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What Drives My Passion to Teach a Clinical Massage Course?

Jun 17, 2024

Three types of massage originate from traditional Swedish massage: holistic, sports, and clinical (medical).

So, what sets clinical massage apart from the others?

Clinical massage is a hands-on, results-driven therapy. It’s not just about theory but practical application specifically tailored to address the present problem.

My personal journey in clinical massage began in Hungary in 2005. The course I undertook was titled Medical Massage Therapy. It delved into deeper anatomy and physiology, with a strong focus on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.

We were also taught other clinical subjects, such as rheumatology, orthopedics, neurology, etc. Our practical training was in the hospital and took 900 hours to complete. It allowed us to gain plenty of experience and learn to implant our theoretical knowledge into practice.

Upon establishing my private practice in Ireland, I was taken aback by the number of clients who were curious about their conditions. I initially didn’t understand their queries. It was only later that I realised clinical massage therapy was relatively unknown in Ireland, and my knowledge in this field was indeed unique.

The contraindication list during the Holistic Massage training is very long, so basically, if someone has a disc problem or after surgery, that person can not be treated. However, that person needs the treatment most.

One example is that after the surgery, the patient is referred to a physiotherapist. Unfortunately, the waiting list is way too long, sometimes a few months, and the scar tissue treatment should start after a few days of the surgery.

Another crucial example is the rehabilitation after hip replacement, a surgery that is very common nowadays. The client often does the exercises at home alone, following the instructions given by the physiotherapist. However, after the surgery, the muscles tend to be very stiff, reducing the joint’s mobility and causing pain in the affected leg and the other leg. This highlights the urgent need for additional treatment, not just the given exercises. It is now clear how vital it is to treat the soft tissue after surgery to speed up the recovery process.

My other experience was explaining the hospital report to the client, which can help them understand their condition, dispel myths about it, and set realistic goals. The list can go on and on.

Did I want to teach the Clinical Massage Course? No, I did not. However, my clients encouraged me to share my knowledge. So that was the first step in implanting the thoughts in my mind. The seeds started growing, and I eventually got ITEC accreditation for this course.

Why was it essential to get ITEC accreditation? You can learn about the different accreditations in the next post.

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