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L i s te n to T h e A B M P Po d c a s t a t a b m p.co m /p o d c a s t s o r w h e reve r yo u a cce s s yo u r favo r i te p o d c a s t s 91 to continue applying those strokes. At the same time, I think you'll fi nd it benefi cial to incorporate the Nail Hook, Flying V, and Ulna Hook into your bodywork practice to address the deeper neuromyofascial structures. Erik Dalton, PhD, is the executive director of the Freedom from Pain Institute. Educated in massage, osteopathy, and Rolfi ng, he has maintained a practice in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for more than three decades. For more information, visit erikdalton.com. which allows me to sink to the tissue's fi rst restrictive barrier. Once I feel I've achieved a sturdy tissue lock with energy fl owing through my legs, I slowly begin pronating my entire forearm, moving toward the spine at a 45-degree angle. By starting the Ulna Hook technique with the fi rmer surface of the ulna bone, my hook is enhanced. As I pronate the forearm, the softer surface of my fl exor muscles can maintain the fi rm hook without having to go too deep. Another way to creatively use this Ulna Hook is with the Windshield Wiper technique. In this variation, I fi rst place my olecranon bone softly in the ipsilateral lumbar lamina groove, then supinate and hook with my ulna bone. As I traverse headward with my ulna at the lateral border of the ipsilateral erectors (Image 5), I begin pronating my forearm so my fl exor muscles can sweep the erector spinae muscles back toward the midline to offer additional thoracic spine support. This is a powerful nervous system stimulation technique that can be applied to a variety of connective tissues. DEEPEN YOUR PRACTICE To be clear, some therapeutic massage techniques are designed to glide on the skin's surface, and I encourage you 2 3 4 5 The Flying V with index and middle fi ngers on each side of the lamina groove. Engaging the forearm extensor muscles for added control. The Ulna Hook forearm technique. The Windshield Wiper variation. SCAN AND WATCH "Balancing the T-Spine" 1. Open your camera 2. Scan the code 3. Tap on notification 4. Watch!

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