Maximizing Exercise With Massage
improved range of motion and strength
The study conducted by Harris Interactive for National Massage Safety Week 2004 (March 21st - 27th), also reveals that three in ten Americans have received a massage in the past and yet only 27 percent of Americans getting massage ask if their practitioner is Nationally Certified. In order to maximize the benefits of massage, health experts suggest that consumers be selective when choosing a massage therapist.
"Choosing a massage therapist is like choosing your family physician," said Judy Dean, RN, NCTMB, chair-elect of NCBTMB. "You want someone who is credible and who has a high level of knowledge and competency. That's what National Certification helps assure."
The poll including more than 2,300 adults found that respondents who exercise on a weekly basis are also more likely to have had a massage than those who don't. The poll also found:
Respondents are most likely to get a massage at a private
practice or clinic (19 percent)
"Ensuring public safety is the primary goal of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and National Massage Safety Week," said Christine D. Niero, PhD, executive director, NCBTMB. "By making sure that their massage therapist is Nationally Certified, consumers know that they are putting their body into the hands of a trained and competent practitioner."
As part of National Massage Safety Week, "Massage Works Out", consumers can find a fact sheet on exercise and massage, a safety checklist of questions that consumers should ask before receiving a massage and a list of Nationally Certified practitioners at www.ncbtmb.com.
The NCBTMB is an independent, private, non-profit
organization, founded in 1992, whose core purpose is to foster
high standards for therapeutic massage and bodywork professionals
and to advocate for the public acceptance of the value of these
standards and the professionals who uphold them. Currently,
there are more than 78,000 nationally certified massage therapists
and bodyworkers in the United States. NCBTMB is a member of
the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Coalition
for Professional Certification (CPC). NCBTMB has been accredited
by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) since
1993. Additional information can be found at www.ncbtmb.com.
All human beings are born with the need for touch. Research has identified what we always knew instinctively: We thrive on touch from infancy through childhood to adolescence. Therapeutic touching and massage create the bricks and mortar to sustain healthy growth, social and psychological balance throughout development, and maturity into old age. We can all benefit from the therapeutic effects found in the structured touch of massage.