Posted by Kristi Ogden
8312 Lake Murray Blvd, Suite H
Understanding what makes a great massage – Kristi’s neck massage
Kristi demonstrating neck massage techniques
8312 Lake Murray Blvd, Suite H
San Diego, CA 92119-3435
>>Kristi: Hi, I am Kristi, and today we’re going to be doing a little segment on neck work. This is a very price and detailed technique. It works on the ligaments. It helps release thoracic outlet syndrome which can be in your neck, shoulder, and even down your back. If you’ve had chronic pain or even new issues such as whiplash from a car accident or a sporting event, this is a great technique to have. So this work is going to be doing on the neck. We’re going to be working the muscles, tendons, and the ligaments that attach to the base of the skull and then alongside the side of the neck. This work is going to be focused actually on the ligaments, and ligaments are the tissues that connect bone to bone. So we first, we’re going to start off at the base of the skull and do cross friction as well as same direction friction. The depth of this work needs to be annoying but never beyond annoying. So I am going to be checking in and making sure that the depth and pressure are okay. Does this feel annoying? Or do you want me to go deeper? >>Woman: It feels good. >>Kristi: Okay, so as we do this work, a lot are going to feel referrals. When we work the base, the referral might be up to the ear, the jaw, and even in the face. I moved down to the top of the neck, and the referrals moved down, so here we might feel referrals at the top of the shoulder and even the top of the arm. Moving down into the mid-neck area, the referrals move down. So here you can actually feel it in the back of your shoulder—your shoulder blade, even all the way down your back. Further down the neck it goes even further, so down your arm, down your back. It can release a lot of issues that have been chronic. It can release a lot of issues that are new. This is very effective, very precise, and very detailed work. So we’re going to be working the muscles that run alongside the neck to relax them, and then we’re going to get very detailed and precise as we move into the side of the neck where each one of the vertebrae are, and I am going in between the vertebrae, working on those ligaments to release any old injuries, scars, adhesions, for example, like whiplash. This can also be very effective used when you’ve had a new issue occur if you’ve recently had some neck pain or even in a car accident. This is great to relieve chronic stress and pain. So a lot of times a client asks how often they should come back to have this work repeated. Depending on your situation, how chronic this is, or even how fresh an injury might be, you may come back once a week or once every two weeks. This session will take about 15 minutes. We usually combine it with a neck, shoulder, back session to release the muscles that go along with it. If you can come back more frequently, like a half an hour once or twice a week, if you’ve got a fresh or chronic issue, and then we extend that interval to maybe once a week, once every two weeks, once a month, whatever your body can tell when it needs the work.