Difficulty breathing during massage?

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Difficulty breathing during massage?

Post by Prizzly » Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:27 pm

Hi guys,
I have a friend who says he has difficulty breathing when he receives massage. Has anyone seen this before? Is there something I can do so he can breathe easier? I know he has some sinus issues, and I recall him mentioning a deviated septum. But I'm under the impression that the breathing is difficult throughout the massage, not just prone in the cradle.
Any suggestions?

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Re: Difficulty breathing during massage?

Post by moogie » Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:21 pm

How heavy is the client? I've had some who are large and have difficulty breathing because of the weight of their chest and stomach.

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Re: Difficulty breathing during massage?

Post by MarionFM » Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:47 am

If supine, does he need to be propped higher?

If you have any myofascial training, check his upper chest area for restrictions in the fascia.

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Re: Difficulty breathing during massage?

Post by Prizzly » Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:54 am

Thanks for the replies.

He's a pretty fit guy. Healthy, tho he does also have asthma. Do you think massage could be triggering asthma-like symptoms?

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Re: Difficulty breathing during massage?

Post by kathryn » Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:28 pm

Ask him if he has difficulty breathing when laying down to sleep at night. If not, there's a possibility that something about the massage creates anxiety for him and that's why he's having difficulty.

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Re: Difficulty breathing during massage?

Post by Dave_Cou » Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:00 am

kathryn wrote:Ask him if he has difficulty breathing when laying down to sleep at night. If not, there's a possibility that something about the massage creates anxiety for him and that's why he's having difficulty.
I was going to ask, does he seem tense or nervous during your massages?

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Re: Difficulty breathing during massage?

Post by MassageMaven » Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:22 pm

I work in side lying position with my client who has a deviated septum.

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Re: Difficulty breathing during massage?

Post by holley » Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:33 pm

Perhaps simply observe friend laying on the table for a bit. Check in and see how breathing is going. If fine, massage face, head and neck. If no breathing difficulties, end the session and take it up next visit with same plus additional work. When/if breathing issue arises stop, be still and see what arises.
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