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  • A women is partially covered by white towel during a therapeutic massage.
    June 6, 2024

    Linens and Modesty - Providing Client Comfort

    Massage therapy is inherently sensual. The therapist's trained hands understand the muscle groups and fascial tissue that can seize and cause pain to the client, and kneading these muscles with skill can provide immense relief. The client must trust the therapist and surrender to the treatment.
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  • Female athlete spraying topical analgesic on sports injury
    May 17, 2024

    How do Topical Analgesics Work?

    Topical analgesics are medications that are applied directly to the skin to provide pain relief. They work by targeting pain receptors in the skin, muscles, or joints, and inhibiting the transmission of pain signals to the brain. The exact mechanisms of action can vary depending on the specific type of topical analgesic.
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  • Sun-Savvy Secrets: Shielding Your Skin with Sunscreen
    May 9, 2024

    Sun-Savvy Secrets: Shielding Your Skin with Sunscreen

    Sunscreen is essential for all skin types primarily because it helps protect the skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. UV rays can cause various types of damage to the skin, including sunburn, premature aging (such as wrinkles and age spots), and an increased risk of skin cancer.
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  • Five ways to avoid burnout for registered massage therapists
    April 25, 2024

    Avoiding RMT Burnout

    RMTs should ensure that their work environment is ergonomically designed to reduce the physical strain of their job. This can include using proper body mechanics, maintaining good posture, and using equipment such as massage tables and chairs that are designed to reduce physical strain.
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  • Cleaning treatment clinics from corner to corner
    March 17, 2024

    Corner to Corner Clinic Cleaning

    Even if the weather is still cold and the days are dark, calendar spring is nearly upon us. On Tuesday, March 19th, the sun will be crossing the Earth's equator from south to north, harkening warmer weather and longer days. This is as good a time as any to discuss giving the therapeutic workspace a really thorough cleaning.
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  • Do massage gels provide the ultimate glide?
    March 4, 2024

    Massage Gels: The Ultimate Glide?

    Massage gel provides a very appealing glide across the skin. Although gels tend to have plant oils as their primary ingredient, they tend not to be greasy feeling. Rather, they have a consistency that is pleasant for both the client and therapist, and they can be used in very controlled quantities because they absorb into the skin more slowly.
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  • The science of massage oils
    February 17, 2024

    Slide and Glide: The Science of Massage Oils

    Plant oils that are extracted by grinding or crushing (AKA cold pressing) are known as carrier oils. Think of the process of making pure peanut butter: Raw peanuts are ground into a fine paste. If left in storage, eventually the solids collect at the bottom, and the oil rises to the surface. Many plants produce useful nuts and seeds for oil extraction.

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  • Friction massage is a matter of movement in massage therapy.
    February 3, 2024

    Friction Massage: A Matter of Movement

    Friction massage is a massage technique that involves applying pressure and friction to soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This technique aims to break down adhesions and increase blood flow to the affected area, promoting healing and reducing muscle tension. Friction massage typically involves circular or cross-fiber movements with the fingers, thumbs, or palms.
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