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Preparing the Therapist: Which Roller Is Best for Me?

Preparing the Therapist: Which Roller Is Best for Me?

Client: "I have tennis elbow (partial tear w/ moderate to severe tendinopathy) and bought the orange extreme based upon the recommendation of a friend. Would the 3 ball roller be better for my elbow?"

The Importance of Self-Care as a Massage Therapist

The Importance of Self-Care as a Massage Therapist

If you are a massage therapist, your arms and your hands are your primary tools and they must be treated as such.  But this can be hard to remember when you are busy running your practice! How ironic it is that ridding your clients of muscle pain and restriction can be the very thing that brings your own career to a painful halt.

I personally neglected my own needs until I developed severe tendinitis in my own arms, wrists and elbows and had to stop working.  (The upside to that was that it prompted me to invent Armaid, a leverage tool to easily apply, in my opinion, the world’s greatest therapy technique to yourself.)

Before Armaid - Terry the Opera Singer

Before Armaid - Terry the Opera Singer

I’ve always been loud and could carry a tune. Louder than most people when they open their mouths.  And I’ve always been fairly articulate with pronunciation. Who knew that it would be a great combination for singing – loud, articulate singing that could reach the back of the hall. Throw in a 200 year-old musical score with words in a European language and we’ve got Terry doing opera.

ARMAID® AND ROLFLEX™ (RUBBIT™)

ARMAID® AND ROLFLEX™ (RUBBIT™)

People contact us wondering about the differences between Armaid and Rolflex.  Both tools were invented by Terry M. Cross, Sports Massage Therapist and HHP, and are based on the same leverage-enhancing design. We asked Terry to talk about the two products and how their designs impact their use.

Recovery: Regaining what is lost in the search for more fitness, confidence, and strength

Recovery: Regaining what is lost in the search for more fitness, confidence, and strength

Here are some of the basics of what it takes to get your body ready and able to ‘hit it again’ at your next training session.

Before Armaid - Diving Story #2

Before Armaid - Diving Story #2

One mid-afternoon in my third week of offshore life aboard the ship, the deck and air was at its tropical hottest and I was ready to take a dip into the clear, warm waters of the Philippine Sea.  But instead of just swimming along the surface, I decided to strap on a SCUBA tank and go a little deeper. I decided, in fact, to go all the way down to the bottom.

Terry's Travels - Manuka Wood

Terry's Travels - Manuka Wood

On the smaller end of the physical scale is the Manuka tree, bush. It’s a shrub that can grow quickly from several inches tall to about 15 feet and under the right conditions it can grow into a slender tree of 30 feet or more.

Before Armaid - Diving Story #1

Before Armaid - Diving Story #1

I was half way through my 10 year commercial diving career when I got a call to do some deep construction and maintenance work in offshore Malaysia on some oil platforms.  The job was to install pipeline connections to the platform and also cut off some steel vertical pipe that was 48 inches in diameter and had a wall thickness of 2 inches.

Terry's Travels - Kauri Spoon

Terry's Travels - Kauri Spoon

Kauri only grows in one place in the world, the North Island of New Zealand and is among the most massive in height and girth, nearly as large and as tall as the Redwoods of Northern California.

Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s life.”

Self-Care is Essential for all Massage Therapists

Self-Care is Essential for all Massage Therapists

That’s the professional downside of being a hands-on therapist and also the irony…your own muscles get tight while you provide relief to your client’s tight muscles. 

Love on the Rocks

Love on the Rocks

Rock Climbers and Why It’s So Cool to Climb

I like to call the sport, art, passion and the yearning to climb the original anti-gravity experience. Three things are at play. There is gravity, the weight of the climber’s being, and finally the interface to bring the first two forces together.
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