Many occupational hazards of adult life will be greatly alleviated by
Massage can benefit you right down to the cellular level!
- aching back and shoulder after a long office stint
- exhaustion or overstrained muscles from physical labor or
- circulatory problems from too little exercise by sedentary
After a session , you should experience:
- improved circulation,
- more range of motion,
- less pain,
- decreased symptoms of tendonitis and CTS,
- increased expansion of the musculature, and
- increased energy flow throughout the body.
Lets consider computer stress...
Massage specializes in treating computer stress. Neck
and shoulder pain is commonly caused by forced bad
posture while sitting at a keyboard. This is just one
example of how regular daily life hundreds of people
who use computers.
This stress can manifest in many parts of the body:
I blend techniques of trigger point therapy,
acupressure, body mobilization techniques, Swedish, and
deep tissue----to release stuck energy, and reduce scar
tissue and tension.
I also work to lengthen chronically shortened muscles
- between the scapula,
- wrists, and
Starting A Bodywork or Massage Practice:
My Real Life Example
There are many aspects to
running your own business. It takes more than just being a great
body worker or massage therapist. I have seen many people underestimate the
reality of being a therapist and quit because they can't start a thriving
practice. Most people think that having a career in massage will be this
wonderful thing because you get to help people. There is much more to it
than that. This is a summary of my experiences presented so that you can
understand me a little bit better.
Becoming a massage practitioner has enriched
my life greatly, but there have been some ups and downs along the way. Here
are some of the lesser known facts and real life situations that you may
find yourself in the middle of in your practice. These are mostly examples
of real life situations from my practice or close friends practices.
• Intro to Massage • Massage Modalities • Massage School Notes • Ethics • Anatomy & Kinesiology • The Muscles • Massage Sequences • Aromatherapy • Acupressure • Swedish Massage • Deep Tissue Massage • Alignment Therapy • Pathology • Reflexology Massage • TriggerPoint Therapy • Trigger Charts •
Some of the negative:
- Paying high social security taxes
- Paying high rent and having many expenses
- Doing all the marketing; sending
brochures, special announcements, holiday specials
- Waiting for months to be paid for an
- Calling insurance companies to find out
what is taking so long only to find out they "never received the bill"
even though you may have sent it 3 times.
- Having clients call you Christmas eve
at home because they are in pain and expect you to come in right away just
- Having clients ask you questions like
"Is that a muscle"? Is that a bone?
- Having clients call in desperation to
get an appointment immediately because they haven't been able to turn
their head for 6 months and now they want you to fix it right away and in
- Having a man (or woman) become sexually
stimulated and proposition you
- People saying "I don't know why I am in
pain - I just ran a marathon this weekend"
- Last minute cancellations because
important meetings come up for client or they just plain forgot
- Someone coming in who was given a gift
certificate from their significant other and really hated being touched.
I actually had one person bring a book in and ask if he could read while
getting massaged. Another didn't want to fill out the intake form and
threw it across the desk (but later said that getting the massage was the
best thing that ever happened to him)
Some of the positive:
- Figuring out that the shoulder problem
someone had for 2 years is really a neck problem and resolving it
- Assisting in the healing of a major
problem that may have ended up in surgery (disc problem, carpal tunnel)
- Giving someone their first massage ever
Having people say "WOW, what did you do to
me?" or "I didn't know I could be pain free"
- Being a part of a athlete's training and
having them stay injury free and achieving their best.
- Getting referrals because you are good at
what you do not because you are just on some list of providers
- Educating client as to how their body
works and what you have to do to take care of it
- Having someone report back that they grew
an inch after that series of treatments
- Being a part of someone's quest for
health and happiness
• Starting a practice • Professional Boundaries • Projection and Transference • Self Care Tips • Grounding Exercises • Regulation •