Massage Therapy Awareness Week


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1. Based on the evidence, massage therapy can provide significant improvement for pain, anxiety and health-related quality of life for those looking to manage their pain. This is the conclusion of a collaborative meta-analysis of research on massage therapy for pain conducted by the Samueli Institute and commissioned by the Massage Therapy Foundation, with support from the American Massage Therapy Association. The first part of the three-part review and analysis published online by the journal Pain Medicine, indicates: • Pain is a major public health concern, affecting approximately 100 million Americans • It is recognized as the most compelling reason to seek medical attention, and accounts for approximately 80% of physician visits • Chronic pain accounts for approximately $600 billion in annual health care expenditures and lost productivity • This annual cost is greater than the cost of other national priority health conditions, highlighting the significant economic burden of pain. Find out more about how massage is shaping up as an alternative to opioids Massage as an Alternative to Opioids | AMTA (amtamassage.org) 2. Massage therapy is commonly used for relaxation and pain relief, in addition to a variety of health conditions. It’s important to know that massage therapy can also be an effective therapy for many aspects of mental health. In fact, recent research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression (all associated with mental health) may be directly affected with massage therapy. For reference and study information about massage therapy and mental health check out this article. Massage for Mental Health | AMTA (amtamassage.org) 3. A growing body of evidence shows that massage therapy can be effective for a variety of health conditions. Massage is rapidly becoming recognized as an important part of health and wellness, and research is indicating some of what takes place in the body during massage therapy. Here are some recent findings on the benefits of massage therapy for health and medical reasons, compiled by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). Massage Therapy for Pain of Osteoarthritis of the Knee Research supported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) showed that sixty minute sessions of Swedish massage once a week for those with osteoarthritis of the knee significantly reduced their pain. Each massage therapy session followed a specific massage protocol. This is the latest published research study indicating the benefits of massage therapy for those with osteoarthritis of the knee. (Perlman AI, Ali A, Njike VY, et al. Massage therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized dose-finding trial. PLoS One. 2012; 7(2):e30248. ) Massage Therapy for Inflammation after Exercise Research through the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario indicates that massage therapy reduces inflammation of skeletal muscle acutely damaged through exercise. The study provides evidence for the benefits of massage therapy for those with musculoskeletal injuries and potentially for those with inflammatory disease, according to the lead author of the research. (J. D. Crane, D. I. Ogborn, C. Cupido, S. Melov, A. Hubbard, J. M. Bourgeois, M. A. Tarnopolsky, Massage Therapy Attenuates Inflammatory Signaling After Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage. Sci. Transl. Med. 4, 119ra13 (2012). ) Massage Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain Research released in July 2011 expanded on previous studies demonstrating the effectiveness of massage therapy for chronic low back pain. Researchers found that “patients receiving massage were twice as likely as those receiving usual care to report significant improvements in both their pain and function”. The study was conducted over 10 weeks through Group Health Research Institute. (Cherkin DC, Sherman KJ, Kahn J, Wellman R, Cook AJ, Johnson E, Erro J, Delaney K, Deyo RA. A comparison of the effects of 2 types of massage and usual care on chronic low back pain: a randomized, controlled trial.Ann Intern Med. 2011 Jul 5;155(1):1-9.) Massage Therapy for Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia is a chronic syndrome characterized by generalized pain, joint rigidity, intense fatigue, sleep alterations, headache, spastic colon, craniomandibular dysfunction, anxiety, and depression. This study demonstrated that massage and myofascial release techniques improved pain and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia. (Castro-Sánchez, A.M., Matarán-Peñarrocha, G.A., Granero-Molina, J., Aguilera-Manrique, G., Quesada-Rubio, J.M., Moreno-Lorenzo, C. (2011). Benefits of massage-myofascial release therapy on pain, anxiety, quality of sleep, depression, and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011:561753) - Read the research at amtamassage.org/ResearchRoundup , all information gathered from the American Massage Therapy Association Meet our licensed massage therapists Katie Morris


Katie was trained at Advanced Massage Therapeutics in Louisville, Kentucky, receiving her state licensure in massage therapy in 2011. Her base training included Swedish and deep tissue massage techniques, injury assessment, kinesiology and anatomy and physiology, and she integrates these into every massage. Since graduating, Katie has regularly taken continuing education to further her skillset and understanding of the human body. She believes in using the most gentle least invasive methods possible to promote health and wellness. She specializes in slow thorough full body fascial (deep tissue) work. Through classes in meditation, reiki, and reflexology, Katie has developed her view of the person as an integrated whole. "We are a compilation of mind, body, and spirt, and all of these need to be addressed for us to feel healthy and function as our best self." Katie also offers aromatherapy (use of essential oils) and hot stone massage, and can perform any massage side-lying for anyone finding they can not lay on their back or stomach (great for pregnant women!). Jacob Gilbert


Kentucky native born and raised. After graduating from Bullitt East high school in 2003 I pursued a career in EMS attaining my EMT-B license. After receiving experience for a number of years I furthered my education and career to receive my paramedic license and associate's degree from Western Kentucky University. I felt inspired to explore alternative/naturopathic healthcare after experiencing years of traditional healthcare. Having grown up in and around my fathers' physical therapy clinic and being told by many of my natural massage ability, I decided to complete massage therapy school and received my massage therapist license. I intend to continue and further my knowledge and career in naturopathic medicine. My philosophy of healing is thus: prevention and maintenance, diet and exercise. An informed and balanced practice of both western/traditional and alternative/naturopathic healthcare practices coupled with a strong individual belief you can feel better. Jacob has a Our Massage Services- available Mondays 11am-6pm and Thursdays 9 am-6pm (changing to Wednesdays in January) Our licensed massage therapists are trained in a variety of modalities and techniques, some of which include: Swedish massage​Relaxation massage Deep tissue and fascial work Injury assessment and rehabilitation Prenatal and side-lying (ideal for anyone that can not lay on their back or stomach) Stretching, strengthening, and fitness maintenance At the beginning of each session a detailed verbal intake will be performed to determine the modalities and techniques that best fit your needs and goals for the day. Aromatherapy and CBD may be available to enhance your session for an additional charge. 60 minute massage $75: One hour sessions are ideal for clients seeking maintenance with no problem areas, those that relax and release easily, or as a stand alone session for an isolated area of focus. 90 minute massage $105: 90 minute sessions are ideal for most people. They provide enough time to fully relax and address the whole body while still giving extra attention to one or two problem areas. 120 minute massage $140: Two hour massage sessions are ideal for individuals that hurt everywhere, have multiple problem areas, need deep tissue or fascial work, or take longer to relax. Hot Stone massage (90 or 120 minutes) $120, $155: (*If you are pregnant or have uncontrolled high blood pressure you can not receive hot stone massage for safety reasons*) Basalt river stones are warmed to a therapeutic temperature then placed in areas of hypertension to help release spasm and relieve aches or used to provide gliding, kneading, or friction strokes to promote circulation and warm up your tissues. This enhancement enables deeper body work, promotes more intense tension release, and feels amazing. It is especially beneficial for clients looking for relief from fibromyalgia or that get cold easily.


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