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Posted on: August 28, 2016

Working as a massage therapist gives you the opportunity for employment in several locations, including:

• Cruise ships • Resorts • Day spas • Beauty salons • Medical facilities • Inside clients’ homes One of the most important aspects of working with clients is learning to listen to their requests for services. In addition to consulting with a client before beginning a spa service, you must understand their body language during massage therapy to know if you are touching a sensitive joint, muscle or tendon.

Learn How to Listen to Clients During Their Massage Therapy Sessions

Many clients who want to visit a massage therapist have special needs, including: • Arthritic joints that require gentle strokes during treatments • Trauma injuries that are still healing • Fibromyalgia muscle and tendon pain • Immobility from strokes or paralyzing injuries • Cognitive impairments such as dementia • Needing to use wheelchairs or assistive walking devices • Surgical incisions, skin grafts or missing limbs • Partial hearing loss or visual impairment • Experiences epileptic seizures

Find Unique Ways to Communicate to Clients Throughout Massage Treatments

While a massage student is performing a massage on a client, it is important to find a way to communicate despite limitations. If a client is reclining on their abdomen during a treatment and is unable to talk or hear, then a massage therapist should know sign language or use written messages to communicate. When a client has low vision, a massage student should take the time to describe the treatment room along with providing other amenities such as fragrant burning candles and aromatic essential oils.

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