Massage – Danger Areas

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional masseuse Jim Weiler discusses some danger areas where you have to be careful not to apply too much pressure on your client or your partner while doing massage.

    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: Hi, this is Jim with Piedmont Therapeutic Massage in the Washington DC area and we are going to be talking about some endangerment sites where you have to be careful not to apply too much pressure on your client or your partner while doing massage. One of those areas is this area here between the bicep and the tricep. You have nerves, blood vessels and other deeper underlying structures where direct pressure should not be applied and this area here, there is a nerve that runs down the entire length of the arm and the into the forearm.

    Another key area is here, by the area whats referred to as medial epicondyle and we can probably all relate to hitting our so called funny bone, which in fact is not a bone, but is a nerve, the ulnar nerve, which is being smashed against the bone when you knock into something. Other area that is also a point of endangerment is the lateral epicondyle where the radial nerve passes along. If your partner is experiencing any symptoms, such as an electrical tingling sensation, or numbness, this indicates that you are pressing on a nerve and you will need to adjust your pressure or your area of contact.

    Another endangerment site is back of the knee, which again there are many various endangerment structures, blood vessels, arteries, veins and nerves there as well. Another endangerment site would be the kidneys in the low-back area, just below the ribs and thats an area where you would not want to do any of the various tapotement techniques.