The Male Massage Therapist Stigma

I enjoy being in a career field that's predominately women.  I get to "stand out from the crowd" so to speak.  Of course being a male massage therapist does have it's set of challenges to overcome.  There are so many people I could have helped with their pain situation; if they would have let me work on them.  Sadly however many out there wouldn't ever let a guy perform bodywork on them.

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Why You Need Your Pecs Worked On

For years I've performed chair massage at numerous places of business.  The number one complaint most of my clients had were neck & shoulders.  Like 85% of office workers generally had shoulder & back pain.  The pain spots were generally right at the base of the neck or in the shoulder blade region.  Why did most of my clients present with the same type of symptoms?  Because their pectoral muscles were tight.

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Last minute cancellations, Lateness, & no shows

I debated about writing this in fear it would be too negative or too whiney, but it's a topic I would like to get off my chest.  Most practitioners don't like it when clients cancel at the last minute, or when they are consistently late.  Even worse, clients who do not even make the time to notify the office that they will not be coming in that day.  Of course that should be obvious, but let me go more into detail.

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What is "The Fascia"?

Has anyone ever talked to you about the fascia?  Does it sound familiar?  If you ever studied anatomy you may have possibly read about it.  Maybe you heard about it from your chiropractor or massage therapist (I do like to talk about fascia from time to time).  It is a trending word in today's pain science research.  So what is it, and why am I writing about it?

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Continuing Education: My trip to Albany, NY

It's important for any professional to further their knowledge to give the best care for their clients or patients.  In that regard, I make an effort to take as many classes as possible to give the best care for my clients.  Recently, I made a trip to Albany, NY to further my knowledge in massage for pain relief.

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Everyone needs a butt massage!

I generally refer to the butt as the gluteul muscles.  Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius, and Gluteus Minimus to be more specific.  Why is getting massage in this area important though?  First off, did you know that the largest muscle in your body is the Gluteus Maximus?  

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"I don't need massage"

I was sitting at the front desk waiting for my next client the other day when this older patient walks in.  He was coming in to get adjusted by the chiropractor for his lower back pain.  Going about my business, I overheard the chiropractor asking "Why don't you get a massage?  It would help with the adjustment"  His reply was simply "I don't need a massage, just the adjustment will do". 

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When the wheels are about to fall off

Have you ever bought a new car?  It smells great, looks nice, and it drives smooth.  Since it was a new car, you knew it was trustworthy on the road.  Of course, we all know that doesn't last forever.  Time goes by, and that shiny new car will eventually need maintenance after some time on the road.  Does that sound familiar?  How do people relate to the wear and tear of automobiles?

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Massage Vs. Chiropractic

You're in pain.  The last trip to the doctor was uneventful, and he or she sent you home with painkillers that didn't take care of the problem.  You have a friend that swears that massage worked for her tough pains.  Another friend claims that chiropractic worked wonders on his low back pain.  Choosing between the two, you realize you don't really know much about massage or chiropractic.  Isn't massage all about pampering and relaxation?  Isn't chiropractic all about getting your back "cracked"?  Why would you even want to try either treatment for your pain?  Read on to find out.

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