Self-Massage for Healing
the piriformis. The yellow thing running under it is the sciatic nerve. The piriformis
This woman wanted to get massaged more regularly than she did but she was older
and on a fixed income. She couldn't afford to get any more massages in a month
than she already did. She said that felt better for a few days after her massage, but
by the end of the week her pain would start to come back.
One day after her massage session, I taught her some simple self-massage
techniques to help her lower back. One was a way to do positional release on her
piriformis by laying on the floor and letting a chair support her bent leg. To be
honest, at the time I still didn't have very much experience as a therapist and what I
told her I kind of made up. It was based on my knowledge about muscles and
massage techniques, but it wasn't a self-massage technique I had learned anywhere.
When she returned for her massage session a few weeks later, she was delighted.
She told me that she'd done the things I'd suggested and that her low back pain
hadn't returned. I was pleasantly surprised.
After that incident, I started experimenting with self-massage and teaching my
clients the things I learned. The more results I saw, the more encouraged I was to
keep learning and sharing my knowledge with others.
I think massage is a great way to facilitate healing. I also think that we need to take
responsibility for our health. Getting to know your body and how it works is part of
that responsibility. When you are aware of your body and taking an active role in
your healing, you'll heal faster and be healthier in general.
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