Useful Massage Training Links
- The Virginia Satir network - www.avanta.net
- Sacred Healing Arts - www.sacredhealingarts.net
- Skinner Releasing - www.skinnerreleasing.com
- Living Earth Crafts - www.livingearthcrafts.com
- Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals - www.abmp.com
Information about massage therapy:
Massage is multidimensional--it is simultaneously an art and a science--and through learning it, you will become a sculptor, a technician, a confidante, a musician, a teacher and a health care professional. Massage therapy is a practice that dates back thousands of years. There are many types of massage therapy; the history of massage and healing touch is long and complex, with more than 75 different types of massage and bodywork, a generic term used to describe massage and its various forms.
In the past 25 years, massage has risen in popularity in the United States. Especially important in this rise of popularity are those individuals who are looking for alternative/complementary therapies (e.g., diet, exercise, herbal remedies, acupuncture, and massage) to supplement their medical treatments and thus help them with their lives and health. Massage, as one method of physical therapy, has been shown to be beneficial for many people.
Touch is the core ingredient of massage therapy and also combines science and art. Practitioners learn specific techniques for massage and use their sense of touch to determine the right amount of pressure to apply to each person and locate areas of tension and other soft-tissue problems. Touch also conveys a sense of caring, an important component in the healing relationship.
CNN.com had a recent article about massage and its benefits,