Principles of Clinical Massage
1. Everything is connected. When using massage as a therapeutic mechanism to regain health, a therapist considers the entire body. Treating one isolated area does not solve the issue because injury is transmitted throughout the entire body.
2. Since muscles contract in order to work, if they are already short they cannot work. A therapist lengthens pathologically short tissue. Contrary to popular belief, deep tissue isn’t the only effective treatment. Short muscles resist and too much pressure results in tug-of-war…therapist vs. short muscle. Winner: Nobody! And client? Experiencing post-treatment pain! Ouch!!
3. Muscles respond to touch. Massage interrupts feedback loops ‘jarring’ them back to normal function.
Been lucky enough to witness these effects of massage firsthand? I am interested in your feedback.
Maurice Messegue’, in Of Men and Plants, tells this story:
“My father took down some bottles from over the fireplace and mixed several in a bowl. He then made a compress by folding a small piece of flannel, soaked it in the liquid and placed it on the man’s side. Within half an hour the pains had gone and his face was no longer screwed up out of all recognition, as it had been. Gripping the table in my excitement I couldn’t take my eyes off him; it was a miracle! “Papa, did you do that!?” “Mon cheri,” his papa stated, “He who causes the plants to grow is the one who did it.”
Massage IS therapy and so much more than a feel good experience.