Here are 4 important principles taught in chiropractic and osteopathy education for over a century and in updated massage schools that you ought to know.
1. A primary way your work creates change is by stimulating various nervous system receptors which are located in virtually every tissue and area of the body.
When you compassionately stimulate an area thru stretch, light or deep pressure, vibration, and especially proprioceptive stimulation, it sends afferent signals to the nervous system which can send efferent motor signals via the CNS to muscles that can help them normalize tone, and can influence pain perception.
Whatever (dermatomal or CT) area you stimulate, the corresponding muscles in that area can become affected.
It can also affect the ANS.
2. Applying deeper pressure has many benefits, including stimulating sensory nerve receptors located only in deeper tissues. Especially proprioceptors located muscles and joints, as well as richly embedded receptors in bone, primarily the periosteum.
When you do apply deep pressure and movement, avoid causing pain. There may be rare momentary exceptions, but if you aren’t familiar with them and not masterful in this area, your guideline should be to not elicit pain perception in your clients. Staying below pain levels is a great way to help prevent causing harm.
3. In some instances we can deform certain connective tissue, but when you apply deeper pressure, it is safe to say that you are most likely not changing the normal length of tissue, and more likely helping release restrictions that can allow tissue to unfold or elongate to its normal length potential.
3. Always stay in close communication with clients while working with them. Stay connected and checked in with them, and ask for their feedback to make sure they are comfortable and their massage needs are being addressed. This compassionate interactive feedback is also referred to as working interoperatively.