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Serratus Posterior Superior
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  • Posted on : January 25, 2016
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1/25/16 Serratus Posterior Superior Serratus Posterior Superior is a muscle of the upper back, deep to the rhomboids. It elevates the upper ribs during inhalation. It may cause deep pain under the scapula or refer pain to the deltoid area, the elbow, or the little finger side of the hand or wrist. Its origin attachments are at the spinous processes of C7 to T3, and it inserts on the posterior...

Anatomy Lab 3: Trunk/Torso
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  • Posted on : January 19, 2016
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Anatomy Lab 3 These are the primary muscles we study in the Third Anatomy Lab.  We look at their origins, insertions and actions, and palpate on one another. Erector Spinae Group: Spinalis, Longissimus, Iliocostalis Multifidus Rotatores Intercostals: External, Internal Rhomboids: minor, major Latissimus Dorsi Quadratus Lumborum Abdominals: Rectus Abdominus, Obliques (External, Internal),...

Great Massage Music
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  • Posted on : January 13, 2016
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1/13/16 Great Massage Music My latest horoscope from Rob Bresny’s Freewillastrology.com includes a quote from James M. Barrie, who created the Peter Pan stories, “Nothing is really work unless you’d rather be doing something else.” When clients ask how I got into massage therapy I often reply I didn’t want to work anymore.  I feel like I quit working 19 years ago...

Back Pain Inspired Me
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  • Posted on : December 30, 2015
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12/30/15 Back Pain Inspired Me One reason I began doing massage is because of chronic back pain. When Melanie and I came to Iowa City in 1996 I injured my back carrying a heavy box of books to her new classroom. I had been receiving massage for several years, primarily to calm the stress I felt as a classroom teacher. I continued to receive, now primarily to manage back pain, and began to feel...

Ohashi on The Common Cold
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  • Posted on : December 22, 2015
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12/23/15 Ohashi on The Common Cold  There is a Japanese proverb which says “the cold leads to all diseases.” This means that a cold, if left untreated, can cause more serious problems. To prevent colds, try to maintain a diet that is low on sweets…, take vitamin C, get sun, and give yourself a dry towel massage… …Take a dry towel and rub the extremities of the body, working your way...

3 Acupressure Points For Memory
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  • Posted on : December 14, 2015
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12/13/15 3  Acupressure Points For Memory Lean into (or hold) these points with an extended fingertip, knuckle, elbow, loose fist, tennis ball, or therapy cane whenever you think about it, perhaps 5 or 6 times a day. Acupressure to Stomach 36 does all sorts of amazing things, like strengthen your mind and encourage mental clarity. It’s distal to the knee, four finger widths, and one finger...

Giving Thanks
  • Posted by:martin
  • Posted on : December 01, 2015
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12/1/15 Giving Thanks I am thankful for my family.  I am fortunate to come from and to be part of a loving family.  My parents and siblings are unique, intelligent and special people and my wife and kids are terrific and one-of-a-kind.  My extended family and friends are outstanding as well.  I could not ask for better people in my life. I am thankful for work with a purpose.  I spend my...

Recent Top Reasons For Massage Therapy
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  • Posted on : November 19, 2015
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11/19/15 Recent Top Reasons For Massage Therapy Tension headache Tight hip flexors (Iliopsoas) Rotator Cuff rehab Low back pain Stiff neck Relaxation School stress Sore ankles/achilles tendon/plantar fasciitis Stressed forearms/wrists Lateral hip

Iliopsoas Massage
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  • Posted on : November 10, 2015
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11/10/15 Iliopsoas Massage Iliopsoas is a muscle group in the middle of the body comprised of the psoas major and Iliacus muscles, whose function is to flex, laterally rotate, and adduct the hip. The psoas originates on the transverse processes and bodies of the lumbar vertebrae; the iliacus on the iliac fossa. The muscles interdigitate at the level of the inguinal ligament, and then insert on...

New Class At East-West Massage Therapy School
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  • Posted on : November 02, 2015
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10/31/15 New Class At East-West Massage Therapy School I’ve begun teaching the latest class of students at East-West Massage Therapy School; always an exciting, stimulating time for me, and I hope for the students. Adult students are generally motivated to learn and interesting to work with. This group is no exception. Since this is a hands-on profession, it takes little effort on my part to...