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May 25, 2004

AARP Touts Bodywork

I am pleased to find this article in the AARP, the journal of the American Association of Retired Persons, because of its large circulation among the elderly population. It highlights five different bodywork techniques:

Thai massage is sometimes called the lazy man's yoga because the therapist puts you in classic yoga poses and then holds you there to get maximum stretch.

The Rosen Method: This practice holds that experiences and memories are stored in the body in the form of stress, causing chronic muscular tension and pain.

Several different massage techniques are dedicated to ironing out knots in the fasciaŚconnective tissues that hold together the muscles of the body. Myofascial Release is a kind of Rolfing lite.

Ayurvedic massage, in the simplest terms, this healing system is based on the ancient Indian notion that to heal the body you must also heal the spirit.

Medical massage is the kind that targets pain and injury directly, such as sports massage, and is most likely to be prescribed by a physician. There's a tell-me-where-it-hurts pragmatism and a medical reason given if the rubbing has to go out of the pain zone.

There's also a sidebar about when not to get a massage.

Posted by linda at May 25, 2004 8:04 AM

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