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Primary Types of Massage I Provide
  • Posted by:martin
  • Posted on : September 11, 2017
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9/11/17 Primary Types of Massage I Provide I have been practicing massage therapy in Iowa City since 1997. I provide integrative massage, drawing on a wide variety of therapeutic techniques, but most are built around Shiatsu and Swedish Massage. No two massages are the same; each is tailored to the client’s individual needs. In other words, a 60-minute massage may be a “full-body” massage,...

What To Expect During Your Massage
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  • Posted on : August 29, 2017
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Client/Practitioner Expectations I’ll ask you to fill out a brief physical history form at your first session, and speak with you about the reason for your visit. I will ask you questions to help develop a plan for your massage. Your privacy and confidentiality are maintained at all times. During the session, you may remain clothed if you wish. Or, you may undress and be covered with sheets...

Hip Adductors and Massage
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  • Posted on : July 10, 2017
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7/10/17 Hip Adductors and Massage The hip adductors are a group of muscles covering the the inside of the upper leg. Their primary function is to squeeze the thighs together and flex the legs at the hip. Adductor longus, adductor brevis, adductor magnus, pectineus, and gracilis can all be massaged without contacting the genitals, but they are located in a sensitive area, so I prefer to speak...

The 30-Minute Massage
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  • Posted on : May 10, 2017
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5/10/17 The 30-Minute Massage I schedule massage therapy treatments for a specific amount of time, not type of service. Within the time frame you choose, we will customize a session specific to your needs. We may stick to shiatsu or Swedish massage, or we may decide to add gua sha or cupping to the treatment. If you are pressed for time or perhaps want to receive massage therapy for the first...

Intercostals, Muscles Of The Ribs
  • Posted by:martin
  • Posted on : April 19, 2017
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4/18/17 Intercostals, Muscles of the Ribs Several muscles attach to, or interdigitate with the ribs: pectoralis major and minor, the scalenes, serratus anterior, serratus posterior superior and inferior to name a few. Since they attach to the ribs, they play a role in breathing. If you have had a cold or some other respiratory challenge, these muscles may be sore. But the muscles that do the...

Why Is He Massaging That Spot?
  • Posted by:martin
  • Posted on : March 29, 2017
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3/29/17 Why Is He Massaging That Spot? You may have wondered this while receiving a treatment. You come to your appointment because you are having forearm, wrist or hand pain, but your therapist is working on your neck, shoulder and upper back. You’re thinking he didn’t hear a word you said or read the intake form you filled out before your treatment. Or, you’re experiencing back pain...

How Does Massage Therapy Work?
  • Posted by:martin
  • Posted on : March 11, 2017
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3/11/17 How Does Massage Therapy Work? We don’t know much about how massage therapy works. Although the body of research is growing, we still don’t have enough information to explain how we get the benefits we see daily in our clinics. I’ve been at it for nearly 20 years and feel like I’ve helped a lot of people, but I’ve always been wary of the claims one frequently hears from the...

Strain Or Sprain?
  • Posted by:martin
  • Posted on : February 17, 2017
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What’s The Difference Between Strains and Sprains? Injury to muscles or tendons (the dense fibrous tissue that connects muscles to bones) may be referred to as a strain, pull, or tear. Excessive pressure or sudden muscle movement is often responsible for this type of injury. All or a portion of the muscle or tendon may be effected when strained, and since it is a tear injury, there may be...

Grateful For Opportunity
  • Posted by:martin
  • Posted on : February 05, 2017
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2/5/17 Grateful For Opportunity I’m grateful I’ve had the opportunity to build my life. I had a happy childhood. My parents were hard working people. My siblings and I were safe, protected, stimulated, cared for. I did well in school and had friends. I was able to participate in sports and was involved in a number of activities. I traveled regionally with the diving team and placed well in...

The Best Massage
  • Posted by:martin
  • Posted on : January 23, 2017
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1/23/17 The Best Massage Let’s make your massage the best you’ve had! It is my intent to offer a premium service. I’m committed to presenting myself in a positive and professional manner, regardless of your reason for receiving therapeutic massage. If you’re here to relax, de-stress, or escape for a while, or to receive deep, penetrating shiatsu, trigger point therapy or deep tissue...