I was reading an article last month on gluteus massage and how many massage therapists are ignoring these important muscles. My brother, who is visiting this week, mentioned that during his last massage session his therapist included the gluts in his session and his reaction was that it felt awkward. In my practice I always include them, unless I am working with a client coming for a headache treatment for example, as I believe a massage wouldn't be complete without them.
Let's demystify the subject a little. There are three gluteal muscles - gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. These three muscles are part of the structure that holds the legs to the pelvis. We use them doing most of our every day movements. They are critical players in posture and gait. They stabilize the pelvis and spine, and creates powerful movements at the hip joint. When tight, they can bring back, hip and knee pain as well as poor balance and sometimes shooting pain down the leg.
Therapist shouldn't fear to address the gluteus. There is nothing inappropriate about massaging these powerful important muscles. The payoff is worth it and clients will often be surprised how much the release of the gluteal area brings a positive impact on their well being.
Myriam Desrosiers, LMT - Therapeutic Massage
Back Pain Relief, Headache Relief, Sport Massage, Relaxation, Thai Yoga Massage, Corporate Massage
Lafayette, CO 80026
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