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Absolute Values? Professionalism and manifestations of the individual


This is the first post of a four part series on professional development. The series will utilize the terms Massage Therapist, Masseur and Masseuse as a touchstone. Massage Therapy is a growing field of professional endeavor. As the last fifteen years have demonstrated, the creation of civic, secular infrastructure to consolidate and incorporate the profession,… Continue reading Absolute Values? Professionalism and manifestations of the individual

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Survey Says?


Both The Telegraph and The Guardian have cited a sketchy survey about the hygienic habits of UK women ages 18-50. Here’s my question: Is the old trope about “Euro Trash” being recycled or is the study actually honest? Not only does the study seem to be of dubious design, it only surveyed women’s habits. God forbid an Englishman be… Continue reading Survey Says?

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Stereotypes about men, women and relationships


I read this article yesterday and at first I liked it. Then I took a second look. Read with caution ladies. From Elephant Journal There are two types of men you don’t need. The ones that don’t care and the ones that do. The ones that don’t care will have moved on by now. So… Continue reading Stereotypes about men, women and relationships

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Spas, Spa Evidence and Interdisciplinarity


An interdisciplinary approach can help spas and spa therapists better understand the framework of academic research paradigms and move toward a closer alignment with academic disciplines on which all research is based. By familiarizing themselves with the structures of American academia, spa management and spa therapists can integrate more evidenced based practices into their existing… Continue reading Spas, Spa Evidence and Interdisciplinarity