A holistic therapeutic massage is a body massage, that treats the body as a whole person. It is the holistic therapeutic massage that helps guide the person’s body to find internal and external balance.
As a National Certified (National Certified Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworker – NCTMB) Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Fitness Specialist, I have received extensive training in oncology and geriatric massage, anatomy, physiology, nutrition coaching, wellness coaching, First Aid and Injury prevention, applied kinesiology and special population’s assessments (asthma, paraplegic, geriatrics, pediatrics, oncology, etc.). With well over 3000 hours of training, I am highly trained in many massage techniques, which includes identifying the appropriate pressure points that would provide relief from pain, stiffness or soreness,
What makes my holistic therapeutic massage different?
I take the time to talk with you to assess your health and well-being and I approach your body’s needs from a holistic point of view. My holistic therapeutic massage is tailored to each individual and every session may be different, depending on what your body needs at any given time.
My holistic therapeutic massage identifies muscular tension that has periodically accumulated over time. After a treatment the clients muscle tension will be relieved and the pain in the joints will be noticeably lessened as the enriched blood and lymphatic flow increases which helps release toxins from the body. In addition to easing specified aches and pains. I consult with your referring physician to assure that your body’s needs are being met. My massage will then be tailored so you receive the maximum benefit to a specific area concerning any particular complaint.
I treat the individual as a whole by treating the cause of the complaint or illness rather than just treat and the symptoms.
Why it is important to receive a holistic therapeutic massage from a certified practitioners?
What is the most important reason for insisting on an NCBTMB certified professional? You (the client) are. Because whether you’re visiting a massage therapist or bodyworker for relaxation, rehabilitation or rejuvenation, you deserve to be treated by a practitioner who is both skilled and knowledgeable. And that’s what the NCBTMB credential stands for – a commitment to excellence.
To become nationally certified, a practitioner must demonstrate mastery of core skills and knowledge, pass an NCBTMB standardized exam, uphold the organization’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, and take part in continued education.
Today, there are nearly 90,000 nationally certified practitioners throughout the country – and you can find them in physician offices, private practices, spas, rehab facilities, health clubs and hospitals.
What you should know
Many people aren’t sure what to expect when they go to receive their first massage. And although no two massages are alike, there are some things that are universal.
Sessions generally take place in a quiet, comfortable room. It may be dimly lit and soothing music is often played.
The practitioner will begin by asking questions, such as the reason you are seeking massage therapy, any injuries or medical conditions you may have, and any other information that may help them better serve you.
The massage therapist will then excuse himself/herself so that you can disrobe to your level of comfort. You will then get on the table under the provided cover and relax, either face up or face down.
You will be draped at all times – only the area being worked on will be exposed. A typical full body session includes your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. Oil or lotion is often used.
When the massage is complete, the practitioner will leave the room so that you can get dressed. Sit up slowly and make sure to drink plenty of water.
Massage facts from National Certified Therapeutic Massage and Bodyworkers (NCTMB)
It’s a fact. Every year, more and more people rely on therapeutic massage and bodywork for relaxation, pain relief, health concerns, rehabilitation and general wellness. To help you better understand this rapidly growing field, we’d like to share some information with you.
- Massage may be the oldest form of medical care – Egyptian tomb paintings show people being massaged.*
- A Chinese book written in 2,700 BC – The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine – recommended the “massage of skin and flesh”.*
- Today, 39 million American adults – more than one out of every six – get at least one massage each year.**
- Massage therapy has been proven effective in:
Relieving back pain
Boosting immune system
Lowering blood pressure
Decreasing carpal tunnel symptoms
Easing post-operative pain
Alleviating side effects of cancer**
- Because massage and bodywork directly or indirectly affects every system of the body, it promotes health, prevents illness and injury, and speeds recovery.
- In a recent survey, respondents shared their primary reasons for choosing alternative therapies:
41% General wellness
33% Treat an illness
10% Supplement traditional care
10% Prevent an illness
- 77% of the companies identified as the “100 Best for Working Mothers” offer massage therapy to employees.**
- Companies that offer massage therapy as an employee benefit include: Allstate, Best Buy, Cisco Systems, FedEx, Gannett (USA Today), General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Home Depot, JC Penney, Kimberly-Clark, Texas Instruments and Yahoo!**
- 79% of 25 to 35 year olds would like their health insurance plan to cover massage.**
- In 1996, massage therapy and bodywork was officially offered for the first time as a core medical service in the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, and nationally certified practitioners provided key medical services.
- NCBTMB’s program includes practitioners from all modalities and disciplines, including Swedish massage, shiatsu, polarity therapy, Rolfing®, Trager® techniques, reflexology, neuromuscular therapy and more.
- Today, there are nearly 90,000 nationally certified practitioners serving consumers.
**American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Fact Sheets
Client Frequently Asked Questions
What is the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork?
It is an independent, private, nonprofit organization established to set high standards of ethical and professional practice through a recognized, credible credentialing program. NCBTMB certifies massage therapists and bodyworkers on behalf of the profession, and for the benefit of consumers, employers and practitioners. Currently, there are nearly 90,000 nationally certified practitioners – and NCBTMB examinations are used/recognized in statute or rule by 38 states, plus the District of Columbia.
Why is national certification important?
National certification sets high standards for massage and bodywork practitioners. It protects consumers and employers by ensuring that certified practitioners have the necessary skills and knowledge to perform their job – and that they are committed to upholding NCBTMB’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.
What are the benefits of massage?
The field of therapeutic massage and bodywork draws from touch therapies of both Western and non-Western traditions. Practitioners incorporate knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to address soft tissue dysfunctions, stress related conditions and energy imbalances.
Massage therapy has been proven effective in:
- Relieving back pain
- Boosting immune system
- Reducing anxiety
- Lowering blood pressure
- Treating migraines
- Decreasing carpal tunnel symptoms
- Easing post-operative pain
- Alleviating side effects of cancer
Source: American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Fact Sheets
What types of massage and bodywork techniques are part of the national certification program?
NCBTMB’s program includes practitioners from all modalities and disciplines, including Swedish massage, shiatsu, polarity therapy, Rolfing®, Trager® techniques, reflexology, neuromuscular therapy and more.
Glossary: therapy & techniques (NCTMB)
This glossary includes some of the most often applied techniques in massage therapy and bodywork. For more information – and for information on techniques not listed here – please consult the references at the end of the glossary.
Bodywork – Bodywork is a general term for practices involving touch and movement in which the practitioner uses manual techniques to promote health and healing in the recipient.2
Chair Massage- Chair massage refers to massage given with the recipient seated in an ordinary or special massage chair. Recipients remain clothed in chair massage. It has been called on-site massage when the chair is taken to a public place such as an office or commercial establishment.2
Deep Tissue Massage – Deep tissue massage is also called deep muscle therapy or deep tissue therapy. It is an umbrella term for bodywork systems that work deeply into the muscles and connective tissue to release chronic aches and pains.3
Massage – Massage is the intentional and systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body to enhance health and healing. Joint movements and stretching are commonly performed as part of massage. The primary characteristics of massage are touch and movement.2
Pregnancy Massage – Pregnancy massage is the massage of pregnant women (prenatal) and women after giving birth (postpartum). It address the special needs of pregnant women such as discomforts in the low back, feet and legs.1
Reiki – Reiki is a Japanese word pronounced “ray-kee” and means “universal life energy.” It is a light touch or no-touch technique for channeling this omnipresent energy to promote healing.1
Swedish Massage – Swedish massage is also known as the Western or classic style of massage. It is credited to the Swedish fencing master and gymnastics instructor, Per Henrik Ling. It is a scientific system of manipulations on the muscles and connective tissues of the body for the purpose of relaxation, rehabilitation or health maintenance. Swedish massage therapy is comprised of five basic strokes and their variations: effleurage, petrissage, friction, tapotement (or percussion) and vibration.3
1. Knaster, Mirka. Discovering the Body’s Wisdom. Bantam 1996
2. Tappan, Frances. Tappan’s Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques. Appleton and Lange. 1998
3. Stillerman, Elaine. The Encyclopedia of Bodywork from Acupressure to Zone Therapy. Facts on File. 1996.