resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
Why You Should Include the Single-Leg Stance Test in Every Patient Assessment
The single-leg stance (SLS) test, also known as the single-limb stance test, unipedal stance test or one-legged stance / balance test, is often used in the geriatric population to assess static postural and balance control.
A Guide for Talking to Doctors about Acupuncture and Brain Chemistry
Before I begin any discussion of how to talk about the effects of acupuncture on brain chemistry, nervous and endocrine function, it is essential to understand just what physicians most need help with.
Coding for the Subluxation: ICD-9 vs. ICD-10
When I attended chiropractic school, I was taught that chiropractors approach health care differently than the traditional medical establishment.
Peer Points: Always Seeking To Grow
Ellen "Kiki" Geary has spent the last decade honing her craft. As a specialist in integrative holistic care, she went straight from completing her master's degree in acupuncture and chinese herbal medicine from Bastyr University to building a successful and thriving practice in the small community of Anacortes, Washington.
The Science of Stretching
In 1986, Rob DeCastella set a course record by running the Boston Marathon in 2:07:51, just 39 seconds off the world record.
Medical Qigong for the Heart: Part III
Part 1 and Part II of this series focused on the physical aspect of the Heart and mental emotional aspects of the Heart respectively. Now, I would like to focus on the spiritual aspect of the Heart.
A Chinese Medicine Story: An Interview with Mazin Al-Khafaji
Mazin Al-Khafaji's work has interested me for years. In February 2014, we invited him for the second time to speak at the Southwest Symposium in Austin, Texas.
Finders Keepers: The Secret to Relationship-Based Marketing
Becoming a successful practitioner has less to do with what you learned in school, and more to do with your ability to find new patients and keep them!
Are You a Bad Chiropractic Patient?
My father was a great DC. In fact, as you might expect, he was the doctor of chiropractic I measured all other doctors against. Sadly, he died at age 61 when I was in my early 30s.
Vaccines and Chiropractic: Evidence-Based Medicine or Medical Dogma?
Right or wrong, the chiropractic profession has historically been against vaccinations. However, a growing trend within the profession is seeking to reverse this position.
Building From the Bottom Up
I caught up with my dear friend Honora Wolfe, in her Colorado painting studio where, if she is not praying in Bhutan or doing charitable work in a Nepali free clinic, she spends most of her time now.
Curbing Label Overwhelm
For the average consumer, reading a food package can be overwhelming: natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten free, free range ... you get the picture.
By the Numbers: 3 Common Financial Mistakes With Major Consequences
Warren Buffett is on record for sharing the hidden art of becoming wealthy and making it simple enough for anyone to grasp.
Immunizations by Colorado DCs: Really?
You probably didn't hear about it, but back on Nov. 21, 2013, the Board of Directors of the Colorado Chiropractic Association (CCA) adopted "immunization authority" for Colorado DCs as its No. 2 legislative goal.
Knee Pain From the Kinetic Chain
As practitioners of manual medicine, chiropractors often treat patients suffering from knee pain.
A History Worth Telling
The popularity and the use of acupuncture for the treatment of animals in the United States is at its peak.
Remembering Clarence Gonstead and 50 Years of the Gonstead Clinic
Dr. Clarence Selmer Gonstead (1898-1978) took chiropractic practice from back-alley bone setting to an understandable biomechanical science. His life was dedicated to clinical competency.
Fibromyalgia: Put the Pain in Its Place
While some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to regular chiropractic care, others experience minimal relief. Unfortunately, many of these patients must rely on pharmacological management to relieve their constant pain.
New Medical Technologies You Need to Know
We're all familiar with how fast computers become obsolete, as well as the rapid pace of development in the field of cell phone technology. The latest smart phones are far more powerful than desktop computers were only a few years ago.
April, 2005, Vol. 05, Issue 04
Visit to Sweden a Rewarding Experience
By Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, NCTMB
Last year while attending the International Symposium on the Science of Touch in Montreal, Canada, I met Rolf Elmstrom, editor of the Swedish Massage Magazine and educational consultant; Lena Austin, director of studies for Axelsons Massage School in Sweden; and Renee Liden Naprapath, massage therapist and director of education for Axelsons.
They were at the conference promoting a program they started in Sweden called Peaceful Touch, a program that teaches massage therapists how to instruct schoolteachers to incorporate massage in preschools and elementary schools.(Editor's note: See related story "Massage at Preschools and Schools" by Rolf Elmtrom in the April 2003 issue, www.massagetoday.com/archives/2003/04/04.html).
I attended their three-hour presentation on Peaceful Touch at the Montreal symposium and was excited about learning more. My friend, Lynda Solien-Wolfe, had met Rolf previously; when he and Axelsons invited us to visit Sweden, we could not pass up the opportunity.
Sweden was home to Per Henrik Ling (1776-1839) who is considered the father of Swedish gymnastics and physiotherapy. Swedish gymnastics was a combination of exercise and massage techniques that formed the basis of modern Swedish massage. We visited Ling Hill, the burial ground for the Ling family and home of Per Henrik Ling, now owned by a Swedish Airline and used for VIP dinners and events.
Rolf introduced us to Hans Axelson, the physical therapist that started the Axelsons massage schools over 40 years ago. Axelsons has become the largest massage school in Europe with campuses in Sweden, Norway and Japan; Axelsons also operates an animal massage school and a spa school. We learned that the massage therapy training at Axelsons consists of 600 hours and the curriculum is similar to that in the United States. I credit Hans with increasing the professional image of massage in Sweden.
The most important reason for visiting Sweden was to learn more about the Peaceful Touch program, which has become a mission of the Axelsons Institute. Lena and Renee arranged for us to attend a one-day workshop with Swedish schoolteachers to gain firsthand knowledge about how the program is taught. The teachers learn to ask the children if they want to be massaged before touching them, and games and stories are taught to make massage fun and respectful.
We then visited two schools to watch the concept in action. In the elementary school, children took turns massaging each other while reading. They also got in a circle and massaged each other to a story. We also visited a preschool where the teachers massage the children after lunch during a quiet naptime. As a result of the Peaceful Touch program, children are less aggressive and violent toward each other in Swedish schools.
"This was a great opportunity to see Peaceful Touch being practiced successfully in a school system. It was a powerful feeling to watch these children massage each other. The visit to Sweden was a wonderful experience," shared Lynda.
If you are interested in learning more about Swedish massage, Per Henrik Ling, and the Peaceful Touch program, join Rolf, Lena and Renee at the Florida State Massage Therapy Association Convention in Boca Raton, June 30 - July 3. Rolf will be the convention's keynote speaker, and Lena and Renee will be teaching a Peaceful Touch workshop.
To register for the convention, visit www.fsmta.org.
Click here for previous articles by Michael McGillicuddy, LMT, NCTMB.
Join the conversation
Comments are encouraged, but you must follow our User Agreementcomments powered by Disqus
Keep it civil and stay on topic. No profanity, vulgar, racist or hateful comments or personal attacks. Anyone who chooses to exercise poor judgement will be blocked. By posting your comment, you agree to allow MPA Media the right to republish your name and comment in additional MPA Media publications without any notification or payment.