Massage and Pathology
With massage therapy going mainstream around the world more clients are seeking out massage for treatment of complicated health concerns. Today Ruth will discuss massage and pathology in the context of working with clients who are not perfectly healthy, whose bodies may not have the capacity to keep up with the kinds of changes some types of bodywork bring about where we can run the risk of doing more harm than good. In this presentation Ruth will discuss some of the most important pathologies you need to know about for the safety of you and your client.
Ruth Werner is a retired massage therapist, writer, and educator with a passionate interest in massage research and the role of bodywork for people who struggle with health issues. Her groundbreaking textbook, A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology was first published in 1998. She writes for Massage and Bodywork magazine and teaches across the USA. She has served on committees for the Utah Department of Public Licensing, the AMTA, NCBTMB, and the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards. In 2005 she was selected for the AMTA Teacher of the Year Award.