Would you like to know some massage therapist secrets for pain relief? I thought so! Knowing where some common trigger points are can be super-helpful. There are hundreds of trigger points in your body and when these trigger points have direct and steady pressure applied you can find relief in the muscle, as well as in the referred pain areas. As a massage therapist I use a golf ball to do this!

I LOVE to help my clients feel better, and some of my techniques can be performed at home by my clients on themselves and their partner. Why am I revealing these secrets to you? Because, frankly, if you have a tight muscles and it’s 11:00 at night, odds are your massage therapist will be sleeping and can’t help you.

Just so you know, pushing on a trigger point can be a little painful, or you may get some twitching in that muscle.

The trigger point chart shown here are just a few of my favs. It shows the trigger points (indicated with a golf ball) as well as their referred pain areas (shown in the green). If you have pain in the green area, push and massage the area where the golf ball is.

Now relaxing your muscles knots doesn’t happen overnight! I’m guessing it took some time to get there in the first place, right? Even if your muscles loosen up a bit they can go back to contracting again. Muscles have memory. This is why massage therapists want you to come back to see them more often at first until your muscles can be “trained” to be relaxed, simply put.

There are many other areas on your body to massage that feels good but don’t forget to work on your partner! This can make them really happy, which in turn, can make YOUR life less stressful! And, they might return the favor! It’s a win-win!

Enjoy!

Heather Karr, LMT

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