Medical Massage Therapy in my view follows the classic clinical model and combines physical assessment tests with the application of a variety of hands-on techniques, and finishes with teaching remedial exercises for the client to perform at home.
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I’m David Morin. I’ve been an Approved Provider of CE Courses in Medical Massage Therapy since 2001.
In a clinical setting, I find it easier to work through clothing and use little or no oil. Doing away with draping and working with No-Oil on a Clothed Client enhances mobility, I can easily get them up off the table, moving that arm or leg to see if the treatment I’m giving is having an effect on their pain.
Clothes on resolves room temperature issues and modesty issues. There are many people with negative body issues who would never consider a massage where they had to disrobe. There are not many medical professionals that do any kind of treatment in an unclothed situation without someone else in the room, so clothes-on brings a more professional, clinical focus to your practice.
And most importantly it opens access to the very valuable side-lying position where draping can be a real problem. The side-lying position facilitates so many advantages. I can use pillows to prop up legs and arms to really get the muscles on slack for deeper work with less pressure from me.
I can access trigger points and deliver sustained pressure without me having to contort myself to reach them. This is a real enhancement to the longevity to your career when you don’t tax your own body to give the most effective treatment.
And no oil. Come on, no mess, no cleanup, it’s a treat for the therapist.
I request clients to wear an oversized all-cotton t-shirt with either short or long sleeves. Well worn cotton is like skin and provides traction for direct pressure with no slippage due to oil or lotion. Yoga pants or sweat pants are ideal too. No denim
I’m sure you’ll find the clothes-on no oil approach is really liberating to your work. To the graduates of our courses, I ask you, how has the clothes-on, no-oil approach enhanced your Medical Massage Practice?
I’m David Morin for Health Matter Seminars.