It’s not what you think it is, according to a new study.
The Australian Medical Association has urged people to “think twice before touching a dead body”.
In its report published on Wednesday, the AMA said the word “skeletons” can conjure up images of human flesh, and is “used to describe bodily parts”.
“Some people think of skeletal massage as something to do with a person’s hands, but the word ‘skeleton’ is used to describe the body of an individual,” AMA president and chief executive Sally Hunt said.
The word “bones” can also invoke images of the body. “
The word ‘bones’ can also evoke images of bones and skin, and has been used to suggest that some body parts are soft or flexible.”
The word “bones” can also invoke images of the body.
AMA president Sally Hunt says the word bones can conjuring images of people’s flesh.
Picture: AAP “So, if someone has a dead person in their house, they should not be doing skeletal massage,” she said.
“The word skeleton may conjure images of something soft or elastic, but in fact, the actual skeleton of a human body is hard and solid.”
A study of body mass index (BMI) data by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found that while most people consider their BMI to be the most accurate measure of their body’s size, the average BMI of Australian adults is between 23.5 and 25.9.
The AMA says people with a BMI of under 23.8 should consider themselves “at high risk of developing osteoarthritis, cancer, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and other health problems”.
“A BMI of between 23 and 25 is not the ideal body weight,” Ms Hunt said, adding that the AMA’s position “is not to promote skeletal massage”.
Ms Hunt said it is important to keep the BMI of all Australians “between 23.7 and 25”, but emphasised that there are many factors that contribute to BMI, including diet, physical activity and genetics.
“Many people in Australia do not realise that a BMI under 23 is a BMI at the very least under 25.
People with a body mass Index (BIA) between 23-25 are more likely to have a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, or a family history of osteoathritis, osteoecrosis or osteoporosis,” she wrote.
A spokesperson for the National Health and Medical Research Council said the AMA report “misrepresents” the medical evidence and the findings of scientific studies.
“[The AMA] report ignores the body mass and physical activity data of a significant number of Australians and relies on flawed and anecdotal evidence,” the spokesperson said.
The AMA said its research found the number of people with BMIs of between 24.5 to 26.7 had increased from 20 per cent of Australian population in 1990 to 34 per cent in 2016.
Dr Lisa Nussbaum, a senior lecturer in medical epidemiology at the University of Melbourne, said the AAP report is misleading.
She said: “It is important for us to be careful about how we use this term because it can be misused to mean the body parts we are talking about are soft and elastic, which in itself is misleading.”
Dr Nussback said people should not have to consider their body size when choosing a massage, but should only consider it in relation to their health and wellbeing.
For example, a massage could be described as “tensioning a sore area” or “lubricating a sore muscle”.
“A massage may be done for a number of reasons and may be used to treat a variety of problems including sore muscles, low back pain, chronic low back pressure, and joint pain,” Dr Nournette said.
“The best massage therapists and massage practitioners are able to give people an effective, safe, and effective massage without the need to touch a dead human body.”
Dr Nussenberg said if people did not want to do any form of body work, they could consider “self-massage”, which she said “can be done in many different ways”.
The Australian Medical Group (AMA) says the term “skeleton massage” conjures images of a dead and vulnerable human body.
Picture, AAP “Many people find it useful to have an open and honest discussion about what they think is important,” Ms Nussabold said.
“There are also many people who choose to do it for medical reasons, but they also find that this may be a form of self-harm.”
The Association of Australian Medical Colleges (AAMC) said the term was used in a “positive” way to refer to a person doing physical work that they would otherwise not be able to do.
An AAMC spokesperson said people could choose to perform bodywork in a variety or ways and the