Body Sense

AUTUMN | 2019

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Published for ABMP members by Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Body Sense magazine is published for the purpose of educating the general public about the benefits of massage and bodywork, along with additional well-being topics. The information contained in this magazine is not intended for the purpose of diagnosing or prescribing. Please consult your physician before under taking any form of medical treatment and/or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines. No par t of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without specific written permission from ABMP. Publisher cannot be held responsible for content of adver tisements. The information contained herein is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for a licensed health-care professional. Volume #21, Issue #3, Autumn 2019 © 2019 All rights reserved. Body Sense massage, bodywork & healthy living YOU ARE WORTH IT Self-care is a year-round venture. Sometimes we forget that. Do you typically remember self-care only after you've driven yourself into a wall? Do you make self-care a priority in January, then relegate it to the back seat by March? Do you think of self-care as a luxury and feel badly for taking the time? Or, are you conscientious about taking care of yourself on a regular, ongoing basis, especially when life gets crazy? Self-care is often the first thing we let go of when we're under stress. For some reason, we justify giving up important self-care routines and habits because we think we simply don't have the time. Have you ever uttered these thoughts? I don't have time to eat a balanced meal; I only have time for a quick bite. I don't have time to get a massage; I really want to, but it's impossible to take an hour out of my schedule just to relax. And I definitely don't have time for meditation. I feel guilty even thinking about it. The truth is, self-care practices are meant to help us in stressful situations. They should be the last things you give up when life is throwing lemons at you. In this issue of Body Sense, you'll learn how massage is beneficial to the 1 in 3 US adults who will act as a caregiver for a friend or loved one this year. These amazing people need massage more than anyone, but they are the first to admit they take little time for themselves. Are you a caregiver? It's important you read the article on page 6. And share it with a friend. What self-care tools do you employ to manage a healthy, balanced life? When you put massage and bodywork at the top of that list, you'll be amazed at how much better you'll be at turning those lemons into lemonade. E D I T O R ' S N O T E K A R R I E O S B O R N , E D I T O R K A R R I E @ A B M P . C O M Karrie Osborn, Editor Darren Buford, Contributing Editor Brandon Twyford, Contributing Editor Mary Barthelme Abel, Contributing Editor Angie Parris-Raney, Director of Advertising Amy Klein, Art Director James Sutherlin, Senior Designer staff Body Sense Editor Karrie Osborn $160 billion The estimated amount of gift cards sold in 2018. Holiday season is right around the corner. Consider a massage therapy gift card purchase for your loved ones this season. It takes all the stress, literally, out of gift-buying!

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