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Our tush goes by many names such as glutes, ass, butt, bottom and many more names that are either cute just plain annoying to hear. Many massage therapist and clients shy away from glutes massages since most feel like it is a personal area, might get sensual or that area surely is not the cause of the pain in my lower back, hips, legs or sciatic nerve. I am here to tell you that your tight ass not to be confused with a nice ass or cheap ass is the cause of pain in all those areas. A professional glute massage can make you feel 100% better in one or more sessions. Come along with me while we explore the different areas of the glutes and how they can affect the rest of your body.
To start lets address what is in your ass. Wikipedia gives a great brief description:
“The gluteal muscles are a group of three muscles which make up the buttocks: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. The three muscles originate from the ilium and sacrum and insert on the femur. The functions of the muscles include extension, abduction, external rotation and internal rotation of the hip joint.”
Lower back pain can at times be associated with the gluteus maximus and medius two of your three muscles that make up your glutes. If one or both of these muscles clamp down or get knotted your lower back will begin to hurt. If your lower back is hurting and these two muscles are fine then you may have other muscle or disc issues. The release of these muscles will usually allow the client almost instant pain relief. However, the muscles can be sore for 1-3 days after release. Live Strong gives a more technical explanation of what is happening in your body; “Because the hip flexors and gluteal muscles are attached to the pelvis, it causes a tilted pelvis and low back pain when the muscles are out of balance. Your hip flexors raise the thigh toward the abdomen. When they are tight, they pull the pelvis forward and cause an excessive arch in the lumbar spine.″
Sciatic Nerve pain is often traced back to our glute muscles clamping down on the sciatic nerve causing shooting burning pain up and down the leg and at times into the lower back. This makes it difficult to stand, walk, sit or lay down. For those of you that have experienced this, can attest that you would do almost anything to remove the pain. Having suffered from sciatic nerve pain for many years, I was very happy to find that a deep glute massage could take this pain away. I will say it hurt like the devil to get the glute to release and took monthly sessions for 10 months. It was worth all the pain, money and time to get the muscles released. Make sure your massage therapist is licensed and has had training in glute massage and muscle release before you allow them to work on your glutes.
The release of your glutes can also improve your circulation to your legs and feet. This happens by releasing the glutes that are clamped down on your blood vessels and allows the blood to flow freely.
Your glutes are used daily for getting up, walking, standing, sitting down and take part in almost all body movements. They deserve to have regular maintenance just like the rest of your muscles. So, next time you book a massage make sure you have your glutes massaged your tush will thank you!
Our feet are the magic carpet ride we take every day without really truly appreciating them. We occasionally treat them to a pedicure if we have a time we need our feet to look amazing such as sandal weather, the beach or a romantic encounter. Yes, this applies to both sexes. Ladies: painting your toenails is not care! Men and ladies keeping your toe nails clipped nicely is also not the total care our feet beg for.
Feet are the foundation of our body and were most muscle issues start. It can start with bad shoes or just over use of the feet. For those of us born with feet issues, we know how much our body can suffer from foot issues. So shall we look at a few feet facts and how to make our feet happy feet?
Health Communities lays it out nice, explaining how our foot and ankle is built:
“Anatomy of the Foot and Ankle
The human foot combines mechanical complexity and structural strength. The ankle serves as foundation, shock absorber and propulsion engine. The foot can sustain enormous pressure (several tons over the course of a one-mile run) and provides flexibility and resiliency.
The foot and ankle contain:
26 bones (One-quarter of the bones in the human body are in the feet.);
more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments (Tendons are fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones and ligaments are fibrous tissues that connect bones to other bones.); and
a network of blood vessels, nerves, skin, and soft tissue.
These components work together to provide the body with support, balance, and mobility. A structural flaw or malfunction in any one part can result in the development of problems elsewhere in the body (such as back pain). Abnormalities in other parts of the body can lead to problems in the feet.”
They also explain well how your muscles and tendons work inside your foot:
“There are 20 muscles in the foot that give the foot its shape by holding the bones in position and expand and contract to impart movement. The main muscles of the foot are:
the anterior tibial, which enables the foot to move upward;
the posterior tibial, which supports the arch;
the peroneal tibial, which controls movement on the outside of the ankle;
the extensors, which help the ankle raise the toes to initiate the act of stepping forward; and
the flexors, which help stabilize the toes against the ground.
Smaller muscles enable the toes to lift and curl.
There are elastic tissues (tendons) in the foot that connect the muscles to the bones and joints. The largest and strongest tendon of the foot is the Achilles tendon, which extends from the calf muscle to the heel. Its strength and joint function facilitate running, jumping, walking up stairs, and raising the body onto the toes.
Ligaments hold the tendons in place and stabilize the joints. The longest of these, the plantar fascia, forms the arch on the sole of the foot from the heel to the toes. By stretching and contracting, it allows the arch to curve or flatten, providing balance and giving the foot strength to initiate the act of walking. Medial ligaments on the inside and lateral ligaments on outside of the foot provide stability and enable the foot to move up and down.
Skin, blood vessels, and nerves give the foot its shape and durability, provide cell regeneration and essential muscular nourishment, and control its varied movements.”
So what does this mean to our feet if we get them massaged regularly? What are the benefits of massage to the feet? Regular massage promotes better sleep, increase circulation, relaxation, fights depression, helps with pain, promotes healthy feet and a good foundation for your body. I can say from experience that I have always hated my feet being touched. I dislike shoes and go bare foot or wear flip flops as much as possible. I met a reflexologist and he changed my mind about foot massage. I promise after a good foot massage you will feel like you are walking on air. Don’t wait, book your massage today to start your magic carpet ride.
Over the years of working as a massage therapist, many of my clients turn down an arm and hand massage. Reasons vary from they don’t feel any benefits from the massage to they don’t like their arms and hands touched. After this last weekend of helping my daughter and I repainting the master bedroom, I can see why arm and hand massages are important.
E-hand.com has some great facts about your hands:
“Each hand contains (plus or minus… everyone is different, and everyone counts these things differently…)
29 major and minor bones (many people have a few more).
29 major joints.
At least 123 named ligaments.
34 muscles which move the fingers and thumb:
17 in the palm of the hand, and
18 in the forearm.
48 named nerves:
3 major nerves.
24 named sensory branches.
21 named muscular branches.
30 named arteries and nearly as many smaller named branches.
The thumb is controlled by 9 individual muscles, which are controlled by all 3 major hand nerves
And moves in such a complex fashion that there are 6 separate descriptive terms just for particular directions of movement of one thumb joint – the basal joint, at the base of the thumb.”
Even reading Wikipedia you can discover some cool fact about arms:
The arm is divided by a fascial layer (known as lateral and medial intermuscular septa) separating the muscles into two osteofascial compartments: the anterior and the posterior compartments of the arm. The fascia merges with the periosteum (outer bone layer) of the humerus. The compartments contain muscles which are innervated by the same nerve and perform the same action.
Two other muscles are considered to be partially in the arm: The large deltoid muscle is considered to have part of its body in the anterior compartment. This muscle is the main abductor muscle of the upper limb and extends over the shoulder. The brachioradialis muscle originates in the arm but inserts into the forearm. This muscle is responsible for rotating the hand so its palm faces forward (supination).”
Our arms and hands contain many muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, and nerves. These can be damaged in accidents or just from normal wear and tear of our lives. Massage can help keep them healthy and functioning as well oiled machines.
So, what does massage really do for your arm and hand? From experience of having my hand massaged and giving clients massages I know that it improves circulation, relieves pain, and helps with range of motion. All that and it feels amazing to have your hand relaxed. Our arm can also benefit by the same things improves circulation, relieves pain and numbness and helps with range of motion. Remember, our arms are attached to our body with 4 rotator cuff muscles and a clavicle bone, not much holding it on for how much abuse we give our arms daily.
In conclusion, remember to treat your arms and hand to a massage when you get a full body massage. They will thank you by feeling amazing.
When going to get a massage it is not the time to have your hair done all nice with gel and hairspray, and it is also not a time to wear makeup. The face cradle and laying on your back on the table will mess up your hair and makeup, not to mention getting a head massage can really do a number on your follicles. I hear from a lot of clients “I would really rather skip the head massage since it will mess my hair up and really adds no benefit to the massage.” Which is completely wrong! On top of feeling amazing, it does make a difference in your massage results.
Hair Buddha gives us a great list of the benefits of getting a head massage:
“1. It stimulates the scalp circulation, bringing with it oxygen and hair nourishing nutrients, thus promote stronger and healthier hair growth.
2. It removes any toxins that may have accumulate in the scalp by increasing the lymphatic flow.
3. It activates the dormant hair follicles to promote new growth.
4. When done using oil such as jojoba, almond, sesame, olive, coconut, and castor, it moisturises and conditions the scalp. This help you avoid dry flaky scalp and dandruff.
5. It strengthens the hair shaft and helps distribute the natural scalp oils down to rest of the hair – this adds luster and shiny to your hair and protect it from breakage and split ends.
6. It also relaxes the scalp and neck muscles. Tight scalp muscles restricts blood flow and suffocates your hair follicles.
7. It also eases stress and tension and helps you sleep better.“
These are all good reasons for promoting healthy hair and scalp. Times of India also mentions some of the perks of head massages:
“Getting a head massage is one of the best ways to release every day stress and anxiety. It also helps relieve headaches. Here are some of the advantages –
– It relaxes and calms your mind
– It helps reduce stress
– Helps improve concentration
– Activates blood circulation in different parts of your body
– It aids in quick and sound sleep
– It strengthens your hair roots”
I also find it is easier to relax your neck muscles with a head massage. Why would you take those benefits away from a massage you paid to get? You can ask your therapist not to use any lotion or oils on your head and face. I don’t use any and find that I am able to still give a good head and face massage. It feels great and gives you many bonuses. Try it you might like it!