The Roots of Reflexology

by Nick Lakoff, Certified Massage Therapist – © Copyright 2012 – 2016

This article, written by me, originally appeared on the site healthandfitnesstalk.com on the 13th of September 2012 The Roots of Reflexology

Ankhmanthor-massageThe origins of Reflexology date back to the earliest of civilizations.  Ancient Egyptian, Chinese, Japanese and Tibetan texts and charts, thousands of years old, depict various methods of acupressure massage on the soles of feet.

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Massage Myths and Misconceptions

by Nick Lakoff, Certified Massage Therapist – © Copyright 2012 – 2016

1This article, written by me, originally appeared on the site healthandfitnesstalk.com on the 10th of September 2012 Massage Myths and Misconceptions

During my 15 year career as a massage therapist I have come across many myths and misconceptions about massage in general.  In this article I wanted to share with my readers 3 of the most common ones and try to give them my perspective as a bodyworker.

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Swedish Massage

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by Nick Lakoff, Certified Massage Therapist – © Copyright 2012 – 2016

This article, written by me, originally appeared on the site healthandfitnesstalk.com on the 18th of August 2012 Swedish Massage

If you go to Sweden today and ask for a Swedish massage, you might still get a funny look from the local practitioners.  Indeed most Swedes have no idea that one of the most common massages practiced on the planet is named after their homeland.  In fact, other than in Canada and Holland, it is often referred to as “Classic Massage”.
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Things to keep in mind before your next massage

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by Nick Lakoff, Certified Massage Therapist – © Copyright 2012 – 2016

This article, written by me, originally appeared on the site healthandfitnesstalk.com on the 15th of August 2012 Things to keep in mind before your next massage

Are you a massage neophyte, occasional dabbler or seasoned massage aficionado? Whatever type you are, chances are that are things your massage therapist might not have covered with you, in terms of how to prepare for, what to do during, and what to do post-session.

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What to expect from a massage session

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by Nick Lakoff, Certified Massage Therapist – © Copyright 2012 – 2016

This article, written by me, originally appeared on the site healthandfitnesstalk.com on the 15th of August 2012 What to expect from a massage session

You have had a long week, you have put in the hours and now your long awaited massage has finally arrived.  So what should your massage session look like?  As a massage professional, I have always believed that the client’s massage experience starts from the minute they book an appointment to the minute they walk out the door at the end of the massage.  Here are a few things that you should be present in any quality session:

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5 Tips on finding the right massage therapist

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Finding a good massage therapist is like shopping for fruits and vegetables, great care is needed in order to find the perfect practitioner!

By Nick Lakoff, Certified Massage Therapist – © Copyright 2012 – 2016

This article, written by me, originally appeared on the site healthandfitnesstalk.com on the 13th of August 2012 5 Tips on finding the right massage therapist

Finding the right massage therapist is not always an easy thing.  Each of us has particular things they are looking for in the individual who is going to massage them.  Choosing wisely could mean the difference between a dissatisfying experience and one that will keep you coming back over and over again.  Here are a few things to look for when selecting a massage therapist before booking a session with them.

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The many worlds of massage therapy

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By Nick Lakoff, Certified Massage Therapist – © Copyright 2012 – 2016

This article, written by me, originally appeared on the site healthandfitnesstalk.com on the 7th of August 2012 The Many Worlds of Massage Therapy.

In the over 20 years that I have been a massage therapist, I have seen many changes in the profession.  When I began, there were a handful of different styles of massage. Today there are well over 200 different styles and approaches involving massage.  This can be very confusing to the average massage consumer.  Having practiced many styles, and tried many more, I will describe the seven most popular and their particular strength or appeal. Continue reading

Massage: The path to natural well being

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By Nick Lakoff, Certified Massage Therapist – © Copyright 2012 – 2016

This article written by me originally appeared on the site healthandfitnesstalk.com on the 6th of August 2012 Massage: The path to natural well being

How often do we pause from our labors, rub our necks and shoulders, and say, “Man, I need a massage!”  You’re not alone. In fact, touch is a basic need in the human condition, so it’s no surprise that massage is in its renaissance in the Western world.  Since our daily lives are impacted by ever-increasing levels of stress, nagging aches and pains diminish our quality of life.  We are conditioned to reach for that bottle of pain and inflammation medication but, increasingly, there is a trend to seek out a natural way of restoring our bodies’ balance.

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Why a blog on massage therapy?

By Nick Lakoff, Certified Massage Therapist – © Copyright 2012 – 2016

I started this blog because I wanted to create a place where people could get some basic insights on massage therapy and its benefits.  It still surprises me after all this time how little is known about massage therapy, its wide range of styles and health benefits.  As well as writing articles for everyone,  I wanted to write for massage professionals either in the beginning of their careers or those looking for pointers to improve their practices and benefit from the experience of someone who has been a massage therapist for over 20 years.  When I ran my massage therapy centers I would often do workshops with my massage therapists in order to shorten their learning curve.  If I help the general public get a clearer understanding of massage therapy and help massage professionals get to their goals quicker than I’ve accomplished what I set out to do with this blog.  Thanks for reading, please follow me by subscribing and share.  Namaste!

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Nick Lakoff is a certified practitioner in the following disciplines:  Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Reflexology, Acupressure, Myo-Fascial Release, Massage for Pregnancy, Swedish Chair Massage, Hot Stone Massage and Reiki.