Monday, August 29, 2011

Is It Still a Massage if the Client's Clothes Are On?

I am a licensed massage therapist working in a medical setting with a wide range of patients, some of whom have pain patterns that don't require a traditional "Swedish massage."  Instead, one of the modalities I offer is trigger point work, which can be performed fully clothed or can combined with more typical "Swedish" strokes and using oil.

What do you think?  Is this still a "massage?" 

Let me know if you have comments or questions about massage !

Earon Davis, JD, MPH, NCTMB
Adjunct Professor, Health and Wellness Program, Kaplan University School of Health Sciences
Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork


Anonymous said...

As long as you are manipulating tissue, rather the clothes are on or off, it's still considered massage. The other thing one might think about are purpose and intent. What is the purpose for giving the massage, and what is the intent of the person giving the massage? I got into massage to help people get pain relief.

Anytime you help someone in pain rather it's through modalities such as massage or even Reiki,it is often greatly appreciated, even when the clothes are on.

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