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Sciatic Nerve Pain – The ultimate mood killer

If you ever had sciatic never issues, you know the pain that happens in the lower back, travel down the glutes, and straight into your knee. Never had sciatic never pain? That is great, but check out this great video for information on it.

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ASMR?

Have you ever been watching or listening to something soothing to you, and you experience a static tingle feeling in your head? Like someone took a head massage tool and started to give you a scalp massage. You could be experience what is called ASMR, and has blown up in the recent years.

If you are are obsessed with massage as I am, then you might have spent some late night watching massage videos. Before I even started at massage school I would Youtube “Indian Head Massage” where I got hooked on Baba. Watching his head massage videos gave me a soothing “tingle feeling” in my head, making me relaxed and very sleepy. Whenever I was having a stressful day, I would play these videos to put myself to sleep.

Well, after watching some head massage videos more massage videos came with the tag ASMR. I thought, what the heck is that? ASMR stands for Autonomous sensory meridian response, which according to Wikipedia, is described as “…an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine”.

Usually these triggers are sounds, such as the rubbing sound created by a head massage, spray bottle to wet the hair, hairbrushes, or many others. All you have to do is google ASMR and you can hundreds of videos with different triggers. Click HERE for an interesting article about it.

So whats the big deal? When in need of some much needed relaxation in between work, home, and appointments ASMR might work for you! I am particular to the massage videos, and like videos involving spray bottles. When I can’t get in to see my massage therapist, I like to unwind before bed with 10 minutes of these videos. That’s all it takes until my eyelids get so heavy I am passing out.

Just like our other options out there for relaxing, not everyone experiences this phenomenon. Some people will never experience it, and some who can will become almost immune to it over time. Still, for those who can and can keep feeling the tingles these videos can help reduce anxiety and stress when you find the right triggers.

Give it try with Baba, and follow the Youtube rabbit hole towards more ASMR! Leave me a note in the comment below if you felt the tingles, and if so what triggered them. Should more LMTs be making massage videos?

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Stephanie Friedersdorff, LMT (College Station, TX)

Contact me HERE to ask questions about massage and how it can help you.

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Trigger Points

What are trigger points? They are points on your body that, basically, hurt when you touch them. You may not have known these points were causing you pain until you touch them or maybe you feel them rubbing against your very bones. These points can cause pain that travels away from the point, such as trigger point your trapezus that travels up the neck and causes headaches.

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How often should I get a massage?

A question not often ask out loud, but more thought over when desperately searching for a therapist who can get you in last-minute. I find myself sometimes thinking I should have planned better than to wait the day of to want a massage. We all get busy and distracted from the pain in our bodies so much that we don’t notice until we get a moment to ourselves.

You can a get a massage as often as you like, once a day a really wanted too. When in dire need of working out lots of tension and knots I would say once a week, or once every two weeks. This allows you and the therapist to really work together the get the body healing. The therapist can track what is working and what might need something different. A massage therapist, like another therapist, shouldn’t be afraid to recommend others who might be able to do something they cannot.

As a LMT I recommend getting a massage at least once a month. This helps prevent stress, tension in previously worked area, or allowing those knots to reform. In doing a once a month massage you can also see how your treatment plan is working for you. If you needed to tweak the plan, then you have time to do so. It also allows for you to secure a spot in your therapist’s books, meant for you and only you. This way you don’t have to scramble the day of trying to find some relief from tight, achy, shoulders.

Don’t wait to get a massage until you are rock solid and in super amounts of pain!

 

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Stephanie Friedersdorff, LMT (College Station, TX)

Contact me HERE to ask questions about massage and how it can help you.

CLICK HERE to book with me if you are in the College Station area. Choose your service and date, and drop down for the name Stephanie!

Find me on INSTAGRAM for my latest massage and fitness posts!

Check me out on FACEBOOK here, for more contact information and informative posts.

Upper Body Work

Stiff neck? Do you try to adjust your own neck in hopes something pops, and you can feel some relief? Shoulder just won’t seem to sit right? Head will turn all the way one and can’t turn even the slightest in the opposite direction? Sounds like you need some good old upper body work.

I would be lying if I didn’t say most of my massages, relaxing or otherwise, aren’t spend on the upper half of the body. Most working adults suffer from some form of upper body pain, whether it starts in “right between the shoulders” or acts like a “dull ache at the base of my skulls, and travels down”. Clients think they might be crazy with how much tension they feel through out the shoulders, but the muscles are so tense you can find the knots in moments.

Let us look at some of the muscles the back has to offer:

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Now lets look at the chest muscles, which work with the back and can cause neck pain as well:

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There are a good amount of muscles that go into causing you that pain in between the shoulders. We should also understand that when one muscles moves and works that another muscle has to relax in order for that muscle to contract. Clients don’t think of the chest muscles as being as important as working the traps or rhomboid area, but a properly stretched chest can help with neck pain.

I like to make sure to work the whole when allotted the time with clients. Having an ample chance to work on the neck and shoulder while a client is supine is great to open those areas up. Then move the client prone, and work from the feet up. I think that working on the legs and glutes is just as important as getting that upper back work in. Having a chance to release the tense in the legs can bring relief from the pulling due to muscle insertions that live in many different areas of the body.

Here are some stretches for your everyday life: Upper Body Stretches and Neck Stretches. I ask my clients to make these a habit at home and work to aid in the healing process of their body. It also just helps keeps you going until you can get your next massage if you are in dire need. Preform each stretch roughly 3 times with a breath count of 3 to 5 breathes a stretch.

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Stephanie Friedersdorff, LMT (College Station, TX)

Contact me HERE to ask questions about massage and how it can help you.

CLICK HERE to book with me if you are in the College Station area. Choose your service and date, and drop down for the name Stephanie!

Find me on INSTAGRAM for my latest massage and fitness posts!

Check me out on FACEBOOK here, for more contact information and informative posts.