There is a reason, we are called “massage therapists”, and if we are going to use that designation, it’s important that we live up to what it means. Being a massage therapist means so much more than simply rubbing the layers of the tissues of the body. It’s time our education and professional standards begin to reflect that.
The three most common types of work relationships for massage therapists are tenant, employee, and contractor. What sets these three relationships apart is the balance between control and responsibility: the more responsibility you have for something, the more you can exert control over it. The more control you have over something, the more responsibility you have to take for it.
Few people deserve a massage more than a mommy-to-be. Expecting a child is wonderful, but a mother’s body, mind and life must transform to adapt to the baby she carries. Pregnancy massage is a safe, trusted therapy that can be instrumental in supporting a mother’s overall well-being throughout the entire pregnancy.
With its telltale skin welts and recent popularity with Olympians, cupping therapy has become a sought-after modality. The ancient practice of using suction to stimulate blood flow has been a trusted tool of healers for thousands of years. Today, it’s an excellent compliment for massage practices focused on all kinds of work, from sports massage to energy-based bodywork.
When people picture a spa massage, the Zen-like image of a person relaxing with hot stones on their back likely springs to mind. Hot stone massage is a popular spa therapy adapted from ancient healing traditions. For clients, it can be the ultimate relaxation experience.
For massage therapists interested in medical massage, lymphatic massage therapy is a sensible continuing education choice. Lymphatic massage is a light touch technique designed to promote the flow of lymph and the natural drainage of tissues. On its own or combined with other therapies, it can play a significant role in oncology, orthopedic, pediatric and pregnancy massage.
When clients inquire about “walking on your back” massages, it’s ashiatsu they’re looking for. Ashiatsu barefoot massage is an ancient healing art that’s evolved from its origins in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to a sought-after spa massage technique. Ashiatsu offers massage therapists a unique way to set themselves apart while… Read more »
A welcome relief for clients with or recovering from cancer, oncology massage is a gentle, therapeutic modality that can be a massage therapist’s specialty or part of a well-rounded practice. It’s techniques are based both in empathy and medical understanding, and the care a trained oncology massage therapist offers comes… Read more »
It may be the hot new thing in Western spas, but traditional Thai massage has been a trusted modality for more than two millennia. This dynamic bodywork technique uses stretches and acupressure to relax muscles and promote well-being. Whether you just want a few new techniques to try or want… Read more »
What’s the difference between a massage license and a massage certification? Find out what you need in order to practice as a massage therapist.
Earlier this week, NCBTMB announced significant changes to their continuing education guidelines in two specific areas – 1) acceptance of energy work classes and 2) requirements for new massage CE providers. The details of changes to each area are listed below: Energy Work Classes Acceptance …NCBTMB will only accept energy… Read more »