Benefits of Massage
In choosing to receive a massage, you are giving yourself the gift of overall health. The psychological and physical benefits of massage are endless. It addresses your central nervous system which results in relief of chronic tightness & pain that are a result of everyday stressors. It increases circulation which positively affects healing & restoration. The result is a relaxing of your body & mind. Touch can help refocus & rejuvenate your mind, body & spirit.
A little clarification on massage therapy : In NYS, we LMT's go to school for a minimum of 1000 hours, then are required to do a certain # of CEU's every year to keep us up to date on the latest science & techniques. In addition to many hours of hands on training in the different modalities of massage, we also we learn in depth Anatomy & Physiology, Kinesiology (study of movement), & Neuro-muscular diseases & acute & chronic injuries. In some schools there is work with human cadavers to familiarize students with the human body inside and out! In all schools there is a hospital rotation in which we work on patients with various illnesses & injuries. When school is complete, we must pass our NYS Boards to practice. To practice massage in NYS without a license is a felony. SO- this more than a pampering service in which oil is rubbed into your skin- this is part of a well rounded health care routine. We are trained to work with each of you individually based upon your body & mind's current state of health. This is why it is very important to make sure your massage therapist is licensed! NOTE: if your regular rate for massage is inordinately lower than most places, your therapist is most likely not licensed. If anyone is walking on your back, they are not licensed in the US- we take months of Shiatsu training here & that is NO part of it as the risk of injury to your spine is great. Ask you see your therapists license and a photo ID if you are not sure!
Clinical information examining the benefits of massage can be found at the U.S. national library of medicine.
A division of the National Institutes of Health, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine provides excellent resources for further investigation.
New York Times article Massage Benefits More Than Skin Deep.