Oops! I MEANT to say that I would love to see the percentage of American adults that have never had a massage DECREASE, not increase!!
I just read in ABMP (Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals)’s email that 63% of American adults have never had a massage! Man, how I’d love, to next time read that that percentage is, in my opinion, MUCH higher!!
While paperwork always has been, is, and always will be the least favorite part of my chosen profession (No Fault is especially tricky and precarious!), I’m so glad to offer it to my patients that need No Fault coverage for my services!
Took a necessary Continuing Education class last week; I’m still not sure how I feel about the state requiring LMTs to take them, but I’m almost always glad when I do! I’ve already implemented some of the techniques and theories. I’ve asked my patients if they’ve noticed a difference; one said she loved it SOOOO much. Two more said they noticed and weren’t sure; Love, love, love that, with me, I leave my sessions UP TO THE PATIENT because everybody’s different, and every BODY is different. I don’t like the same technique all the time, so why would I expect anyone else to? Thank you so much, I’ll keep working and learning, and I’ll be back on soon!
The human touch keeps me and all people alive and, hopefully, thriving. One of massage therapy’s biggest contributions to human health is that it requires another human being to touch another body in a therapeutic manner. This, in turn, because of activation of sensors and release of certain chemicals, makes a person aware of activities in the body, which could prevent maladies or prompt a person to see a doctor quicker than they might have without being so aware of something abnormal happening in their body. No matter a person’s awareness level of their body, massage therapy can positively influence every system of the body. From the areas that most people would consider to be easliy influenced by massage (ie.: muscles and headaches and even skin) to the areas that no one can see (ie.: immune and gastrointestinal systems), massage therapy CAN make a healthier body!
Yesterday, I saw a patient from Penfield with chronic neck pain. Eight months ago, she was rear ended in a car accident; thankfully, no-fault insurance is paying for her sessions with me. After a 45-minute session, most of which focused on her neck, she felt such relief (“the “good” pain/ the kind that tells you something good is happening and being worked out and stretched”) that she will return weekly! Massage therapy can help alleviate or prevent chronic neck pain, due to a car accident, other injury, disability, or stress. My patient was apprehensive at first, but thankfully her physical therapist convinced her to try massage therapy also.
There have been some exciting steps toward relieving migraines thru massage. If you are comfortable with someone putting their fingers in your mouth, there could be a spot I learned that will relieve migraine symptoms (of course I use medical gloves). This field is amazing.