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A Regular Guy’s Thoughts and Opinions on the Maxi Pro & Equine Thumper Massagers

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After doing a fair amount of online research I purchased the Maxi Pro Thumper Massager for my wife’s birthday earlier this year. Thumper makes the claim that many of their massagers (including this one) are used by loads of industry professionals (physical therapists, chiropractors, sports teams, etc.). I am a former collegiate athlete now turned recreational athlete, but I work out (hard) every day or every other day, so I the idea that this was a “professional” model rather than something you’d find at Walmart or Target appealed to me. We already had a Homedics hand-held/wand massager, but it just wasn’t powerful enough to get deep into large sore muscles like the quadriceps and hamstrings.

I did some shopping and searching online and eventually found the Comfort Store Direct in Lewis Center, Ohio, USA had the best price (and free shipping at the time), so I bought it from them.

The unit arrived a week later in a specially designed box, so it was undamaged and ready to go right out of the box. The Maxi Pro is primarily designed for 2 person use, so I patiently waited for my wife to come home to give it a shot. My wife loved the Maxi Pro immediately but I wasn’t quite sold on it. Don’t get me wrong, I did like it and it was MUCH easier to use than hand-held/wand massagers, but I quickly noted that the only real setting on the unit that was having much of an effect on me was level 5, the highest setting. As far as I was concerned, the other 4 lower settings really didn’t do much at all.

Since we were using the Maxi Pro on its highest setting I consulted their web site for answers and found that Thumper has a more powerful an Equine version of this unit, which was especially designed for elite athletes and of course horses. This unit looks the same as the Maxi Pro but apparently has a stronger motor in it.

Over the course of the next few days I wrested with the idea of going through the bother of sending the Maxi Pro back and getting the Equine model. After 3 days I cracked and gave in. I contacted the Comfort Store Direct and requested a return authorization number, which they gladly gave me – by the way, both my wife and I dealt with these folks and they were always pleasant. I shipped the Maxi Pro back at a cost of about $15 (not bad) and came to the conclusion that the extra $40 for the Equine more powerful motor would be worth it.

When the Equine unit arrived I gave it a shot on my quadriceps (don’t need 2 people for this), and I have to say that I was initially disappointed with it. I really expected a notable difference in power between the two units but I just didn’t feel it. Later that night my wife tried the unit and while she agreed with me that it might not be significantly more powerful, she felt it might be slightly better.

I sent Thumper an email asking if perhaps I got an underpowered unit and indicated that I was a little disappointed with this new model. To their credit, a Thumper representative responded to me within 24 business hours, she kindly explained that, “The depth of the stroke on the Equine Thumper is 15% higher than with the Maxi Pro. The drive assembly which is the mechanism responsible for the “punch” has a different tolerance than the one on the Maxi Pro therefore the impact is greater.

The Thumper rep indicated that I could return the product for a refund if I would like, which I appreciated. I emailed her back and indicated that my wife really did like the unit (and I didn’t think it was too bad) so a refund would not be necessary.

PROS:

  • The unit is heavy (8 lbs), but it actually works to its advantage. You don’t need to press down on the massager to feel pressure; the weight of the unit does it for you.
  • The two handles on the unit make it easy to move manipulate/move/adjust.
  • If you are flexible and a little creative, you can actually use the Maxi Pro/Equine Model without someone else assisting
  • Quiet. In fact, it’s much quieter than the hand-held/wand unit we have that’s less powerful. It’s not difficult to watch television and use the unit at the same time.
  • Very easy to use on someone. In fact, you can often place the unit on someone (like the lumbar part of the back) and the unit will work without you having to hold it at all. You may have to balance it with just a couple of fingers just so it stays in place – either way it’s easy.
  • Instead of a vibrating motion most massagers have, this one actually pounds up and down like a piston (you can actually see it doing this). I found this approach was much more effective in giving/receiving massages.
  • Fast, friendly customer service – the rep I emailed at Thumper was very nice.
  • Feels pretty sturdy and durable…although I’ve only had it for a few weeks.
  • Don’t get that fatigued feeling in your hands, wrists and forearms that you do from vibrating hand-held/wand massagers. It really doesn’t require a lot of effort to give someone a massage.
  • Unit does not heat up during or after use.

CONS:

  • Not portable if you’re traveling, but that wasn’t really a concern of ours.
  • For the most part, this is a 2-person effort, using the massager by yourself is doable but tricky.
  • Still would like it to have a higher, more powerful setting for both units.
  • The instructional DVD they send you is worthless. In fact, there was a depth adjustment dial at the bottom of both units that I didn’t even know until the Thumper rep let me know via email.

BOTTOM LINE:

I’d recommend this unit to anyone in the market for a personal massager that’s tried other vibrating models that don’t quite get into the muscles enough. It’s easy to use, but I’d suggest purchasing the unit if you have a partner that’s willing and able to work with you. At around $300 it’s not the cheapest model out there. Personally I’d go with the Maxi Pro since it’s less expensive and I didn’t feel a tremendous difference between it and the Equine model.

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by Jeremy Tuber

Fast Constipation Relief – Free Home Remedy You Can Use Immediately

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This is the simplest way I have ever found to relieve constipation. It’s fast. It’s effective. You can do it at home AND it won’t cost you a single penny!

I discovered this technique years ago when I was wandering around the local library looking for something on a totally unrelated topic. I’ll get back to this story in a second.

Let’s face it, constipation happens to nearly everybody at one time or another. If you analyze it, a natural process in your body came to a grinding halt for some reason. So you have to ask yourself the question, “what went wrong?”

Well, your body’s natural way of moving material through your digestive system is called peristalsis (paris-stall’-sis). In fact, the definition is ” rhythmic contraction of smooth muscles to propel contents through the digestive tract.”

So “what went wrong” was that the natural rhythmic contraction stopped and the obvious solution is to stimulate peristalsis in your digestive tract. Common sense, right?

Now here’s the great part. You don’t need pills, laxatives, or drugs (let alone castor oil, YUCK!) and you don’t have to wait hours for peristalsis to resume.

Back to the library story – I was looking for information about massage. I found a book, opened it up and skimmed through it. There was a warning about using massage. It said to be careful, massage may have a laxative effect.

Whoa! Massage? Laxative? What the…?

The more I thought about it, the more it made sense, though. A gentle massaging action over and around the stomach and abdominal area stimulates peristalsis.

Here’s how you do it:

1. Use both hands, flat against your abdomen.

2. Use light pressure.

3. Gently move your hands up and down and from left to right in kind of a rolling, massaging motion over the abdominal area.

4. Let nature take its course.

The keyword is g-e-n-t-l-e. If it hurts, stop immediately, you’re doing it way too hard.

Bottom line: The next time you’re constipated, a gentle massage of your abdominal area will encourage your body’s natural peristalsis response bringing constipation relief very quickly. It can literally work in minutes. Constipation gone. Problem solved.

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by Phil Nelson

Suffering From Adhesive Capsulitis or Frozen Shoulder? An Introduction to Available Treatments

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Frozen shoulder, sometimes referred to as adhesive capsulitis, is a painful condition in which movement of the shoulder and arm can be severely limited. It occurs when some of the joint capsule attaches to itself, limiting movement. Since this area has a plentiful supply of nerves, any movement that pulls on the attached portion can be extremely painful.

This condition can be referred to as primary or secondary. In the primary form, there is no discernible cause for the condition. The second form is generally caused by injury or damage to the area. This may include arthritis, rotator cuff injuries or surgery, among other things.

Frozen shoulder generally follows three phrases. The first stage is the freezing one. This lasts between two to six months. During this stage, there will be a gradual reduction in the ability to move with a corresponding increase in pain.

The second stage is frozen. Around four to twelve months after the initial onset, motion will become even more restricted. In some cases, the level of pain may decrease during this period. The final stage is thawing. During this stage, the joint has begun recovery and motion will begin to return slowly. Pain will also begin to decrease. Depending on the severity of the frozen shoulder, thawing can last anywhere from a few months to several years.

Treatment of adhesive capsulitis may involve massage, physical therapy, exercise and stretching, anti-inflammatory medications, moist heat or cortisone injections. In rare cases which do not respond to traditional treatment, surgery may be required. It is important that treatment be done under the supervision of a physician to prevent further injury to the shoulder.

Massage treatment for frozen shoulder may involve a combination of techniques. Deep tissue massage uses pressure to the muscles around the shoulder to encourage the release of the adhesion’s that cause the pain. Shiatsu uses pressure on the acupressure points along the meridians to release any energy blockages.

Trigger point therapy is sometimes very effective. This technique focuses on specific points within muscles. When pressure is applied to the proper points, it can help relieve muscle spasms. Remedial and even Swedish massage may also be helpful. Long strokes and gentle kneading of muscles are utilized to reduce tension and stress, which can exacerbate the shoulder condition.

Physical therapy is used to help regain movement of the frozen shoulder. The therapist will first use pain reducing methods such as heat wraps, ointments and creams to ease pain. In some cases, therapy may include massage to help loosen the area and improve circulation of the area. The physical therapist may perform stretching exercises to encourage ‘thawing’ of the frozen shoulder. Other exercises may be used to strengthen the area as well. Both weight-wearing and non weight-bearing exercises are typically utilized.

In most cases, patients are sent home with a program of home exercises and stretches to do in addition to the work done in physical therapy. These exercises should be done several times a day or as recommended by the therapist or physician. Failure to comply with a home exercise plan will reduce the rate of recovery.

Anti-inflammatory medications are commonly prescribed. These may include acetaminophen (Tylenol) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These have a dual purpose. First, they ease inflammation which can be impeding movement. Second, they relieve the pain that comes with this condition.

Moist heat can be used for both relief of pain and loosening of the shoulder joint. A warm, damp cloth is applied to the shoulder for short periods of time. A warm shower or a soak in the bath can also be beneficial.

Cortisone injections are sometimes used. It is not fully understood how beneficial these injections are for frozen shoulder. However, they do reduce inflammation in the shoulder, which can lead to a reduction in pain levels as well. Cortisone injections are sometimes combined with physical therapy as they can help patients achieve more stretching.

In rare cases, forced manipulation or surgery may be indicated. As there is a greater chance of introducing more injury to the shoulder capsule and joint, these treatments are normally only considered in very severe cases for which the conventional treatment have had minimal effect.

In forced manipulation, anesthesia is used. Usually, the patient is sedated, but in some cases the physician may opt to only anesthetize the shoulder. While under anesthesia, the arm is forced up in order to break the adhesions at the shoulder joint. This can cause the patient a great deal of pain once the anesthetic wears off. However, it can bring about a dramatic improvement in the joint’s mobility.

In surgery, the patient is sedated with anesthesia. An arthroscope is inserted into the shoulder joint after a minor incision is made. The light and camera inside the device allow the physician to determine where the adhesion causing the frozen shoulder is located. Then, small tools inside the device are used to cut through the adhesions.

This procedure is referred to as arthroscopic capsular release. Physical therapy is normally offered when the adhesive capsulitis is released in order to prevent a recurrence. If the patient fails to do physical therapy following the procedure, there is a good chance the shoulder will refreeze.

Depending on the severity of the frozen shoulder and the individual patient, it may be necessary to use multiple treatments to find relief. In most cases, frozen shoulder sufferers can regain most (if not all) range of motion of the shoulder through combination of physical therapy, stretching and massage. However, there may a slight decrease in shoulder mobility even after healing occurs. This is generally mild and typically only noticed on close examination, but may last several years.

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by Richard Lane

Pec Major Spasms Contribute to Neck and Back Pain

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Pectoralis Major Pain –

The pectoralis muscle is one that everyone can identify. People can picture a body builder on the beach with huge pec muscles. We can identify with its size and strength. Atlas doesn’t lift or carry rocks with small pec muscles. As with any muscles these can become injured with trauma or repetitive use.

Massage therapy can be used as a treatment for decrease the spasms and pain. Acute trauma can occur with lifting large boulders in the World’s Strongest man competitions. It can also be injured in people with poor posture. People with rounded shoulders shorten the muscle and reduce its flexibility over time. When this muscle goes into spasm it pulls the shoulders forward. People often find themselves trying to stretch their arms or shoulders backwards to produce a comfortable stretch.

Reduced flexibility in any muscle contributes to its likelihood of future injuries during activity. It becomes easier to hurt this muscle with normal daily activities, sports, house work, or yard work. Pec Major muscle spasms increases the likelihood of chronic neck or upper back pain.

Pectoralis Major Muscle Pain

The pectoralis major muscle is a large fan shaped muscle running from the clavicle, sternum, first 7 ribs, and upper abdominal muscles to the upper humerus. It is a very large and powerful muscle. Most of us think of it when we think of chest muscles. It is involved in most arm lifting, pulling, or carrying movements.

Because of its strength and position, pectoralis major spasms pull the arms and shoulders forward. When the pec major contracts it pulls the arms forward, in a sitting posture this rounds the shoulders. People with rounded shoulders are more likely to experience chronic or acute shoulder sprains, including supraspinatus tendinosis or rotator cuff sprains.

Pectoralis major muscle spasms can lead to trigger points developing in the muscle. Trigger points are areas of muscle that have been injured to the degree that it radiates pain to other areas. Mild muscle injuries hurt at the location of the injury only. Trigger points can radiate a few inches. Aggravated trigger points radiate pain several inches or feet away, including down the hand. Trigger points in the pectoralis major muscle radiates from the chest, to the shoulder, and even down to the elbow. At its worst, pain can be felt in the 3rd and 4th fingers of the hand.

The pain originally begins as stiffness and mild soreness in the chest. An increased dull ache or burning may develop as the muscle becomes more injured, and eventually leading to a deep throbbing ache across the shoulder or down the arm. The pain is relieved by resting, icing, or stretching.

As mentioned earlier, pectoralis major muscle spasms create pain and injuries in the neck, shoulders, and back by changing the shoulder position. The pectoralis muscle should be evaluated and addressed in someone complaining of neck, shoulder, or back pain.

Treatment of Pectoralis Muscle Pain

Massage therapy works to decrease the pectoralis muscle spasms and pain. This will increase the flexibility and integrity of the muscle, which will decrease frequency, duration, and intensity of pain in the neck, back, and shoulder frequency.

Massage therapy works to decrease muscle spasm, tenderness, and referral pain. It brings more blood to the area and reduces edema around the muscle. It helps to increase muscle flexibility and range of motion. People often report feeling their shoulders move backwards and posture improve within a few weeks. When a trigger point is present, the massage therapist may cause radiating pain down the shoulder and arm every time the knot is worked.

When pectoralis muscle spasms are associated with neck pain or headaches, treatment helps decrease the intensity and frequency of pain within a few visits. Many people feel better during the day with their improved posture. Their neck and shoulder range of motion is maintained throughout the day, and they feel better sitting with proper posture. Headaches will become less frequent.

Stretching the pectoralis muscle is very helpful to enhance treatment. Stretching at home speeds your recovery and decreases the chest, shoulder, and neck pain. It improves flexibility and reduces that likelihood of developing future shoulder injuries.

If you feel like your pectoralis muscle trigger points are contributing to your headaches, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, chest, or arm pain consider massage therapy for your treatment. Please look for a skilled and trained therapist who frequently treats people with complex and intertwined muscular problems.

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by Carson Robertson

Using Lymphedema Pumps

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There is no known cure for lymphedema, although the condition can largely be kept in check with a few treatment methods. One of them is Manual Lymph Drainage or MLD, a part of the complete decongestive therapy. MLD is a light massaging procedure where the flow of fluids is stimulated in the right direction. Lymphedema pumps are sometimes used to direct the pooled fluids to the blood stream. Massage therapists may sometimes use the pump, but it is an essential aid for people who cannot avail of the services of a massage therapist.

Using a lymphedema pump involves two stages, which are: Preparatory Phase and Drainage Phase. The lymph vessels need to be prepared to receive the fluid that the pump stimulates. This is the preparatory stage, which has to be done properly. If not, the lymph will enter the surrounding tissues, causing complications instead. The therapist always prepares the patient first by giving a gentle massage. While using the pump at home, the patient must perform a self-massage to prepare the body for the therapy.

The lymphedema pump is used at the drainage stage. While using the pump, it needs to be adjusted for the right pressure level. The patient is then required to wear the garment and position the limb correctly before starting the pump. The pump’s action pushes the fluid accumulated in the limb towards the blood stream thus reducing the swelling. To keep up the flow in the right direction the patient must wear the compression garment after the MLD session is completed. This will prevent the fluids from entering the tissues and promote a smooth flow of the lymphatic fluids.

Lymphedema pumps come in two varieties. One is the Sequential Gradient Pump where the air is automatically pushed into the inbuilt channels of the garment. It is an imitation of how the natural lymph flow moves from the limbs towards the trunk of the body. Here the preparatory phase, that is the massage, has to be performed manually. The second variant of the pump is the FlexiTouch Pump wherein the whole process of MLD is fully automated. All that is required is to adjust the setting to the necessary level and activate the pump. Here the complete process may take a good part of the hour. However, the whole process needs to be completed in one sitting.

The pneumatic lymphedema pump has been used for a long time to treat lymphedema. It has been a proven method of treatment with positive results. Buying a pump may turn out to be quite expensive as a good quality pump might cost anything between 5000 to 6000 dollars. Insurance firms include it in Durable medical Equipment hence the patient may be reimbursed for the expense. There is also the option of renting out the pump from a supply store. Lymphedema pumps are a great help for people who have no access to a therapist. They could easily learn the techniques of using it to manage lymphedema.

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by Peter Hodges

Reflexologists – Who Are They and What Do They Do?

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A reflexologist is a person who performs the art of reflexology. Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure at specific pressure points on the hands and feet to promote the natural healing of the body. Reflexologists believe that specific points in the hands and feet are connected to all the major organs in the body by energy pathways. Reflexologists claim that reflexology can treat various ailments such as anemia, bronchitis, chronic back pain, convulsions, deafness, earaches, hemorrhoids, hair loss, heart disease, hiccups, kidney stones, liver trouble, sleep disorders, sports injuries, thyroid gland problems and prostate trouble. Apart from these ailments it can also help in stress reduction, aid in weight loss and clear toxins from the body.

Reflexology is an alternate form of therapy, where people who don’t find much help in allopathy for their sickness and ailments then turn to alternate treatments which have varying degrees of success. Also, a lot of the people don’t want many of the harmful side effects of allopathic medicines; they then turn to alternate forms of therapy to help their body naturally heal themselves. Reflexologists diagnose ailments by feeling or pressuring various points in the foot and then massage it for therapeutic reasons. Usually many sessions of the reflexology massage are required to cure the ailment. Reflexologists claim that all ailments are caused by stress in the body, which when relieved help cure the ailment in question. Also, the massage improves blood flow and nerve activity thereby helping in complete relaxation.

When you visit a reflexologist, they usually take your medical and lifestyle history. Then they probe the hands and feet to feel any blockages, if any blockage is found, the diagnosis and treatment is explained in detail. The cure is a series of hand and foot massages involving reflexology. In case you don’t get better, the reflexologist could even refer you to a doctor that specializes in your ailment. Reflexologists charge per session and their session may last for forty five minutes up to an hour or so. There are various courses on offer to learn the art of reflexology.

There are associations which you can enter through exams to be a part of like the Association of reflexologists. Usually reflexology massages are not done by adding any cream or oil or any lubricating substance, it is a dry massage, and this is how you differentiate between a reflexology massage and a general massage. Reflexologists generally don’t use any tools in the massage; they use a variety of thumb and forefinger techniques to apply pressure at specific points. To reap the maximum benefit of reflexology, attend all the sessions recommended by the reflexologist. Skipping any in between can hamper the effect of the treatment in progress. Reflexology can help everyone including cancer patients and their care, pregnant and lactating women as well as children. Pregnant women and children can have a variety of problems that can be non-invasively handled by reflexology, including lesser use of pain killers and fussy children.

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by Ghulam Moshin

Alternative Health Careers – Five Occupational Options

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As the field of natural healing therapies continues to grow, so does the demand for alternative health careers. Some of the diverse healthcare occupations that alternative and complementary medicine offer prospective students include healing arts disciplines in massage therapy, homeopathy, herbal medicine, natural health, and acupuncture, among many others.

Today’s alternative health careers like massage therapy require specific training and education; including an expanding minimum standard of 500 instructional hours comprised of basic sciences (anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and pathology), Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, and sports massage. Other related studies like CPR and first aid, as well as business management and client communications are commonly integrated into this program of study.

Homeopathy is also a unique option to those seeking alternative health careers. Similar to most medical programs, homeopathic courses require rigorous educational studies like anatomy, biochemistry, homeopathic philosophy, physiology, materia medica, and other comprehensive coursework. To successfully acquire alternative health careers in homeopathy, individuals should review educational prerequisites as most homeopathic colleges and schools typically require some formal training and education prior to enrollment.

If you’re drawn to alternative health careers that involve herbal medicine, a number of holistic education programs including Chinese medicine, naturopathy, homeopathy and natural health commonly offer herbology and aromatherapy as part of their curricula. Choose from beginner classes to more advanced training options like earning your degree in herbal sciences.

Natural health professions are also part of the vast array of alternative health careers. Earn your diploma or certificate as a natural health practitioner after you’ve completed an in-depth course in natural healing therapies like massage, aromatherapy, herbal medicine, Reiki, and reflexology. Healing arts schools vary in subject matter, so check with prospective schools prior to applying.

Of these alternative health careers, acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners probably have one of the most unique educational foundations. In addition to learning both Eastern and Western medicine philosophies, acupuncture education offers a rare look into Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles and theories; including needling techniques, Tai Chi, moxibustion, Chinese herbal medicine, Tuina, Qi gong, and even Chinese medical language, among others. Prospective students should be aware, however, that alternative health careers in acupuncture do require several years of dedication.

If you (or someone you know) are interested in learning more about these and other alternative health career options, let professional training within fast-growing industries like massage therapy, cosmetology, acupuncture, oriental medicine, Reiki, and others get you started! Explore training programs for alternative health careers near you.

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by CarolAnn Bailey-Lloyd

Is Pain on the Outside of Your Hand Caused by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

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Have you had pain on the outside (baby finger side or ulnar side) of your hand and wondered whether it was Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

I was contacted by a massage therapist who was having pain on the ulnar side of her hand. She wondered whether it was Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. She contacted me because she was afraid her massage career was going to be over. She was very frustrated. She couldn’t make her hand pain go away and stay away.

Here’s a little background about your body:

Trigger points are areas in muscles (or other soft tissues) that trigger (cause or refer) pain or symptoms elsewhere. When trigger points are pressed into, the symptom or pain will appear where the area of complaint is. Trigger points cause symptoms. (But what causes trigger points? That’s another article.)

A Syndrome, like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, is a collection of symptoms. Symptoms are pain, numbness, tingling, etc.

I wrote to the massage therapist and explained that pain in the ulnar area of the hand is caused by the following muscles: serratus posterior superior (in the upper back), latissimus dorsi (on the outer side of the upper back), pec major and pec minor (the pectorals are the chest muscles and attach to the upper arm).

Since she uses her arms and hands extensively as a massage therapist, I know that her chest and arm muscles are probably “tight” and need to be released, or relaxed. The muscles in her chest and the front of her arms also need to be stretched in the opposite direction of their usual movement. Another area that often gets tight when doing massage are the “lats”–the latissimus dorsi–below the armpit.

Here is what the massage therapist wrote back to me:

“Wow, thanks a lot. I have tried to find a few spots on myself under the armpit and the pain shot to my scapula, deltoids, pecs, biceps, triceps and wrist. It’s really amazing! So, if you were me would you just make sure to get worked on weekly? Thanks so much. You really do know a lot! You’re a big help. I will tell all of my massage friends about you!”

When I wrote back, I reminded her that prevention is very important, too, so she can continue to do the work she loves. It’s important that she develop a strong back as well as stretch the muscles which get tight while working. Stretching between every client will be a big help. So will figuring out which moves she makes cause her muscles to get tight so she can avoid those moves.

Everything happens for a reason, and when you understand the reason(s) for the pain or other symptoms in your hand, wrist and arm, you can get rid of your carpal tunnel syndrome.

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by Kathryn Merrow

Penis – Top 2 Exercises to a Bigger Penis

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Thousands of men are using penis exercises, as using these exercises can give a man the penis size he has always wanted. This is because having a bigger penis can make you feel more masculine and gives you a reason to be proud of your manhood. So if you want to finally feel proud as well, just keep in mind that regular exercise is a must until you are satisfied with the size of your penis.

An exercise that can lengthen your penis and strengthen the ligaments that is attached to the penis pubic bone is always the best because it gives you the much desired results.

PC Flex is one exercise that is best performed if you were semi-erect since a semi-erect penis is more pliable and easy to work with. To start out you will need to encircle your penis with your thumb and first finger behind the head and pull at a downward angle for a count of 30.

While pulling the penis performed the PC quick flex exercise. After a count of 30 grab your penis at the base and shake quickly 20-30 times in order to relax the penis. You should repeat this exercise pulling to the right, left, and then straight out. If you are a beginner you should put a light amount of pulling pressure, you can increase pressure as you advance into the fifth week.

The advanced variation is the ligament massage. While you have your penis out straight, you should use the thumb of your free hand to press down and out on all the ligaments at the very base of your penis. Applying to much pressure could cause an injury if you are not careful. What this ligament massage does is to stretch the ligaments that suspend the penis from the pubic bone. Within a few weeks you should be able to do this exercise in the shower as the hot water will help achieve maximum stretching.

The next exercise is the Wally Wally Ups, to start this exercise you are going to want to sit at the edge of a chair or toilet seat, with a fully erect penis and a towel. After you are in the correct position you should place the towel (preferably small) over the penis and contract your muscles so that it stands up completely against the towels resistance. Now, hold the position for 10 seconds and release, this exercise should be done in 3-5 sets for best results.

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by Roy Robertson

How To Achieve Natural Breast Lift Without Expensive Augmentation Surgery

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Because of the high costs and potential complications associated with implant surgery, many women look for natural breast lift strategies. That old statement “time is a wrecker” is painfully true: over time, and especially following pregnancy, nursing, and weight gain, breasts usually lose their elasticity and tone and become floppy and old-looking.

Mastopexy (breast lift cosmetic surgery) is popular but expensive. It is also painful and can inhibit women’s ability to breastfeed.

Thankfully, there are some non-surgical breast lift techniques women can try in order to improve the shape and look of their bust. One of the best ways to keep up the appearance of your breasts is to maintain an even and healthy weight. Weight gain can stretch out your skin and make it less elastic, and your skin often does not shrink back if you lose weight. Additionally, keeping your skin well moisturized is important for the elasticity of the skin. This moisture should also come inwardly: drinking eight glasses of water a day is vital for your skin.

A properly fitting bra is essential to breast maintenance since a good bra is one of the best natural breast lifts that you can find. A high percentage of women wear the incorrect bra size which can significantly change the appearance of their breasts. Additionally, too much bouncing in a ill-fitted or improperly supportive bra can actually tear connective tissue in your breasts, so have yourself properly fitted and wear bras that are correct for your body.

Other breast lift techniques include breast massage, which has been popular in Asian cultures for improving the tone and shape of the breasts. Some massage technicians are trained to perform breast massage, but obviously there are several sticky legal and personal comfort issues that need to be considered.

You can, however, perform this technique at home. Do be aware that improper breast massage techniques can actually do damage, so you need to make certain to research proper techniques, use gentle pressure, and always apply a cream or lotion first.

Several websites recommend a four step procedure for natural breast lift massage. First, stroke from the nipple outward. Second, gently knead with one hand. Third, clasp your breast in both hands and rotate it gently several times, both clockwise and counterclockwise (this technique is especially helpful for counteracting the effects of gravity on the breast). Finally use both hands to gently press the breast inward. Performing this technique two or three times a week can be very helpful for improving the appearance of your breasts.

Additional breast lift techniques include many natural breast lift products on the market today that can help restore youthfulness to the breasts. Some of these products are sold as breast enlargement/lift products, and there is some reason to the combination: breasts that have deflated due to pregnancy or weight loss can look more vital and perky with some additional volume.

However, other products claim just to improve the appearance, not increase their shape, and these products usually come in the form of topical substances. They often contain natural ingredients which can make the skin look tighter and more youthful. Additionally, these creams and lotions drench the breast in moisturizer which can help restore some of the skin’s vitality and youthfulness.

Many women would benefit from a natural breast lift in order to reclaim the breasts of their youth. There are many products and breast lift techniques available for women to try instead of resorting to the pain of breast lift surgery.

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by Carol Berman