About Massage Therapy
We've all heard it, said it or thought it before:
"I need a massage!"
Massage therapy is one of the oldest methods of healing, proven by medical texts dating back nearly 4,000 years ago. The ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates, known as the "father of medicine,” wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems.
Massage therapy was once considered to be hedonistic pampering for the rich and famous. Massage therapy is now finding enormous popularity among millions of everyday hardworking individuals, the weekend athlete, the home gardener, the overstressed executive, secretaries, waitresses, etc.
Numerous research studies conducted in the United States, Europe, and Asia have documented that beyond simply "feeling good," massage therapy has an impressive range of physical, mental, and emotional benefits.
As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.
Massage therapy provides relief to people from all walks of life. Virtually anyone can feel a need for massage therapy sooner or later.
Training requirements to become a liscenced massage therapist vary from state to state, although an increasing number of schools and states recommend massage therapy programs demand at least 500 hours training. It is also important for the therapist to be a NCTMB (Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork) certified professional. Whether you’re visiting a massage therapist or body worker for relaxation, rehabilitation or rejuvenation, you deserve to be treated by a practitioner who is both skilled and knowledgeable. That’s what the NCTMB credential stands for – a commitment to excellence.
To become nationally certified, a practitioner must demonstrate mastery of core skills and knowledge, pass an NCBTMB standardized exam, uphold the organization’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, and take part in continued education.