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Anatomy for Massage and Bodywork

Anatomy for Massage and Bodywork is a collection of posts with illustrations that focus on relationships that interest the massage and bodywork practitioner.

Understanding the relationship between muscles and their local joints is critical in effective Integrative Bodywork. Each muscle has illustrations that highlight the bones of attachments, and the bones trapped between the attachments. Consequently, this highlights the local joints, which can be used to release trigger points. You can read more in this post about these illustrations.

I’ve tried to keep the notes on attachments simple. I’ve tried to keep the list of functions down commonly described functions and information supported by electromyographical studies. I have also often included notable anomalies and discrepancies between cadaver studies. I also note common errors that I have found in descriptions and illustrations. There is also a grid of posts, such as pain patterns, therapy notes, and treatment protocols

.For specific posts on anatomical structures, click on one of these regional categories:

Besides those regional categories, there are also these posts about anatomy:



This site is undergoing changes. Starting in early 2020, we began improving the format. We are also adding more extensive self-care, illustrations, therapist notes, anatomy, and protocols. We appreciate your input and feedback. You will see us adding posts and updating older posts as time permits.


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This post is about the watershed moment that changed the direction of my bodywork. People would say that it is about treating at the source. I’d say that it is about understanding the governors and accessories in a pattern. This gives the therapist and client choices on how to plan on treating for relief or treating to create a body that is self-correcting.

Tony Preston has a practice in Atlanta, Georgia where he sees clients. He has written and taught about anatomy, trigger points, and cranial therapies since the mid-90s.

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*This site is undergoing major changes. We are reformatting and expanding the posts to make it easier to read. The result will also be more accessible and will include more patterns with better self-care. In the meanwhile, there may be inconsistency in formatting, content presentation, and readability. Until we get older posts updated, please excuse our mess.

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