Body Sense

Spring 2012

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Body Sense 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 #1, Spring 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 Setting the Stage Have you ever tried to explain your massage experience to someone else? It's like trying to describe your favorite sorbet—impossible to accomplish, but fun to try. In this Spring 2012 issue of Body Sense, a newcomer to massage therapy writes about his first session. His piece made me smile and I recalled my first massage. Years ago, working bizarre, stressful hours at a daily newspaper, fate smiled and I was assigned to write about stone massage. Long story short: it was magical and I floated away. After almost a decade as the editor of Body Sense, I now have a deeper understanding of what's necessary for a successful bodywork session. The ideal experience begins with our expectations and how our bodies feel at the time. Some days we may be ouchy and want something fixed; other days we may want to simply drift away. The therapist meets those needs with a collection of amazing skills blended with a caring personality. Whether or not the practitioner is someone we know well, massage devotees understand that this person is answering a calling to nurture and serve us. The rest of the client-therapist relationship is poetry: from the moment we nest ourselves on the table and exhale, the music stills our busy brains, and we begin to breathe away the knots and melt under knowing touch. Before you float away, enjoy this issue, and the bodywork wisdom it holds for you. —Leslie A. Young, Editor in Chief Massage Soothes Sore Muscles Exercise makes muscles sore, but research suggests that massage can help ease that pain, while also helping muscles heal faster. After research subjects performed a session of difficult exercise, they received Swedish massage on only one leg. Researchers biopsied muscles in each leg and found that massage activated genes that decrease inflammation and promote energy generation within cells, resulting in muscles that hurt less and grow quicker. The study was published in February in . So, the next time you have a tough bout of exercise, conduct your own clinical trial and get a massage! Body Sense 1 staff S ci e nc e T r a n s lt a i on al M e d i cin e

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