(Discover Health and Fitness)
By Doreen Olson
Due to different individuals’ varying levels of comfort with personal touch, Frontier Girls asks that girls only target the areas of the body suggested by this badge.
Penguin: Do three requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Learn a minimum of two different strokes used when massaging the feet.
_____2.* Give someone a foot massage.
Otters: Do four requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2. Perform at least three foot massages, each at least two minutes in length.
_____2.* Learn a minimum of two different or new strokes or types of pressure used in massaging the knees and lower legs. Also, learn about the different benefits of massage such as lowered anxiety, healing of the body, etc.
Dolphins: Do five requirements including two starred *
_____1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2. Perform at least three massages that include the lower legs and are at least two minutes in length.
_____2.* Learn a minimum of two different or new strokes or types of pressure used in massaging the neck and shoulders.
Butterflies: Do six requirements including two starred *
_____1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2. Perform at least three massages that include the neck and shoulders and are at least two minutes in length.
_____2.* Learn a minimum of two different or new strokes or types of pressure used in massaging the back. Perform at least five massages that include the back and are at least five minutes in length.
Eagles: Do seven requirements including those starred.
_____1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.
_____2.* Learn the basic muscle groups of each part of the body you have learned to massage. What are the main muscles in each area?
Owls: Do nine requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2. Define these terms: effleurage, petrissage, and tapotement.
_____2.* Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.
_____3. Learn about the different oils and lotions people use during a massage. Since our skin is our body’s largest organ & a barrier to keep bad things out, how does that relate to the liquids and creams we apply to it? How do oils and lotions help with massage? What are the names of some petroleum products you might want to avoid in a lotion or a cream?
_____4. What is an essential oil? What are the benefits of essential oils? Are there any cautions related to their use? Know the names and common applications of at least five essential oils.
_____5. Perform a massage for someone who is ill or has a special need that can be addressed by massage.
_____6. Learn about various specialized massages such as infant massage, rolfing, or myofascial release. Know the distinctive characteristics of at least three such therapies.
_____ 7. Investigate healing therapies that can compliment massage such as aromatherapy, topical vitamins, ultrasound, various forms of heat, electrical stimulation such as TENS and cold laser & other healing light. Which ones require extra training? Which ones are more frequently used by a masseuse?
_____ 8. What is the origin and insertion of a muscle?
_____ 9. What are some ingredients added to lotions or creams that may relieve pain?
_____ 10. Look at different styles of massage tables at a spa or in a store or catalog. Learn a little about how they operate. What is the range of prices and what are the advantages of the different styles?
_____ 11. Learn about other things people use during a massage to help people relax---music, lighting, décor, temperature, aroma therapy, firmness/softness of the bed/massage table, pillows, draping, and feeling that one’s modesty is protected.
_____ 12. What is trigger point therapy?
_____ 13. Find out what kinds of schooling is available for learning massage. How much do the schools cost? How long do the schools last & how many hours of practice do you need? How do you get certified in your state? What is the difference between a massage therapist and a masseuse?
_____ 14. Investigate the price of supplies and rental space for massage. Why do some masseuses not like to have their clients come to their homes? What does a masseuse need to know about accounting and taxes?
_____ 15. Tour a masseuse treatment space and interview a masseuse.
_____16. Learn the history and technique of five different types of massages. Examples include ashiatsu, watsu, swedish mage, etc.