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Cascade Quarterly News Archives
Spring 2014: Volume 8, Issue 1

Feature Article: 17 conditions

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In this issue:

1) Massage – Good for what ails you
2) Massage Therapy Association Survey
3) Gift Certificates Available
4) About Cascade Massage Therapy

1) Massage—Good for What Ails You

Ask the average person what they think of when you say massage therapy and they most likely will mention getting sore or tight muscles rubbed, getting relaxed or reducing tension. These are probably the main reasons most people seek out massage treatments. This issue is going to review the very broad scope of treatment that massage addresses every day. Many of these conditions may not directly apply to you, but you may know someone—a family member or friend—who is affected. At the very least, you should find it interesting to learn just how beneficial massage therapy is to all of us in our quest to lead a happy and healthy life.

The medical conditions that people find therapeutic massage can help include:

  • allergies
  • anxiety
  • arthritis
  • asthma & bronchitis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • chronic & temporary pain
  • circulatory problems
  • depression
  • digestive disorders
  • headache, especially when due totension
  • insomnia
  • myofascial pain (a condition of thetissue connecting the muscles)
  • reduced range of motion
  • sinusitis
  • sports injuries
  • stress
  • TMJ (jaw joint dysfunction)

As interest in massage therapy grows, more studies are being conducted to verify the anecdotal results clients have reported for years. As an example, a recent study supports current evidence that immune function is strengthened by massage therapy—in both healthy people as well as those who are fighting disease.

“ ‘In one study after another, research is suggesting that massage therapy has a positive impact on immune function,’ said Diane Zeitlin, research associate at the Center for Research in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Kessler Medical Rehabilitation and Education Corporation, West Orange, N.J.“ ‘An increase in white blood cells and natural killer-cell activity better prepares the body to fight off possible invading cells,’ said Zeitlin. ‘These cellular changes suggest the immune system benefited from the massages, and these findings fall in line with previous research.’ ”

In a study conducted by the Touch Research Institute (TRI) at the University of Miami on women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, the women received regular massage therapy (three times a week for five weeks), with 80 percent showing improved immune function.

“ ‘These are the first studies that show an effect of massage therapy on an immune function test, which can support the use of massage therapy to alleviate stress, relax muscles and now possibly serve as an alternative medical practice,’ said Michael Ruff, Ph.D., research associate professor at Georgetown University Medical School.”

Another TRI study addressed fibromyalgia (a chronic condition characterized by muscular pain, aching, and/or stiffness and afflicting an estimated 3–6million Americans). A portion of the study group received 30-minute massages twice a week for five weeks. The rheumatologists that evaluated the results determined that this group experienced decreases in pain, fatigue, stiffness and improvements in the quality of sleep. If you are fortunate enough to have excellent health, consider what benefits massage can provide for you. What is becoming evident from the growing number of studies on massage benefits is that massage is helping people to enjoy more optimal physical functioning. And this in turn can lead to a better mental

The next time you hear someone say that massage is only a luxury, you’ll know that massage is really a tool that can help improve a body’s ability to regain and maintain proper function. Making you feel terrific is just a wonderful bonus!

References: Information compiled by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA); Fibromyalgia & Muscle Pain © 1998.

2) Massage Therapy Association Survey

I’m excited to share the information in this issue with you. I hope that after you read the newsletter, you’ll be more impressed than ever with all the benefits massage offers you. It truly is good news to have a tool to better people’s lives—and to know just how it can help you.

Please share this information with others and encourage them to join the thousands of people who are discovering the wonders of massage therapy. When you send someone to me, please know they’ll be in good hands!

In the news . . .

  • Ninety-one percent of respondents agreed that massage can be effective in reducing pain.
  • Nearly one in five polled say they have discussed massage therapy with their doctor or healthcare provider ... and 62 percent of those providers strongly recommended or encouraged their patients to get a massage.

- Seventh annual survey of American consumers commissioned by the American Massage Therapy Association

3) Gift Certificates Available

Nothing beats a gift certificate for a massage session. Make someone’s day with a gift of health and peaceful relaxation!

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The content of this newsletter is not intended to replace professional medical advice. If you're ill, please consult a physician

Reprinted with permission from Massage Marketing C 2002

4) About Cascade Massage Therapy

My Approach

  • I bring over 18 years of bodywork experience and education to the massage table!
  • I offer you diverse and comprehensive massage therapy sessions. Your treatment goals are foremost and your needs will be heard and addressed.
  • I utilize both traditional and complementary treatment techniques, and recommend self care tips and exercise options that evolve with your individual healing process.
  • This is your time - I encourage you to enjoy the stillness of your session, and sense the changes occurring in your body while we work - you don’t need to be entertaining or start a conversation; that being said, please recognize that I do not read minds. I expect my clients to participate in his or her experience and give feedback as needed during the treatment.
  • Cascade Massage Therapy is focused on education and prevention. It is important that you know what you can do to help prevent stress, tension, and pain when you are not with me. I allow for time at the end of our session to converse, suggest self care tips and exercises that would be beneficial for you, and answer any questions that you may have.
  • I believe that prolonged stress, whether environmental, physical or emotional is a primary factor in dis-ease and a true obstacle to healing. Therefore, I welcome you to a peace-filled and relaxing environment where you can experience relief from pain and tension.

Sonja Rawlings, RMT
Associate Member Ortho-Bionomy Association of Canada

1601 – 30th Avenue
Vernon, BC V1T 2A3



If you have specific health concerns consult your medical doctor.

The information in this newsletter is educational only and is not intended to replace the advice of your personal health care providers.

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