Wednesday, 19 August 2009

How to Use a Porcupine Massage Ball

If you are someone that suffers from pain in your muscles then you are a candidate for needing some massage therapy. It doesn't matter if you are an athlete, or if you are just someone who goes to the gym, or even if you just have muscle pain. The shear fact is that we simply don't have to live without it, and the sooner more people realize that there are things that can be done, the better off they will be. The thing is that massage therapy can get really expensive, and it can be a real pain always giving out a lot of money. If you don't have the budget for it then there are many other ways that you can get the benefits of massage without the cost. One way that many people use is by getting a porcupine massage ball. This instantly helps you, and you will see results straight away. If you use it as you are told you will be pain free in no time, and the cost is so little, it is only a small ball and will cost no more than a few dollars.

For those that don't know, trigger points are what generally cause a lot of pain in people muscles. They can be described as very tight spots in the muscle and they often feel like little knots. Not only can they cause a lot of pain in the area that they are in, but they can also refer pain. Which means if you have pain in your back then it is likely that you have a trigger point in your back, or somewhere else, like your bottom. Once you get these trigger points released you feel instant relief, and you will have a lot more range of movement and a lot less pain.

It is actually really easy to use a porcupine massage ball and you will feel instant results. All you need to do is to find the trigger point, this can be the most tricky part. Usually if you have pain in your calf for example, and you feel around a little, you will feel a very tight band, and in that band of muscle you will feel a particular point. Then you need to position yourself, usually in a sitting position, so that you are able to put pressure through the ball and into your leg. You will feel quite a sharp pain at the start, but it will soon die down, so don't move away. As it dies down it means that you are releasing the trigger point, which is exactly what you want. It is very easy to use one of these and you will notice that you have instant results and relief.

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Thursday, 13 August 2009

It's All About the Rock N Roll - Massage Your Back With the Pilates Exercise Rolling Like a Ball

Rolling in relation to the spine is an important skill in the Pilates repertoire. Joseph defined exercises by rolling and unrolling the spine as well as created rolling exercises utilizing a variety of leg positions. Rolling Like a Ball builds the fundamental skills necessary for other rolling exercises as well as inverted exercises. This exercise can be your nemesis if you have uneven flexibility in the spine, tight hips, or a lack of strength in the hips, booty, and low belly. As well, this exercise can be more harmful than beneficial if you roll improperly or have back injuries such as herniations or bulging discs. If you are able to practice Rolling Like a Ball, it will massage the spine and lungs, strengthen the abs, improve spinal flexibility, and create skills needed for other rolling and inverted exercises.

Rolling Like a Ball is not only the first rolling exercise, but also the first inverted exercise taught. Many practice this exercise with the goal of rolling back up to the starting position. You may kick your legs, lift your shoulders, hold your breath, and/or push the upper back out all in hopes of returning to the starting position. However, the focus of this exercise is not to get back to the starting position. The goal is to roll onto your shoulders with your tailbone over your shoulders. This position is key for a variety of inverted Pilates exercises. The previous Pilates skills will be helpful in making your Rolling Like a Ball successful. Your Pilates breath will help create flowing motion, the Hundred provides the ab strength needed to maintain the ball shape, and the Roll Up provides the spinal flexibility necessary to create an even rolling surface. And don't forget about Single Leg Circle, which provides hip freedom to help release the low back and strength to lift your tailbone to suspend on your shoulders. If you struggle with your Rolling Like a Ball, review the previous articles on these exercises to gain the skills necessary.

Most students ask me why it is important to master the rolling back motion. When you have the flexibility and strength to roll onto your shoulder blades, you will have enough energy to roll back to the starting position with ease. Inversion exercises can be a struggle if your spinal flexibility is imbalanced or you try to muscle through it with just your arms or belly. If you have a build up of tissue in your upper back, tight low back, and/or tight hips, your spine will not create an even rolling surface. Your roll will be like a flat tire. This is another reason why it is important to roll on all parts rather than change the integrity of the exercise to lift back to starting. You miss the key element in building the flexibility needed in this exercise as well as for a healthy spine. It really is all about rolling evenly on all parts of the spine to release excessive tissue in the back while releasing tension in tight spots to create a surface that decompresses the spine evenly.

Not only will flexibility be important, but also the use of the hips, booty, and low belly. It is important to create a full body exercise with control when inverted. It is the only way to get your hips over your shoulders without the booty feeling like a ton of weight. You must find engagement in the legs, hips, booty, and low belly to find the lift that will be supported in your inverted exercises. Lack of engagement in the legs, hips, booty, and low belly many times is the death to an inverted exercise especially Rolling Like a Ball. The booty feels too heavy to control, the shoulders and arms grip to support the motion, and the spine leverages off a particular area continuing to create flexibility imbalances as well as a build up tissue where the leveraging occurs. Learn how to perform Rolling Like a Ball properly to find the strength needed for other inverted exercises while releasing tension in the spine.


Before mastering Rolling Like a Ball, you need to check in with the skills you have mastered thus far. Do you still struggle with the Roll Up? Have you started to advance your Hundred? Do you practice Single Leg Circle with a straight or bent knee? Once you know where you are still tight or struggle in these exercises, you can focus on improving them in Rolling Like a Ball. You just may find a new feeling that helps with the other exercises or understand how those exercises can help your Rolling Like a Ball.

Rolling Like a Ball- Modified

Sit slightly off your sitz bones with knees bent, feet flat on the floor, and chin lowered to your chest. Place your hands on your shins with your elbows slightly lifted and arms engaged. Pick your feet up to balance with your knees shoulder width apart and breathe 5-10 breaths and then place your feet back on the mat. If it is hard to be in this tighter shape, place your hands under your thighs to open the ball shape. Once you feel comfortable with the balance, start to roll backwards. Inhale as you pull your belly in and up as you roll off your sitz bones lifting your tailbone over your shoulders to suspend for a few seconds. Exhale as you roll back to the balance position. Practice 5-8 repetitions. Remember it is ok if you don't get all the way back up. It is all about the rolling back action. Make sure to keep your chin tucked to avoid opening the ball shape as well as hitting your head. If you have any back problems such as herniation or bulging disc, do not practice the actually rolling part of the exercise. See a trained Pilates instructor to determine whether you should practice this exercise.

Rolling Like a Ball- Advanced

Sit slightly off your sitz bones with knees bent, feet flat on the floor, and chin lowered to your chest. Place your left hand on your right ankle and then grab your left hand with your right hand slightly lifting the elbows to engage the arms. Pick your feet up to balance in the tightest ball shape your body allows with feet close to your booty and knees into your shoulders. Inhale as you pull your belly in and up as you roll back lifting your tailbone over your shoulders to suspend for a few seconds. Exhale as you roll back to the balance position. Practice 5-8 repetitions.

Master Rolling Like a Ball to massage the spine and lungs, strengthen the abs, improve spinal flexibility, and create skills needed for other rolling and inverted exercises. When you master your Rolling Like a Ball, give yourself a high five...You are a ROCKSTAR!

Thursday, 6 August 2009

What a Massage Therapist Should Remember During Stone Massage Sessions

Massage is an essential way to make people forget about all their aches and pains. The gentle, firm touch of the therapist makes a whole new difference in delivering comfort, rejuvenation, and relaxation. It is no different from grinding up different spices to bring out their unique flavors. Therapists do the same thing with their clients. They knead and rub their muscles to bring out the new person, who is renewed and completely rid of stress.

Clients know what they need when it comes to acquiring massage services from health spas. They take notice of what ails them and consult the massage therapist. With this, they work together in knowing the trigger points that need attention. This way, the therapist finds it easier to target the pain spots during the session.

Therapists spend a lot of their time in making their clients feel comfortable. They have dependable equipment and supplies that help them enhance the massage experience. But if the therapist wants to do a good job during the session, kneading, rubbing, and having all those supplies are not enough. Like any other specialization, there are some things that the therapist has to take into careful consideration during the stone massage session.

a.) Safety. This should be primarily considered because safety includes both the therapist and the client. During a hot stone massage, the therapist and the client both get in contact with the hot stones. The massage therapist handles the hot stones. The client endures these hot stones during massage sessions. Towels and tongs make it easy for the therapist to handle these massage stones. The therapist should always have an ice bath ready to use for cooling down the client's skin or the stones themselves.

b.) Temperature. Therapists should always take temperature into consideration. They use the heated stones all throughout the session, so heating them up should be done properly. The temperature of these stones should be between 120 and 150 degrees. Massage therapists should maintain the temperature for about 15 to 55 minutes before each session begins. They should carefully monitor their stones as they heat up so that they are of the right temperature for the client. They should also make sure that the client finds the heat of the stones just right for them to take even if they are supposed to be hot to begin with.

c.) Stone placement. During each rejuvenating, relaxing stone massage session, therapists should always consider where to carefully place the heated stones. They should know the trigger points on the client's body so that they could strategically place the hot stones. They should also know which areas of the client's body they should use the working stones during the stone massage session.

Massage therapists who are dedicated enough to do their jobs right have clients who come back again for another round of relaxation.

These are only some of the basic things that the therapist should remember during stone massage sessions. With these always in mind, massage therapists are assured that they will be able to perform their stone massage efficiently and effectively, much to the satisfaction of their clients.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Slow Down For a Hot Stone Massage

Life at the 21st century has been define as always trying to keep up with the continuously advancing technology-on the go. Everything can be done with one click of the fingers. Food delivered to your door, piping hot and ready to eat. From shopping online to travels all over the world, partying until the wee hours of the morning and everything else in between, it can be accomplished. Laundry taken care of by someone else and other menial tasks handed to another pair of hands willing to do the job.

The colored and thin glossy plastics have long replaced the green bucks as a means of trade-almost, anyway. There is not enough time to do all the things needed to be done even though all you have to do is work and work some more.

Yet, despite the convenience of the fast pace lifestyle, most of us are ending up burned out, stressed, over fatigue & depressed. In short, physically unfit. Is it because we are struggling to keep up? Or maybe the race not to be left behind is finally taking its toll-we are only humans, after all.

Having said all that, aren't we all grateful for rebirth of the modern day massage therapies? It has always been there all along but we were too occupied to pay attention. And who needs and ancient remedy when medical breakthroughs could not be defined enough and when science has all the answers. We all do, apparently.

What is a massage therapy? It is universal term used for the manipulation of the soft body tissue either by the use of hands, foot or the now becoming more popular hot stone therapy.

There are probably more than 101 reasons to see visit a massage therapist and for those who have not gone to one, do read on, it may be time for you to schedule a visit yourself.

Why visit a massage therapist?

1. Powerful relaxant-no other medicine as natural as a massage can make someone feel invigorated not to mention worry free after spending at least an hour on a massage room. Time and money well spent indeed.

2. Stress-the body can only take so much of stress. When it's too much, it screams to be let go by means of a shoulder, back and chest pain and even lead to ulcer. It lessens body tension and helps in increasing both mental and physical capabilities.

3. Soothing Effects-a good massage is good in calming nerves and muscles which reduces anxiety as it greatly helps in calming one's emotions. The daily rush completely forgotten and it all becomes a total bliss.

4. Detoxification-it is cleaning the body and giving it enough rest which results to rejuvenation resulting to healthier hair & skin not to mention the all over body condition.

5. The healthier option-since it only requires all the natural products of nature to be from the essential oils and the humans' magical touch, the body benefits from it even more.

It doesn't mean though that we need to make an appointment every so often to reap all the benefits a massage therapy entails. We also need to slow down a little. Life isn't a race to the top, it is travelling safely to make sure we get there in due time. But of course, a trip to a massage therapist for a little hot stone massage will not hurt either so slow down.