Body Sense

Summer | 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. expectmore@abmp.com. Volume #14, Issue #2, Summer 2014 © 2014 All rights reserved. For more information about massage therapy, visit www.massagetherapy.com or www.abmp.com. For more information about skin care, visit www.ascpskincare.com. Body Sense massage, bodywork & healthy living DARREN BUFORD, Editor darren@abmp.com LESLIE A. YOUNG, Contributing Editor leslie@abmp.com K ARRIE OSBORN, Senior Editor karrie@abmp.com BR ANDON TWYFORD, Assistant Editor brandon@abmp.com CARRIE PATRICK, Contributing Editor carrie@abmp.com ANGIE PARRIS-R ANEY, Advertising Manager angie@abmp.com HANNAH LEVY, Advertising Coordinator hannah@abmp.com AMY KLEIN, Art Director amy@abmp.com JAMES SUTHERLIN, Senior Designer james@abmp.com TAMR A MCILAIN, Designer tamra@abmp.com staff *Results from Massagetherapy.com poll. What is your favorite way to relax?* 44% Massage/bodywork 28% Watching TV/reading/listening to music/other 15% Hot bath/hydrotherapy 11% Yoga or meditation Some of our staff's loveable pets Rascal Maggie Moo Creature Comforts I discovered animal massage several years ago during a photo shoot for our sister publication Massage & Bodywork. The shoot took place at a local massage school, where people brought their pets and took hands-on lessons in basic massage strokes. I went through childhood sans pets because my mother believed indoor animals made the house dirty. Once I got out on my own, though, I adopted a different philosophy. I got a cat named Emma (later, more appropriately changed to Mr. Emma), a large tabby with a hankering for milk. Soon followed fellow felines Beans and Asia. Today, my wife, son, and I are the proud parents of a lilac border collie named Koda. There's little we won't do to care for Koda, including proper nutrition, exercise, wellness, and … massage. Most animals enjoy being touched. But being touched by the caring hands of a trained professional adds knowledge and intention, translating into relaxation, pain relief, and healing. The next time you get a massage, consider asking your practitioner if she can make time for your pets, too. Many massage therapists serve two-legged and four-legged clients, or can refer you to a colleague who specializes in animal massage. Thinking back on the animal massage photo shoot, the thing I remember most was the love those people and their pets shared for one another. It was palpable. We may be limited in our abilities to communicate to our pets using words, but the language of touch speaks to all living creatures. 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's lilac border collie, Koda

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