Massage Tutorial: THE PECS – Major & Minor! | by MovieKinGG – Steemit
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Trigger points (TrPs), or muscle “knots,” are a common cause of stubborn & strange aches & pains, and yet they are under-diagnosed. The 14 Perfect Spots (jump to list below) are trigger points that are common & yet fairly easy to self-treat with massage — the most satisfying & useful places to apply pressure to muscle. For tough cases, see the advanced trigger point therapy guide.
The “pecs” are popular: of 700+ muscles, the pectoralis major is one of just a dozen or so that most people can name and point to. It also harbours one of the most commonly-encountered and significant trigger points in the human body, and can produce pain much like a heart attack in both quality and intensity. And yet it’s little known.
Pectoralis major basics: the hugging muscle
The pectoralis major covers the top half of your chest. It is mostly an arm mover, although it also stabilizes the joint between your sternum and collar bone. It is the hugging muscle: it powerfully pulls and rotates the arms towards the center of your body.
Like all the big flexors, it’s crazy strong. The pectoralis major is so large that it can always do its job with at least some of its fibers, no matter what position the shoulder is in.
(The pectoralis minor, by the way, is quite a different muscle. As its name suggests, it is much smaller. It is completely covered by the pectoralis major, and does not move the arm at all!)
A manly muscle: the pectoralis gender gap
The pectoralis major is also, interestingly, one of the only muscles in the human body that is almost always much larger in men than it is in women, which accounts for much of the difference in upper body strength between the genders. I’ve massaged thousands of people, and even the strongest women usually have relatively thin pectoralis major muscles.
Regardless, Perfect Spot No. 9 is a good massage location for both men and women.
Where is Perfect Spot No. 9?
Spot No. 9 is easy to find by touch: it’s on the edge of a distinctive pocket or hollow directly underneath your collarbone. The pocket is a small, unmuscled space between the deltoid and the pectoralis major. If you explore right below your collarbone, it is easy to find the soft spot between these two large muscles. Once you’ve found it, press towards the sternum against the edge of the hollow — that’s pectoralis major you’re pressing — and you’ve found Perfect Spot No. 9.
How to massage Spot 9