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HISTORY OF MASSAGE

Massage Therapy is one of the most commonly practiced forms of holistic medicine. Massage Therapists heal patients by using their touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. This therapeutic touch is used to relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid with general health and wellness.

TECHNIQUES OF MASSAGE

Identify conditions under which massage is and is not performed, known as indications and contraindications. Identify areas of endangerment that are beyond the scope of the entry-level massage therapist. Describe the basic anatomical and directional terms in order to begin work on the body. Describe the basic Swedish massage strokes that form the foundation of therapeutic massage.

PRINCIPLES OF ETHICS

The Principles of Ethics form the first part of the Code of Ethics. They are aspirational and inspirational model standards of exemplary professional conduct for Massage Therapists. These Principles should not be regarded as limitations or restrictions, but as goals for which practitioner should constantly strive.

CONTRAINDICATIONS OF MASSAGE

Massage treatment is non-invasive, relaxing and natural. It is therefore generally considered a safe treatment for most people. However, there are three types of contraindication: TOTAL, when massage should not be performed at all. LOCAL, when massage can be performed but not over the contraindicated areas. MEDICAL, when massage can only be performed once medical permission has been granted.

CLIENT INTAKE FORM

A client intake form is a type of questionnaire that you share with your clients at the start of your working relationship. The questions you ask allow you to gather the information you require from your clients in order to: Understand whether the client is the right fit for you.

SELF CARE FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS

Self care is one of the cornerstones to a successful career in massage therapy. Even though massage is about helping others, you can’t help others if you are depleted, burned out, lacking in funds, sick, injured or otherwise unable to do a massage. Taking care of yourself includes everything from having enough money to stay in business and also to have what you need to taking care of yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and every way possible.

TRANSFERENCE FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS

Transference is one of the most important concepts to understand for a massage therapist but the least understood and talked about. Transference is a very complex phenomenon that comes from the psychology profession. The reason that it is so important to understand is the fact that the process of transference is actually what can lead a person to becoming more aware of their thoughts and issues. Transference is what heals.

PALPATION FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS

Palpation skills for massage therapists is learning to use touch to identify the various soft tissue structures of the body and the condition of those tissues. What you learn from touching is used to assess the somatic responses of the body and for making treatment decisions. Through palpation, soft tissue such as ligaments, muscles, tendons, joint capsules and other body parts can be identified.

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

The human body is composed of organic and inorganic molecules that are organised at a variety of structural levels; despite this an individual should be seen and treated in a holistic manner. If the nurse is to provide appropriate and timely care, it is essential that
they can recognise illness, deliver effective treatment and refer appropriately with the person at the centre of all they do.

CPR FIRST AID AED

CPR First Aid, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including a heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped.

CLINICAL KINESIOLOGY

Kinetics deals with forces. Within this chapter, the types of forces applied to the body are discussed along with Newton’s Laws of Motion, and vectors. Included in vectors is an expanded discussion on composition or makeup of forces. Additionally, various levers and torques and how they occur in the body are presented. To add to the understanding of force applications in functional applications, how the body deals with these forces and how clinicians are able to estimate these forces are discussed.

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY

Medical terminology including suffixes, prefixes, and root words. Medical terminology examples and lists for clinical use or medical students.

PATHOLOGY FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS

Pathology is a branch of medical science that involves the study and diagnosis of disease through the examination of surgically removed organs, tissues (biopsy samples), bodily fluids, and in some cases the whole body (autopsy).

SWEDISH MASSAGE PROCEDURE

Step-by-step guide for the Swedish Massage. The traditional form of manipulating the muscles to reduce stress and muscle tension, and calm the nervous system to achieve relaxation.

CHAIR MASSAGE

Step-by-step guide for the Indian Chair Massage. Rooted in ancient Ayurvedic medicine, this shoulder, back, neck and head massage combines scented essential oils and techniques that include strokes and acupressure points, to relieve accumulated tension, stimulate circulation, reduce stress and fatigue and improve mental clarity.

COMPLETE ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY PLAYLIST

ANATOMY PLANES & MOTION

TYPES OF JOINT MOVEMENTS

FULL BODY SWEDISH MASSAGE

BECOMING A MOBILE MASSAGE THERAPIST