Deep tissue massage by Jane Johnson

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162, Finding the Teres Muscles, and p. 163, Working the Posterior Shoulder), be aware that this area is likely to be sensitive, especially if the client is not accustomed to receiving treatment to this part of the body. , see p. 156, Accessing the Lateral Border of the Scapula). , see p. 154, Using Your Forearm on Triceps) because tissues of the anterior shoulder are compressed, or there might be bony impingement of the head of the humerus with the acromion process. The simple solution is to avoid sustained massage with the shoulder elevated in this way.

Tools. Many great massage tools are available, but you do not need to buy expensive tools and can in fact improvise, using other objects. Ask two questions when selecting an object to be used as a massage tool: Can it be used safely? and Can it be used effectively? The answer to both questions needs to be ‘yes’ before you select that object. See pages 28-29 for safety guidelines relating to the use of tools. Understanding Cautions and Safety issues In the section Using Your Body you learned there are certain ways to safeguard your own body when using your forearms, fists, elbows and squeezing techniques.

Here you will find the nerves derived from the brachial plexus and many lymph nodes, none of which should be compressed. It is often useful to treat the teres major and teres minor muscles here, both originating on the lateral border of the scapulae. Although it is perfectly safe to compress these muscles (see p. 162, Finding the Teres Muscles, and p. 163, Working the Posterior Shoulder), be aware that this area is likely to be sensitive, especially if the client is not accustomed to receiving treatment to this part of the body.

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