Many other therapies and medical procedures attempt to fix only one part of the body at a time; however, this type of medical procedure is treating only a final symptom, an aftereffect of a bodily dysfunction that was finally large enough to elicit a negative response in a patient. However, no system of the body works in a vacuum.
For example, the immune system depends on the digestive system to remove toxic foods which may contain bacteria and overload white blood cells. The digestive system depends on the muscular system to provide the strength to remove these toxic entities quickly. The muscular system depends on the cardiovascular system to provide the energy for sustained effort. And so on and so forth. Massage of this type works by attending to all of the systems of the body at once - to the system as a whole, not just one at a time.
Massage therapy is a first therapy for many conditions, and has been known to save time, money, and potentially uncomfortable situations, as well as potentially risky medical operations.
Massage in therapeutic form has been known to heal many conditions in all types of patients. It has also been shown to increase weight gain in premature infants. In adults, massages of a therapeutic nature have been proven to slow the heart rate, deepen the breathing, reduce blood pressure, and increase the instance of positive immune system properties in the body.
Scientific research also shows that massages that are therapeutic increase the mind-body connection, as a verifiable effect of massage therapy is increased ability on both physical and mental tasks. Because the therapeutic form of massage has these effects on the body, it has been known to improve high blood pressure, heart palpitation, arthritis, muscular stiffness, immune system deficiencies, and many other conditions. Those patients that receive massages of a therapeutic nature on a regular basis also report less injuries during their daily activities, and increased productivity and focus in their daily tasks.Qualifications for a New York Massage Therapist
To qualify as a massage therapist in the state of New York, one must:
- Be of good moral character
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Meet education and examination requirements
- Meet experience requirements
- Be a United States citizen
- Have completed a course in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) within three years prior to license.