Massage – Basic Techniques

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional masseuse Jim Weiler demonstrates some basic massage techniques.

    Jim Weiler

    I am Jim Weiler, the CO-owner of the Piedmont School of Professional Massage,Inc. in Woodbridge, VA. which was established in 1995. In addition to our 530 in class hour training program that leads to certification by the Board of Nursing we also have a very upscale 8 treatment room facility that offers massage therapy by our staff of 5 full time and 7 part time certified massage seven days a week. We also offer facials and are in the process of adding a wet treatment room in order to offer and provide body/salt & sugar scrubs for exfoliation, as well as various other hydrotherapy and spa treatments including but not limited to body wraps and mud bath applications. I have 12 years of teaching experience and 22 years of experience the massage therapy profession. I have worked in many different aspects of the profession,spas,resorts,clinics,doctors(MDs) as well as chiropractors(DCs) and out/housecalls. I have supervised the providing of massage therapy to the participants of the Marine Corp Marathon for the past 9 years and the Tim Harmon 5k run to benefit hepatitis research for the past 6 years, as well as various other athletic events. I have supervised students providing pre, post and remedial sports massage to the Potomac Nationals baseball team. I have provided & supervised the therapist to do on-site seated massage at Potomac Mills Mall on black Friday to raise money for Toys for Tots for the past 10 years and provided and supervised the therapist and students doing on-site seated massage at IKEA for the past 11 years, provided the therapist to do on-site seated massage for Georgetown Universities Nurse Appreciation week, as well as various other corporate, government agencies, private & public schools, for profit and nonprofit groups and many other charitable organizations. 2. In this video, professional Commonwealth of Virginia, Board of Nursing, certified massage therapist, Jim Weiler will demonstrate the proper body mechanics,stances,hand placement and techniques of classical Swedish/stress reduction massage. This video is designed for the lay person.

    Jim Weiler: Hello. My name is Jim Weiler. I am the owner of the Piedmont School of Professional Massage, a professional massage training program, and clinic in the Greater Washington metropolitan area.

    Myself, Ive been doing massage since 1985, and have been instructing massage therapy since 1995. Today, were here to teach you how to do a massage, and couple of key points. The whole secret, the whole trick to be able to do a massage without getting tired and needing to get a massage yourself, is to have a massage table on which to do the massage. The important point for the massage table is it, is at the right height, so that you can take advantage of your body weight, and what are called body mechanics to do the work for you. We have a massage table set up here and a good general guideline is to have the table come to either your fingertips or your first knuckle, obviously this table doesnt meet that requirement and this is only for demonstration purposes.

    A couple of key stances that you will use in order to take advantage of your body weight and body mechanics is whats called the long bow and arrow stance or the archer stance, and if anyone out there, who has done Tai Chi might be able to relate to this as well as any other type of marshal arts, to where youre moving your body back and forth while keeping your back straight.

    The other stance is the horse stance, which has the feet placed fairly wide apart, and you are able to go up and down from the knees and from the hips, rather than bending from the back or youre going to need a massage yourself. We probably all try to do massage at home on friends or family members on the floor or on the bed and found that we get tired after only a few minutes. The reason for that is, is when youre doing massage on the floor or on the bed, you are using the muscles in your arms and hands to do the work rather than using your body weight and body mechanics to do the work for you.

    Today, well be demonstrating some basic Swedish massage techniques and how to incorporate those, and the body mechanics already demonstrated to do a massage for friends or family members at home.