|By Cory LD Thompson
Everyone needs to relax, to escape the turmoil of everyday life. Although
often ignored or viewed as merely a recreation, the art of massage
helps people do just that and has been growing in popularity and acceptance
in our modern community. Massage involves systematic stroking, rubbing
and kneading of the soft tissues of the body in an effort to induce
a state of total relaxation. Despite common misconceptions, massage
is becoming more accepted as a legitimate means to relieve minor medical
conditions. Although the practice of massage has been discredited
in the past, mainly by advocates of modern medicine, it has recently
been growing in practice. Massage has been shown to maintain stability
and enhance performance in nearly all of the body's major systems.
The muscular, skeletal, circulatory, nervous and respiratory systems
can be positively affected by massage. The theory behind massage is
the relief of muscle tension, and the relaxation of the body will
allow for a faster healing process. It can increase and improve circulation
to damaged tissue areas. Those who play sports know that it is important
to stretch and relax muscles for peak performance, and the same idea
underlies the massage process. Perhaps the greatest benefits of massage,
as any amateur can attest to, are the relaxing effects it can have
on tense muscles. The smooth stroking motions and kneading of muscles
relieves tension, loosens joints and improves circulation, all of
which are beneficial for good health. Clint Jeppsen, a practitioner
at the Eiderdown Therapy Center, can personally attest to some of
the benefits of massage. "The people who come into the center seem
to feel good after they leave. The massage reduces pain and leaves
people in a better state than when they came in." Several Utah State
students attest to the healing power of massage. One student, Jennifer
Robinson, had personal experience from a professional massage therapist
after an accident. "The massage therapy really improved my recovery.
It helped to loosen muscles and regain control of my body." She feels
that the therapy she received sped up her recovery. "The time I spent
in massage seemed to give me more control of my actions". Another
student, Lanya Jeppson, has had some favorable results with foot-massage,
otherwise known as reflexology. "There are many pressure points in
the foot, and by pressing the right ones you can relieve tension in
various parts of the body." Most people, even though they may have
never received a professional massage, would agree there are some
advantageous aspects to a massage. However it is recommended that
people should not replace necessary medical treatment with a massage.
Sometimes medical conditions that could easily be cured by a simple
medical treatment are overlooked as a simple tight muscle or something
similar. Although massage does have positive medical benefits, in
many cases it is not a replacement for modern medicine. The history
of massage dates back almost as far as recorded history. For thousands
of years some form of massage or laying on of hands has been used
to heal the sick. For the ancient Greek and Romans, massage was one
of the principle methods of healing and relieving pain. In the fifth
century B.C. Hippocrates, often regarded as the father of modern medicine,
said, "The physician must be experienced in many things, but most
assuredly in rubbing, for rubbing can bind a joint that is loose and
loosen a joint that is bound." Even Julius Caesar was noted as having
been given massage therapy to help cure epilepsy. Massage is believed
to have originated in the East, probably in China. The art of massage
was revived in western culture during the 16th century, by a Frenchman
named Ambroise Pare. Finally, in 1813, the first massage related college
course was offered in Stockholm, Sweden. Generally, if you are in
good health and just feeling a little tense, a massage may be a good
way to go. Massage is becoming more accepted, and there is a relationship
between a good massage and health. There are multiple techniques in
massage and a variety of ways to relax and relieve tension.
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As a passenger in a car accident in 1988 (my junior year in HS), I sustained a TBI and as my healing progressed, I dealt with many painful headaches. I did, however, manage to graduate with my class and go on to college with a major in Art and concentrations in Psychology and English (a similar pre-injury goal).
After college I spent time in a variety of jobs trying to figure out who this new me was and how I could best use my degree. All the while, I endured painful, repeating headaches. I worked in a rehabilitation hospital, at a radio station, on a golf course, at a television station, and at a department store. I was a receptionist, a para-educator and a nature guide too--but nothing seemed to fit.
I repeatedly found myself drawn to the healing that massage was all about. Massaging my own head was always a comfort and I figured that maybe I could help others feel good with the touch that had always helped me. After a grueling year of massage school in 2005 and then passing the boards at the end of 2006 I decided to go into business for myself.
NVR helped me with the organization of some of my thoughts about my own business and guided me in the right direction as to the requirements needed for it. They helped me with purchasing the right equipment to best use my abilities and encouraged me with constant ideas on how to grow my pool of clientele.
Massage helped me throughout the healing and rehabilitative process. NVR helped me turn that into a profession that I could thrive in and help others as well. A disability lead me to Massage Therapy as a profession. A disability forced me to find my abilities. Being self employed has allowed me to better address the different struggles I face in the workplace. I still have difficulties, but I am the CEO of making things the best they can be for me in my own business and profession. I also know I can contact NVR and The Abilities Fund NSES for help when needed.
And I'd like you to know that YOU can contact Monarch Massage for help when needed. I'm just beginning the 3rd year of this endeavor and am a growing business so if you think you might just want a relaxing massage after reading my story, please give me a call and we'll set up an appointment and you can get BACK to feeling good!
Contact Betsy at:
2144 Harrison Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68502
402.477.6499 or 402.525.9321
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