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Sep 24th

Massage Therapy is Changing – What Does it Mean for You?

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Statistics show that the number of people receiving massage therapy is on the rise in the U.S.  You may be one of the people who have experienced the benefits of massage – relaxation, pain relief and emotional balance, among others.  Massage therapy can help heal many aspects of our selves – physical, emotional, mental, and often energetic or spiritual.

Here in Louisville, our clients who have had massage for pain and injuries already understand the benefits of therapeutic massage and how well it can complement Western medicine.  Sometimes, a skilled massage therapist can even help a person avoid medical interventions such as surgery.  Clients and massage therapists have long known of the profound healing benefits of touch; getting the Western medical establishment on board has proven to be more challenging.

Some Louisville insurance companies will pay for massage therapy, but typically only if it’s been prescribed by a doctor.  Growing the number of doctors who support this type of bodywork would help grow the number of insurance companies that would be willing to cover it, allowing more and more people access to the healing benefits of skilled touch.

The massage profession has changed direction dramatically in recent years, veering away from the approach less likely to gain mainstream acceptance –  holistic and energetic approaches, components that may have in the past tagged massage therapists

as “new age”.  In order to gain acceptance in the mainstream, the profession overall has veered away from the more holistic approach, focusing more on “research-based” massage.

Allowing more people, especially those who may otherwise not be able to afford bodywork, access to massage through their insurance is a worthy cause.  However, this shift in focus toward “medical” massage tends to lead massage therapists to let go of the aspect of our work that so many of our clients need – the touch of kindness, the message that this is a whole person, not simply a body to be “fixed”.  The nervous system responds best to kindness  – to hands that can quietly respond to the body’s subtle messages, finding just the right pressure and speed, allowing deeper relaxation – and it’s in that deeply relaxed state that a person is able to best receive the full benefit of massage therapy.  Massage meditation?  Exactly.

When looking for a massage therapist, consider someone who combines excellent technical training and research with a holistic approach.  During your session, try becoming quiet, breathing deeply and slowly and allowing yourself to sink into the experience.   You may be surprised by what a difference this can make in your healing.

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Sep 14th

Post Massage Self Care

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Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your massage session:

Remember to drink plenty of water in the few days after your massage. Tight muscles store toxins that are released through massage; staying hydrated helps flush those toxins out of your body, helping to reduce soreness after a massage.  Drink water to help your body continue the cleansing and healing process that massage introduces.

Some post-massage muscle soreness is common, especially the day after your session.  However, if you feel any amount of pain you consider to be above average, please DO NOT HESITATE to contact your therapist to discuss what might be occurring with your body.

Treat yourself kindly and gently for several days after your session, so you can fully absorb the benefits of the massage.  Try some gentle stretching, a quiet walk, a cup of tea.  Enjoy that feeling of relaxation, and stretch it out as long as you can!

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Aug 3rd

AMTA Announces Educational Tour

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Recently the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) announced a renewed commitment to public education on the importance of massage therapy for. Its proactive education efforts are combined with consumer and health care media, along with a social media presence for consumers. A direct consumer tour will be launched in July. For continuing public outreach, it will combine with successful, yearly education awareness of massage therapy therapy in October.

In late May, many online, television and print about massage therapy for health were created. More than 250 news sources ran the story about the four most significant therapies. Clinical studies conducted in the previous year were distributed to news media outlets.

On July 12, the national massage therapy consumer experience education tour starts a nationwide educational tour. Information about massage therapy will be available to educate the public on the benefits. Traveling the country, the tour will stop at key public events, and talk with interested people. A van will serve as a traveling billboard, promotion for health. Interested people are encouraged to seek an ATMA member for their next massage.

Massage clients, therapists, students and schools can follow the tour on the AMTA website and through the social media site. Videos and other information about tour stops will be posted to help educate the public. Clients at tour stops will be encouraged to share experiences instantly by internet access from the tour location. This education promotion continues throughout the summer.

The American Massage Therapy Association is a leading non-profit, specialized association serving therapists, students and schools. It is lead by volunteers and promotes continuing, direct involvement through its 51 chapters. AMTA strives to develop the profession with standards and ethics. It promotes fair and dependable licensing of therapists in every state, along with open education of benefits of massage therapy.

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