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Muscles are often the primary culprit with pain involving the lower back, neck, shoulders, appendage joints, (ankles, knees, wrists and elbows) and more. Even if the problem is primarily structural, (from the skeletal system), massage can alleviate the secondary muscle spasms that cause pain. It is easier to understand how massage relieves pain when one understand the mechanism of pain.

Bones and muscles do not hurt! The NERVE is the pain messenger. If a muscle or bone rubs and irritates the nerve, it causes inflammation. When the amount of inflammation exceeds the pain threshold, a message is sent to the brain asking for a pain signal to alert the person that a problem exists. If is very important to understand that pain is not the real problem, even though it gets your attention and needs to be addressed. Pain is your body’s way of letting you know WHERE the problem is. For instance, if your ankle is sprained it will hurt. The pain is telling your WHERE the problem is - your ankle is in trouble, and you should use it carefully. The PROBLEM is the sprain - the trauma to your ligaments and/or muscles. Both the pain and the problem, the sprain must be attended to.

Alleviating pain takes a thorough medical knowledge of how the muscles and nerves interact. That is why having my degree from a medical college, plus studying extensive at additional workshops has enabled me to help you with a wide range of physical problems. If you are one of those extremely fortunate individuals that has no physical problems, but just needs a serene therapeutic massage, let me put you in heaven.

Whatever type of massage you need, I can assure you that I have the strength to give you a deep massage, (I threw discus and shot put when I was in high school), and the sensitivity to cause no pain.

 That is why I guarantee you The BEST massage of your life!

Benefits of Massage:

  • Improves Muscle Tone
  • Decreases in lactic acid in the muscles
  • Promotes a healthy immune system
  • Relieves pain and muscle tension
  • Increases joint mobility and range of motion
  • Stimulates mental and physical energy
  • Increases lymphatic circulation, (cleansing your muscle system)
  • Promotes a calming effect on the nervous system
  • Allows for better sleep and relaxation

 

Tips on Choosing a Massage Therapist - Published in The Island Packet

It's that time of year again to find special gifts for the special people in your life. A massage gift certificate has increasingly become more popular as a way of showing how much you care. Whether the recipient is an athletic teen, a 20-something spouse, a pregnant colleague or your elderly grandmother, this is a choice where one-size really fits all.

Once you have decided to purchase a massage gift certificate, this is where the confusion usually sets in. There are many people selling massage, and many types of massage to choose from, so how do you decide?
The first, most important advice, is never shop by price. That does not mean you have to choose the most expensive therapist, but if you go to the cheapest therapist, you are almost guaranteed a disappointing outcome. At this time of year, therapists often run specials, so take time to talk with the therapists you have chosen to consider.

One of the most confusing parts of purchasing a massage is how to choose a qualified therapist. Just because a person has a South Carolina license, that does not mean they have graduated from any massage school. Licensing was instituted in South Carolina within the past few years. The effect is that a number of people selling massage are licensed but have not graduated from a school, because they were grandfathered in.

You should ask, "What massage school did you graduate from, and how many hours was your program?" The best schools are affiliated with and/or supervised by the states where they are located. There is a difference in the amount of hours each school requires to earn a degree, and as South Carolina only requires 500 hours to qualify for a license, it is important to pin down how many hours the therapist's degree represents.

Now, you have found a therapist who has graduated from a good school, what's next? Experience. You want to have a therapist who has been practicing massage full-time for at least two years.
If the person receiving the massage has any medical concerns such as pregnancy, advanced age or specific medical complaints, then you really want to have a person who has graduated from a massage college with at least 1,000 hours and has at least five years experience.

My final advice is to ask your prospective therapist for referrals, or clients who have been massaged and are willing to share their opinion of the therapist. Another source of information is online, where reviews of therapists often are posted.

Once you have chosen a good therapist, you can begin to relax. Though there are some initial distinctions about massage styles that should be understood, the most important decision is choosing the right therapist.

Experience and training are the best indicators of the quality of massage that you can expect from a therapist. The difference between an unschooled person with little professional massage experience, and a graduate therapist with extensive experience is night and day.

Jan Rose Kasmir, is a graduate of the New York College of Health Professionals. She helped form a free chronic pain group, Living-Free, which will be meeting at the SHARE Senior Center starting again in January. For more information about Living-Free, call 843-683-2273

 

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