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Suboccipital Muscles self-stretch

It’s the rare person indeed whose suboccipitals aren’t on high alert and overly- facilitated. With people (that includes you and me!) married to their to their devices the brain automatically recruits the suboccipitals and other head extensor muscles to level the eyes. The suboccipitals rank high on causes of headaches, neck pain, shoulder issues etc. …

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The Stabilizing Serratus Anterior

We were there before COVID-19 and we will be there after, stronger than ever! The world needs our skilled and compassionate touch. I love this 3D video of Serratus Anterior – a muscle that is crucial in scapula stabilization. It does a great job of helping you understand all the different functions of this remarkable …

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Scapulae Mobility and the Obstinate Pec Minor!

The obstinate pectoralis minor (PMI) can produce a hailstorm of problems throughout the body especially in the shoulders, arm, neck and respiration. Working with it effectively goes a long way in helping you help your clients with neck and shoulder issues, breathing restrictions and even wrist and elbow pain. If the iliopsoas is the hidden …

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Super Simple (and fun) Guide to Increase Range of Motion

I’ve had the honor and privilege of teaching creative movement and writing in women’s prisons for the last twelve years. (Wondering what this has to do with massage therapy? Read on!) One of the units I volunteer in is the Female Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP). Yes, there are female sex offenders. When I first …

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Super Easy Guide to When NOT to stretch your clients!

As passionate as I am about the value of skilled stretching, I’m equally zealous about when NOT to stretch. A common misconception in the bodywork, fitness and yoga fields is “All muscles should be stretched”. Let’s put that to rest right now. All muscles do not need to be stretched. One of my clients came …

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The proper way to cough!

I was teaching a Stabilizing the Core and SI Joint seminar recently and learned a valuable cue from a pelvic floor specialist. In the MET correction for and upslipped innominate (when the ilium slips out of the SI joint), the client is asked to perform a hip-hike for eight seconds and cough and let go …

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The Obstinate Pectoralis Minor

The obstinate pectoralis minor (PMI) can produce a hailstorm of problems throughout the body especially in the shoulders, arm, neck and respiration. Working with it effectively goes a long way in helping you help your clients with neck and shoulder issues, breathing restrictions and even wrist and elbow pain. If the iliopsoas is the hidden …

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The Secret to Resolving Your Clients Low Back Pain: Freeing the Quadratus Lumborum

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