Tuesday, December 23, 2008By: Daniel J Brownell
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How many times have been to a massage therapist, a doctor's office, even your local mechanic and been told something in a language you don't understand. Even though English was spoken, the words just made no sense to you. Like most people you politely smile, nod your head in agreement and leave wondering just exactly what he meant.
You may have done this because you didn't want to look "stupid" in front of the person who was talking to you. You've probably heard this before, but it needs saying again - "There are no stupid questions!" Especially when it comes to your health. If you don't understand what you are being told, ask for it to be repeated in a way that you can understand.
Professional people use a language all their own. Depending on what profession the person belongs to, dictates the language they use. When the professional is dealing with the general public, they sometimes forget that they need to use layman's term in order to be understood. A good professional will take the time to make sure you understand what you are being told. They have to, if they want your business. If they are unwilling to make themselves clear to you, then it might be a good time to seek another opinion.
In the massage profession, a therapist is taught the specific terms used in massage. Once a massage therapist learns these terms, they tend to use them. One reason is so that there can be no confusion as to exactly what they are talking about. That is of course if they are talking to another massage therapist. Sometimes they forget that they are not always talking to someone who understands massage terminology.
In this age of the Internet and the Information Super Highway a lot of people are educating themselves. I believe this is an excellent thing to practice. The massage terminology I am going to list is not definitive, but only some of the more common terms. I will attempt to explain each one in plain English.
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