What are recent trends in the Massage & Bodyworking industry?

Ken's Therapeutic Bodyworks Tailored To Your Specific Needs

My goal is help you become symptom free as quickly as possible.

Based on surveys commissioned by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), CARAVAN Opinion Research Corporation International found:

  1.  Americans using massage for relaxation is declining; more clients are using Clinical Massage & Bodywork for health reasons—90% of individuals surveyed perceive massage as effective in reducing pain, up from 86% in 2010. This increase may be due to the increasing number of people who consult doctors and health professionals about massage therapy.
  2. Massage & Bodywork services in clients’ homes /business / corporate settings increased to 50% over 39% in 2010. It’s a great option for older clients with limited mobility dealing with chronic, debilitating illness, and pregnant clients nearing their due date. It also appeals to business people with hectic schedules who find it difficult to find the time for massage & bodywork.

The survey has a confidence level of plus or minus three percent.

The AMTA is a professional association of more than 56,000 members, providing information about massage therapy to the public, working to improve the professional climate for therapists, in addition to helping consumers and healthcare professionals locate massage therapists nationwide through AMTA’s Find a Massage Therapist free national locator service available at www.findamassagetherapist.org.

I still do several on-site sessions every year, at special mobile fees, for clients living within a fifty mile radius including:

  •  Corporate wellness programs – for busy executives
  • Client homes –for the immobile / elderly, and for convenience
  • Private offices – to save client travel time
  • Hotels –  for business travelers
  • Wellness fairs and events – introduces benefits of bodywork to new clients with 10-15 minute  mobile chair massage.




Who benefits from Myofascial Release treatment?


Most clinical massage therapists and bodyworkers agree that there aren’t many musculoskeletal problems and body dysfunctions that can’t be improved with Myofascial Release (MFR) treatment.

Fascia, the tough connective tissue, representing a three-dimensional network from head to toe, responds to MFR—a gentle sustained pressure and stretch, which produces heat from friction, changes the consistency of the tissue,  removes fascial restrictions,  decreases pain, and improves range of motion and posture.

I regularly integrate MFR in treatment sessions with my clients presenting with a variety of problems such as: Acute & chronic pain, swelling & inflammation, fibromyalgia, stress/ tension, TMJ Syndrome, headaches/migraines, neck/shoulder, frozen shoulder, whiplash, thoracic outlet, nerve entrapment, tennis and golfer elbow tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, lower back, scar tissue, running injuries, and plantar fasciitis

Removing fascial restrictions in neck

Dysfunctional posture, scar tissue, and limited movement are problems that can be relieved with Myofascial Release, in addition to improving athletic performance.

A Perfect Choice for my Second Career

Myofascial Release Posterior Thoracic

Removing fascial restrictions and tightness

I’ve been asked a lot about how I chose massage & bodywork as a second career. They usually become intrigued as I tell them I was fifty-nine when I began school for it after being downsized from a sales job, and a year and a half later embarked on my new career. I didn’t think fifty-nine was too old for me to start school and re-invent my vocational life.

It’s hard to believe that it was seventeen years ago when I was called to my new career, intuitively understanding that the choice was right for me, even though I didn’t know why at the time. I do now.

Sixteen years ago I didn’t know a calling from a female cry of a female cat in heat—one of  Webster’s definitions. The other definition for a calling, and the one that fits for me is: A strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action especially when accompanied by conviction of Divine influence.

Divine influence wasn’t on my radar screen then either, and I’m still not a guy who attends church, mostly due to my religious lethargy, but now I try to live on a spiritual basis, believing I was guided through my career choice process, among other events, by a Power outside of myself, Universal Power, Spirit of the Universe, Higher Power, God, etc. To me it’s all the same and doesn’t matter what it’s called, as long as I remember it’s not me. It was definitely the right choice for me, and one that I’m very grateful for.

I’m also thankful for my work, that doesn’t feel like work, a job that I know I should be doing, that never is too difficult or gets stale, and especially for the opportunity to live my mission statement every day—to help my clients become symptom-free as quickly as possible and to live normal active lives again.

I’m quite certain I couldn’t have made such a perfect choice all by myself.

Evidence Based Clinical Massage & Therapeutic Bodywork

Reducing diaphragmatic stress and distortion

Currently findings are being accumulated that support the benefits of massage for wellness in general and for treating specific health conditions in particular, adding credibility to the practice of clinical massage and therapeutic bodywork.

Academic research in Massage and Bodywork and related fields has been growing rapidly, and as our profession is finding itself upon a firmer scientific basis, it becomes more important that practitioners are capable to find, critique and utilize the knowledge in the research literature.

Research has always been the basis of scientific thought in health care and medicine, utilizing a combination of clinical observation, empirical testing, and thoughtful trial and error. In an evidence-informed practice, the therapist searches and sorts the available research on a given topic or question according to its relevance to an individual clinical case.

Harvard University Health Services, used research to convince administrators at the university to add clinical massage therapy to their health practice.

Studies published by research are creating a body of evidence for a growing list of sources:

www.pubmed.gov –  is a great place to begin your research, abstracts from more than 5,000 biomedical journals.

www.massagetherapyfoundation.org/researchdb.html –  contains more than 4,800 article citations.

www.cochrane.org –  recognized as the gold standard in evidence-based health care.

www.nccam.nih.gov – The National Center for complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on CAM therapies.

www.medlineplus.gov – directs you to information to help answer health questions, an excellent source for background information, and to educate yourself about health conditions or diseases.

www.guideline.gov –  brings together evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in one convenient location.

Information from the American Massage Therapy Association

Massage Therapy or Therapeutic Bodywork?

Stretching the plantar fascia

Shortly after I graduated from Massage School and became certified in Deep Tissue Sports Massage, two of my clients had extraordinary healing experiences, both powerful catalysts for my choosing a career as a therapeutic bodyworker, treating personal injury cases and chronic pain.

I subsequently learned several bodyworking modalities designed specifically for relieving and eliminating soft tissue pain and symptoms from energetic and structural imbalance; Orthopedic Massage, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Myotherapy, Structural Energetic Therapy, Soft Tissue Release, and Zero Balancing, and trained with some of the most skillful therapists and instructors available, then started my bodyworking career working on  personal injury cases referred by chiropractors.

So, what’s the difference between a Therapeutic bodyworker and a Massage Therapist?

Massage Therapy is traditionally defined as the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, applying soothing strokes for relaxation, including gliding, kneading, friction pressure, tapping, and vibrating. Swedish massage sometimes referred to as traditional or Western massage has historically formed the basis for massage in the United States.

Bodywork, which has only recently [1995] come to mean anything other than auto repair, is more encompassing, including both traditional massage as well as other approaches to working with the body [Orthopedic Massage, Soft Tissue Release, Structural Energetic Therapy, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Myotherapy, and Zero Balancing]. Nearly all clinical bodywork practices are united in their common goals of relaxation, pain relief, improved physical functioning, heightened vitality, feeling of well-being, and increased awareness.

By using tactile input, bodywork can actually re-educate and re-program the organism into becoming more coordinated, more flexible, and more appropriately responsive—literally more intelligent. A body/mind system that is integrated in this fashion will be more able to resist depression or disease, more able to attend to and repair itself in times of stress or injury.    Bodywork, Thomas Claire