Anatomy is “the branch of science concerned with the bodily structure of humans, animals, and other living organisms, especially as revealed by dissection and the separation of parts.” Human Anatomy courses are instrumental in many ways to massage therapists. Anatomy is a required course at PMA, and we will explain why anatomy and massage therapy go hand in hand in this article.

Why Do Massage Therapists Learn Anatomy?

Learning human anatomy is exciting and enlightening. Our body structure is very complex, and there are many bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and structures that encompass our anatomy. In particular, massage therapists benefit from learning the muscles and muscular system of the human body. This is helpful for many reasons.

One of those reasons that it is helpful to know about the muscles in the body is that it can help to understand what your client is experiencing. For example, you can use your knowledge of anatomy to figure out which muscles need worked on based on the area of tightness that the client is describing. There are many muscle groups that coordinate with each other as well, therefore the knowledge of anatomy is essential.

Anatomy and Treatment Technique

Another reason human anatomy is important for a massage therapist to know is that this information will help you determine what type of treatment technique and massage is most helpful for the client. For example, if someone has a lot of swelling in their legs then lymph massage is a great choice. If you notice tightness in the muscles of the legs from running or sports, then a sports massage is top priority.

The More Knowledge, The Better

Lastly, massage therapists are considered part of the healthcare professionals community. Clients will gain respect and therapists will garner rapport by being educated in aspects of the body, health, and wellness. An educated massage therapist that knows their anatomy is a valuable asset to a person’s wellness team.

Hopefully this article helps you understand why anatomy and massage therapy go hand in hand.

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