Welcome to Higher Self LMT!

Terry Traub, LMT, NCTMB

Welcome to Terry's massage therapy website! Here you can learn how to relieve muscular stress and tension through the magic of therapeutic touch.

Training and Experience

Terry has completed an eighteen month, 900 hour course in muscular therapy at the Muscular Therapy Institute in Watertown, Massachusetts (acquired in 2006 by Cortiva and now renamed the "Cortiva Institute - Muscular Therapy Institute").

The training was based on the Ben Benjamin technique of circulatory massage. In addition to massage, he was trained in the fundamentals of sports massage, myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy and trigger point release, injury and postural assessment, therapeutic relations, and precautionary practices based on a solid foundation of anatomy, physiology, and pathology.

The Muscular Therapy Institute provides students with one year of practice in the Student Therapy Center. In addition, students are required to spend over one hundred hours in outside practice on friends and family. Overall the training is quite extensive.

For inexpensive hour-long massage appointments, contact Terry at the email/phone provided below!

Frequently asked questions

Is massage something new? The art of massage originated thousands of years ago, with separate traditions arising in ancient China, Egypt, and elsewhere. Down through the centuries, these traditions have become refined into the modern practice of massage as we know it today.

What is massage good for? Massage therapy activates the flow of blood and lymph through blocked areas. Your tissue can become blocked by pain, poor posture, muscular overuse, or tendinitis which causes the body to protect that spot. Blood and lymph clean out the toxins and debris and bring in nutrients and oxygen, thus allowing your tissues to heal and grow. Massage therapy is a proven means of increasing this tendency.

Is it safe? A well trained massage therapist, also known as a muscular therapist, has been trained in physiology and pathology and understands what treatments are appropriate for each client. He or she practices proper hygiene and maintains a sterile practice table and surrounding environment. Gloves may be used when appropriate. Open wounds and other skin problems are to be avoided. During a session, only the specific treatment area is exposed, and your privacy is protected at all times.

Is it beneficial? Under most circumstances, muscular therapy is beneficial, even to patients dying of cancer or AIDS. Muscular therapy has been demonstrated in scientific studies to relieve lower back pain and accelerate the healing of muscular pain and many other problems. When used in conjunction with appropriate medical treatment and physical therapy, massage will help the body to more quickly heal itself! Studies have demonstrated that massage therapy is also beneficial to people suffering from depression.

How is Massage different from physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, or osteopathic medicine? Massage is complementary to these other disciplines and it is not uncommon to see a massage therapist working at a chiropractic clinic, for example. Massage relaxes the muscles and makes the patient more relaxed and prepared for these other therapies. It is not a diagnostic discipline however and massage therapists are not trained to tell you what is wrong with you, beyond the obvious muscular conditions which they detect through palpation. Sometimes massage therapists will find lumps or moles which may be signs of a serious disease, and it is quite helpful for them to bring it to your attention!


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