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Thai Massage: An Ancient Form of Healing

by Winnie Cain, LMT Is Thai Massage an ancient form of healing, as claimed by those using this modality over the past 2,500+ years?  I believe it is.  When you understand Thai Massage, you will see why it is called an ancient form of healing. Thai Massage is based on two theories: The Four Elements of Life theory: It is the main principle in Thai traditional medicine of which Thai massage is a branch. The body is composed of four elements: Earth, Water, Air and Fire. Sen Sib (energy line) Theory:  It is the core of Thai massage. Acupressure is…

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Decreasing Edema with Active Isolated Stretching

by Joshua Morton, LMP, MAISS, MMLT and Susan Guttzeit, LMP, MAISS One main key to understanding how to reduce edema lies in stimulating the lymphatic and venous systems. Circulation needs to be restored to deeper tissues, adhesions released, and scarring reduced and realigned. One of the best ways to accomplish this is by utilizing muscle contractions and stretching to create a pushing and pulling force within the vessels. The repeated muscle contractions and stretching that occur using the Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) method create exactly that - a gentle pumping action that promotes lymphatic and venous circulation. This action in turn reduces inflammation and edema. A…

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Hospice Massage vs Spa Massage

by Robert Amaro, LMT Those in the hospice and palliative care business tend to overlook the value and positive effects massage has on our patients. Perhaps it is due to a misunderstanding of what we do in hospice compared to what we might do in a traditional spa setting. The difference between spa services and the type of massage we do with hospice and palliative care patients is a little like comparing apples and oranges; they are night and day. A few of the services offered in a traditional spa setting would never work for our patients. Massage services such…

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AMTA’s Health Care Relationships – Advancing the Massage Therapy Profession

AMTA’s Health Care Relationships 2013 An Update of the Association’s Relationships and their Impact on the Massage Therapy Profession The American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®) continues to be involved in ongoing interactions with health care, wellness and medical organizations with several goals and objectives in mind: To influence the health care community so it acknowledges the value of massage therapy and professional massage therapists; To educate all in the health care and wellness industries about the benefits of massage therapy and the growing body of research that supports its value; To increase collaboration between AMTA, its members and other health care and      wellness industry leaders;…

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