therapists massage clients and administer body treatments for relaxation
and remedial purposes.
therapists may perform the following tasks:
the soft tissues of the human body, including muscles, tendons
and ligaments, to assist healing
massage techniques to enhance relaxation and wellbeing
techniques such as muscle stretching to assist with recovery and
to enhance muscle performance
finger pressure techniques in therapies such as Shiatsu and reflexology
complementary aids, such as infra-red lamps, wet compresses, ice,
essential oils and herbal or mineral therapies to promote recovery,
relaxation and wellbeing.
therapists generally work in three broad (sometimes overlapping)
Massage This is a paramedical massage treatment to assist in healing
parts of the body which have been injured or left inactive due to
age, illness or injury.
Massage This combines massage techniques to promote relaxation,
improve circulation, relieve muscle tension and increase range of
Massage This combines different massage techniques to enhance sports
performance and recuperation and prevent injury. It can include
pre-event, post-event and maintenance techniques.
therapists may specialise in one or more of the following techniques:
Technique uses non-manipulative touch to improve coordination
combines the therapeutic properties of essential oils with other
massage techniques to promote health and wellbeing.
uses movement sequences to expand awareness and self-image.
uses methods that study motion, in particular how muscles act and
coordinate to move the body, for detecting and correcting energy
imbalances and movements in the body.
uses thumb and finger pressure on the reflex points (nerve endings)
of the feet (which correspond to all areas of the body) for therapeutic
and diagnostic purposes.
uses a system of finger pressure along acupressure meridians to
release discomfort and re-balance energy.
Massage refers to a collection of techniques designed to relax muscles
by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and
rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to
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