He immediately arched into a perfect yoga cobra position, pushing himself off the table with his arms, looked back at me, and said, “Why are you touching me there?! Another client, with severe shoulder girdle pain and abundant breast tissue, told me after she got off the table, “Well, no one ever massaged my breasts before, but I feel better.” I had not in fact massaged her breasts; I had performed detailed subclavicular work with one hand while gently holding her breast tissue out of the way with the other. Lessons Learned Don’t use anatomical terms if there is even the slightest possibility the client doesn’t understand; indicate with your hands where you intend to work.After years of working with bodies, we can get too comfortable with moving tissue around and out of the way, even in private areas.Stay keenly aware of body parts traditionally viewed as private and always ask permission—and explain why you are trespassing—before starting the work. He had severe scoliosis and extreme hypertonicity, and asked if he could get a full treatment on his back. I tried to keep our personal relationship separate from our professional one, but it was impossible.
So I went in this morrning, he was the only one there (he's the owner), and we did the usual half-undressed massage thing.
Nothing weird happened, really, but afterwards he told me not to worry about it, that he has lots of rich clients, and I shouldn't bother paying.
I don't know whether to be creeped out or not..gives really good massages and it seems like a sweet deal, but I'm just not too comfortable with it.
If I can make these mistakes, perhaps you can use the following as a road map to keep yourself out of trouble.
Start at the Bottom An elderly gentleman was suffering from severe sciatica.
This necessitated my having to work on his lumbar spine and gluteal regions.During our intake, I asked permission to work on his glutes. After having completed the detailed work on his lumbar spine, I placed my hands on his glutes.Now that I'm writing this I guess I sound pretty naive... Although it may be hard to believe after reading this, I have never been tossed out of the profession or reprimanded by a state board.But in 17 years of practicing massage therapy, I have made some whopping errors.The following are absolutely true stories in which I goofed. As you start shaking your head and thinking you’d never make mistakes like this, understand that I’m a textbook author, I have a thriving private medical massage practice, and I have spoken nationwide on lymphatic, medical, and oncology massage.