The Polarizing Extremes in Massage Therapy - Let's Adapt a Continuum

The Polarizing Extremes in Massage Therapy - Let's Adapt a Continuum

 by Sandy Fritz

Collaboration in the massage therapy practice crosses many settings from wellness care found in the spa and wellness centers, to acute care in medical settings.
As health care practitioners, providing manual therapy in the form of therapeutic massage, we function within a continuum.
Definition of continuum:
  • a coherent whole characterized as a collection, sequence, or progression of values or elements varying by minute degrees
  • a range or series of things that are slightly different from each other and that exist between two different possibilities
A continuum is NOT the extremes:
  • hot/cold
  • self-employed/employee
  • wellness/medical
  • light/deep
  • acute/chronic
  • happy/sad
A continuum is the space between possible extremes. As a massage therapy community we lack collaboration, unity and professional identity because we are polarized at the extremes.



Sandy Fritz a well renowned massage therapist with more than 35 years of experience. She dedicates her time to writing massage texts for Mosby Publishing (Elsevier), educating, consulting, teaching, and providing massage to a mixed clientele. You can view or purchase Sandy's textbooks at:

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author. They do not purport to reflect the views or opinions of CE Institute LLC.

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