Touching with Purpose & Intent

Massage therapists prove knowledge is power. Their education is what separates them from the massaging chairs found at department stores and nail salons. Theirs is not an empty touch. It is a touch with purpose and ability.

 

Masseur vs. Massage Therapists

Masseurs and massage therapists are often stereotyped as the same things. This is a grave offense to massage therapists. Massage therapists are professionally trained. They are under pressure to understand a body using their hands as a doctor would with a stethoscope. Masseurs are under no such pressure. They have no training or educational standards to live up to.

Seeing a masseur is the same as sitting in an electric massage chair. It is empty touching. There is no understanding directing it. It is absent of the knowledge needed to recognize or address comfort levels and problem areas. The touch of a massage therapist is different. It is touching with intent and purpose. Massage therapists have a broad understanding of anatomy and physiology. Their education gifts them with the ability to recognize what they’re looking at.

 

Purpose & Intent

Knowledge is power. There are few professions where this fact is more obvious than in massage therapy. Massage therapists do not need X-ray equipment to understand things hidden beneath the surface. They can piece together a person’s muscular and skeletal system just by having them on a table.

This recognition allows the touch of a massage therapist to have direction and purpose. Massage therapy strokes serve many purposes. Their first one is palpation. This is touching with purpose and intent. The first intent of a therapist’s strokes is to assess what is front of them. Massage therapists use strokes to test for pliability and temperature. Skin’s pliability is a tool used to decipher a person’s hydration, whereas, skin’s temperature tells the tale of a person’s circulation. Skin does not have to be swollen and red for inflammation to exist. In fact, pale skin can often cover up a growing problem.

 

Addressing & Treating

Massage therapists can do much more than just perceive. Knowledge is more than just an idea. It is what equips someone with the ability to take action. The second purpose of a massage therapist’s strokes is to address what their first set of strokes encountered. They have the power to appropriately deal with whatever may be lurking beneath the skin. Ultimately, massage therapists have the power to make a difference. They have the ability to make a person feel good or bad.

Blind strokes are the equivalent to poking around in ignorance. Possibly bruising tissue, just digging in can leave a person in worse condition than before they were on a table. Customers have to live with a massage therapist’s actions long after a session is over. They expect to be treated with care. Knowledge gives massage therapists the ability to do this and more. Massage therapists can actually make a customer’s life a little better than it was before a session.

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