Partial Body Holistic Bodywork Therapy
Partial Holistic Bodywork Therapy.
Partial Body Massage is a massage treatment covering only certain parts of the body, not all of it. All details about which parts need to be taken care of, is established earlier in the initial conversation with the receiver.
Depending on the type of massage, the treatment might be done on sitting or lying individual.
General rules of the treatment are the same as with any other massage. Everyone is approached individually and the type of treatment and the way of performing it, is adapted to the needs and capabilities of the receiver.
In order to fully get to the old blockages and support the receiver in releasing them, I do use all bodywork techniques I have get to known and practise over the years.
During the partial body massage therapy are being discovered only those parts of the body which are getting the treatment. The rest of the body is safely covered.
Examples of possible combinations:
- Head, Neck, Arms
- Neck, Back, Arms
- Back, Legs, Feet
- Head, Neck, Feet
- Chest, Abdomen, Arms, Hands
- Chest, Abdomen, Legs
- Chest, Legs, Feet
- Back, Chest, Shoulders
Preparation for Massage Therapy.
Before the massage, take a few simple steps, to better prepare yourself to valuably use this time designed for a treatment:
- on massage day refrain from drinking caffeine or if not possible at least limit its consumption, as it has a direct effect on the nervous system and can cause problems with relax;
- the day before and especially on treatment day, refrain from drinking alcohol;
- 1.5 hour before the treatment, don?t eat heavy meal; if necessary you can afford a light snack about an hour before the massage;
- before leaving your home, if possible, take a warm, relaxing shower, which will cleanse your body of all previously used cosmetics, as well as cleanse and prepare the skin for moisturizing and nourishing effects of all natural oils used during therapy;
- dress in warm, loose outfit;
- if you have long hair, think about getting them together, otherwise they might disturb and also greased by the used oil;
- make sure to take off the jewellery (chains, bracelets, watches, rings, earrings etc)
- if you decide for partial body massage therapy, consider which parts of the body need treatment most and as a priority inform the therapist about them, together with the story of your symptoms;
- it is recommended to have a good mood and positive attitude;
During the therapy, it is recommended to relax the mind and the body. Deep breathing is very helpful in getting into relaxation state. To make it even easier, it is very common to use some relaxation or meditation music along with gentle fragrance of incense and soft light of candles.
If you have any questions or doubts, even during the treatment, don?t hesitate and ask your therapist right away.
Because massage therapy accelerates the various mechanisms, including removing the toxins from the body, it is highly recommended to drink a lot of water for at least 24 hours after each treatment, just to ease and support these all processes.
A contraindications of massage.
A contraindications is a situation when massage should not be performed. Continuing with treatment may be more detrimental than beneficial and in some cases may cause serious medical problems. The list of contraindications for massage may be longer than you expect, and it includes some conditions that at first glance don’t seem like massage would affect at all. Take a look:
Open wounds – Any cuts, lacerations or grazes. Obvious really, but it has to be said. You should wait until the scar has properly formed. This is usually between one and two weeks.
Muscle and/or tendon ruptures – In the acute stage these may still be bleeding. Massage will increase bleeding and tissue damage and prolong recovery. After the initial 48 to 72 hours massage may be possible but it will depend on the extent of the injury.
Muscle and tendon partial tears – Massage may be suitable after a minimum period of 48 hours, longer for more serious injuries.
Contusions – These are impact injuries causing bleeding within the muscle. Massage to a contusion too soon after the injury may cause further damage and may lead to Myositis Ossificans (bone growth within the muscle).
Burns, Chilblains and Broken bones – Massaging all of these will hurt and cause damage. Don’t do it.
Periostitis – This is inflammation of the sheath that surrounds the bone. Massage directly to the bone may cause irritation. You may be able to massage the surrounding muscles but stay well clear of the bone.
Rheumatoid arthritis and gout – These are inflammatory conditions. The same rules apply here as to acute injuries. Massage may cause further inflammation.
Bursitis – Inflammation to a bursa. A bursa is a small sack of fluid that helps tendons pass over bones at joints. If there is pain, swelling and redness over the skin then massage should be avoided.
Myositis ossificans – A bad contusion or muscle rupture may begind to calcify (grow bone). Massage will make the damage worse.
Infections of the skin and soft tissue – Bacterial infections, viral infections and fungal infections can be spread to other areas of the body by the therapist. Pain may also result from the infection, not an injury so massage will not help.
Thrombosis – This is a rare but potentially lethal blood clot in a vein. It is common in the calf muscle area. A deep, sore pain in the belly of the muscle may be a thrombosis. If this is massaged, it may dislodge, travel up the veins and damage the heart.
Artificial blood vessels – Artificial blood vessels which are implanted through surgery should be avoided.
Bleeding disorders such as heamophillia – Massage may cause damage to tissues and result in bleeding.
Tumours – If you are unsure of any lumps and bumps in the muscle or skin then leave well alone. Most often these lumps are muscle spasms or fatty tissue. An experienced therapist can usually tell.
Fever: When you have a fever, your body is trying to isolate and expel an invader of some kind. Massage increases overall circulation and could therefore work against your body’s natural defenses.
Inflammation: Massage can further irritate an area of inflammation, so you should not administer it. Inflamed conditions include anything that ends in ?itis, such as phlebitis (inflammation of a vein), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), arthritis (inflammation of the joints), and so on. In the case of localized problems, you can still massage around them, however, avoiding the inflammation itself.
High blood pressure: High blood pressure means excessive pressure against blood vessel walls. Massage affects the blood vessels, and so people with high blood pressure or a heart condition should receive light, sedating massages, if at all.
Infectious diseases: Massage is not a good idea for someone coming down with the flu or diphtheria, for example, and to make matters worse, you expose yourself to the virus as well.
Hernia: Hernias are protrusions of part of an organ (such as the intestines) through a muscular wall. It’s not a good idea to try to push these organs back inside. Surgery works better.
Osteoporosis: Elderly people with a severe stoop to the shoulders often have this condition, in which bones become porous, brittle, and fragile. Massage may be too intense for this condition.
Varicose veins: Massage directly over varicose veins can worsen the problem. However, if you apply a very light massage next to the problem, always in a direction toward the heart, it can be very beneficial.
Broken bones: Stay away from an area of mending bones. A little light massage to the surrounding areas, though, can improve circulation and be quite helpful.
Skin problems: You should avoid anything that looks like it shouldn’t be there, such as rashes, wounds, bruises, burns, boils, and blisters, for example. Usually these problems are local, so you can still massage in other areas.
Cancer: Cancer can spread through the lymphatic system, and because massage increases lymphatic circulation, it may potentially spread the disease as well. Simple, caring touch is fine, but massage strokes that stimulate circulation are not. Always check with a doctor first.
Other conditions and diseases: Diabetes, asthma, and other serious conditions each has its own precautions, and you should seek a doctor’s opinion before administering massage.
HIV infection: Some people still think of AIDS as something that can be “caught” through simple skin-to-skin contact, but most of us know that’s not the case. If there is no exchange of bodily fluids (blood, semen, vaginal fluids, or mother’s milk), HIV can’t be transmitted during massage. So, HIV infection is not contraindicated for this reason. However, some of the infections that people suffering from the later stages of AIDS experience are contraindicated, and you should avoid those infections. Loving, soothing contact is extremely important for people at any stage of infection, but in the case of any visible rashes, sores, lesions, or swelling, massage is best left to a professional. If you have any cuts or scrapes or scratches on your hands, it’s an especially good idea to wear thin surgical gloves while massaging an HIV-infected person with any signs of open lesions.
Just a minute here! All this makes it sound like you practically have to get a medical checkup and a nod from the doctor before having a massage, doesn’t it? Well, in many cases, that’s exactly what it means. When you’re considering having a massage and having any health concerns, check it out with your physician first.
The first and foremost rule here is; If you’re not sure about a particular condition, don’t take the massage.