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Muscle of the Month (November): Pectoralis Major

Posted on December 8th, 2006, by relax

The pectoralis major or ‘pecs’ is a large, flat, square muscle on each side of the upper chest, tapering toward the upper shoulder.  The clavicular, or upper fibers of the pectoralis major are effective in flexing the shoulder joint, while the sternal/abdominal fibers extend the flexed joint.  Both serve as powerful lifters and are important in the [...]

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Muscle of the Month (October): Soleus

Posted on October 7th, 2006, by relax

Soleus is Latin for sole, a flat fish.  The soleus is a broad, flat muscle in the calf of the leg.  It is a small  muscle of the lower posterior leg, located just under the gastrocnemius muscle.  The soleus is a more powerful plantarflexor than the gastrocnemius.  The soleus is originates on the tibia and fibula and inserts [...]

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How does Massage Therapy benefit my marathon training?

Posted on October 7th, 2006, by relax

Are you training for a marathon this fall?  Being a long-distance runner and massage therapist, I can attest to the benefits of regular massage in the preparation of the marathon.  There are different phases of sports massage that benefit the athlete at different times leading up and following the actual event.  I will be addressing the preventative sports massage, [...]

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Muscle of the Month (August) Gastrocnemius

Posted on August 20th, 2006, by relax

The gastrocnemius or what many refer to as the “calf” muscle, is the one of the larger muscles of the leg, and the largest muscle of the lower leg.  Its main function is in flexing the knee, and with the aid of other muscles it also planarflexes the ankle joint.  It extends from the femur to [...]

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Your Body and Stress: How Does Stress Impact your Body?

Posted on August 7th, 2006, by relax

Two large 2003 United Kingdom studies concluded that chronic stress is (6) six times more likely to contribute to heart disease and cancer than high cholesterol and smoking and middle-aged people with decreased control over emotional stress had a 50% increase in death rate over a 15 year period.   From this study, we learn that [...]

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Muscle of the Month (July) Rhomboids

Posted on July 24th, 2006, by relax

The rhomboids reside just below the neck, and are also called the middle back.  The rhomboids are involved in scapular stabilization and movement, and are a large factor in arm movement.  The rhomboids actually consist of two sets of two muscles each.  Each set resides on one side of the spine, and are made up [...]

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Muscle of the Month (June): Trapezius

Posted on June 22nd, 2006, by relax

The trapezius is one of a pair of muscles, which, when combined, form the trapezium.  The trapezius is a large, flat muscle, which begins at the base of the skull, running down the length of the spin to the lower back.  It also attaches to the back of the shoulder, forming a large triangle.  The [...]

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