Move your fingers across the fibers of the trapezius and rhomboids feeling for tight bands in the muscle. Tension is detected by moving at right angles to the muscle fibers while the treatment is done by moving in the direction of the muscle fibers.
There is a “speed bump” where the trapezius crosses the medial border of the scapula. Go slowly over this and know that the bump is supposed to be there.
See "The Knot That's Not".
Have your client’s forearm across their low back if comfortable. Place your outside hand underneath their shoulder joint so that you can pull laterally on the joint. For Trapezius: Work upward with your elbow from T12 to the medial border of the scapula. For Rhomboids: Give deep pressure with your elbow from the side of C7 down toward the medial border of the scapula. Continue the stroke down the medial border of the scapula using the ulna side of your forearm. Finish by hooking your hand around the medial border of the scapula and pulling the scapula laterally with both hands. During this stroke you are pulling laterally on the shoulder joint with your outside hand, giving traction to the scapula.
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