Massage classes offered for therapeutic benefits


ARNOLD RESIDENT Laudie Baer, a massage therapist at the University of Maryland's health center at College Park, is nationally certified in professional massage and bodywork and is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association.

She's also a promoter of the positive results of massage on the skin and the body.

Describing its benefits Tuesday during demonstrations for seated massage at the Community Center at Woods, Baer, a former research chemist with a doctorate in biochemistry, said, "Once people experience massage first hand, they are convinced.

"In addition to feeling good, massage has been shown to enhance the immune system," she said. "Some people who regularly receive therapeutic massage have gone for years without having a cold."

Massage is used in conjunction with medical care to help pregnant women and asthmatics.

"In Europe, massage has been offered as part of a medical practice for years, used side by side in hospitals and clinics," said Baer. "It earned a new level of acceptance in the U.S. when it was incorporated for the first time in the history of U.S. Olympics as part of the physical therapy for athletes at the Olympic Games in Atlanta."

The presentation at Woods was part of center director Barbara Birkenheuer's efforts to offer a full menu of activities to the public at the former YMCA building at Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and Cypress Creek Road.

Baer will teach seated massage at 11 a.m. on four Tuesdays, beginning next week. The fee is $40.

"This is something couples can do," said Baer. "We get so busy, we don't have time to be caring."

The center will offer full-body massages for $40 every Monday starting Feb. 1.

Information: 410-384-7673.

Pub Date: 1/21/99

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