BLOG: Anatomy for Touch

Skin: the First Millimeters of Every Massage massage skin Dec 31, 2023

Skin is the first thing we touch in every massage even if our intentions and pressure run deeper. Though skin is a mere 1-3mm thick in most areas, it is the largest organ in the human body and accounts for a full 15% of our body weight. Richly supplied with lymph and blood networks, it...

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Q&A: Embalmed or Unembalmed Tissue. What's the difference? dissection Dec 22, 2023

Coming to a dissection lab is not your everyday experience. And it can be a big investment of time and money. Not surprisingly, we get a lot of questions about what it's like. Here's one of the questions we get a lot:

QUESTION: Do your labs use embalmed tissue? ANSWER: No.

In many...

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Why Massage Therapists are Heading to the Dissection Lab Dec 16, 2023

Why are so many massage therapists heading to the dissection lab? The NY Times had the same question.

In a new article out this week, Danielle Friedman of The NY Times headed to the dissection lab with massage therapists and yoga teachers. What did she learn?

The same thing that we learn at...

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Will the Real Fascia Please Stand Up? fascia fascial system Nov 30, 2023

Can you guess which one of these is the REAL Fascia? They've both been labeled fascia, yet are quite different from each other.

They not only LOOK different, but they FEEL different under our hands, FUNCTION differently in the body and RESPOND differently to touch and loading.

What gives? Well,...

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Anatomy of Scar Tissue abmp fascia scartissue Oct 31, 2023

 Visible scars start at the surface, but what we see on the skin may just be the tip of the iceberg. Scars can run deep, affecting multiple tissues at once, influencing their texture, function, and relationship with each other. Scar tissue feels different under our hands. Often more fibrotic...

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Rectus Sheath: Your Fascia's got your Front Aug 31, 2023

 When you first studied the musculo-skeletal system, you probably learned that most  muscles create movement through contraction that pulls on their tendons, which then transmits force to the bones. But what happens in regions like our anterior abdomen where there are no bony...

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Trapezius: Untrapping your Traps abmp fascia May 31, 2023

The trapezius is the broad, superficial, paired muscle of the upper back and a long-time favorite in bodywork. Our clients' frequent request for focus on the upper back and shoulders comes as a result of the daily hit their traps take – whether from their desk jobs and driving their cars or...

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The Plantar Foot from Surface to Deep abmp fascia fat skin Mar 31, 2023

 The soles of our feet are under a lot of stress — mechanical stress, that is. Consider how much we rely on our plantar foot to quietly manage some pretty impactful tasks, from bearing our body weight as we stand at the massage table to absorbing impact as we walk, run, or jump. Our...

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Fascia Lata: Home of the IT band fascia Feb 01, 2023

Anatomical drawings and dissection images often depict the IT Band as a two-dimensional "strap" on the lateral thigh, leaving us with an incomplete picture that doesn't exactly match what we feel beneath our hands. Broadening our understanding to include a three-dimensional view of the deep...

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The Ligament You’ve Probably Never Heard Of abmp fascia skin ligaments superficial fascia Dec 07, 2022

The Cutest Little Ligaments

Between the skin-we-touch and the muscles-we-palpate, lies a whole world of tissue and activity that is often under-addressed in our anatomy books, including one extraordinary structure we massage every day called the skin ligaments(Latin: retinacula cutis). They are...

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