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Massage Therapy Heart Health Benefits

Massage Therapy Heart Health Benefits
Many people already view massage as an important approach to relieving muscle pain or as a means to relax. However, working with a qualified massage therapist can also play a significant role in improving cardiovascular health as evidenced by a growing body of research, according to the American Massage Therapy Association. Massage therapists share the goal of all healthcare team members – providing customizable, personalized care to help clients or patients reach and maintain their best health. Incorporating regular visits to a massage therapist into an individualized care plan can relieve stress (a major contributor to heart problems), lower blood pressure, and lead to a decrease in recovery time following a cardiovascular procedure. A multitude of recent research shows a direct correlation between massage therapy and improved cardiovascular health. In a 2013 study in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine , researchers concluded massage therapy could serve as an effective intervention in...
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Why Massage Therapists Should Love Continuing Education

Why Massage Therapists Should Love Continuing Education
No matter where you are in your massage therapy career, you are probably very busy. If you recently graduated, you’re most likely consumed with developing your practice, adjusting to a new job or figuring out how to balance your own needs with the demands of your work. Those who have been working for a while face a different set of challenges: avoiding burnout, increasing income, staying fit and balancing family life with work life. Regardless of your circumstances, the specter of fulfilling required continuing education units can be daunting. However, changing your thoughts about CEUs can make a difference in your career. Many therapists begin their careers having learned a great deal about massage for relaxation. However, as their careers progress, they find there are a large number of patients who need massage as a therapy and that massage can be a critical part of maintaining good health beyond being a...
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Massage Therapy Marketing Ideas to Get New and Repeat Clients

Massage Therapy Marketing to Get New and Repeat Clients
The ability to provide skilled therapeutic touch may not always coincide with the ability to master marketing and business techniques. However, there are simple methods massage therapists and bodyworkers can use to further develop these skills and promote their services. One way to market your practice, attract new clients and create repeat customers is to focus on a specific feature, such as your massage cream. By placing the spotlight on this detail and teasing out all the aspects that make it great, you can find a wealth of material to market your business in creative ways. First, set aside some time to really consider what makes your massage cream so great—and if there is nothing outstanding about your current product, then it may be time to look for a new one. Try to come up with a list of at least a five things that you love about this cream and...
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Massage Keeps Dartmouth College Athletes In the Game

Massage Keeps Dartmouth College Athletes
Anna Terry’s journey of becoming a sports massage therapist was intertwined with her athletic career. She became involved in sports at a very young age, participating in field hockey, softball, canoeing and gymnastics, ultimately dedicating her energy to kayaking. After graduating from Southwest School of Massage in Durango, Colorado, in 2002, the New Hampshire native attended the 2002 Slalom World Championships as both an alternate on the Team USA Canoe/Kayak  and the team’s massage therapist. She made the team and competed the following year, after which she retired from kayaking and focused on her sports massage career full time. She knew, having been an athlete who received guidance from trainers, that she wanted to serve a clientele of athletes, make them feel better and get them back in the game. Now, Terry, 34, splits her time between her practice— bodyKinesis LLC —and her position as a sports massage therapist and yoga...
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Pregnancy Massage, Hawaiian Style

Pregnancy Massage, Hawaiian Style
If one of your specialty massage techniques is Hawaiian healing, you have the perfect client in a mom-to-be. While this type of massage addresses many of same issues as other modalities, Hawaiian massage (also known as Lomi Lomi) not only offers physical benefits, but mental and spiritual benefits, as well. Carrie Rowell, owner of Hamoea Healing Arts in Hawaii, internationally known Hawaiian pregnancy massage practitioner and instructor and doula, begins every session with prayer ( Pule ) and conversation with the client to get a sense of her mental state and any fears or anxieties she might like to release or intentions on which she’d like to focus her energy during the session. This information makes the therapist aware of areas on which to concentrate. For the most part, Hawaiian pregnancy massage uses the same strokes you would use for a non-pregnant client. Long, flowing strokes with the forearm weave around the...
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Choose the Correct Massage Oil Viscosity

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When considering what massage lubricants you want to keep in stock, there are several factors to keep in mind. The type of modality you practice most often, whether scent (or lack of scent) is important, and whether or not any of your patients have allergies are just a few of the points to think about when it comes to deciding what products to keep on hand. Perhaps one of the most important factors is the viscosity of the oil or cream you are using. Different types of massage require different amounts of glide or surface tension and your choice of lubricant will make a big difference in the effectiveness of your work. It may be useful to consider exactly what viscosity is. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as: “Resistance of a fluid to a change in shape, or movement of neighboring portions relative to one another. Viscosity denotes opposition to flow. Viscosity...
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