Last month in this space, we discussed how we planned to mentor the development of skills in research literacy. Just like with any other skill, we’ll start with the fundamental building blocks to create a solid foundation, and we’ll build up on that foundation step by step. So, right now, if reading something like the following text about aromatherapy massage for anxiety and depression in cancer patients makes you “want to turn and run away” (a quote from a massage therapist I know), that’s totally understandable.
The present time opens exciting perspectives for American massage and bodywork practitioners. Thanks to a new philosophy, the medical values of massage are getting more and more recognition from clients/patients, as well as from other health and medical practitioners. I am sure that this inevitable process will finally restore massage therapy within the arsenal of modern American medicine. Massage practitioners are playing a major role in this process. It is their job to help the clients and convince other health practitioners of the benefits of massage therapy.