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Shoulder Horizontal Abduction Exercise

Today and tomorrow, we’re presenting two very important exercises for massage therapists. The first installment is a resisted shoulder horizontal abduction (or A-B-duction, as our students often carefully pronounce it) with the dynaband:
Start by holding your arms abducted to 90°, with one end of the band in each hand.

Denise demonstrating Resisted Shoulder Abduction, picture one.

With your elbows extended, horizontally abduct the shoulders along the transverse plane (ie, keeping your arms parallel to the ground, bring your arms out to your sides):

Denise demonstrating Resisted Shoulder Abduction, picture two.

Hold this position for at least 5-10 seconds, and do 15+ reps, or until fatigue. We recommend doing this one 3x/week.

The resisted shoulder horizontal abduction is great for RMTs, because it helps balance the strength in your shoulder complex by keeping posterior shoulder and upper back muscles strong.

Massage is a physical profession, and RMTs need to stay active to be at the top of their game. A good therapist will also be well-versed in exercises that will benefit their clients. Vicars students recieve training in remedial exercise, and our “remex” sessions incorporate exercises and stretches from many sports and athletic traditions. Practice along with us!

Each exercise is demonstrated by Denise Currie. In addition to being an RMT (and our Director!), Denise is a personal fitness trainer and highly regarded yoga practitioner who regularly trains other teachers.

In today’s video, Denise demonstrates another useful warm-up for RMTs and massage students:

 

By rapidly opening and closing your hands in this way, you’ll be ‘waking up’ the joints and tissues of the wrist and hand. Try this one in conjuction with Friday’s wrist shaking and Thursday’s hand stretches before you begin your day’s massages.

Massage is a physical profession, and RMTs need to stay active to be at the top of their game. A good therapist will also be well-versed in exercises that will benefit their clients. Vicars students recieve training in remedial exercise, and our “remex” sessions incorporate exercises and stretches from many sports and athletic traditions. Practice along with us!

Each exercise is demonstrated by Denise Currie. In addition to being an RMT (and our Director!), Denise is a personal fitness trainer and highly regarded yoga practitioner who regularly trains other teachers.

No, it’s not jazz hands! Today’s exercise is a wrist and hand warmup for massage therapists:

 

Try this one before you perform a massage. The loose shaking action lubricates the joint surfaces of the wrist and carpals. 

Massage is a physical profession, and RMTs need to stay active to be at the top of their game. A good therapist will also be well-versed in exercises that will benefit their clients. Vicars students recieve training in remedial exercise, and our “remex” sessions incorporate exercises and stretches from many sports and athletic traditions. Practice along with us!

Each exercise is demonstrated by Denise Currie. In addition to being an RMT (and our Director!), Denise is a personal fitness trainer and highly regarded yoga practitioner who regularly trains other teachers.

A woman demonstrates her palm being stretched

Sorry we’ve been derelict on the blog this week. To make it up to you, here’s three stretches at once! This trio is very useful for massage therapists. Your hands are your tools, and it’s important to take care of them!

This first one stretches your wrist extensors. With your arm outstretched, face your palm towards your body and gently press the back of your hand towards you.

Denise demonstrating hand and wrist stretch number one.

Next, take care of your wrist flexors. In the same position, face your palm away from you apply pressure until you feel a comfortable stretch. Don’t worry if you don’t have the same range as Denise here—find the pressure that feels good to you.

Denise demonstrating hand and wrist stretch number two.

Finally, try this nice palm stretch. Hold one hand loosely flat, and pull back on your fingers so that you feel the stretch in your palm and fingers rather than your wrist. This will help increase the extensibility of your palmar fascia.

Denise demonstrating the palmar stretch.

Try incorporating these three stretches into your routine before and between massages, and let us know how you feel!

Massage is a physical profession, and RMTs need to stay active to be at the top of their game. A good therapist will also be well-versed in exercises that will benefit their clients. Vicars students recieve training in remedial exercise, and our “remex” sessions incorporate exercises and stretches from many sports and athletic traditions. Practice along with us!

Each exercise is demonstrated by Denise Currie. In addition to being an RMT (and our Director!), Denise is a personal fitness trainer and highly regarded yoga practitioner who regularly trains other teachers.

Today’s exercise is a comfortable yoga squat with lots of benefits:

Denise demonstrating a yoga squat, known as the Goddess Pose.

Want to multitask while you’re texting? Not only is this squat a stable position for resting or getting some work done, it helps maintain full range of motion in the knees, ankles, and especially the hips.

Massage is a physical profession, and RMTs need to stay active to be at the top of their game. A good therapist will also be well-versed in exercises that will benefit their clients. Vicars students recieve training in remedial exercise, and our “remex” sessions incorporate exercises and stretches from many sports and athletic traditions. Practice along with us!

Each exercise is demonstrated by Denise Currie. In addition to being an RMT (and our Director!), Denise is a personal fitness trainer and highly regarded yoga practitioner who regularly trains other teachers.

Today’s exercise is a yoga pose called Uttanasana, or Standing Forward Bend:

Denise demonstrating Uttanasana, or Standing Forward Bend.

Like yesterday’s Seated Forward Bend, Uttanasana will open up your entire back line. But because it’s performed standing, it will also strengthen your legs and apply traction to your spine and spinal cord.

Massage is a physical profession, and RMTs need to stay active to be at the top of their game. A good therapist will also be well-versed in exercises that will benefit their clients. At Vicars, students spend a lot of time on remedial exercise, and our “remex” sessions incorporate exercises and stretches from many sports and athletic traditions. Practice along with us!

Each exercise is demonstrated by Denise Currie. In addition to being an RMT (and our Director!), Denise is a personal fitness trainer and highly regarded yoga practitioner who regularly trains other teachers.

Today’s exercise is a yoga pose called paschimottanasana, otherwise known as Seated Forward Bend:

 

Denise demonstrating Paschimottanasana, otherwise known as Seated Forward Bend.

This is a challenging but incredibly beneficial pose. It stretches your whole posterior chain—the back line of your body. Yogis believe that it balances the first, second, and third chakras, and can help with both digestion and concentration.

Massage is a physical profession, and RMTs need to stay active to be at the top of their game. A good therapist will also be well-versed in exercises that will benefit their clients. At Vicars, students spend a lot of time on remedial exercise, and our “remex” sessions incorporate exercises and stretches from many sports and athletic traditions. Practice along with us!

Each exercise is demonstrated by Denise Currie. In addition to being an RMT (and our Director!), Denise is a personal fitness trainer and highly regarded yoga practitioner who regularly trains other teachers. 

Today’s exercise is a yoga pose called Virabhadrasana II, or Warrior II:

Denise demonstrating Virabhadrasana II, or Warrior II

Warrior II is the ultimate confidence-builder. And in addition to making you feel that you can take on the world (as if you needed any other reasons to try this pose!), practicing it will help strengthen your arms, core, and pelvic floor. Yogis believe that it balances the root chakra.

Massage is a physical profession, and RMTs need to stay active to be at the top of their game. A good therapist will also be well-versed in exercises that will benefit their clients. At Vicars, students spend a lot of time on remedial exercise, and our “remex” sessions incorporate exercises and stretches from many sports and athletic traditions. Practice along with us!

Each exercise is demonstrated by Denise Currie. In addition to being an RMT (and our Director!), Denise is a personal fitness trainer and highly regarded yoga practitioner who regularly trains other teachers.

Today’s exercise is a yoga pose called Ardha Padmasana, or Half-Lotus.

Denise demonstrating the Ardha Padmasana, or Half-Lotus

Half lotus is the more accessible version of the famous Lotus pose, because it requires less range of motion in the knee, hip, and ankle. But you’ll enjoy the same benefits. This pose is a steady seat for meditation or concentration, and it helps align the spine and open up the hips.

Massage is a physical profession, and RMTs need to stay active to be at the top of their game. A good therapist will also be well-versed in exercises that will benefit their clients. At Vicars, students spend a lot of time on remedial exercise, and our “remex” sessions incorporate exercises and stretches from many sports and athletic traditions. Practice along with us!

Each exercise is demonstrated by Denise Currie. In addition to being an RMT (and our Director!), Denise is a personal fitness trainer and highly regarded yoga practitioner who regularly trains other teachers.