Massage Therapy  with Dee Hiatt, 
Recent Workshops
Spring, 2003
Iíve taken two workshops recently that have influenced my giving of massages.

The first was primarily about slowly and gently pulling on lines of fascia, waiting for the tissue to release. Small pressure over time encourages release.

Iíve been impressed by the results of gentle, sustained pressure as I work with clients.

Hereís an experiment:

1) Place the fingertips of one hand in the middle of your forehead and quickly press upward toward your hairline (your fingers stay in contact with the same patch of skin). Youíll feel the movement of your fingers stop abruptly. The sensations on your forehead will stay fairly local.

2) As a contrast, gently touch your forehead with your fingertips and very slowly push upward (keeping contact with the same patch of skin), youíll notice how much more movement there is. You might feel a pull in the tissues of your face.

Another nice move is to place two fingertips on either side of your nostrils. Press slowly and gently in toward skull and out toward your ears. Wait to see what happens in your face and to your breathing.

The second workshop dealt with specific pain that occurs with movement. Instead of going right to the area with pain, the instructor, James Waslaski, suggested first releasing tissues that might be contributing to the pain. A painful area between the shoulder blades in the back, for instance, might be a result of over-tight muscles in the front of the chest. Once the contributing areas are addressed, the painful spot often can be worked more efficiently and with much less discomfort.

The instructor used a sequence of detailed, painless techniques that came from several schools of massage. Interestingly, he always warmed and eased the fascia before using other techniques.

He demonstrated a release of a frozen shoulder and said the release would not be sustained unless the person continued with stretches and exercises. Otherwise, he said, the bodyís pain memory would soon begin to curtail the new movement
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