Massage therapy is a physically challenging career that involves many body stresses. Topic 11-1 provides general information about ways you can improve your health now and prepare for the demands of a massage therapy career. Topic 11-2 explains the principles of good body mechanics and techniques for achieving depth and pressure without being injured. Topic 11-3 provides strategies for self-care while on the job.
Chapters that discuss special populations (e.g., pregnancy massage) or particular techniques (e.g., seated massage) include additional recommendations for body mechanics.
Having read the chapter and used the related student learning tools, the student will be able to:
- Explain four ways to prepare for the demands of a massage career using basic health-improving activities (nutrition, sleep, fitness, and stress reduction).
- Analyze the principles of body mechanics and apply them in body positions used during massage (standing, sitting, bending, lifting, etc.).
- Explain the concept of repetitive stress and describe how poor body mechanics contributes to repetitive stress-related conditions.
- List three examples of jobsite pressures that can increase the number of injuries massage therapists experience.
- Identify three self-care activities you can use on the job to promote a long, satisfying, healthy career in the massage profession.