By Hanna Kim- June 15, 2018
Thanks to technological advances, many of us no longer have to toil long days in a field to make a living. While modernization has its advantages, it has taken many of us away from the movement our bodies need to stay in tip top shape.
A sedentary lifestyle without limited movement contributes to problems such as back pain. Approximately 93 million lost workdays are due to back pain, leading to an additional $5 billion in healthcare costs in the US each year. It is the second most quoted reason Americans miss work, only after the common cold. When people come in for a massage, the two most common complaints are upper back pain and lower back pain.
Upper Back Pain
The most frequent injury site I see as a massage therapist is the upper back, between the spine and the medial border of the scapula, where as you can see, many muscles are layered on top of each other. Many of these upper back muscles are involved in arm movement, and are weakened by prolonged overuse, for example, from having our arms out on top of a keyboard. For example, the trapezius muscle, or “traps” roll forward and outward leading to stiffness in the back and shoulders.
Massage helps soften these overstretched tissues, relieves pain and reminding muscles to let go when they are not at use. This is an area of the body that can easily be alleviated with chair massage at your office.
Lower Back Pain
54% of Americans with low back pain work sitting down, according to a survey conducted by the American Physical Therapy Association. Similar to the chest and upper back imbalance from the arms being held out typing, the hips and abs experience an imbalance from sitting for long periods of time. The erectors, or long spinal muscles that keep the torso upright also get overstretched, especially if someone is hunching forwards.
A massage event at the office can help break up a long workday and keep employees happier and more mobile. Studies from Harvard, Stanford and McGill neuroscientists found that chronic pain impacts more than just the physical body. Massage can help reduce negative effects of pain, including impaired attention, short-term memory, judgement and social skills.
Massage Can Help Your Employees Take Better Care of Themselves
Massage therapists also love to remind their clients to keep better self-care routines. We know from our own work that repetitive movement of one kind, whether it’s sitting and typing, or standing and massaging, leads pain. Our bodies need a variety of movement and strengthening to be healthy. Healthy employees make better employees.
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By Carolina Cuartas - April 30, 2018
The term you should never use: masseuse.
Many people believe that "Massage Therapist", "LMT", and "Masseuse" mean the same thing. Technically speaking yes, they are. But the term has been misused and it’s crucial to understand why you should address your therapist properly.
The term masseuse originated from France in the late 1800's and it means "a woman who performs a massage." Unfortunately, overtime the term has been misused to refer to massage parlors, unlicensed, untrained professionals, and “happy endings”. The sex industry has used this term for their workers who perform sexual acts during a client's massage. The new connotation of the term is dangerous to use. It implies that we spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars on education and licensure requirements just to become prostitutes.
Why You Should Use The Term "Massage Therapist"
You should be aware that your massage therapist has worked hard to obtain a license and deserves to be addressed with the professional title that they have earned. They are medical professionals who have completed an extensive training program and are licensed to practice. Only once you are certified to practice, you are able to use the term L.M.T (Licensed Massage Therapist) and C.M.P (Certified Massage Practitioner). After completion of their primary education, many therapists continue their educations by learning new skills and techniques that will help improve their practice.
Massage therapists have to ability to listen to their client’s needs and assess them accordingly. They are professional and are trained to manipulate muscles and other soft tissue to relieve pain and reduce stress. Your massage therapist is not there to promote a promiscuous lifestyle or fulfill a sexual need, he or she is there too improve your health and wellness.
"Over the past 30-plus years, massage professionals have worked to help get laws enacted that protect titles that reflect their training and professional standards. Today, state laws protect titles including massage therapist, massage practitioner and massage technician.” (Source).
In an article written by Massage Magazine, the writer states, “Masseur is to massage therapist as stewardess to flight attendant” (Source). This is a great way to describe how it feels be called a masseuse or masseur. Your therapist is not there be eye candy and sell sex. LMT’s take their job very seriously and they consider "masseuse" a derogatory term toward their profession and their personal virtue.
Unfortunately, even in the 21st century, people still can't separate massage and sex work. We need to learn that the term “masseuse” does not have anything to do with the medical community and has to deal with a massage with a sexual ending. Your therapist isn’t trying to be condescending or mean when he or she corrects you, it’s just a term everyone needs to stop using when addressing an LMT.
So please, never misuse the term masseuse.
During Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7th to May 11th, we take a week to honor teachers hard work and vital role in shaping our society. Honestly, how can you not be grateful for teachers? Without them you wouldn’t even know how to write your name or multiply numbers. This letter is for the teachers who are shaping our youth. For the countless deeds they did for us and our children.
Thank you for always being available and willing to long work hours.
Thank you for for caring.
Thank you for helping us believe in ourselves and to follow our dreams.
Thank you for being our friend.
Thank you for teaching us the importance of education.
Thank you for shaping our youth.
Thank you for protecting our children and working hand and hand with parents.
Thank you for showing us the importance of kindness.
Thank you for being brave and facing the uncertainties of working at a school.
Thank you for teaching us that love always beats hate.
Thank you for giving us confidence and not giving up on us.
Thank you for your patience.
You can take pride in knowing that you are empowering students. You inspire students to pursue path that may one day change the world. You facilitate growth by teaching us how to believe in ourselves and work with others to do out best.
Growing up, I was surrounded by teachers. Not only in school, but my mother and sister-in-law were teachers, too. My mother always emphasized the importance of gaining an education and taking as much in as I could from a very young age. She is a recently retired Spanish teacher, who has worked for the Elizabeth Board of Education for the past 25 years and is still passionate about teaching. I asked her why she worked in the same profession for so many years and she explained, “I do this for the kids, not for paycheck. They are the future of this country. My students are my #1 priority.” I remember her grading papers late into the night and creating lesson plans during her ‘summer vacation.’ I remember my sister-in-law's selflessness, as well. As a special education teacher she would come home worn out with scratches on her hands, yet she never once complained through it all. Her love for working with kids and that selflessness she expresses, like many teachers, is truly inspiring.
With immense gratitude,
By Carolina Cuartas - April 17, 2018
First of all, nurses are amazing human beings and it should be Nurses Day everyday! We come together and celebrate National Nurses Week between May 6th - May 12th every year. The American Nurses Association picks a theme every year, and this year is, "Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence."
Here are 4 reasons why you should celebrate National Nurses Week.
Their jobs don’t stop
For most, holidays like Christmas, New Years Eve, and 4th Of July means the day off. Holidays usually mean the opposite for nurses. Along with the holidays, comes longer work hours and a heavy workload. Blizzard or a heavy storm? Weekends? Their job never stops and they are always willing to step up to the plate.
Nurses are selfless
As you may know, nurses typically work 12 hours shifts and don’t usually get weekends/holidays off like the most of us. Nurses go through the stresses of work because he or she is truly passionate about their job. Whatever your nurse may be dealing with at home, he or she puts that aside to do everything can for you and your family.
Nurses are resilient
If you are not a nurse, you can learn a thing or two from them. They get the job done even though nurses face long hours, work stress, and emotional patients. They are willing to get their hands dirty and deal with gut-wrenching situations most won’t even dare face. Despite all the chaos, they’re always willing to lend a helping hand and ensure they do everything they can for their patients and the patient’s family members.
Nurses are less recognized
Nurses week is one of the only times where they get recognized for their tremendous work. Doctors usually get most of the attention and get thanked for their services. Not all patients realize that nurses are the lifeline of the medical industry.
Nurses work tirelessly every single day and we couldn’t imagine what chaos would ensue without them. Although we should be appreciative of them every single day, this week is dedicated to them! Always be mindful of their passion for caring others and remember to show gratitude.