Ugh, this is so difficult to answer because it’s almost something that I physically have to demonstrate on a person. I personally have TMJD. Which, sidenote: it is not TMJ like most people think, it’s TMJD. TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, aka the place where your temporal bone (side of your head) meets your… Continue reading Reader Response: hi! i was wondering if you had any tips on how to keep your jaw muscles and joints etc in good shape? i have a generalised anxiety disorder and i went through a bad break-up that apparently triggered nightly grinding of teeth. i have a dental guard now to make sure i don’t grind my teeth to bits but is there anything else i can do to make things better? i’m honestly a little terrified of damaging my jaw irreversibly but i can’t control my muscles when i’m asleep, you know?
For those who don’t know, TENS units (short for Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) are little zappy things that stimulate your muscles. After they’ve been stimulated for a while, muscles automatically relax as part of the body’s effort to recover from the recent exertion. TENS units do that artificially via electrodes, which is why chiropractors, PTs,… Continue reading Reader response: Hey, I just bought a TENs unit for backpain. Can you give me more information about the safety and what you use? I have unbearable menstrual pain but cant take bc, and end up missing work for 2-3 days because of it.
Well, first off: Thai and shiatsu are both deep tissue massage. All that “deep tissue” means is that it’s having an effect on the deeper tissues of the body beyond the initial layer of skin, connective tissue, and maybe the top layer of muscles. There are LOTS of muscle layers in the body–at any one… Continue reading Reader Response: As a massage therapist, could you give a rundown on what you would recommend for a client? What exactly are the benefits of Thai vs shiatsu vs deep tissue?
That depends on what your primary issue is. If you’re super-stressed out and need to relax, maybe go for a spa environment where everything is designed to be soothing and comforting–though watch out, they’ll probably try to sell you products while you’re there (usually they get paid by commission). If spa prices are too much… Continue reading Reader Response: Any suggestions on how to find a good massage therapist in a big city?
Not an odd question at all, I’m glad you asked! Tipping massage therapists (and how much you tip) can vary depending on the situation. If you see a massage therapist at a chain–like Elements Therapeutic Massage, Massage Envy, or the like–then the therapist is actually getting very little of the price of the massage, so… Continue reading Reader Response: This is a bit of an odd question, but here goes: I have a gift certificate for a massage. Is it polite to tip the massage therapist, like you would a beautician or a manicurist? If so, is it the same going rate of like 20%?
The thing I wish people knew is that massage does not have to hurt in order to be deep tissue/therapeutic massage. Seriously. “Deep tissue” refers to the fact that there are tons of muscles layers in pretty much every part of the body, overlaid on top of one another like rings in an onion; sometimes… Continue reading Reader answer: Would you mind if I asked what has surprised you about massage or the human body, or say what are some interesting things you have learned/wish people knew?