Massage & Bodywork

May/June 2009

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news notes COMPILED BY SEAN EADS Report Contest. The contest is designed around MTF's mission to encourage therapists to hone their Foundation (MTF) awarded four practitioners in its 2008 Practitioners Case The Massage Therapy PRACTITIONER CASE REPORT WINNERS RESTORATIVE YOGA FOR BREAST CANCER PATIENTS A 10-week program of 75-minute restorative yoga (RY) sessions will yield a 50-percent reduction in depression among breast cancer patients, according to a report in the journal Psycho-Oncology. RY is similar to other yoga classes, but is gentler and involves soft props, such as cushions and blankets. The study examined 44 breast cancer patients and placed 22 in RY sessions. The other half served as a control group. At the end of the program, the women who participated in RY showed remarkable decreases in depression, as well as increases in feelings of peace and other health benefits. massage to the public. Erika Larson of Lilburn, Georgia, received the $2,500 Gold Award. Glenda Keller of research skills in order to provide evidence-based NIH Updates Seniors Website on CAM The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has added a complementary and alternative medicine component to its NIH Senior Health website. was created in 2002 to convey health and wellness information to the senior community, but did not include a CAM component until December 2008. The new link, available at cam/toc.html, explains CAM options to seniors and provides evidence from CAM research pertinent to the elderly. The NIH has also included a user- friendly video component so viewers can see examples of CAM therapies in action. received honorable mentions. The abstracts of their case Sherry A. Robinson-Jackson of Shreveport, Louisiana, Abingdon, Maryland, and Picton, Ontario, received the $2,000 Silver Award. Robin B. Anderson of reports are available at www. massagetherapyfoundation. org/PractitionerContest. html. The website also provides information on submitting to the 2009 case report contest. visit to access your digital magazine 17

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