Category: Working The Body

 
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Working Trigger Points

Whether trigger points even exist is still a matter of some controversy. Proponents on both sides will argue and reach no definite conclusion. To explore working them, will require a slight detour into some simple muscle physiology. Muscles work when a set of protein molecules composing them ‘overlap’ by being electro-chemically stimulated. These long chains … Read More

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Neck and Shoulder Massage in Simple Steps

It used to be that mailmen and athletes were the two major professions that suffered neck and shoulder aches. Nowadays, with virtually everyone using a computer for long hours every day, the problem can affect anyone. Fortunately, a partial solution can be provided with a few simple, easy to learn techniques. To get the full … Read More

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Massage for Pregnant Men

Certainly, human males can’t get pregnant. (Not yet anyway.) But couples often say ‘We are pregnant’ when announcing their joyous news to friends and loved ones. So, sometimes, it’s helpful for the man to consider himself as expecting also. One of the things his mate may be expecting, besides a child, is a good massage. … Read More

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How To Give A Back Massage

There’s a good reason massage therapists charge what they do. They’ve undergone intensive, long-term training that involves learning anatomy and physiology. They’ve practiced for months or longer, hours per day, to develop the understanding and the skills to detect body problems. They’ve learned a demanding trade. But sometimes dedicated amateurs can emulate their skill to … Read More

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Fascia Work

Among the many health benefits of massage is one that will surprise the novice: the ability to manipulate fascia. Fascia are body components located between the skin and the underlying muscle. It’s here that inflammation and injuries can produce damage that can be encouraged to heal by a good massage. The fascia form a system … Read More

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Aromatherapy and Massage

Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils and other plant extracts as part of a therapeutic session. As with much in the massage therapy world, aromatherapy has its adherents and its critics. While the claims of curing disease are overstated, aromatherapy does have some unquestionable benefits. There’s no doubt that certain scents help provide a … Read More