Massage is a simple, non-intrusive therapy which restores, rehabilitates and revitalises your body and mind. Anyone of any age can use and benefit from massage. There are many different kinds of massage therapy. Individual therapists listed in our directory are happy to explain the approaches which they use.
All forms of massage involve systematically working the muscles and other soft tissues of the body to optimise the functioning of the various bodily systems. Massage therapy eases the pain and discomfort of injuries, strains, accidents and illness to allow the body's natural healing processes to work most effectively. It enhances your vitality and sense of well-being.
Massage should be a regular part of your health care plan.
You can work with a massage therapist to either overcome or prevent injury and illness. Massage keeps your muscles and soft tissues well-toned, improves your posture, and re-balances your body/mind.
Massage is one of the oldest forms of healing. As scientific exploration of the brain becomes precise, the role of touch is increasingly validated.
Professional Massage can assist:
- The body's fluid circulation-arterial and venous blood, lymphatic drainage.
- The soothing of the nervous system.
- Energy balancing/clearing of meridian blockages.
- Greater freedom of movement.
- Increase flexibility of connective tissue.
- Supply of nutrition to cells/dispersion of wastes.
- Relaxation and the development of well-being.
Thus massage is supportive of the body and can be safely used in conjunction with other forms of therapy.
It is important to contact a trained practitioner, so that the treatment offered will be appropriate to your condition and health needs. If in excellent health, massage is an ideal, enjoyable, maintenance scheme to help you stay that way. Association of Remedial Masseurs (A.R.M.) members use a variety of hands-on approaches. Different cultures have developed a wide range of massage styles, with each developing its own techniques, such as Remedial Massage, Chinese Massage and Aromatherapy.
- The A.R.M. professional development program includes regular workshops with the late technique and treatments.
- Regular Journal's contain technical articles, practical advice and news of the Association and the industry.
- The Technical Manuals are a useful collection of material supplied by the Association's Accredited Teachers and other highly experienced and skilled practitioners.
- Massage is promoted to the broad community at sporting and other public events giving members the opportunity to promote their own practices and gain experience.
- The A.R.M. referral ensures the public is able to find qualified, reputable massage therapists and provides more business for members.
- Produces for business promotional materials which members can easily use in their own practices.
- Membership of a professional association gives you greater security within the profession and credibility with the wider community.
- The A.R.M. disseminating information to the public on the benefits of massage and its place in our healthcare system.
- Participating in A.R.M. activities gives you social and professional contact with others who are interested and involved in massage.
- The A.R.M. is a professional organisation of people actively involved in the practice of massage.
As a Member of the A.R.M:
You will get support, share skills and gain knowledge. If you are establishing or operating a professional massage practice, you will also gain the protection of a respected and recognised voice for the massage industry A.R.M. membership includes professional, full-time massage practitioners, bodyworkers, teachers and students, part-time practitioners, individuals who only massage family and friends for fun, and business, institutions and people in associated fields. A.R.M. is administered by an Executive which is elected annually by the members. The Executive give their time, knowledge and energy on a voluntary basis.
A.R.M. promotes, represents and supports the massage profession, contributing to the development of the industry by providing quality resources and services to members and the wider community. The A.R.M. pursues a policy of self regulation and self determination for the massage profession. We believe that massage is a valuable form of therapy in its own right. As a therapeutic modality, it complements both traditional and orthodox treatments. Being non-intrusive, massage offers a different path for treatment of many conditions. However it does not lessen nor negatively affect other forms of treatment. Many patients who have suffered accident, injury, illness or emotional trauma have had their recovery speeded by massage. Thus it also has a valuable role to play in any preventative-oriented health care system. By monitoring professional standards within the profession the Association is restoring public confidence in massage therapy.