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Incorporating Whole-Body Health Into Your Massage Practice
February 26th, 2007 under For the Therapist. [ Comments: none ]

Incorporating Whole-Body Health Into Your Massage Practice.

This article looks at health and massage treatments from a holistic approach.  Rather than just treating the site of the injury or pain, the author discusses how we, as massage therapists, can  educate our clients into reducing systematic inflammation by the use of proteolytic enzymes.  Use of such enzymes through massage oil has helped this particular author in his own practice.  For anyone that has a basic interest in nutritional medicine or just wants to impart some more knowledge to their client, this article is a good place to start when beginning your own research.

From: Massage Today. (February, 2007, Vol. 07, Issue 02) 


Managing Passivity
February 26th, 2007 under For the Therapist. [ Comments: none ]

Managing Passivity

Dr. Odette Reader discusses the issue of “Passivity” where a client person will generally remain in his/her comfort zone, and it’s relevance to the massage industry.  Dr. Reader looks at the 4 main “passive behaviours” and gives some tips on how to move the client on so that their health is improved.
Whilst Dr. Reader does not voice an opinion on the economics of moving a client on, rom a therapists point of view, there is an ethical judgement to be made in relation how much treatment the client may need.  This is a question that each therapist will have to decide for themselves however it is hoped that the therapist would only work to serve the client rather than drip feed their own income.

From:  The Journal of Australian Association of Massage Therapists.  (May 2004)


Information for the Therapist
February 23rd, 2007 under For the Therapist. [ Comments: none ]

Legislation and the Masseur

From:- The Journal of the Australian Association ‘Massage Therapists – February 2004 http://www.aamt.com.au/journals/Feb2004/3_legislation_and_the_masseur.doc

Whilst this article is based around the legislation pertaining to massage therapists in Western Australia, it serves as a timely reminder for all therapists to learn and understand any local policies and laws that govern their own businesses. I recommend consulting not only your local massage schools, but also your local/state/federal laws on the matter. I cannot stress how important this is, as well as joining an “Association” such as the ‘Australian Association of Massage Therapists” or the British, American, Canadian, Indian etc counterparts in your own part of the world. As the article says, there is “strength in numbers”.

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Code of Ethics

Whilst this article is written in Australia, it is a timely reminder for all therapists around the world about the Code that should be followed/adhered to when providing any type of manual therapy. There are a lot of dangers and risks involved in the manual therapy industry, and it is incumbent upon each and every one of us to follow the rules/ethics of our particular country or state to ensure that a/. the rules are not broken, and b/. that the reputation of ourselves and the whole industry is maintained or even improved upon.

The Journal of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists.

May 2004

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“The Therapist and Ethics”

A brief look at some of the main ethical concerns regarding massage therapists in Australia. Explains the concept of “Informed Consent” when performing massage.

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Injury Prevention for Massage Therapists

From: http://www.positivehealth.com/permit/Articles/Massage

Laurianne Green discusses some of the injury concerns that Massage Therapists face during their careers, and also ways and means with which to combat serious injury and cope with the heavy stresses and workloads that manual therapy brings. This is an EXCELLENT ARTICLE for all therapists worldwide. The section on “Injury Prevention Techniques” is fantastic and has assisted many therapists to continue their chosen career longer than they may have done so.

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“Advice on Towel Laundering”

David Rosewell of Towel Order discusses the most appropriate way to launder your towels for the benefit of you and your clients.

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