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HEAD & NECK MASSAGE TECHNIQUES

THE STERNOCLEIDOMASTOID

Grab a cup of tea, sit back and learn about, the SCM, the multitude of articulations that live here and its common dysfunctions. Pick the learning style that works for you - or pick them all, from bite sized learnings, technique tutorials and a CE course. All designed with you, your growth and enjoyment in mind.

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The Muscle, the Beast & a Cup of Tea

The sternocleidomastoid (the SCM) is one of those muscles massage therapists tend to avoid because there are so many cautions raised when learning how to work on the anterior neck. The first time we approach this area in school, we are greeted with all the red flags. Understandably so - no one wants to get sued. If your school and your teachers weren’t telling you to be careful, that would be an even bigger worry. The truth is, though, that the SCM can be manipulated to ease a lot of tension in the head and neck. If you know what you are doing.

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Some effective massage techniques for the SCM: Trigger Point Therapy for the Sternocleidomastoid. Say that 10 times fast... Learn how to work this tricky anterior neck muscle and help clients who suffer from TMJ, migraines, and MORE!

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Massage Tutorial: THE SCM

Massage Tutorial: THE SCM

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SCM FACTS

Origin: Sternal head: Anterior surface of the manubrium of the sternum; Clavicular head: medial 1/3 of the clavicle. 

Insertion: Mastoid process of the temporal bone and superior nuchal line of the occipital bone.

Action: Flexes and laterally flexes the neck. Rotates the head to the opposite side.

Innervation:

Accessory nerve

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PULP FRICTION

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Grapefruit, Sweet Orange and Lemon essential oils help calm the tension when working this close to the olfactory system.

"Allison's grip formula really lets me slow down my contact -- the citrus smell of Pulp Friction is uplifting and I love it."

- Annika

Watch ANATOMY Video 

The SCM does its fair share of work when it comes to muscles. Here it is, along with some of my pontifications on why it gets so stinkin' tired. Can you imagine the SCM of a giraffe??