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What is Science?


It seems like an easy enough question, yet many massage therapists seem to misunderstand exactly what is meant by the term. Why do I say that? Well, consider a common comment from massage therapists who are not particularly science-minded:

"Science doesn't know everything!"

Why give the gift of massage?

As you are making your gift-giving choices, we hope you will think about giving the gift of massage. Why would you want to give massage? There are many reasons.

You won't have to worry about color or size.

It won't add to their "stuff."

I don't usually go for spa treatments, but a few years ago I had the opportunity to take a hot stone massage class and I really liked it. People make all sorts of dubious claims about it. I'll just say this: it feels good and is relaxing. That's good enough!

Dates for the Massage for Couples classes at Forest Park Community College have been set for the first two semesters of 2013. For details about the classes, go here.

Dates for the Fall/Winter semester will be set later in the year.

Take advantage of our December discount. Twenty percent will be deducted on orders over $70 now through the end of December. Purchase easily online and print out instantly or have it emailed to the recipient.

Package deals are available. Buy three one hour massages and get an additional $30 off. That comes out to $48 for a one hour massage!

When Ida Rolf began putting her hands and elbows on people’s skin and applying pressure, creating a slow, sustained stretch, she imagined that she was stretching fascial sheets.

In honor of Small Business Saturday, we are beginning our Winter Holiday Special. From now until December 31, a 10% discount will be applied to all gift certificate purchases of $70 or more. In addition, for today only, an extra 5% discount will be added to all purchases of $40 or more. Use the special promo code SMALLBUSINESS.


In July of 2011, Will Stewart of 3-D Optimal Performance interviewed Dr. Timothy Noakes, a South African exercise physiologist and author of Lore of Running. Noakes recently published Waterlogged: The Serious Problem of Overhydration in Endurance Sports , a book which addresses the little known hazards of drinking too much water, especially for women in endurance sports. The primary subject of this interview is the Central Governor model proposed by Noakes to explain the role of the brain in our experience of fatigue during physical exertion.

Low back pain is one of the most common and persistent pain problems, affecting millions of people. Besides working hands-on with clients, I try to help them understand how pain works and to find ways they can continue to help themselves at home.

Christopher Moyer, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology who has done research on anxiety, depression, and massage therapy. He recently co-authored the book Massage Therapy: Integrating Research and Practice. Active in many online discussions, Moyer has been a voice for science literacy and research literacy in the field of massage therapy. Through his online comments, he has patiently and generously mentored many massage therapists who aspire to be more science-based and research literate. In a recent FaceBook discussion, Moyer raised the question: why is continuing education credit, required for some professional memberships and state licensing, granted for classes in Reiki?

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