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Massage & Bodywork. Robert B. Haase, LMP Founder, Director Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy & Massage. What is “Massage”? . The rubbing or kneading of parts of the body to aid circulation or relax the muscles… or most would think…. History of Massage.

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massage bodywork

Massage & Bodywork

Robert B. Haase, LMP

Founder, Director

Bodymechanics School of Myotherapy & Massage

what is massage
What is “Massage”?
  • The rubbing or kneading of parts of the body to aid circulation or relax the muscles… or most would think…
history of massage
History of Massage
  • Oldest references…Cave paintings found in Europe dating back to 15,000 BC
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History of Massage
  • Earliest written data: 2760 BC, ChinaEmperor Hwang Ti’s medical journals explain massage techniques
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History of Massage
  • Tang dynasty (619 to 907AD) recognized only four types of medical practitioners:

Physicians, acupuncturists, “masseurs” and exorcists.

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History of Massage
  • In the “Odyssey”, Homer wrote about how war-torn soldiers being massaged back to health. (800 BC)
  • Hippocrates in 400 BC wrote about the uses of massage in medical practice. “The physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly also in rubbing”
effects of massage
Effects of Massage
  • Direct / Mechanical
    • Increased Circulation
    • Elimination of toxins
    • Restore bowels to proper functions
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Effects of Massage
  • Reflexive
    • Nervous system
    • Chemical reactions
  • Psychological
    • Psychological

A contraction of 'tensional integrity'

psychology of the body
Psychology of the Body
  • Just like bad relationship, the weaker muscle feels the pain, not the bully muscle
listening with a 3d mindset
Listening with a 3D Mindset
  • Patient complains of occipital headache, weak arms
  • Bad therapist
  • Good therapist
  • Great therapist
  • Pectoralis Minor & Rhomboids
story of a young woman
Story of a Young Woman
  • Complaints of Low Back Bain
  • Treated by:
    • Massage Therapist
    • Physical Therapist
    • Medical Doctor
    • Chiropractor
    • Surgeon
  • Asking questions
  • Psoas & Quadratus Lumborum
knifis cranius
Knifis Cranius

Fibromyalgia = Muscle Tissue Pain, etc.

Patient’s love it when they can name their pain

18 points
18 Points

What if you remove one point?

perpetuating factors
Perpetuating Factors
  • How do you work?
  • How do you drive?
  • How do you sleep?
  • How do you walk?
  • How do you spend your evenings?
  • How much did you spend on your easy chair?
Dentists fix teeth
  • Surgeons perform surgery
  • Chiropractic can not heal cancer
  • No ONE healthcare modality can do everything
  • Knowing when a client hasn’t been listened to, versus knowing when to refer
touch research institute studies
Touch Research Institute Studies
  • Alzheimer's
    • Physical expressions of agitation (pacing, wandering, and resisting) were decreased
  • Anorexia
    • Lower stress and anxiety levels; decreased body dissatisfaction
  • Anxiety
    • Subjects were less depressed and anxious; nighttime sleep increased over this period
  • Arthritis
    • Stress hormone (cortisol) levels were immediately decreased by the massage, pain decreased on self-reports and physician's assessment of pain
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Touch Research Institute Studies
  • Asthma
    • Children’s study: increased peakflow, improved lung functions, reduced anxiety and cortisol (stress hormone)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    • Children’s study: lower hyperactivity, less “fidgety”, able to stay on task, appeared happier to teachers
  • Autistism (In Children)
    • Decrease in touch sensitivity, attention to sounds and off-task classroom behavior
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Touch Research Institute Studies
  • Cancer
    • Effective in the reduction of stress as well as in the reduction of anxiety, fatigue, depression, blood pressure, and muscle tension. Nausea associated with chemotherapy treatments has also been shown to decrease following a massage treatment.
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Touch Research Institute Studies
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    • Lower depression, anxiety, emotional distress, more sleep
  • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Children were less anxious, had improved mood and improved breathing
  • Depression
    • Decreased depression and increased nighttime sleep
  • Diabetes (Children’s Study)
    • Children’s glucose levels decreased to normal range and dietary compliance increased
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Touch Research Institute Studies
  • Elderly Retired Volunteers PROVIDING (vs. receiving) Massage
    • Assessment after giving infants massage after one month:
      • Less anxiety, fewer depressive symptoms, improved mood
      • Pulse decreased
      • Cortisol levels decreased
      • Improved self esteem / better lifestyle
        • Fewer doctor visits, more social contact
      • Better results in giving than receiving
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Touch Research Institute Studies
  • Fibromyalgia Syndrome
    • Improved sleep patterns, decreased pain, fatigue, anxiety, depression and cortisol levels
  • HIV Exposed Newborns
    • Increased weight gain, increased motor skills
  • Labor Pain
    • Massage first 15-minutes of each hour of labor: decreased anxiety, decreased need for medication and shorter labor
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Touch Research Institute Studies
  • Migraine Headaches
    • Decreased occurrence, sleep disturbances and distress
  • Newborns (“Preemies”) (Science News, 1985)
    • Gained weight 50% faster, more active, alert, responsive, aware of surroundings, better able to tolerate noise, “emotional control,” better able to console themselves. Discharged 6 days earlier at a cost savings in the “tens of thousands of dollars.” Eight months later, larger size and fewer physical problems.
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Touch Research Institute Studies
  • Pregnancy
    • Decreased anxiety and stress hormones, fewer obstetric and postnatal complications, fewer premature births
  • Sexual Abuse
    • Reduced aversion to touch, decreased anxiety, depression and cortisol levels
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Touch Research Institute Studies
  • Sleep in Preschoolers
    • Fell asleep sooner, more restful naps, better behavior ratings