EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS
THE STATE OF OHIO CONSIDERS MASSAGE THERAPY
A LIMITED BRANCH OF MEDICINE.
The State Medical Board of Ohio requires graduation from a 750 hour Massage Therapy Program, then passing the State given exam for Licensure in Massage Therapy.
Continuing Education is required, 48 hours every 4 years.
OTHER STATES HAVE DIFFERENT REQUIREMENTS
In the Tri State area, West Virginia has only a 450 hour program.
Kentucky has no licensing requirement.
MARK’S PRIMARY FOCUS
Massage techniques vary from person to person, depending on the school, instructors, and interest,especially upon continuing education. Mark primarily focuses on Medical Massage, a certification beyond Licensed Massage Therapy. Medical Massage concentrates on restoring postural imbalances. Postural balance decreases stress on other systems, thereby decreasing pain, strains, increases immune system response and helps other body systems work more effeciently.
MARK SUPPLEMENTS MEDICAL MESSAGE WITH:
Chinese Massage Tui Na (too-nee nah) are supplemental techniques which are defined by acupuncture theory and acupressure added to massage techniques that balance the energy systems, or the lines of energy called meridians in the human body. The meridians of the body control muscle tone and tightness. I also teach stretching for home use and relaxation techniques called qi gong (chee gong) for self balance of the body’s energy systems.
MEDICAL & CHINESE MASSAGE TECHNIQUES INCLUDE CONNECTIVE TISSUE RELEASE
Massage techniques are complemented by myofascial (my-oh-fah-shul) release, or connective tissue release by using manual techniques. Fascial release decreases adhesions and connective tissue restrictions. CranioSacral Therapy is a fascia release within the CranioSacral System:
Brain, Spinal Cord, Nerves and Connective tissues. This system feeds and cleans the brain. Imbalances and restrictions cause some superficial and some deeper problems in the body. CranioSacral Therapy is a profoundly deep study of the anatomy and physiology of the body and brain, and how all the pieces fit and work together, and how we can positively effect the systems and then the whole person.
HOW TO RECEIVE MASSAGE
The quickest way to have massage is to call 740.446.6800 and schedule an appointment. We have 30, 60, and 90 minute sessions available.
I accept cash, check, or credit cards. I also accept any Insurance Company that reimburses
Massage Therapists. The first session I charge cash and collect your information, and will check availability.
Please note any insurance billing must have a prescription from a Doctor, Chiropractor, Nurse Practitioner or other qualified Health Professional.
This prescription must have a diagnosis, frequency and duration of sessions.
I send the Doctor updates and progress notes.
WHY SEEK MEDICAL MASSAGE?
The following example illustrates one of the many reasons to incorporate regular Medical Massage sessions into your self care. A few other reasons are decrease of pain, increased range of motion, a more effective immune system response. Medical Massage can improve quality of life.
Example: Jane Anybody starts having headaches. After a few weeks, she goes to the doctor, who will not give pain pills, due to some people abusing them. She gets no relief, the headaches last longer, her sleep quality is reduced due to not sleeping restfully, and waking with headaches. Plus, her neck is stiff a lot, she cannot turn her head, and she is finding herself grouchy and snapping at people. She has trouble concentrating because of pain, tried over the counter pain meds and sleep aids, some relief, not lasting.
In this example,her problem is not headeaches, nor is the problem the resulting symptoms & loss of sleep, due to headaches.
Her problem is the CAUSE OF THE HEADACHES!
More serious medical and neurological problems should been ruled out by her physician and her eyes should have been checked. The next cause could be tight muscular tissue and trigger points, or a myofascial constriction, or a subluxation. These can sometimes require orthopedic or chiropractic manipulation or “adjustment” for postural balance.
FOR MANY PEOPLE THE ANSWER IS MEDICAL MASSAGE
A Medical Massage Therapist is trained to evaluate and address these causations, we restore energetic balance, we in turn restore postural balance, which reduces stressors on the body, and allow repair and rejuvenation to occur. This also amplifies our immune system, allowing us to resist germs and other tiny ”critters”.