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Intro to Massage
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Alignment Therapy
Pathology
Reflexology Massage
TriggerPoint Therapy
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Many occupational hazards of adult life will be greatly alleviated by massage:

  • aching back and shoulder after a long office stint
  • exhaustion or overstrained muscles from physical labor or excessive exercise
  • circulatory problems from too little exercise by sedentary workers.
Massage can benefit you right down to the cellular level!

Therapy Results

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: 

  • head, 
  • neck, 
  • shoulders, 
  • back, 
  • between the scapula, 
  • arms, 
  • tendons, 
  • wrists, and 
  • hands. 
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 and tendons.


Starting A Bodywork or Massage Practice: My Real Life Example

Massage Therapy

Therapeutic Massage

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 insurance claim. 
  • 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 for them 
  • 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 one treatment. 
  • 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

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• Starting a practice • Professional Boundaries • Projection and Transference • Self Care Tips • Grounding Exercises • Regulation •

 


 

 

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