As you all know this blog is about balance. Finding balance, keeping balance and maintaining balance. A modality that has been around for thousands of years is therapeutic massage therapy.
Can you believe that in 2012, there are still people who don't understand what massage can do? Even though there is much support for it. Many people still think it's an expensive indulgence that you only get when you are on vacation at that fancy, all inclusive resort by the beach. In my 26 years as a therapist, I would say that now more than ever, massage therapy is a necessity not just a luxury. I still meet people who say that their first experience of massage was watching Sean Connery, as James Bond, receive a massage in the movies, Goldfinger and Thunderball.
Phoebe Buffay of the sitcom "Friends" (played by Lisa Kudrow)portrayed a quirky singer/massage therapist in NYC.
I think we can all agree that people are stressed out. And while massage therapy is effective in reducing stress and how it changes our bodies and our emotions, but massage can do so much more.
Did you know that the for the first time (according to a survey conducted by the AMTA, more people are now going to massage for pain relief or other medical conditions? Research supports this:
I'm currently in Raleigh, North Carolina to attend the national convention of the American Massage therapy Association. I'm looking forward to seeing old friends, sharing my experiences, and learning new things (yes, even an old timer like me can learn something new).
I'll be reporting from the convention with health tips and things that I've learned. Stay tuned!