On the 29thOctober I spent 2 hours at the universities commercial clinic practicing the different massage techniques and revising the anatomy of the body.
For the first hour of the session I practiced different massage techniques where I stayed professional throughout. I showed professionalism by checking that the client had no contraindications and that the work area was set up appropriately before starting the treatment. During the massage I used the towel effectively to ensure client modesty. I then asked the client if they had any problem areas. They explained that they had aches and pains in their back and tight calves from running a few days prior to the massage. I spent 25 minutes working on the whole back where I started off with effleurage to increase the blood flow and then went into petrissage using both kneading and wringing. I communicated well with the client to find out exactly where the pain was so I was able to focus the massage around this area, getting even deeper into the tissue. I then spent 10 minutes on each calf muscle applying effleurage, petrissage and tapotement. I used beating, hacking, cupping and tapping which are all techniques of tapotement that will stimulate local circulation. I spent the second hour with a different client practicing my anatomy by going through the bony points on the skeleton and then palpating them on the client.
Areas for further improvement
I think I need to become more knowledgeable on the bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons of the body so I know exactly what is under the area I am massaging. This will also help me to decide which technique would be most effective to use depending on what part of the body it is. To improve this, I can revise the anatomy that has been taught to me and begin to independently learn/teach myself the anatomy that hasn’t been covered yet.
Things to Remember: