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Towards an understanding of evidence-based practice

EBP

By Earle Abrahamson MTI Chair

Recently there has been discussion within our MTI community about the value, definition and general understanding of evidence-based practice (EBP). Some members have a general understanding of the terms, while others require guidance and clarity in fully understanding and appreciating how using research can enhance our practice decisions.

This blog aims to define and build an understanding around EBP as a necessary skill that we as massage practitioners, should use and work towards.

EBP can be defined as the judicious and explicit use of best evidence to support the decisions we make in practice about the collective and individual care of the clients we treat. This means integrating individual clinical expertise with research evidence from systematic scholarly outputs such as journal articles.

Why see an insured massage therapist?

Earle Abrahamson

Earle Abrahamson, Chair of MTI, explains why it’s important for clients to find out whether their therapist has insurance.

Like any "hands-on" profession that deals with public health, massage therapy involves risk. Healthcare practitioners deal with clients in various states of physical wellbeing, and in such a high-contact modality like massage, the client's health and the physicality involved can lead to issues.

Aside from the potential to aggravate a client's existing health condition, or in some other way cause injury, even the best massage therapist can't predict whether a client may trip over a rug and become injured, which has the potential to end in a legal claim.

Office Massage

Kate Burton

Kate Burton has been giving massage in offices for 17 years. Here she shares her experience as valuable insight for anyone thinking of doing the same.

Why work in an office? It allows you to work with a very broad and diverse group of people. You can really help staff with stress and it has been proven that a 15-minute chair massage can reduce stress, anxiety, depression and helps staff to concentrate on maths problems more effectively after the massage. (1. Tiffany Field’s). It can help to prevent RSI if carried out regularly and there is evidence that it reduces blood pressure. Claims are made that it may help to reduce work-related health absenteeism. Also, it helps with sleep problems, often brought on by stress; and it is said to improve focus, clarity and energy.

Why become a CNHC registrant?

MTI Chair Earle Abrahamson lays out the reasons why registering with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) has value for our members and what resources are available to practitioners who join.

As MTI chair, and an elected member of the CNHC professional board for massage therapy, I am often asked why our members should become registrants of the CNHC. In this blog I’ll explain the importance of registration and attempt to answer the questions around the value and purpose of being CNHC registered.

Chakra Psychology: fulfilling the dream of becoming whole

Delcia McNeil

This guest blog is by Delcia McNeil, a founder member of MTI, and a qualified psychotherapist and an energy healer with over thirty years’ experience.

She is one of the founders of The Association of Massage Practitioners (1980s), which later became the Massage Training Institute. She was an ITEC massage tutor for many years, and has been a member of the Association for Therapeutic Healers for over thirty years. She is also an artist. Delcia has a private counselling & therapeutic healing practise in Storth, near Kendal, Cumbria and in Muswell Hill, North London. Her Chakra Psychology courses are validated by The Association for Therapeutic Healers and the Confederation of Healing Organisations. The next course is over two weekends in London N10 on 12/13 May & 9/10 June 2018. You can contact her by phone on 015395 62093 or 07515 807366, email her, or see her website.

Combining the age-old chakra system, with its roots in the Tantric and Yogic traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism, with contemporary psychological knowledge is proving a powerful way to access unconscious material, as well as becoming more familiar with our energetic patterns and our strengths. Mindfully focussing on the chakra centres can bring us insights, sometimes memories, often images that are symbolic, archetypal and full of meaning. They can be like a dream-world, they are full of information that we can access and reflect upon. In modern terminology, the chakra system offers us evolutionary software and data through which we can reprogram our lives.

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