Body Sense

WINTER | 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 #4, Winter 2019 © 2019 All rights reserved. Body Sense massage, bodywork & healthy living TRYING SOMETHING NEW Do you know all the massage and bodywork services your therapist offers? Or do you book the same service you've been getting the past fi ve years without thinking twice? Have you been going to your massage therapist since your very fi rst massage, but never knew they offered hot stone massage, aromatherapy, or had an esthetics license and include facials and body wraps in their repertoire? This is the perfect time of year to start exploring. Take this opportunity to see what else your massage therapist or bodyworker offers. Visit their website and check out their services. See something intriguing? Add it to your next appointment. When I realized decades ago that my massage therapist not only delivered amazing Swedish massage, but was also trained in shiatsu, jin shin jyutsu, and energy medicine, I knew I had found my therapist for life! Want to try a service your therapist doesn't offer? See if they can recommend someone with the specialty you're interested in. If they don't have someone to refer you to, go to and search for a therapist with the training you seek, be it Rolfi ng, Therapeutic Touch, or any of the 350 types of massage and bodywork that exist. Or maybe a spa visit is in your future? Follow the lead of author Lisa Bakewell, who writes in this issue about her recent spa experience exploring treatments she'd never tried before. Your massage therapist might have some recommendations for you on nearby spas and what kinds of modalities might be fun and benefi cial for you to try. The point is, just enjoy the journey of exploration. There are so many options, so many patches of fabric in this bodywork tapestry, that it behooves you to try as many as you can. Expanding your bodywork vocabulary will not only prove therapeutic, but will open the door to even more healthy discovery. 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 350 That's the number of massage and bodywork modalities practiced by therapists today. From abhyanga (an ayurvedic oil treatment) to Zero Balancing (which focuses on bones and joints), there is undoubtedly a type of bodywork and massage to suit everyone. Explore today at www.massagetherapy. com/glossary.

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