Body Sense

SPRING | 2021

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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 #24, Issue #1, Spring 2021 © 2021 All rights reserved. Body Sense massage, bodywork & healthy living This past year has defied time. I don't know about you, but this has been the longest year I've known, yet the shortest on memories. While on one hand my pandemic fog-filled brain watched time trudge through the curves, waves, and spikes of COVID-19 statistics, I've also seen this past year jettison by, stealing memories and milestones with each passing day. (I'm sure the fact my kids are heading off to college this fall has amplified my feeling that time is too short!) That's why a spring renewal ritual sounds especially gratifying—and necessary—right now. In this issue, Angie Parris-Raney shares ways we can detox our body and mind as we prepare to enter a new space of rejuvenation. In her article "Detox on the Equinox," Angie takes us through five ayurvedic steps to detox as part of spring's renewal process. She writes, "Just as spring is a great time to clean out our closets and drawers, it's also a good time to clean up our diet and daily routines." We partnered her article with "Align with the Rhythms of Nature" from Heath and Nicole Reed, masters of living a balanced life. Their self- care exercise offers a quick way to find your center when life puts you on shaky ground. Watch their video and give this simple practice a try. This spring brings an extra dose of renewal and hope, as does the accelerated US vaccine rollout (see "Massage and Vaccines"). I'm ready. I'm ready to hug my mom and take her out for the birthday lunch date we canceled out of precaution last March. I'm ready to see my coworkers again (without Zoom!). I'm ready to be with people and put "virtual hugs" away. And I'm ready to see my massage therapist! How about you? 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 Amy Rowe, Graphic Designer staff 5 The number of strokes in traditional Swedish massage: effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement, and vibration. Swedish massage is the foundation of what's taught in massage schools and delivered in massage therapy treatment rooms worldwide. I'm Ready. Are You?

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