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Massage Therapy Myths

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Massage therapy myths Although the popularity of massage therapy is on the rise, the misconceptions about what it can and cannot do are still prevalent. Tackling the myths and learning the facts about massage benefits both therapists and their clients. Here are ten common myths about massage therapy, busted wide open with scientific facts and data.
1. Massages are basically all the same.  Certainly not true! There are many different types of massage, and each has their own role. Spa massage focuses on stress relief and helping to diminish general muscle soreness. Sports massage is useful for athletes of any kind, from Olympians to weekend joggers, and helps to keep muscles and joints in top shape. Massage for physical therapy is geared toward healing specific injuries and keeping bodies mobile while they recover.
2. Massage spreads cancer cells through the body.
This is, scientifically, nearly impossible. One would have to smash the tumor directly for it to shed any potential metastatic…

10 most common Contraindications to massage

What is a contraindication and why is it essential practice to gain knowledge of a clients medical history prior to treatment?

A contra indication is a medical term meaning to with hold a treatment as proceeding with the therapy may cause unnecessary harm if the client is affected by one of these conditions.Massage has many benefits including increasing the circulation and releasing discomfort from tight and aching muscles however in some situations such as the conditions listed below massage can do a lot more harm then good. Due to this it is essential that you do not with hold important information from the therapist during the consultation as it can be detrimental to your health.

It is normal practice for all professional therapists to take a consultation the first time you meet a new client. It is essential in order to practice safely not only for ourselves but also the client that a medical history of the clients health is obtained and contra indications discussed and if appropri…

The 5 main types of massage movements and benefits

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There are a variety of different strokes used during a typical massage routine. This depends on the style of massage, the clients  requirements and how the therapist conducts her treatment. 
When I am working on a client I personally like to use a variety of massage movements not only to enable the massage to be as effective as possible, but also so that I can tailor make the session to cater for each individuals needs as client satisfaction is extremely important to my practice.
Below is a summary of the main massage movements used in swedish massage which is the most common style of massage practised,the reasons for each stroke and the benefits that are gained as a result. All the strokes are done in an upwards motion towards the heart. The strokes are described as I personally use them and in order for what I have found to be the most effective way of practicing but each therapist obviously has their own method of what works best for them and their treatment.

Effleurage This is the…