The onset of warmer weather and thoughts of being in the pool made me think about Watsu, which I first heard about a couple of years ago. The concept of passive stretches in warm water was quite intriguing.
Sometimes I get clients who are "squirmers". Squirmers are people anticipating an unpleasant sensation when I get close to the area that has been giving them trouble. They are relaxed up until that point. If no discomfort is felt, they generally relax again.
57,356 victims died in 2005 according to The American Heart Association. It is now estimated that 70 million people in the U.S. now have hypertension or high blood pressure. That is about one-fourth of the population. Minorities, such as Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, Mexican Americans, and African Americans are said to be at greater risk than others. Men seem to have high blood pressure at younger ages than women, but after age 65, more women have the disease. Sobering information, isn't it?
We've come a long way in applying materials to the skin while doing massage therapy. Hog's lard, powder, olive oil, and liniment are just a few of the materials that have been used in massage. Olive oil was believed to ease pain. Liniment was used to increase circulation. I'm not certain what the lard did other than being used to oil the skin. Some of these, such as powder, are still being used today.
1403 Pemberton Road, Suite 104
Richmond, Virginia 23238