The Great Escape
Massage & Wellness Center LLC - Since 1993
BENEFITS OF MASSAGE
Massage therapy is an alternative healthcare practice that dates back millennia and has been practiced by many different cultures around the world. Today, the knowledge base for massage therapy continues to grow and expand as its benefits are further explored and better understood. Massage therapy is not only beneficial for relaxation and stress relief, but has a wide range of applications and can help alleviate medical conditions including:
SAFETY AND CONTRAINDICATIONS
Certain medical conditions require the exercise of caution concerning the advisability of receiving massage. If you are in doubt, or if you are under medical supervision, check with your doctor or other qualified medical practitioner before seeking massage therapy. Also be aware that it is advized one receive massage from a qualified therapist to ensure safety and efficacy.
During a professional massage your physical, emotional, and spiritual well being are of the utmost importance to your therapist. Qualified professionals are trained to recognize and respect your personal needs as a consumer. Remember that communication is the key to a successful massage.
DEFINITION OF MASSAGE
Massage is the practice of touching or applying structured or unstructured pressure, tension, motion, vibration, or percussion to the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints, lymphatic vessels, or organs of the abdominal cavity to achieve a beneficial, health enhancing effect.
FINDING A QUALIFIED THERAPIST
As a consumer, finding a properly trained and licensed professional is an integral part of ensuring that your massage experience is a safe, effective, proactive form of alternative healthcare. Therapist licensure is important to the massage therapy profession as it helps ensure that practitioners have been trained to meet a standard of education in order to provide safe and appropriate services to the public. Practitioners must be educated to understand the physical, psycho-emotional and spiritual being, as well as be able to accurately communicate with medical professionals regarding client ailments and prospective treatments. In addition, licensure also helps ensure that massage therapy is and will remain a reputable profession sought after by people of all ages and all walks of life for generations to come.
You may visit www.nebraska.gov/LISSearch/search.cgi to find out if your therapist is licensed in the state of Nebraska or ask your therapist for proof of state licensure.
NCTM, NCTMB, AMTA, ABMP certificates and/or memberships or any other professional affiliations, certifications or credentials do not indicate that someone is licensed by the state to practice massage therapy.
Nebraska, like most states in the USA currently require some degree of formal training, standard of competency, and/or state licensure.
The state of Nebraska currently requires 1,000 hours of training from an accredited educational institution and successful completion of one of the currently available National Certification exams. Licenses are required to perform massage therapy, reflexology, bodywork, hydrotherapy, and even animal massage (regulated under veterinary medicine). For more information, contact the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (Ne DHHS) Massage Therapy division.