By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman unless indicated)
A massage is a way of taking care of yourself even if you don’t have any medical conditions.
Just relax on the massage table, let the massage therapist pamper you.
David Otto, Massage Therapist, owner of Hands in Motion and certified member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), explained, “My clients want massages for various reasons.
Most pain management or repetitive motion concerns are conditions people may want to resolve with massage.
If the client is prone to tension headaches, I gave them exercises they can do at work.
I suggest they take a few moments out of every hour, to do some of these stretches, to recenter themselves.
They should become aware of how they are sitting. A chronic posture issue is usually what brings them to my massage table for pain issues.
For posture issues, I can help lengthen the muscles. That is my intent for every massage.
Lengthening the muscles improves a person’s posture and the quality of their life outside the massage session.
People see a value in that.
One of my clients works in an office six days a week, 12 hours a day and is on her feet all the time.
I will access my client’s lifestyles. Sometimes it is important to know their work.
Another assessment tool I use is to ask them what they do every day.
If the client manages an office, I ask about the clothes they wear.
Everything is important.
Most of the time, I use Swedish massage with trigger point techniques for repetitive motion injuries.
It is becoming more popular for companies to support regular massages for their employee’s.
These are similar to gym memberships and regular checkups at the doctor. Massage is becoming part of a lifestyle.
Even in the workplace, chair massage is popular.”
According to the American Massage Therapy Association, “Spinal manipulation can provide short- and long-term relief for pain, especially if the pain hasn’t improved with self-care. Manipulation may also boost psychological well-being and everyday functioning. Some evidence shows the therapy may improve headache symptoms and neck pain.”
David Otto takes his massage table to his client’s homes and offices.
He does not base his practice on medical problems.
The American Massage Therapy Association’s 17th Annual National Massage Therapy Awareness Week is being held October20-28. Part of the AMTA’s Consumer Awareness Program, is an opportunity to learn the health benefits of massage. http://www.amtamassage.org/cap/nmtaw.html
The American Massage Therapy Association has a website that answers questions about the types of massage, research and the benefits of massage therapy. www.amtamassage.org Find a Massage Therapist: http://www.findamassagetherapist.org
(Please Note: Ask your doctor before starting any health regime.)
Award winning Sandy Zimmerman has been involved in producing television programs, TV commercials, and travel specials for 28 years. Sandy is a syndicated Show and Dining Reviewer, travel writer, professional photographer and talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. For information or questions about any of Sandy’s columns, contact Sandy Zimmerman at (702)-735-5974. http://www.amtamassage.org/cap/nmtaw.html