Educated Massage Therapists can help with Medical Conditions
Massage offers something special for everyone. Skilled, nurturing touch of a massage therapist can make a big difference in someone’s life. Do you know of someone who might benefit from massage?
For Massage Therapy Awareness Week, we are telling the stories of a few of our clients- maybe one of them will make you think of someone you know that could benefit from massage!
Mary has a neurological disorder that causes her muscles to tighten, cramp,spasm and rebel. For years, she was misdiagnosed as having Dystonia. Genetic tests shows that what she actually has is a rare condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). She has a lively intellect and loves to study ecology and evolution. Dystonia and EDS are somewhat similar. But much of her spare time is filled with doing research on finding ways to mitigate her EDS symptoms, and going to therapy appointments. Her physical capacity is limited. Having full range of motion, with ability to sit, stand, walk and even swim, she looks “normal”. However, her body is in a constant state of tension that makes her exhausted after a simple activities like a brief trip to the market. And her leg cramps make driving even a short distance nearly unbearable. Her body gets so tired, so quickly that she has to lie down often. So she gets massages weekly, and considers it a big part of her routine to reduce the symptoms of her condition without the unwanted side effects that go along with medications and injections. It also gives her some much-needed relaxation, since dealing with the everyday challenges feels overwhelming sometimes.
Fibromyalgia makes life complicated because you can’t count on a consistent level of energy. You never know when you are going to wake up with pervasive muscle pain, or a severe headache, or feeling as if you haven’t slept at all. But life won’t wait, especially with a legal career and a young child to take care of. Lisa A has been living with Fibromyalgia for many years now, and finds that monthly massages help reduce the frequency and intensity of her Fibro flare-ups. She gets great headache relief from deep tissue massage at the base of her skull, and the calming, quiet of the massage room helps her escape and “reset” her body and mind to a relaxed state. Her routine massages smooth out the rough spots and make her feel more in control.
Rachel B is a charming woman, and one of the most entrepreneurial people you will ever meet. Her bright eyes and sunny disposition defy the fact that she has rebounded from two bouts of cancer 20 years apart. Her first experience was with lymphoma around the time of her first children, and her second was in her late 50’s with breast cancer. Both times she was treated effectively and today you would never guess she ever had such health challenges. While she is definitely a “survivor”, she wouldn’t describe herself that way because that implies too much hardship. She has no time for hardship, she’s too busy sharing smiles and running her business! She takes every day in stride, and perhaps her health crises have influenced her with the intention to live life to the fullest. Her regular massages help her reconnect, relax, and refresh her body and mind. And knowing she’s in the hands of a trained Oncology Massage Therapist who will take her full health history into account makes it even easier to forget about the past and live for today.