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Hi Peter, thanks for your response. I'm unclear what you mean about encountering a contraindication - do you mean her headaches may be the result of some underlying illness and massage is triggering it? I fear that she may not want to come back if every time she gets off my table she gets a pounding headache!
Hi Peter (and Luciana). Thanks for the replies. I have spoken with this client about my concerns and she admitted that she had not been drinking very much water, so I am hoping the culprit is *simple* dehydration. Interesting you mention gall bladder as a possible problem - she had hers removed 2 years ago. And for clarity's sake, I just want to say that I start with her face and neck but it is always a total body massage; never is the neck done "a la carte!" I also didn't mention that I do energy work and end each session with a chakra balance, which starts from the feet (grounding) and moves up through the body to the crown of head. Now that she has brought up the issue of headaches, I will start the chakra balance at the head and move down the body, energetically "pulling" any excess energy out through the feet. I did tell her that I thought she should see her physician and she has an appt. coming up. I will still see her for a massage next week, though. Let me ask you - where were you taught to "scan the body for key structural anomalies and contraindications?" I know a little about posture, but had no in-depth training in massage school for what sounds like the fairly thorough exam you are conducting. I would like to know more! - Thanks, Debra