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Massage Therapists – Heal Thyself

Massage TherapyI have conducted many bodyworking seminars for thousands of massage therapists.  I can tell you that working a room full of massage therapists on massage tables is like working at a battlefield hospital without the blood. Initially, I would ask it each therapist if he or she had any issues that caused pain. After having asked this question hundreds of times with the same answer, YES! or even Hell Yes. I started just asking where is your pain? This saved time and got to the issue quickly. It seemed like every massage therapist had pain.

Massage therapists are among the most injured professionals, right up there with nurses. Going deep into the soft tissue to help your client, means going hard on your own tissues. Often the resulting is injuries to the massage therapists own tissue from overexertion, postural mispositioning, or jammed and damaged appendages. The resulting soft tissue and joint injuries can be painful and over time debilitating. The length of service time for a massage therapist is similar to professional football players.  The physical nature delivering deep tissue therapy limits the time for the therapist becomes the patient.

So what’s a massage therapist to do to help their clients, while preventing their own injuries that will eventually limit their career? The length of service for a massage therapist is close to professional football players.  The physical nature delivering deep tissue therapy limits the time before the therapist becomes the patient.  Just like the player becomes the fan.

The answer for the massage therapist is to use external forces to get the deep work done.  Compressing damaged soft tissue ads pain for both parties in the effort to create the necessary tissue manipulation.  The alternative is to deliver the invisible force of negative pressure thru a piston powered decompressor to a combination of  the large body working tools.  This means working more tissue with less effort and far less pain and potential damage to the injured soft tissue.  Light negative pressure generators are used for cupping.  These units are primarily used for directing energy along the meridians.

The key feature of the big negative pressure decompressors is the use of a piston powered pumps.  This pumps are capable of quickly reducing the pressure over a large area of the body at the same time.  Body decompressors go deep painlessly, extending over large areas of soft tissue.  The soft tissue decompression tools strip, shear, pump and pull the soft tissue removing waste, breaking blockages such as adhesions, scar tissue, accumulated toxins, and flushing the treated tissue with fresh oxygenated blood.  The results are a soft malleable, hydrated soft tissue.  The process excites the fibroblasts which activate the sleeping healing process in these often ancient soft tissue wounds.

Negative pressure therapy goes by many names.  Decompression Massage Therapy (DMT), sub-atmospheric therapy, reverse massage, and many more names.  Going deep into the tissue is necessary to achieve the healing results desired,  reversing the forces of going deep means reversing the pain and exertion for both the client and the therapist. Negative pressure therapy will extend your career and get results for your clients. Ask Dianne, an 80-year-old DMT therapist. “Without DMT, I would not have been able to extend my career.  I would be at home living on social security, but instead I have an important job at the Spa painlessly and effortlessly helping our clients with their soft tissue issues.”

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