Body Sense

Winter 2013

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BODY TALK COMPILED BY DARREN BUFORD We asked massage clients: what were your principal reasons for seeking massage therapy? 39% relaxation 37% relieve pain 31% relieve stress 24% received as a gift 12% recover from injury Statistics courtesy of ABMP's National Consumer Research Survey, conducted by Harstad Strategic Research, January 2013. Watsu Me! There are more than 250 types of massage and bodywork. Here's just one of the many modalities you can experience: Watsu, or aquatic shiatsu, began when creator Harold Dull brought his knowledge of Zen shiatsu into a warm pool. Zen shiatsu incorporates stretches that release blockages along the meridians—the channels through which chi or life force flows. Dull found the effects of Zen shiatsu could be amplified and made more profound by stretching someone while having them float in warm water. By supporting, rocking, and moving the whole body while stretching a leg or arm, Watsu lessens the resistance there is when a limb is worked in isolation. Warm water and the continuous support it provides are ideal for freeing the spine. Definition from's Glossary of Massage and Bodywork Techniques. Where do you find your ahhhhhhh? Learn more about massage by signing up for our monthly enewsletter at

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