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This page was written as a reference for those who attended the Skeptical Society of St. Louis Skepticamp, Saturday, August 18, 2012. It includes websites mentioned during a presentation on the field of massage therapy from the point of view of a science-based massage therapist. The title of the presentation was "Woo, Sloppy Thinking, and Language."

 A reader who found my old blog asked the following question in response to the article "Unexpected Results."

Hi there! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I really enjoy reading your posts.
Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same subjects?
Thanks for your time!

This is a book many massage therapists have longed for. Massage Therapy; Integrating Research and Practice, edited by Trish Dryden and Christopher A. Moyer, fills an important gap in the field of massage therapy.

We massage therapists are taught a lot about muscles. We also study bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, fascia. We learn a little about physiology, about other systems of the body, and some lip service is paid to the role of the nervous system in the relaxation response and to how the brain mediates the changes brought about by massage. But mostly we pay attention to muscles.

Recently an older, somewhat frail woman came into my office. She has a serious condition that requires ongoing treatment and the primary condition creates numerous other serious health problems. In spite of this, she maintains a cheerful disposition and endures it all with acceptance.

Moms really like massage! Whether it's getting a break from the busyness of motherhood or getting relief from physical aches, moms love massage!

Have you ever wanted to do massage at home with your partner but didn't know where to start? Do you try doing massage but get tired quickly? Are you wondering how to please your partner, who keeps asking for "harder," without hurting yourself?

Late breaking news: As of 1/22/12 the class for 2/11/12 is full and there is room for one couple on 2/18/12. This class will be offered again during the summer session.

Three more days left til Christmas! You can purchase gift certificates for massage online and print them out instantly or have them sent by email to the recipient. You can send one late on Christmas Eve and have it waiting in their inbox on Christmas morning. You can wait til the very last minute and print it out on Christmas Day!

Holiday gift giving could hardly be easier! You can now purchase gift certificates for massage quickly and easily using your credit card at any time of the day or night. You can choose to print out your gift certificate yourself or you can email it to the recipient. It's quick, it's easy, and can be done at your convenience without leaving home.

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