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|Lumen Master Muscle
An excellent resource for massage therapists. Contains complete and apparently accurate summary information on every muscle in the human body, providing origin, insertion, action, and innervation information, together with a clear drawing. Muscles can be located by selecting from several major muscle regions or with your browser's "find" search engine from a master list.
This is a part of a larger Structure of the Human Body Web site at Loyola University, Chicago.
|Roots & Wings - Articles about Massage & Bodywork
A good collection of general articles about various aspects of massage, made available by a company that offers massage products.
Includes: What is Massage? (frequently asked questions from the alt.backrubs newsgroup); Ten Principles of a Great Massage; What is On-Site Seated Massage? Massage for the Childbearing Year; Is Massage a Luxury? The Body-Mind Connection; TRAGER(R) WORK: Essentially A Feeling State; Massage - Awakening the Whole Person.
Provides three feature articles from past issues for on-line reading: 1) Facilitating Inner Peace, The Tao Te Ching and the Principle of Receptivity by Dan Menkin, 2) Clinical Aromatherapy, by Peter Holmes, and 3) Reflexology, by Carol K. Long. There is also an on-line order form for back issues.
Massage is a magazine for massage therapists and there is a lot of shop-talk--perhaps too much for some lay people to find enjoyable. These articles are focused more on ways that massage therapists can improve or develop their businesses than on information of interest to the amateur or the client.
|An Illustrated Guide
to Muscles & Medical Massage Therapy for Pain Relief and Posture Alignment in
Children, Teens & Adults
Presented by "OrthoDoc," James H. Clay, of Winston-Salem, NC
Features a number of pages especially designed for children. There's a simple diagram of how actin and myosin work to cause muscle contractions that is nonetheless entertaining and of interest to the layman who would not care, for example, that the role of calcium has been omitted.
There are also some very practical articles on knee pain, carpal tunnel syndrome (with an excellent illustration), possible causes of pelvic pain, and lower back pain of interest to practitioners. Clay believes there are no such maladies as tendinitis or bursitis because he finds he can always resolve the problems associated with these conditions with massage, indicating that they are not really "inflammations."
The muscle charts on his page are not completed yet, but for the ones that are, the use of human models (on which muscles are drawn) relates muscles to the specific problems encountered by the massage therapist a bit better than the Loyola charts (although the Loyola charts are still more accurate for theoretical study.)