One of the first types of posts I envisioned for my blog was to share scientific studies on massage, and my opinion on them. Time hasn’t been on my side so far, but, I think the New Year is a good time to start. Beginning with my next blog post, I’ll introduce a study and then talk about what it means for LMTs and their clients. I might also share ways that further studies could be improved.
Before we begin that, it seems appropriate to give some background about me. My education, and my strengths and weaknesses from a scientific perspective. I don’t want to inflate my credentials, or claim expertise that I don’t have.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My class was the last year that Biology General was a major, but my courses would have made me a Micro- and Cellular Biology major these days. I was interested in the minutiae of life, that’s for sure.
My strengths first: I was trained in the scientific method. I designed experiments, carried them out, and then interpreted the results. If I recall correctly, I never received below an A- in any of my science courses (though I’d need to check my transcript to be certain, and I haven’t managed to de-clutter that part of the apartment yet). This gives me a stronger scientific foundation than most of the massage therapists I have met so far.
On to weaknesses: No advanced training! I took graduate-level courses, but those do not a Master’s degree make. I got better grades than most of my college classmates, but I still only have a B.S. The other big weakness of mine to keep in mind is that it’s been close to ten years since I graduated from college, and there was a long period of time when I wasn’t really using these skills. I’m still not using them to the extent that I might like.
So, that’s me in a nutshell. I guess you could call me a well-informed dabbler, rather than an expert. Scientific research into massage is still so new though, I think a curious person like me could come in handy. Someday I’d like to help move things along even.
The research posts will get tagged as “Science Monkey” for those who want to look out for them (either to read or avoid, no judgment here). First up: the massive Sloan-Kettering study that is still the talk of Oncology Massage.