to relax the muscles before being able to massage on a deeper level. With hot stones, the therapist has the heat of the smooth lava rocks penetrating each muscle group, relaxing the muscle fibers as he or she...
Read More

NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST

Snoopy mind wandering
Your mind naturally wanders, but, as it says in the Lord of the Rings, "Not all who wander are lost." When we do Deep Massage, we cultivate healthy "psycho-mechanics," We attend as much to the movement of awareness as to the movement of our body. So to facilitate the client's clear experience of our touch, we keep returning our awareness to the place we are working on - we p...
Read More