Emotional Release

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Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson.

Page 447 in Chapter 15 discusses the topic of emotional release. I was extremely happy to see this section in our book and interested in the explanation. When I was attending the classroom portion of massage school we would give and receive massage every evening. One evening during our practice I noticed one of the students crying on the table. The other student giving the massage was caught off guard and not prepared to handle the situation. Our teacher quickly stepped in and comforted the upset student. After this episode, our teacher explained to us that emotional release is quite common and you must be prepared to handle the situation in a professional and caring manner. I was so thankful that I experienced this in class rather than with a client for the first time. As the book points out, we are not counselors, but we can support the client emotionally. I found reading our text in this section important and informative.

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