Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, by Salvo and Anderson.

A portion of Chapter 2 was devoted to questions to ask a client during the premassage assessment. While the questions provide critical information to the therapist, I also feel that asking these questions in the appropriate progression and in the appropriate manner can be a major contributing factor of how comfortable the client feels. In my personal experience, I feel most comfortable when I know that my doctor, care provider or therapist knows as much information about me as possible. Being able to elaborate on various conditions and describe pains and symptoms to the therapist can provide a sense of both relief and comfort. I believe this all ties into the “Personal Professionalism” described by Salvo on page 24. “The therapist is professional in appearance and mannerism, and is knowledgeable, skilled, self-aware, focused, calm, confident, and prepared.”

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