IS NOT PAMPERING...
IT IS CARING FOR YOURSELF
SO UNFOLD, UNWIND, RELAX AND RENEW!!!
When the Wall Street Journal is doing research on the benefits of therapeutic massage moving out of the category of luxury pampering,
as a Licensed Massage Therapist I want to spread the good news on ways people can feel good, extend longevity and reduce stress!
We are making great strides!
In an article excerpt, please note what contributor Andrea Peterson has to say about the evolution of Therapeutic Massage Therapy:
While massage may have developed a reputation as a decadent treat for people who love pampering, new studies are showing it has a wide variety of tangible health benefits.
Research over the past couple of years has found that massage therapy boosts immune function in women with breast cancer, improves symptoms in children with asthma, and increases grip strength in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Giving massages to the littlest patients, premature babies, helped in the crucial task of gaining weight.
The benefits go beyond feelings of relaxation and wellness that people may recognize after a massage. The American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society now include massage as one of their recommendations for treating low back pain, according to guidelines published in 2007.New research is also starting to reveal just what happens in the body after a massage. While there have long been theories about how massage works—from releasing toxins to improving circulation—those have been fairly nebulous, with little hard evidence. Now, one study, for example, found that a single, 45-minute massage led to a small reduction in the level of cortisol, a stress hormone, in the blood, a decrease in cytokine proteins related to inflammation and allergic reactions, and a boost in white blood cells that fight infection.
There's been a surge of scientific interest in massage. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health, is currently spending $2.7 million on massage research, up from $1.5 million in 2002. The Massage Therapy Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds massage research, held its first scientific conference in 2005. The third conference will bein Boston next year.
The research is being driven, in part, by massage therapy's popularity. About 8.3% of American adults used massage in 2007, up from 5% in 2002, according to a National Health Statistics report that surveyed 23,393 adults in 2007 and 31,044 adults in 2002, the latest such data available. Massage was expected to be a $10 billion to $11 billion industry in 2011 in the U.S., according to estimates by the American Massage Therapy Association, a nonprofit professional organization.
"There is emerging evidence that [massage] can make contributions in treating things like pain, where conventional medicine doesn't have all the answers," said Jack Killen, NCCAM's deputy director.
This was reprinted from the
American Massage Therapy Association pamphlet
"Enhancing Your Health With Therapeutic Massage" 1997
I am a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and have long believed in the wonderful aura created by therapeutic massage therapy.
What massage does just in the area of moving the human body into a state of enlightened, relaxed "feel good" well being is proof enough for me to be convinced of the short term and long term benefits.
My passion to help people is a perfect fit with therapeutic massage therapy!
How you feel after a massage is vividly and noticeably uplifted!
The benefits are remarkable, but see for yourself!
-Fosters peace of mind
-Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
-Decreases Cortisol which relieves mental stress
-Improves ability to monitor stress triggers
-Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
-Satisfies human need for caring - nurturing touch
-Fosters a feeling of well-being
-Reduces levels of anxiety
-Increases awareness of mind-body-spirit connection
-Greatly helps relieve stress and aids in relaxation
-Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
-Fosters healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments
-Reduces pain and swelling
-Reduces formation of excessive scar tissue
-Reduces muscle spasms
-Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
-Enhances athletic performance
-Promotes deeper and easier breathing
-Improves oxygen circulation in blood and movement of lymph fluids throughout the body
-Reduces blood pressure
-Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
-Enhances the health and nourishment of the skin
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