Demystifying the Massaging Tricky Areas Workshop


Michael Guida LMT

Contributed by: Michael Guida LMT (#19016), BPS, CAT, Dipl. Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM), Certified Triathlon Coach

When people find out I am a massage therapist, they sometimes tell me that they have had massage in the past but don’t currently. When I ask “why” the answer is often “because the therapist did not focus on my main complaint”. Often this lack of attention is one of the things I consider to be a ‘tricky area.’ This is what motivated me to put this workshop together. Keeping clients happy is not only good for them, but for the entire massage therapist community.

This is a workshop that I am teaching at The Wellspring School, for current massage therapy students or licensed massage therapists. In addition to what I mention above, I would define a ‘tricky area’ as one that is hard to get to, or that requires a higher level of communication with the patient. For instance all of the structures around the hip (glutes, adductors, psoas, sacrum, abdominals, etc) tend to need a lot of work as they tie in the upper body and lower body. However, my experience with getting treated is that many massage therapists shy away from these areas, even when I say it is my main complaint. Possibly because they are unsure of the draping, or don’t want to get too close to the patient’s private areas.

Another example would be the sinuses and face. Many times when I needed focused work due to congestion or headache, I received just a cursory pass over the area, possibly because the practitioner was unsure of how much pressure to use or what part of their hand they should use to treat this non-fleshy part of the body.

Some other areas I’ve included in this class are the abdominals, the upper and lower ribs, the hands and feet, and the rotator cuff. Again, all areas that need work, but are often skipped due to the LMT’s comfort level.

In this professional workshop, I will address locating the areas to treat, proper draping, increased appropriate communication, and a myriad of hand techniques to accomplish your goals in a treatment. I want you to leave the workshop not only able to do the techniques, but to feel confident in your approach and the dialogue you will have with your clients.

Let me help you, by putting new tools in your toolbox, that will serve you for the rest of your career, and keep your patients coming back!!

You can read more about this workshop on Saturday May 4th, and register by clicking here.


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