Colin, thanks for your post. I have wanted to take a Barnes course for a long time, but they always run over Saturday. I am an orthodox Jew (you'd never know it the way I've been talking on this thread!
), and that is my Sabbath, so I can never go. The one time it came to my area during the week, I was out of town teaching my own continuing education course for PTs & Ots, mostly, Improving Balance and Decreasing Fall Risk Using T'ai Chi
. So, I was out of luck.
I'm not sure I buy all the premises, for example, that the skull sutures have movement, but I am interested. I have only had a demonstration of MFR performed on me, at a trade show. It wasn't enough to really notice a difference, but they did say that they felt they did not want to do too much on me, after doing some initial palpations, because they said it would be "opening a pandora's box" without being able to follow up with more work. One of these days, when I have some time (when I finally force myself to make time), I would like to undergo it.
akb, thanks for the encouragement and the reassurance about the techniques. I was worried that trying those areas on myself might compromise my wrists, but I can see now that it can be done without doing that. I do know how to palpate all the muscles -- that IS PT 101! :wink: I'm looking forward to it.
You know, Christine, this subject is not something I've even thought about in almost 20 years. It was only after I started posting to this site that I remembered it. Truthfully, although PTs must know origin, insertion, nerve supply and blood supply of all the muscles, the cremaster and dartos muscles have never come up (so to speak) in all the years I've been doing this. Remembering that bodywork I had before, although it has never happened with any other practitioner, I just thought that perhaps you MTs were taught some special "scrotal release" technique, the way we do suboccipital release, for example (oops! A little unofficially trained MFR sneaking in there! I do know some of those techniques, and I use them a lot).
I think that I have the answers I was looking for. I appreciate it a lot. I understand now that there is no secret "scrotal release society".
I really did think there might be an actual protocol or something. I'm happy I brought it up: this has been both fun and instructional, and I'm always into that.
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