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Why Is It Important to Treat Scar Tissue?

Posted on January 24th, 2011, by relax

A simple scar from childhood or one from surgery can have serious effects on your body as well as create a source of emotional pain.  Scar tissue is not only what you see on the surface of your skin but it is a three dimensional web of fibrous tissue which has the potential to spread in any direction, [...]

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What is Neurosoma? An Introduction to a Cutting Edge Technique

Posted on January 20th, 2011, by relax

A Unique and Precise Technique which Targets Muscle Spasm and the Pain Affecting your Overall Health and Well Being. As a massage student in 1996 and a then-competitive triathlete with an over trained body, I was fortunate to be introduced to Tamsin Stewart at one of my classes which showcased different types of bodywork.  She was [...]

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Correct Physical Imbalances with Personalized Yoga at Tri Massage

Posted on January 19th, 2011, by relax

Receive Hands-On Instruction to Improve Flexibility and Function Personal Trainer, Kevin Cody of PHASE Fitness Yoga is offering personal instruction tailored to your ability and fitness level at our office beginning January 23rd! Classes will be held on Sundays mornings at 10 am and Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm. These small group sessions are designed to [...]

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Lymphatic System

Posted on May 27th, 2009, by relax

You can think of the lymph system as your secondary circulatory system and part of your immune system.   This parallel pathway which carries lymph fluid initially forms in the connective tissue.  It carries large proteins, pathogens and toxins and transports these and many other components into lymphatic nodes which act as active purification centers.  These lymphatic nodes are important features of our immune [...]

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Muscle of the Month (January 2007): Iliocostalis

Posted on January 17th, 2007, by relax

The Iliocostalis, oriented vertically on either side of the spine, are muscles within the group of muscles in the back referred to as the erector spinae.  The erector spinae assist in the motion of extending the trunk.  The Iliocostalis muscles have at least one end attached to a rib and the other end attached to either [...]

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Muscle of the Month (December): Quadratus Lumborum

Posted on January 17th, 2007, by relax

The quadratus lumborum or the ‘QL’ for short, is an extensor of the lumbar vertebrae, bilaterally, and a lateral flexor unilaterally.  It functions in respiration by securing the 12th rib.  It is anchored to the pelvic bone and to each vertebrae of the lumbar spine, on both sides of the body.  When you move one hip up as in [...]

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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 (September): Psoas

Posted on September 10th, 2006, by relax

The psoas in a powerful core muscle of the body.  This is a key muscle for many activities especially, those involving running. The tendons of the psoas major muscle and another muscle called the iliacus converge to a single insertion called the iliopsoas.  The iliopsoas is a strong flexor of the hip joint, and a [...]

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