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Research News: Thai Massage and Lower Back Pain

07 Jul 2017

With our continuing education class on Thai Massage beginning July 22nd, an article in the latest issue of the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork caught our attention. The title, "The Effectiveness of Thai Massage and Joint Mobilization" makes this a very timely publication. Participants in the study received either Thai massage or commonly-used joint mobilization, and the effectiveness of each was assessed and the results of two methods were compared. The conclusion is that both methods are safe and effective for chronic nonspecific lower back pain. For us, this is significant because back pain is a major reason people seek out ...

More Research News on Massage and Multiple Sclerosis

10 Mar 2017

We have seen much research news lately confirming that therapeutic massage can be extremely helpful for pain management. Since pain is one of the top reasons people seek out the services of a massage therapist, these reports are encouraging.   One report we saw recently on a study involving a group of participants with multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is an autoimmune disorder that affects an estimated half million people in the U.S., with almost 200 new cases being diagnosed every week. Pain and fatigue are major components of this disease. It is estimated that about a third of those with MS ...

Research News: Pilot Study Shows Massage Therapy Effective for MS Pain Management

01 Mar 2017

Pain is one of the main reasons that people seek out the services of a massage therapist. While bodyworkers and many of their clients are convinced that therapeutic massage can help alleviate pain, it's encouraging to see that confidence reinforced by scientific research. Condition-specific pain studies continue to be published evaluating the use of massage therapy in connection with a specific health condition or disease. The results of a pilot study evaluating regular massage for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients was recently published that confirms what previous studies have shown, but it also goes beyond the scope of earlier research. Study: ...

New Research Study: Reiki and Pediatric Palliative Care

18 Jan 2017

At our Minneapolis massage school we like to stay current with the trends in bodywork, including research. Recently the results of a pilot study on Reiki and children was published that caught our attention.   Research continues to show that natural, noninvasive therapies may provide effective support for those who suffer from serious and/or terminal illnesses. Often what those with medical issues such as cancer and other diseases need most are therapies that provide pain management, help with sleep, and improve their overall quality of life. This is referred to as palliative care. Palliative care is often given in hospice ...

Our Minneapolis Massage School in the News: TV Station Features Interview with Co-Founder Cari Johnson Pelava

09 Jan 2017

We're trying our best to get the word out that therapeutic massage has lots of health benefits, so it's great when mainstream media picks up the message.  Recently a reporter from local TV station WCCO stopped by CenterPoint to observe a therapeutic massage and to talk to our co-founder and director, Cari Johnson Pelava. We've developed a reputation for excellence in massage and shiatsu training here in Minnesota, so it's no surprise when they seek out our faculty for insight on bodywork therapy, benefits, and training. One important point the news feature brought out is that there is currently a ...

Research News: Studies Support Recommending Use of Massage Therapy for Pain Management

02 Jan 2017

While massage therapists the world over have known for centuries that various types of therapeutic bodywork can be very effective at relieving pain, it's nice to see modern research catching up with what our industry has always recognized. A collaborative analysis of research studies on the effectiveness of massage therapy for pain relief was performed by the Sameuli Institute, a nonprofit research organization focusing on the science (rather than the art) of healing. This analysis was commissioned by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). The Samueli Institute review is systematic and includes meta-anaylsis. (Click here to read the AMTA's press ...

Research News: Reflexology for Multiple Sclerosis Fatigue

05 Oct 2016

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive degenerative disease that usually occurs between the ages of 20-40. Its affects on both the brain and the spinal cord result in problems with balance and muscle control as well as many other bodily functions. The manifestations differ from person to person. It affects about three times as many women as men, and at present there is believed to be no cure. Because of its wide-ranging affects on the body, a major side effect is fatigue. Fatigue is common among those who suffer from MS, and it can be extremely disabling. A recent study assessed the ...

What Are the Top Reasons People Get a Massage?

15 Aug 2016

The stereotype of massage as a pampering luxury service remains prevalent among the public (mostly those who have no experience with therapeutic massage). Yet over half of the respondents to the American Massage Therapy Association's 2015 survey reported they chose massage for medical reasons.   The survey was done among those who had at least one massage in the last 12 months. Topping the list in this category was pain relief or pain management. Nearly one-fifth of those seeking out massage therapy for medical reasons reported their last massage was for pain-related issues. A second category - stress reduction and relaxation - ...

Can Bodywork Help Autistic Kids?

10 Jun 2016

Although autism has become a household word, it’s still misunderstood and brings great challenges to those who must cope with it day to day. One of the most difficult problems is the common issue of sensory disorders. Many autistic kids struggle with the sense of touch, either because their nerves are too sensitive or not sensitive enough. One massage practitioner, Dr. Louisa Silva, has started a study on autistic youngsters under the age of 6. The parents of these kids were taught a type of bodywork called Qigong and were told to give their children massage every day. So far, ...

Research News: The Power of Touch Shows Clinical Promise

15 Apr 2016

Touching - and needing to be touched - is instinctive.  We cradle a wounded hand as well as snuggle babies and young children without giving it much conscious thought. We’re hardwired to use touch as a tool to heal and nurture ourselves and others. Science has begun to catch up with what our bodies have known for centuries, and recent studies prove our instincts are correct. Massage and Healing Recently, 53 healthy adults took part in one of two touch based treatments before they received blood tests at Cedars-Sinai. One group received Swedish massage sessions with moderate pressure, while another ...