The Benefits of Massage Therapy for Those Over 60

While massage has a number of benefits for people a variety of ages, there are clear benefits for those who are older, also called geriatric massage. This type of treatment has a number of benefits for many seniors, regardless of how active they are. Learn more about the benefits of geriatric massage and why it’s so important.

What Are the Advantages of Geriatric Massage?

Regularly scheduling sessions can combat the effects of getting older and:

  • Improve quality of life
  • Offer more mobility
  • Ease joint and muscle pain
  • Improve blood circulation
  • Improve mental health
  • Improve sleeping patterns
  • Increase range of motion
  • Reduce stress

The best part about these benefits is that massage is completely natural. Unlike medicines used to provide similar benefits, massage can improve quality of life without any side-effects. Plus, massage is an accessible treatment for most, including those who are getting older and suffering from:

Arthritis

Geriatric people suffering from arthritis may find it harder to move without feeling pain. Massage can loosen joints and relieve pain caused by arthritis. It can also restore grip strength and the ability to move.

OSTM massage for seniors woman with arthritis

Diabetes

Regular massage can actually help make insulin more effective, as increased blood flow allows it to travel through your body better. Massage can also alleviate any pain and swelling that diabetes causes. However, those seeking treatment must be careful and let their massage therapist know about their condition in order to make sure their blood sugar stays at a safe level.

Alzheimer’s or Dementia

Studies have found that a slow-stroke back massage can lessen agitated actions, such as wandering, pacing, or resisting, behaviors caused by Alzheimer’s disease. While it does not reverse the symptoms of dementia, it can still relieve stress and build a connection with people.

Don’t Underestimate the Power of Touch

Besides the health benefits of massage, there is an emotional benefit too. Some geriatric people do not have the opportunity to get the support they need, and massage is a powerful force for emotional support, too. For those who don’t often have opportunities to experience physical touch, it’s a perfect way to add to that experience and stimulate their senses.

OSTM massage for seniors

Why Is Massage Therapy So Important for Seniors?

Regardless of whether or not someone is suffering from the aches and pains of getting older, massage may still be right for them. Massage for seniors is so important because of the changes that happen to our bodies as we age. For those over 60 specifically:

Their Bodies Takes More Time to Heal

When you’re younger, it’s much easier to heal after scrapes, bruises, pulled muscles, and more. However, as you get older, your body becomes much more fragile, as many of your body’s processes start to slow down. While massage can help increase blood flow and encourage your body to keep moving, in the case of injuries or pulled muscles, it may take longer to get back to normal.

They Are More Prone to Aches and Pains

This is a simple fact of life. As you get older, your body is unable to move as well as it once could, even if you are leading an active, healthy lifestyle. Older people are also more at risk to conditions such as osteoarthritis, a condition where your bones wear down, often near joints, causing pain and making it harder to move.

What Makes Geriatric Massage Different Than Other Types of Massage?

While many types of massage provide the same benefits that geriatric massage does, it’s important to get the correct certification to be able to provide this type of service to older clients. The techniques used may be a gentler form of pressure or it may be different techniques designed to alleviate aging aching pains.

Geriatric massage techniques better address health issues suffered by those over 60 and also lessen the risk of pain from pushing too hard. The sessions are also usually shorter and may be done at home in a chair or couch rather than a table.

Want to Provide Geriatric Massage Support?

If you’re interested in learning how you can provide the power of touch to geriatric people or others who need it, learn more about our massage therapy programs. While you may need extra certification in order to provide services for geriatric patients, an education in massage therapy is a good place to start. Schedule a tour at one of our two locations today to get started!

Student of the Month: Andrew Schneider

Journey to Massage

Andrew Schneider is a student in the Rochester campus’s 15-month evening program. He started on his path to becoming a Massage Therapist in September, in 2018. He has always enjoyed working with his hands and he currently has a full-time job as a woodcrafter. However, he also loves interacting with others so he wanted a career where he could help people while working with his hands.

During his tour of Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, he felt like the school and program was a perfect fit almost immediately. When Andrew isn’t in the woodshop or at OSTM, he enjoys being outdoors and loves to explore parks and trails here in the Finger Lakes region.

Andrew Schneider February Student of the Month

Flexibility During School

Because Andrew is working in woodcrafting full time, he needed to choose a school program that was flexible with his work schedule. OSTM’s 15-month program offers both a day and an evening format to allow students like Andrew more flexibility with their class schedules. This provides the opportunity for students to still meet important personal commitments like work or family.

Success in School

In February of 2019 Andrew began working in the massage clinic.* So far he has really enjoyed giving massages to the public. In his first month of clinic his massage clients have already given him great positive feedback. One client said,

”Andrew was natural, professional, intuitive, and you could tell he really cared about my experience getting a massage. He checked in with me throughout the massage to see if the pressure needed to be adjusted, what areas I wanted more attention given to, and if I was comfortable. This was by far one of the best massages I have ever received and why I will be back in two weeks to see Andrew again.”

Andrew has shown that his skills also go beyond the massage table. He has one of the highest academic averages in his science and massage technique classes. When asked what his favorite class was, Andrew said,

”I love all my classes, but I think I like Myology the best. Massage Therapists manipulate and work on different muscle groups in the body, it’s just fascinating to learn about each muscle and nerve and how everything is connected in our bodies.”

Andrew will graduate from OSTM in December of 2019. He wants to start his own massage practice that focuses on assisting people with easing their pain and discomfort. He is very excited to continue his path to becoming a licensed massage therapist and utilizing the skills he is learning here at OSTM.

Learn More About OSTM

We are very proud of Andrew and all of our successful students. If you are interested in booking a massage appointment with Andrew or any of our talented student therapists, or if you want to learn more about how you could become a massage therapist, please call us at (585) 241-0070 or visit our website.

*All student clinic work is supervised by a NYS licensed massage therapist.

Student of the Month: Francesca Geremia

Meet Francesca Geremia

Francesca is the January student of the month in Syracuse. She was chosen by the
OSTM team for her kindness and unflappable positivity. Last October she started our 15-month day program. She has excelled in Shiatsu and recently accepted the role of peer tutor for Shiatsu. She’s known for having near perfect attendance.
Student of the Month Francesca Geremia

Why Massage Therapy

Before school, Francesca worked at The Palace Theater as an assistant bar manager, a barista, and a vegan baker all in one. She chose to attend OSTM and pursue massage therapy at the encouragement of a friend.

”I felt like I had more to offer the world. I wanted to have
a career where I was really able to change lives. I wanted a hands-on,
active career,” she said.

A Future in Massage

Francesca is inspired by the strength of her mother, a breast cancer survivor, and her father who is currently battling Parkinson’s disease.

”In my future, I want to genuinely be known as a healer. I want to become a master at my practice, but never lose my passion for learning more,” she said.

Her favorite part of the massage industry is the relationships with her clients. She likes knowing people are happy to see their massage therapists, unlike how they may feel when going to the dentist or other health appointments.

Francesca is enjoying her time at OSTM and feels like she belongs in the community here.

”If I didn’t start at OSTM, I believe that I would still feel this sense of not belonging anywhere, or being where I should be in life. Coming to this school has made me feel like I am exactly where I belong,” she said.

Join The OSTM Family

Great massage therapists are passionate about helping other people feel and be their best selves. They get the satisfaction of healing and changing lives. If that sounds like something you have a passion for, consider a future in massage therapy! The Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage offers different programs and schedules to help accommodate your needs. Contact us to learn more about our program options, or schedule a tour to see the school for yourself!

December Student of the Month: Cristal Pagliaro-Sabatini

With another year coming to a close, it’s time for us to nominate another excellent student who is now an alumni of Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage (OSTM). This month we wanted to highlight Cristal Pagliaro-Sabatini as our outstanding student of the month! Cristal recently completed our 6 month full-time program and graduated on December 7th, 2018. She is one of our incredibly bright students and we’re excited to see what she is able to do with her career!


Finding a Career to be Passionate About

Before taking the leap into massage therapy, Cristal worked in several different fields. Her jobs ranged from a position as district manager in big box retail all the way to owning her own restaurant. No matter what role she filled, she felt like they were simply jobs rather than a career. She wanted to find a career that she was passionate about and could stick with.

Christine decided to start on the path to becoming a licensed Massage therapist here at OSTM in Rochester. She felt like massage therapy was a field where she could build a career and feel passionate about what she does, and she’s never looked back. During her program, Cristal found enjoyed both the science-based classes and hands-on classes and sometimes found them challenging. She faces all of her challenges head-on and was unwavering in her pursuit of becoming a massage therapist.

An Example in Dedication

Cristal was nominated as student of the month for demonstrating her dedication to massage therapy daily. People could witness her dedication in everything, whether she was tutoring peers or in the way she worked with clients in the student clinic. One of her recent clients wrote:

“Cristal has a gift for making you instantly feel at ease when you are on her table. She constantly checks in with you during the massage and gets right to the source of what’s bothering you. After the massage, she has recommendations and exercises to help you stay healthy and not be in the same state you walked into her therapy room with. What else can I say other than she is a miracle worker!”

Cristal’s dedication to massage is even more evident because she chose to return to OSTM to become a graduate tutor. During this time she will work in our professional clinic to continue to see clients while she prepares for her licensure exam in late January 2019. It’s for these and many other reasons that Cristal was selected for this month’s student of the month!

Find Your Passion

Cristal was driven to find a career that she was passionate about and that she could continue to build upon. Does that sound like your situation? Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage is where you can get your massage therapy education to allow you to make a career of helping other people. Contact us to learn more about our massage therapy programs in Syracuse and Rochester. Don’t wait another day to pursue something you’re passionate about!

Student of the Month: Gene Brugnoni

We’re always excited to feature our talented students of the month and the amazing things they’re doing. This month the award goes to Gene Brugnoni, who is one of our students at the Rochester campus! Gene is currently enrolled in our 15-month day program, and he’s taking his education very seriously.

Learning at OSTM

Gene is currently enrolled in both Anatomy and Shiatsu at the same time, which has allowed him to complete what we call a 360° learning experience. This means that he is Incorporating all learning styles during his time here at OSTM, including auditory, visual, and kinesthetic to make his learning experience more robust. This sort of passion for learning and drive to develop himself is part of why Gene is a no-brainer for Rochester’s student of the month!

Why Massage Therapy

When Gene first came for his personal tour, he shared his goals with our director of admissions:

“My goal as a massage therapist is to professionally interact, heal, and help others. Promoting someone to have a better sense of well-being, while at the same time bettering myself learning the skill of massage.

This attitude of self-improvement is evident in everything Gene does. His motivation drives him to be his best self so that he can be better for others.

“[My goal as a massage therapist is to create] great rapport with clients to enable me to cater better to their needs and facilitate healing inside and out. That’s what this is all about, I am learning the skills to help and heal others while also doing the same for myself.”

This sort of selfless and self-improving attitude is what great massage therapists are made of, and we’re confident that Gene will do well because of it!

Why Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage

There are many schools out there that you can choose from to get your massage therapy education from, so why OSTM? Gene explains that many of the different massage modalities we teach appealed to him, and he is especially interested in taking our Massage Medical Treatment Techniques course. Massage has made a transition since 2012 from being a spa and luxury service to being a more medical treatment. Because of this, OSTM has been doing medical massage treatment classes since the school opened in 1997, pioneering the movement long before it began.

Gene was nominated for student of the month for his compassionate and positive personality. He is an exemplary representative of our mission and he demonstrates what it really means to be a massage therapist. We’re very proud of the work he has done!

Join The OSTM Family

Are you looking for an opportunity to help and heal other people throughout your life? Massage therapy can allow you to do just that! Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage is dedicated to educating well-rounded massage therapists who can offer a wide diversity of treatments so that students can better market themselves. Contact us at our Rochester or Syracuse campus to learn more about what an education at Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage can do for you!

2018 Back to School Donation Drive Recap

Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage isn’t just a massage therapy school, it is a community of passionate people with a desire to help others. Helping others not only comes through our craft of massage therapy, it also comes through the acts of service we perform for others. Giving back to the community is a responsibility for us as a school. This year we had the privilege of holding our Back to School Donation Drive again, and we had tremendous support!

What is The Back to School Drive?

With the new school year winding up, we wanted to help children who didn’t quite have everything they needed to be successful. Equipping kids with all the tools they need in the classroom helps them to build confidence and be excited for school. Education is important at all stages of life, so OSTM wanted to get involved with helping kids have a successful year!

How We Got Involved

To get the community as involved as possible, we held school supply drives at each of our campuses in Rochester and Syracuse. Clients with scheduled massages were invited to bring school supplies to donate in exchange for discounts on their services. We were in search of items such as:

  • Pens & pencils
  • Glue
  • Highlighters
  • Backpacks
  • Notebooks
  • Paper
  • Markers
  • And more

All of these supplies are things that students are able to easily make use of regardless of what grade they are in.

Our Partnership

For our school supply drive this year, the Rochester campus was able to partner with Ibero-American Action League, and the Syracuse campus was able to partner with Vera House.

Rochester campus was able to work together with Ibero-American Action League to support over 600 families from Puerto Rico that were displaced by Hurricane Maria. The supplies that we were able to collect are being used to help those families during the 2018-2019 school year. These supplies will also help students in their English as a second language courses as well as employment training for their parents. This year we were able to collect over 1,800 pounds of school supplies and provided over 900 hours of massage for the cause!

The Syracuse campus partnered with Vera House, which works to prevent, respond to and partner to end domestic and sexual violence and other forms of abuse. They offer services and programs to help people from all walks of life get the help they need in situations of violence or abuse. All of the items that we collected were donated to help the children of families assisted by the Vera House.

Both of the schools were able to reach their donation goals, and Syracuse was able to double the amount of supplies collected compared to last year!

Get Involved With OSTM

Are you interested in building a career centered on helping other people? Consider a future in massage therapy! Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage offers four different schedules to help accommodate your needs. Schedule a tour of our Syracuse or Rochester campuses to learn more about the OSTM experience!

Student of the Month: James Frier

James Frier is the student of the month for the Syracuse campus, and was nominated for his positive, upbeat attitude. He is extremely hard-working and it shows in everything he does! He even has perfect attendance, and all of these things together are why we felt he earned student of the month for October. Students like James are why we love training massage therapists.

Why Massage Therapy

James currently works as a bartender to pay his way through school, but he always wanted to do something different with his life. Contributing to society is important to him, and he always had an interest in health and wellness. James injured his back while competing in MMA, so he started getting massage therapy treatments to help him recover. He was blown away by how helpful and healing massage therapy was for him. After that he decided he wanted to learn massage therapy for his career!

Why Choose OSTM

James was initially drawn to Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage (OSTM) because of the way the campus made him feel. He describes his tour experience like this:

“When I toured OSTM I knew it was right for me. I was impressed by all the programs OSTM offers to set their students up for success, and I got positive vibes from all of the staff.”

OSTM strives to provide learning and practice opportunities for students, and that’s one of the things that James identified that told him that he would be a great fit at the school. The positive vibes he also felt just come from working in a place we want to work in!

A Future in Massage Therapy

When asked what his favorite part of massage therapy is, James answered that he loves having a valuable skill set that can improve the life and health of others. Being able to help others feel better and heal faster is a huge motivator for many massage students. For James, he loves having massage skills because he is inspired by people who are passionate about bettering mankind, and he feels that massage can help him make a similar difference.

James sees himself eventually becoming a businessman. He wants to own a business at some point, but he hasn’t decided on a specific area or modality he would like to focus on. Regardless of what he chooses, he says he wants to continue to learn and grow no matter where his career leads him. That attitude of always wanting to learn is a large part of why he was selected as our student of the month!

Join The OSTM Family

Are you looking to make a change in your own life? Massage therapy can be a great opportunity for you to find yourself and a career that you love! Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage offers massage therapy courses at both our Syracuse and Rochester campuses. Schedule a tour to learn more about what OSTM can do for you!

Learn Basic Holistic Massage at OSTM

At Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage (OSTM), we believe that it’s important for our students to have the opportunity to learn a wide breadth of massage and wellness techniques. Everyone comes to massage school with different interests and goals, so teaching a wide array of techniques can allow students to explore new and different methodologies they may not have considered before. This is why we offer Energy Class as a part of the OSTM curriculum, as well as many other extra-curricular classes for students and alumni to attend outside of regularly-scheduled class time.

What Is Energy Class?

The energy class at OSTM is a section of our massage therapy program that can introduce students to many different energy work techniques. Energy work, referred to by many as a holistic massage technique, is the practice clearing clients of negative energy while protecting yourself from absorbing that negative energy. Everyone has positive and negative energy that they carry within themselves, so energy work can allow people to be purged of negative energy buildup. We bring practitioners in as much as possible to help expose students to some of the following techniques:

Chakra Healing

The human body has seven main energy centers throughout it called “chakras.” Each chakra has different physiological associations with illness, dysfunction, as well as strengths. Chakra healing is the technique of releasing stale energy from the related chakras to alleviate maladies and improve overall well being.

Polarity Therapy

Polarity therapy is another form of energy work that focuses on bringing energy into balance throughout the body. The technique is inspired by the Indian Ayurvedic health practices, and is designed to bring the mind and body together in harmony.

Reiki

Reiki is another energy work technique, though this one originates from Japan. It is focused on the different qi located throughout the body. Reiki practitioners use a technique called “palm healing” or “hands-on healing” to transfer energy into the client to promote wellbeing. Shiatsu, another Japanese holistic massage modality, is also typically introduced in our massage therapy program.

Reflexology

Reflexology, also referred to as zone therapy, is a practice where pressure is applied to the feet and hands of clients with specialized techniques to release energy points in the body to improve wellbeing.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy is another alternative wellness practice that is designed to relieve pain, release tension, and improve wellness throughout the body. The technique includes palpating, or touching and applying pressure to different parts of the cranium to promote flow.

Shiatsu

These are just a few of the many techniques that can be touched on in the massage therapy program. We enjoy reviewing this broad spectrum of topics because it allows students to explore their interests and look at further specialization options after graduation.

Extracurricular Learning

At OSTM, learning doesn’t end when class gets out! We offer many extracurricular classes that are open to current and former students alike. We cover many different techniques, ranging from the ever-popular “cupping” practice to more obscure techniques like Indian head massage. Visit our Facebook events page to see our full schedule of upcoming classes.

Learn With OSTM

There’s no reason for you to settle for an ordinary massage therapy program. OSTM strives to bring a wide variety of techniques and modalities so that our students can feel confident and prepared after graduation. Contact us at our Syracuse or Rochester campuses to schedule your tour today.

Students of The Month: Jamie Brittany

Meet Jamie Minguez

Jamie Minguez is the September student of the month for the Rochester Campus. Jamie was nominated for her incredible passion for helping other people and her diligent work ethic! She is in the 12-month massage therapy program and on track to graduate this coming December. She plans to work in a more medical-based practice, but is still exploring her options for employment. Jamie currently works as a histologist for a local medical center, and has always had a love for science and enjoys working with people.

Why Massage Therapy

Like many other people who work in healthcare, Jamie liked her job but wanted a more personal connection with her clients and patients. She had been considering a career in massage for several years, but as the mother of 4 small children, the time never felt right. In January 2018, Jamie took the leap and started in our 12-month program. This time allowed Jamie to work on her education and training part-time in the mornings while still being able balance work and family commitments between her classes. Nine months later, Jamie has become a confident and knowledgeable student massage therapist!

Life at OSTM

When asked what her favorite class is, she responded:

“I think my favorite class is the Student Public Clinic because it allows me to meet new people, use the techniques and knowledge I have learned in the program, and apply it to address the concerns my clients have when they come in for a massage.”

Jamie also joined the school’s peer tutoring program where she supports other students who may find the science curriculum challenging. Jamie’s dedication to her education and future career can best be summed up by feedback she received from a client in public clinic:

“I re-booked my next massage appointment with Jamie because I have been getting massages for over 10 years and hers is by far the best I have ever received. You can tell by the expression on her face that she loves what she is doing. I mentioned to her that I had been diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome on my first visit. When I returned, she not only remembered me, but also remembered my condition and showed research she had done on massage techniques I could receive to help with my condition. She also went above and beyond my expectations and recommended some stretching exercises to try to help! Her technique, attention to detail, and her fluid and rhythmical flow is truly top-notch. This was better than massages I paid over $200 for at a resort by a seasoned massage therapist.”

Jamie’s passion for helping other people and her attention to individual needs and concerns are inspiring to us! These are just some of the reasons that Jamie Minguez was selected as OSTM’s student of the month for September.

Meet Brittany Marsh

Brittany Marsh is a 12-month massage therapy student at the Syracuse campus who is only a few months away from graduating! Brittany was nominated for student of the month due to her amazing sense of professionalism, kindness, and for truly being a role model for everyone she comes in contact with. Brittany not only excels academically, she also consistently receives great feedback from her clients in massage clinic who regularly rebook with her. She brings a sense of calm to all who meet her or receive a massage from her.

Life Before Massage

Before finding her interest in massage, Brittany went into the world as an esthetician. She currently works as an esthetician at Elan Therapeutic Massage, in addition to working as a bartender and server at a local restaurant. Massage therapy is something she thought about pursuing for a long time. She loves helping people and has a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others!

The OSTM Experience

Brittany took the plunge and decided to tour Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage, and after visiting the school for the first time, she felt very welcome. She knows several alumni from the school who have had nothing but good things to say about the program. Since joining the OSTM family, Brittany has experienced an overwhelming feeling of happiness in knowing that she made the right decision to go to massage school. She loves each massage she performs because she knows that she helped someone feel better.

Life After School

Brittany’s favorite part of the massage industry is the amount of different routes and continuing education classes she can take. After graduation, her goal is to put herself out there to gain as many new massage clients as possible. She also wants to start taking continuing education classes right away to keep expanding her knowledge in different areas. Brittany’s long term goal is to have a thriving business with clients who have faith in her to help them become their best selves. We asked her what she thinks her life would be like without massage therapy, and she told us:

”If I never came to school here I would probably feel lost about my future. I would be wondering what my passion is and how to find it. I’m happy that’s not the case because I did choose to come to OSTM, and I did find my passion, and I am so excited and eager to start this next chapter!”

That passion and drive to help others is a large part of why Brittany is our student of the month at the Syracuse campus!

Join The OSTM Family

Great massage therapists have a passion for helping other people feel and be their best selves. Does that sound like something you share a passion for? Consider a future in massage therapy! The Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage offers different program schedules to help accommodate your scheduling needs so you can pursue a career you are passionate about. Contact us to learn more about our program options, or schedule a tour to see the school for yourself!

How Massage Therapy Improves Mental Health

Massage therapy can help people of all ages with many different kinds of pains and problems. One of the common issues that people handle is mental health, and massage therapy can help! Massage isn’t just about alleviating pain in muscles or limbs, but it’s about helping someone to feel their best as well. People with stress, anxiety, depression, and even disorders like autism can experience some relief from their condition when they receive regular massages.

Stress Management

Stress is a common element in the lives of nearly everyone across the globe. Many things in life can cause stress, from work or school to family and friend situations. Regardless of the source of stress, it can be alleviated for many people with massage therapy. Stress typically results in increased heart rate, quickened breathing, tightened muscles, and risen blood pressure. Massage therapy combats each of those symptoms directly. Massage relaxed muscles, slows the heart rate and breathing, and decreases blood pressure, allowing people to feel more peaceful and relaxed.

Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are surprisingly common with an estimated 40 million Americans who suffer from them. Anxiety comes in many forms, and often exhibits itself in similar ways that stress does. Research suggests that massage can reduce anxiety in the following people:

  • Patients before or after medical procedures
  • People with chronic pain
  • People with general anxiety
  • The elderly
  • and more

With how prevalent anxiety is in people around the country, it’s easy to come up with countless ways to help them. Massage therapy helps to ease pain that may be causing anxiety, or reduce the symptoms of the anxiety itself.

Depression

Depression can be described as feeling general emotional dejection and withdrawal, or even as having prolonged periods of intense sadness that goes beyond what would be warranted. Depression can cause or spring from a myriad of symptoms, so there are a number of ways that massage therapy can help. Depression is frequently associated with brain chemical imbalances, and massage therapy can increase output of positive, balancing brain chemicals. Oxytocin is the most frequent chemical that is released during massage, and can work to reduce stress-inducing chemicals and increase mood and mentality.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that occurs when someone experiences a traumatic experience that triggers a “fight or flight” response in the body. The PTSD occurs when that individual is unable to resolve or act on that “fight or flight” adrenaline response, which can result in a condition where the individual experiences flashbacks, sleep irregularity, anger, stress, depression, anxiety, irritability, pain, fatigue, and in some cases, even more serious symptoms. PTSD can be a complex and difficult condition to handle for many people, so massage therapy can be a good option to assist with recovery.

Massage therapy has a unique ability to assist with PTSD recovery. Massage therapy sessions can focus on muscle groups, tendons, and soft tissues to loosen up stress and tightness. Massage can also target trigger points and work out knots. The touch of the massage therapist can also help release feel-good hormones, such as oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins in the client. These hormones can help them to relax, put their guard down, and to feel more secure. These are just a couple ways massage can be an excellent supplement to help people recover from difficult life experiences.

Learn Massage With OSTM

Massage therapy isn’t just about helping people to have a relaxing and enjoyable time, it’s about improving the quality of life for the clients you meet. It can help some people manage difficult conditions or disorders. If you’re interested in playing that role in the lives of others, contact us or schedule a tour of our campus to learn more about our massage therapy program.