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holistic health, massage therapy, mind, body, spirit, quality of life, stress
Stress is a part of everyone’s life. Depending on the level of stress, it may affect people’s health and lives. Stress in the workplace may come from many different sources, however for the purpose of this study, the focus was on female faculty working in a Teacher Education program at a small north central, North Dakota university. Stress is repeatedly prevalent among female faculty. They typically spend long hours at work, and thus have less time for other things. Stressed female faculty may feel emotionally taxed and thus produce nominally. Stress may deteriorate social and family relationships and ultimately may take a toll on their health. Therapeutic massage has been proven to be a stress reliever and thus may be helpful in enhancing the quality of life among the female faculty. This study examined whether therapeutic massage reduces stress and improves the overall quality of life of female faculty working in a Teacher Education program. Specific questions posed by the study have been answered by exploring perceptions of quality of life and clinical outcomes of therapeutic massage treatments. The results of the study were shared in presentations at the North Dakota American Massage Therapist Association conference in Bismarck, North Dakota and at the national Teaching Professors’ conference in Atlanta, Georgia.