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Massage Away; Headaches

teacher avatar Chad Bednar, Massage Away

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6 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Massage Away Introduction

    • 2. Tools Of The Trade

    • 3. Overview And Upper Back For Headache

    • 4. Sides Of The Neck For Headache

    • 5. Back Of The Head For Headache

    • 6. Epilogue Headache

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About This Class

Does someone you care for suffer from headaches? Do you see them unable to enjoy themselves, let alone concentrate, because of the pain and sensitivity that headaches bring?  Are you concerned with the pills they take, or how often they take them?

Now you can help them get through it using your own hands. This class will show you how a Massage Therapist would help out their client, coupled with basic techniques that anybody can learn and use.

This class will give you the confidence to take an active role in giving your loved one the relief they deserve.

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Chad Bednar

Massage Away


I'm a published author of two novels, a handyman who learned under an incredible craftsman, and I'm a Massage Therapist with fifteen years experience.

I've coupled my certificates of mastery in both Anatomy and Physiology with my experience to develop different techniques to help my clients move beyond their pain and limitations.

For these classes, I've modified what I've learned to include basic hand moves in all the treatments.

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1. Massage Away Introduction: right, I'm Chad Bednar. Welcome to massage away. I've been a massage therapist for 14 years of certificates of mastery in both anatomy and physiology, and I graduated from one of the top schools in the nation of time. In all the years that I've been working, I've lost count of how many times I've had clients say to me, Oh, that's where the pain is coming from or my husband really wants to help, but just can't do it quite right. And my personal favorite, you didn't have a slot open. This week's I've been like this for nine days, so I start developing this series of videos with the novice in mind. It's not my goal to train the next generation of massage therapist. What I want to do is help people get through their pain without having to resort popping pills. We're living like this. What I did is I took the most common issues that people come to me with and paired them up with the most basic of techniques in an effort to try to remove the pain, removed attention and give them the time that they need so they can meet with a licensed massage therapist, a dr, some other expert 2. Tools Of The Trade: Now, before we start getting into the techniques, we need to talk about some tools of the trade, like, Where am I gonna do this massage? My first recommendation would be a regular kitchen table. Sounds a little goofy when you could work all the way around your partner. It's sturdy usually, and what you padded up with some couch cushions or some blankets. It's actually a pretty decent working height Now. If it doesn't work for you, the sizes is wrong. Or if it's a little rickety, I recommend using the floor. Give up all that work height, but you're still able to work around your partner, and you can cushion up as much as you want, and you can work anywhere that you want. Third place would probably be the couch. Now you should probably be able to see the pros and cons of that by now. You cannot work around your partner, but when you're spending time with them and they look over you like this, there is a lot to be said about working out somebody when they need it most, and I should also mention the bed Now, at first glance, that bed seems to be the perfect place to work, but there's a fundamental problem with it that I'll mention later. But I would highly recommend you not even think about working on sheets. You're gonna need sheets, at least two of them, unless you like the idea of oil getting applied directly to your couch. Here, rug darker is better. Heavier is better. Besides, reduces body temperature and anything you can do to keep your partner comfortable is gonna be greatly appreciated. In fact, no change in the tissues could be made if the tissues air cold. So you might want to keep one of these nearby and throw it on your partner as it's needed towels. And as you can see, we're very eclectic around here. You want to keep some of these washcloths nearby. I used them mostly as landmarks in the videos places you should and should not massage. His hand towels are very important. Fold it up like that, your cushioning. They could give your partner a little bit extra padding. I also use them in some of the techniques rolled up, so she keep three or four from nearby. Now you don't have to get fancy with the massage oil. Here's what I use when I'm running low, a little bit of hand cream, a little bit of baby oil about 50 50 now. This doesn't look like much, but it's slick enough that you're able to do plenty of movements and get the tissues nice and warmed up. And by the time the hand cream is absorbed into the skin, you're left with a little bit of oil. That gives you just enough slickness, but just enough traction that you could make a difference in the tissues. One word of advice. If you are forced to work with only the oil or only the hand cream, a little oil goes a long way. Won't get absorbed. Hand cream. You might as well figure that you're going to be replenishing it all the time now. Hot packs. This is where the hand towels really start to earn their keep. You take one towel and you fold it so that it's even about the same thickness all the way across. You wet it. You're ringing out most of the way. You put it into a gallon sized bag. Is it blocked? Closing most of the way and you microwave it. Just don't microwave it so long. Plastic. When it's done, take another towel. Push out the air rest of the way, zipped up and you've got yourself a hot pack. It'll last about 15 20 minutes. It's cheap, it's convenient, and it really comes in handy if your partner is either dehydrated has a whole bunch of bindings that needs to. And finally, the best tool you can bring to a massage is this. You have to be at the mindset that you are there to help this person on the table. You can't be distracted while you're working. Can't be watching the game. You can't even be watching a rerun of a sitcom while you're giving a massage. Can't be hurrying because you need to cut the grass or because of movies starting. And you can't be hurrying because you're expecting something good at the end. In case you're wondering. That's why I recommend you don't work. You have to be at a time in a place that you're not likely to be disturbed because even if you watch all these videos, you're not gonna have the kind of experience that a brand new massage there be graduate is just coming out the door, so you have to be mindful of your party. You have to be observant of everything that they're saying and everything they're doing, and I'll help you out with the queues along the way. 3. Overview And Upper Back For Headache: Welcome back. Now we're going to be working on relieving headaches. Our goal is gonna be right up in here, the sub occipital. So we're going to start in the upper back. Why? Well, there's no sense in relieving the issues up in here. If you've got so much tension that it's going to set it off again another four hours, my as well have taken aspirin anyway, So we're going to work on three or four muscles in the upper back. We're going to work on the elevator scapula and we'll finish up with the cellblock. Cipel's. That's the first thing we're going to need is a workplace. Just pick a spot mid back, lower back somewhere in there, pin it down with your fingers. And Andre, there's your working space Now. Brenda has a lot of hair. We'll be working in that lower part of the skull. I don't want to get in the way. Normally, I use the hand towels, but this was convenient. We're gonna be working on an area between the scapula, the shoulder blades, you know that? Is that the wing and the spine? Both sides. So you're gonna wanna feel where that edge of the scapula is use your fingers, your thumbs. If you're not sure, Talk to your partner. She's right there. They'll be able to tell you if you're on the bone or not. You do not want to work on the boat here, to the spine. If you look, I'm not even I'm not even using my fingertips on top of the spine. Just on either side. Gently go back and forth down. So you have a good idea where the spine iss scapula is? I'm here to here. This is your work area. If you want. Have a wash cloth right on the edge there. Keep it as a barrier so you don't go now. A spine middle Siris of bumps Do not run along these bumps with pressure. I'm not even doing it in my fingertips. I'm doing it on either side of the bumps. You want to get an idea of how that will feel. Just take your knuckle driving right in the middle of your chest right here now. Anyway, you've got your area. Got your idea? You have your communication with your partner. So you pick a spot, Trump, pick a spot. Your partner says it hurts. You put the base of your palm right in there and you rock. This probably will feel really goofy. First, couple times people, when they give their first massage, when they haven't been given any guidance of using their thumbs, they'll be using their arms. And this only last for 15 minutes before you're going. I think I'm done on. Just move around, back and forth in there. You're gonna wanna put your palm right in the middle of it. Just the bottom right there and then stack your hands. Just rock loosens up the tissue. It warms it up. Breaks apart those muscle fibers that air, causing that muscle to be tight. Right now we're targeting. Spin a tous in the long justice and to a certain extent, traps. Three. Keep checking in with your partner. You keep moving and you take your time again. Feel where the issues are. You make sure you stay away from the bone and you concentrate on those areas, then feels tight. I generally use like £3 maybe £5 and there's an ultra secret way to find out if you're using enough pressure. How's that feel? Great. If you're using too much pressure, don't tell you and want to use more pressure once this area feels softer. We've been working on it for, say, 20 minutes. And when I say this when I say this area I mean both sides of the back. You ready to move to the next section? We're gonna be using the life. Find those areas again. Make sure you know darn well where the edge of the bones I trust you're gonna be working for. Brenda brought this case. We're gonna be using hand cream of her choice. Now, if you're using baby oil like I showed you before, it's about 50 50 portion. Apply it to her. Hold back and then you start the length of the muscle. Keep track where those bones are. Here's your working area again, specifically right here. You can apply most of your working area right here. You can even keep your thumb off that you want. You just keep working. It's relaxing. It stretches out the muscle fibers we were talking about before about the bundles of noodles. This helps get rid of those that you've done this for 15 minutes. Say there's a technique that I like to use you're gonna want to do. Once again, these areas of your hand set them up in that trough. Sure you're within those bones. I want a press stretch. Muscles. You're moving apart. Muscle fibers. Keeping them nice and warm. And you're stretching. This is incredibly effective. But you got to do the other stuff before you get to this. This is a technique. You're probably going to see a lot when I'm working around the back again. 15 minutes, 20 minutes. 10 minutes. Just make sure you get some time in here for this and be ready to work on the neck. 4. Sides Of The Neck For Headache: Okay, now the elevator scapula. This is where it starts getting really interested, The elevator scapula. I'm more surprised when somebody comes to me and they don't have a problem with elevator. It's a very small muscle, about the size of your ring and little fingers combined. It starts at the top of the scapula, and it goes into your neck where my fingers are. It's a very small muscle, like I said, and it passes under. It's very large muscle called traps one. So the only way to work on it is to work through the traps. One. Now. I wanted to include this in at least this video Siri's, because it can be instrumental towards problems that you're having what you're gonna want to do. It's fine the top of a scab and find the edge. So much problems, it's it's important this muscle hikes the shoulders up. It elevates the scapula. Hence the name will later scalp. And since that's what the vast majority of people do when they get stressed out, it has a tendency to absorb stress like a sponge. So once you've got where it ISS, you're gonna be doing a movement with your hand. Kind of like this. I want to take the edge of your hand. You can be working that shoulder applying pressure in three different directions. Underside right on down. Find where that corner is. You work, work on the bone. Just off. Vast majority of the time. Your partner is gonna feel like a 1,000,000 bucks, right? You can even do this from a different position if you're lying. If you're partner is lying on the ground, you haven't got the leverage to do it like that. Reach across their back and use your fingertips and your body weight, and your partner will be able to zero in on exactly where the problem is And if you'll notice no thumbs seated movies all the time. People are using their thumbs when they say they're giving somebody a massage and they say their misuse Doing it this way. 15 minutes doing it this way. You could help your partner out for an hour if they need it. You'll also find if somebody has a tight elevator, it can cause issues all over the body. Practically. I've worked on people that have had risk problems, elbow problems, shoulder problems, pain going down to mid back. I pain here. Pain, tooth pain, general job pain. There's more. All because there's tensions in the elevator and it's causing issues all over the torso. This is a very important muscle to spend some time now for this next section, Brendan needs to turn over. So this is an excellent chance for me to show you how to help your partner. Turnover. It doesn't matter if the person on the table has been your life partner, your spouse, somebody that you've known all of your life. The whole point of this exercise is to be professional about what you're doing to make them feel comfortable, and so it's not distract you. So what you're going to do is I'm going to show you just in just a second. But first I'll explain your going to press your legs up against the sheet. You're going to reach across and hold up the sheet, giving them a little bit of space for them to turn and not catch themselves up in sheets as they go. So I'll show you how that goes. All you do is you trapped the sheep between your legs and the table and then you just reach across. Okay? Just the sheet and you're done. All right. This part of HLA Vader can be very tender. So that's why I had your partner turnover. So you had better access to it, so you can actually see what you're doing. It's just a better position for you. Mostly you're gonna be working on. You already worked on it back here, but it's coming up the neck and just below the middle line while we're here. See this? The vein right here. Don't rub it. If it has a pulse, don't try to work. Perfect. Ruled Plum for the entire time. Now what you're gonna want to do to get that elevator to stick up, cup your partner's head, both your hands, move their head towards that shoulder secure. You have more control on with your hand. It's on the same side and then move it towards the opposite side. That way. Yeah. Good position. You have full access to the neck and you can move their head with just one hand as much as you need. And the elevator isn't stick right up. You can see it disappeared down into here. Come right up. into the neck. Now I can't imagine this enough. This area can be very tender, so you have to communicate with your partner all the time. How does this feel? How does this feel? How does this I'm going to use just your fingertips apply just a little bit of pressure. How does that feel? It feels right. Do you want a little bit more pressure? That's good pressure. That's perfect. That's exactly what we need to know. You don't press it. It's not gonna go away faster if you press it harder. You're giving your partner a nice little stretch here. You're encouraging the muscle to relax. Consoled a way down the length of the muscle, communicating with them the whole time. Every time you change position with your hands, how does that feel? Is that too much? Let me know if it's too much. If they cringe. Stop. Stop what you're doing. You could work the length of the muscle and you can work in little circles. And I know I'm already sounding like a broken record right here, but this could be very tender. So you do not want to push hard. Do not want to go fast, 10 minutes, 15 minutes. If it's effective, 20 minutes, take your time. Like I said before, the elevator can be the Cotter pin all kinds of issues. A lot of times, relieving this muscle can relieve the whole problem. 5. Back Of The Head For Headache: now for the last muscles at the base of the skull, called the sub occipital muscles. It's been shown that there is a direct correlation between the tension right here and migrates. I found that clients to come to me for headache relief if they're not migrates. Working on these muscles usually if not completely erases the headache at least alleviates it enough that they can make it through the rest of the week. But there's a catch. We've been working on the back. We've been working on the neck because if these muscles air tight, sub occipital have to work harder, so that's it. Those are kind of like fine tuning when you look at something that isn't quite on the horizon or if you're adjusting yourself, these muscles work unconsciously, shifting your head slightly, very small. They're very delicate, so when you work on them, you can't even use the kind of pressure that you were using on the upper back. You can't go in there and make the changes done. Can't use £3 of pressure. Maybe use a pound. Here's how you do it. You're gonna want a cup the back of the head. You'll feel it. It goes from hard from the skull to the very bottom. It will suddenly turn off. It's like it suddenly turned soft. It's like, uh, dropping off of the curb and you're into the soft tissue down here. Also, you'll feel a knob, a little bump at the top of the spine. That enough cut down a little bit further and you've got the sub occipital muscles. You really can't miss him that way. I want you to put your hands your arms, Kimbo, to your body like that So you're not in any way using the weight of your body. I want to be out here, and you want us press lightly using just the strength of your forearm. Keep your fingers at full length so you don't even have that leverage and moving very small circles. Very small movements all you're really doing. You're using just enough pressure to move this skin on top of the muscle, just moving it back and forth and around and giving them muscles a chance to relax and work themselves out. Work on this for at most 15 minutes, probably less. You keep talking to your partner, making sure the pressure is okay, making sure that they're comfortable. I'll tell you, if you're if you're applying too much pressure, and that's really all you have to know about this section. 6. Epilogue Headache: thank you for joining me for massage away. The greatest asset that you have is the relationship that you have with your partner. You still have to listen to what they're saying. You have to pay attention to what they're doing and how they're reacting to the movements that you give them on the table. Massage therapists getting experience with many hours they put behind the table. You make up for your lack of experience by just taking your time and checking in with your partner. Now, if you're ever at a time and in a place when you see your partner is having trouble and you just can't get to them, here's a couple of stretches that your partner could do just to make it through the rest of the day. This stretch really focuses on the elevator scapula. What you're gonna want to do is isolate the shoulder. You do that by sitting on the back of your hand. Sounds screwy, but it really works now that your shoulder isn't gonna go anywhere, you can use your other arm. Gently, gently start pulling on your head. You can find the combination that gives you the best stretch looking up your leaning your head forward. You're back turning towards your shoulder. There's all kinds of different directions to find what is tight. You take it right to where it's a little bit uncomfortable and you just let it ease in. I haven't done this in a while. You'll find it's very effective. Um, no.