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
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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