Deep Tissue Massage vs Deep Pressure Massage

One of the biggest misconceptions about deep tissue massage that I have come across as a therapist, is that most people believe that it means applying a lot of hard, deep pressure, and that it is going to hurt.  The term ‘deep tissue massage’ actually has nothing to do with the amount of pressure that is applied, but about working the deeper tissue layers of muscle and fascia in order to correct, and heal an area of dysfunction.
As a sports massage therapist I treat a lot of athletes, and active people.  They naturally have the “No Pain, No Gain” […]

Event Massage at the Tour de Cure 2013

On July 20th, I volunteered along with a few other sports massage therapists from around Portland to provide post-event massage for the cyclists who participated in the Tour de Cure Ride.  It is structured for cyclists of all experience levels, with routes ranging from 5 to 100 miles.  The event is in support of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and raises funds that go toward research, education and advocacy in the fight to stop diabetes.  It happens annually, and across 44 states.  Over 1,000 riders, sponsors and volunteers participated in the Portland event, and raised $375,000!!  I am happy […]

Lactic Acid Build-Up and DOMS Myth

Most anybody who has ever exercised has experienced what is known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS), or sometimes referred to as ‘muscle fever’.  DOMS is typically felt anywhere from several hours to days after exercise.  Usually in cases where the exercise is intense, or if it is something new that the body is not used to (such as trying to run a half marathon without doing any training for it). In the past it was believed that DOMS was caused by a build up of Lactic Acid in the blood.  Lactic Acid is a by-product that is released […]

The Psoas and Back Pain

Lately I have had quite a few clients coming in complaining of similar, low back symptoms.  Each of them have also displayed the same postural abnormalities, consistent with someone who sits all day at a desk, which they also all work desk jobs.  If you have, or have ever had low back pain, often times one of the main culprits is a tight Psoas muscle.
 
Where is the Psoas?  The Psoas is one of the largest, thickest muscles in the body.  It is our primary hip flexor muscle, so it lifts the leg at the hip up toward our chest.  […]

What Do I Wear During a Massage?

For anyone who has never had a massage before, there may be some questions you have beforehand.  One of those could be that you don’t know what you should wear during the session.  It is a good question because not all massages are the same, and therapists have different preferences.
First, the Oregon Board requires that the therapist drapes you, and only uncovers the area of your body being worked on during the session at a time.  There have been many occasions when I leave the treatment room so that the client can change, and I come back greeted […]