www.anaturalplace.com

Aromatherapy & Massage: Safe use of Essential Oils in practice

Contact Marie Ausdenmoore BSN, RN, CHTP, LMT for Cincinnati area classes or to plan you own, or email for long distance support of supplies and information

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Cincinnati Therapeutic practitioners of Medical Massage on the west side...

Body in Balance (513)921-5600 Glenway Avenue

Massage Therapy Center (513) 941-7208 Bridgetown near Shady Lane/Dogtrot

Pathways to Healing-located in Covington near Newport Levy...

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                            Here are some suggestions for research into Massage Therapy:

Trail Guide to the Body : How to Locate Muscles, Bones, and More! by Andrew R. Beil ISBN:0965833403 Click here to Order! This book helped us a lot and is a much used resource even now.

Also, Seig & Adams workbook Illustrated Essentials of Musculoskeletal Anatomy
by Kay W. Sieg, Sandra P. Adams click here to see information. It helped sort muscles according to groups and nerves, very helpful!

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http://www.triggerpointbook.com/ for classes/info

The Trigger Point Therapy Workshop!

here's the book...

The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief

By Clair Davies, N.C.T.M.B. Visit his site at http://www.triggerpointbook.com/

Forward by David G. Simons, M.D., coauthor,

Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction:The Trigger Point Manual

The Trigger Point Therapy Workshop for the self-treatment & clinical tx of Pain based on Simons & Travell!

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AMTA's site-American Massage Therapy Association

Relief for Fibromyalgia Sufferers (Reprinted from the July,2000 issue)

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a disease that causes extreme pain to over six million Americans, 90 percent of whom are women in the prime of their lives. In recent years the medical community has come to recognize the suffering endured by these individuals, previously dismissed as chronic complainers or malingerers whose pain was imagined Misdiagnosed as a form of arthritis, FMS is a medical condition causing widespread pain and tenderness at specific body sites. Muscular stiffness, fatigue and sleep disturbances also are common. To exacerbate the problem, up to 70 percent of patients diagnosed with FMS also have signs and symptoms matching a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), including extreme, even disabling fatigue, muscular pains, flu-like symptoms and mood changes. Fortunately, although these conditions are not curable, neither are they progressive and do not lead to other serious diseases. However, the symptoms for both FMS and CFIDS do tend to be chronic, often lasting for years. There is some evidence that people with FMS have a more stressful response to daily conflict than those without the disorder. Relaxation and stress-reduction techniques have proven to be helpful in reducing the pain associated with this condition.

Massage therapy is one of the more successful ways to manage FMS and should be considered one of the primary therapies for this condition. An effective stress reduction technique, massage therapy appears to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, slowing the heart rate and relaxing the body, thereby reducing stress and anxiety. According to Ralph R. Stephens (Massage Therapy Journal, Summer, 1996, p. 78), the most successful techniques are an eclectic mix of many protocols. Usually, deep vigorous techniques will aggravate the condition. I do specific work, but apply it very gently. If they tense up under your pressure, you are working too hard. Very long sessions, even if done gently, are not positive. Anything over an hour is just too much for the client to take. Less, more often, works best. Initially, two or three times a week is ideal, but even once a week can be very helpful. Regularity is very important. Every person with this condition is very different. No single protocol works consistently. Gentle cross-fiber friction over entire muscles seems to be very calming and beneficial. Effleurage is the most sedating stroke; deep stripping is seldom received well. Work the concentrically contracted muscles three to four times as much as the eccentrically contracted tissues. The overall direction of pressure will be toward lengthening the shortened areas, trying to get the client closer and closer to standing in proper posture. Oscillating vibrators provide positive results on most, but not all patients. Stretching techniques are very beneficial. Apply principles, not routines and be willing to experiment and adapt to the feedback provided you by the client. Regardless of how FMS sufferers choose to relieve their symptoms, it is important for them to understand that their condition can be managed and that with the proper care they can still live full and productive lives. Links to More Information . . .Expanded from original listings

National Fibromyalgia Research Association http://www.teleport.com/~nfra//Homeinfo.htm

MSN Health http://content.health.msn.com/condition_center/fms

link to Newly Diagnosed under Fibromyalgia/CIDS National Women’s Health Center http://www.4woman.org/

American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association, Inc. http://www.afsafund.org/

Fibromyalgia Resource List or Organizations & Publications http://www.sunflower.org/~cfsdays/fm-res.htm

Fibromyalgia Information Exchange (Co-Cure) http://www.co-cure.org/ccabouthtm

National Fibromyalgia Awareness Campaign http://www.fmaware.com/

National Fibromyalgia Partnership http://www.fmpartnership.org/FMPartnership.htm

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Visit AMTA’s On-line Massage Room

http://www.amtamassage.org/massageroom/massage.html

AMTA’s On-line Massage Room offers stress reducing animation and music, self-administered stress test on life changes, and a library with stress related articles.

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Check the Massage Therapy Journal(R) Master Index for articles on fibromyalgia Just type the word fibromyalgia into the Subject box. Back issues and reprints can be ordered on-line. http://www.amtamassage.org/journal/mtjindex.htm

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Therapeutic grade massage products-smell good and support healing!

Recreational/Hobby aromatic products

Beyond Massage from Bath-and-Body.com

Massage Oils that dissolve in water

Items for comfort

Birkenstock Sandals, Shoes and Clogs

Teva Sandals

Get your Spa Wish!

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here is a MUST for anyone wanting to pass the Medical Board...you must get your copy of

Study Guide to Kellogg's Art of Massage

A Comprehensive Manual to Prepare for The Ohio Medical Board Exam

in Massage Therapy

Many months of study are required prior to certification as a massage therapist, and after training candidates are required to pass a state board exam to become certified. Certified Massage Therapists are also required to earn CEU's and must keep their certification current with the state.

For years, Kellogg's text on the Art of Massage has been recognized as a national standard for instruction for those in training as massage therapists. Because the need was there, Lynn Rosenblum created The Study Guide to Kellogg's Art of Massage.

The Study Guide is a comprehensive 156 page manual for those preparing to take the medical board exam in massage therapy. Specifically geared toward those who will be testing in Ohio, this book is an excellent reference for ANYONE studying massage therapy!

For additional information, you can e-mail Lynn

About the author:

Lynn Rosenblum received her Bachelor of Science from Indiana University in 1976. Additional degrees include: M.A. from Wheaton Graduate School, Wheaton, IL; M.A. and M. ED from the University of Cincinnati in Health and Counselor Education. Lynn received her Massage Therapy license from the Ohio Medical Board in 1987. She has a private practice in the Cincinnati area, specializing in the rehabilitation and management of soft tissue pain and injury. Her specialty is as a Neuromuscular Therapist, having received her Certification from the St. John Neuromuscular Institute. Lynn has been teaching classes, and workshops for the past 10 years, with attention given to understanding muscle anatomy, palpation, and treatment.

Vocabulary and study questions are included with each section, with special attention given to key words, phrases and concepts in each chapter by use of underlining, boxed text, and other forms of emphasizing what is important for the state board exam.

The book comvers the following sections

History of Massage

Structures Concerned in Massage

Parts to be Especially Studied

Physiological Effects

Therapeutic Applications

Procedures of Massage

Joint Movements

Massage of Special Regions

Zabludowski and Metzger

Correct Use of Terms

Facts about Muscle Physiology

X-ray and Massage

Massage in the Treatment of Fractures

Recent Progress in Massage

Appendix-Answers to Review Questions, Kellogg Vocabulary, Practice Exam, Answers to Practice Test, Quick Reference to Kellogg Facts

Contact: Lynn Rosenbloom to order!