As you know, I'm studying to be a massage therapist.
My family is being supportive in new and special ways. Golf Pro and I moved our guest room out of the guest room, and hauled the queen bed, box spring, mattress etc. upstairs to a room that used to be home only to the family computers and a sofa-bed. That room will, eventually, get put together so it can be used as a guest room.
We then moved one of the desks downstairs, where it occupies a very small part of the room we emptied. Whatever am I up to?
why creating a space where I can give massages without discommoding my whole family, that's what!
The massage table is now positioned diagonally, giving me plenty of room to work all the way around it. I pulled in a music making machine so that I can play what we call "massage music" while I work.
And I put a mini-poster on the wall. It's 3-D, and lets us see more clearly the way the muscles layer.
Of course, this poster is part of my new fascination with muscles. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that, haivng studied anatomy and physiology and pathology etc., I'd start wanting muscle posters on my walls. This fascination evidently means that I'm good at doing "specific" work in massage (or so my "clients" (volunteers who let me give them massages so I can learn how to do it better). I gave a massage to a Licensed Massage Therapist recently, who told me that she could tell that I really know the origins, insertions, and functions of the muscles I'm working on. How cool is that?
And I've suddenly become enchanted with a new muscle:
It's a busy muscle the Deltoid. Since it wraps all the way around the top of the humerus (upper arm bone), it's invovled in raising your arm in front of you, and to the side, and... behind you. It's also involved in rotating your upper arm, and crossing it in front of you. A busy muscle, and one I've been neglecting for some time. But Friday, while giving a massage, I rediscovered it. I'm not sure what it was about this client's shoulder, but I'm pretty sure I'll be giving fuller attention to that muscle from now on.