Yesterday we had a great round table with Professor Nichole Danraj about massage therapy, and some of the benefits that go along with it. There are many people out there that are all about massages because they feel great. It is relaxing, and a nice way to pamper yourself or a loved one.
Professor Danraj was able to give us an insider perspective on the 600 hrs of work that must be done in order to get certified, which when you think on it, is great. You don’t want someone working on your body that does not know what they’re doing, that can lead to more harm than good. She directed us to a registry that provides a list of certified massage therapists, as well as useful resources for those interested in joining the field. Those can be found here: American Massage Therapy Association
One of the topics she touched on, was how massage therapy has been shown to be beneficial for anxiety, depression, PTSD ,wounded warriors, as well as being helpful for patients going through cancer treatments. These are all areas where finding treatment can be difficult, and often cause more stress on top of the underlying condition. Having massage therapy as a way to reduce that stress, and help people being either more comfortable or healthier is amazing.
We had a great time, and I think we all left wanting to book a massage. If you are looking to relieve some stress, head to the cafeteria tomorrow, 9/18 from 10- 2 for a chair massage. There will be sign-ups, so hurry quick so you don’t miss out!