The Benefits of Massage & How to Choose a Qualified Therapist


Massage Therapy has become one of the most effective forms of therapeutic self-care that you can invest in.  Massage is no longer considered just a luxury for the wealthy who are on beach vacations in a five-star resort in Tahiti, and the benefits that a legitimate, quality massage can bring you are multi-faceted.

In the last few years, the requirements across the United States have become more stringent for those who want to practice massage therapy as licensed professionals.  This has been done to raise the standards of bodyworkers, and to bring this ancient profession more into the medical mainstream.  All states in the U.S. now require a minimum of 500 C.E.U.’s to obtain your licensure with New York, Florida and Arizona requirements slightly higher.  Therapists are also generally required to complete a specific amount of continuing education credits after the initial 500 hours is completed as a way to keep them educated about the industry.

Benefits of Massage

The benefits of receiving massage are numerous.  Studies have found that massage may be helpful for:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

When you get a massage, your body receives many benefits: in several healthy ways:

  • Circulatory system – gets your blood flowing through your body.
  • Nervous system – reduces anxiety, providing a calming effect.
  • Organs – your organs receive stimulation when being massaged allowing them to work more effectively.
  • Musculature system – when massaged, muscles release the built up lactic acid, easing stiffness and pain.

Receiving a massage also promotes a sense of caring and well-being.

Massage, however, is NOT a replacement for regular medical care, and it is always wise to speak with your physician before embarking on a massage therapy regimen, especially if you have any injuries or illnesses.

Risks Associated with Massage

Even though massage therapy provides so many wonderful benefits to our body, mind and spirit, there are some risks involved if you currently experience:

  • Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
  • Burns or healing wounds
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Fractures
  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Severe thrombocytopenia
  • Pregnancy
  • Cancer

Once again, it is advised that you speak with your doctor if you experience any of the afore-mentioned symptoms or any physical illness or injury, past or present.




Choosing a Qualified Massage Therapist

Now that the U.S. has increased the requirements for all massage therapists, anyone who is credentialed will have more medical knowledge under their belt than what has been allowed in the past, which is a benefit for all involved.  Finding a therapist may take a few tries, and you should never feel obligated to continue with a therapist that you do not feel completely comfortable with.  Many people come to my practice for the first time, and they are hesitant to ask for what they want. I always explain to my clients to remember that it is ‘YOUR money, YOUR time, and YOUR body’, and encourage them to advocate for what they feel they need.

Often times someone will come in with lower back pain, thinking that is where the issue is.  However, the pain may actually be in the upper back area.  A qualified therapist will know this, and work both areas.  However, I hear many stories of therapists who simply choose not to listen to their clients’ needs, and will use way too much pressure, too little pressure, or miss the main area that the client is complaining about completely.  Please know that you are under NO obligation to complete a massage with a therapist who is either hurting you or that you find offensive in some way.  Massage is a very intimate experience, and no one should be made to feel that their boundaries have been crossed or their desires unheard.

It is a good idea to find out what your therapist’s credentials are before you first appointment.  Just as a quality therapist will take a medical intake on your first visit, you are certainly justified in finding out about your therapist’s education.  Please don’t feel intimidated about asking, as those of us who pride ourselves on our skills and abilities have no problem sharing our credentials with you.  I have had my license since 2009, when I first graduated from the Healing Arts Institute in Citrus Heights, California, and I completed my schooling at the Fair Oaks Institute of Massage Therapy in Fair Oaks, California.  I have been licensed in the State of Idaho since 2012.

Looking for a therapist who fits your personality is also of paramount importance.  Some people like total solitude and quiet when receiving a massage, and some enjoy conversing with the therapist.  I personally like to keep my client relationships on a professional level, as often times people will share with private information with me about their current life circumstances or events, and I believe that my prior experience serving as a Chaplain, where I received extensive training in holding ‘sacred space’ and keeping respectful boundaries, is an asset to my clients.

It is imperative that you choose an establishment or practice that is clean, professional in appearance, and adheres to the State health code.  You may want to visit the location before you choose to get a massage there to see if their business meets your personal standards.  I am very fortunate to be located at Mountain Land Physical Therapy at 875 E. Plaza Drive, Eagle, Idaho (inside Idaho Athletic Club), and offer a beautiful, serene and clean environment.

It is my hope that you will consider booking an appointment with me soon.  My first-time client rate is just $39 for a ‘Signature’ Swedish massage, and from now until November 23, I am having a ‘pre-Holiday’ gift certificate sale, where you can stock up on ALL massages and series at the lowest price of the year and ALL certificates expire in April 30, 2017.

Please visit: to schedule an appointment or purchase a gift certificate.

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“Has Your Body Been Blessed Today?”

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EveryBody Deserves a Massage a Success!

Last week’s ‘ Every Body Deserves a Massage ‘ week sponsored by the Associated Bodyworkers and Massage Professionals (ABMP) was a HUGE success with the help of Idaho Athletic Club and managers like Austin at the Eagle, ID location.

For each ONE HOUR massage purchased at $29, Body Blessings Massage & Aromatherapy
( is donating the equivalent to the Wyakin organization for their current participants and their wives to be able to receive FREE massage while they are in the program. So far, I have 30 ONE HOUR massages to donate to the Wyakin Warriors Foundation ( and there are still two weeks to go!  If you are interested in this wonderful event, contact (208) 853-6299.13659036_524515337731615_6833808661776153849_n

The use of massage therapy has boomed in the last two decades. Massage has proven health benefits, such as effectiveness in treating persistent back pain and arthritis pain, reduces anxiety and tension, as well as strengthening the immune system. It also reduces symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Consumer research shows firsttime massage therapy clients report very positive feelings about their experience. Consumers can enjoy peace of mind knowing ABMP members meet state licensing and educational requirements, as well as adhering to the ABMP code of ethics.

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Why Wyakin?

Giving back to my community has always been a principle that I have followed throughout my lifetime.  We lacked for nothing in my family of origin, never having to worry about having food on the table, clothes on our backs, or shelter over our heads. It all seems very easy when you are under your parents’ wings and raised in an environment where this theory is part of your everyday life – simply second nature to your way of living.
After spreading my wings as an adult, and always being involved in church or volunteering in several non-profits while living in Sacramento, California, giving back was a practice I continued to incorporate into my life style as I always thought it was important to help those who were ‘less fortunate’. Upon going through my own life’s upheaval and being in a very desperate position that took years to recover from and experiencing what being on the other end, or, one of the ‘less fortunate’s’ was like (which is an extremely humbling position to experience) I learned a very valuable lesson. You can either stay dismally ‘stuck’ in the aftermath, or you can learn to move on and let your experience help you to become ‘better’, not ‘bitter’. I believe that continually giving back to the ‘Universe’, whether it be tithing at your local church or choosing a particular organization to donate either your time and/or money to is a very spiritually healthy way to live.

I have always been interested in working with Veterans, as I have early memories of my mother taking me with her to the Veterans Hospital at Fort Boise to visit and caretake the residents, and I had so many relatives that had served in my family.  I remember to this day the talk about how the government didn’t put Veterans first.

When I re-established my massage practice here in the Treasure Valley, I decided to pursue this goal.  I entered Boise State University in 2014 thinking I would become a social worker or psychologist, thinking this is what was needed to obtain my goal, and started serving as an intern at the Wyakin Warriors Foundation (   It wasn’t long before I saw how this organization does more than talk the talk, they walk the walk in caring for Veterans and helping them readjust to society and go forward with their lives.  I knew I wanted to find a way to continue my relationship with the organization.

As a business owner and provider, I have chosen to donate 10% of my quarterly profits from my massage practice to Wyakin.

For the month of April, I am offering all new first time clients a ONE HOUR massage for just $29.  I also offer a package of FOUR massages with the 5th one FREE for $150, with the option of donating your FREE massage to a Wyakin Warrior or their spouse, as I am certain they would greatly appreciate it.  In addition, I offer a discount for ALL U.S. Military and Veterans (with ID).

It is my way of giving back to those who have served for the ideals of freedom that we value so greatly in this Country, and honoring the values my parents instilled in me.

Thank you for taking a moment out of your day to read my blog, and I hope to see you soon.  Until then…

Take Care of You!

Elizabeth A. Edwards, L.M.T.

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