Massage Malady #1: Invisible Jean Shorts Syndrome | Massage Sloth
Let's talk about some common massage problems. First up: Invisible Jean Shorts Syndrome. This is where a massage therapist conspicuously stops massage techniques far before their logical conclusion, as if the client were wearing a pair of jean shorts from the 1990s. Your massage therapist starts a lovely stroke down your back, your spine starts to decompress, the pressure is perfect and... they stop at L2, thwarted as if by a force field. They're traveling up the hamstrings, really ironing them out, the world is wonderful, and... they stop 6 inches from your ischial tuberosity. Now, I don't mean to make you feel bad if you've got issues about the gluteal region. That's fine, that's not unusual, and it's something that we'll talk about in the future. If, however, you've got no issues with the glutes: There's something uniquely frustrating, as a client, about a technique half-delivered! When you're thinking myofascial work, consider the origin and insertion sites, then go PAST them.
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