Archive for the ‘Pre-Natal and Infant Massage’ Category

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Did you know that we offer a money back guarantee to all of our new clients?  We are so confident that you will like our work that we’re willing to say, “If you don’t like it, you won’t be charged.”  You’ll pay nothing.  It’s as simple as that!

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“Francois is the best!”

“Frank was an excellent massage therapist.  I have had many massages and prefer deep tissue, he was perfect.  I have felt other massage therapists were almost following a book and did things in such an ordered manner but Frank knew what he was doing and honestly it was the best massage I have ever had.”

~ Renee W.

 

Dangerous Bill in TN Legislature

Bill Would Change Administrative Oversight of Tennessee State Massage Board

Sections 11 and 12 of House Bill 2387 and Senate Bill 2249, if passed, would move the Massage Licensure Board from Tennessee Department of Health to the Tennessee Department of Commerce.  On page 5 of the bill, Sections 11 and 12 would relocate Title 63-18, which is the Massage Licensure Act of 1995, from the Department of Health Related Boards (DHRB) to the Department of Commerce and Insurance (DCI).

The Department of Health Related Boards currently oversees all health professions while the Department of Commerce and Insurance oversees other professional licensing programs such as: electricians, plumbers, and real estate agents.

Massage therapy is a health profession. The current administrative oversight of DHRB has worked since the state first began licensing massage therapists; there is no reason to change what is working. The massage licensure board is self-funded from license fees so the proposed move would not save tax dollars, streamline state government, or reduce duplication of efforts. In fact, a change in administrative oversight would require an application and process shift to conform to a new department. There has been no reason given as to why the sponsors of this bill feel an oversight change is even needed.

Therapeutic massage is a health profession—not a trade—and massage therapists are health care providers.  Since 1995, our profession has been striving continually—and successfully—for recognition within the medical community.  Many massage therapists now work in healthcare environments, i.e. offices of physicians, physical therapists, chiropractors, and dentists.  Many are employed in hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes.  Furthermore, the massage profession should continue to be regulated within the Health Department in order to best protect the public from unsafe massage therapists.

We, together with the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP), American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Tennessee Massage Therapy Association (TMTA), massage therapists and healthcare professionals statewide, are opposed to this section of HB 2387.  We encourage other healthcare professionals, our clients and patients to contact the sponsor of the bill and their representatives to voice opposition to Sections 11 and 12 of HB 2387. Contact them by email or phone or both.

The sponsor of HB 2387 is Representative Gerald McCormick, he can be reached at 615-741-2548 or rep.gerald.mccormick@capitol.tn.gov.

The bill has been referred to the Government Operations committeeRep. Jim Cobb serves as chair, Rep. Barrett Rich is vice-chair, and Rep. Tony Shipley is committee secretary.  Committee members also include Representatives Barbara Cooper, Craig Fitzhugh, Steve Hall, Julia Hurley, Mike Kernell, Debra Maggart, Judd Matheny, Gerald McCormick, & Mike Turner.  The committee can be reached at 615-741-4866.

The same bill on the Senate side of the General Assembly is SB 2249, sponsored by Senator Norris and Senator Bell.

Senator Mark Norris, sen.mark.norris@capitol.tn.gov or 615-741-1967

Senator Mike Bell, sen.mike.bell@capitol.tn.gov or 615-741-1946

Find your state legislator by going to http://www.capitol.tn.gov/legislators/

Read the Senate bill here:  http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/107/Bill/SB2249.pdf or the House bill here:  http://www.abmp.com/downloads/2012_TN_HB2387.pdf.

To find your legislators contact info, go to:    http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/districtmaps/

 

AMMA Welcomes New Therapist: François Minani

Survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, François Minani, his seven children and one grandchild spent a year and a half as refugees in the neighboring country of Burundi before being offered asylum by the United States Government. Their sponsor, First Broad United Methodist Church, helped them to feel at home in Kingsport and enabled them to settle into the community. The younger children headed off to school while François and the older ones went to work and to college.

At home in Rwanda, François had obtained a master’s degree in biology from the National University of Rwanda and had worked as a high school biology teacher and later as education officer for the Mountain Gorrilas Project. Not being used to the physically demanding jobs that he took on in Kingsport, François developed very serious upper back pain due to overuse and repetitive strain. It reached the point in which he stopped working and received intensive care at a rehabilitation center for four months before returning to work. He later developed severe lower back pain. For five years, he vainly tried everything from painkiller medicines and back support belts to a chiropractor. A friend and co-worker then referred him to a chiropractor working with a massage therapist. At every session François received therapeutic massage before being seen by the chiropractor. After only two months of intensive therapy his pain was gone forever! Having experienced dramatic results from this type of care, François decided he wanted to go to massage school so that he too would be able to help others feel better in this way.

With his strong background in science, thousands of hours of hands-on experience and several years of hard work at the Durham, NC Massage Envy location, François is ready to give back to Kingsport and the Tri-Cities area as a whole. We are pleased that François has chosen to join us. He specializes in working with expectant mothers and people dealing with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and depression, as well as upper body pain and stiffness and the modality of cranial sacral therapy. He also gives wonderful Swedish, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Sports and Hot Stones massages.

In his spare time, François enjoys walking by the river in his neighborhood, landscaping and vegetable gardening, playing with his grandchildren and spending time with his new bride, Benie.

François offers sessions at AMMA on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Reserve a session with him now before his schedule fills up! He is also offering an introductory rate for a limited time. To speak with him or to arrange an appointment, contact the Appalachian Medical Massage Associates office at 423-288-2662 or call François directly at 423-863-0390.

 

Spring 2010 Newsletter Now Available – “To Your Health”

The newest edition of our semiannual newsletter, “To Your Health” Spring 2010, is hot off the presses!

Featured articles include:

~ “The Benefits of Lymphatic Massage” – Cathy Ulrich
~ “No Pain, No Gain?” - Cathy Ulrich
~ “Massage for Seniors”

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You may download the newsletter or view it as an Adobe PDF file. The latest version of Adobe Reader is available for free download at http://get.adobe.com/reader/.

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Tiny Touches Make A Big Difference. . .

Evidence That Little Touches Do Mean So Much, a recent New York Times article by Benedict Carey, encourages more fist bumps, shoulder pats, hugs, and high fives. So do we!

 

Flex Accounts and HSAs pay for Massage

2009 is almost over. . . . Are you wondering how to best use the money in your Flex Account? A brief workshop will be held discussing how Flex Spending Accounts and HSAs can be used to pay for certain kinds of massage therapy treatments. This 30-minute workshop will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, November 19th at our office at 317 Cherokee Street in downtown Kingsport. Massage and other manual therapies can play an important role in helping you attain short and long term goals of better health and performance. This workshop is perfect for human resources personnel of large or small corporations, or for individuals with key health challenges they’d like to address.

This short workshop will also provide in depth and often surprising ways in which massage and other manual therapies can help with a variety of health challenges. Some conditions that respond particularly well to treatment include chronic and acute pain, neck and back pain, generalized joint pain, headaches, migraines, TMJD/jaw pain, postural problems, pregnancy, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatica. It is also great for detoxification. Join us for an evening of education and discussion.

Amber and Paul Vachon are Nationally Certified Massage Therapists, with advanced training in several forms of bodywork as well as medical massage. To reserve a seat, please send an email to paul@ammatn.com or call us at 423-288-2662.

 

Massage Increases Weight Gain in Pre-Term Infants

This month’s Journal of Perinatology published an interesting study by the Department of Neonatology at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. The study found that massage with is a relatively simple and inexpensive intervention that can improve weight gain in selected preterm infants.

None of us would want to be the any of the babies in the control group! (The ones not receiving massage.)

Read more at PubMed.com:
“Massage with kinesthetic stimulation improves weight gain in preterm infants.” Journal of Perinatology: official journal of the California Perinatal Association 2009 May;29(5):352-7. PMID: 19148112

 

Massage Reduces Hospital Stay in Pre-Term Babies

The December edition of the Journal of Perinatology published a great research study performed at a nursing school in Brazil. The study found that in the case of premature babies born at 32 weeks or less, those who received massage were released from the hospital an average of 7 days before their non-massaged counterparts. Neonatal sepsis was also greatly reduced in this group.

No big surprise there. Read more at PubMed.com:
“Massage therapy reduces hospital stay and occurrence of late-onset sepsis in very preterm neonates.” Journal of Perinatology: official journal of the California Perinatal Association 2008 Dec;28(12):815-20. PMID: 18633421

 

Practice Yoga For Back Pain

By Asheesh Mani

Pregnancy is a joyful period for a couple; however, a nagging back pain can convert this blissful tenure into an uncomfortable experience. In recent times, yoga to relieve back pain has emerged as a popular option amongst pregnant women.

A pregnant woman can benefit immensely by practicing yoga. Some of the benefits include a boost to the energy level that is highly required during labor, respite from back problems, weight control that helps reduce pressure on the spine and of course, release of stress. Pregnancy yoga consists of very low-impact exercises that gently relax the muscles and improve blood circulation. In the long term, it prepares you for the final day when you require extra energy to deliver the little one. Read the rest of this entry »