Massage & Bodywork

March/April 2012

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READER FORUM KUDOS Just finished reading the January/February 2012 issue. Thanks for all the great articles on communication. I've been an MT for six years, and these articles will help me tweak some things. NANCY GREEN SELF-CARE FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS FROM FACEBOOK (to the tune of "My Favorite Things") BY NICKY HILSEN, LMT Body mechanics, awareness of posture, Stretching and strengthening, toning my musculature, Trades with massage friends my heart gladly sings, These are a few of my favorite things. Yoga, Pilates, keeping tennis balls handy, Wall angels daily, I really need candy, Deep breathing, crying while stretching hamstrings, These are a few of my favorite things. Cryo and hydro on a regular basis, Warm baths with Epsom salt promoting homeostasis, Meditate and journal in the early mornings, These are a few of my favorite things. When levator cramps, When extensors sting, When I'm feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things, And then I don't feel so bad. Mentors and research, continuing education, Positive mantras, clear communication, Compassion for conditions that each client brings, These are a few of my favorite things. Stillness, Thanksgiving, healing from a Reiki Master, Full of emotion, exploding with laughter, In awe of our body's miraculous workings, These are a few of my favorite things. Flow just like water, become graceful icon, Sleep soundly then let your spirit awaken, Love what you practice, let hands be heartstrings, These are a few of my favorite things. When levator cramps, When extensors sting, When I'm feeling sad, I simply remember my favorite things, And then I don't feel so bad. I'm a student, and one day a staff member at my school gave me a Massage & Bodywork magazine. When I thanked her, she told me that she saw great potential in me. Whenever I begin to doubt myself or lose confidence, I remember that moment and it gives me the courage to continue on. DAVID DEITZ FROM FACEBOOK Best issue ever. Read it now. #Massage & Bodywork: Jan/Feb 2012 ALLISSA HAINES FROM TWITTER A PLEA FOR ACCURACY First of all, let me say that I appreciate all of the hard work and dedication that brings these wonderful publications to us as therapists. Thank you!! Now … for my constructive criticism. :) Seeing the misuse of face cradles in photography— especially the cover—is a turn-off. It says, "These people don't seem to know much about massage if the model isn't even using the face cradle as it would normally be used." Every ad or article that I see this in loses credibility (from a therapist's perspective). It just seems careless. We don't care how good the model's makeup is that was in the shoot … our clients don't usually come in for massages after a fresh makeover. Something more realistic would be nice … it would keep my interest as a professional. CHRIS CRAVENS, HHP SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA Celebrate ABMP's 25th anniversary and you may win a refund on your membership. ABMP.com. 11

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