Originally published in Massage & Bodywork magazine, February/March 2006.
Massage in the Media
Two recent issues of Dr. Andrew Weil’s Self Healing favorably mention massage therapy and bodywork. The first addresses complementary approaches for weight loss. While Weil et al. emphasize that eating less and exercising more are still the primary factors in shedding pounds and keeping them off, there are several integrative therapies that can help reduce stress levels and control emotional healing. Weil addresses acupuncture, cognitive-behavioral therapy, guided imagery, hypnotherapy, mindfulness meditation, yoga, and, of course, bodywork.
Weil suggests that like acupuncture, bodywork won’t trim the waistline, but it can be effective for joint or muscle pain that may discourage overweight people from exercising.
Self Healing also mentions the benefits of massage and other integrative modalities in assisting clients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). Individuals with this chronic condition suffer from fatigue, sleep disturbances, and widespread muscle pain. Weil’s recommendations for managing FMS include aerobic activity, relaxation techniques, cognitive-behavioral therapy, an anti-inflammatory diet, acupuncture, and chiropractic, among others. For more information about FMS and how massage can help assauge symptoms, please turn to Erik Dalton’s article, “Fibromyalgia: Fact or Fiction,” on page 60.