Body Sense

Summer 2012

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Body Sense EDITOR'S NOT E LESLIE A. YOUNG, EDITOR IN CHIEF massage, bodywork & healthy living 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 undertaking any form of medical treatment and/or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted 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 advertisements. 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 #12, Issue #2, Summer 2012 © 2012 All rights reserved. LESLIE A. YOUNG, Editor in Chief DARREN BUFORD, Managing Editor KARRIE OSBORN, Contributing Editor JED HENEBERRY, Assistant Editor ANGIE PARRIS-RANEY, Advertising Manager HANNAH LEVY, Advertising Coordinator AMY KLEIN, Production and Design Manager JAMES SUTHERLIN, Associate Designer Bloom Where You're Planted "The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." Anaïs Nin One of my coworkers spoiled me with an orchid last fall. I looked at the delicate buds and wondered how many days/hours/minutes I could keep it alive. More than six months later, it's loaded with blossoms! Most of us have a lot in common with my slender orchid friend—we're actually pretty resilient. We just need the right balance of nourishment and light. Life's inevitable ups and downs can take their toll, so we need to nurture ourselves in order to continue to thrive. That's where bodywork comes in. To first-time clients, it's an epiphany. To others, it's a quarterly investment in wellness. To loyal clients, bodywork is everything—without their frequent massages, their petals start to fall off. Those of us who love bodywork can help sow seeds of appreciation. When I give gift certificates for massage, they transform friends who have never experienced healing touch and remind less frequent users about bodywork's revitalizing prowess. One thing is clear: once people open up to massage, it helps them flourish. Massage soothes achy bodies, empowers self-image, complements exercise, combats disease, and feeds souls. Whatever massage means to you, partake—as often as possible. You deserve it. Your body deserves it. And you'll bloom brighter. How often do you receive massage? 31% 35% 28% 4% Once a week Once a month Once in a while Once a year Results from poll, May 2012. staff

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