The Massage Therapy Career Focus Workbook

Approach to Wellness — Understanding Your Options:

As we mentioned at the end of the concept section, these options represent either side of the center point on a circular continuum of approaches to wellness. See figure 1 below.

For example, if we follow the whole client approach to a point further up and around the left side of the circular continuum, we find approaches to wellness which maintain that because every cell in the body "communicates" to every other cell in the body, what one does to one cell or group of cells must eventually affect all other cells. Therefore, a therapist with a whole client approach may focus on the structure and function of a client's foot because he believes that will affect the entire body. On the other hand, if we follow the structural-functional approach along its side, approaches to wellness exist which maintain that because the whole body is comprised of genetic material, we can treat individual structures like feet by understanding this common building block of life.

How far you take your focus of a whole client or structural-functional approach to wellness is your choice to make. We just wanted you to get your footing, so to speak.

Figure 1

Circles aside, the most important reason for establishing your approach to wellness focus is harmony. Harmony between you and your clients, and especially between you and your colleagues. Approaches to wellness are sort of like political beliefs: everybody has them, but as soon as people start talking about them, the problems begin. Better to discuss your views up front with your colleagues and employers in order to avoid any conflicts down the road.

Approach to Wellness — Resolution Statement:

Create a text document on your computer, tablet, or phone (or print this page), then record your Approach to Wellness focus choice. Include as many reasons why this is the best choice for you and what your objectives will be in this area.