News Update for the Spring!

Welcome to Spring everyone here is a quick update on the happenings at Tony Schwartz Bodywork. Feel free to print this out for reference later! 

April 2016

* Spring Special starts on the 1st! Save $30 on a package of three sessions available starting at 60 minutes and up. Please see the website for details or contact me directly. Packages will be good for one year from the date of purchase with no limit on the number of packages you can buy.

* Your body changes with the change in seasons so remember to listen to your body when it tells you something. Sleep when you are tired, eat when you are hungry, drink when you are thirsty. 

** If you like to run, bike, or climb don’t forget to book your session to coincide with your personal trainers or workout plans. Use some of your packages and schedule ahead of time to get ready to and then 30 minute “tune ups” for those times when you need me to “get something out”.

******* April is Tony’s birth month. Stay on Facebook and my other media platforms around the middle of the month for a very special offer. If you don’t see it your not going to get it! This ones worth it!

May 2016

  • I am always looking for Vets for the Hands for Heroes program so if you know someone who has served our nation I ask you to pass my information on. Please look for the Hands for Heroes logo on the homepage for more information. My goal in 2016 is to give 60 hours of table time and I am behind so please help me out! If you want to offer an hour to a vet please go to my website or call me so I can send out or get you a gift card for them.

* Allergies? I do sinus clearing in 30 minutes for $30 just contact me to request a session.

June 2016

* Many of the greatest events in MN happen starting in June. Look for posts on social media about special offers if you catch me around town.

July 2016

I will be off for the fourth of July weekend as usual. I will be posting on social media before to remind people. Please note that when I am out of town I don’t respond to session requests or nonemergency text messages as per family policy (worked for myself all of my adult life, can ya tell). 

August 2016

* My mother in-law and I will be coming to stay with us from late July through the middle of September so I will be taking time off (not every weekend for example) but she has never met me or been to the United States before so I will be posting days I will be away. I don’t take many days off a year but this year I will need a few more than normal. Please know I really love what I do so don’t be worried about finding time to come see me.

September 2016

  • My hope is to start training on some very advanced bodywork techniques and while I learn you will also get to see the results. My goal is to learn how to work more effectually and get you to where you want to me faster saving you time and money. Look for progress reports one social media! 
  • Istarted offering pre/post natal service packages in January so if you know anyone please pass that on to others.  

Reminders:

  • Ifyou want to know whats going on please use social media I have listed on my website or go on to the website and enter your e-mail into my blog direct e-mail directory. You will then get updates sent to your e-mail every time I blog and send out updates. 
  • I will take session requests through my website, by text, or voice call 8am - 8pm everyday. I don’t use booking software for several reasons, most importantly many lack good encryption that could compromise your personal information. Unless I am driving or in session I reply back the same day to any request.
  • Please feel free to pass my information on to others. I try and treat people the way I want to be treated. So if I do a good job for you please consider passing my information on.

* If you should want a suggestion for a personal trainer, acupuncturist, or other provider just let me know I might be able to point you towards someone.

Thank you to everyone and I will see you on the table,

 

Tony Schwartz

Reasons for Working the Quadriceps (front of the legs)

The quads are one part of the body i would consider one of the least attended to by massage therapists. Some clients have come to me after years of getting massages and are surprised the attention I give to their quadriceps. The quadriceps are largest group of muscles in the body which start at the front of the legs stretching down to the knees in charge of pulling out legs forward. Any massage therapist about a workers are told to do one of two things in school: One, being simply roll over the area using the standard Swedish stroke and ignore any final details in the tissue. Or two, to overdo it and simply take what should be at 10 to 7 minutes stop for the entire leg during a standard full body massage and totally focus on the area depriving the client of more work elsewhere. You will find that the pain and you're going to need to attend to focus as requested it or if you allow me to work in independent fashion or I find the need I will tend to check these areas on a regular basis.

 

Muscles as large as these require good massage and bodywork therapists to there take this and whether they develop and Haitians which is a simple way of saying on the muscles get stuck together. One large muscles like these kids took together a given performance reduced range of motion and cause unnecessary strain and pain to the major joints around them in this case more most heavily impacting the knees and hips. Another way of looking at it for those of you who are runners are weightlifters is when the quadriceps start to stick to the I. T. band. If any of you have ever used a phone call or to release the pressure on your IT band incredibly painful it is and how time-consuming it can be to replace this area. 

 

This is one of the major reasons why I have decided to move into vacuum therapy instead of traditional stretching and athletic training specialties. Back in therapy along with me to work inside the quadriceps to release muscles that are stuck together and also more effective and releasing the IT band from the quadriceps taking pressure of the knees and hips and using a foam roller alone. Another bright spot in this case is that unlike foam rollers using back in therapy classes very little pain or discomfort as a matter fact it feels quite good. 

 

Do any of you recognize the feeling of pain in the knees or take this in the pelvis or even difficult to get a chair the skit on the indications of tightness in the quadriceps and IT band. So if any of you were having problems in any of those weekends consider bringing it up during the start of your next session. Whether you see me or another professional it is worth your time to ask him to take a better look at the tissue to make sure it's functioning in performing at its best. I actually build some of my earliest clientele during the spring months for those who were athletes running marathons. Right around April Fools' Day I would start getting calls from my marathoners these people were making the transition from exercising on the treadmill indoors to running outside on pavement or on gravel. I would begin by asking them to show up for an initial seasonal assessment of their bodies range of motion and strength. After that the athletic conditioning would begin in a calendar rotation going all the way up until their first series of events so their massages would be spread out over the course of a period of time and each session would have a specific goal in mind and benchmarks for improvement going up to the start of the event season. 

Also correct people to schedule a session right before the race and within two days after he races complete this would give me time to monitor areas like the knees hips and IT bands because the quadriceps or such an important part of the runners ability to take pressure off of other parts of the body like the low back and ankles with goal being to “share” impact in more areas of the body then to continuously cause irritation points in the body causing pain and perhaps future degeneration of major joints.

I hope that this hasn't spread the topic out to widely for you but simply giving you a starting point to ask questions or find yourself some of what was covered in this post. If you have questions about your specific case I would suggest contacting me on Snapchat or through email and if there is time perhaps even a short telephone consultation that doesn't matter if you're right here in Minneapolis Minnesota or across the world.

Legal Disclaimer: Due to the litigious nature of many people I am forced to issue this statement: Any information contained within blogs, websites, postings, or news articles suggestions which I make to be open for interpretation that if you believe it may fit a concern or medical problem you may be having or suspect that you may have that you discuss it with your qualified healthcare practitioner including your physician. I do not take responsibility in any way for any content provided to you that you choose to act on without talking to a medical doctor or other qualified medical practitioner with legal standing of authority. You are free to act on any information from any source that you choose of which the consequences are your responsibility.

Tennis Ball

Throughout my career in massage therapy and bodywork I have gotten questions about “at home care” devices in general terms and for particular conditions. I think like anything else people in general, should trust their instincts but consulting a professional (or even a number of them) is always a good idea (just like every other profession there are a few good ones and a lot of bad ones). One product, the tennis ball by a wide margin one that I get a lot of questions about so I thought it might be a good idea to share some general insight. 

 

To help loosen sore spots in the arms, shoulders, and legs this device makes some sense to use: 1. A tennis ball can create push back with as much force as is generally used by a massage therapist if they were going to work on many areas of the body with. 2. Tennis balls cannot create a sharp edge unlike other object people try to “push” into a painful spot. 3. Tennis balls are cheap and easy to find. 4. While traveling they are small, compact, and are TSA ok! There is one drawback…your pets may try to make them into one of their toys.  

 

By the time most people have brought up using them on themselves they already have tried several times before they ask if they are doing it right. So instead of saying please don’t I will say here are a few general principals you can you to decide where it is ok to use the tennis balls for tight spots: 

 

When working the back:

  1. Do not lay on top of them. Instead, bend at the knee with your feet should width apart and lean back into a wall with the tennis ball placed in the area of pain.
  2. The key to releasing anything is time. Hum your favorite song at least twice before moving on UNLESS the pain level increases or a sharp pain results.
  3. If you have any spinal curvatures ask your chiropractor first to prevent disc dislocation
  4. If you have weak bones don’t try please
  5. Never place a ball directly over the spine 

 

 When Working the Shoulders: 

  1. Don’t jam a ball into the side of your neck
  2. If you start to feel pain or numbing in the hands or arms when you place a ball in your Deltoid you are most likely pushing on a nerve or blood vessel so stop it.
  3. If you want to move the ball around slowly just bend down lower or stand more upright against the wall the ball will move (this is useful around your shoulder blades).

 

When Working the Hips:

This can feel good after sitting for extend periods of time so travelers pay special attention!

  1. Stand perpendicular to the wall and rest tennis ball along the edge of your hip socket and gently lean in ( if this is not physically possible you can place the ball in a door jam and the frame of the doorway). This can release pressure on the hips which when tight can make it harder to walk or to get up from sitting down. 
  2. For some sciatic nerve pains you can place a ball in the middle of the gluts on each side of the spine to prevent pain and numbing in the legs. 
  3. If the pain is in the small of your back try finding the top of your hip and placing the ball near the spine on each side but not over it (again ask a chiropractor before doing if its ok for you).

 

When working just above the knee and the bottoms of your feet:

  1. Some people love working on their I.T. bands but hate using foam rollers because of the pain. You can work them by again going into a door jam and placing the ball anywhere along the I.T. Band. 
  2. For those dealing with plantar fasciitis sometimes the rolling the foot over the bottom of the feet can feel very good. There are many remedies for working with the condition this is not a full proof plan but it can help most people deal with the pain.

 

Finally, I deal in the reality of your health not my exceptions so please if you are unsure ask a medical practitioner you trust to help you decide if a form of at home therapy is right for you or not. But like I said: most people don’t ask unless they have already tried it so I don’t talk down or preach to anyone…rather you ask and be honest then to hurt yourself and regret it.

 

Happy tennis balls to you and to you happy … well if you know the melody you know why I don’t write it… 

 

Legal Disclaimer: Due to the litigious nature of many people I am forced to issue this statement: Any information contained within blogs, websites, postings, or news articles suggestions which I make to be open for interpretation that if you believe it may fit a concern or medical problem you may be having or suspect that you may have that you discuss it with your qualified healthcare practitioner including your physician. I do not take responsibility in any way for any content provided to you that you choose to act on without talking to a medical doctor or other qualified medical practitioner with legal standing of authority. You are free to act on any information from any source that you choose of which the consequences are your responsibility.