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The Most Unusual Massages Around The World
It's no secret that massages can alleviate plain, relieve stress, and increase your overall wellbeing.
But in some parts of the world, the usual Swedish, hot stone and deep tissue massages aren't the only options around. How about getting massaged with knives or by an elephant?
It sounds uncomfortable, but the cactus massage is a specialty at the Four Season Punta Mita, Mexico. Don't worry! Thorns are pulled out before the cactus paddles are heated in warm water. They are then cut in half to expose the gooey interior used to massage your body.
—The Huffington Post, national, Oct. 31, 2013
Massage can calm autistic kids
Massage and aromatherapy can calm autistic children and offer parents respite from the stresses of caring for a special needs child, a Bowling Green licensed massage therapist said.
Marylee C. Schreiber owns and operates Sanctuary Body Spa. She has an autistic son and has learned—through him and her own training—massage and aromatherapy techniques that can make a difference in autistic children's lives ... Schreiber said the Touch Research Institute in Miami studied autistic children and found massage helped the children sleep better.
Those with autism are either hypersensitive or hyposensitive to touch and receive stimuli from their bodies that are difficult to process.
—Bowling Green Daily News, Bowling Green, Kentucky, Oct. 21, 2013
Massage Therapy Provides Patients with Numerous Benefits
Life can be stressful. There are many different ways you can take a break and just relax. Read a book, listen to music, or maybe get a massage. Massage therapist and athletic trainer Rodger Fleming stopped by 411 Today to tell us more on how massages can be beneficial.
Fleming says everyone can use a massage. Not only does a massage relieve stress, but it can also provide health benefits.
—WMGT, Macon, Georgia, Oct. 31, 2013
Massage Therapy for Children with Autism Requires Further Research
Massage therapy has been growing in popularity as a treatment for children with autism. Massage therapists provide deep pressure massage and therapeutic touch to children while avoiding light touch ... Massage therapists and parents have reported positive results from massage therapy treatment, including more tolerance of touch, improved social communication with others, better sleep patterns, improved attention to task, and fewer adverse behaviors. Parents also report more bonding with their children.
Research does exist to support the claims made regarding massage therapy for children with autism. Many studies, however, involve small sample sizes, short study durations, and poor bias control.
—Autism Daily Newscast, national, Oct. 15, 2013
Massage therapist gathers support for WIN
Despite Saturday's rain, Kathi's Hands, a massage therapy business in Shippensburg, held free massages for those who donated to Women in Need. "I like to do fundraisers every month," said Kathi Neidig, owner and massage therapist. "This time I wanted to do something bigger. This is the biggest and first real event that I've held."
Women In Need, a non-profit agency ... [provides] services for victims of rape and has expanded to provide services to victims of domestic violence ... Stacy Hess, an employee with WIN, said the event will make a difference.
"This event benefits all of our shelter projects," Hess said. "It will do wonders."
—Chambersburg Public Opinion, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Sept. 23, 2013,
Pet Therapist: Is massage right for your pet?
Veterinarians are hot on the trail of family physicians when it comes to the diversity of therapies that they prescribe for their patients.
Referrals to paraprofessionals are on the rise. This follows an increase in training and accreditation for animal practitioners, as well the inclusion of many adjunct therapies under animal health insurance plans. Animal massage is one such therapy gaining acceptance and popularity.
Animal massage is not just about giving pets an indulgent, spa-like experience. Like us, who seek massage therapy for rehabilitation as well as for the pure joy of it, so too can pets reap comparable physical and emotional benefits.
—The Vancouver Sun, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Sept. 9, 2013
Giving back through massage
Highland resident Nelson Brown is a massage therapist who specializes in sports therapy and is driven to give back to people who pursue an active lifestyle, using his services to help them live a higher quality of life.
"I wanted to do something different with the second half of my life, and sports massage was something that really rang to my spirit," Brown said. "I wanted to do something that really helped other people. A person can do something with their life at any point. You don't have to live a life unfulfilled because you feel like you're too old or you're not educated enough. I'm living proof of that."
—Highland Community News, Highland, California, Sept. 19, 2013
Olivia Newton-John Opens Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne That Offers Acupuncture, Massage and Free Drinks to Patients
Australian singer Olivia Newton-John opened on Friday a cancer and wellness centre in Melbourne named after her. She described the medical facility as offering loving care and support for cancer patients.
Ms. Newton-John, who shot to fame with her portrayal of Sandra Dee in the 1980s hit film Grease opposite John Travolta, herself battled and won over breast cancer, but recently lost a sister to the same ailment.
The $189-million Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Well Centre will offer complementary therapies, including acupuncture and massage, and will even offer drinks.
—International Business Times, international, Sept. 22, 2013
Reflex and relax
"Right hip, right knee and sciatic, please," said Cindy Millay, as she reclined in a massage chair with her sock-covered feet hanging off the end.
Sue LaDuke gently massaged the bottom of her foot with an electric tool, sending 4,400 tiny impacts a minute into Millay's foot.
Every Monday, Millay gets reflexology from LaDuke, of Casper, who is a certified reflexologist with the Modern Institute of Reflexology in Colorado. Millay has had unexplained joint pain for more than eight years, and working on her feet as a route salesperson aggravates it. But reflexology helps ease her pain.
—Star Tribune, Casper, Wyoming, Aug. 31, 2013
New massage therapist joins Community Hospital staff
A new massage therapist, Kelly Catt, Licensed Massage Therapist, joined Community Hospital's staff last week. Kelly was born and raised in McCook and graduated from the Denver School of Massage Therapy at Westminster, Colorado, in 2007.
She will be providing full-time massage therapy services at Community Hospital, providing a variety of types of massage including: Swedish, full body, acupressure, reflexology, deep tissue, injury massage, trigger point, sports massage, cranial-sacral, and more. ... To make hospital stays more pleasant, Kelly will offer massage to inpatients on a complimentary basis as time allows.
—McCook Daily Gazette, McCook, Nebraska, Aug. 14, 2013
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