Fix in Six- The Jing Method for Getting Results with Advanced Clinical Massage
How do you feel when a new client walks through your door experiencing some kind of acute or chronic pain- for example; a herniated disc, persistent low back pain, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, or a sports injury? Do you feel:
A. Excited at this opportunity to help someone get out of pain, gain a repeat client, and enhance your word-of-mouth reputation?
Or are you:
B. Unconfident, unsure of how massage can help, hesitant in your treatment, or feel that you should be referring the client on to a osteopath or physiotherapist instead?
If the answer is the (A) – then well done- put this article down and go and have a cup of tea or read some of the other excellent features on this blog instead! But if the answer is (B) then you may wish to read on – and don’t worry, you are not alone!
Do you wish you had a massage mentor?
Lack of training in the treatment of pain is one of the most common gaps in knowledge identified by British massage therapists today. Most qualifying courses enable us to do a great relaxation massage but leave many of us lacking when it comes to those clinical problems so commonly seen in the general public- bad backs, sore necks, shoulder or wrist problems.
Even many therapists gaining sports massage qualifications are often unsure about how to go about getting results with some of the techniques they have learned. To be sure, trigger point and STR seem like great techniques but how on earth do you put them into practice when faced with a real live client in pain and desperate for help?
Discovering the tips and tricks that work consistently in clinical practice can be a long and frustrating journey – how many of us have wished we just had that personal wise and experienced “massage mentor” sitting in a chair in the corner of our massage practice and helping us to figure out exactly what to do with each client?
Well help is at hand – at Jing we have used our years of personal massage experience to develop a tried and tested approach that is highly effective in treating the pain conditions commonly seen by massage therapists.
Using a proficient combination of advanced soft tissue techniques, many clients can experience a reduction in their pain levels within 6 weekly sessions and often as few as 1-3 treatments. Although we are not quite able to sit in on your massage sessions, having the Jing “roadmap” of techniques at your fingertips is like the next best thing.
How do we know our approach works? Quite simply because these are the combination of techniques that we have been using in our own clinics over the past 30 years to get consistent results with people in pain. We use these techniques, and so do our teachers and students– and we get results!
Feeling confident in treating chronic pain works wonders for your enthusiasm for your work and of course your marketing – nothing enhances your word of mouth publicity more than a treatment resulting in relief from pain.
Principles of the Fix in Six approach to treating acute and chronic pain
Can you really make a lasting result in a maximum of 6 weekly sessions? Our experience suggests you can; most common musculo-skeletal injury and pain responds well to this approach; frequently achieving a pain free period by weeks 3 or 4. Once you have reached a pain free period, you can lengthen the time between treatments so you might next book your client in for 2 weeks time. Eventually most clients can be moved onto monthly maintenance sessions to keep them out of trouble on an ongoing basis.
We have found that the most successful approach involves using a combination of a great assessment plus a combination of the treatment skills outlined below – you will need more than one tool in your massage toolkit to achieve effective results with different conditions. The best practitioners get results because they use a dynamic combination of skills, adapting each session with every client to create a unique and specialised treatment.
Summary of the Jing method: the power of HFMAST
So what exactly is the Jing approach? In addition to a targeted consultation, the techniques that form the cornerstone of the Jing method can be summarized by the mnemonic HFMAST. They are:
- H-The use of heat or cold
- F- The use of fascial techniques – both direct and indirect methods
- M –Treating muscles with precise trigger point therapy – specifically treating ALL the muscles around an affected joint to release trigger points
- A- Acupressure. Treating relevant acupressure points
- S –Stretching – using stretching techniques such as static, PNF or active isolated stretching
- T- Teaching the client self-help strategies that lie within the massage therapists’ scope of practice. This would include for example self-trigger point treatment, simple breathing techniques, stretching or mobilization exercises.
Putting in all together
Although this might seem like a lot of things to get into one treatment, it’s simple to learn the basics of the approach and start putting it into practice straight away.
The above steps are like a tried and tested recipe – include all these ingredients in your treatments and you will see an increase in your ability to get results. You will also need to use your own skill and creativity to determine which of the ingredients may be needed to a greater or lesser extent as the exact “recipe” will vary from client to client. So, each treatment will be different, challenging, and exciting for both you and the client!
Good luck with integrating some of the approaches above into your treatments – we would love to help you more in person so check out our talk on the FHT virtual conference on 11th July 10am or visit our website www.jingmassage.com for loads more great free content.
About Rachel Fairweather and Jing Advanced Massage
Rachel Fairweather is author of the best selling book for passionate massage therapists – ‘Massage Fusion: The Jing Method for the treatment of chronic pain”.
She is also the dynamic co-founder and Director of Jing Advanced Massage Training (www.jingmassage.com), a school providing degree level, hands-on and online training for all who are passionate about massage. Come and take part in one of our fun and informative short CPD courses to check out the Jing vibe for yourself!
Rachel has over 30 year’s experience in the industry working as an advanced therapist and trainer, first in New York and now throughout the UK. Due to her extensive experience, undeniable passion and intense dedication, Rachel is a sought-after international guest lecturer, writes regularly for professional trade magazines, and has twice received awards for outstanding achievement in her field.
Rachel holds a degree in Psychology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work, an AOS in Massage Therapy and is a New York licensed massage therapist.
Tel: 01273 628942