Andrea wrote at 2011-11-07 17:33:01
In the case of osteoporosis, you would also need to be careful about stretching them too far as well. I know someone who was attempting strain/counterstrain (positional release) and put the client into a position that caused more damage than helped. Specifically, a gluteal positioning with leg off table that may have been too much for this 85 year old lady.
Darling Rae wrote at 2013-01-17 14:21:02
I think it is important to point out that each person is unique. Many of my family members suffer from the ailments listed here and all seem to benefit from a massage. The key is to know which areas to massage and how strong to apply pressure. The key is relaxing the person and being aware of any tender spots they might have. I don't think a light foot massage would hurt anyone, in fact I think it would increase blood flow to a place that is often neglected. I'm not a doctor, these are just my personal observations.
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I graduated from one of the top massage schools in the country, the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona, with 1074 hours (in a 1000 hour school) of hands-on training and theory, including Anatomy and Physiology and Pathology. I graduated from massage school in August of 1999. Before I began massaging I learned reiki, a form of energy work. I currently work in Tirra Salon and Day Spa, an Aveda spa near downtown Chicago.