Certified massage therapist Jim Weiler will demonstrate the proper body mechanics, stances, hand placement and techniques of classical Swedish/stress reduction massage.
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Jim Weiler: Hi, this is Jim with Piedmont Therapeutic Massage in the Washington DC area and we are going to be talking about some endangerment sites where you have to be careful not to apply too much pressure on your client or your partner while doing massage. One of those areas is this area here between the bicep and the tricep. You have nerves, blood vessels and other deeper underlying structures where direct pressure should not be applied and this area here, there is a nerve that runs down the entire length of the arm and the into the forearm. Another key area is here, by the area whats referred to as medial epicondyle and we can probably all relate to hitting our so called funny bone, which in fact is not a bone, but is a nerve, the ulnar nerve, which is being smashed against the bone when you knock into something. Other area that is also a point of endangerment is the lateral epicondyle where the radial nerve passes along. If your partner is experiencing any symptoms, such as an electrical tingling sensation, or numbness, this indicates that you are pressing on a nerve and you will need to adjust your pressure or your area of contact. Another endangerment site is back of the knee, which again there are many various endangerment structures, blood vessels, arteries, veins and nerves there as well. Another endangerment site would be the kidneys in the low-back area, just below the ribs and thats an area where you would not want to do any of the various tapotement techniques.
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