Happy New Year!!!! — What will you resolve?

Well here we are…another new year. This is my 38th new year! Time for New Year’s resolutions. I week ago I felt like I had no clue what mine might be. This morning I sat down to write and the resolutions were staring me right in the face. So here goes!!

1. I am going to get my massage business up and running.

2. I am going to spend quality time with my family creating beautiful and unforgettable memories.

3. I am going to help my brother care for my parents.

And that’s it!! Why only three? Well, because I’ve looked back at the resolutions I kept and found the ones I was able to accomplish were the ones I kept simple and was really able to focus on. I got my Master’s degree. I paid off debt. I adopted a child. None of these would have been obtainable had they been made in combination with 10 or 20 others.

So what are yours going to be?




Adductors and Hamstrings

Here are some of the notes Robin gave us:


Pectineus (Also flexes the hip) 

  • Origin – Superior pubic ramus and Pectineal line on pubis
  • Insertions – Posterior proximal femoral shaft (inferior to lesser trochanter

Adductor Brevis

  • Origin – Inferior pubic ramus
  • Insertion – Proximal third of linea aspera (medial lip)

Adductor Longus 

  • Origin – Anterior pubic body
  • Insertion – Middle third of the linea aspera (medial lip)

Adductor Magnus (Also flexes and extends  the hip)

  • Origins – Ischial tuberosity, Inferior pubic ramus and Ischial ramus
  • Insertions – Linea aspera and Adductor tubercle of the femur

Gracilis  (Longest muscle in the body) (Also Flexes the hip, flexes the knee and medially rotates leg when knee is flexed.)

  • Origin – Inferior pubic ramus
  • Insertion – Medial proximal tibial shaft (at the pes anserinus)

These muscles all adduct and are all innervated by the Obturator nerve….except the Pectineus which is innervated by the Femoral nerve. The Adductor Magnus is also innervated by the sciatic nerve.



  • Origins – Ischial tuberosity
  • Insertion – Medial condyle of the tibia (posterior surface)
  • Actions – Flexes knee, medially rotates leg (when knee is flexed), extends hip, medially rotates hip and posteriorly tilts pelvis


  • Origin – Ischial tuberosity
  • Insertion – Medial proximal tibial shaft (at pes anserinus)
  • Actions – Flexes knee, medially rotates leg (when knee is flexed), extends hip, medially rotates hip and posteriorly tilts pelvis

Biceps Femoris –

  • Origins – Ischial tuberosity (long head) and Linea Aspera; lower lateral lip (short head)
  • Insertion – Fibular head
  • Actions – Flexes knee, laterally rotates the leg when knee is flexed, extends hip, laterally rotates hip, posteriorly tilts pelvis

All three of the hamstrings are innervated by the tibial nerve. The Biceps Femoris is also innervated by the common fibular/ peroneal nerve (short head). (They make up the sciatic nerve.)


Stone Massage Notes

1. The physiological process that draws blood to the surface or periphery of the body by means of heat is known as Retrostasis.

2.  Heat causes the viscosity of synovial fluids in the joints to thin.

3. Cold’s analgesic effect is caused by reduced nerve conduction.

4. Heat and cold should be alternated for clients with arthritis.

5. The stone table is ideally placed at the center side of the table, 3 feet away.

6. A therapy room used for hot stone massage must have access to electricity.

7. Essential oils are particularly useful not only for creating a pleasing aroma, but also for disinfecting the stones AND increasing the therapeutic effect of the massage.

8. Stones that form deep within the earth are cooled slowly, have sharp edges AND are roughly textured with large grain.

9. Common metamorphic rocks are jadestone, marble and quartzite.

10. Marble is formed by uplift of limestone bearing mountains.

11. When collecting your own set of stones, look in past volcanic activity and old, wide, calm rivers.

12. White marble holds cold the longest.

13. In general, large, thick stones hold heat the longest.

14. A static placement stone that is covered can hold its heat up to 30 minutes.

15. Cold stones can be stored in a freezer or a bowl of ice water.

16. Placement of stones on the face should be comprised of warm or cold stones or both at the same time.

17. Static placement of stones are best used in addition to massaging with stones.

18. Devices that are used to help hold stones in place are oven pockets, a sand bags or stone wrappers.

19. The first stone that is introduced to the client’s skin should be tepid.

20. If the client is feeling lightheaded during or after the massage, the therapist should stop the massage, check in with the client AND be sure the client is safe to drive before leaving.

Please check to see if my answers match yours. If you find a mistake, PLEASE let me know. I want to correct it as soon as I can!