An Opportunity for Self-Massage While You Work,  and Richard W. Goggins, MASSAGE Magazine Self-Care TipWorking on the bony surfaces of your client’s body can provide you with an opportunity to massage a part of your own hand or arm.

For example, you can drag your thenar eminence (the fleshy part of your palm at the base of your thumb) across the edge of your client’s patella, scapula, malleolus, etc. For larger bony parts, such as the iliac crest, you can run the flexor (volar) side of your forearm across them.

Your clients will appreciate the use of those softer parts of your hands and arms on sensitive bony areas, and you will get the benefits of flushing out metabolic by-products and increasing circulation to these heavily used parts of your own body.

Save Your Hands,  and Richard W. Goggins, MASSAGE Magazine Self-Care TipReproduced with permission from Save Your Hands! The Complete Guide to Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for Manual Therapists, 2nd Edition , C.E.A.S., and Richard W. Goggins, C.P.E., L.M.P., © 2008 Gilded Age Press,