Fusion of Massage Therapy with Healing Herbs
Herbs have been used for hundreds of years to treat a huge variety of conditions. Combining the power of herbs with massage therapy seemed an obvious therapeutic connection for me in my own clinical practice. Infusing my massage oil with camomile, lavender and passionflower all complement my work aimed at reducing stress and anxiety in my clients.
Infused with ginger, turmeric or cinnamon your massage medium can be therapeutically enhanced and address issues such as arthritis pain, high blood sugar and high cholesterol. Arnica flowers and dried comfrey leaf are favourites of mine for muscular soreness but herbal- infused oils with celery seed or devil’s claw can also address a range of musculoskeletal conditions you see in your clinical practice.
We will make our own infused oils in this workshop and I will show some alternatives for practitioners who need to make infused oils quickly!
Dried herbs can also be used in herbal compresses and you will be able to make your own compress in this workshop. We will finish the day with instruction on how to safely prepare and use the pre-made Thai Herbal Compress Ball and when and how to use it on your client.
Every element of this workshop addresses the use of herbs as a valuable healing method that can be used beneficially in your massage process.
All equipment, notes and herbs are supplied in this workshop. Please bring your massage table. (1 between 2 participants is recommended)
Foot and Ankle Disorders: A Massage Therapist’s Treatment Guide
The feet are the foundation of our bodies, and they assist us in some of the most basic functions of living. Each foot contains 26 bones, which are controlled by multiple ligaments, muscles, and tendons. To accommodate us and our activities of living, the feet can change structurally over time which can give rise to a number of medical conditions and deformities.
This workshop will be a very comprehensive exploration of the foot and these associated anatomical regions, conditions and deformities that we may encounter in our massage clinics. A thorough explanation of over 17 conditions will be sent to all participants prior to this workshop which will give us time to focus on several common disorders that often directly involve the massage therapist; Plantar Fasciitis (correctly known as Plantar Fasciosis), Achilles Tendonitis, Metatarsalgia, Pes Planus, Morton’s Neuroma, Bunions and Shin Splints.
We will explore various forms of massage treatments and associated taping procedures as well as addressing orthotics and their correct use. Each workshop participant will receive an orthotic suitable for their own feet from Footlogics.
Greg has delivered popular workshops nationally and Internationally for many years.
He is co-convenor of the Traditional Therapists Guild and editor of its new Journal which will be published in 2018. He is happiest when teaching what he has learnt in massage over the past 32 years.