Stressed Out In Boca? Massage Week Starts Monday

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — If the Presidential election, the debate at Lynn University, or just life in general has you stressed out, you are in luck. Massage Week is just days away, and our friends at Balanced Skin and Body Therapy at 105 East Palmetto Park Road have a phenomenal special to help you relax.

Book a massage with Abby Brelage and save $25. Call the team at 561-208-8111 to learn of other specials.

Balanced Skin and Body Therapy, along with the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), is celebrating the 16th Annual National Massage Therapy week October 21 – October 27, 2012, to help promote the  health benefits of massage therapy. Come visit and meet the owners, Michelle Boster and Abby Brelage and staff during “Meet Me on the Promenade” in downtown Boca Raton on Friday and Saturday, October 26 & 27, 2012, for a chance to win a free 60 minute massage, a chair massage with a consultation on how massage may be helpful to your specific needs, a complimentary hand treatment, and a massage offer you won’t want to miss!

All of us at Balanced Skin & Body Therapy are excited and dedicated to raising awareness and helping to educate the public on the benefits of massage motivating individuals to seek massage as an alternative therapy in conjunction with traditional medicine helping to reduce recovery time in maintaining and improving their health.

Abby Brelage, a partner at Balanced Skin & Body Therapy, has been a licensed massage therapist for eight years and has seen a dramatic increase in the use of massage therapy for many stress related health concerns whether it be mental or physical. “Massage is not just for vacation or a luxury item any longer. It truly is a health thing”, she said. “Balance is such an important key in today’s world that we included it in the name of our business. We live in a society where we have 2.5 kids. We eat, talk, text, manage our day, and manage our kids’ schedules all while driving down the road. We often put ourselves last on the list of things to care of for the day. Think of it this way. Your body is the most valuable vehicle you will ever own and drive. If you want it to last a lifetime, you need to feed it efficient fuel, change your oil frequently, and get regular tune-ups. If you wait until the service engine light comes on, you could be in for major repairs.”

Please feel free to call and consult with us about any of your concerns or needs. We truly are in this business to help make a difference in people’s lives. You’ll find a very calm, relaxed atmosphere without the sales pitch and therapists who are dedicated to their profession. We welcome you to visit us at www.balancedskintherapy.com to learn more about each of us, our mission, the services we provide, and to read our reviews.

These are the most recent studies published in articles by AMTA that you’ll want to pay attention to for “the health of it”.

Massage Therapy Research

The therapeutic benefits of massage continue to be researched and studied. Recent research has shown the effectiveness of massage for the following conditions just to name a few:

  • Cancer-related fatigue.10
  • Low back pain.11
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee.12
  • Reducing post-operative pain.13
  • Boosting the body’s immune system functioning.14
  • Decreasing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.15
  • Lowering blood pressure.16
  • Reducing headache frequency.17
  • Easing alcohol withdrawal symptoms.18
  • Decreasing pain in cancer patients.19

Massage and Health Care

Massage therapists received more referrals from health care professionals in 2011.

  • In July 2011, more than thirty-nine million American adults (15 percent) had discussed massage therapy with their doctors or health care providers in the previous year, compared to 16 percent the year before.4
  • Of those 15 percent, 31 percent of their health care providers strongly recommended massage therapy, compared to 35 percent in 2009. While physicians led the way in recommending massage (52 percent vs. 50 percent in 2010), chiropractors (50 percent vs. 35 percent in 2010) and physical therapists (49 percent vs. 38 percent in 2010) also recommended massage therapy when their patients discussed it with them. The number of nurses recommending massage doubled in 2011, with 26 percent of nurses recommending massage in 2011 versus 13 percent in 2010.4
  • Almost all massage therapists receive referrals from healthcare professionals. Ninety-six percent of massage therapists received at least one referral every 6 months from a hospital or medical office in 2011. On average, massage therapists received about 4 referrals per month, twice as many as in previous years.5

Massage therapists and consumers favor integration of massage into health care.

  • More than half of adult Americans (59 percent) would like to see their insurance cover massage therapy.4
    The vast majority of massage therapists (96 percent) believe massage therapy should be considered part of the health care field.5

Use of massage remained steady in 2011. However a greater percentage of people received massage for medical or health reasons.4

  • Forty-four (44) percent of adult Americans who had a massage between July 2010 and July 2011 received it for medical or health reasons compared to 35 percent the previous year.
  • Of the people who had at least one massage in the last five years, 40 percent reported they did so for health conditions such as pain management, injury rehabilitation, migraine control, or overall wellness.
  • Ninety (90) percent agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain, up from 86 percent in the 2010 survey.
  • Twenty-nine percent of massage consumers had a massage for relaxation/stress reduction between July 2010 and July 2011.
  • Of those who have ever had a massage, fifty-three (53) percent say they have used massage therapy at least one time to relieve and/or manage stress.

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