Not long ago I was seeking out new and interesting options for continuing education to add to my existing practice. In my travels, I discovered something called Positive Psychology. My interest was piqued. I had never heard of this practice before. When I did a search for the term I came across nearly 7 million results. Of course, you will find varied definitions of what Positive Psychology is, but in summary, it is the scientific study of what makes life most worth living. It focuses on psychological science and practice to look not only at the problems we face or supposed weaknesses, but to be equally concerned with our strengths and on building those strengths. When we seek out conventional, traditional therapy, it tends to be to address specific problems in life. In that situation, the focus of our sessions is often fixing what may be “broken,” for lack of a better term. What I find most interesting about Positive Psychology is that it seeks to build upon the best things in our lives in addition to repairing the worst.
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Rob Zukowski is a New York State LMT, certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, a Certified Medical Massage Therapist and holds a degree in Occupational Studies, with a focus on massage therapy, from the prestigious Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences. He has advanced training in sports massage, various relaxation therapies, and training in multi-therapeutic approaches to massage for oncology.
In addition to private practice, his experience includes being a massage therapist, lead therapist and member relationships manager in assorted fitness centers, spas, clinics and holistic healing settings and working in corporate wellness environments. Rob also works as a client services manager at a healing center, authors his own column on the subject of complementary and alternative medicine in a national HIV/AIDS magazine, works in student outreach and lectures on therapeutic massage for various pathologies.