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Posted on: January 10, 2016

Specific Women's Issues for Massage Therapists

When a woman is at the spa, ready to get her amazing, pampering, relaxing massage, several issues may come up that the massage therapist should be aware of. Relaxation personal health, meditation and stress relief are some of the major reasons women regularly go for massage therapy. Comfort level plays a major role when the client is choosing a massage therapist. One of the first questions asked is whether the client wants a male or female masseuse. While for some, this isn't an issue that makes any difference at all, there are many women whose heads will immediately be filled with questions such as, "Did I shave my legs today?" "What about my stretch marks?" "Which underwear did I put on today?" or "What if the massage therapist is attracted to me?" Sometimes the client finds herself attracted to a male masseuse and finds that distracting, leaving her unable to relax or fall into a meditation, which is what many clients do. This doesn't always hold true, though. There is a perception that men, being stronger, can deliver a more forceful massage, which is what many women are looking for. Essentially, receiving a massage is undressing in front of a stranger and being completely rubbed down by him or her. Massage therapy is quite the intimate experience. Relaxation, personal health and meditation are all benefits of massage therapy.

Some of the most beneficial types of therapy include: Trigger Point Therapy, which works on a specific pain or trigger point. Swedish, which helps to relieve stress and reduce pain. Deep Tissue, which focuses on the deepest layer of muscles to target knots and release chronic muscle tension. Cranial Sacral Therapy, which focuses on the bones in the head, spinal column and sacrum, offering pain relief to those areas. Prenatal, ideal for expectant women.

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