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PopStuff Show Notes: Episode 134: The Secret World of Massage

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Like yoga, massage has kind of a long and weird history, and what leaps to mind when someone says “massage” is only a tiny bit of all of it. So this episode is about massage as a wellness tool, as well as massage as a culture.

  • A brief history of my work as a licensed massage therapist
  • Some nonsense I heard once about aromatherapy
  • Swedish massage and its history, in brief
  • Changes in the world of massage licensure in the U.S.
  • The unfortunate code of “masseuse” for “prostitute”
  • Therapeutic massage to treat injuries or help athletes vs. spa time
  • Hot stone massage and other massage modalities
  • Tips for looking for a massage therapist who will work well with you (tip: the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork has a certified provider finder)
  • Some misconceptions about massage, dispelled: not all MTs are new-agey people, deep tissue doesn’t have to hurt, and there’s a purpose behind a lighter touch
  • Feeling gross after getting a massage following days of rich vacation food and drink
  • Some actual studies about actual benefits of massage: in the “helps” category for many types of pain, stress, and improving outlook and quality of life for cancer patients
  • How my years of working in ritzy spas has spoiled me to getting massage anywhere else
  • Chair massage in malls and hotel lobbies
  • Misconceptions about massage therapy from massage therapists
  • The culture of day spas
  • Phoebe Buffay is not the model of all MTs
  • Listener mail! From Ryan about clowns in hospitals

My research:

  • All those years of massage training and practice

Holly’s research:

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