Western Therapies in Shiatsu Massage Therapy

Posted May 24, 2017 by Emmanuel Rodriguez, LMT & filed under Japanese Shiatsu, Massage Therapist, Shiatsu

Massage is an ancient healing therapy that has been practiced for centuries, with Shiatsu being a relatively new modality in the history of massage. Traditional Chinese medicine came to Japan in the 6th century via a Buddhist monk, but it wasn't until the early part of the last century that Shiatsu was founded there. … Read More

Five Great Massage Therapy Jobs

Posted May 11, 2017 by Anton Rivera, B.A. & filed under Careers, Massage Therapist, Massage Therapy Career

As the important role that massage therapy can play in health and wellness becomes increasingly known among the general public, more job options exist for those in the field. This means that aspiring massage therapists have a choice among many environments in which to work. … Read More

Massage Offers Key Relief for Back Pain

Massage therapy helps ease chronic low back pain and improves function, according to a new Annals of Internal Medicine trial. This is the first study to compare structural and relaxation (Swedish) massage. The trial found that both types of massage worked well with few side effects. … Read More

Massage Therapy Career

Recent data from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) indicates greater public and medical acceptance of the value of massage and increasing consumer usage of massage therapy. • AMTA estimates that in 2009, massage therapy was a $16-20 billion industry. • Between July 2008 and July 2009, nearly 48 million individuals (22 percent) had a massage at least once. • Thirty-two percent of adults had a massage between July 2008 and July 2009 for medical or health reasons. • According to the U.S. Department of Labor employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 20 percent from 2006 to 2016, faster than average for all occupations. • Eighty-five percent of consumers agree that massage can be beneficial to health and wellness. • Nineteen percent of adults say they've used massage therapy at least one time for pain control. • Massage therapists charge an average of $63 for one hour of massage, earning an average wage of $45 an hour, including tip, for all massage related work. • Massage therapists work an average of 20 hours a week providing massage, seeing an average of 44 clients per month. • In 2009, the average annual income for a massage therapist who provides approximately 16 hours of massage per week was $37,123, compared to incomes in 2006 of $28,170 for full-time healthcare support workers; $27,190 for full-time medical assistants and $23,290 for occupational therapist aides. • Massage therapists have an average of 624 hours of initial training. Today there are more than 90,000 Nationally Certified massage therapists. • The most popular choices for continuing education for massage therapists are training for new modalities/techniques, advanced training for specific modalities and massage for specific populations, such as geriatrics and athletes. … Read More

Conventional Medicine Benefits From Alternative Therapies

In a recent survey from UCLA and the University of California, San Diego, researchers measured medical students' attitudes and beliefs about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and found that three-quarters of them felt conventional medicine would benefit by integrating CAM therapies. • 77 percent of participants agreed that patients whose doctors know about CAM in addition to conventional medicine benefit more than those whose doctors are only familiar with conventional medicine. • 74 percent agreed that a system that integrates conventional and CAM therapies would be more effective than either type of medicine provided independently. • 84 percent agreed that CAM contains beliefs, ideas and therapies from which conventional medicine could benefit. • 49 percent indicated that they have used CAM. "CAM is receiving increased attention in light of the global health crisis and the significant role of traditional medicine in meeting public health needs in developing countries," says study author Ryan Abbott, a UCLA researcher. "Integrating CAM into mainstream health care is now a global phenomenon, with policymakers at the highest levels endorsing the importance of a historically marginalized form of health care." CAM includes therapies such as acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine, and yoga. Its emphasis is on maximizing the body's inherent healing ability, getting patients involved as active participants in their health care and preventive care. While interest in these fields has increased dramatically in the United States in recent years, information about such therapies has not yet been widely integrated into medical education. "Even with the high prevalence of CAM use today, most physicians still know little about nonconventional forms of medicine," says Michael Goldstein, a UCLA research scientist. "Investigating medical students' attitudes and knowledge will help us assess whether this may change in the future." … Read More

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