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COMTA Wants Your Feedback
The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA), which accredits educational institutions and programs offering instruction in massage therapy and bodywork or esthetics and skin care, is inviting feedback from massage therapy professionals on its accreditation standards.
MASSAGE Magazine's December Issue is Available Now
The December issue of MASSAGE Magazine is the publication's fourth annual special education issue. The issue's Lifelong Learning theme is intended to help massage therapists develop and evolve, with articles about techniques, continuing education, services and tools.
Four New Members Added to the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced in late November via press release the addition of four new board members:
Grant Winners Announced
Four massage therapy students have won $1,000 apiece, as recipients of Helping Hands Gifts for Growth™ grants.
Curb Hunger by Eating Protein at Breakfast
Faced with the choice of a bagel or an egg, anyone might be forgiven for choosing the familiar comfort of carbohydrates to start the day. But new research indicates that while Americans usually consume plenty of protein throughout the day, breakfast usually falls short.
Older Fibromyalgia Patients Feel Less Pain
Young and middle-aged fibromyalgia patients report worse symptoms than do older fibromyalgia patients, according to a new Mayo Clinic study.
Soda May Cause Kidney Damage
Toward the end of the day, you might be tempted to crack open a can of soda for a sweet pick-me-up. But before you do, consider that new research indicates soft drinks can have a detrimental effect on kidney health.
Bandaging Found as Effective for Lymphedema as Massage
A new research study indicates bandaging is as effective as massage therapy in lymphedema care.
Biofreeze Expands Free Sample Program
Massage therapists may now order free samples of a popular analgesic to share with clients, and build a clientele at the same time.
New NCBTMB Chair Discusses CEUs, Communication
In her first month in office, Leena Guptha, D.O., B.C.T.M.B., new chair of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) has already identified the need to involve the massage therapy community in the future of her organization.
BIOTONE is Giving Away $500 in Products
Enter to win one of two $250 gift certificates to BIOTONE, in MASSAGE Magazine's November Facebook Giveaway.
Why Men Visit Spas—And Why They Don't
A new report from the International Spa Association, titled Male Consumer Insights, indicates why men visit spas and the treatments they receive—and why some men choose not to make spa visits part of their lifestyle.
Free Online Summit Spotlights Integrative Medicine, Beginning Nov. 21
Integrative medicine experts will share the newest health sciences for free at the Be META-Healthy Integrative Medicine Online World Summit starting Nov. 21.
Nov. 19 Webinar Offers up to 9 CEUs
Earn continuing education units at an upcoming massage webinar. Educators Val Guin, Lauren Muser Cates, Dawn Lewis and Gregory Hurd will present massage technique classes during the Nov. 19 Tools for Touch event. MASSAGE Magazine is one of the sponsors of the event, along with At Peace Media, Massage Warehouse, Massamio and Pure Pro.
Number of Americans Dissatisfied with Health Care Grows
The number of Americans who feel that health care is the number-one problem in the U.S. increased to 19 percent in November (up from 12 percent in October), according to a new Gallup poll.
Could On-Site Massage Help Workaholics?
Well-being is not a priority for workaholics, or people who overwork on a regular basis, according to new research.
Massage Envy Raises $898,000 for the Arthritis Foundation
Massage Envy Spa raised more than $898,000 for the Arthritis Foundation during its third annual Healing Hands for Arthritis event.
MTs Celebrate Massage Therapy Awareness Week
Massage therapists throughout the U.S. celebrated National Massage Therapy Awareness Week in late October.
Moving Your Massage Practice?
A new article posted to the website of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) details how to move a sole proprietorship, LLC or corporation to a new state.
Researchers Discover New Knee Ligament
Two knee surgeons have identified a previously unknown ligament in the human knee. The discovery could have important ramifications for patients who experience anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.
Touch Mitigates Existential Fear
New research suggests touch may help people with low self-esteem confront their own mortality.
Correction: Bancroft School of Massage Therapy Opened in 1950
In the article, Boulder College of Massage Closes Again, the identification of the Boulder College of Massage as the second-oldest massage school in the U.S. was incorrect.
Fibromyalgia Patients' Increased Pain Sensitivity Studied
Fibromyalgia - a chronic, musculoskeletal syndrome characterized by fatigue, sleep disturbances and cognitive difficulty, along with widespread muscle and joint pain - brings some clients to massage.
U.S. Obesity Rates Continue to Climb
Your massage clients could be getting bigger. A statistically significant increase in obesity in the U.S. occurred so far in 2013, , according to study results release by GALLUP and Healthways, and is on pace to surpass all annual average obesity rates since Gallup-Healthways began tracking in 2008, according to an article on www.gallup.com.
Stress Levels Connected to Coping Skills
Stress. Anxiety, Depression. All of these can motivate a person to seek massage therapy—and new research shows all of them are linked to traumatic life events. Additionally, the study shows that how much stress a person experiences is related to how her coping skills and thoughts about the stress.
Americans' Health Studied
Americans are living longer, healthier lives; in fact, the average 25-year-old American today can look forward to 2.4 more years of a healthy life than 20 years ago while a 65-year-old today has gained 1.7 years.
Low-Back Injuries Common in Young Athletes
Sports massage is used by colleges and some high schools to keep athletes in top shape. A new study shows that low-back injuries are prevalent in young athletes, and those injuries put them at risk for long term back problems.
Boulder College of Massage Closes Again
In 1975, U.S. President Gerald Ford survived an assassination attempt, The FBI arrested Patty Hearst, and a new massage school - Boulder College of Massage - opened its doors to its first class of students.
MASSAGE Magazine's November Issue Available Now
With a cover theme of Massage for the New Tech Woes, MASSAGE Magazine's November issue explores the next generation of RSIs - tablet back, texting tendonitis, iPad shoulder and smartphone thumb among them.
For Your Health, Put Fiber First
A significant association between low dietary fiber intake and cardio-related risks, including metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular inflammation and obesity, has been found by a new study published in The American Journal of Medicine.
Integrative Medicine in the News
With the growth of integrative medical centers, massage therapy continues to make inroads at U.S. hospitals.
Medical Error a Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.?
A new report published in the Journal of Patient Safety suggests up to 400,000 preventable deaths per year in the U.S. may be attributed to medical error. Additionally, the report notes, medical errors cause serious harm to up to 8 million American patients annually.
Enter Now to Win an iPad Mini and Liability Insurance Policy
Massage Magazine Insurance Plus is offering its Facebook fans a chance to win a 16 GB iPad Mini plus a one-year massage liability insurance policy during the month of October.
NCBTMB Chair Resigns, New Chair Announced
Susan Toscano resigned her position of chair of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB), last week, and her position was filled immediately by chair-elect Leena Guptha, D.O., B.C.T.M.B.
Enter Now to Win $100 Worth of Products, a Liability Insurance Policy and More
MASSAGE Magazine has partnered with Massage Magazine Insurance Plus to offer Facebook fans a chance to win a massage liability insurance policy and more during the month of October.
Thoughts about Family Affect Moms' and Dads' Stress Differently
Mothers and fathers have different stress responses to thoughts about their families, a new study indicates.
Annual Report Reflects Health of Massage Therapy Foundation
The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) has released its annual report for fiscal year 2012. Included in the report are the MTF's vision, mission and goals, executive summary, information about the projects the MTF is engaged in, and more.
How We Tell Textures Apart
Giving new meaning to the term energy work, researchers have found that humans distinguish the difference between fine textures, such as silk or satin, through vibrations, which are picked up by two separate sets of nerve receptors in the skin and relayed to the brain.
Wellness Tourism Experiences Healthy Growth
People concerned about preventive health continue to drive trends. The latest? Healthy vacations.
Back Pain Increasing, Along with Technology Use, Among 18- to 24-Year Olds
A new survey conducted by a health insurer indicates technology use is creating a generation at risk of a back pain epidemic.
Massage Therapy Foundation Seeks Runners for Boston Marathon Team
The Massage Therapy Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the massage profession by funding research and community outreach, is accepting applications for runners who would like to participate in the 2014 Boston Marathon and raise money for the MTF.
Pilates Instructors Now Covered by Insurance Plus
Pilates instructors may now be insured by Insurance Plus, a sister company to MASSAGE Magazine. Insurance Plus also includes Massage Magazine Insurance Plus, Yoga Insurance Plus and other subsidiary programs.
Mid-Life Stress Contributes to Developing Dementia Later in Life
Stress in mid-life has been linked to a heightened risk of dementia in late life, with stressors contributing up to a 20 percent increased risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease, according to investigators in Sweden.
Severe Stress Might Increase Metabolic Syndrome
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is prevalent in the U.S., commonly occurring after a traumatic event or situation, such as serving in combat, rape, assault, serious injury or illness, or natural disaster.
Yoga May Relieve Insomnia in Menopausal Women
Hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia—oh my! Menopause can result in all these symptoms, along with fatigue, feeling stressed, diminished libido and bone-thinning. There are about 38 million women in the U.S. going through or approaching menopause, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
Happiness Supports Heart Health
People who have a positive outlook are significantly less like to suffer a coronary event such as a heart attack or sudden cardiac death, according to new Johns Hopkins research.
Association Releases Position Statement on Massage for Anxiety
A new position statement from one of the nation's largest massage therapy associations articulates that massage therapy offers benefits to people who suffer from anxiety.
Do Triathletes Feel Less Pain?
Could you swim half a mile, jump on a bike for 12 miles, and then hit the ground to run three miles? Most of us couldn't but this is considered a short course for a triathlon. The Ironman course includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race and 26.2-mile run. How do triathletes do it?
MASSAGE Magazine's October Issue Available Now
With a cover theme of Medical Massage, MASSAGE Magazine's October 2013 issue includes the article, Medical Massage: Take Your Touch to the Hospital, by hospital massage therapist Karen P. Armstrong, N.C.T.M., manager of clinical massage and the oncology/hospital massage program at Beaumont Health System in Michigan.
Diana Thompson Receives Massage Therapy Foundation Award
Massage therapist, educator and researcher Diana L. Thompson, L.M.P., received the Massage Therapy Foundation Distinguished Service Award at a reception held at the American Massage Therapy Association's annual national convention in Fort Worth, Texas, on Sept. 27.
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