The tranquil Benningtonian: How regular massage therapy can help you de-stress

Massage Envy Spa Donates $30,000 To Support Beauty Changes Lives

(Peter Crabtree) chiropractor north york 1 Massage therapist Richard Sager works on Banner staff writer Elizabeth Conkey at his Essential Massage studio in Bennington on Wednesday. (Peter Crabtree) Saturday August 10, 2013 Editor’s note: This is the second story in a holistic health series by Staff Writer Elizabeth Conkey ELIZABETH CONKEY Staff Writer BENNINGTON — Stress is a problem that everyone deals with in some capacity. According to the American Psychological Association, 33 percent of Americans feel as though they are living with extreme stress, while 77 percent of the population regularly experiences physical symptoms caused by stress. The Mayo Clinic cites that prolonged stress can effect not only one’s body, but their mood and behavior as well, resulting in ailments including chest or stomach pain, irritability and overeating, just to name a few. Therefore, learning to manage and/or reduce the stress in our lives is paramount to leading a long and healthy life. My goal in writing this series on holistic health methods is not to discourage you from trusting in Western medicine, which, obviously, is tried and true, but to simply open your eyes to alternative treatments that have been proven to aid various problems, stress included, equally as successfully. *** As I write this, I am fighting an epic battle with my drooping eyelids. It’s 3:25 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon and I’ve just returned from meeting with local Massage Therapist Rich Sager who treated me to a sample of his literal handiwork, which has culminated in my being in a state of total bliss. My formerly tight, knotted http://bayviewwellness.COM up shoulders and back, both of which I constantly hunch over my computer, feel loose and relaxed beyond belief. All I want to do is curl up in a little ball and take a nap. I sought Sager’s advice and insight regarding massage therapy and its health benefits, as well as its connection to stress reduction, after having recently learned of stress reduction by way of a “sister therapy,” acupuncture. Sager, who specializes in Shiatsu massage, the standard Eastern method of massage that involves applying thumb pressure to various points on the body, explained that massage is quite similar to acupuncture in many ways.
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News & World Report , massage therapy was named one of The Best Jobs in 2012 and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects massage therapist employment growth of more than 20 percent between 2010 and 2020, adding 30,900 more jobs to the 153,700 jobs currently in the field. In the 11 years since its inception, Massage Envy Spa has created 21,000 new massage therapists positions and projects to add 1,500 new positions annually through 2018. Today, a career in massage therapy offers incredible growth and creative employment opportunities including flexible work schedules, active and healthy work environments and sustainable incomes. Massage Envy Spa is the country’s largest employer of licensed/registered massage therapists with more than 21,000 therapists providing over 250,000 massages every week. There are more than 890 Massage Envy and Massage Envy Spa locations in 47 states, making it the largest system of franchised massage clinics in the industry. Massage Envy Spa therapists perform 16 million massages a year to a total of more than 1.3 million members. Massage Envy Spa offers a variety of massage treatments including Swedish, Trigger Point, Deep Tissue, Sports, Prenatal and Geriatric. The proven benefits of routine massage include improved circulation, joint flexibility and posture, relief from pain and swelling caused by arthritis, reduced blood pressure, fatigue, migraine pain and stress, as well as improved sleep, concentration and overall sense of well-being. Additionally, Massage Envy Spa offers facials designed by Dr. Murad, the leader in skincare science.
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The Magic of Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy: What Is It? In massage therapy, a trained therapist applies pressure to the muscles and other soft tissues to help heal underlying conditions. There are more than 80 different forms of massage therapy, including shiatsu, Swedish, pressure point, and deep-tissue massage. Massage usually is intended to decrease pain, relax muscles, and let blood and oxygen flow freely to that area of the body. Healing techniques involving massage are thousands of years old and have been mentioned in ancient texts from Egypt, Rome, China, Greece, India, and Japan. Massage Therapy: When Is It Used? Massage therapy can be used to address a number of different health problems, including sports injuries and chronic pain. Musculoskeletal problems, pre- or post-surgical treatment, lymphedema [excessive fluid buildup that often occurs in the arms or legs] those all are probably most effectively treated by massage, says Ron Schneeweiss, professor of family medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. According to Schneeweiss, massage therapy is the type of alternative medicine most often acceptable to conventional doctors. Massage Therapy: Is It Effective?
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Massage Therapy Examiner

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