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Ep. 5: Holly Hanson-Hands on Health

Holly is a licensed massage therapist (LMT) in the state of Wisconsin.  She runs her own business, Hands on Health, and works out of Coulee Health.  In this episode we break down everything around soft tissue work.  We talk about what fascia is, how it works, what are adhesions and knots in your back.  We also cover you can do both on your own and who you should see in order to help correct those problems before it gets to be too late.  Lots of take home tips on this one. Enjoy.


-CP Crew



Show Notes:


0:00-Episode Introduction


0:15-CP Intro Video: Courtesy of Justin Joy of “Elder Pine Media”  Contact: elderpinemedia@gmail.com


0:52-Welcome to Clinically Pressed and introduction of Holly Hanson of Hands on Health Massage…..(good job KB)


1:27-Everyone loves Holly


1:47-AJ makes a ‘punny’


1:59-Holly’s background

-B.S.:Physical Education and Coaching

-LMT:Licensed Massage Therapist

-Teacher: Globe University for Massage Therapy


3:06-Shout Out to UWL Gymnastics for National Championship #17


4:18-Everything Fascia: What it is, how it works, and why it’s important.


5:10-’Body World’ Fascia Model


5:40-What fascia looks like, check out a piece of meat


6:13-What is ‘Myofascial Release’?  And what happens when we don’t take care of it?


8:04-Joel can’t get a word in…(probably a good thing)


8:21-Airrosti.  The difference between working ‘superficial fascia’ and the ‘deep fascia’ and how does it all work if it is all connected, Holly explains.


10:03-Another ‘Punny’.  We’re sorry.


11:01-Thoracolumbar Fascia (that’s what I was looking for)


11:21-Anatomy Trains-Thomas Meyers


12:00-Techniques to address fascia that is dysfunctional

-Slow stretch


-Gentle lifting


13:00-Active Release Technique (A.R.T)


13:15-Myofascial Decompression-Cup Therapy


14:14-’Stretching the IT Band’ and Kelly Starrett


15:55-How do you gauge the intensity of your massage?  And what is good and bad when it comes to the ‘hurt’?


17:35-Women have better pain tolerance and AJ apologizes ;-)


18:31-What is an adhesion?  What is this all about?


20:13-A very simple model of how muscle tissue sits and what happens when it gets injured and then the healing process.  Also how we as practitioners try and fix it all.


21:18-Is there a point of no return?


23:07-You can find adhesions on everyone, don’t let it stress you out too much.  It will be a constant battle.


23:55-The ‘VooDoo Band


24:10-Julien Pinaeu and Barbell Shrugged


24:55-The ‘Perfect Pushup


26:08-What is a ‘knot’?  Especially in your back.


27:04-Joel trying to sound smart on electricity within the muscle...should have paid more attention in physiology class


27:56-Graston Technique


30:42-Practice what you preach and ‘Do as I say, not as I do’.


31:38-Definition: Upper Crossed Syndrome & Lower Crossed Syndrome


32:25-Common muscles that are dysfunctional and can benefit from massage.


33:32-Long and tight is a thing and just because it is tight doesn’t mean you should stretch it right away (Article: Hamstrings-Tight vs. Taut?


36:28-The wallet in your pocket actually throws you off, really it does.


36:47-Head forward position and how much force it can put your neck through.


37:50-The stand up big rig….you heard it here first, don’t steal my idea


38:20-If you want to create it, hit us up on Twitter @clncllypressed


40:27-Difference between active(healthy) and non-active(not so healthy) tissue


42:51-Awkward silence…..ooops


45:24-Always be drinking plenty of water before and especially after massage


46:08-KB is still working on his CP questions


Clinically Pressed Questions

46:30-What is something you believe that others may not?


46:58-And AJ believes in aliens and apparently so does Holly


47:21-Most influential fitness purchase for under $100

-The ‘Back knobber


49:04-And AJ gets a hold of the ‘Back Knobber


49:15-Top 3 take home tips.

1. Hydration, hydration, hydration

2. Stretching….and actually doing it.


50:26-App: ‘Way of Life” and how JL doesn’t stretch.


51:06-Shout out to Netflix (this one is on us)


3. Don’t be afraid to look outside the box


52:40-What would you tell yourself if you could go back 8-10 years in your training/education?

-Ask more questions

-Don’t just take what you’re told at face value


54:20-Where can people find you?  It’s hard to find Holly.  She is that good.


55:14-Find her at Coulee Health or else you have to know someone.

55:36-No more questions from AJ, our new mobility expert