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Iliopsoas Massage
  • Posted by:martin
  • 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...

General Reflections On Massage Therapy
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  • Posted on : October 19, 2015
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10/19/15 General Reflections On Massage Therapy I am thrilled with the work I do. I can lose myself in it; when that happens, time disappears. I feel fortunate that 20 years ago I left teaching public education with the support of my family to pursue massage therapy, something I wanted to do. I live and work (mostly) autonomously, am happy much of the time, and am contributing a worthwhile...

Letter to The Iowa Board of Massage Therapy
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  • Posted on : October 06, 2015
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October 13, 2015 Copy of a letter I sent to The 
Iowa Board of Massage Therapy Bureau of Professional Licensure in Des Moines. Dear Tony Alden, As an LMT who has been in practice since 1997, I support the proposed changes to The Iowa Board of Massage Therapy’s continuing education, licensure, renewal, and reactivation rules. The changes simplify the language of the rules and reduce potential...

Recommended Books For A Journey Toward Health
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  • Posted on : September 28, 2015
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a great guide for anyone to accurately massage away the source of muscle pain 9/28/2015 Here are a couple books I can recommend for anyone on a journey toward good health. The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook, by Clair Davies, helps you locate and massage tender points on the body which refer pain to other locations and often mimic a variety of more complex health problems.  It’s easy to...

Three Muscles Attach to the Coracoid Process
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  • Posted on : September 23, 2015
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©genius.com 9/22/15 Three Muscles Attach to the Coracoid Process Three muscles attach to the coracoid process, the little bony projection of the scapula that sticks out just inferior to the acromioclavicular joint. These are just three of myriad muscles that attach to some aspect of the shoulder blade. Pectoralis Minor is a small muscle deep to pectoralis major, the larger muscle of the chest....

10 Reasons Clients Had Massage Therapy This Week
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  • Posted on : September 01, 2015
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9/1/15 Sore Muscles and Other Reasons For Massage Therapy This Week 1. twisted ankle on last long hike of the summer 2. relaxation and stress relief 3. sore latissimus dorsi muscles from long competitive swim 4. management of migraine headache pain 5. management of high blood pressure 6. rotator cuff, specifically teres minor and subscapularis muscles, pain 7. back spasm of the iliocostalis...

Serratus Posterior Inferior Pain
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  • Posted on : August 26, 2015
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8/26/15 Serratus Posterior Inferior Pain Serratus Posterior Inferior is a deep muscle that is like a bridge spanning across the mid and low-back. It depresses the ribs during forced exhalation and assists rotation and extension of the trunk. It’s a sore back muscle when you’ve slept in an unfamiliar or saggy bed. Its origin attachment is at the spinous processes of T11-L3, and it inserts on...

Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Knee Pain and Massage
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  • Posted on : August 18, 2015
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8/18/15 image©strengthrunning.com Iliotibial Band Tightness, Knee Pain and Massage Tightness in the Iliotibial Band may cause significant pain on the outside of the thigh and knee where it crosses superficially over the lateral epicondyle of the femur. Runners and bicyclists often suffer from Iliotibial Band Syndrome as a result of the repetitive flexion and extension of the knees, but people...

10 Reasons For A Massage This Week
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  • Posted on : August 02, 2015
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8/2/15 10 Reasons To Get A Massage This Week You deserve one! Your trainer worked you extra hard, and a massage is your reward. You’ve had a stress headache for three days and can’t shake it. Your school year is about to start and you need a little more time to chill. Your golf game is suffering because of a stiff back. You’ve been giving all your energy to everyone else and it’s time to...