From the desk of Kristen Lutz, LMT, MS.............. The American Massage Therapy Association, or AMTA, designated the last week of October 25-31 as National Massage Therapy Awareness Week. It's a time to celebrate, promote and education all that massage can bring to your life.
In honor of this week, OMBE will offer up to $15 off on any massage treatment when you bring in a canned food donation ($1 per item). We hope this helps motivate you to find out more about massage therapy and discover how this type of work can be a part of your plan for better health. But before we do that, I must tell you that massage is already a part of your life. Yes, you heard me correctly. Massage is most definitely a part of your life, you just may not be aware of it...yet! So, in the spirit of National Massage Therapy Awareness Week, let me explain.
Massage therapy really isn't anything new. In fact, massage therapy has been around for a very, VERY long time. So it seems pretty silly that we have to designate a week to acknowledge what so many people thousands of years ago understood and practiced on a daily basis. Massages were used as part of medical and health procedures in ancient cultures in Egypt, Greece, China, India and Rome. The traditions were passed on from generation to generation perpetuating the practice of massage. Ancient civilizations used massage in conjunction with many variations of water therapy to cleanse and purify the body of disease. This included bathing, steam rooms, hot springs, and sweat lodges. Hey, at least now you have a historical reference for the steam room at your local gym. That information may be very useful the next time you find yourself sitting in one with someone you don't know. It makes for a great conversation-starter. You're welcome.
It's clear that throughout thousands of years and a myriad of cultures, people have used massage for communication, relieving pain or discomfort, healing, protecting, and improving overall health. I am willing to bet that you have already experienced the instinctive or intuitive use of massage. Don't think so? Can you recall a time when you bumped your leg on the corner of a coffee table or desk? Or better yet, how about the time you bent over to do something and twisted your body in just enough of an awkward way to strain your back? What is your first instinct? Well, after you say a few choice words, you probably found yourself stopping to rub or hold the injury, bruise, or area of discomfort. I dare to say that it is not a learned behavior. Just watch a little kid the next time he/she bumps his head or has a stomach ache.
This brings us back to my original message to you that massage is already a part of your life. You put the healing capabilities into practice almost each and every day. My only wish for you is that you experience more of it! There are additional benefits to having regular massage. This is especially true when you find a practitioner that works well with your needs and health goals. You have an opportunity at OMBE to make that connection. Don't forget about OMBE's massage special this month. You’ll receive $1 off for each canned food item donation and you'll help someone in need this holiday season. To read more about the benefits of massage, you can go to our March 2009 post entitled: Add another reason to try massage.