Massage Therapy and the Rise of Massage Chairs

Perhaps you are aware that massage therapy is one of the oldest of healing arts. This ancient and ever evolving art has always been with mankind. In fact, massage is a reaction to bodily aches and pains. How often do you rub something after you hit it on something hard? Most likely every time. Massage therapy is a natural way to enhance the health of your body.

Perhaps you are aware that massage treatments are one of the oldest of healing arts. This ancient and ever evolving art has always been with mankind. In fact, massage is a reaction to bodily aches and pains. How often do you rub something after you hit it on something hard? Most likely every time. Massage therapy is a natural way to enhance the health of your body.

It is interesting to note that massage therapy has been practiced consistently since history was recorded. However, our current modern physicians have moved away from these sorts of treatments in favor of pharmaceutical solutions. In the last 50 years, massaging therapy has been replaced with the use of medications.

With the rise of scientific medicine, many physicians have gotten away from the importance of touch and massage. It seems it may be easier to write a prescription, then to relieve discomfort first-hand. This is perhaps why many patients feel alienated from their physicians that seem cold and distant.

There is a balance in everything. People are now more aware of more natural ways to take care of themselves. They are eating more natural foods and turning to more natural therapies like massage.

Science and technology continue to advance with interesting impacts to massage therapy. One of the challenges of these types of treatments are they are labor intensive. Science has now advanced technology to where massage chairs can perform many of the basic massage movements.

So in the same time where physicians are losing touch with their patients, machines in the form of massage chairs may come to their salvation. Because these techniques are labor intensive, they are also therefore expensive. Massage chairs on the other hand provide very economical and consistent delivery of massage therapy.

The way of the world is balance in the long run. Many physicians have become distant to their patients, but technology may be here to aid them in unforeseen ways. This is the exciting opportunity of our times to see how solutions balance out.

The healthcare industry is starting to realize the importance of integrating more natural treatments. There are now more preventative procedures than were 20 years ago. Regular massage treatments are a great way to advance the health of many patients.

It is important for us to get many of the treatments that have been used by our prior generations. There is an accumulation of knowledge which it has not been put under the light of science. Massage therapy has been used for centuries yet it has not been sufficiently studied by modern medicine.

Technology is starting to play more of a role with massage therapy. You can now find massage chairs with some very high tech features. Many use sophisticated software programs to provide realistic massage sensations.

Many health practitioners are using massage chairs to provide different treatments to their patients. Massage chairs are able to target a specific area with a specific technique. They also can apply consistent pressure and speeds. This is a big advantage over manual labor which tends to be highly variable.

Many massage chairs that are used in chiropractic environments are also available for home use. Massage chairs are a great way to get frequent massage therapy in the privacy of your own home. They are a constant reminder to take a break and relax to relieve your body and mind.

Massage therapy continues to make its comeback with both manual methods and with massage chairs. Massage chairs will ultimately prove out to be more economic than labor-intensive massage. The sophistication of massage chairs continues to grow with each year. This method is able to deliver consistent and reliable massage therapy for years.

Factors of Production and Non Performing Assets

Land, labour, capital, organisation, science and technology are known as the factors of production. Their availability is variable from country to country. In some countries their cost is lower and in others they are expensive. Their supply depends upon several factors. Hence, the governments do offer several subsidies and incentives to encourage production. Thus, the cost of production is variable from country to country. There are several types of incentives being offered to the entrepreneurs.

Similar to the non performing students and governments, there are non performing assets too. Such assets do not yield the expected income to the bankers.

A talented female student did borrow the required amount from a bank for her higher education abroad. Since she is a talented student, she could score very high marks and also topped the university in the U.S.A. There were so many job offers to her, hence she could repay the loan borrowed from the bank in time.

An enthusiastic entrepreneur was in search of all the factors of production. He is talented but he was in need of capital. He approached a bank for capital. Due to his assurances, the bank could lend him the amount demanded by him. He started an educational institution in the sub urban area of a metropolitan city. Due to heavy competition among the capitalists, his business did not succeed!. In other words, what ever he expected from the business, did not yield the results. Hence, he could not repay the loan borrowed from the bank! The bank declared the asset as a non performing asset.

In an another incident, an entrepreneur did analyse the market conditions very well and borrowed huge amounts of loan from a nationalised bank. He did utilise some political influence too to get the loan from the bank. He bought all the factors of production. He did invest a part of his borrowed loan on research and development too. His intention was to produce export quality engineering goods. But there has been a heavy competition in the international market! In other words, his firm’s production cost was higher than that of the remaining international producers. Adding fuel to the problem, the governments policies related to international trade too were discouraging. Thus his company’s produced goods total cost was very high when compared to the other exporters!.

Hence, he could not repay the loan borrowed from the bank and as usual the bank declared his assets as non performing assets.

Thus several factors do play a dominant role in the success of any business activity.

Education 101 – Putting the Focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

If you’ve never seen the acronym STEM before, you will from now on and quite often. The letters stand in for science, technology, engineering, and math, four subject areas that have become a top educational concern and priority from the federal government on down to the preschool level.

And with good reason.

The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) tested one-half million students from 41 countries. On the science portion, American fourth graders came in third, but slipped to 17th place in grade 8 and sixth from the bottom in grade 12. In advanced science, our kids came in last.

In math, our fourth graders placed 12th, our 8th graders placed 17th, and our 12th graders scored sixth from the bottom.

It is for such reasons that the Obama administration has launched its “Educate to Innovate” campaign, focusing on improving America’s performance in these STEM subjects and gaining the support of major corporations, foundations and non-profits–even Discovery Communications and Sesame Street.

Their aim: every child. Yes, even your preschooler. It’s coming, of that you can be sure. Reassuringly, though, Temple University’s Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pacek says, “Efforts to expand preschool science teaching need not necessarily conflict with young children’s need for playtime. Science can be taught in the context of play.”

And you can support those efforts at home by doing simple experiments right there in your kitchen, starting with your toddlers and then continuing as they get older. Such activities serve to pique curiosity and engage youngsters in seeking answers, as they learn more and more about how the world works. And that’s crucial.

As President Obama has said, “Reaffirming and strengthening America’s role as the world’s engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation is essential to meeting the challenges of this century.”

As you know, science has been included in the No Child Left Behind testing mandate since the 2007-08 school year. And now with “Educate to Innovate,” there’s an even stronger push to engage all of our students in thinking deeply and critically in STEM subjects, boosting our international standing and informing our kids about careers in related fields–opening up possibilities for girls, as well as boys.

According to the National Science Foundation, while women make up 46% of the American workforce, they hold only 25% of the jobs in engineering, technology, and science.

Helping to change those numbers is the stated purpose of the non-profit organization Expanding Your Horizons, which says it is “encouraging young women to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers.” To that end, EYH coordinates 85 hands-on math and science conferences annually-and one is sure to come your way.

For instancee, open to middle school girls, an Expanding Your Horizons conference will be held on March 20th at Swarthmore College. “All workshops are led by female role models who not only have a deep knowledge of the topics they teach, but also serve as positive examples of successful women in technical fields… Our conference is perfect for girls who have already discovered a passion for math or science, but it is also a great opportunity to reach those who may be beginning to lose interest in these typically male-dominated fields. We hope you or the special young women in your life will consider spending a day learning and discovering with us.” Average cost to participants: only $10.65.

Meanwhile, Wilkes University has received a $2.9 million Pennsylvania Department of Education grant to train middle-level teachers from five counties in math and science, including those in Montgomery County’s Springford, Upper Perkiomen, and Perkiomen Valley school districts. This specialized program integrates content with teaching skills, thus enhancing our students’ classroom experience in these core subjects–and the timing couldn’t be better.

Says John Holdren, Obama’s science advisor and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, “America needs a world-class STEM workforce to address the grand challenges of the 21st century, such as developing clean sources of energy that reduce our dependence on foreign oil and discovering a cure for cancer.”