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2009: Year of Prevention

How’s your health these days?  Achy, tired, generally unhealthy?  Or, are you taking the necessary steps to be in top form?  It’s your choice (and mine): prevent the problem or spend hundreds more dollars playing catch up.

Take a walk.

Eat properly.

Stay away from stressful situations, or learn how to defuse and relax.

Take steps to see your wellness practitioner.

2009: ‘Year of Prevention’

For Donna Stone, a Pensacola licensed massage therapist, 2008 was the year of “getting real.”
“The economy has forced many, in my opinion, to assess their personal situations,” she said. “Are they where they want to be in terms of their job, relationships or family?”
With new priorities in place, Stone said that 2009 will be the year of prevention.
“With soaring health insurance premiums and decreasing healthcare coverage, 2009 will be an opportunity for people to focus on preventative health care,” she said.
People will need to look at how they are taking care of their body — the most valuable piece of machinery that they own, Stone said.

“Just like Momma always said, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.'”

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Benefits of Massage- Board of Massage Therapy

Here is a brief article on the benefits of massage from FSMTA’s , Florida State Massage Association’s, new “interweb site”. I believe this article was originally produced by the Florida Board of Massage Therapy. The Fl Board of MT helps regulate professional/ medical licenses issued by the FL Department of Health. FSMTA is celebrating 70 years this year organizing and bettering the profession for the public and its practitioners. In my humble opinion Florida is one of the best places worldwide to give and receive massage therapy.

Be blessed!

Massage Therapy is a proven and effective means of relaxation and stress relief. Therapeutic massage is increasingly being recommended by doctors and other health care professionals to complement traditional medicine as research proves its healing effects.

Here are some of the ways massage can help improve a person’s health:

* Increases Blood Circulation and Lymph Flow

* Reduces Heart Rate and Blood Pressure

* Reduces Stress and Tension

* Relieves Chronic and Temporary Pain

* Improves Flexibility

* Increases Levels of Serotonin, Protecting Against Depression

* Increases Endorphins, the Body’s Natural Painkillers

* Strengthens the Immune System

* Premature Infants Gain Weight Faster When Massaged

* Prevents Sports Injuries And Increases Athletic Performance

* Helps Relieve Tension, Sinus And Migraine Headaches

* Alleviates Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Asthma, Bronchitis, Arthritis and more

A valid Massage Therapy License issued by the Department of Health is required to provide massage therapy in the state of Florida. If you suspect someone is practicing Massage Therapy without a license or at an unlicensed establishment, please report this unsafe and illegal activity by calling (toll free) 1-877-HALT-ULA. You can confirm someone’s license by searching on the Board of Massage Therapy’s License Verification Screen


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FAQ Friday

One of the most FAQ’s I get as a therapist is: “Do your hands get sore from doing this work?” Most of the time I can confidently say “no” (thank God). But unfortunately some weeks are harder than others and/or I let my body mechanics slide a little. As with any one who works a skill, you develop strength as you practice. I’d say it’s conditioning. When I am out of practice, that’s when I feel it. After coming off of a vacation…

RSI’s (Repetitive Strain Injuries) like carpal tunnel syndrome can be helped alleviated by massage; but also, can seriously limit a persons career.
I believe in my own medicine. I practice self massage. I like to trade with other therapists often.
And I appreciate all the helpful people that are making the difference in peoples lives by educating and teaching injury prevention.

A great book on this subject, Save Your Hands, by Lauriann Greene & Richard W. Goggins, CPE, LMP. I believe it’s used as a textbook in some massage schools and the author(s) have regular workshops for allied health care workers.

And also by author Shogo Mocizuki, Hand Maintenance Guide for Massage Therapists, the art of an injury free career.

Have a great weekend.