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All About Massage Therapy

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BC: All About Massage Therapy Kayla Lowke

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1: All About MassageTherapy Kayla Lowke

3: Contents I. Draping II. Strokes III. Techniques

5: Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissue to restore the body to it's natural state. There are many benefits to receiving a massage other than the massage feeling good. One of the most important benefits is to heighten the immune system to fight off disease. Some other benefits are increased healthy blood flow which allows the body to heal any stressed areas, increased range of motion, sleep improvement and detoxification.

6: Proper draping of the back

7: There are proper and improper ways to drape the body before and during a massage session. I will begin by showing proper draping of the back. Before exposing the back the therapist calms the client and then uncovers the back while pulling the sheet and blanket down to the top of the glutens. When the back is undraped the next step is to fully expose each arm by placing them on top of the sheet close to the body.

8: Draping of the leg

9: The most important part of draping is to be discreet and keep the client comfortable. When draping the leg the therapist must uncover enough of the leg to work on without exposing the glutens. The technique to draping the leg is to keep one hand on the top of the blanket keeping the glutens covered while lifting then tucking the sheet with the opposing hand.

10: Strokes 1. Gliding

11: In massage therapy there are several strokes the therapist can use during the session. The first stroke is called gliding also known as effleurage meaning to touch lightly. Gliding is the beginning stroke in a massage because it connects the therapist with the client while warming up the muscle tissue preparing the body for deeper work. This stroke is also used when alternating light pressure to deep pressure or deep pressure to light pressure and can vary depending on the desired effect of the stroke to the body.

12: 2. Kneading

13: The second stroke used when massaging is called kneading also known as petrissage meaning to knead. When using this stroke the therapist is lifting, squeezing, and rolling the muscle tissue. Kneading is a deeper stroke which detoxifies the muscle tissue. Detoxifying is the elimination of waste in the body. When the body is eliminated of toxins the body can start to heal with healthy blood flow and no restrictions.

14: 3. Percussion

15: Percussion is the third stroke I will talk about. Percussion is to rapidly strike the body also known as tapotement meaning to drum, pat, or rap. Percussion can be used with the flat side of the hand, fingertips or fists. I am using the flat side of my hand demonstrating a chopping motion which stimulates the nervous system. The speed can vary depending on the purpose of the stroke. Percussion can be used during most sessions with the exception of older clientele due to osteoporosis or brittle bones or anyone with a health contraindication.

16: TECHNIQUES 1. Lomi Lomi

17: Lomi Lomi, the Hawaiian massage means to knead, weave, or massage. Lomi Lomi is a spiritual Hawaiian massage that connects ones mind, body, and spirit together. This technique uses hands, forearms, elbows, and long flowing strokes which can separate muscle tissue, detoxify, and relieve stressed muscles. Lomi Lomi is a longer massage session where there is breathing while the massage therapist uses full body strokes. Full body strokes are strokes that start at one part of the body and have a continuous flow to the next part of the body. The important factor when doing a Lomi Lomi massage is to keep full and constant contact with the clientele so they experience the full release of a Lomi Lomi massage.

18: 2. Trigger Point

19: Trigger point therapy also known as acupressure is the relief of a hypersensitive and irritable nodule or stress in the muscle. Trigger point can be applied with thumbs, fingers, or elbows applying pressure to the nodule until the nodule is released as seen in the picture. In this picture elbow work is being used to release a trigger point in the gluteus muscle allowing non-restrictive blood flow back into the muscle. Trigger points are pain referring, meaning the pain is sent to other parts of the body and when released restriction and pain are gone. This technique can be used on most clientele permitting a good health history.

20: 3. Swedish

21: The last technique discussed will be Swedish. Swedish is the technique first taught to therapists because it introduces the five strokes of massage. The five strokes are effleurage, pettrisage, friction, vibration, and tapotement. Swedish uses the hands to manipulate tissues in the body. To perform this technique the therapist uses her hands to glide over the muscle and then picks up the muscle to relieve tension. Swedish is used on a majority of the population because those who have not yet experienced a professional massage will receive this technique first.

23: In summary to my book, massage therapy is about manipulating the muscle tissue to help restore the body to a healthful state. The massage therapist is trained to properly drape the client so when performing strokes and techniques the client is safe and comfortable.

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