If you’re a massage therapist, you know that protecting your body is vital.
Lauriann Greene, L.M.P., author of Save Your Hands! Injury Prevention for Massage Therapists (www.saveyourhands.com) helped bring the issue of injury among massage therapists greater light. In an article in Positive Health she shares three keys to avoiding injury:
- Learn to think of yourself as an athlete. – Protecting, training, resting, hydration, and nutrition must be prioritized to maintain your body’s best health. Increase your body awareness. – Know your strengths, weaknesses, and limitation, and learn to pay attention to signs your body sends you. Know the physiology of injury. In order to assess when you’ve got an injury, or the beginning of one, you have to be able to recognize the symptoms and understand how to treat them.
The following blog is written by Lolita Knight, who visited one of the Fiji islands and brought back a traditional foot-based therapy. She developed it specifically with the knowledge that since the foot has stronger bones and leg muscles are more powerful than arm muscles, this massage form could help relieve the pressure massage therapy puts on the hands, arms, and upper body, while still offering superior deep tissue massage. According to Knight, this massage modality offers many benefits, including:
- Frequently offers quicker pain relief for clients.
- Saves therapist’s hands, neck, arms and shoulders while avoiding kyphotic strain, cervico-cranial hyperlordosis, repetitive strain injury and overuse.
- Can be given while therapist is seated.
- Provides a deeper massage with less energy.
- Can serve larger clients with ease.
- Helps to exercise and tone the therapist’s legs, feet, and abdomen.
Since it’s performed on a mat, it is also extremely mobile without need of a table.
Check out the video from Barefoot Masters, and read more about Fijian Massage in the blog.
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“Fijian massage can often provide deeper pressure than other types of massage that utilize hands. It also gives therapists’ hands, wrists, shoulders and backs a break, which is one of the main advantages of this technique. It can prevent, for example, carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful repetitive movement injury.
You can easily employ this technique for various client requests. Many therapists use a Fijian barefoot massage for clients wanting a deep massage and use their hands for clients wanting a softer touch.”