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.
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
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein
One of my associates was asking me the other day about my brand of massage. What is it that I do or “How I do” . What is unique about my work, or what is my work philosophy? I’d have to say that I had to think that through a bit because all massage is unique. Massage instructors know, you can demonstrate a technique to 10 people and get eleven or more different strokes. The strokes may differ in pressure, speed, application, body stance… Massage is very much an art and science.
So, collectively I have grown my experience from working under chiropractic doctors, with other therapists and by performing massage. Working across the demographic spectrum, I have developed my own methods that follow the scientific, studied approaches to the “rub down”.
Even though I am certified in neuromuscular therapy and I read textbooks, participate in training seminars, keep up my CEUs…who cares? That is not what I do or who I am per se. So, what do I do? What’s my massage philosophy?
Simply, I treat others, the way I want to be treated.
When I get a massage. I want the therapist to be focused on me, my needs and my goal for the session. Whether it be to help ease pain, relieve stress or a headache, or simply get a break from it all–I want to trust my body with someone who has my interests in mind. Yes, I help ease sore muscles but what’s important is that I help others get great massages (in my humble opinion).
Be blessed and get a great massage. You deserve it.
Another Frequently asked question I get asked is…
“What does your wife think about you being a massage therapist?”
Well, I believe when we first met I was wearing scrubs and she thought I was a doctor. Boy, was she let down when she found out the truth ;> .
No, that’s not true about the whole doctor image, but I definitely think she had no problem with it.
In fact, I can say she is my biggest fan. She never fails to cheer me on. She’s always there for me on the rainy days too. Come to think about it; she deserves a great massage. I think she has one of my gift certificates…
BTW- I will be working at the Pensacola Marathon doing pre and post event massage this weekend. Come out and cheer me on.
More so, come out and see the great athletes from here and all over the world competing in this 2nd annual race. I believe this race is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.
Have A Great Weekend!
Certain areas should be avoided or caution used while receiving deep tissue massage.
In general infections and undiagnosed pain should be checked by a medical doctor.
Moreover, your therapist needs to be informed of certain conditions that would not be beneficial to your health. Communication is key.
- Acute injuries– Sprains/ strains within the acute inflammatory stage. Within in the first few days of incident, injuries should be avoided. First aid, R.I.C.E. Rest, ice , compress, and elevate injured area. Very light massage during and definitely after this stage can speed recovery time, the healing process, and limit scar tissue formation.
- Varicose veins.
- Open wounds. Again, massage after the acute stage can help can limit scar tissue.
- Areas with sensation loss.
- DVT, deep vein thrombosis, i.e. blood clots
- Eyes. Obviously a finger in the eye is not good. Also, care should be taken if contact lenses are worn. It may be better to remove them for treatment.
- Tumors, benign tumors could be stimulated by deep transverse friction.
- Areas of main arteries (i.e. the groin, armpit, and front of neck). Much care is taken while massage is being done in these areas.
- Deep pressure over nerves.
- Bony prominences. The styloid process behind the ear, spineous processes…
- Lymph nodes.
- Bacterial infections. Boils and or inflamed hair follicles.
- Contagious conditions. Cold sores, fungal infections like athletes foot and ringworm.
Colds and infections like the “flu” should not be shared even with your worst enemy. Please be kind and reschedule for a latter time.
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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.
Massage Therapists Deserve Professional Respect
The practice of massage therapy is focused on health and wellness. It can help alleviate the effects of a broad range of health conditions, including pain, stress and muscle injury.
The growing popularity of massage therapy in recent years has attracted greater attention to the profession and its practitioners by the media and the public. While this increased attention has resulted in a wider recognition of the many benefits of massage, occasionally some public figures attempt to link the practice of massage therapy to sexual activity. Perpetuating this view not only demeans the profession of massage therapy, but also can threaten the physical safety of massage practitioners when an assumption is made that someone can demand sex from them.
AMTA and its members understand good-natured humor, but call on the media and public figures to not allow their comments to denigrate the massage therapy profession, stereotype massage therapists, or threaten their safety. Public comments about the profession should never imply an expectation of or a connection with sexual activity.
Massage therapists are trained professionals who have completed specialized education in their field. Those who belong to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), for example, have demonstrated a level of skill and knowledge through education and testing, adhere to a code of ethics and must meet continuing education requirements to retain membership.
© 2008 American Massage Therapy Association®
So, what have I been doing lately? I’ve had a great opportunity to be working out at the Athletes’ Performance-FL in Gulf Breeze. Actually I have not been “working out”/ training there; I have been doing sports massage. The Athletes’ Performance institute is a sports training/conditioning facility located in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Click here to see pictures from a Pensacola News Journal article featuring some of the athletes we have the opportunity to work with this year. Some of the other therapists involved in this venture are Mindy Sargent and Scott Williams.