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Massage Therapist Profiled in U.S. Dept. of Defense Publication
An article published by the U.S. Department of Defense's American Forces Press Service describes the massage therapy provided at the 2013 Warrior Games, held May 11–16 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Massage Therapy Improves Preterm Males' Stress Response
New research from the University of Louisville in Kentucky indicates massage therapy improves the stress response in preterm infants.
Win a Caribbean Cruise
Massage Magazine Insurance Plus is offering its Facebook fans a chance to win a free Seminars at Sea Cruise from LMT Success Group in its latest Facebook giveaway
Spa Therapies for Tech Woes
NBC News.com recently published an article on the benefits of spa therapies, including massage, for technology users.
New App Connects Clients to Massage Therapists
A new app for mobile devices lets massage clients locate professional therapists in New York City.
Americans Exercising Less in 2013
A healthy diet, regular massage therapy, relaxation and exercise—such habits reflect a healthy lifestyle.
New AMTA Executive Director Begins Today
Bill Brown begins work today as executive director of The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Brown had served as deputy director, and has been working with former Executive Director Shelly Johnson.
Win a Portable Massage Table
One person will win an Athena portable massage table with matching face rest and carry case—a $658 retail value—courtesy of Custom Craftworks, in MASSAGE Magazine's June Facebook giveaway.
Art Auction to Benefit Massage Therapists - Link Now Live
Does your session room need a new piece of artwork, or are you craving handmade jewelry? Bid on arts and crafts at http://myworld.ebay.com/helpmts/ and money raised will go to help massage therapists who need a helping hand.
Deadline for Student Case Report Contest is Approaching
Massage therapy students have until June 1 to submit their applications for the Massage Therapy Foundation's (MTF) Student Case Report Contest. (Also note, students submitting a report must do so prior to their graduation date.)
$150 Million Allocated to Help Americans Enroll in Health Insurance Coverage
Complementary health care, including massage therapy, is mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which goes into effect in 2014. (See State-by-State Campaign Launched to Support Complementary Health Care's Coverage by Health Insurance, as Mandated by the Affordable Care
Aromatherapy Could Reduce Nicotine Cravings
Someone craving a Marlboro could do well to reach for an aromatherapy stick instead.
New Grant Program Launched for Massage Students and Schools
A new grant program will benefit both massage students and schools. BIOTONE massage-and-spa-product company and Biofreeze analgesic company have introduced the Helping Hands Gifts for Growth™ Grant Program, which will support professional massage therapy students in their educational pursuits or endeavors to launch a massage therapy practice.
Apply Now for Educational Scholarships
Two educational scholarships—one for $1,000 and one for $500—will be awarded at the end of June to two massage students, by Massage Without Borders, an organization that raises and distributes funds to massage therapists in need of assistance.
Massage Therapy Foundation to Get New Executive Director
In a move intended to create more independence from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) for the Massage Therapy Foundation, (MTF), the MTF will get a new executive director.
Childhood PTSD Causes Lifelong Gene Changes
Stress disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be alleviated by massage therapy. New, unrelated research indicates abuse during childhood results in gene changes that persist into adulthood.
If You're Stressed, Make Like Smalley
A popular 1990s-era Saturday Night Live character, Stuart Smalley, would gaze into a mirror and declare, I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me. Now, research may have caught up with Smalley's habit of positive affirmation.
Reflexology Reduces Pain
Could hands-on health care replace painkillers? Massage therapists know the answer to that question firsthand.
New Massage Student Scholarship Launched
A group of massage businesses has partnered to create a new massage student scholarship of $1,000 to be used toward massage school tuition, along with a one-year massage liability insurance policy.
For Self-Care, Remember Your Omega-3's
The largest study to date indicates eating foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids—found in foods including fish, flaxseed and chicken—and avoiding saturated fats, meat and dairy foods may be linked to preserving memory and thinking abilities.
Painkillers Cause Problems in Competitive Athletes
Massage therapy is a growing presence at sporting events, offered both pre- and post-event, primarily for increased flexibility and pain relief, respectively. New research indicates competitive athletes who opt for pain medication suffer from increased pain and gastrointestinal distress than do athletes who refrain from taking pain medication.
Massage Therapy on Tour in 2013
Americans who catch the 2013 AMTA Massage Therapy Tour will have the opportunity to learn about the benefits of massage—and receive some hands-on help too.
Smokers Experience More TMD Pain
If a massage client smells like Marlboros, the therapist might want to check for jaw dysfunction. In new research, investigators found cigarette smokers with temporomandibular disorders (TMD) reported higher pain severity than nonsmokers with TMD.
Idaho's Massage Law Goes into Effect July 13
Beginning July 13, it will be unlawful to practice massage therapy in Idaho without a state license.
Move Toward Massage Licensure Under Way in Indiana
Indiana currently offers its massage therapists voluntary state certification. A bill that has passed the Indiana Senate and is winding its way through the House of Representatives would require licensure of the state's massage therapists.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms Alleviated by Massage
Massage therapy has been found to benefit symptoms related to rheumatoid arthritis in the upper limbs.
Special Business Issue for Massage Therapists Arriving on Newsstands Now
MASSAGE Magazine's Annual Business Issue is arriving in mailboxes and on newsstands around the U.S. now.
Events Planned Nationwide to Raise Funds for Massage Therapists
Massage businesses and schools throughout the U.S. are making plans now for a concerted fundraising effort in May for Massage Without Borders, an organization that raises and distributes funds to massage therapists affected by natural and personal disaster.
Depression Linked to Pain in Fibromyalgia Patients
An estimated 5 million people in the U.S. suffer from fibromyalgia, and massage therapy has been found effective in relieving symptoms of this painful syndrome.
FSMTA Members Educate State Legislators
On April 16, almost 50 massage therapists—members of the Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA)—congregated at the state capitol to meet with and provide complimentary seated massage therapy sessions to senators, state representatives and legislative staff.
April is Stress Awareness Month
Massage therapists can use Stress Awareness Month, a national event sponsored by The Health Resource Network, to promote massage therapy.
Get Free Massage Tunes from Massage Magazine Insurance Plus and Paradise Music
Massage Magazine Insurance Plus (MMIP) is offering its Facebook fans a chance to win a free massage music from Paradise Music, as its March Facebook Giveaway.
Massage Therapy Foundation Announces Total Raised via Boston Marathon, States Intent to Participate Again in 2014
A total of $51,120 has been raised so far on behalf of Team Massage Therapy Foundation: Running for Research, which competed in the 2013 Boston Marathon on April 15—and the MTF's leaders intend to sponsor a team in the marathon next year.
Massage Therapists Report from the Boston Tragedy
Massage therapist Donna Cormier was providing massage to runners in the basement of the Back Bay Grand events center just a few blocks from the Boston Marathon finish line when two bombs exploded Monday afternoon.
Massage Therapy Foundation Runners Uninjured in Boston Marathon Explosions
MASSAGE Magazine learned today that the three runners competing on Team Massage Therapy Foundation Running for Reserach - Kathy Borsuk, co-owner of Hillsborough Massage Therapy LLC; Les Sweeney, president of Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals; and Tom Heidenberger, president and owner of Bon Vital' Inc. - were uninjured in today's explosions at the Boston Marathon.
Time is Running Out: Donate to the Massage Therapy Foundation Team Competing in the Boston Marathon
At the sound of the starting gun on Monday morning, an estimated 27,000 athletes will take off from the starting line in the 117th Boston Marathon. Three of those athletes will be competing on behalf of the Massage Therapy Foundation.
Aromatherapy Massage Lowers Blood Pressure, Improves Sleep
Aromatherapy massage reduced blood pressure and improved sleep quality in middle-aged, hypertensize women.
Seeing Pain in the Brain
Results of research released today indicate that, for the first time, pain can be seen in the brain.
Win a Gift Certificate to Massage Warehouse in MASSAGE Magazine's April Facebook Giveaway
MASSAGE Magazine is offering its Facebook fans a chance to win a gift certificate to Massage Warehouse, courtesy of Massage Warehouse, a company that offers a variety of massage and spa supplies.
Day-to-Day Stress May Predict Long-term Mental Health
Massage therapy is one key to keeping stress at bay—and new research indicates managing stress is as important to long-term health as proper nutrition and exercise.
NCBTMB Needs Provider Input on Proposed Changes
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) is inviting feedback from NCBTMB Approved Providers, as it moves forward on revising its approval program.
Stress Levels are Rising in the U.S.
One-fifth of Americans report feeling extreme stress, and 35 percent of the adult population says its stress level has risen in the last year. These results are according to a recent survey from the American Psychological Association (APA). The survey also found Americans aren't getting the stress management we need from our health care system.
Massage Without Borders Announces Art Auction
Massage Without Borders has announced an e-auction of arts and crafts to be held May 12 to 18.
World Massage Festival Honors Massage Without Borders for Humanitarian Work
The organizers of the World Massage Festival have named Massage Without Borders as the recipient of the 2013 Aunty Margaret Humanitarian Award.
Throw Away the Painkillers and Get a Massage
Massage therapy is the natural choice for pain relief—an understatement, as prescription pain medication abuse has now reached epidemic proportions.
Preview MASSAGE Magazine's April Issue
MASSAGE Magazine's April issue is in the mail and being placed on newsstands around the country now. Among the content of this, the magazine's 203rd issue:
BREAKING NEWS: Massage Advocates Call Again for Affidavits from Therapists Affected by Florida PIP Law
An organization fighting a new Florida law that prohibits massage therapists and acupuncturists from billing Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance in Florida is calling again for the state's massage therapists to submit affidavits to the organization's lawyers describing how they have been affected by the law, for use with future legal action.
Reiki, Rolfing and Reflexology: Proposed Exemption in Colorado
A just-introduced bill in Colorado would expressly exempt several bodywork modalities from most state regulation.
Remember to Enter to Win a Sombra Pain Relief Package in MASSAGE Magazine's March Facebook Giveaway
MASSAGE Magazine is offering its Facebook fans a chance to win a Pain Relief Gift Package, courtesy of Sombra Professional Therapy Products. Four winners will be chosen, and you must Like the pages of MASSAGE Magazine and Sombra on Facebook to be eligible to win.
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