Body Sense

AUTUMN | 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 #18, Issue #3, Autumn 2016 © 2016 All rights reserved. Body Sense massage, bodywork & healthy living Faraway, So Close Touch Transcends A little more than six years ago, I got word that my sister-in-law, Carol, was diagnosed with carcinoid liver cancer. My immediate reaction was a feeling of disbelief and then helplessness, especially since I lived more than 1,000 miles from my brother's family. But after consulting with my wife, we agreed that the one thing we could offer Carol, even from so far away, was touch therapy. We located a practitioner in her area who specialized in oncology massage and end-of-life care. Christi, the massage practitioner, was patient, compassionate, and understanding of Carol's situation. Carol was only 52 years old when she passed away, but I have faith that the massage Christi provided helped ease Carol's pain—as well as her family's pain—even for just the brief period of time it takes to receive massage. I hope you enjoy Cindy Williams's article "The Heart Knows No Wrinkles" in this issue. It's a wonderful, heartfelt piece about the value of touch for those who are suffering, specifically the elderly in our lives who so often do not receive the touch that can offer comfort and relief. 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 ANDREA BROWN, Advertising Coordinator AMY KLEIN, Art Director JAMES SUTHERLIN, Senior Designer TAMR A MCILVAIN, Graphic Designer staff Body Sense Editor Darren Buford Is massage part of your ongoing wellness strategy?* 9% No. I only get massage when something hurts. *Results from poll. 9% I get regular massage, but hadn't thought about it as part of a wellness strategy. I will now! 22% I receive occasional massage, but do not include it as part of my wellness strategy. 58% Yes, I receive weekly or biweekly massages as preventive care to keep my body healthy.

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