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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 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 85 The ability to be present with a muscle, and "feel" what it is feeling, isn't easy. Sometimes, though, that just means it's time to try something different. being present from a different perspective? What if we imagine that a muscle might have the same quandary of being present that we do? The insights we gain might just start to sink a little deeper into our own selves. THE PIRIFORMIS, FOR EXAMPLE Flanked by a tight peer group (the deep six lateral rotators), buried by a blanket of brawn (the gluteus maximus), and triggered by the largest livewire in the body (the sciatic nerve), the piriformis is constantly sitting in high-stress conditions. After years of playing an important role among the team, this powerful little hip mover might suddenly fi nd itself being pushed beyond its normal limits. Maybe this piriformis's human decided to try a new sport, don a new pair of running shoes, or start a new job with a signifi cant commute. Or maybe the human is just getting up there in years and played one too many games of tennis in a day. Whatever the case, the piriformis stops and realizes, "Hey, wait a minute. If I keep working this hard, I am going to snap!" The piriformis has had a feelization. With your client on the table, instead of envisioning where this muscle is and what dysfunction it might hold, try to put yourself in the piriformis's shoes. You are grasping tightly onto the sacrum with one hand and the greater trochanter with the other. You are being asked to pull at that greater trochanter in all sorts of directions and working really hard to make that happen, all the while doing your best to avoid slamming into the sciatic nerve. Then, after a good couple of hours of your myosin grabbing on to your actin and working up a good sweat, you get smashed into a car seat and can't get a good breath in for the 30-minute commute home. And, after all that, the only thing you want is to stretch out and loosen your grip on those bones, but you don't even get that luxury. You still have to keep things stable, hold everything in place, and try to not lose your temper. I would spasm, too, if I were you, Mr. Piriformis. The ability to be present with a muscle, and "feel" what it is feeling, isn't easy. Sometimes, though, that just means it's time to try something different. If we push ourselves out of our natural element for just a bit, we might experience new thoughts, refl ections, and perhaps a feelization. Doing a physical activity your client does, adapting a different food plan for a day, or possibly wearing a different pair of shoes (or even the proverbial different hat) may enlighten you with new context for what your client is experiencing. Tune out the usual noise and drop a little deeper into the present moment. Your clients' soft tissue has a lot to say. Allison Denney is a certifi ed massage therapist and certifi ed YouTuber. You can fi nd her massage tutorials at She is also passionate about creating products that are kind, simple, and productive for therapists to use in their practices. Her products, along with access to her blog and CE opportunities, can be found at SCAN AND WATCH "SCIATICA, TRIGGER POINTS & PIRIFORMIS SYNDROME: SOFT TISSUE MANIPULATION" 1. Open your camera 2. Scan the code 3. Tap on notification 4. Watch!

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