Massage involves applying touch with some degree of pressure and movement. The massage therapist must use touch with sensitivity in order to determine the optimal amount of pressure to use for each person. For example, using too much pressure may cause the body to tense up, while using too little may not have enough effect.
Touch used with sensitivity also allows the massage therapist to receive useful information via their hands about the client’s body, such as locating areas of muscle tension and other soft tissue problems. Sensitive touch can also convey a sense of caring to the person receiving massage.
In practice, many massage therapists use more than one technique or method in their work and sometimes combine several. Kinisi Institute’s certified massage therapists ask about each person’s need and encourage feedback during the session in order to use the techniques and amount of pressure that will best meet their needs.
“When you touch one person, you touch the world.”