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I'm a massage therapist and just wanted to ask anyone who has epilepsy if they ever receive massage and whether or not they find it beneficial or if it is contraindicated

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Massage therapy provides relief in chronic pains and disorders. It also helps in overcoming depression, stress and anxiety. I used to take massage once in a week. It relaxes my body and mind and makes me feel fresh and energetic. So, I recommend you all to have a massage once in a month. It will be benefecial for you.

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Massage therapy will be helpful also for people who have epilepsy.I have an aunt with that and my mom and cousin used to massage her everyday so that the muscles will be relax and will prevent seizures as well. And right now my cousin have her massage therapy diploma and she is working now as a physical therapist. 

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Massages are the best.  Thanks for the tips about the oils though.  I had no idea.  I guess the aroma therapy massage is out on my next cruise.

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Massage therapy is the scientific treatment of the soft tissues of the
body for the purpose of normalizing tissues;it includes applying fixed
or movable pressure the body. Massage is known to change the
circulation of blood and the flow of blood and lymph, reduce muscular
tension, affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and
enhance tissue healing. Massage therapy is a kind of system, practice,
or performance by which one can strength one’s own muscles. This cannot
be achieved in couple of day’s time. In fact it requires a regular
performance. You may also call it – body treatment. Many massage
therapy or body treatment schools teach body mechanics, in which you
learn the proper ways to stand lean and use your hands when doing the
work. If you are prepared, educated and careful, you can avoid physical
injury when practicing massage.

 

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Hi,

I used to be a massage therapist.  I would be careful with the oils, just as others have said...even though I have not noticed that any give me a seizure that doesn't mean it wouldn't trigger one in someone else.  Plain oils, or something the client uses himself/herself should be fine. (I can not STAND pachoulli, though.  I want to run from the smell.)  Who is wearing that pachoulli?  Take a bath! LOL

Most people with Epilepsy can do the same things as other people.  I have never felt I could not get a massage because I have Epilepsy.  Just as with other health problems, a client's physician should make the decision if a person's problem is very severe (daily seizures, etc.).  Of course, it goes without saying that a person shouldn't receive a massage during a seizure.  If there is great concern about this, a family member should be present.  Most likely, if a person drives, you have nothing to be concerned about.

Some meds make it easier for a personal to receive a bruise. Also, that falling off the table thing...don't use a table...use the floor if that is going to be a possibility.  Know what to do if a person has a seizure.

Stress lowers seizure thresholds.  Massage should help in that regard.

Oh! I want a massage right now.

BeeBee

 

 

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Know what to do if a person has a seizure. is THE best advice to offer someone that lives/works or is just just a friend to some one who suffers.

 

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I REALLY want to go to school to become a massage therapist. I don't want to be a "f;uff and buffer" but a therapist working with deep tissue.
At this point in my life, I don't have the resources for it. I go to look for grants and because I have a bachelors in nursing, they all think I'm going for a masters. I just want to go for an associates.
I have also put off school because my seizures have seemed to increase in the past couple of years. I have not had much challenge in my brain, so I feel like my learning skills have truly decreased. Brain's like a muscle, if you don't use it, it weakens.
Are any of you struggling with seizures and still work as a massage therapist?
Thank you!
kyriss

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Yes I receive massages, and I find it very relaxing and help with my seizures. I have done the Reiki too. That is very helpful.

take care
Lisa
http://www.sleep-safe.co.uk/id90.htm
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/EpilepsyApproach1/

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Hi, i'm new here.

I'm at college studying aromatherapy,where i'm learning lots about the benefits and theapeutic properties of essential oils (from the plant, eg flowers leaves, etc)and the undisputed benefits of massage. I really suffer with anxiety and I seem to be in a permanent state of worry plus my memory is diabolical! Not good when you're trying to learn massage sequences. I've got this horrible tremor from sodium valporate and lamotrigine combination. ahhhhh! I'm convinced everybody thinks i'm nervous because of the tremor in my hands - I just see them looking. I KNOW they're looking and my shaky confidence crashes once again. Anyway, I just had to vent , I've never been able to before. It's wonderful to have found this site- really wonderful.
Lisa, I just wanted to say (finally!) aromatherapy can help with epilepsy. Neroli and melissa oils are wonderful sedatives, brilliant for anxiety, at least in theory. I'm testing them out on myself today before my first client arrives. Hope it won't turn me into a zombie! I'd love to hear about other people's experiences with tremor and anxiety, etc.

Take care all.
Carriona

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I am a little cautious when it comes to the oils.
Here is a list of some to be cautious about.

http://www.epilepsy.com/epilepsy/alternative_oils.html

take care
Lisa
http://www.sleep-safe.co.uk/id90.htm
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/epilepsyapproach1/

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Carriona:

Been on Dilantin for 30 years. I am the anxiety queen, I take Lexapro which is an antidepressant, made for anxiety. I cannot imagine being without it. I also have Valium on hand. My left hand has a mind of its own, and takes off in either direction at times. Just a side effect I accept. Better than the alternative of all hell braking loose in my brain! Good luck with your career -

Gwen

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Lexapro is wonderful stuff. I've been on Dilantin and Lexapro for a little while now. It helps more than anything I've ever taken, and it doesn't make me feel like I've taken anything, that's what I like best about it. I hardly see how you could be the anxiety queen though, since I actually hold the crown :)
J/K, good luck with things,

Lyra

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Hi cheryl

Re aromatherapy essential oils. Rosemary and basil should be used with extreme caution. Ditto with fennel. I can't think of any more off the top of my head, but I must urge anyone thinking of this kind of massage to check the qualifications of the aromatherapist. Bad combinations of harmful oils - for us - can potentially lead to some nasty experiences. I'm talking seizures here.

Please be careful all and take care.

Carriona

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Not much input on the oils, but a good old Sweedish massage never hurts!
I will say that one time I was at a mall and these guys had massage chairs set up, my mind can not remember the name of the type of massage. Anyway, I took the bait and this guy beat on my back and neck for 20 minutes. It felt good, but that night I had Auras delux! Not sure what the connection there was. Just thought I would add that to discussion if you have any knowledge on that.

Gwen

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Have you guys tried to use ultrasonic massager device to treat skin? Home use, hand-hold design, ultrasonic and ion,even photonic.
Check this out:http://beautifior.com/product/lks017-facial-massager/
and http://beautifior.com/product/lkf012-ultrasonic-facelift-massager/

I bet people will all use these devices in 3 years

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I will be trying reflexology in the next week or so.
But with no oils just aloe to be on the safe side.

take care
Lisa
http://www.sleep-safe.co.uk/id90.htm
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/epilepsyapproach1/

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Massages have been an amazing help for me. My seizures are not caused by, but can be triggered by extreme stress, so going for a massage has proved beneficial to helping me relax.

Plus, it doesn't feel to bad either :)

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Epilepsy is a condition that can be hard to judge with massage, and some care needs to be taken. For someone who has it controlled with medication, they can recieve massage just like anyone else (as long as there are no considerations with the meds). Someone with severe, uncontrolled seizures should not receive massage, as they might injure themselves or you during one in a massage, and probably need to be under medical supervision. They could fall off of the table, or accidentally hit the therapist.  For those that are in between, it gets more difficult. Specifically, a lot of this depends on the type of seizures they have.

Massage would not be much help to a client who is having tonic seizures, since the rigidity of the muscles is caused by the vervous system and the brain, not tension, and care would need to be taken to not stretch contracted muscles to the point where injury would take place.  Atonic seizures might be okay, since the muscles are limp. A client with occasional epileptic episodes really should work to find a therapist that is experienced enough to handle a seizure and care for a client if they have an episode. The therapist doing massage therapy would need to know exactly how to handle their condition. And the client should always contact their doctor if they are unsure if massage is for them.

I hope it clears the situation.

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Massage therapist’s uses to treat paining, stress, achy and sore muscles using Manual manipulation and some specialized massaging tools and tips. They also promote the general health and a good living life style of their clients.

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I would have to agree with Lisa about taking care with the oils, I have been prone to have seizures around strong smells. Enjoy your massages!

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