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Massage Today
January, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 01

We Get Letters and E-Mail

By Editorial Staff

Massage Today encourages letters to the editor to discuss matters relating to the publication's content. Letters may be edited for space and clarity, and published in a future issue or online.

Please send all correspondence by e-mail to or regular mail to:

Massage Today
P.O. Box 4139
Huntington Beach, CA 92605

Rave Review for Ralph Stephens

Dear Editor:

Regarding the article "Of Cabbages and Kings" (Sept. 2004,, this article is so right on. I am using it as my theme for my Eagles Toastmaster meeting. Thank you Massage Today for such compelling articles and most of all to Ralph R Stephens. Ralph: Say hello to your Auntie Lynnette, a wise lady.

Mitzi Zappala Daniels
via e-mail

The 11th Commandment

Dear Editor:

I would like to add an 11th Commandment of Prosperity to Cary Bayer's article, "The 10 Commandments of Prosperity," (Oct. 2004, "Thou shalt not let others take advantage of you either emotionally or financially." Being in a healing profession allows our empathy to stand out. Many times people can detect this and can try to use that trait to aid their cause. However, since our skills are honed for the good of our clients/humankind, it's important that we understand our self-worth and have the integrity to say "no."

Nina Hanson, LMT
via e-mail

Editor's note: The following letters are in response to Cliff Korn's October editorial, "Thoughts on Being Part of Medicine" (

More Thoughts on "Thoughts"

Dear Editor:

I had the privilege of reading Massage Today from my wife, who is a licensed massage therapist in the state of Ohio. I read your commentary from the October 2004 issue.

I am a licensed osteopathic physician with approximately 30 years of practice. I practice from a traditional osteopathic standpoint. The majority of my practice is dealing with osteopathic hands-on therapy.

As it stands to date, my profession is evolving into an understanding of osteopathy being most appropriate when we can take a patient to their most relaxed state. In this state, it is hoped that there will be a shift in the psyche of that patient to go to a complete state of relaxation and peace, and let go of the grief of their suffering. The idea of specifically focusing on manipulation as a form of specific treatment for specific diseases may begin to take a secondary role in the future.

Therefore, the benefit of relaxation massage whose purpose is to take this patient to a state of peace may have ultimate value as far as being primary for the "medicalization" of massage. I hope your profession never lets go of the thought of relaxation as a form of medical therapy.

One advantage my wife has as a massage therapist is that when a patient comes to her, that patient has made the commitment to let go of their stresses, anxieties and sufferings with the hope that she will take that patient to a state of relaxation and peace. Often times, orthodox medicine cannot do this as part of medical therapy. The concept of taking the patient to a point of peace and stillness within their spirit is an osteopathic fundamental for balancing the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is the neurological basis for much control of disease and suffering within the medical milieu.

Kenneth J. Klak, DO
Garfield Heights, Ohio

Dear Editor:

I have been a licensed massage therapist for 15 years with over 300 hours of CEUs. When I took the state board exam, I had to take both a written and a practical exam. Now, all you need is to take a written exam for a hands-on profession. The [massage therapy] CEUs required, in most cases, are so repetitive they are a waste of time and money. My collection of CEUs does not come from any medical source other than the psychiatric realm for stress release. Most of my clients are "little old ladies" with a variety of complaints. A lot are suffering from lack of touch.

I do not want to see a cadaver, cut up and dissected. I do not hurt people with my therapy. I do not choose to be a Rolfer or deal with other musculoskeletal problems. I have been pressed into studying therapies that I will never use, and must pay dearly for them. I refer clients (they are not patients-that is a medical term that we can be sued for using here in the Sunshine State) to osteopathic physicians, chiropractors, and on several occasions, to other LMTs trained in colonic irrigation.

For those who are in the same position as I am, I would like to propose a cap on mandatory CEUs. I feel no need for further instruction, where you can read a leaflet, color in the right circles, and mail it off with over $200. I feel, by personal choice, a total of 100 credit hours of CEUs is enough. If you want to continue more studies, they should not be mandatory, but voluntary. If that does not satisfy you, then, by all mean go to a medical or chiropractic school. I do not choose to!

Alice Paprocki, BS, LMT
Walton Beach, Florida


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