Archive for December, 2010

Forehead Massage – 12 Days of Partner Massage

If your partner enjoyed yesterday’s scalp massage, s/he’s going to love today’s forehead and temple massage.  This forehead work is very calming, and I often use it on clients to slow them down, to get minds to let go and allow relaxation to begin.  It’s also a great trick to induce sleep for children, pets and insomniacs.   Simply run your fingers up the midline of the forehead as I demonstrate here and you’ll put them right to sleep.

You can go directly to my massagebyheatherw YouTube channel for the first video, or start at the second video here:

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Scalp Massage – 12 Days of Partner Massage

How would you like to give a spouse, friend or family member a massage as a gift? I can help with that. I’m starting a video series that demonstrates how to work on a partner. In the video series, you’ll learn how to work on the scalp and face, on the forearm and hand, and on the ankle and foot. By the end of the series, you’ll know enough to give about a 15-25 min massage.

I’ll publish one video a day, and link them together in a playlist. Once we’re complete on the 24th of December, you’ll have a playlist that you can play on your laptop or phone to follow along with a partner while I demonstrate the massage.

By Christmas Eve, you’ll have a gift to give someone that’s priceless: a massage of the head, hands and feet. You’ll be able to pull up the playlist on YouTube, turn it on with a headset or earbud in and follow along while your partner relaxes on the table.

So let’s get started with the first video.  You can go directly to my massagebyheatherw YouTube channel for the first video, or play it here:

To learn how to give yourself a scalp massage, see my Self Scalp Massage Video.

(I decided not to do a full body massage because this is a massage that you can use on more people than just your spouse. This will feel good on children, friends, moms, dads, grandpas and grandmas. I wanted this massage to be as accessible as possible because the goal of this massage is the gift of touch.)

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7 Keys to Neck Posture

This great pdf article (7 Keys to Neck Posture)covers some of the most common issues we run into on a daily basis that affect our neck and head posture. Those of you who have become a fan on Facebook have already seen my post that for every inch forward you carry your head, you add an extra 10 pounds to the weight the spine and neck/back muscles must support. Your 12 pound head becomes 22, 32, or 42 pounds as your forward head posture moves away from the spine in one inch increments.

Some highlights – See the pdf for great pictures and explanations:

#1: Instead of tilting the head down to your lap to read a book or fiddle with your smartphone/pda, LIFT the book or pda upward, closer to eye level so that you don’t have to tilt your head downward.
#3: Keep the elbow of your mouse arm tucked in close to your torso, not out away from the body.
#4: Carry purses and bags with the straps across the body, not on the same side as the bag. You hold your shoulder up to keep the strap on your shoulder and tighten muscles supporting the shoulder and neck. Remember, the shoulders should not be earrings.
#6: Don’t hold the phone up to your ear with your shoulder. You know you should hold it up to your head with your neck straight. Get a headset and stop giving yourself headaches from using your neck to hold the phone to your ear.

Read the full article here. This is good stuff, so pass it on!

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How Touch and Sensation Affect Perceptions

An excellent article on the ways that tactile sensations affect perceptions and impressions of others.  As a massage therapist, I find these kinds of things fascinating.  Here’s an excerpt:

Did you know that holding a warm cup of coffee can foster a sense of trust in another person? Touching is an important part of interacting with our environment and people. . .

Research suggests that touch, including temperature sensations can subconsciously affect our impressions of others, the decisions we make and even our behavior.  New scientific evidence now suggests that what we think and perceive can result from associating concepts we garnered from touch experiences. A recent study,1 supported by the National Institutes of Health, set out to discover whether or not tactile impressions affect what we think and believe.

What they found suggests that information acquired through touch creates imperceivable influence over what we think and believe. “Our minds are deeply and organically linked to our bodies,” said Bargh. They also found that these tactile experiences can create beliefs that may differ from reality.

via Tactile Sensations Affect Perception, Not Reality.

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Pressure Point Massage Relieves Jaw Pain

Do you have clicking and popping in your jaw?  Experience pain and discomfort in the jaw and ear areas?  If so, I have a short video of acupressure points you can use on yourself to relieve jaw pain and tension.  These points often cause draining of the sinus cavities and ears as well.

I frequently use these points on clients, and advice people to press on these points a few times a day for 30s to 2 min.  They’re easy to find on yourself (since they all use easily palpable landmarks) and they work on most people.  Combine these points with some jaw stretches (opening the mouth wide as if you were yawning) and you’ll likely get some relief from jaw or mouth troubles.

Please forward to the TMJ syndrome sufferers and teeth grinders in your life.  I advise people to try doing this 3 times a day for a week to see if they notice a change in either range of motion, pain/discomfort in the jaw or the ear, or a release in pressure in the head.

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