It’s finally here! The workshop designed to show you how to help yourself. Using tools you probably already have scattered around your house, this workshop will give you a step-by-step guide to self-massage. You will understand what causes muscle tension, learn useful tips on how to create good self-care habits, and leave with a better range of motion and more pliable muscles.
For the class you’ll need: 2 tennis balls, a lacrosse ball, and a foam roller. Cost for the class is either $30 (bring your own balls and roller), or $45 (balls and roller provided). You’re encouraged to bring any other self-massage tools you have.
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All teams/pairs/couples/duos. Do you dread when someone asks you to massage their neck and shoulders? Thoughts of breaking your wife, injuring your mom, or wearing out your own fingers suddenly flood your mind. Would you like to learn how to give a better massage? Then this workshop is for you (and a partner)!
This workshop will give you the basic tools to feel more comfortable giving mini massages to loved ones and friends. You’ll leave feeling informed about how to help someone with a sore neck, tight shoulders, or dull headache. There will be time for a Q&A session, hands-on practice, and a brief anatomy lesson. All you need to bring is yourself and a side-kick. This class will have limited space, so reserve your spot now!
SEPTEMBER 17th — 1-2:30pm — $30/person
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Plans are in the works for me to soon offer a few workshops.
One will be geared to teams/pairs/couples/duos/moving buddies. The goal of this workshop is to give you guys the basic tools to feel more comfortable in giving mini massages to loved ones and friends! This has been such a topic of interest for many of my clients and people I meet. I’m very excited to be able to help you guys help each other!
Another workshop is going to be (hopefully) held more frequently. This workshop is going to show you how you can help yourself. With this class, I’ll be guiding you on how to work some of the most common tension areas. We will work from head-to-toe using several self-massage tools, including foam rollers, tennis balls, and lacrosse balls. I’m a huge proponent of finding ways to help prolong the benefits of massage between sessions.
I’d love to hear your thoughts! If you attended classes such as these, what would you want to learn?
Oh how I love word play!
Let’s get right into it – the traps. The full name is Trapezius, but that makes it sound more like a contraption used in the circus.
Where are the traps? What do they do that I need to know about? Allow me to explain…
The traps cover a larger area than most of you may realize (please see the picture below). I’ve also inserted an image from the 4th edition flashcards by Trail Guide to the Body to help you identify where these muscles attach and what actions they’re responsible for.
Times you may notice these boogers? When you’re holding your cell between your shoulder and ear. Also when you’re tilting your head back in attempt to show your feeling of boredom.
The traps are one of the “hot spots” for where people think their tension resides. What is actually happening is this: when you’re stressed because of the traffic you’re stuck in or the fact that you’re going to miss a presentation because you’ve missed your flight, your body is displaying that stress. Your body physically displays all your emotions. When your body contorts itself to display those emotions, there are muscles contracting to put you in those positions. When the muscles are contracting like that for a lot of time on end, it’s like you’re giving those muscles a workout you didn’t intend to. They’re getting stronger and those tight spots are getting tighter. Eventually leading to reduced ROM (or range of motion) and often times pain.
So what can you do to help yourself if you have issues with your traps?
- Static stretching of the Neck and Scapula. (http://www.health.harvard.edu/shoulders/stretching-exercises-frozen-shoulder)(http://precisionfitpb.com/stretching-for-strength-training/)
- Self myofascial release such as foam rolling. These are some of my favorite tools for the traps: tennis balls, lacrosse balls, and foam balls. Recently I’ve become a huge fan of using dimple balls for the traps and any other muscle with really solid muscle spasms.
- Take breaks! If you work at a desk, taking breaks can be hugely beneficial. It might not seem like much, but even looking up for a minute or two or standing up for 30 seconds could help break the constant muscle contraction.
- Hydration! As always – drink 1/2 your bodyweight in ounces per day to keep you on track to not dehydrate. Your muscles are thirsty! Also – this is a great way to get those breaks in.
Until next time!
I’ve been trickling out this information for a little while now, but next week is the arrival of something big!
I’ll be booking massages full-time!
Eep! Can you believe it?! More hours to choose from.
Keep in mind the January special – any massage booked and paid for* in January for a first-time client is $60 (regular $75).
Looking forward to seeing you all soon!
* If the massage happens in February, but is paid for and scheduled in January, the special rate applies.
Wouldn’t we all like to know!?
I’ve had quite a few clients recently that are surprised they’re still battling the same issues. For others, they’re surprised their issues have migrated.
The simplest explanation? – your body needs constant care. Issues can often change as your body starts to realign properly.
So what does that mean for treatment? I check in with clients before every session. This helps me figure out the best plan of action for that day. I combine the knowledge of issues we’ve been working on with the concerns my client has been recently struggling with. It also helps to track where the real problem lies. Sometimes the issue is really resting in your quads even though you’re having pain and tightness in your lower back. Seems crazy doesn’t it?!
The body is a weird and wonderful creation that we’re always learning more about. So don’t get down and out if you’re “still” wrestling with pain, tightness, etc. If you’re not experiencing the same bad sensations during the time between your massages, but your massage therapist is explaining that it still exists that is a good thing. Your body is changing for the better!
And the more self-care you do at home, the quicker you’ll feel better and get back to a more “normal” state and the longer you’ll experience that benefit.
(This is where I leave you to go get your foam roller…happy rolling!)
Until next time,
What could massage therapists possibly do for your skin? What could they know about you from simply working on your largest organ (your skin)?
Well, your therapist can tell a lot about your health from your skin. For one thing, we can tell if you’re well hydrated. The more water you drink, the more pliable your skin is. (That’s a fancy way to say that with good water intake, your skin moves well.)
We’re also great with early detection of skin differences – namely anything that takes on a different color, texture, or shape – like moles. Many teachers and colleagues of mine have mentioned skin differences to clients. All would recommend the client see their dermatologist, and some would find out that there was something seriously wrong. Of course, most of the time there was nothing to worry about, but it’s nice to know someone has your back!
Massage therapists can also tell how you use your body. Even if we never ask what you do for a living, what your hobbies are, or if you stand or sit during your day – we can typically guess what those answers are pretty accurately. I remember in school trying to apply what learned about body mechanics to see if I could guess a person’s work activities and/or hobbies.
Once we graduate from school, we are posture hawks! What do I mean by that? We can tell if someone’s posture is off even the slightest bit from many yards away! It’s actually a bit scary to have that talent. I notice all the time when people have “text neck”, one leg shorter than the other, or if they’re favoring one side of their body (sometimes indicative of an injury).
The human body is an amazingly crafted puzzle. So what are some massage therapist favorites to keep your body working with you and not against you?
1) Make yourself a priority
2) Drink water! Please.
3) Use sunscreen this summer. And reapply.
4) Do the homework your massage therapist suggests. There is a reason it’s recommended.
5) Sleep. You know, the good sleep. Where you actually get to REM sleep. It is so necessary for your body to have that uninterrupted time to rejuvenate.
Enjoy the summer, guys!
Stay cool. Stay safe. And stay hydrated!