EP38: Massage Is A Vehicle For Hope With Benny Vaughn

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Benny has 42 years of massage therapy experience treating athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and active adults; he is known internationally as an expert in the assessment, treatment and care of athletic related soft-tissue dysfunction using manual techniques. Mr. Vaughn produced the educational 1992 video series “Clinical Sports Massage” and the 1997 video “Functional Assessment Skills for Massage Therapists”.  He has been an invited lecturer for professional wellness and therapy conferences throughout the United States as well as Australia, Ireland, Japan, Spain and Russia.

MASSAGE MAGAZINE, an international publication, in their Special Year 2000 Millennium issue, recognized Benny Vaughn as one of the fifty most influential professionals of hands-on, soft-tissue therapy, in the world, over the past 100 years.

He's a graduate of the University of Florida, College of Health and Human Performance with a degree in Health Education and a specialist certification in Health Promotion and Wellness.  He is a Certified Athletic Trainer (NATA), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), and is a Board Certified Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB) practitioner.  He holds a Texas and Florida massage license. Benny began his career in massage therapy in Gainesville, Florida in 1974 after graduating from the American Institute of Massage Therapy now known as the Florida School of Massage.

Mr. Vaughn served as Medical Liaison at Olympic Stadium during the 1996 Summer Olympics and was a full time member of the medical planning staff of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) serving as a Program Manager for Athlete Medical Services

He was a member of the Sports Medicine staff for USA Track and Field for the 2003 World Championships in Paris, France; the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece; the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan; the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China; the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany, the 2010 Indoor World Championships in Doha, Qatar, 


My takeaways were:

  • To have to human experience you must have touch
  • As technology begins to expand and grow in every aspect of our lives so would the need for touch.
  • How massage therapy in the past has been misunderstood in athletics because the model of healthcare operates from a position of something has to be wrong in order to indicate service.
  • How the experience of touch allows a person to be a fuller more creative and better performing human being.
  • Benny shares his experience and work with the Olympic Games.
  • Benny touches upon discrimination in the system based on knowledge/education.
  • How massage can be a tool for delivering hope to those who are in pain.
  • How massage can be a solution to the current opioid epidemic and the consequences of treating pain with medications that are addictive and destructive over time.
  • How giving a person hope allows their body's immune system and all their physiology to work optimally.
  • How adding science to what you do enhances your intuition - coaching or treating intuitively. 

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