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A Senior’s Guide to Self-Massage
Part of the job of a Touch Educator is being able to teach people how to “put on their bodies” every morning with a little massage. For four bucks you can download the ePrint version of this self-published book and see how Elder Al does it. I love the fact that he is a retired Marine and created this little gem himself.
Retail Table Massage On the Move
The latest press release from the Elements Therapeutic Massage tallies their franchise units at 148 in 28 states. While they have a long way to go before they catch up with the 800+ units of Massage Envy, their customer-friendly model (no 12-minth contracts like ME) seems to be catching on.
Will ELAP Measure Up?
The following paragraph is from a recent email sent by the Associated Bodywork and Massage Practitioners (ABMP), which is a primary sponsor of the Entry Level Analysis Project a research effort to identify the knowledge and skills necessary for entry level professional massage practice.They are asking for anyone to review their ELAP Map online.
When responding to the ELAP Map, many respondents seem to be working from the top down on the main subject list. As a result, we already have statistically reliable data on the first section of the map. We could, however, use more responses on the second section of the map. If you could work from the bottom up when completing surveys, it would provide the ELAP work group with a consistent data set. If you have subjects that particularly interest you, feel free to answer those surveys as well.
Excuse me for asking, but given the obviously severe limitations of the feedback model being used, what exactly is the ABMP’s definition of “statistically reliable?”
New Internet Pricing Model
Is this the next pricing model for table massage? DealWell in Dallas features local massage businesses that offer discounts (a la GroupOn) with a new twist–you can also bid on a specific massage service to get a cheaper price (like PriceLine).
Peer Massage in Australia
There are now 60 classrooms in Australia where the Massage in Schools program has been implemented. An article in The Australian newspaper emphasizes the calming and anti-bullying effects of the program.
A group of Washington state massage therapists has produced a document titled: Evidence-Informed Massage Therapy is an Integral Component in the Affordable Care Act’s Essential Health Benefits. It is the most concise summary of high quality research regarding the effectiveness of massage in treating medical conditions and populations. Massage Magazine did a nice write up with links to the paper and the ACA.
Start them Young
The stuff you can find on Etsy. I love this idea of a t-shirt that doubles as a massage training tool for kids. Get out the toy cars and trains, lay down on the floor, and relax while Junior motors across your back. Better yet, give them a colorful tennis ball or wooden massage roller for the most satisfying effect.