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Vastus Lateralis Trigger Point Patterns and Pain
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  • Posted on : February 25, 2016
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8/26/15 Vastus Lateralis Trigger Point Patterns and Pain Vastus Lateralis is one of the quadriceps muscles and is located on the outside of the upper leg. Its job is to extend the leg at the knee. The iliotibial band is superficial to vastus lateralis and the two structures may stick (adhere) to each other at times. Stay hydrated! Therapeutic massage may encourage smoother movement between these...

Iowa City Shiatsu and Massage Therapy
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  • Posted on : February 14, 2016
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    Background and Training I have been practicing massage therapy since 1997. I completed an 800 hour course of study at The Shiatsu Clinic & School in Iowa City, Iowa. My primary training was in Focused Touch Shiatsu under the tutelage of, and developed by, James Luth. I have extensive additional training in a variety of modalities, but generally use an integrative approach...

Massage Client/Practitioner Expectations
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  • Posted on : February 02, 2016
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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...

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
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  • 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...