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Join in the Fun at the Massage School Makeover Celebration!

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Massage School Makeover

On November 16, 2010, Educating Hands School of Massage in Miami, FL was announced the winner of the very first Massage School Makeover. On January 6, 2011 the Massage School Makeover Team will arrive in Miami to furnish Educating Hands with over $80,000 of products and services donated by Professional Product Partners. Everyone is welcome to join in on this 3 day celebration!

Thursday, January 6, 2011
11:00am – 3:00pm
Live entertainment and an award ceremony led by Massage Warehouse’s Angie Patrick.
Massage School Makeover Team arrives at Educating Hands with a truckload of products! Volunteers are needed to help unload the truck and unwrap the gifts.

Friday, January 7, 2011                  
10:00am – 6:00pm
Sponsor Spotlight – Several of massage’s top teachers, product specialists and industry leaders will be sharing in the celebration and demonstrating products.
Silent Auction – A silent auction will be held Friday and Saturday where you can bid on seminars, ballet tickets, professional and student massages, and much more!

Saturday, January 8, 2011      
10:00am – 6:00pm
Holistic Therapy Clinics & Movement Classes – Get a massage or acupuncture treatment or participate in a movement class!
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Open House – Check out the new Educating Hands Facility with all their new products! Refreshments provided.
4:00pm – 8:00pm
 Educating Hands Holistic Flavorings

To RSVP, call (305) 285-6691. For more information, please call Angie Patrick at (877) 404-0447.

Educating Hands School of Massage
3883 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33137
(305) 285-6991

Choosing a Lubricant for Each Modality

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

With the wide variety of massage modalities being used today it’s difficult to know when you should use an oil, crème, lotion or gel. Below you’ll find a guide to which types of lubricants are best used for each modality.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the most common modality and is used for relaxation purposes. An oil, creme, lotion or gel can be used during this type of massage.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue massage is used to reach deeper layers of muscles. A lotion is the ideal lubricant to use for this type of massage as it provides the ability to work in one concentrated area. Therapro Deep Tissue Massage Lotion provides a smooth glide and absorbs quicker than typical massage lotion.

Prenatal Massage

Prenatal massage is typically performed on expecting mothers after the second trimester. An oil, crème, lotion or gel can be used for this type of massage.

Sports Massage

Sports massage is a fast, vigorous modality used to either warm up the muscles before an athletic event or relax the muscles after an event. If you are performing the massage before the event, a lotion, crème or analgesic works best. If the massage is after the event, no lubricant is necessary as the athlete’s natural perspiration provides sufficient glide.

Acupressure Massage

Acupressure massage is similar to acupuncture, however it uses deep tissue points instead of needles. Lotion is the best lubricant to use when performing this type of massage.

Aromatherapy Massage

Aromatherapy massage is the lightest of all the modalities. This modality uses essential oils which are typically mixed with carrier oils but can also be mixed with unscented lotions, crèmes and gels.

Stone Massage

Stone massage can be performed with hot stones, cold stones, or a combination of hot and cold stones. These stones are used to either warm or cool the muscles and tissues. A massage oil is the best lubricant for this type of massage.

Ashiatsu Massage

Ashiatsu massage is also known as barefoot massage. With this modality, the Massage Therapist uses bare feet to perform basic Swedish and deep tissue techniques. Crème is an ideal lubricant to use for this technique.

Chair Massage

Chair massage is typically performed in a corporate setting or street festival in order to build business. Since the client is fully clothed during this type of massage, no lubricant is necessary. The Magic Massager is a handy tool to have when performing a Chair Massage as it provides the same glide and workability that you get when using lubricants.

Reflexology Massage

Reflexology massage provides stimulation using pressure points on feet, hands and ears to affect all parts of the body through the nerves. It is best to not use any lubricants during this treatment, but a cream or lotion can be used to finish. Oil should not be used as feet and hands already have natural oils and also oil on the bottom of a client’s feet may cause them to slip and fall.

NRG Face Rest Base

Friday, December 17th, 2010

The NRG Face Rest Base is made of a durable yet lightweight plastic and is made to fit the NRG Chi and NRG Karma massage tables. It may also fit other massage table brands with an 8” on center end plate, including EarthLite Brand tables. The NRG Face Rest Base is not sold with a cushion; however the EarthLite Standard Foam Crescent Cushion can be purchased separately to be used with this base.

What do I do if my face rest base will not lock into place?

To securely lock the face rest base, apply pressure with the palm of your hand to the bolt on the left side of the base. While holding the left side tightly, turn the lever until it becomes tight and lock it. When locking it into place, it will feel like it is going to break or like you are forcing it, but it will not break.

How do I fix the Velcro strips if they’re not staying attached to the plastic?

Use a scraper or adhesive remover to remove the old glue. Then use an adhesive to reapply the Velcro strips. You may also replace the existing Velcro with heavy duty Velcro.

NRG Face Rest Base

Best Careers 2011: Massage Therapist

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Massage therapists may be good with their hands, but most also have a knack for business. You’re likely to work for yourself, and your success depends largely on how many clients you bring in, so you’ll need to market yourself well and develop a rapport with repeat customers. Many massage therapists work part time in several locations, including spas, hospitals, cruise ships, and sports centers.

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Massage therapy uses touch to treat injuries, sooth tired or overworked muscles, reduce stress, and promote general health. Treatment comes in many varieties, including Swedish massage, deep-tissue massage, reflexology, and sports massage, and most therapists specialize in one or more. In most states, massage therapists need a license to practice.

The outlook:

As massage therapy becomes more popular, employment is expected to grow faster than average—19 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the Labor Department. Although this industry certainly hasn’t been spared the wrath of the recession, more spas and massage clinic franchises are popping up to meet increased demand for massage services, creating new openings for therapists. Massage therapists held about 122,400 jobs in 2008, and more than half were self-employed. Many more practice massage therapy as a secondary source of income.

Of those who are self-employed, most own their own businesses or work as independent contractors. Others find employment in personal care services establishments, the offices of physicians and chiropractors, fitness and recreational sports centers, and hotels. Employment is concentrated in metropolitan areas, as well as resort and destination locales.

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CranioCradle FAQ

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

What is the CranioCradle?

The CranioCradle is a versatile, easy to use massage tool that provides quick, effective relief of stress, tension and pain in the body. This is a great home therapy tool as well as an extra set of hands during a massage therapy session.

What is the CranioCradle made of?

The CranioCradle is made of integral skin polyurethane foam. This soft, compressible foam is similar to memory foam with a protective coating and is 100% recyclable.

How do I clean the CranioCradle?

You can clean the CranioCradle with warm water and liquid soap or with a household sanitizer.

Can I heat or freeze the CranioCradle?

You should not heat or freeze the CranioCradle as it may damage the foam.

Should I use the CranioCradle on a hard or soft surface?

The CranioCradle is best used on a soft surface such as a bed, sofa or massage table for most applications. For trigger point release, it is best to use the CranioCradle on a hard surface such as the floor to provide more pressure.

How long do I use the CranioCradle?

The amount of time you should use the CranioCradle varies, but generally 5-10 therapeutic minutes is all you’ll need.

Will the CranioCradle be damaged when it compresses during use?

The compression of the CranioCradle during use will not cause damage to the tool. The design of the CranioCradle allows it to compress during use and then return to its original shape within seconds after use.

How do I use the CranioCradle?

The CranioCradle can be used under the back of the head, neck and body at specific locations. The CranioCradle can also be used for trigger point release. Instructional videos are available on the CranioCradle Product Page.

CranioCradle