Preview the September 2013 Issue of MASSAGE Magazine, MASSAGE MagazineMASSAGE Magazine‘s September issue is available now. MASSAGE Magazine is the only monthly massage magazine, is independent of any association, and has been in publication since 1985.

Topics explored in MASSAGE Magazine’s September 2013 issue by expert massage practitioners and educators include:

“Neuromuscular Therapy: Help Clients Live Better in Their Bodies,” by Lara Stillo, H.H.P.: Neuromuscular therapy is an approach to bodywork that seeks to maintain balance between the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system.

“6 Steps to Raising Your Session Fees,” by Renae Bechtold: A massage therapist must consider well-strategized methods for raising her prices if she hopes to remain in business.

“The Science Behind Reflexology,” by David Allan, D.C.: The popularity of reflexology has been on the rise for the past two decades. Reflexology is featured on the menus at thousands of spas, in addition to being practiced by trained massage therapists in private practice and certified reflexologists at medical facilities around the globe. Research on reflexology continues to shape the essence of the profession.

“Neural Manipulation,” by Jean-Pierre Barral, D.O., M.R.O.(F), R.P.T.: Neural manipulation is a precise manual therapy that facilitates free movement of the nerves in relation to adjacent muscles, fascia, organs and bones.

“Vacuum Therapies for Pain Relief,” by Anita Shannon, L.M.T., and Rita Woods, L.M.T.: Vacuum therapies are used to identify and assist the body with releasing the history in the tissue, along with the resulting compensatory patterns that create stress and pain. The most incredible aspect of these techniques is the condition can be old or new, chronic or acute—and the results can often be apparent immediately.

“Hospital-Based Aromatherapy,” by Elizabeth Jones: Hospitals can include preventive care by natural means such as massage, nutrition, herbal supplements and essential oils to fortify immune systems, strengthen cardiovascular systems, reduce stress and anxiety, and more. After repairing a broken bone, removing an inflamed appendix or transplanting a liver, a hospital can offer greater recovery through gentle, complementary therapies. Hospitals are increasingly offering such therapies to patients, staff and visitors.

“Boost Your Bodywork Menu with Spa Services,” by Jean Shea: Today, massage therapists are adding spa services like wraps and scrubs to satisfy a desire among clients for all-over body treatments that both heal and hydrate.

“Mindfulness,” by David M. Lobenstine, L.M.T.: From more than 100 studies, we know practicing mindfulness has a startling array of benefits: it reduces symptoms of chronic pain, increases psychological hardiness and improves the effectiveness of existing treatments for psoriasis, to name a few

Research Reports: Massage Benefits Cardiac Surgery Patients; Massage Eases Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms