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I am a student at a massage school and as part of our teaching we are encouraged to volunteer our services to special populations, one of them being women who have been battered and abused.

I am familiar with the subject, both my mother and my sister have been victims of domestic violence. Because of this, I am propelled to work with this group and offer my services.

My questions are these:

  • What type of massage is beneficial to one with such a past?
  • What should we avoid while giving a massage?
  • What techniques should I use or not use?
  • What are the benefits of massage for a battered woman?

Any information would be greatly appreciated.



Jovani --

I have received several inquiries from massage therapists over the past few months writing about a similar request -- it seems to be a growing trend, a good one. I have not worked directly with battered women and therefore don't have a complete answer for you.

However, there are sure to be providers in your area who can answer this question more responsibly. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence -- (800) 799-SAFE -- will direct you to a provider in your area and I'm sure that they can help.

I hope that helps -- thanks and good luck,

-- Amy