Counterstrain Tender Points as Indicators of Sustained Abnormal Metabolism: Advancing the Counterstrain Mechanism of Action Theory

Paul R. Rennie Proposed Theory Previous explanations for the mechanism of action in counterstrain theory have centered prominently on the role of the muscle spindle apparatus triggered from a sudden “panic lengthening” of the muscle fibers during injury. This theory asserts that the muscle spindle maintains the abnormal tone. This article will review the various […]

The Evolving Practice of Breast Massage

This article first appeared in the September 2001 issue of ” Massage Today.” I was intrigued by a course entitled: “Making the Case for Breast Massage” at the most recent annual meeting of the California Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association. Intrigued, I confess, because I didn’t know that a case needed to be made. […]

What about Varicose Veins?

This article first appeared in the May 2001 issue of ” Massage Today.” As I travel throughout the United States teaching pregnancy massage programs, I hear a myriad of conflicting opinions about the appropriate way to address varicose veins in our clients. Some therapists have been taught to avoid the legs entirely in the presence of […]

Pelvic Pain in Pregnancy

This article first appeared in the February 2001 issue of ” Massage Today.” The most common reason women seek the services of massage therapists during pregnancy is for back pain. In order to treat such discomfort effectively, it is helpful to differentiate between pain originating in the lumbar spine and pain arising from dysfunction in the […]

High-Risk Pregnancy

This article first appeared in the January 2001 issue of ” Massage Today.” Many massage therapists are confused and uncertain about the appropriateness of accepting pregnant clients who are in high-risk pregnancies. Who can be harmed? Can massage therapy and bodywork be useful and beneficial in a high-risk pregnancy? Are there techniques to avoid? A high-risk […]

The Beneficial Effects of Pregnancy Massage

This article first appeared in the August 2007 issues of “Massage Magazine.” Pregnancy is trendy. From expectant celebrities on the covers of People and Vogue to national television features on the do’s and don’ts of the pregnant state, the experience of pregnancy has come out of the closet – literally. Women are anxious to learn […]

Post-partum Massage – What a Massage Therapist Should Know

This article first appeared in the April, 2009 issue of ” Massage Magazine.” Many therapists see clients who have recently given birth, or who have developed significant musculo-skeletal dysfunction from childbearing in the past. When working with post-partum clients, massage therapists should be aware of the physiologic and structural stresses that pregnancy, labor and delivery create, […]

Mothering the Mother: Creating Sanctuary for New Moms

This article first appeared in the February, 2013 online issue of ” Massage Magazine.” New moms in the United States are bombarded with information about caring for and safeguarding their newborns in the days and months after birth.  Not so much attention is given to their unique needs in the post-partum period. A new mother in […]