Massage Therapy Awareness Week: October 19 – 25

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABy Cindy Vincent, FLTN Columnist- In a recent consumer survey sponsored by the American Massage Therapy Association, 75 percent of the participants reported the main reasons for seeking a massage in the last year were medical and for managing stress. The medical benefits reported included relief from pain, stiffness or spasms, depression, migraines, recovery from injury and muscular imbalances and to enhance their overall health and well-being.

Massage increases circulation to the muscles and can also reduce the amounts of cortisol or stress hormone in the blood. Chronic stress can contribute to the symptoms mentioned above as well as digestive and sleep problems, heart disease, and weight gain and also interfere with memory and concentration.

Massage can begin as early as infancy, strengthening the bonds between parent and child and calm and ease a colicky baby. It can also bring peace and comfort at the end of life.

There is no such thing as “just a massage.” Specialization in various therapy modalities or techniques includes manual lymphatic drainage, neuromuscular therapy, myofascia release, cranial sacral, oncology, pregnancy and infant massage and more. This requires a substantial time and financial commitment of therapists that is over and above their initial training. A well-trained therapist works ethically and within their scope of practice with solid knowledge of situations where massage may be contraindicated to ensure a safe and exceptional experience for the client.

Massage therapy is advancing within the health-related community with more presence in chiropractic offices and physicians that encourage their patients to seek massage. It is cost effective and it works!

Aren’t you worth it?

For more information, contact Cindy Vincent, LMT at Optimum Chi Studio at 419-450-4940 or