The Scientific Roots of Sports Massage
Journal of Massage Science

Who is a Sports Massage therapist? There are different answers to what seems like a very simple question. Some therapists use Swedish Massage with deeper pressure and call it Sports Massage. Some consider Sports Massage as an application of massage on the athlete or sports enthusiast.

Some will title their treatment as Sports Massage based on its location – for example, its application in a fitness facility. Finally, some will take various seminars on how to work on Rotator Cuff Injury or sprained ligaments and label it Sports Massage. All these views don’t have anything to do with Sports Massage that is based on science. Sports Massage has nothing to do with the treatment of somatic injuries.

To better illustrate this statement let’s go back in time to the person who first scientifically defined the Sports Massage concept. This is a story about an extraordinary man and brilliant scientist who devoted his life to serving people and who developed the science of Sports Massage!...........
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Russian Sports Massage - Science in Action
Massage Magazine

As massage therapists, we look for new ways to grow our business and broaden our areas of expertise. Russian sports massage is one modality that offers the beneficial substance to retain clients. It is the oldest and perhaps most advanced system of sports massage in the world.

Russian sports massage was regarded as an integral part of sports training and competition in the former Soviet Union and contributed greatly to the overwhelming dominance of that nation’s athletes at the Olympic Games over several decades, where massage therapists shared the spotlight with sports-medicine doctors and coaches. In fact, massage therapists were regarded so highly that they received a medal of achievement from the government along with the athletes they worked with.......

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Russian (With an American Accent) Sports Massage
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The Phenomenon of Adaptation
Journal of Massage Science

We work hard as massage practitioners to give therapeutic and stress-reduction massages. Our goal, of course, is to serve the health and well-being of our clients, but we also want to build our practice to the point where we have enough regular clients to provide us with both professional and financial satisfaction. This can prove to be a very real challenge for all of us, whether we are self-employed or employees at a spa or a medical office.

A client is one thing. A loyal clientele is another. Once you get someone on the table, how do you keep them there? Letís take a look at one common scenario.........
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Face up or Face down
Journal of Massage Science

The stress-reduction potential of massage therapy is one of the greatest tools of preventive medicine. Despite its obvious simplicity, the execution of a stress-reduction massage can be greatly enhanced by the application of important tips which frequently remain unknown by already practicing therapists or instructors in massage schools.

The topic of this article is simple: How best to begin a stress-reduction session — with the client positioned on their back or on their stomach?

In science there are no small or unimportant topics, and every detail counts when wanting to do things right. This is also true of the science of stress-reduction massage. It is obvious that the major goal of stress-reduction massage, as the name suggests, is stress reduction, and the practitioner must use all the tools at his or her disposal to achieve this goal to the greatest degree possible........
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Sports Massage for Fitness Enthusiasts
Journal of Massage Science

The history of modern sports massage starts with Paavo Nurmi or the “Flying Finn” who won 12 Olympic medals in three consequent games (1920, 1924 and 1928). He was the first athlete who brought professional massage therapist to all of his competitions, and credited massage therapy as a part of his success.

Since then, most professional world athletes have been using sports-massage therapy as an integral part of their sports training routine. Undeniably, sports-massage therapy helps them train harder, compete better and rehabilitate faster. However, let us face it; while some massage therapists are involved with professional teams or individual elite athletes, most of us work with regular people who simply want to look and feel better.

Despite that the connection between professional athletes and sports-massage therapists is strong, it is not the same with fitness enthusiasts who have not been exposed to sports massage and its potential benefits. Therefore, it is our goal as massage therapists to educate our clients on the importance of implementing massage therapy as a key component of any fitness program......

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Science of Hot Rock Massage
Journal of Massage Science

“Have you had your rocks on lately?” This question has been adapted by many massage therapists around the country, as a part of their marketing strategy for Hot Rocks Massage. This modality of massage has gained wide popularity thanks to the original system of LaStone Massage therapy introduced by Mary Nelson from Tuscon, Arizona about 15 years ago.
My personal experience of using hot and cold rocks as a part of the system of massage began with my training in LaStone therapy in 1997. At the time, it was based on the combination of Swedish and Aromatherapy massage, in connection with some spiritual practices. However, since I have always been inclined to be more result oriented in my practice, I ended up successfully using hot and cold rocks as a part of my Sports, Deep Tissue and even Medical Massage sessions.
Let’s start with the rocks themselves.........
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Infant Massage
Journal of Massage Science

Baby or infant massage is an exciting part of the massage therapy profession. Recent scientific studies published in many medical journals have generated a lot of interest among health providers and hospitals. As it was correctly pointed by Beider et al. (2007): “The clinicians and researchers have been intrigued by the potential benefits of pediatric MT for improving psychological and physiologic states in children who have various health conditions.”

This article has two goals. First of all we think it will be very helpful for the practitioners to have updated scientific information which greatly justifies their work. We highly suggest printing copies of this article including a list of references and distribute it as small brochures among the pediatricians and pediatric departments of local hospitals. This is a great way to build up successful massage practice in the clinical setting.

The second goal of this article is to give the therapists real practical recommendations on what, when and how to conduct a scientifically sound massage session for the full term and pre-term infants. We realize that the information in the second part may go against what some of our readers learned and even currently practice. However, we will prove to our readers that practical recommendation which we will discuss in the Part II are the most clinically effective.......
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