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Therapy: a form of preventative
Health 1st’s Wellness Wednesday table in the Children’s Hospital lobby
between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 23 to learn more about massage therapy,
and receive a free chair massage from a therapist of the Center for
Massage therapy, one of the oldest forms of healing, is continuing to
establish itself as a valid, effective form of preventative health
care. As the demand for this profession grows, more therapists are
entering the workforce to meet the needs of the community. With
increasing choices for the consumer on where to get a massage or what
type of therapy to receive, the decision can become overwhelming. In
order to help you get the most out of your massage, here is some advice
on finding a therapist:
Make sure they are licensed
South Carolina has required licensure of massage therapists since 1996.
Therapists must have attended at least one 500-hour training program
and passed a national certification exam before applying to the state
to obtain a license to practice.
Make your needs known to
Not all massage therapists are the same. While every therapist has a
similar basic set of skills, many have received additional training or
may have a specialization in working with certain types of clients. For
example, if you have chronic pain or have sustained an injury, choosing
a massage therapy clinic to provide the treatment you need would be the
right choice. At the same time, if you just want to relax or receive a
body treatment, then going to a spa or salon should be the right fit.
Be an informed consumer
Treat your search for a massage therapist the same way you would for
any other health care provider. Ask others where they have gone. Word
of mouth is always a good indicator. Don’t be afraid to ask a therapist
about how long they have been practicing; their training and education
(remember that each school will emphasize different aspects of
massage); and whether they have experience working with your particular
condition or situation.
Keep an open line of
communication with the therapist
Giving feedback on aspects such as the pressure and whether your needs
are being met will help you obtain the best therapy possible.
Highlighted upcoming Health 1st
Break the Habit! Sign up for the “Freedom From Smoking” series, an
American Lung Association Program. This is a free (normal registration
fee is waived) seven-week, eight session course, from noon to 1
p.m. starting Feb 26.
Topics include: Thinking about Quitting—weighing the pros and cons of
quitting; On the Road to Freedom- the supportive group setting; Wanting
to Quit—motivation and conditioning; Quit Day—a formal ceremony for
quitting; Winning Strategies—becoming a nonsmoker; The New
You—emphasizes the new life-style as a nonsmoker; Staying Off—includes
assertive communication and importance of a physical activity plan
suited to each participant’s daily routine; and
Celebration—reflecting during the last seven weeks and reinforcing
Contact Beka Hardin at 792-9959 to register, or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is limited to 20 participants. Also,
go to http://www.musc.edu/medcenter/health1st
for information on other upcoming events/classes.
Editor's note: The preceding
column was brought to you on behalf of Health 1st. Striving to bring
various topics and representing numerous employee wellness
organizations and committees on campus, this weekly column seeks to
provide MUSC, MUHA and UMA employees with current and helpful
information concerning all aspects of health.
Friday, Jan. 18, 2008
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