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With a simple question to a client, “what kind of job do you do,” we can predict where the consumer is likely to be feeling aches and pains in their body with a high degree of accuracy.
The professional office worker – The professional office worker often suffers from neck problems on one or both sides. Even the ear to which they keep the phone can be predicted by the neck pain that surrounds it on that side of the neck. We can tell who has an ergonomic phone or earpiece and who doesn’t. The massage will then concentrate on stretching the stiff neck. The massage will frequently need to stretch down to the shoulder’s edge. In addition, the muscles around that ear and on the side of the neck that stretch up into the skull will often need care.
A male office worker’s calves are also prone to problems. The massage therapist must then concentrate on stretching the calves, which are incredibly tight. This could take a long time and even several sessions. As a massage therapist, this fascinates me because many customers’ jobs require them to sit for long periods of time, and their calves are as tight as those of a long distance runner. To protect the heart, I believe the body moves stress to the farthest point possible away from the heart.
The collar and the calves are the two extremes for office employees.
Traders – Traders often complain of pain in the midsection, especially in the legs, glute muscles, and lower back. These physical positions also include bending and carrying heavy equipment and machinery, putting a strain on the mid-body. After that, the massage therapist typically focuses on stretching the back muscles, which improves blood flow to the area and provides relaxation.
As a massage therapist, I find it fascinating that my massage technique is so reliant on the type of work my clients do.
Men are from Mars – When it comes to massage needs, the distinction between men and women is that women are more ‘pamper oriented’ and enjoy all-over massage. Men seem to be motivated to alleviate aches and pains in their bodies, and they often request that the massage therapist concentrate on specific areas of their bodies.