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Massage Therapies are Vital for Enhancing Health Care

Massage therapies are known to help release muscle knots, and it’s also a good choice when you want to fully relax your body, mind and soul.

According to experts, massage is vital for relaxation or taking care of minor pains as the massage therapist performs a combination of certain actions like kneading, long flowing caresses towards the region of the heart with deep circular motions, vibration and stroking, also accompanied with passive joint movement techniques. Usually, it lasts for 60 to 90 minutes.

These therapeutic massages helps with easing muscle tension, improving blood flow, reducing the effect and feeling of pain as well as relieving stress.

For instance, a certain sort of massage called, aromatherapy is best for people who seek to have a reasonable volume of emotional healing.

Lagos based massage therapist, Umulor Jefferey explains to The Parakeet Show during an interview on how massage therapists do a lot of mental healing like psychotherapists do. As a matter of fact, therapies like Swedish Massage and Aromatherapy possess the ability to ease mental stress in clients and literally get rid of mental and physical knots.

Also, he shares bits about himself and his journey so far as a massage therapist; his visions for the industry. Emmanuel Obokoh presents the excerpt:

We caught up with @grievy holmes( Umulor Jefferey) a Lagos based Massage Therapist and he got to share bits about himself, his career so far as a massage therapist and also his visions for the massage therapy industry with Obokoh Emmanuel @mizta_emmy for @theparakeetshow

How are you doing?

I’m doing great. Happy to be able to contribute to the discourse on massage therapy.

 

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I am also known as Grievy Holmes, a 24 year old certified freelance massage therapist and Multimedia Student at Aptech.

 

What massage therapy school did you attend?

I did my training at the Sweet Brook Spa, at Ikeja, and got certified by The Learning Edge.

 

When did you graduate?

I completed my therapy training some time in July last year after being certified.

Why did you choose massage therapy as a career?

There was a sudden need to touch lives. Also I’ve always been the type who enjoys being touched therapeutically so it was an easy decision to learn the therapy and make a career off it.

 

What type of massage techniques are you most proficient at?

For techniques, there’s an obvious knowledge of various types but during sessions you often find yourself going with the flow. There’s easily a different technique for different scenarios and sessions, mostly depending on the physicality of the client you’re working on.

 

What type of clients do you prefer working with?

Just as doctors would want to work with everyone to help heal them, I also believe I can work with everyone but the thing about massage therapy is clients don’t always share your train of thought. As a male therapist, I tend to get more female clients, and vice versa.

What would you say is your philosophy regarding healing?

I basically just enjoy literally touching lives with my therapy. It’s equally as therapeutic for me on the giving end, as it is for my clients on the receiving end. There’s always a transfer of positive energy and that’s the beauty and one of the many benefits of massage therapy.

 

What would you say is the toughest part of being a massage therapist?

The misconceptions can be tiring. One being that massages are a luxury. What people fail to understand is that massages are of great value. Massage therapists around the world make way more money in a 1 hr session than we do over here. From time to time, my love for the therapy over shadows my want for money and I end up having to subsidize the rates for my clients.

 

What is your vision and what are you working towards accomplishing through massage therapies?

My vision is to become renowned in the profession and recognized in the country. I’m certain I’m one of the best therapists in the country, even in my short time of practicing. When people think of massage in Nigeria, I want to be the first therapist that comes to mind. I plan to create a set-up where massages can be subsidized, hence providing an opportunity for people to afford regular massages without having to break sweat.

 

What do you think is the future of the massage profession?

I foresee a lot of people going into the profession in the near future, with myself being one of pioneers and inspiration. My trainer who’s also a published author once highlighted the importance of marketing. In essence, we need to get the message on massage across. People need to know.
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Black History Month: The Nigerian Perspective

Seye Fakinlede

The Black History Month which began as a way of remembering all the black heroes and heroines and their struggles towards the emancipation of African Americans in the United States of America (USA) at that time, is a celebration of black cultural heritage, music, and arts, as well as a means of immortalizing the African American stars responsible for their emancipation.

Birthed by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, as a struggle for a relinquishing identity, and a fight for the recognition of blacks in America, the annual Afro American holiday, since its birth, in 1929 is being celebrated annually every month of February.

However, Nigeria being the most populous black nation in the world, the “Black History month” is an “unofficial” celebration in Nigeria except by the Afro American literary scholars in the country, the American Embassy in Nigeria, and also at the Center for the American Studies in Nsukka.

Thus, the idea of immortalizing our heritage and a constant celebration of them has not been fully tapped into.

Out of the many facets of life, is the world of Art, of which Nigerian art creators, have stood tall to contribute their own quota to promote, re-shape, correct, the Western Nigerian narratives, most especially by re telling our own stories, fighting our own battles as against the idea of Africa’s voicelessness.

In view of this, in no order of importance we take a peek into those black curators whose ideology, resonates the liberation of black freedom and empowerment.

In a move to constantly promote, the African culture is Tola Wewe‘s whose contribution to the preservation of the Yoruba culture, especially in regards to shedding more light on the ways and tradition of the highly esteemed water goddess, Yemoja. Tola. Also, a frequent collaborator with Nike Davies-Okundaye, he was a founding member of the Ona movement in art.

Bernard Olabinjo Benson is another Nigerian entertainer and musician who had considerable influence on the Nigerian music scene. His music changed the West African music narratives, and this is evident in the introduction of big band and Caribbean idioms to the High-life style of popular West African Music.

Taking a peep into the world of Arts and crafts is Ladi Kwali, OON, MBE, a Nigerian potter. Kwali’s work projected Nigeria as a creative country as opposed the notion of it being a dark country with no creative capacity. According to history, Kwali with little formal education was a teacher of teachers when it came to pottery.

Also, taking a look at Nigerian Stars in diaspora is to celebrate the Lijadu Sisters, Taiwo and Kehinde Lijadu. The duo amazons are Nigerian identical twin sisters whose musical success and influence has become a house hold name both home and abroad. They have been described as the “Nigerian twins who fought elites with funk” by an American Journalist. Sadly, Kehinde passed on to the next world last year at age 71.

Another is Aina Onabolu, famously known for being a pioneer of modern arts teacher and painter, and an important figure whose work caused a revolution for the inclusion of arts in the Nigerian Secondary Schools. Also is Victor Ehikhamenor whose work is influenced by his attempt to sustain the traditional African motifs and religious cosmology.

Another whose celebration should be sung in the promotion of Nigerian Art is Chief Nike Davies-Okundaye, who is the founder of Nike Art Gallery, the largest in West Africa. As an artist and textile designer, she is famous for her batik weaving and dyeing workshops and her elaborate and intricately designed art.

Fela Anikulapo‘s music, life and ideology are a similitude spirit to the Black History month, as we celebrate Fela every first week of October, during a festival called, Felabration. This yearly music festival is a remembrance of Fela’s ideology, and its immortalization in the minds of every participant.

The idea behind the “Black History Month” is to yearly preserve the Afro-American consciousness in the minds of the African-Americans in Diaspora, by immortalizing their black celebrities and every event that mattered to them, which is only made possible through the documentation of their history.

Similarly in Nigeria, as part of the Black race, we all resonate with the idea of the black month most especially in the areas of our arts, craft and music for their revolutionary power in preserving our culture, and arts in a contemporary world of cultural conflict, and a quest for the African identity among many identities.

Although Nigeria has an endless list of personalities who have contributed immensely to the nation, however, to remember some of the aforementioned is to remember what our blackness stands for such as, resilience, determination, creativity, ubiquity, spirituality, and expressiveness.