Yahara Therapy

November 2010 Newsletter:

  1. DPT school update
  2. Massage schedule/referrals
  3. WI massage licensure and practice
  4. NY Times article: Massage benefits research
  5. Book excerpt
  6. Polar Plunge

Hello and happy holidays, friends and clients of Yahara Therapy. And welcome to winter weather. You can blame me if it snows!

1) DPT school update
The (doctor of) physical therapy program--my new full-time job--is outstanding. Every week I arrive home with armfuls of new knowledge and a deeper understanding of the already familiar.

I am enjoying and learning neuroanatomy--a phrase I never imagined I'd say!--due to the interactive and engaging teaching style of our professor. I have shadowed a UW Hospital therapist working with paraplegics and interviewed a patient portrayed by an actor. I've witnessed a therapist give hope and relief to a woman searching for respite from chronic pain. I volunteered as a health care provider alongside medical students at a MEDiC (free) clinic in a Madison shelter. Powerful experiences, every one.

2) Massage schedule/referrals
Due to clinical rotations in January (two weeks here in Madison) and in May/June (four weeks in Bethesda, MD), my massage schedule will continue to be sparse. I will announce openings as they become available.

Please let me know if:

  1. You have found another massage therapist that you would recommend that I can share with other clients who inquire.
  2. You would like more help finding other therapy resources. I am very happy to help!

3) WI massage licensure and practice
In 2010, the Wisconsin legislature enacted a new practice act, delineating who can legally be named "massage therapist" or "bodyworker", and tightening the requirements for practice. The Wisconsin chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association has a helpful reference for massage consumers, which also includes a reference to the new law here: http://www.amtawi.org/consumer.html.

4) NY Times article: Massage benefits research
The New York Times - Health
"Regimens: Massage Benefits Are More Than Skin Deep"
Published: September 20, 2010
"Researchers found that a single session of massage caused biological changes, like increases in oxytocin, a hormone associated with contentment." Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/21/health/research/21regimens.html.

5) Book excerpt
One of my massage therapy mentors, Tracy Walton, has just published Medical Conditions and Massage Therapy: A Decision Tree Approach to which I have contributed a case highlight. Do you ever wonder if massage is helpful or should be modified to your health situation? This outstanding resource is available for your perusal next time you stop in!

6) Polar Plunge
I am going to jump into Lake Monona in February to raise funds for Special Olympics Wisconsin. Please consider this an invitation to witness, donate and/or join me! My (PT school) team is "Cryotherapy is Indicated".
More information can be found on the Special Olympics donation page.