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Massage Industry News and Information

In an effort to make things much simpler, and not just to add to the clutter on the internet, I have abandoned the traditional blog format and I am just summarizing industry news along with a thought or two of my own all on one page for now.

July 5, 2013 – Princeton Study Shows How Exercise Can Calm Anxiety
(CBS News) Exercise can lower anxiety, but how it does so remains a mystery. Now, a new study conducted at Princeton University, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, may offer clues as to what happens in the brain. The findings were published in The Journal of Neuroscience.

CBS News Video
NY Times Summary Article

November 13 – Ancient foot massage technique may ease cancer symptoms
A study led by a Michigan State University researcher offers the strongest evidence yet that reflexology – a type of specialized foot massage practiced since the age of pharaohs – can help cancer patients manage their symptoms and perform daily tasks

November 12 – Centuries-Old Art of Cupping May Bring Some Pain Relief (Wall Street Journal) 
Cupping, as the practice is called, was performed traditionally in China and other countries, and is now available from acupuncturists, and some chiropractors and massage therapists in the U.S. In the traditional method, called fire cupping….

November 12 – Preemies’ Immune Systems Get a Boost from Massage
Gently massaging premature babies may boost their immune system, a new study suggests. The results show premature babies who were massaged had immune cells with increased killing ability compared to those who were not massaged.

November 6 – Go Ahead Rub It In
This is a pretty simple article as well as the last one, but I do like the sentiment of it. Massage is good for a lot of things! 

 November 5 – Seven Types of Headaches
Although this is mostly an opinion article without any citations or anything I thought it was a good overview on different kinds of headaches and what can trigger them. 

November 4 – Kiatsu?
Thai’s can now experience the Japanese massage technique known as kiatsu, currently healing tissue and spirits at the Oriental Spa. Not to be confused with its younger but better-known variant shiatsu, kiatsu was developed on the battlefields of World …

November 3 – Watsu: Massage therapy in the water?
I love Watsu and recommend it to clients who really want to try something different and oh, so relaxing. I especially recommend it to pregnant moms as a very special treat. Watsu massage is not necessarily one of the more well-known massage modalities, like Reiki or hot stone massage, but it is finding popularity due to its combined use of shiatsu techniques, muscle stretching, joint mobilization, dance, and other gentle …

Locally I recommend Laura Srygley CWP, LMP who has a practice at M’IIlumino on Roosevelt Way. Her website is:, her phone number is (206) 250-2094 and her email is

November 2 – Benefits of massage therapy for Arthritis

November 2 – 2012 – Grief Massage
A nice article about how a massage therapist is using massage to help people who are grieving .

October 31, 2012 – Helping Female Clients with Low Libido
OK, this one might be a stretch and it is definitely an opinion piece instead of a good research article, but as they say, “I just report the news.” In fact, I almost passed this up because it is a bit fluffy. But I think it is extremely importance to note that the best massage therapists, in my opinion, are the ones that can get their clients (male or female) to completely relax…maybe I should say utterly relax. In my practice I have seen tremendous results, not just because of my clinical skills, but because I am intent on relaxing my client as much as possible regardless of how deep the work is. So sometimes, maybe even often, relaxation is an incredible form of therapy.

October 30, 2012 – Massage After Breast Surgery
Massage provides stress-relief, relaxation and pain relief to patients who have undergone breast surgery, according to a survey by Barb Thomley, coordinator of outpatient services in the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

October 28, 2012 – Hot Bamboo Sticks Massage 🙂
For any spa lover, Bangkok must surely offer the greatest range of treatment choices anywhere in the world. Over the last few months alone, I’ve been pampered and pummelled with Thai Swedish and Balinese massage, aromatic therapy, hot stones and covered in herbal and rice poultices. However, being kneaded with a hot bamboo stick was a completely new experience….

October 23, 2012 – Massage: More than a treat, a healing therapy for the body and soul
Do you think of getting a massage as a guilty indulgence? Maybe you get a gift certificate to the spa for mother’s day, and feel like you’re doing something naughty. The truth is, getting a massage is more than just a special treat.

October 23, 2012 – Massage helps growth of preemies
Stress attenuation by massage therapy appears to improve body fat deposition in male preterm infants, according to researchers. Dr Laurie J Moyer-Mileur of the University of Utah and colleagues note that such therapy is advocated in preterm infants. In an earlier study they found it also improved autonomic nervous system function, and in turn stress response, in male preterm infants who received twice-daily massage…

October 23, 2012 – Healing powers of massage
The West Australian
A University of Illinois analysis of 37 massage therapy studies found massage therapy reduced anxiety, blood pressure, heart rate and depression. A course of massage was also found to provide similar benefits to psychotherapy for those suffering from … 

October 22, 2012 – New Survey Shows Consumers Seek Massage For Regular Health Maintenance
Recent results from the 16th annual consumer survey conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®) reveal more consumers are incorporating massage therapy into their regular health and wellness regimens to assist with medical conditions. In fact, 75 percent of individuals claim the primary reason for receiving a massage in the past 12 months was medical (43 percent) and stress (32 percent) related. Medical reasons include pain relief, soreness, stiffness or spasms, injury recovery, migraines, prevention, and general well-being.

October 19, 2012 – Study: Massage Causes Beneficial Hormonal Changes
This study supports, at least in theory :-), the idea that a moderate-pressure massage in the day after an especially long or hard run can speed recovery by promoting beneficial hormone levels.

October 18, 2012 – Western Oregon University Announces Research Award for Autism Therapy
For the past decade, TRI at WOU has been involved in training parents to give a specific 15-minute massage to their children daily. Results show that the massage is effective in reversing the difficulties with touch. Children become calmer, more comfortable, are better able to learn, and have improved behavior.

October 2012 – The Power of Touch: A Basic Human Need
I don’t track with the evolutionary analysis of this article. But I do agree with the premise of touch being an essential human need!

October 2012 – Using Touch Therapy to Care for the Dying Child
This is agreat article I have tried to volunteer in a similar environment where children are sick and dying, it was overwhelming and I was unable to continue. I want to try to volunteer in an adult hospice environment and see if that will be something that I can handle.

October 8, 2012 – Helping Hands (Bringing Massage Therapy to Retirement Homes)
I have often thought of going to some retirement homes with massage school students or just me and my daughter and spending some time touching people, massaging, talking and listening. Hopefully we will make this part of our life soon. In the mean time I found this great article where a resident at a retirement home got their massage license and starting working with their fellow residents,,,Beautiful Idea!

Oct 8, 2012 – Baby Massage Company helps families bond
A nice little article about a woman who is helping mother’s bond with their babies through massage.

October 3, 2012 – Therapeutic Insight: The John F. Barnes’ Myofascial Release Perspective—The Importance of Myofascial Release
Massage Magazine article describing fascia and why fascial release is so important. There are also links to John Barnes’ wesbsite and videos here.

October 3, 2012 – Infant massage: Parents’ loving touch can strengthen bonds
There’s nothing more important than being able to read your child’s cues and nothing more distressing not being able to soothe, comfort and calm your baby. This article from the Daily Herald discusses how infant massage can not only stregthen family bonds, but much more as well.

September 24, 2012 – Research study on the biological effects of massage therapy in healthy individuals
Atlanta School of Massage (ASM) and Emory University’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences have partnered to study the biological effects of massage therapy in healthy individuals. The study is a continuation of an earlier study conducted at Cedars-Sinai led by Mark Hyman Rapaport, MD, chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. These studies confirm the sustained physiological effects of Swedish massage therapy, as compared to a control group, in healthy individuals. Just in case…

September 2012 – Neck Pain: You Just Have to Move Like Jagger
MassageToday about the January 3, 2012 Wall Street Journal article about a then-new study that shows doing some simple exercises at home is more effective than medicine at getting out a painful crick in the neck

September 19, 2012 – What Is That Strange Pain? 
A decent article about Fascia, muscles and trigger points.  If you are working on this by yourself though, I would recommend using a Thumbby instead of a tennis ball (too soft, compresses too much), foam roller (hard to pin point, most of us use foam rollers wrong) or exercise ball (not sure why they included that) as suggested in the article.  Also, my all time favorite self treatment machine is the Kneading Fingers 2000!

September 19, 2012 – Healing Hands for Arthritis
Massage Envy and the Arthritis Foundation have joined forces to host Healing Hands for Arthritis, a one-day national event, Sept. 19 to build awareness and raise funds to fight arthritis.

September 19, 20012 – Massage Benefits Cancer Patients
Massage Therapy Foundation post about Researchers at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University conducted a pilot study to ascertain the effectiveness of massage therapy treatment on stress levels and quality of life in newly diagnosed brain tumor patients.

September 18, 2012 – Hospitals Embracing Massage
An article in about how hospitals are embracing massage and what that means for all of us.

September 14, 2012 – Report on How Massage Helps with Chronic Back Pain and More….

Recent studies are showing that massage is much more than a stress reliever. Instead of saving a rubdown for a day at the spa, the American Massage Therapy Association says regular massages can help with chronic back pain, osteoarthritis of the knee, inflammation after exercise, and fibromyalgia. The AMTA reports patients with chronic back pain receiving a one-hour massage once a week for 10 weeks are twice as likely to report significant improvements in both pain and function.

 September 14, 2012 – The first issue in any massage
Most women ask for female massage therapists, spa managers say, and the same goes for men. But culture and nationality also play a role.

September 11, 2012 – Baylor University and Massage
At Baylor University Massage therapists help students and faculty deal with stress….

September 10, 2012 – Healthy Apps
Massage School San Diego has released a list of the top 5 health-conscious smartphone apps, in hopes of making healthy eating and activity participation easier on plan participants. The top 5 are:

  1. My Fitness Pal – This app lets you keep track of food and calorie intake, as well as physical activity.
  2. Fitocracy – Turn fitness into a game with Fitocracy. Earn points for completing activities and compete with friends.
  3. Pocket Yoga – Do yoga virtually anywhere thanks to this handy apps’ tips
  4. Shop Well – This app rates foods based on how healthy and nutritious they are. Take it with you to the grocery store to ensure you’re getting the best foods!
  5. Whole Foods Market Recipes – Learn to make healthy taste good with this yummy recipe app.

September 10, 2012 – Create Your Own Breast Support/Pillow
If you are doing massage at home (on the floor) or just want to be frugal, this is a good idea.

September 8, 2012 – World Record Broken
It is a good day for massage, the World Record for Most People Being Massaged in a Day was broken in Thailand!

September 7, 2012 – 800th Location for Massage Envy
Massage Envy Opens Record 800th Clinic In Massachusetts

August 25, 2012 – Massage and Migraines (and types of migraines)
Massage therapy is effective at relieving migraine, according to newly completed research that looked at both precipitating and relieving factors for migraine and tension-type headache. (Follow up article from

March 2012 – Don’t Call It Pampering: Massage Wants to Be Medicine
A Wall Street Journal article on recent research surrounding massage.

February 15, 2012 – The Sedate Spa Massage Goes Extreme
Massages at Spas Like Bliss and Mandarin Oriental Go Extreme…At several spas, the standard sedate massage is being accessorized with rock music, colored lights, vibrating tables, and other extreme bells and whistles.

January 3, 2012 – Neck Pain? Skip the Pills, Just Stretch Like a Chicken
Wall Street Journal article about a new study that shows doing some simple exercises at home is more effective than medicine at getting out a painful crick in the neck

July 17, 2011 – Deep Tissue, Hot Stones, And Hands That ‘See’
Blind masseurs, known throughout Asia to be better therapists because of their heightened sense of touch, are becoming a trend for spa and wellness retreats worldwide. ”It seems with the loss of their sight, their ‘eyes’ have been relocated in their hands and fingers,” said Grahame Southwick, a businessman in Suva, Fiji, who brought the concept there earlier this year at his new U-Sabai Thai Traditional Massage and Spa.

July 5, 2011 – Massage More Effective Than Usual Care for Treating Chronic Low Back Pain
According to a new study from the Annals of Internal Medicine  massage may be more effective than usual medical interventions for improving pain and function in patients with chronic low back pain.

September 20, 2010 – A Good Massage Brings Biological Changes, Too
Researchers found that a single session of massage caused biological changes, like increases in oxytocin, a hormone associated with contentment.

October 6, 2010 – Rolfing, a Painful Form of Massage, Regains Popularity
Some younger devotees swear by it, while swearing during it.

April 2010 – The physiological and psychological effects of slow-stroke back massage and hand massage on relaxation in older people.
All studies using slow-stroke back massage and hand massage showed statistically significant improvements on physiological or psychological indicators of relaxation. The most common protocols were three-minute slow-stroke back massage and 10-minute hand massage.

March 2007 – Massage: It’s real medicine