Student Paper on His Deep Tissue/Trigger Point Course

Student:  Jason C. Lage  (

 January 19, 2010 (MS216) Deep Tissue/trigger point

 Instructor:  I. Rangen  (

Fortunately indeed, it is now official that this course will prove to be “important” in ways I am yet to foresee.  My approach to new concepts, involving precise analysis goals for proficiency of techniques, professional and academic effectiveness in the enrolled program, while aspiring to run congruent with the global “scene” of therapeutic massage and medical industry has cultivated in me an ongoing self-knowledge test factor that illuminate’s a principle of perseverance.  In my opinion, in order to acquire all of the great things I am persevering for, which seem to numerous off-hand to list appropriately.

Observation and sensitive listening skills have essentially become evidently essential as the course format is both lecture and demonstration.  In addition, performing applications spontaneously, simultaneously, and sometimes scheduled keeps one disciplined in their focus of standards of ethics and spiritual posture.  I have found myself positively impacted with new levels of appreciation for any and all dialogue, commentary, personal accounts, testimonies, (not so much the criticism), but in general even the gossip of the therapeutic massage practice community (Swedish too) and interestingly, especially the trigger point cosmos by fellow students and instructors.

Last week some neck palpation was demonstrated of a client in the supine position.  Compression, stripping, and pincer techniques were observed.

Once designated to a lab partner and area, I was informed by the lab partner/client that a knot in their shoulder was indicated.  The “knot” was reported to be pervasive, and intermittent.  It was active at that very moment.  It is no joke that the term knot may have been an understatement.  The opportunity provided me the first time to palpate and perceive a trigger point in the trapezius.  My initial palpation was intended to differentiate fascia from muscle, however the discovery of the “point” then stole my focus and challenged every aspect of my experience.  “Milking” the trigger point seemed to prove most effective in my attempt to persuade the point to deactivate.  The lab partner/client said after the 15-25 minute session the treatment had helped bring relief.  I was elated to hear that.  The massage table was not adjusted to my height correctly so my own body mechanic was compromised, a lesson learned in maximizing effectiveness in future practice.

Unexpected inspiration stemming from the trigger point workbook reading had occurred when the author mentions that by learning and figuring out how to fix his own pain, he felt a sense of pride and assurance knowing he could fix pain in others.  This is an indication that we may benefit similarly if we persevere as he did.