Mental Disorders


It is very likely that a massage therapist will have a client with a mental disorder at some point in their careers. It is important for the massage therapist to be aware of the behaviors and feelings of their clients so that they can react properly or know to not react to certain behaviors.
If a client has a panic attack during a session, the therapist needs to know how to care for the patient. He should have the client sit, perform proper breathing exercises, speak with a soothing voice, and remain calm until the panic attack subsides. On the other hand, a therapist may need to just ignore a client’s behavior. For example, if a therapist has a client with obsessive-compulsive disorder, the therapist needs to be understanding when the client has a fear of touching objects that other people may have touched or needs to rearrange any objects in the room.

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