Is this technique ok in terms of body mechanics - pulling back very firmly with flexed fingers? If you use the side-lying position for massage other than pre-natal, how and why do you use it? I had all kinds of ideas going through my head during the demonstration of great uses for athletes who use lats and traps a lot (especially for getting at the insertion of lats and teres major), but after an hour or so of demonstrating I guess it all diffused away and I was at a loss when I got a body in front of me.
I'm trying to think of a diplomatic way to put this.She said it's worth it for the sake of great massage.
Nope. I can't.
No. No no no no. NO!
In my opinion one of the most important things a therapist can learn is not to "sacrifice" to deliver "what the client needs."
What a client needs is for the therapist to have boundaries that they can trust. If the therapist is incapable of respecting her own body, and is willing to compromise her body to prioritize the client, her boundaries are untrustworthy.
Healthy boundaries in this regard, will mean that the therapist has the confidence to refer out, when it will most benefit the client.
Really?aloha_student wrote: She said it's worth it for the sake of great massage.
If you have to do the flexed fingers stroke for class, practice relaxing fully your non-stroking hand (assuming you alternate left, right, left, right,) even if just for 2 seconds.