Category Archives: Massage Therapy

How Cancer Patients Benefit From Massage Therapy

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By: Ashley Reynoldshttp://www.handsonthesoul.com

There is nothing worse than hearing you have a diagnosis of cancer, no matter what form it may come in. The words are undoubtedly something no one ever looks forward to hearing. However, researchers have found that massage therapy can be very beneficial for cancer patients. Below are some of the ways that patients can benefit from massaging therapy:

Pain is one of the main symptoms that frequently accompany mesothelioma and other forms of cancer. There was a study conducted in 1999 by the National Cancer Institute. Approximately half of the cancer centers in the study offered massage therapy along with traditional cancer treatments. The results of the study were that the subjects who received massage therapy noticed that they did not experience as much pain.

A massage can also help improve blood circulation of the patient.  As a result, improved blood circulation allows more oxygen and nutrients to flow to the organs and tissues. This can help speed up the healing process.

On top of experiencing an assortment of body aches and pains, mentally many cancer patients suffer from depression. There has been evidence to suggest that regular massages can alleviate some of the symptoms of depression; however, researchers believe that since a massage can promote relaxation, it can also help a person feel better about themselves physically and mentally.

Both cancer and the treatments can cause a person to suffer from chronic fatigue. Massages have been shown to reduce fatigue and increase energy levels due to the release of endorphins. Additionally, a massage can also help promote restful sleep since insomnia is a leading symptom with cancer patients.

Researches at the National Cancer Institute have also found that regular massages can also help improve a patient’s overall quality of life. They believe that massage therapy helps improve a patient’s quality of life by reducing pain and increasing energy levels. Massage therapy gives a patient a chance to take their mind of off some of life’s every day stresses and gives them the opportunity to relax both their body and mind for a few moments.

All cancer patients need to talk to their doctor about massage therapy to find a treatment that will work best for you and your cancer’s needs. If massage can be beneficial to the healing process, why not soak up all that it has to offer? Give your mind, body and spirit a vacation and start feeling better about yourself from the inside out and go grab a massage today!

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Eight Resources for the Professional Massage Therapist

A helpful read for any massage therapist out there. 

Finding the things you need on the web can be difficult and time-consuming. We have compiled a list of eight resources with websites that are easy to use so that you can find exactly what you need for your practice without wasting a moment of your time endlessly searching through innumerable sites.

Massage Supplies:

Got Your Back has everything a massage therapist could possibly need, all on one website. They have a large selection of tables and chairs, and many of them come with free shipping. They carry cushions, massage tools, oils, aromatherapy, decor, and more. You could set up your entire practice without ever leaving this website.

Massage Warehouse is jam-packed with tables (many with options), chairs, oils and creams, linens, and everything else to set yourself up in style. While they do not offer free shipping on any of their products, they make up for it with one-stop shopping and their aggressive pursuit of the lowest possible shipping fees for you. Like Got Your BackMassage Warehouse has everything you need in one place.

Massage-Tools.com offers a wide variety of things, but their selection of tables and chairs is particularly good. They offer free ground shipping on portable tables and chairs, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee on their tables. The savings off of the retail price tend to be on the low end, but the savings in shipping tends to make up for that.


Massage Oils:

Young Living Essential Oils offer therapeutic grade oils that have been researched in Europe.They have several pre-mixed oil blends, such as their Relaxation blend, which is a combination of tangerine, rosewood, spearmint, peppermint, ylang ylang, and lavender. If you prefer to do your own blending, they sell their deeply nourishing carrier oils and essential oils separately, allowing you to create something especially unique to your practice.

The Aromatherapy Place carries a wide variety of essential oils, blends, spa supplies, and massage oils. Their massage oils are entirely natural and have a wonderful glide. They come in many different sizes, and clearly explain the ingredients and recommendations on the website. Two examples are Renaissance, for encouraging creativity while relaxing the body, and Nourish is, as its name implies, for deep comfort when a great deal of stress has been experienced.

Massage and Bodywork Software:
Bodywork Buddy is geared specifically toward massage and bodywork professionals, to allow you to track your finances, clients, the medical history of your clients and notes on each session, and more. If you find yourself overwhelmed trying to keep track of everything, Bodywork Buddy should help you get sorted out.


Massage Laws for the United States and Canada:

MassageMag.com has listings for the forty-two states and four Canadian provinces that offer some sort of credential or licensure for professional massage therapists. Their listings typically include a website and a phone number, plus the number of hours you need to be properly licensed.


Liability Insurance:

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals is both a school and an insurance provider for massage therapists. Their liability insurance is extensive, offering coverage for legal defense, protection against late-filed claims, coverage for multiple work sites so that you are protected while preforming massage at another location, as well as covering you if you are instructing, and the list goes on. They have been managed by the same underwriter for nearly a decade, and they have the experience you need to feel safe.
Our guest contributor is Elise Degrass. Elise writes on Massage Therapy Schools for Massage Therapy.net
 

2014 Spa Trends To Watch

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Each year The Spa Association (SPAA) publishes a global trend report for the spa-goer demographic including wellness, hospitality, spa beauty and even travel firms.

Whether you are a student in esthetics school, employed as an esthetician, an owner or even perhaps a spa-goer, you will find some great gems in this years data.

Melinda Minton who is the Executive Director for SPAA gave a quick run down that the Miladyteam thought you might find interesting. For the full Trend Report click here.

Trending:

Green Branding and Guilt Free Consumerism
Spa and Wellness Technology
Smart Wear
Spa Travel
Fast or Slow Spa
Beauty vs. Wellness
Global Brain, Local Tribe
Wellness, Spa Medicine and Longevity
The Enlightened Spa
Ultra Luxury

Truth be told, I think each and everyone of us longs to be cared for, pampered, and shown understanding. As consumers desire to live longer, healthier lives continues to grow, so does the need for life’s little luxury’s. Take for example the trend for ‘fast and slow’. While some consumers will seek a total immersion experience busy professionals and overworked soccer moms, will give rise to express services. How might you bring a little luxury to express services and capitalize on this trend?

I challenge you to read this report and ask yourself how you might apply some of these trends to your own business. Whether it is a direct application or simply a concept, every beauty professional can find a way to connect and improve the quality and care of everyday services.

I’d love to hear what you’ve come up with. Go ahead…toot your horn and share what you are going to apply to your own business.

The Weekly Weird: Snakes Spa

Being placed in a position of abject fear is an unlikely choice to de-stress.

But one Indonesian centre is now offering snake massages, which they claim help alleviate stress by taking your mind off other day-to-day worries.

While clearly not for everyone, the staff at Jakarta’s Bali Heritage Reflexology and Spa may have a point.

Feeling relaxed? People feeling stressed in Jakarta, Indonesia, may be tempted to try this new treatment – snake massages in a Balinese-style spa. 
The unique form of massage involves pythons being placed on the customer’s bare back
. The Jakarta spa claims that the fear of feeling moving snakes is said to help alleviate stress by releasing adrenaline. 
Lying rigid and motionless as several pythons of all shapes, colors and sizes are writhe across your bare back, is quite likely to divert your mind from any concerns to the present moment.

But the science behind the ‘relaxation’ theory goes against their claims.

The centre says the movement of the snakes and the adrenaline triggered by fear is said to have a positive impact on the customer’s metabolism.

However, adrenaline is released when someone is stressed and it has several effects on the body which relaxing spa treatments aim to counter.

The snake spa says the movement of the reptiles and the adrenaline triggered by fear is said to have a ‘positive impact’ on the customer’s metabolism
. While being rigid with fear is likely to take your mind off daily woes, clients may need a traditional massage afterwards to recover

The novel treatment may appeal to snake lovers however, who genuinely enjoy the reptiles’ writhing feeling
When faced with a stressful situation, such as being covered in snakes, the body releases the hormone adrenaline, among other chemicals, which increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies.

So a ‘therapy’ that aims to have this effect will only serve to make you feel more wired and on edge as opposed to less relaxed – assuming clients are not accustomed to touching snakes.

There is a chance that after being frozen in fear with muscles tensed for up to an hour, that customers may need a full body massage afterwards, to need out some new knots.

Bizarre: Releasing adrenaline makes people feel on edge as opposed to relaxed, and for most people, touching snakes is likely to have this effect

The spa offers numerous treatments including the snake massage with three pythons
The new treatment has caused quite a stir in the spa. 
But for those who have a love of snakes, and feel comfortable in their company, perhaps feeling them slither across your bare body might be genuinely relaxing.

Either way, it’s an interesting, if not slightly bizarre, idea and appears to be attracting some inquisitive clients.

 

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