health, injury prevention, massage, massage philosophy

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


Therapy in the Dark…

Last night, we were discussing with a friend her recent massage experience. Now, she’s a no-nonsense kind of gal who thinks aromatherapy and ambient music are too frilly. It has been great talking to her because we have gained an insight into other folks’ massage preferences.

Anyway, back to her recent experience. She looked at us with questioning, skeptical eyes and said: Is it normal for the therapist to turn off all the lights during the massage?

Asking for clarification, we felt sure that she meant the lights were merely dimmed to enhance relaxation. No, she insisted, the room was pitch black!

That’s a new one to us. James is continually reading new therapies and generally stays abreast of the current trends and modalities in massage therapy. However, total darkness sounds odd. Let me elaborate to say that this visit with this particular therapist was an initial session and no advance warning was given to the lights being extinguished. Our friend was fairly uncomfortable and did not wish to ever repeat the experience.

Does anyone out there have experience with this form of therapy? How is it better than merely dimming the lights? How do you soothe a client’s apprehensions of therapy in the dark?

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Blue Angel Buzz

On Site/Chair massage is the main way I get out in the community and spread the good news of the benefits of massage. Although a good hour session can’t compare to a ten minute pick me up massage, the benefits really show on the smiling faces of those having just received a brief back massage. Ahhhhhh stress-break.


One of my associates, Sue Shannahan LMT, and I had the opportunity last week to help out at a health fair. The technical aircraft crews of Pensacola NAS(home of the Blue Angels) and Whiting Field NAS (helicopter-craft “low and slow” training field). The crimpt-up necks and tired backs of computer workers and jet engine tweekers got some much needed attention. And you wouldn’t believe it; right inside the hanger bays with the “blue and gold” F18’s parked right behind us, we set up our massage chairs in awe.


Woo hoo! I really love this job. I get to work “hands on” with the most amazing people and way interesting places. Soon it will be the governor’s mansion, then maybe I do a little work at the White House.

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WIC-ked Massage

Monday was “Spa Day” at the Escambia County WIC Department. The director, Versilla Turner, planned a brief get away in one the clinics conference rooms to pamper the hard working hands and tired backs of the dietitians and staff. Manicure, chair massages, and rejuvenating music were in order to soothe away the days. The Spa Day was put together to sort of kick off the WIC Dept.’s quarterly planning meeting where they put their heads and hearts together to consider how they might serve our area’s women and young children better.