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Self Care and Body Mechanics

The purpose of this group is to connect, inform and inspire. The focus is self care and body mechanics for massage therapists.

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Self Care Manual for Massage Therapists

Started by Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB Jan 23.

Which Body Part Do You Use MOST to Perform a Massage? 1 Reply

Started by Lauriann Greene, CEAS. Last reply by Chris Reynolds Feb 23, 2013.

Sore Elbows- Seeking Advice 2 Replies

Started by Teresa Avelar. Last reply by Ariana Vincent, LMT, MTI, NCTMB Jan 21, 2013.

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Comment by Shirley Knapp on March 20, 2014 at 9:29am

Rejuvenate yourself with my NCBTMB CE Home-Study course "HEALING THE HEALER". Self-paced, 3 CE hrs.,$33. and open to everyone! Approved by NC Board of Cosmetic Arts and FL Board of Massage Therapy.

Comment by Dawn Lewis on February 28, 2014 at 2:36pm

Hi Everyone! This is a link to our newest newsletter article -

Comment by Shari Auth, LMT, L.Acu, NCBTMB on February 26, 2014 at 1:00pm

Wonderful career saving article in Massage magazine.

Comment by Dawn Lewis on February 26, 2014 at 6:55am
I read an article recently from a link posted on facebook about plantar fasciitis. The author of the article said plantar fasciitis is largely misunderstood. First, it was thought to be a shortening of the plantar fascia, then inflammation where the plantar fascia attaches at the medial process of the calcaneal tuberosity, but lately the thinking is that the symptoms may not be in the plantar fascia at all. When the bones of the foot become compressed, whether this happens because of types of shoes worn, surgeries, and/or compensation patterns, there is damage done to the connective tissue attaching to and surrounding those bones. Compression of the tarsal bones leads to shortening of this connective tissue, and because the bones do not move fully while walking, a chafing of the connective tissue with each step. I have several clients with this issue, and with most a combination of deep tissue and SMRT works fairly well for maintenance, but for one client this only increases the inflammation. Knowing that SMRT would not increase inflammation, this week I dropped the deep tissue and combined the SMRT with myofascial unwinding. After the session, she had no pain for the first time in months. Check out Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique for the feet on video at or join us for a live seminar in Seattle,
Comment by Dawn Lewis on February 24, 2014 at 7:25am
The muscle tissue in the neck can be extremely tender and hypertonic. One of the main reasons for this is immobility or misalignment of the cervical vertebrae. Releasing the cervical ligaments unlocks the vertebrae, allowing more movement and a natural realignment of the vertebrae. When the vertebrae are mobile and moving back into their natural space, the muscle tissue is far less tender and hypertonicity is lessened automatically and instantly. For example, the scalene muscles attach to each of the cervical transverse processes from C2 through C7. Working with the muscle without addressing vertebral immobility and misalignment can cause quite a bit of pain. That pain is significantly reduced by working with the vertebral ligaments first. To see how this is done, check out: Get more SMRT releases for the cervical ligaments and the muscles of the neck at
Comment by Dawn Lewis on February 21, 2014 at 10:27am

I had an interesting incident at my chiropractor's office this week.  My chiropractor likes to use electrostimulation before each adjustment.  While I was prone on a table with my head turned to the side and electrostim pads on my mid and lower back, the man on the other table, who had had the pads on his hip, got up and walked to the restroom.

I remarked to the receptionist that he had a shortened psoas.  "A short what?"  She asked.  "It's the main hip flexor muscle.  His left side is short and imbalancing his hips."  I said.  Then I apologized for mentioning it.  "No," she said, "tell me more, that's my husband."  "Oh, well then maybe I can just fix it before he gets his adjustment."  I said.  "That would be great."  She said.

So, we put him back on the table in a supine position.  I did 2 moves on each iliopsoas muscle.  It all took about 2 minutes, and he went in to be adjusted.  The chiropractor later told me he had adjusted better than he ever had.  The next day, this man emailed me and asked if he could get an appointment with me.  Although he had been getting consistent massage for years, he informed me that his hip had not felt this good in a decade and he felt it was "a miracle".

I would love to see you in Winter Park, FL and show you how to release iliopsoas in 2 minutes. 10% tuition discount ends March 4, 2014.

Comment by Dawn Lewis on February 19, 2014 at 3:56pm

        I have just finished proofing the video for our Lower Extremities DVD.  This DVD set will be over 6 hours long with extras.  The Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique information is exciting, from the ability to quickly release the deltoid ligament in the medial ankle to the ACL release that creates instant mobility in the knee, from the move that softens the ITT in 30 seconds to the ability to unlock the groin muscles without working directly on the pubic bone, from the release for the connective tissue at the popliteal fossa to the instant removal of adhesions between the hamstrings, it is fabulous.  And the extras in this set really excite me.  Patti does a take on active isolated stretching, both on the client and for you, the therapist, and Rhonda's yoga flows beautifully, and is designed to enhance your body mechanics.  Full Circle is an approved massage therapy continuing education provider through the NCBTMB, as well as in NY and ND.  This set is approved for 24 CE's.  To order,

Comment by Dawn Lewis on February 14, 2014 at 9:31am

Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique or SMRT is designed to be easier on our bodies as therapists and on the client's bodies.  It will resolve trigger points, without using your thumbs, unlock superficial tissue to get you deep without pushing, and instantly melt tension from muscles without physical effort on your part.

        Had a client yesterday whose sacrum was killing her.  She could hardly move.  She also could not take any pressure and did not really want her sacrum to be touched.  I worked through the sheet and blanket, and did Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique by itself.  When it prompted some myofascial unwinding, I went with that.  I followed the pain as it moved from place to place.  It started in her sacrum and then moved into her lower back, then into her lower hip, then to the anterior thigh, then into psoas, and finally back to the sacrum.  When she got up to get dressed, she says she could bend over and, well, put her underwear on.  Apparently that had been a real problem for a while.  Her pain was a 1 where it had been a 12.  Love the fact that SMRT can create such significant change so easily and quickly, and besides staying present with her body, I hardly had to do anything.  If you would like to learn to do this, come to Winter Park, FL the beginning of April.  Register at

Comment by Sue Heldenbrand on January 27, 2014 at 11:49am

Energetic Trauma Release and Mind Body Self Care Strategies workshop, Lafayette, La. March 1 & 2nd, 2014. La LMT's get 12 approved CE hours. Open to all. Learn an energetic trauma technique for yourself, loved ones, clients. Mind Body Self care strategies offers a wonderful day of taking care of yourself, walking the labyrinth and much more.
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Comment by Shirley Knapp on January 23, 2014 at 11:52am

Great News! I am now approved by the NC Board of Cosmetic Arts to provide CE's for Cosmetologists, Estheticians, Nail techs and Natural Hair
Care Specialists.  I am an NCBTMB Approved Provider for Continuing Education as well as a Florida CeBroker.  Check out my Home Study &
Spring Classes at


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