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 »
Kinesio taping, or KT, is a thriving modality for both athletic and in-office applications. In fact, many bodyworkers are considering adding kinesio taping certification to their repertoire to benefit their clients or to advance their business into new markets. Here’s a “crash course” on the kinesio taping buzz!
Robert Gardner and Danielle Omo are two Austin-based massage therapists who met on Facebook before meeting in person to discuss issues within the massage industry. In this video, they discuss challenges specific to massage continuing education. There are many great points discussed, but one in particular (at 10:25) is key to the mission… Read more »
If you flip through photos of 2016 Olympians, you may notice something strange. Enormous, dark red spots are dotting the backs, shoulders, legs and chests of the world’s greatest athletes. It isn’t a rash or an illness. The perfectly round bruises are from cupping, a derivative of acupuncture and… Read more »