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Top mistakes massage therapists make

Top mistakes massage therapists make

Massage is an art of healing. It has to be done with utmost care to make the massage experience a rejuvenating one. Your clients are more likely to come to your massage clinic/spa again if they have had a great experience. If they have an unpleasant experience chances are you may lose them.

Let’s look at the top mistakes massage therapists make and should be avoided

Interruption between treatments

A massage should be a continuous process. Try to avoid stepping away from the customer for any reason.

Keep all your massage supplies you need during treatment within arms reach.

If your clinic or spa does not have reception staff, set up your phones with a voice message indicating that you are in treatment and you will call back as soon as you are able. Your clients calling to book an appointment will understand. They will appreciate your full attention when it is their turn in treatment.

Uncomfortable Massage Space

It is just as important to have a pleasant ambiance in your massage room as it is to know all the right techniques in massage therapy. Your clients will have a much better experience if they are in a space that is comfortable and relaxing.

Below are the things you should keep in mind

  1. Temperature – Always remember that your client will feel colder than you as he/she is relaxing. Try to keep your massage room warm or invest in a table warmer or heated blanket to ensure your clients comfort.
  2. Noise – You might be adapted to the office noises as you work but they may be disruptive to your clients during their treatment. Spend some time in your massage room. Listen to the noises in the surrounding rooms and see if there is a way to mute any disruptive noises.
  3. Smell – You would like your massage room to smell pleasant but not overwhelming. So essential oils are a way to make the ambiance more pleasant (remember they are usually highly concentrated, a drop might be enough). Also try to avoid wearing perfumes or any artificial fragrance.
  4. Communication – Communication is the key to helping your client feel comfortable. Tell your client to let you know if the pressure is light or too hard. Be sure to ask them if they are comfortable or not. When you begin the massage try asking a question or two about their comfort level. If at some point during the massage you notice their comfort level changing check with them and make the appropriate adjustments to the treatment.

Not being present with the customer
A massage therapist should aim to be present with the client during the massage. This means he/she should pay attention to the way the client’s their breathing, the feeling of their tissue and any other signs during the treatment. You want to ensure their massage experience is a reviving one. Take the time that is necessary after every stroke, try not to rush the process.

Not paying attention on yourself
While giving massage you should focus on yourself too. You should be comfortable at all the times during the treatment. Your client may be able to feel your energy if you are tensed or stressed. Take time before every treatment to try to centre yourself and balance your energy. Stretching and self massage in between treatments and at the end of the day will also benefit your body and mind.

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Basic Foot Reflexology and how to give a proper foot massage?

Basic Foot Reflexology and how to give a proper foot massage?

A perfect Reflexology Foot Massage is the best healing force which can help alleviate many symptoms like insomnia, headache, chronic fatigue, dizziness and it also helps in treating the hidden cause of many internal diseases such as Kidney disease, Heart disease, Liver disease, High blood pressure, plus virtually any other disease known to man.

Foot massage is also one of the most pleasurable experiences that you can have, if the proper reflexology foot massage technique is used by massage therapist. A proper reflexology therapy is one of the best stress relieving treatments and are a great way to end a full body massage.

Some significant fundamentals of Basic Foot Reflexology to keep in mind in order to give a proper foot massage technique are below:

  1. Make sure that your hands are clean and fingernails are appropriately trimmed before giving any type of massage technique.
  2. Feet are usually ticklish and hence great care must be taken in avoiding light touch or brushing lightly on the feet. Being tickled is not relaxing and this makes the nervous system to go in the alert response. So, always make sure to press or hold the feet firmly.
  3. Feet tend to be very sore in some parts. Make sure to apply pressure in a gentle manner and try to avoid digging directly into the tender point. The key to perfect massage is firm pressure in a gentle manner.
  4. Begin the foot massage by massaging every nook and cranny around the ankles. By loosening of all the ligaments and nerves that run through the ankle, the therapist is preparing the remaining of the foot for the direct pressure; this technique is part of any good Shiatsu or Reflexology Foot Massage.

Basics of Foot Reflexology

reflexologyHave a look at massage chart above. The entire human body is represented holographically on the sole of foot. The inside edges of your foot, the most medial or middle aspect, represents the spine. It is because the spine is the middle of the body. That is the reason it is represented by the most middle aspect of feet.

The liver is present on the right side of the chest and abdomen and therefore the area of your feet that treats the liver is the lateral aspect of the right foot.

The spleen is on the left side of the ribs, which is below heart. Therefore it is treated by the outside or the lateral aspect of the left foot.

Head is situated in the toes along with all of the sensory organs. The lower back, urinary bladder sacrum, genitals and lower limbs are positioned towards the heel.

The kidneys are placed in the very centre of the sole of the foot which coincides with the acupuncture point Kidney 1 (Yongquan – ‘Bubbling Spring’).

The anatomical position of Kidney 1 is in between the 2nd and 3rd metatarsals, just posterior to the first phalangeal joint.

Massaging at this point is very advantageous for grounding someone’s energy out of their head, for symptoms such as headaches, insomnia or dizziness.

This point is also the major point where Earth Yin energy enters in the body and EMF (electro-magnetic field) radiation Yang energy is discharged back again in to the ground. This point is also very effective for fertility and longevity.

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Benefits of Deep Massage Tissue

Benefits of Deep Massage Tissue

Deep tissue massage has more benefits than just stress relief.

First, let’s understand what deep tissue massage is?

Deep tissue massage is comprised of special techniques of applying pressure to reduce knots and scar tissue along the muscle’s fibres of the back and body. It can be used to treat specific health conditions or health concerns like sciatica, tennis elbow, neck pain, osteoarthritis pain and many others.

It helps to break up the toxins and loosen up the metabolic waste that has been accumulating in your body’s muscles. For this treatment massage therapists use their hands, elbows, fingers, knuckles, and forearms.

Why deep tissue massage?
Deep tissue massage can help provide relief of small or large muscle injuries and chronic problems.

People suffering from chronic muscle tension or injury can be prone to adhesion or formation of knots which form in muscle fibres. These knots can be very painful and it can hinder the blood flow in the body leading to many problems.

Benefits of Deep tissue massage

1. Mood booster and stress relief
Deep tissue massage triggers oxytocin and serotonin which helps to relax and improve a person’s mood. The treatment will also help to reduce stress producing hormones.

2. Improves Blood Flow
Applying pressure on the muscles helps improve blood flow. The increased and enhanced blood flow can help to relieve muscle tension and reduce soreness.

3. Rehabilitation
This technique is used as a rehabilitation option. Application of pressure, twisting and stretching of muscles helps the body recover and induces healing. This can promote a greater range of motion in previously damaged muscles of the body and ease the pain associated with chronic disorders.

4. Motion and Mobility

Deep tissue massage is all about benefiting the muscles of the body. If the muscles are not tuned properly, it can limit your mobility. Deep tissue massage can help to make movement easier and promote a greater range of motion.

How to Prepare for Deep Tissue Treatment

Drink plenty of water before and after a massage, staying hydrated will help flush out the toxins released during the massage. Stretching before going for any kind of massage can also be beneficial, as it will help boost your blood flow.

Be sure to communicate with your therapist, let them know where the pain is or what the problems you are having are. That way they can use the appropriate and best technique to help ease the pain.

Try to come early for your first appointment with the massage therapist so that you have time to fill out any forms that are required, ask any questions and mentally prepare.

What to Expect After a Deep Tissue Massage

After a deep tissue treatment you can expect some soreness and stiffness in the muscles that have been treated. Make sure that you drink lots of water and avoid doing heavy exercises after a massage. The therapist may also suggest putting ice on the affected areas or have a hot water bath depending on the type of treatment.