Body Sense

SPRING | 2016

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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 #17, Issue #1, Spring 2016 © 2016 All rights reserved. Body Sense massage, bodywork & healthy living Do you plan to purchase a massage as a gift for someone this year?* Being body aware is paramount to ongoing health. However, numerous times in the past I've ignored the messages about pain my body was sending, only to later suffer the repercussions. Currently, I'm elbow-deep in medial epicondylitis—commonly referred to as golfer's elbow. This is my second time on this merry-go-round: same condition, different arm. So why did my problem reoccur? As you'll learn from this issue's experienced writers Cindy Williams and Mark Liskey ("Movement Therapies" and "Massage: Your Gateway to Body Awareness"), my reinjury was a combination of my stubbornness to persist at the activities I love—even though I sensed something was amiss—and the fact that my body was compensating for my injured state. With knowledge comes understanding, and with understanding comes peace. Through Cindy's guidance (she's also one of my massage therapists), I'm taking a more balanced approach to my recovery process. Gone are the days when I insisted on powering through or resuming activities before my body was ready. Today, my regimen for healing incorporates a number of health strategies: physical therapy, massage therapy, and movement therapies. Each of these are powerful allies in my fi ght to get back on track. Even more important, however, is my newfound self-awareness. I'm attuned to my body, listening, aware of changes, even subtle ones. That attentiveness, brought about specifi cally by bodywork, is a godsend in learning to appreciate the time it takes to heal. Cindy writes in her article, "As with anything you wish to master, your participation, dedication, and daily practice are required." To her list, I would add patience and gratitude. We hope our articles in this issue help you to be more body aware on your own journey. Tune in. Listen. Your body's talking. 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 DARREN BUFORD, Editor LESLIE A. YOUNG, Contributing Editor K ARRIE OSBORN, Senior Editor BR ANDON TWYFORD, Associate Editor MARY BARTHELME ABEL, Contributing Editor TR ACY DONLEY, Advertising Manager JEFF CUNNINGHAM, Advertising Coordinator AMY KLEIN, Art Director JAMES SUTHERLIN, Senior Designer NGUYEN PHAM, Graphic Designer staff 10% Probably. I often buy gift certifi cates as last- minute gifts, and everyone loves a massage. *Results from poll. Body Sense Editor Darren Buford 15% No. I don't believe in gift certifi cates, no matter how convenient or thoughtful the gift is. 22% Undecided. I don't usually buy gift certifi cates, but a massage is a great idea! 53% Absolutely! It's a thoughtful and convenient gift. I give one every year.

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