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C h e c k o u t A B M P 's l a t e s t n e w s a n d b l o g p o s t s . Av a i l a b l e a t w w w. a b m p . c o m . 83 MASSAGE POSTURE RECAP Twenty-fi ve years ago, if you had said I'd be working on my posture while doing massage, I would have laughed out loud. For one, I thought I was indestructible, and two, I thought massage was all about the client. What I didn't know was that the massage was also about me. If I'm hurt, I can't do massage. And if I'm in pain, I don't want to do massage. When I was forced to face the bad habits that were contributing to my potential massage-career demise, I discovered I could save my body by minding my massage posture. In addition, the more my massage posture improved, the easier it was for me to do my work. Here are four quick ways you can work on your posture during a massage: 1. Step into a Low-in-the-Saddle stance, lean into the table/client, and reset your back to neutral. 2. When you feel your posture slipping, breathe in, lift your rib cage up, and on the exhalation, allow your stomach and back to relax. 3. While leaning into the occiput with your knuckles, raise the other hand up and stretch. 4. Take a seat if your back is bothering you. While seated, lean from the waist and support your torso by resting your forearms on your legs or the table. If you take care of yourself, you can take care of your clients for a long time. Mark Liskey is a massage therapist of 24 years, teacher (www.themassageinstitute.net), and business owner (www.pressureperfectmassage.com). His blog at www.makethemostofmassage.com provides massage therapists with the extra knowledge and specifi c tools they need to succeed in massage. 1-800-364-5722 | www.IntegrativeHealthcare.org Integrative Healthcare Studies INSTITUTE FOR TM CE Hours SALE! 1 Cancer & Massage SAVE 20 % 1 Cupping for Massage Therapists SAVE 20 % 1 Diversity: Cultural Competence SAVE 20 % 2 Infectious Disease: Hepatitis SAVE 20 % 3 Introduction to Infant Massage SAVE 20 % 3 Research SAVE 20 % 4 Ethics of Diversity (Dalai Lama) SAVE 20 % 4 Stress Reduction Through Bodywork SAVE 20 % 5 Chronic Pain Management SAVE 20 % 6 Ayurvedic Massage Fundamentals SAVE 20 % 6 Ethics: From the Dalai Lama SAVE 20 % 6 Side Lying Massage SAVE 20 % 8 Successful Business Management SAVE 20 % 9 Aromatherapy: Mother and Baby SAVE 20 % 10 Trigger Point Therapy SAVE 20 % 12 Comfort Touch® SAVE 20 % 12 Deep Tissue Massage SAVE 20 % 12 Forearm Massage–Auth Method® SAVE 20 % 12 Psychology of the Body SAVE 20 % 13 Fascia: The Endless Web SAVE 20 % 13 Mastering Pregnancy Massage SAVE 20 % 16 Cranial-Sacral Fundamentals SAVE 20 % 17 Lymphatic Drainage Massage SAVE 20 % 17 Sports Massage SAVE 20 % 20 Myofascial Release SAVE 20 % 22 Healing Energy & Touch SAVE 20 % 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE USE CODE: MB1704 ENDS: 4/30/2017 *Free standard shipping within the 48 U.S. contiguous states. Cannot be combined with other offers. SAVE 20 % + Free Shipping * when you enroll in ANY of our 160+ home study massage CE courses! HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF OUR COURSES! Lucky Massage CE Savings! Choose from 160+ Home Study Massage CE Courses! 1-800-364-5722 www.IntegrativeHealthcare.org FREE SHIPPING!* SAVE 20 % +

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