Body Sense

Autumn | 2014

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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. Body Sense is published by Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals Inc., 25188 Genesee Trail Road, Suite 200, Golden, Colorado 80401. 800-458-2267. Volume #14, Issue #3, Autumn 2014 © 2014 All rights reserved. For more information about massage therapy, visit or For more information about skin care, visit Body Sense massage, bodywork & healthy living DARREN BUFORD, Editor LESLIE A. YOUNG, Contributing Editor K ARRIE OSBORN, Senior Editor BR ANDON TWYFORD, Assistant Editor CARRIE PATRICK, Contributing Editor ANGIE PARRISR ANEY, Advertising Manager HANNAH LEVY, Advertising Coordinator AMY KLEIN, Art Director JAMES SUTHERLIN, Senior Designer TAMR A MCILVAIN, Designer staff *Results from poll. What is your body awareness level?* What is your body awareness level? High Good Our Bodywork World Did you know there are more than 250 bodywork modalities? With so many options out there, even experienced bodywork adventurers might feel overwhelmed and unsure about what to choose. Consider your goals as you make your decision. Are you looking to relax, relieve, rehabilitate, recoup? Perhaps you're looking to get invigorated. Or perhaps you're looking for all of the above. Because choosing one modality over another may seem daunting, we dedicate this issue of Body Sense to fi nding the right technique for you. Allissa Haines presents several bodywork options in her article "To Relax or Not to Relax?" She suggests that what's right for you today may not be what's right next week, next month, or next year. Your goals may be constantly in fl ux—and that's fi ne. The best place to start is by communicating with your practitioner. He or she is a trained professional (often in many modalities) and can guide your goals and session in a number of directions depending on your needs. Take heed massage enthusiasts: the great news is that it doesn't matter what technique you choose (there is no right or wrong), all have healthful benefi ts that range from reducing anxiety and stress, to boosting the immune system, to improving self-esteem, and all provide much needed relief for body, mind, and soul. Exploring the vast array of techniques with your massage therapist should be an adventure, and we hope that through this publication, and with the information we provide on, your therapist and the more than 300,000 other therapists across the United States are waiting in the wings to provide you with the support you need. E D I T O R ' S N O T E D A R R E N B U F O R D , E D I T O R D A R R E N @ A B M P . C O M , @ D A R R E N B U F O R D Body Sense Editor Darren Buford 18% High I continually strive to maintain good posture and proper body mechanics. 58% Good I usually maintain good body mechanics, but sometimes catch myself slipping. 20% OK I try to be aware of my body mechanics, but have some poor habits that I can't seem to break. 1% Poor I have a lot of room for improvement in my posture and movement.

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