Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Public Service Announcement #4,378

I am a Massage Therapist. Yes, I'm licensed and nationally certified. I'm prohibited from diagnosing OR treating any illness or ailment, it is outside of my scope of practice (yes, even massage therapists have a scope of practice).

If you have something bothering you besides a minor ache or pain, and you want to know what's going on, visit a doctor or chiropractor, that's their job.

Also, I'm NOT St. Christina of the Healing Hands. Don't ask me, after a 50 minute service, twenty of which I spent massaging your back, if I "got rid of" all the knots in your back. I do not perform miracles. How long did it take to GET those knots? Do you still do the same repetitive motions that put the knots there? See where I'm going with this? I can certainly help in the limited time I have, but you need to reassess how you do your work/which sports you do/your posture, AND have regular and frequent massage if you want to "get rid of" all the knots.

Thank you.

This has been a public service announcement from your local massage therapist.


Joey_C said...

I know I have knots, like deep hard knots in my neck and shoulders.

Whenever getting a massage, for whatever stupid reason I feel like I need to have the therapist work the hell out of them and I walk away feeling beat up, lol

Now before you yell at me for not being more communicative with my therapist beforehand let me tell you that I realize that this is my fault for not making said therapist aware ahead of time.

Question is, if I just want a relaxing rub down and not a deep tissue massage, what type of service should I request?

Christina RN LMT said...

Hey, Joey! Just a Swedish massage, but make sure to let the therapist know you only want light pressure, that you just want to relax. If they still beat you up, find another place to go, 'cause they're not listening to you. I hate therapists who have that "I know what's best for you" attitude.
Pisses me off.

Joey_C said...

Thanks C.

It really isn't their fault in my case because in the past I've gone in with the macho attitude that I should get the deep tissue "mans massage", LOL

Now I know better thanks to you.

Christina RN LMT said...

You know what? I tell my clients flat out that I don't want them to go all macho on me! When I'm doing deep tissue, they need to let me know whether they want less or more pressure. Of course, if I see flinching or twitching, I'm going to ease up. Or at least ask if the pressure's ok!

Joey_C said...

LMAO @ "flinching or twitching"

Sounds like me to a t.

I can't wait for my next massage so I can confidently say-
I'd like a nice relaxing Swedish massage with light pressure.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, I can almost picture it now. Can't wait!