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What I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Massage Therapist

Massage therapy is a rewarding career that enables you to relax and heal your clients. Clients may come to you because they need to unwind and relax, or they may be experiencing muscle tenderness and soreness. Becoming a massage therapist allows you to help your clients live a happy and healthy lifestyle. Some massage therapists work on their own, running and operating their own businesses. Others work in spas, healthcare clinics, fitness centers and hotels. No matter where you choose to work as a massage therapist, it’s crucial that you receive the proper education. What a Massage Therapist Actually Does Most people who enter the field aren’t aware of what
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Have One of These 5 Health Conditions? See a Massage Therapist

Massages aren’t just for those seeking an escape from the day-to-day demands of life. While the health benefits of bodywork have been known for some time, more recently massage therapy has become a respected remedy in the medical community.  Today, it’s not uncommon to see massage therapists working alongside doctors, nurses, and other providers as part of a patient’s treatment plan. Stress and pain relief may immediately come to mind when thinking of conditions that may benefit from massage therapy, but there are much more that may be improved. Here is a look at a few others. Massage Therapy and High Blood Pressure The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) offers
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How to Become a Massage Therapy Entrepreneur

Massage therapy is a rewarding career that can bring joy to both entrepreneur and clients. Knowing how to make someone feel better through massage is not enough to make a career. The massage therapy entrepreneur has to find a way to get clients to try their services and give them a reason to come back. While there are job opportunities available through spas and gyms, there are a number of massage therapists who work as entrepreneurs. Some work out of their own homes or a rented space, others travel to work in their client’s homes. Where ever they set up their business, being an entrepreneur isn’t easy. It requires discipline
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Massage Therapy Techniques Guide: The Many Types of Massage

As a massage therapist, it is crucial to understand all of the different types of massage and how the massage techniques help benefit clients.  During a massage therapy program at your local vocational school, you will learn about different types of massage techniques, including hot stone massage, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology, prenatal massage, sports massage, Thai massage, and Shiatsu massage techniques. Laying down a strong foundation of massage therapy education allows you to help clients be happy and healthy. Hot Stone Massage Techniques Hot stone massage techniques treat stress, tension and muscle soreness. Additionally, this type of massage improves metabolism and blood circulation. One of the most significant
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Massage Therapy: Tools of the Trade

As a massage therapist, having access to tools of the trade are essential for performing massage services at the highest level. Regardless of whether you are planning on working independently or for a local spa or massage franchise, here are some of the massage therapy tools you can expect to use on a daily basis. Massage Tables First of all, the most important massage therapy tool is the massage surface. Massage tables are key to performing services. There are two basic types of massage tables, stationary and portable. Both work excellent for full body, relaxation, or deep tissue massage. Stationary Massage Tables Spas, rehabilitation centers, and franchise settings often use
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Questions to Prepare for a Massage Therapist Interview

As a recent graduate in Massage Therapy, you have a wealth of opportunities to land an entry-level position as a massage therapist at a local spa or franchise. Skilled massage therapists are in high demand, so don’t be surprised when you start getting calls for interviews! Prepare for Common Questions at Your Interview Here are a few common questions you may be asked at an entry-level massage therapist interview. Keep in mind that the interview process varies from employer to employer, so this is not a definitive list. Question #1: What Massage School Did You Attend? Massage therapy franchises and spas require therapists to be trained and licensed to perform
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Prenatal & Postpartum Massage: Massage for the Mind, Body & Spirit

In 2016, there were almost 4 million babies born in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With so many children being born, there is a growing need for massage therapists that have prenatal and postpartum massage training. Prenatal massage is a technique involving deep bodywork to improve circulation, take strain off muscles and joints, and help during prenatal and postpartum pregnancy phases. Massage therapy can help minimize the discomforts of pregnancy. Prenatal and postnatal massage can help by relieving back strain, headaches and ease postpartum stress. There are prenatal massage guidelines that a massage therapist should abide by to ensure safe sessions. Prenatal
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How to Use Social Media as a Massage Therapist

Social media is here to stay. Aside from personal networking, social media is increasingly being used in professional circles. Used in an informative way, social media can create and increase a client base, enable massage therapists to network professionally, and access potential clients more easily. This article highlights how massage therapists can use social media to their advantage. Personal versus Professional As a professional trained massage therapist it is important to keep personal boundaries on social media. You may share things with family and friends on a Facebook that are not appropriate to share with a wider audience. A massage therapist will encounter clients from all walks of life and
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What it Takes to Be a Successful Massage Therapist

Interested in becoming a massage therapist in as little as 5 months with full time enrollment? While attending a vocational school and taking a massage therapy training program, students learn Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, prenatal massage, and sports massage therapy. But first, what does a massage therapist do on a day-to-day basis and what skills will make them successful? What a Massage Therapist Does According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, massage therapists treat clients by using touch to massage the muscles and soft tissues of the body. Massage therapists relieve acute and chronic pain, help heal sports injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress and aid
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Week 1: What Happens in our Massage Therapy Short-term Certificate Program?

  When people hear “short-term certificate,” it is not always clear if everyone is talking about the same thing.  The massage therapy certificate program at Minnesota School of Cosmetology is a 5-month program designed to get students trained in the skills needed to practice massage therapy.   Recently, our current class completed their first week of courses.  Our massage therapy program chairs at our Woodbury and Plymouth campuses, Denise Radcliffe and Diana Oberg, gave some insight into what our students were already doing by the end of week one.   What was the class able to start doing during week 1?   We started learning about the body- body systems,
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