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Welcome to MassageLodge.com, an online community founded by massage therapists and dedicated to massage therapists. We would like to encourage and invite all massage therapy students, massage therapists and all massage therapy professionals to join our online community. As practicing therapists with a passion and a love for the massage profession, we wanted to start a community where all massage therapy professionals could congregate on the web to learn, share and discuss all things related to the massage therapy profession. Working as a therapist is a very rewarding and fulfilling career by bringing healing and comfort to others through touch. This is not only therapeutic to our clients but to us as therapists. Helping others through massage is a wonderful thing. It's always been our belief that massage therapy heals the mind, body and soul. We look forward to interacting, meeting and getting to know everyone on the forum. We also would like to thank each one of you for your kind...
MassageLodge.com is an online forum specifically catered for people in the massage therapy profession. Whether you're a student studying to be a massage therapist, a massage therapy graduate or a practicing licensed massage therapist, MassageLodge.com is for you. This forum is a place where you can go to get to know other therapists, learn and share information and discuss anything related to the massage therapy profession. MassageLodge.com was inspired and started by licensed massage therapists who are passionate about helping others through massage therapy, natural healing and the massage therapy profession. Please join us in making this a great online community and help us grow by telling other massage therapists and massage professionals about our forum.
1) Where is the school located? How much time will you spend daily on commute? What
kind of expenses and how much will you incur related to commute / room and board if you are going to live close to school? Overall, can you afford both the time and cost
of attending the school?
2) Is the school accredited or non accredited? If non accredited, is it State certified and will
it allow you to take the Certification exam sand go on to become a licensed Massage Therapist (LMT)? Non accredited schools may end up more economical in some cases (they do not qualify for financial aid). However, make sure that you will be able to get your certificate and license by attending a non accredited school.
3) Are qualified applicants / prospective students eligible to apply for and receive Federal Financial Aid?
Or ask the school whether they are part of the Title IV Funding Program, which qualifies their students to apply for financial aid. If the school qualifies, ask about the FAFSA form a nd...
The average career as a massage therapist is 5 years. The biggest reason this is such a short time is because of the lack of business and marketing skills. Unfortunately these skills are not taught at college in enough detail to actually help you create marketing material that is effective at getting you clients.
The Reality Of Massage Therapy Marketing
What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear someone say "If I need a massage, I just get my partner to rub my back"? Probably shock and a desire to tell them how crazy that is! You spent a long time learning anatomy and massage skills and know a lot about the human body. You know first hand just how important it is to get someone who knows what they're doing to give you a massage.
What About Business And Marketing?
Developing effective marketing materials takes just as much skill and knowledge as massage does... It's just other skills and different knowledge. Any marketing you do should be able to...
If you find yourself in pain caused by muscle tension or even a pinched nerve, you may be recommended for deep tissue massage. You may wonder how a massage is going to help you, but this is not going to the local spa and having a relaxing massage, deep tissue massage is a therapeutic massage which focuses on the deeper muscle layers and all the connective tissues surrounding those particular muscle groups.
This type of specialized massage works for stiffness, muscle injuries and lesions, aches and pains and can be exceptionally helpful to reduce unwelcome pain caused by numerous problems. It is a very slow and pressurized movement massage concentrating on specific areas to ensure the muscles are reached, along with the surrounding connective tissues.
With muscle tension comes what are called adhesions. These are tissues which become rigid, which can result in chronic and very unwelcome pain. Adhesions are known to cause inflammation, reduce movement, cause pain and even block...
Prenatal Massage creates a lot of therapeutic effects on a would-be mother. The massage is not only helpful for the mother but it is equally beneficial for the baby who is inside the mother's womb. A professional massage therapist can provide a lot of comfort to the pregnant women through the Prenatal Massage therapy. They are equipped with all the knowledge about dealing the mothers as well as what can give them perfect comfort.
Pregnancy massages aid in appeasing and resting the nervous system of the mother. This can help them sleep well at night which is very important for the health of both the mother and the baby. Some women experience mental anxiety and stress during the period of pregnancy which can be combated through the massage in pregnancy.
In fact most of the doctors suggest the mothers to go for soothing prenatal massage as this will keep them healthy and happier and the chances of complications during delivery will reduce.
Types of prenatal massage and their...
Massage therapy is increasingly being embraced as an alternative medical treatment as more and more healthcare providers are suggesting massage therapy to their patients. A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports that massage therapy is a beneficial treatment for chronic pain issues. Many people see a licensed massage therapist for “some vague, chronic pain in the neck, shoulders and lower back.” The soreness is typically caused by various lifestyle factors – desk posture at work, sleeping positions and seemingly minor things, such as wearing heels or carrying a heavy pocketbook or wallet.
But many people are seeking relief from a more serious condition, says Winona Bontrager, a licensed massage therapist who runs the Lancaster School of Massage in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Some have cancer; studies have shown massage helps lessen these patients’ pain and fatigue while elevating mood. Many clients struggle with anxiety and depression, which researchers...
Mark your calendars to attend the AMTA 2016 National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Wisconsin Center from October 26-29, for three days of inspiration, education and networking with other massage therapy professionals. Come and be inspired with the opening session and business meeting with keynote speaker Robin Roberts on October 27th at 9:00 am, who is a cancer survivor, athlete and "Good Morning America" anchor and someone who knows the power of massage therapy. Make plans now to attend the AMTA 2016 National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for inspiration on living your best possible life. For more information and to register visit AMTA 2016 Convention.
Studies have shown when you give your baby a therapeutic massage you're stimulating the central nervous system of your baby. The power of touch sets off a chain reaction making your babies brain produce more serotonin and less cortisol that secretes response to stress management. Infant massage will reduce your babies heart rate and slow down the breathing to a more level and become more relaxed. Not only does an infant massage help physically but emotionally as well. Affectionate touch and rhythmic movement are vital and very powerful forms of communication between a baby an their parents and a wonderful way to bond with your baby. Sometimes newborns can feel overwhelming but the power of massage can help you feel more in control. Massage therapy can help ease the tensions and stress for healthier lives for both parents and their babies.
Being a long time migraine sufferer myself, I know how horrible migraine headaches can be, they can totally incapacitate a person when experiencing an attack. While there is no cure for migraine headaches, treating our clients who suffer from migraines can greatly benefit by relieving the pain, the horrible associated symptoms as well as reducing the frequency, duration of a migraine attack and even prevent an attack all together. By applying such modalities as Deep Tissue, Craniosacral, Reflexology and Trigger Point Therapy, one can benefit tremendously from massage therapy. In my situation, I had some neck injuries from playing sports as a kid and I'm convinced one reason migraines occur is by cervical neck issues and neck alignment, as well as food sensitivities, blood and sugar regulations, certain smells or scents, vascular problems, neurological problems and hormonal changes in the body. One technique that's helped me the most and one that I use on my clients is massaging the...
The FSMTB (MBLEx) and NCBTMB have reached an agreement. Effective November 1st, 2014 the NCBTMB will cease to accept applications for their licensing exams. Beginning February 1st, 2015 the MBLEx will be the sole licensing exam for the massage therapy profession, this will facilitate portability and standardization for all massage therapists.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics massage therapists medium pay is $35,970 per year. The number of jobs in 2012 was 132,800 and the job outlook through 2022 is forecasted with a 23% growth, which is much faster than the national average of employment careers. 30,000 new massage therapists are expected to be in the work force between 2012 and 2022. This is very good news for those considering a career in massage therapy.
The American Massage Association has compiled and published 25 reasons to get a massage in 2015, other than feeling wonderfully relaxing, massage is good medicine. Here are some of the benefits of massage.
1. Relieve stress
2. Boost immunity
3. Reduce anxiety
4. Manage low-back pain
5. Help fibromyalgia pain
6. Reduce muscle tension
7. Enhance exercise performance
8. Relieve tension headaches
9. Sleep better
10. Ease symptoms of depression
11. Improve cardiovascular health
12. Reduce pain of osteoarthritis
13. Decrease stress in cancer patients
14. Improve balance in older adults
15. Decrease rheumatoid arthritis pain
16. Temper effects of dementia
17. Promote relaxation
18. Lower blood pressure
19. Decrease symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
20. Help chronic neck pain
21. Lower joint replacement pain
22. Increase range of motion
23. Decrease migraine frequency
24. Improve quality of life in hospice care
25. Reduce chemotherapy-related nausea
It has amazed me for many years how many in the medical profession that treat chronic pain issues are oblivious to trigger points. Most chronic pain sufferers pain comes from trigger points and trigger point therapy can be very beneficial in managing pain. While we don't have the M.D. behind our names and not often thought of as source to treat such issues, a properly trained therapist can greatly reduce and help relieve many chronic pain ailments. Chronic pain is a yearly multi million dollar business and between the doctors and chiropractors getting the lions share of the pie, massage therapists are often left out of the discussion. All of these fibromyalgia , herniated disc and carpal tunnel syndrome patients in many cases could be helped by simply working the soft tissue associated with the problem and could save many from having unnecessary and disastrous post surgery results as well as all the problems associated with going to a pain management clinic for chronic pain.
Massage therapists like anyone else benefits from receiving a regular massage, especially with the vigorous schedules some of us keep. I have found however when it comes to getting a massage many therapists have a different approach and perspective on how they get a massage. Some like to simply trade out with another therapist, this way you don't pay each other anything but simply give a massage in return. This method has it's drawbacks however, if you're the one giving the massage first, the person you've just massaged that's supposed to give you a massage is now tired, often too relaxed to give you a good massage in return. I recommend if you're gonna trade out massages, schedule them on different days so you will get a good massage in return. Other therapists like to pay for the massage just as a client would pay for a massage and even tip. This way works great for scheduling purposes while also allowing you to get the therapist of your choice. The only drawback about getting a...