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By Stacie Nevelus, LMT, CMCE
Most of my therapeutic bodywork, believe it or not, takes place in the shower. With a little soap, water and silicone cups, I can address most issues or simply keep my tissue healthy and prevent future injury. As a 15-year veteran of massage therapy and a 40-something woman, it's vital to provide self care that enables me to work on clients.
By Ann Brown, LMT
When I put on my writing hat for Massage Today, I usually feel I should speak about the spa industry, spa management, climbing up the corporate ladder or trying to bridge the gap between massage and spa (a relationship that is good, but could always be better). But beyond any executive or management level tasks that are on my mind, I still find myself back at the massage table and it is in this grounding that I find myself challenged.
By Valerie DeLaune, LAc
How much do you really know about trigger point therapy? Most likely you received 15 to 30 hours of training in trigger points in your massage school, or at least have purchased charts with referral patterns and books on trigger points. But did you learn a systematic approach to identifying likely culprits and resolving perpetuating factors – the things that cause and keep trigger points activated?
By Marie-Christine Lochot, LMT
Most of the time, energy modalities are performed by energy practitioners who do those techniques exclusively or by massage therapists who offer them as a separate service within their massage practice. At first sight, it seems pretty logical to do it this way. After all, massage clients take their clothes off; their soft tissue is being rubbed with a lubricant, frictioned and stretched.
By Caron Lerner
Given the choice, I would pick my own music when giving a massage. Now, I find myself working at a specific location where I don't have a say in the matter. The music that I work with is very calming, pleasant and wonderful. Through the years I have worked with smooth jazz, head banger hard rock, sound effects such as waterfalls, running water (nowadays not my favorite, running water always makes me run to the bathroom), tribal drums and a host of others.
By Sharon Desjarlais, CC and Michele McGrew
Jack is a soft-spoken spiritual teacher who helps people heal their hearts through acts of selfless compassion. An author and owner of a metaphysical bookstore, he's interviewed some of the leading healers and teachers of our time. Yet as much as he longs to, there's one big thing stopping him from sharing his own wisdom with a wider audience. "I have a fear of being seen," he says.
By Ben Benjamin, PhD
With this article on exercise rehabilitation, I will end the series on injuries to the teres minor. Since the teres minor and infraspinatus muscles perform some of the same actions, the first strengthening exercise is the same for both. As soon as the client can perform the motion described in exercise #1 using one pound without pain or discomfort, they can begin doing the exercise daily.
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