As a massage therapist, you certainly understand the considerable health and well-being benefits of receiving massage. As a result, we hope all massage therapists get a massage at least once a month, and hopefully more frequently. Between massage exchanges with other therapists, you can use these simple techniques to massage yourself and get some of the same benefits.
- Use a massage tool to treat trigger points in your forearms, chest or deltoids, being careful not to get into awkward postures as you work on yourself.
- Lay one forearm on a treatment table, and use the other forearm to apply effleurage and compression to the flexors and extensors.
- Place a tennis ball or racquetball on the floor and lie down on top of it to massage the superficial muscles in your back, especially your erector spinae, infraspinatus and rhomboids. A firmer ball, such as a handball or high bounce ball, will even allow you to work out some trigger points.
- Massage the flexors in your forearms by placing a small ball on a counter or other hard surface and rolling your forearms across it.
- Use a long, hooked tool to massage your shoulders, back, glutes and legs. This type of tool allows you to do compression and work on trigger points in areas that would otherwise require you to get into awkward postures to reach.
Reproduced with permission from Save Your Hands! The Complete Guide to Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for Manual Therapists, Second Edition, , C.E.A.S., and Richard W. Goggins, C.P.E., L.M.P., © 2008 Gilded Age Press. For more information, visit www.saveyourhands.com. Read their blog here.