Getting a massage will be of great benefit to a client’s body as it may relieve him of body pains, moderate his blood pressure, reduce stress, among other benefits. Despite all these, a massage could go wrong and put the health of your client at risk. Some of these risks include:
- Blood clots: Clients who suffer from hypertension usually have a buildup of plaque in their arteries. If you exert a lot of pressure during a massage, these plagues may rapture and lead to the release of blood clots which may find their way to the brain or the heart.
The situation is made worse because the person who has this complication is not aware it exists and there is, therefore, no way you can prepare for it.
- Nerve damage: When conducting sessions of deep tissue massage where you will need to put a lot of pressure to be able to reach the tissues, you may get to the extreme if the client is not speaking up. The pressure will become excessive leading to nerve damage; to avoid this, keep talking to your client in the midst of the session and encourage him to speak up when things get out of hand.
- Skin infections: During a massage, there is a possibility of a skin infection being transmitted from the client to the therapist or vise-versa. It is also possible to spread an infection from one part of the client’s body to the other.
If you do not clean the massage table properly or you do not disinfect your hands thoroughly, you may also spread an infection from one client to the other.
- Excess fatigue: though a massage session is supposed to offer relief from fatigue, it may also cause excessive fatigue the next day. This can be overcome by having enough rest after the massage and drinking a lot of water to overcome the dehydration resulting from the massage.
- Soreness: If a client goes through a deep tissue massage, it could result in soreness the following day. This may continue for up to 24 hours after the massage and then disappear. If the pain gets to the extreme, you can use some pain-relieving tablets or seek medical help if the tablets are not working.
- Fractures: If a client’s bones are weakened as a result of health complications, they may easily break as a result of the pressure exerted during a massage. This is why it is important to get a client’s medical history so that you can know the best way to handle him.
- Stretching injury: At times you may overstretch a client using excessive force leading to injuries. Though stretching is recommended during a massage therapy, it should be done in moderation to avoid harming the client.
During a massage, toxic substances are released from the muscles into the bloodstream. If you are not well hydrated to aid in the excretion of the toxins, they could cause damage to your kidney. This is why it is vital to hydrate before and after the massage to avoid such risks.
When giving a massage, do not engage in any move you are not sure is safe for your client. Keep contact with your client and observe his reactions as you proceed. You should also give the client the freedom to express his views as you proceed. If he needs you to stop a certain move, listen and this will save you the trouble of losing a client due to an issue that could have been avoided if you listened to him.