Core Massage and Bodywork for Men: Pelvis, Hips, Thighs, Low Back and Abdomen

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"The work in the groin, pelvic floor, and lower abdomen are areas other massage therapists usually stay away from, and you work all these specific muscles."

Jay M.

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"The release of the Ilio-Tibial Band in side lying position was really great for an on-going running injury of years ago."

Jack E.

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"My right hip feels much better - better than it has in years. I'm coming to realize how much I need this."

Ed M.

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"I'm delighted! Your work has really helped. I actually went for a run for the first time in a long, long time."

Karl C.

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Core Massage and Bodywork

The muscles of the pelvis, hips, thighs, low back, and abdomen are central to movement, strength, and core support. Together with their associated connective tissues, these muscles greatly determine the degree of flexibility (or stiffness) we have in the hips and low back, yet rarely do they get the attention they deserve. My intention is to help you inhabit your body more comfortably, with more awareness, more vitality, greater ease, and less discomfort and pain. A stable, centered core is the basis of good postural support and graceful, flexible movement. If you have never experienced comprehensive, anatomically-detailed bodywork in this region you are in for a treat!

Men can benefit from core massage and bodywork in a variety of ways and generally fall into one or more of these categories:

running manThose who want more comprehensive, in-depth attention to this important region. Typical massage sessions poorly address some muscles here and leave others out entirely.

Those who want to address specific restrictions with the goal of lengthening these tight muscles and opening up the corresponding joints. Joints can only have the range of motion allowed by their surrounding muscles and connective tissues. Tight muscles always result in reduced range of motion and less free movement.

Those who have chronic pain. Most physical pain is generated by muscles and other soft tissues. Low back pain, hip pain, thigh pain, groin pain, and pain within the pelvis itself all have the potential to resolve with appropriate massage and bodywork if caused by soft tissue dysfunction.

Those who wish to include the muscles of the pelvic floor. This area is almost always omitted yet is very much part of the core musculature. Click on the Pelvic Floor tab above for a brief overview, or visit my website for a comprehensive look at pelvic floor anatomy, function, massage and bodywork, and potential issues men face when problems arise with these muscles.

Those who want to explore their bodies in ways that encourage new awareness and vitality. Over time, our tension patterns become familiar and feel normal even when they restrict us, and we forget that there are ways of experiencing our bodies that can be more relaxed, open, and at ease.

And finally, those with no specific problems or goals other than wanting to experience a wonderful, relaxing, core massage and bodywork session.

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Athletes, yoga practitioners, dancers, martial artists, and other physically active men: This work is a great way to enhance your training and to help you recover from vigorous physical activity. I was in the first class to be nationally certified in Sportsmassage and have worked with athletes at all levels.

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