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Standing at the head of the table push your client's shoulder down with one hand then work down the trapezius with the other hand. Then work into the rhomboids with the lateral side of the hand going from the side of the spine to under the edge of the scapula.

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  • commented Saturday 29th of March 2014 at 11:31:10AM

    Would this be advisable to do with someone who has kyphosis? I was thinking that the rhomboids would be already stretched because of their posture. Would you be best to work across the rhomboids. Then work their pecs.

  • James M replied Monday 7th of April 2014 at 10:16:49PM

    This technique is not good for someone with kyphosis. With kyphosis it is better to work in toward the spine rather than away from it. I would do stretching work for the pecs and release for pectoralis minor. I also would consider the Dowager's hump technique listed under conditions.

  • replied Tuesday 27th of January 2015 at 12:19:48PM

    In regards to dowager's hump. I've been doing your described technique after pec work and at very end of massage. The client was heavy before we did technique then within a month lost a lot of weight and the hump was almost non-existant but she wanted to try it. Now she's gaining weight back and hump is back. The hump starts at C7 and goes down following to mid-traps. At the top of C7 to occiput it seems like the "hump" creates a gully between. Is this part of the hump or something else? Which muscles are the cause or result of the hump? The cause is most commonly osteoporosis and/or posture, correct?

  • James M replied Wednesday 28th of January 2015 at 11:27:09PM

    I wish I could help, but it is hard for me to assess without actually seeing the client.