I am often asked what kind of massage I do and how to find a therapist that does similar type work. How do you verbalize the techniques that were used ?
Education is a big part that many schools don’t fully integrate into their programs, so check all the massage schools in your area even ones that have closed. Often they keep a list of graduates. Ask for graduates in your area.
A school that provides only the minimum required by your state is likely to be only interested in making a profit not training quality therapists, so look for a more in depth program, more hours as well as incorporating various modalities. Often only 3-4 techniques are taught when there are over 50 different modalities. My school had cadaver dissection classes, child psychology, nutrition, specific injury treatment for various issues that occur.
I prefer a person with some life experience, someone who has experienced loss of a loved one, family trauma, occupational challenges, things that we all go through in life, so usually older is better.
To push and pull on people requires strength, endurance and good physical condition, look for someone that is height/weight proportionate and looks and acts healthy.
Read the reviews that people have written about my work and then search reviews in your area for people making similar comments about local therapists.
Steve Dollahite has amazing energy. Could not walk past his tent. Unbelievably talented healer. I’ve had too many massages in my life to count and am extremely impressed. I walked in nauseous with no energy and left feeling great with pep in my step like I could take on the world. Hope to visit him again.
I have never felt better. This is a true body massage that gives you a feeling that you’ve been reborn. Thanks again.
Steve you fixed the condition that I’ve had for years seen many doctors and many chiropractors you fixed it in about 10 minutes all I can say is wow you’re awesome and thank you
Lots of reviews say it was a great massage but the average person rarely knows what is possible, so read a lot of the reviews.
Usually in 10 minutes you can tell if you are getting effective work. If not ask to stop the session and pay the therapist a fair amount and start your search again.
Sports teams often use massage so go talk to any sports team for their recommendations. Professional, college, high school, athletic events like triathlons, bowling, tennis etc.
Massage won’t fix everything, with 650 muscles in the body frequently some get injured or become weak. Search for a quality physical therapist or personal trainer to assess if you might have some weakness. Most health insurance plans pay for physical therapy, so do it! Today is a good day to start ! Get fit and maintain proper weight for you height!!!
Chiropractic can help but I’m not a fan of most chiropractors because it’s usually a 5 minute treatment which is just not enough time to really assess, treat, and educate the client. Use the same hints to find a great one don’t settle for less.
Acupuncture can be great for many things especially systemic issues.
Now this is what I do. I use motion to assess and treat the muscular and skeletal body. I support and move a leg, arm, torso etc using what I like to call cradling. This requires having as much contract as possible with the body part so that it feels fully supported. Then I very slowly but firmly move it everywhere it should go, if it feels restricted I assess which muscles could be involved and I shift a hand to that area and palpate until the clients breath changes, I feel the muscle respond and then push the limits to a new range creating a sense of comfort with the new motion. I use as many as 10 different techniques to treat that area as I move the body part in every possible direction. The subconscious brain is in charge of all proprioception (Sense of position and movement and where the body part is in relation to all the other body parts and the environment). And so as movements become compromised after injuries new patterns of movement form and become the new normal. That pattern is what I am trying to sense and alter. Since the subconscious brain has not sent to order to move the body part but it is moving the subconscious brain is forced to accept this motion. I believe it is not possible to treat the entire body in one session but focus on the issues presented to me, and encourage the client to take responsibility for their own well being.
It’s a team effort much like a sports team with a quarterback, a goalie, etc. I am only here to gently guide the client onto a new and healthier path.