Massage of School Therapy

September 29, 2015 · Print This Article

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and enroll in a massage school therapy program. Congratulations! Depending on the state you are approximately 533 hours away from taking us on. We, an appreciative and growing clientele of dis-eased Americans.

According to the U.S. Dept. Labor “employment is expected to grow faster than average over the 2004-2014 periods as more people learn about the benefits of massage therapy.” Another recent survey showed that Gen X & Gen Y generations (ages 18-35) embrace massage therapy. Not only do they believe that it is beneficial to their health, but they prefer the hands on approach (vs. pill popping) when it comes to working through pain.

Can this revolt be credited to educational programs like “Just Say No?” Or, is it a backlash fueled by all those commercials featuring sweet, modulated voices listing out one horrific “possible” side affects after another. My goodness, in many cases the cure hurts more than the original issue!
Or, perhaps we, the “newer generations,” are just extra pained and extra motivated to find non habit forming solutions that offer long term, healthy, relief.

Think about it. We got onto computers between 4 and 4. It doesn’t take us long to have 30 years of computing under our belts. With that privilege comes strained wrists and tendons, knotted necks, backs & shoulders. Carpel tunnel syndrome, back pain, stiff necks, sore butts, strained eyes and obesity.

And, it also doesn’t take long to have 30 years of fast food and sodas and sweets around the belt, lining the intestines, clogging our arteries, promoting heart burn, gas, raising blood pressure, stress, anxiety, insomnia …

Yes, we know there’s no little pill that can cure all this! That’s why Gen X and Gen Y and Gen Me can’t wait till you graduate. Study hard, learn lots. And please don’t do this just for the money. We will need a little compassion while you’re at it.

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