Body and Table Mechanics & Classifying Swedish Massage Mvmts/Chap 6 & 7( pgs 141-152 only) Flashcards

Terms Definitions
6 Principles of Body Mechanics
Strength, Stamina, Breathing, Stability, Balance, Groundedness & Centeredness
Breathing
Referred to as the foundation of massage
Dantien
The space approximately the size of a quarter, 2 inches below and behind the naval, also known as the ancient "center of gravity"
hara
A Chinese term used to describe the lower abdomen
draping
term used to describe essentially covering the body with cloth
What is the purpose of draping (4)?
1. provide a professional atmosphere; 2. support the client's need for emotional privacy (modesty); 3. warmth; 4. provide access to individual parts of the client's body.
3 basic "rules" of draping
1. state or local laws re: draping
2. client's request
3. Massage therapist's comfort
Swedish massage
The systematic and scientific manipulation of soft tissues of the body for the purpose of establishing or maintaining good health.
10 Elements in application of Strokes
Intention, Touch, pressure and Depth, direction, excursion, speed, rhythm and continuity, duration, sequence, routine.
Intention
A consciously sough goal or a desired end. All other elements in the application of massage are dependent on intention.
Touch
The medium of massage and a powerful therapeutic tool.
Pressure
The application of force applied to a surface (the client's body)
Depth
The distance travels into the body's tissues.
Direction
This varies from down & forward, inward and up, to downward and back and forth.
Excursion
The distance transversed during the length of one massage stroke, typically effleurage.
Speed
the change of your hand position over time r how rapidly (or slowly) a massage movement is being executed
Rhythm
Repetition or regularity of massage movements
Continuity
Uninterrupted flow of strokes and to unbroken transition from one stroke to the next
Duration
length of time spent on an area, which may be difficult to determine
Sequence
The arrangement and order of massage strokes.
Routine
The union of all 9 other elements results in this...
5 basic Swedish massage Strokes
Effluerage, petrissage, friction, tapotement and vibration
Effleurage
the application of unbroken GLIDING movements that are repeated and flow the contour of the client's body.
Effleurage
The direction of this type of massage is linear or circular
variations of effleurage
one-handed, two-handed, alternate hand, nerve stroke.
Benefits of effleurage
warm body tissues, relaxes client, prepares for deeper strokes, soothes after deep work, calms nervous system when slow, stimulates nervous system when quick, moves waste out of congested areas, creates length in muscles, increases blood and lymph circulation. soothes tired achy muscles, relieves insomnia.
body Mechanics
postural techniques used to deliver massage therapy with the utmost efficiency and with minimal trauma to the therapist
Strenuous
According to Bonnie Prudden, how the profession of massage therapy is classified.
Prone
The position of the client when lying on his/her abdomen.
Draping
covering the body with a cloth for professionalism, clients emotional privacy, and warmth, while accessing the client's body for massage.
Bow Stance
The foot stance most often used when applying effleurage or any stroke in which the therapist proceeds from one point to the next along the client's body, on foot pointing in the direction of movement.
Warrior Stance
The foot stance used to perform massage strokes that traverse relatively short distances, both feet place on the floor with toes pointing forward at a little more than hip distance apart
Repetitive motion Injuries
Injuries related to inefficient bio mechanics, a constant motion, combined with compressive forces, causing injury to soft tissues.
Side-lying position
Position preferred by pregnant women, some older adults, and persons with various other conditions.
Warmth
In the art of draping, this is the primary comfort consideration
Supine
The position of a client when lying on his/her back.
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