Good Morning Ted and Jody:
Juli was back on Sunday, so I got a great massage and caught up on her life. She went to massage continuing education two weeks prior and was on duty at the nursing home the week before. Indeed, she is on call all the time at the nursing home. It is amazing what kind of trouble people our age and older can get into. Ted, we have a lot of ‘how to get into trouble learning’ to do before we can get admitted to a nursing home.
Her continuing education involved learning to use blades (my term). The first photo shows the blade in the box. The second shows the heavy one out. There are two sizes of blades. The smaller one (black in the box) is used in a gentle movement across the skin sensitizing the nerves near the surface. The second is used in place of hot lava rocks in a scraping action which goes deep. All in all not an unpleasant experience, but different. The proof is in the aftermath—I felt better.
The week before, I went to a new masseuse. This woman is certified to use tuning forks. I have no idea what the rubber mallet is used for, perhaps striking the forks against to start them vibrating? I did not have her use them on me, but she did a brief demonstration. The fork is set to vibrating and placed in spots on the body. The vibrations go deep in to the tissue without the pressure of a deep tissue massage. Then the area is rubbed much like a Swedish massage. Nancy signed up and had her use the tuning forks on her. She used my words for describing it “It is different.”
While we are on the topic of massage devices, my acupuncturist uses a Chinese soup spoon as part of massaging patients prior to inserting the pins. The forth attached photo shows the spoon. The spoon is used to scrape with some pressure. It is similar to Juli’s blades, but used with much shorter strokes and with more vigor. I actually enjoy that part of my visit to the acupuncturist.
The first week Juli was gone I visited Kimberly, the woman Juli uses and whom we both think is the best in the area. She is, however, harder to get an appointment with then seeing the President. Kimberly uses hot and cold lava rocks (I did not think to get a photo). Most masseuses I have been to use lava rocks, but only hot ones. The hot and cold contrast is both startling and effective.
I hadn’t thought to contrast massage tools until I got a comment from fragglerocking who use to be a sports masseuse mentioning change in the “industry.” Apparently all she had to use when she was in practice were her hands, elbows and forearms.
Warmest regards, Ed