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Zei Gezunt with Massage Therapy
Editor: Yael Rosenberg, RN, B.S.H

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  Questions to ask the Practitioner
  General Tips
  Products and Services
  Books and Publications

Massage is a healing art that employs manual manipulation of muscles and soft tissues of the body in order to achieve a specific effect.

Statistical studies show the following:
In the United States more than 114 million individuals utilized the services of a massage therapist. 54% of American physicians proclaimed that they would recommend massage therapy as an adjunct to conventional medical care.

Many hospitals throughout the United States are adding massage therapy to their pain management programs. It is one of the most widely used method of relaxation used in corporate wellness programs. Massage therapy is a predominately female profession in America, where only about 15-18% of men practice this healing art.

Types and Symptoms
There a number of types of massage which include the following:
    Swedish Massage: This type of massage utilizes long strokes and kneading to aid in muscle flexibility
    Deep Tissue Massage: This type of massage utilize strokes combined with deep finger pressure on deep tight muscles.
    Trigger Point Massage: This type of massage utilizes a variety of strokes as well as deep finger massage on specific trigger points.
    Shiatzu Massage: This type of massage utilizes rhythmic strokes on specific parts of the body in order to release and enhance the flow of the vital energy of qi.

Massage therapy has be shown to be effective for the following conditions among others
    Relieves acute and chronic pain that might be generalized or specific headaches and migraines, arthritis, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, menstrual cramps, sprains, and toothaches
    Alleviates stress and stress related conditions
    Improves circulation and lymph flow
    Assist in management of respiratory disorders, promotes easier breathing
    Effective in managing: Depression, and Anxiety as it increases the production of endorphins
    Used in treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and in post surgical rehabilitation
    Relaxes muscles and reduces spasms, improves range of motion
    Improves alertness and stamina
    Strengthens the immune system

Questions to ask the practitioner
    How many years experience have you had utilizing this healing method?
    What type of massage are you proficient in
    Has your experience been treating medical conditions or just as a relaxation method
    What is your success rate  
    Certificates and Licenses  

General Tips
    Seek the advice of your health provider before embarking on any form of treatment
    Make sure that the massage therapist is licenses and qualified to perform massage therapy
    Massage should be avoided on open wounds
    Individuals with cancer should avoid having the area where the tumor is massaged
    Anyone with deep vein thrombosis should avoid having that area massaged as it can lead to the dislodging of the thrombus
    Make sure to tell you massage therapist of any medical condition you have
    Inform your therapist if you are allergic to anything as many use oils and lotions that may contain ingredients that you are sensitive to.
    You might experience some discomfort if the therapist happens to work on a tight muscle, but notify your therapist immediately if you experience pain.

List of Products & Services
    Kama Sutra Massage Therapy Kit

Books and Publications

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