The way we move

Have you considered the way you move? Movement can either feel very free and relaxed, without tension, holding or tightness – or it can feel the opposite.

It is worth observing how we move, as each movement actually magnifies the quality we have within our bodies. So if we are stressed, tight and restricted in the way we are holding our body, then this is basically confirmed in the way we move. And then each movement we make, confirms that configuration or way of being, within our body, and so it goes on.

In other words, we hold tight in our bodies, but then we confirm and actually cement that through moving in a way that is driven by that tightness/restriction. In fact, we are moving from a compression, and contraction in our bodies. Continue reading “The way we move”

Why massage?

Do we seek massage to relieve stress, ease pain, feel good? Many would say yes. Can we utilise massage for even more than that? A great therapist would say yes – massage, performed with the highest of integrity and professionalism, can assist a client to deeply let go.

There is much that can be achieved from this – including helping a client to let go of deeply held patterns of ‘holding’ in the body which otherwise condition the body to move in ‘old ways’ that do not serve. Continue reading “Why massage?”

How does pressure affect your professional life?

As a service provider, of whatever work it is you do, have you ever paused to ask yourself how pressure affects your quality of work?

You may work as a complementary health-care therapist, or you may work in an office or some other professional environment providing a service to your clients. Wherever you work and whatever you do, you are likely to encounter and experience pressure at some point in your day. Some people would say they feel under pressure constantly.

But how does this pressure affect us, and our work? Continue reading “How does pressure affect your professional life?”

The VET Sector and Massage – VET means Job Ready

In our recent article on Massage Education – VET or University, we looked at what level of higher education was most appropriate for massage. We discussed how, in Evolve College’s view, the level of education required in massage is very appropriately set at the Vocational Education and Training (VET) level – at a minimum. This week we look more closely at the VET sector and the benefits it provides.

Requirements of massage education Continue reading “The VET Sector and Massage – VET means Job Ready”

Massage Education – VET or University?

One of the topics currently being discussed in the massage industry is the level of qualification which should be required to practise massage.

Should massage be offered only by universities?

It has been suggested in some circles that massage should require a degree level qualification (offered by university). In this article, we set out the reasons why we disagree with this suggested approach.

To Evolve College, massage is a proven and very strong option for people seeking support for their body. It is sought as a modality when people are stressed, overwhelmed, in tension (relaxation massage), and it is also sought out when people have injuries, pain or problem areas in their body (remedial massage).

The importance of choice and accessibility in health-care

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The Benefits of Massage – Eating Disorders (Part 9)

In this series, we look at research into the benefits of massage.

This week, we look at the effect of massage on eating disorders.

Eating disorders are estimated to affect approximately 9% of the Australian population.[1] It is reported that eating disorders, disordered eating and body image issues have increased worldwide over the last 30 years.[1] Accordingly this is a prevalent problem in our society.

Eating disorders are a serious health issue and can result in fatalities. They cause severe disturbances to a person’s eating behaviours, and are often accompanied by obsessions with food, body weight and shape. Common eating disorders include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge-eating Disorder.[2]

Eating disorders have been associated with widespread health effects. Continue reading “The Benefits of Massage – Eating Disorders (Part 9)”

Benefits of Massage – Stress (Part 8)

In this series, we look at research into the benefits of massage.

This week, we look at massage and its effect on stress.

Stress is a problem affecting many people. It results in poorer work quality, poorer relationships and poorer quality of life.

Stress in and of itself is not a bad thing and is a natural response to danger or emergency, for instance. However, problems arise when people experience stress as an ongoing state. Stress is associated with a faster pulse, faster breathing, tense muscles, and increased oxygen use by the brain.[1] According to the National Institute of Mental Health (USA), when chronic stress is experienced, people’s immunity is lowered and their digestive, excretory and reproductive systems stop working normally.[1]

Continue reading “Benefits of Massage – Stress (Part 8)”

Massage supports sleep and well-being (Part 7)

In Part 7 of this series, we continue to look at research into the benefits of massage.

This week, we look at the effect of massage on well-being. Our well-being is affected by many factors, one of which is sleep.

According to a report issued by the World Health Organisation, approximately 40% of adults report that daytime sleepiness interferes with their work and social functioning at least a few days each month as a result of insufficient nocturnal sleep.[1] The report states, “Excessive daytime sleepiness is thus a major public health problem as a consequence of interference with daily activities including cognitive problems, motor vehicle accidents (especially at night), poor job performance and reduced productivity”.[1] Studies have linked what is termed ‘sleep debt’ with common viral illnesses, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and depression.[1]

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Massage and Musculoskeletal function (Part 6)

In Part 6 of this series, we continue to look at research into the benefits of massage.

This week, we look at massage and musculoskeletal function.

Rheumatic diseases cause inflammation and pain, which significantly affect quality of life. One example is Ankylosing spondylitis (or rheumatoid spondylitis) – a chronic disease that presents as inflammation of the vertebrae and joints, causing fusion of the spine (either in part e.g. the pelvis, or the whole spine) and stiffening of joints. Pain is associated with the fusion and stiffening and consequent swelling and the site can be very tender. [1]

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Massage supports women with post menopausal insomnia (Part 5)

In Part 5 of this series, we continue to look at research into the benefits of massage.

This week, we look at massage for women with post-menopausal insomnia.

Symptoms associated with menopause

Menopause marks a significant change in life for women. However it has been associated with clinical symptoms in many women. Almost 80% of women experiencing menopause report some kind of clinical symptom. In 40% of cases the symptoms are sufficiently intense for the patient to seek medical assistance.[1] The menopausal process is associated with reduced/lost ovarian function. Lost ovarian function is associated with the progressive decrease in estradiol secretion, trophic changes in the breast, vasomotor symptoms, anxiety, depression and sleep disorders.[2] Insomnia is reported as being highly prevalent and affects between 28% and 63% of post-menopausal women.[3]

Increased interest in massage therapy

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