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Hands - Caring for Your Precious Hands


Hands - Caring for Your Precious Hands

The focus of this group is self-care for your precious hands.

Members: 115
Latest Activity: Aug 7, 2020

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Forarm dermatitis 1 Reply

So I practice mainly lomilomi which means I'm mostly using my forarms. Lately I have developed a pretty moderate case of dermatitis. I've changed soap, oil and I've started using Boiron's homeopathic…Continue

Started by Cassidy Knotts. Last reply by Dollylee Jett, RN, LMP, MTI, PhD Mar 9, 2013.

Numbness in hands 12 Replies

HI Everyone, I have been doing massage for about a year now and lately when I am sleeping I wake up with horrible numbness/tingling and cramps in my hands. I always try to practice good body…Continue

Started by Colleen Romine LMT. Last reply by Michele Durbois,LMT, NCBTMB Feb 9, 2013.

Hand and forearm protection 3 Replies

so far, the best moisturizer I have found is Aquaphor.  But this is quite thick and greasy.Any suggestions?Continue

Started by Robert Thomas Parker. Last reply by Fran Swaine Jun 4, 2011.

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Comment by Rachel Sheard, LMT, NCTMB, CIPI on January 15, 2015 at 3:24pm

Save Your Hands! Injury Prevention Workshop--6 CEUs

Chances are, you know a massage therapist who has suffered from an injury that has kept them from working, if you haven't experienced an injury yet yourself. It's a scary thing to think about, since we love our careers and our clients so much. Most LMTs are also independent contractors, therefore unable to make a Workers' Compensation claim if/when an injury does occur, so the safety and protection of our hands truly lies in our OWN hands.

Please join me as I teach a 6-CEU workshop in historic Oregon City, Oregon (the end of the Oregon Trail!) based on the 2nd Edition Save Your Hands! book written by Lauriann Greene & Rick Goggins. Learn a multitude of ways to protect your most valuable assets--your hands and body! Space is limited, so please sign up to save your spot and get your book soon. If you aren't able to join us in the next few months, you may want to purchase the book now and begin to read through it, then sign up for a workshop at a later date.

Visit for more information and workshop dates. You can register through the website, or directly at

Time: 9am-4pm, including a break for lunch

Location: 707 Madison Street, Oregon City, 97045--Subject to change based on number of participants.

CEUs: 6 NCBTMB Approved CEUs

Cost: $150--includes a copy of the 2nd edition Save Your Hands! book (required for the workshop, please read through prior to hands-on workshop) and cost of workshop.

Proven methods exist to lower the incidence of work-related injury. Many of them involve making simple but important changes to your activities, both at work and elsewhere; others will take more thought and practice to apply. But taking the necessary steps to prevent injury is much easier and less disruptive to your career than dealing with an injury once it has occurred. Ideally, all students should learn effective injury prevention and ergonomics techniques during their training, to prepare them for the challenges of their future careers.

Space is limited--sign up now to guarantee your spot!

Visit for more information and workshop dates. You can register through the website, or directly at

Comment by Shari Auth, LMT, L.Acu, NCBTMB on February 28, 2014 at 10:23am

Wonderful career saving article in Massage magazine.

Comment by Karina Braun on February 8, 2013 at 6:49pm

T spheres® are innovative and unique self-massage balls born from over 15 years of research & development. This natural way to relieve pain from the body uses the two most scientifically researched alternative methods for stress relief. The infusion of aromatherapy essential oils into purified, perfectly weighted organic rubber compound has never been accomplished before; making t spheres® the only massage ball with both beneficial attributes.

The t spheres concept was developed while traveling with massage clients on tour. Stephanie Whittier LMT, CST needed to take care of herself – tennis balls and other rubber balls were not satisfactory to release trigger points and she started to play with different types and sizes of a varied group of rubber balls – this is when she came up with the compound that is the t spheres massage ball. Always interested in aromatherapy she came up with a way to combine the two in a patent pending process – no other massage ball can accomplish this, this product is truly unique.

Each travel bag comes with a spray-top re-infuser and simple ‘how to use’ pictorial instructions.

“T spheres® are a great tool for therapists who want to prevent RSI and have a long, healthy career”
~ Karina Braun,, Specialist in injury prevention and self care courses for massage therapists.

Comment by Lauriann Greene, CEAS on January 5, 2012 at 6:34am
Comment by Karina Braun on August 30, 2011 at 1:00pm

I just released a Yoga DVD for Bodyworkers called Create Peace Yoga. It gives a Strength routine, a Renew routine, and a bonus Yoga 4 the Hands.

Stay Healthy!


Comment by Nancy Toner Weinberger on August 15, 2011 at 8:07am
The pain in carpal tunnel is actually caused by the welling due to inflammation, so anything that helps reduce inflammation will help with the pain of carpal tunnel. Anti-inflammatory diet, lots of vitamin c, lymphatic massage, swedish massage, bindegewebsmassge, actually most massage. Just don't over-do, as it can irritate the tissues in the area and that would increase inflammation. It is important to be gentle.
Comment by Sharon Butler on July 26, 2011 at 10:45pm
This is a good resource for building a series of helpful stretches for anyone with hand and arm issues."Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome"
Comment by Robert Thomas Parker on July 26, 2011 at 7:06pm
Stretching of the flexor retinaculum saved my wife from an operation for her carpals.  Questions?
Comment by Tenee J on July 26, 2011 at 6:52pm

What books and or continuing education are good for carpal tunnel? I have a client that recently had breast cancer and her symptoms began after chemo and radiation. She has been diagnosed and wants massage to help her. She is in need and I want to help her effectively. she can't have surgery because of the demand on the lymph repairing the breast tissue. Ideas?


Comment by Tenee J on July 26, 2011 at 6:49pm

Yeah I'm a case to be studied =D I'll google practitioners in my area!  Intriging! On a quest for self healing makes me a compassionate healer myself. Thanks Nancy!


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