Trigger Point with a Quartz Crystal Ball?

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Heather Karr, LMT

Heather Karr, LMT

I’ve been using golf balls for trigger point work in massage for a long time, but have found using a quartz crystal ball is also awesome! I’ve not been practicing “energy work” with crystals and stones but a lot of my therapist friends do, and now we are finding they can do trigger point work at the same time with the techniques I’ve developed with the golf ball.

Trigger point work needs small directed pressure (such as your fingers, thumbs, or small tools, about the size of a golf ball) pushed into the muscle knot. Larger balls and stones (such as a tennis ball) are great for compression, but not small enough for the magic of trigger point.

When therapists use stones alone to do trigger point work it’s a little hard holding the slippery stones. They have to use too much of their hand muscles to grip them, not to mention the pressure on their palm to do this for any length of time.

You can use a stone or golf ball alone but you can’t get the deep pressure without hurting your hands over time.

I’m going to show some techniques on how to do this safely (and easily) as well as a little about trigger point work.

Pictured here are some of my favorite trigger points!

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When these areas have direct and steady pressure you can get some release in the muscle knots, as well as in the referred pain areas. This shows the trigger points (indicated with a golf ball) as well as their referred pain areas (shown in the green). If you have pain in the green area, push and massage the area where the golf ball is.

You may do this now with just your thumbs or fingers but you probably notice they get sore and tired after a short time. You may not be able to give the client as much pressure as they need, OR you may give them what they need, but you end up hurting your valuable hands … a.k.a your “Money Makers.”

There is a better way.

The SPAball Kaddy controls the crystal (or golf ball) and dispersed the pressure SPAball Kaddyon your hands so you can do much more of this deep work than just using your thumbs or ball alone. It’s small enough to allow your hands on the client at the same time so it doesn’t really feel like you are using a “tool” on them. Often my clients aren’t aware I’ve even used a ball on them at all. They just know I’ve done some amazing deep work.

SBKaction4jannaJust so you know, pushing on a trigger point can be a bit painful, or you may get some twitching in that muscle, but this is a good sign that you are in the right place! This kind of massage technique is usually not comfortable, but massage therapists and other health professionals’ use it because it really helps to relax a stubborn muscle. It’s best to let the client know ahead of time that it will be uncomfortable and to let you know if it’s too much for them. Usually if they are aware ahead of time they can relax through it. Letting them know ahead of time will ALSO open up the communication to find out they don’t want any pain that day and that maybe it isn’t a good day for that kind of work. Good to know that ahead of time!

I’ve been using the crystal ball (40mm ball to fit in the SPAball Kaddy) but I’ve also been using a jade ball. Now my customers can pick what they feel they want for that particular day. I have one long-time golf ball massage client that wants the golf ball on her back, but the jade ball every where else. Another switches from clear quartz crystal to the smokey quartz, depending on her mood.

Do the various balls feel different?

Yes! The golf ball’s natural temperature and texture feels the most like the human hand. Often the client can’t distinguish my hand from the golf ball. You can feel the dimples on the golf ball on your hands and feet though!

The crystal and jade ball is MUCH smoother and colder. It is very different than your hand. Almost like water. It’s a remarkable feeling, but it IS obvious you are using something special! Although the crystal warms up fast on the client’s body I don’t like them to have a cold ball when I first use it.

crystalBalldisplayWhen they come in for their appointment I let them look at my wall display and have them pick which ball they would like to use. Once they pick it I put it in a bowl of hot water so that it warms up while they are getting ready for their massage. Once I enter the room I take it out and put it in my holster with my SPAball Kaddy. It’s usually still warm by the time I use it. I have to say that using the stones is such a pleasure! They feel so good in my hands! It’s so nice to add this extra service for my clients. They still get the deep work they crave and expect from me, but also feel treated in another way at the same time.

The techniques I use for the crystal ball is the same as with the golf ball. I actually even have an online 12-Hour CE Course for Golf Ball Massage that is available to all massage therapists that would be very beneficial or you can purchase the Professional Golf Ball Massage DVD for general technique training.

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Whether your clients want energy work or not, they are getting the best of both Clear Quartz Cystal Ballworlds with these techniques. Even if you don’t do the deep trigger point work the cross fiber work and the feeling of the round stones across the muscles is heavenly! Even using it on yourself. My clients love to have a choice when they come in and it’s nice to let them hold it in their hands before the massage. Who wouldn’t want to get massaged with a large gem? Nirvana!

ENJOY and please let me know how it goes! I would love to hear your stories!

Heather Karr, LMT

Massage Magazine article: Save Your Hands with Golf Ball Massage

If you would like to see the SPAball Kaddy techniques in action with a golf ball check out this video:

UPDATE! Quartz Crystal balls are now available. They also include an elegant gift box. $24.99

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The information here is not intended to be used as or to replace professional medical advice, and it does not constitute as a medical diagnosis or treatment. This information is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how this information is utilized. Please seek your physician or other qualified healthcare provider advice before trying any new treatment or discontinuing any treatments prescribed. If you have a health condition or concern, please consult a physician.

  • The SPAball Kaddy has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition.
  • A crystal or golf ball should never be applied directly to wounds, bruises or sprains.
  • Do not use excessive pressure as injury may result. User discretion is strongly advised.
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