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Chicago is My Kind of Town!

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Chicago is My Kind of Town!
By Drew Freedman
The Boston Bodyworker

I have been in the massage industry for over 18 years, yet I still feel like a kid in a candy store every day when I peruse the internet, combing through Facebook, blogs and various websites, learning new and exciting things about the human body. Are you still hungry like I am to learn more? Are you still trying to crave that thirst for knowledge? If you are like me, than once you reside to two facts, 1) You will never have enough knowledge about what we can do to help others and 2) What was once learned may potentially be proven to be wrong some day, then you are well on your way to an enriching career in massage therapy or any other field of health care.

amc-chicagoI admit, I was fortunate to not only have a strong background in wellness prior to massage school having a degree in sports medicine from the University of South Florida; I was also learning from some of the best of the best from day one. James Waslaski was my sports massage instructor a Sun Coast School and he in turn brought in people like Aaron Mattes and George Kousaleus. This snowballed into workshops with Judith Delaney, Whitney Lowe and so many more. It wasn’t until I moved back to my hometown of Boston, that I realized how blessed I was to have been introduced to so many knowledgeable and passionate people.

I mention all this because that is the exact environment you walk into when you attend an American Massage Conference. These conferences not only afford an endless amount of options for continuing education (CE’s), but the presenters who are providing them are about the nicest, most knowledgeable and passionate people I know. It has been my honor to be a part of such a cast of characters and that is exactly who we are; characters. Each and every presenter is as unique as a Disney creation. If you catch Eric Stephenson, Dennis Buckley, Tina Allen and myself in the notorious community room, hang on to your holsters, because it’s about to go off the ‘fazizzle’.

The AMC is a destination conference worth saving for, but fortunately, you won’t need to save much, because it is also the best bang for your buck out there. The AMC offers attendees a choice from several different passes. You get to choose from over 70 hours of NCTMB approved CE’s, enjoy one of the most expansive exhibit halls filled with vendors who offer the best product deals you will EVER find and you can experience one of the coolest features I have ever seen, or been a part of, the One Concept Community Room. The community room, located in the middle of it all offers FREE one-hour workshops, hands-on treatments from aforementioned CE providers (remember, we love what we do) and a front row seat to watch and observe other integrated health care providers perform their work. One community of providers offering FREE services in exchange for donations to a charity is what the hosts of the AMC, One Concept are all about.

theraband-tape Now of course I would be remiss not to briefly mention the workshop I will be presenting at the AMC in Chicago. I am very excited to be offering a 10-hour pre-conference workshop on kinesiology taping. This event will be held on Thursday, the day before the doors open for the show. We will be teaching you all about the use of kinesiology taping in your practice. More specifically, we will be showing you how to tape for common running injuries we see in practice such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints and ITB syndrome, just to name a few. My partner in crime, 2013 AMTA Educator of the Year and Co-owner of Georgia Massage School, Rick Garbowski, will join me. He and I will be your hosts for an exciting and guaranteed to be entertaining class. We will be revealing the newest brand of kinesiology tape on the market today, TheraBand Kinesiology Tape. You will learn why this tape will provide you with better and more consistent clinical outcomes than any other brand (when applied correctly). Performance Health, the makers of this tape as well as products such a BioFreeze, Prossage and TheraBands have gone above and beyond in their laboratory to create a tape that is second to none. Attendees will leave this workshop with a ‘new key on the key ring’ to help their patients return to their lives, pain free.

Don’t fret if you can’t make the pre-conference class. Rick an I will be there all weekend offering a one-hour and 3-hour introductory class as well as being available in the One Concept Community room throughout the weekend.

If for whatever the reason may be, that you don’t need CE’s, than I would still encourage you to come to the AMC for another reason; NETWORKING!

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Not only does the AMC offer and Exhibit hall, where vendors such as Massage Warehouse, will make it well worth your while to stock up on your inventory so you have the best margins possible for your practice, the American Massage Conference also plays host to the infamous ‘Facebook Meet & Greet‘. These parties are legendary and offer you a unique opportunity to mingle with so many amazing people.

Last, if you have all the CE’s you need and you are more connected than Al Capone, come on down and talk with your industry organizations such as the ABMP or the Massage Therapy Foundation to learn how they can help you become a better massage therapist (better than you already are).

I really hope that you will make your way to Chicago this June for the American Massage Conference. It is a destination worth driving, flying, hitchhiking to or by whatever means gets you there. I only ask one thing. WHEN you arrive, come up to me and say ‘Hello’. Like my colleagues, we want to warmly welcome each and every one of you to this show. See you in Chicago! Register Now!

5 Reasons You Should Attend the American Massage Conference by Tina Allen

Monday, March 9th, 2015

In June, the American Massage Conference (AMC) will takeover Chicago Land with one of the most innovative health and wellness conferences in the industry.
http://www.americanmassageconference.com

Why should you plan to attend the American Massage Conference?  Here are just five reasons not miss it:

  1. Choices, Choices, Choices
    Internationally recognized massage educators present over 70 hours of NCBTMB approved education. There is something featured for everyone, from Pediatric Massage and Spa techniques, to Orthopedic Massage and Kinesiology Taping. And, featured one-hour presentations allow you to get a sample of everything, without breaking the bank.
  2. Connection, Collaboration and Community.
    In the ONE Concept Community Room, health care practitioners from all backgrounds come together to offer treatments in Massage Therapy, Chiropractic, Thai Massage, Spa & Aromatherapy. Unlike other events, where only registered attendees can participate, ONE Concept offers the Community Room to attendees and the public!
  3. A chance to quit “liking” pictures & meet friends in person.
    Lots of us have friends on Facebook, but when was the last time you saw/met them in person? Join in the fun at the world-famous Facebook party. This year, guests are invited to feel the Chicago magic dressed as their favorite 1920’s gangsters and dolls.
  4. You can bring your kids.
    Most of the time, you leave the partner and kids at home while you are away on business. With this event, things are different, your family is welcome. Families have a chance to participate in a very special family massage class. During this special class, participants learn about the many benefits of children’s massage. Including methods to help relieve stress and anxiety while promoting healthy growth and development.
  5. Get ready to eat, and eat well.
    The city is a bona fide culinary capital. In Chicago Land, you are about to go on a mind-blowing taste bud adventure. Not only is this a gourmet dining epicenter, but also the home of world famous Chicago deep-dish pizza, the classic Chicago-style hot dog and the Italian Beef.  Whether you queue up for a table at Giordano’s or Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, you’ll have plenty to eat. If pizza is not your thing, we understand that the vegan milkshakes at the Chicago Diner are so extraordinary, that you can’t miss out.

It’s all happening in Chicago!

Be there!
The American Massage Conference AMC is coming to Chicago June 11-14, 2015. The AMC will feature over 70 hours of NCBTMB approved education by the Top Educators in Massage Therapy and Integrative Health Care.

Who will be there?
The educators and presenters include James Waslaski, Tina Allen, Drew Freedman, Eric Stephenson, Angie Dubis, Dr. Dennis Buckley, Anne E. Williams, Teresa Taglione-Matthews, Stephanie Beck, Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Dr. Jerrilyn Cambron, Rick Garbowski, Lloyd List, Angie Patrick, Felicia Brown, CG Funk, Monica Pasinato-Forchielli, Mark Volkmann and more to be announced soon.

Different Ways to Attend
With 4 affordable AMC access passes it is easy for any massage therapist and healthcare professional to participate. Whether you want to attend everyday, one day or to just access the wonderful Trade Show Exhibitors, Community Room and Community Classroom, there is a pass for you. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet or reconnect with a Community of like-minded therapists.

Register: http://www.oneconcept.com/AMC-Register

Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
Founder & Director
Liddle Kidz Foundation
www.LiddleKidz.com

No Pain No Gain, does it apply to massage?

Friday, February 6th, 2015

No Pain No Gain, does it apply to massage?

By Elline Eliasoff, CMT

 

When you think of the massage and spa industry, you typically think about a soft spoken therapist working in a calm relaxing massage room, listening to soft background music, experiencing pure relaxation.   The image and experience are wonderful and has a valuable and necessary place in our hectic lives, but the question is, does a bit of pain and discomfort have a therapeutic value?

The answer is yes! Medical massage often involves releasing contracted hypertonic muscles. This means the therapist is working less superficial and more deeply. A medical or therapeutic massage goes beyond the simple relaxation massage. The benefits are: increased circulation, decreased hypertonicty, and in many cases decreased pain. The deeper muscle work definitely has a lasting therapeutic effect!

The client, while receiving a therapeutic massage, should be communicating their pain or discomfort level to the therapist. I like to quantify pain on 1 to 10 scale, 10 being intolerable and 7 being therapeutic. It is important while receiving a medical massage, to be in touch with your body enough to distinguish pain that is therapeutic, ( “hurts so good” ), resulting in muscle release and pain that is simply too intense to tolerate. The client should never leave a session bruised or with lasting discomfort.

Medical massage can fall under a variety of different names. Is it commonly referred to as: Myofascial Release, or Deep Tissue Massage. So, the next time you are experiencing pain or discomfort, consider massage therapy as an alternative medical treatment.

 

http://www.portlandmonthlymag.com/health-and-fitness/the-balance/articles/how-much-pressure-is-too-much-pressure-in-a-massage-january-2015

American Massage Conference AMC

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

It’s All About Community and You

 

The American Massage Conference~AMC is coming to Chicago June 11-14, 2015. The AMC will feature over 70 hours of NCBTMB approved education by the Top Educators in Massage Therapy and Integrative Health Care.

 

The educators and presenters include James Waslaski, Tina Allen, Drew Freedman, Eric Stephenson, Angie Dubis, Dr. Dennis Buckley, Anne E. Williams, Teresa Taglione-Matthews, Stephanie Beck, Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Jerrilyn Cambron, Rick Garbowski, Lloyd List, Angie Patrick, Felicia Brown, CG Funk, Monica Pasinato-Forchielli and more to be announced soon.

 

Tinley Park will be the location for the 2015 AMC Conference. This thriving Southwest Chicago community is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the Midwest. Tinley Park is centrally located and lies directly off both major interstates and between O’Hare and Midway airports. This provides easy access and multiple accommodation options. The dynamic attractions in Chicago and other nearby towns add to the outstanding experience. The Convention Center also offers FREE parking.

 

In addition to 70 hours of NCBTMB approved education, there will be two pre-conference Certificate Classes commencing Thursday June 11th and continuing Friday morning for a total of 10 hours in Kinesiology Taping and Deep Tissue Techniques for Orthopedic Conditions. Friday features FREE Student Day/Smart From The Start Presentation and Instructors on the Front Lines by Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals ABMP. Friday finishes with our World Famous Facebook Meet and Greet, FREE to attendees.

 

Free Student Day/Smart from the Start presentation is our biggest event at the American Massage Conference. Great educators and icons in the massage therapy profession will enlighten and inspire every student in attendance. Each attendee will receive a loaded gift bag plus a chance to win amazing prizes and the opportunity to win a Successful Hands Grant.

In addition, all student attendees will receive three-day access to Trade Show, Community Room/Classroom, Schools-Associations & Careers Exhibit Hall and one-hour classes (upon availability, no pre-registrations, NO CE’s). Students must be present at FREE Student Day to receive weekend access. If you are a student or recent graduate, you do not want to miss this event.

 

With Massage Warehouse being the AMC Global Conference Sponsor and Chicago being their home base, the AMC Trade Show promises to be epic. The Trade Show is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday featuring the Largest Selection and Best Prices on Professional Products. The AMC Trade Show features the ONE Concept Community Room and Classroom.

 

The ONE Concept Community Room is a place where Massage Therapists and other Integrative Health Care Practitioners collectively come together in an open forum to treat, collaborate and engage in the well being of others and themselves. The Community Room will be offering treatments in Massage Therapy, Chiropractic, Energy Work, Thai Massage, Spa and Aromatherapy. Attendees will have an opportunity to test and experience the newest and most sought after professional product brands. The Community Room will feature Chicago’s Local Schools & Businesses that have graciously offered their time to treat and provide valuable information.

 

If you are a local integrative healthcare provider or school and would like to volunteer doing treatments in the Community Room, please contact us. All volunteers will be able to promote their business during their volunteer time. Massage Warehouse and Performance Health generously sponsor the Community Room by ONE Concept.

 

With 4 affordable AMC access passes, it is easy for any massage therapist and bodywork professional to participate. Whether you want to attend everyday, one day or to just access the wonderful Trade Show Exhibitors, Community Room and Community Classroom, we have a pass for you. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet or reconnect with a Community of like-minded therapists.

 

Registration is now open at:

http://www.americanmassageconference.com

 

Teachers, Administrators and School Owners – Save the Date. Friday May 1, 2015, the American Massage Conference School Educator Rally will take place at Massage Warehouse Headquarters in Bolingbrook, IL. This event will share trends and advancements in education featuring top presenters and industry leaders. The outstanding presenters include Anne Williams, Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Jerrilyn Cambron, CG Funk and Angie Patrick. Each attendee will receive a gift bag and a basket for their school loaded with professional products PLUS there will be fantastic prize draws including the Successful Hands Grant Program PLUS ONE Concept will be giving every attendee a Silver Access Pass to this years American Massage Conference taking place June 11-14, 2015. Access to the AMC School Rally is FREE, lunch is provided and a special reception is to follow the School Rally.

 

Register at http://www.americanmassageconference.com

 

Thank you to our sponsors Massage Warehouse, ABMP, Biofreeze, Bon Vital and Massage Envy Spa for their generous support of the School Educator Rally and Conference.

 

The American Massage Conference and School Educator Rally are brought to you by the ONE Concept Group, which is powered by Scott Dartnall, Monica Pasinato-Forchielli, Lorna Pasinato and Robyn Green. We look forward to greeting you June 11-14 in Chicago.

 

Be well. Scott.

 

Scott Dartnall RMT is President and CEO of the ONE Concept Group. He has been a Massage Therapist for 22 years and is co-creator

of the American and Canadian Massage Conferences and the World Massage Conference.

Matt Forte uses Massage therapy to recover after football games.

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Matt Forte highly conditioned to punish his body to reap ultimate rewards.

by Rich Campbell – Chicago Tribune

Matt Forte is lying face down on his living room floor, and there’s a woman standing on him.

Massage therapist Sarah Bach has one foot on the back of Forte’s upper left leg. Her weight is digging into his hamstring.

“Your adductors …” Bach says.

Forte cuts her off: “I know.”

“I can tell,” Bach says. “Wow.”

For almost 90 minutes, Bach pulls, presses and twists Forte’s body, contorting him like Gumby. Thai massage and deep tissue massage can be very painful, but Forte never even grimaces. By now, he’s used to it.

The session, on a Tuesday in December, is part of an extensive body maintenance routine that has enabled Forte to stand up to the brutal physical toll of being one of the NFL’s most utilized offensive players.

 It’s a price he doesn’t shy from. At a time when lasting effects of this contact sport lead the conversation about player safety, Forte manages his body to maximize performance and longevity.

“During a game when you get hit, sometimes bones can shift and joints can shift and you can be out of line,” Forte said. “It’s really about being put back together and getting everything aligned so that stuff doesn’t carry over to next week.

“You might not notice that or really think of a bone being out of place, but joints do shift. Basically, they compare it to you being in car wrecks every weekend.”

Harsh imagery, for sure, but part of the job for a player whose 343 combined carries and receptions entering the final week of the season are third-most in the NFL. This is his third straight season with at least 300 touches.

Forte prepares for and recovers from such punishment with a regimen that includes weight lifting, arduous cardiovascular conditioning, physical and massage therapies to ensure joint and muscle alignment and techniques such as dry needling to promote muscular health.

It’s part of Forte’s plan for long-term security, as well. He turned 29 Dec. 10 and is about to complete the penultimate year of his contract. Established durability and production will help his case for landing an extension after this season.

The proof is on the stat sheet and on specific plays, such as his 32-yard, third-quarter run Nov. 16 on which he broke four Vikings tackles.

“It’s very clear Matt is hyper-competitive in his preparation,” coach Marc Trestman said. “We have to try and slow him down at times. (Strength coach) Mike Clark has to just (say), ‘Don’t come in today — just rest,’ because he’s a guy who’s going to try to outwork you every single day during the season and in the offseason.”

In-season recovery

 

Matt Forte spends time with his daughter Nahla, 21 months, while receiveing a deep tissue thai massage from massage therapist Sarah Bach at his home.

 

Forte is now on his back on his living room floor. His 21-month-old daughter, Nahla, scurries over to him, falls face first on his chest and smiles. In this instance, he is perfectly happy being tackled.

Bach, meanwhile, continues her work.

“I’m gonna twist your spine,” she says.

Forte has refined his multi-faceted recovery process through trial and error during his seven-year career. The end of one Bears game begins a weeklong countdown to the next, and whether he can to subject his body to another car wreck.

“He’s the first running back I’ve met (who) after the game goes right into the ice bath if he needs it,” rookie running back Ka’Deem Carey said. “I usually wait till the next day, but he takes care of his body.”

Forte is an imposing, physical runner, standing 6-foot-2, 218 pounds with approximately 6 percent body fat. Soreness often is his most immediate problem after games.

Sore legs from being tackled. Sore upper body from hitting and being hit. Scrapes and scratches from turf or being stepped on.

“You’re pretty much beat up everywhere,” he said.

Lifting weights the day after a game helps alleviate that, Forte said. But that’s just the start of his recovery because the physical contact affects him structurally.

“It’s all about forces,” physical therapist David Reavy said. “If your body absorbs too much force, it’s going to come out of alignment. Things are going to tighten up and, once things tighten up, muscles shut down.”

Forte attends physical therapy twice a week to ensure his bones and joints are aligned properly and re-aligned. On weeks the Bears play at home, he tries to have one of those sessions on game day before arriving at Soldier Field.

Proper pelvic alignment is essential. Reavy considers the pelvis the most independent variable in the body. Forte’s used to be too high.

From that starting point, the sessions align and activate Forte’s kinetic chain to ensure proper balance and stability. That’s apparent in the difficulty defenders have tackling him.

Bears’ Matt Forte shrugs off Pro Bowl snub

“He’s using all his muscles,” Reavy said. “He doesn’t get as fatigued. He’s able to absorb the force properly. He’s giving blows. He’s not receiving them as much.”

Forte also subscribes to dry needling to promote muscular health. A needle is placed through the skin into a muscle and moved up and down like a piston to create micro-trauma that loosens muscles and relieves pain.

“If my calves are really, really tight or something, then I know I can feel that I need it,” he said.

And then there’s the massage therapy Forte receives once a week. It helps his flexibility and range of motion.

Forte begins each session by explaining his ailments. On this particular afternoon late in the season, it’s a long list.

His right shoulder is sore. He was kneed in the left quadriceps in the previous game. His right ankle hurts. His right foot has a knot in it. And both hamstrings are tight.

Lying on the floor wearing a T-shirt and gym shorts, Forte hardly flinches as Bach goes to work.

His favorite stretch involves Bach pressing one of her knees into the back of his left knee and pulling his leg down over hers, as though she’s pulling his knee apart.

“If something is bothering you, then you can’t be confident in your body,” Forte said. “And it’s going to make you play a little slower.”

Offseason preparation

Last offseason, Martellus Bennett knew he needed to be in better cardiovascular shape. The solution seemed obvious.

“I got with Forte,” the Bears’ tight end said. “He’s the running back, and you see him in practice and he’s never tired.”

As Forte’s new conditioning partner, Bennett learned why. In addition to Forte’s in-season recovery routine, his offseason preparation is similarly extensive.

Their sessions included various runs and exercises on the sledding hills at Wood Oaks Green Park in Northbrook. The workouts weren’t always planned in advance. Sometimes they would improvise depending on how they felt on a particular day.

Forte and Bennett would sprint up the hills and run backward up the hills. They would hop on one leg or do two-legged broad jumps up the hills.

“His thing is, ‘Keep going, keep going, keep going,'” Bennett said.

Forte also loves to run on a special Woodway treadmill at Halas Hall — the “Force.” Instead of a motor to power the belt, Forte is tethered to the machine and runs on it to turn the belt.

Forte’s routine includes sets of a 10-second sprint followed by a 50-second walk.

“It conditions you really good, and it’s not hard on your knees either,” he said. “As soon as you’re almost about to catch your breath, you have to go again.”

Said Bennett: “We do this little treadmill workout, and it’s (absolutely) ridiculous. You’ll be tired after three of them, and he’ll be like, ‘Oh, we have eight more.'”

It all amounts to a process that has helped Forte remain on the field and consistently play at a high level. No player has more than his 11,357 yards from scrimmage since he entered the NFL in 2008.

With no playoff stakes against the Lions last Sunday, Forte played all 64 of the offense’s snaps, never yielding to the rookie Carey. He touched the ball 25 times and was tackled 23 by a swarming defense that ranks No. 1 in the NFL against the run.

The human body’s ability to withstand such punishment over time will prompt questions about Forte’s longevity whenever he seeks a new contract to take him beyond age 30, that ominous milestone for NFL running backs.

But Forte’s commitment to maintaining his body leaves little ammunition for detractors. Bears general manager Phil Emery, whose background includes 19 years as a collegiate strength and conditioning coach, even recognized that in an interview with WBBM-AM 780 on Nov. 24.

“Matt wants it? Matt will achieve it,” Emery said. “He’s certainly more than capable of bucking that trend.”

Forte will keep-going-keep-going-keep-going to ensure he does.

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Massage therapy — from arthritis to migraines, there’s a plan for relief

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Massage therapy — from arthritis to migraines, there’s a plan for relief

By Tribune Content Agency, CareerBuilder

By Erinn Hutkin

Jeff Muskovin’s job is most rewarding when a client has a “Eureka!” moment. The licensed massage therapist has watched a musician return to playing without pain, a marathon runner finish a race with a faster time and no injuries, and a couple with fertility challenges report they’re expecting.

Muskovin, 57, has a private practice in Evanston and also treats clients at Chicago’s Lakeview Athletic Club. He’s trained to understand and help correct pain, tension and circulation issues in the body’s soft tissues, including muscles and tendons.

He works six days a week, seeing 3-8 clients a day. Patients seek out Muskovin for everything from stress reduction and relaxation to relief from restricted movement. Many clients suffer from headaches and neck pain related to working on a computer. Muskovin sees many amateur athletes who need help with muscle injuries and overall conditioning.

“I get to meet interesting people every day, and I get to help make a difference in their lives,” said Muskovin, who trained at the Chicago School of Massage (now Cortiva Institute of Chicago). “Sometimes, it’s simply helping someone learn how to stretch properly after their long runs. Sometimes, it’s a more lengthy, complicated process of helping someone rehabilitate after a serious injury. I enjoy physical work, and I get plenty of that in this profession.”

In fact, said Felicia Tyler, owner of Universal Spa Training Academy, Downers Grove, because the job is so physically demanding, massage therapists can’t — and shouldn’t — work a 40-hour week. Most work 20-30 hours per week.

Some therapists work on contract for chiropractors, treating a certain number of clients per week. Those at day spas see clients for 60- to 90-minute sessions. Self-employed MTs treat clients in an office, at the client’s home, or in the therapist’s home. Universal Spa Training Academy grads have found jobs in health care facilities, hotels and spas, doctor’s offices, even aboard cruise ships, Tyler said.

“Massage therapy is a good career for people who like to work for themselves and have flexible hours,” she noted. “Also, all of your clients are happy to see you and so appreciative of your skills.”

Once licensed, therapists stay current on advancements in the field through continuing education. Reading trade journals and new massage textbooks is also important, as new discoveries are continually being made, Muskovin said.

“You can learn the basics in (about) a year. You’ll spend the rest of your career trying to master the details.”

Massage therapy isn’t just a luxury, Tyler said. It can reduce muscle stiffness and inflammation and improve circulation. It’s also good for people with sore muscles, arthritis, high blood pressure, stress and anxiety. Stress is at the root of many illnesses, Muskovin said.

Therapists can also learn specialized procedures to address fertility issues, digestive problems, breathing restrictions, headaches, tendinitis, joint dislocation and posture issues.

The job comes with challenges. Massage therapists must make clients feel safe and secure enough to be touched. Clients who have unanswered questions or don’t feel comfortable may not be satisfied with treatment, Muskovin said.

Because the work is physical, therapists must stay fit to avoid self-injury. They must also manage their time well to accomplish everything agreed upon within each session, and maintain relationship boundaries, with both parties respecting each other’s privacy.

Nicole Boeger, owner and founder of Radiant Life Massage Therapy, Naperville, said some male therapists have a difficult time starting out. Many men and women are more comfortable with a female therapist. However, some men question the strength of female therapists when it comes to providing effective deep tissue massage, Boeger said.

Massage therapy can be highly gratifying.

After a Swedish massage session, an 82-year-old woman once told Boeger she’d been to spas across the country, but that Boeger was by far the best therapist she’d ever had.

“Nothing can beat the feeling of accomplishment more than that. It’s at that point I know I’m doing something right,” Boeger said. “I live for those moments to help people feel radiant.”

Demand up as more people learn benefits

A massage therapist’s job involves using touch to treat clients’ injuries and enhance wellness. Treatment involves working the soft tissues of the body to relieve pain, help rehabilitate patients from injuries, improve circulation, ease stress and promote relaxation.

On the job, MTs typically talk with clients about their symptoms, medical history and desired results. They evaluate each patient to find painful, tense areas of the body; manipulate muscles or other soft tissues; provide guidance on stretching, strengthening and improving posture; and document clients’ condition and progress.

MTs can specialize in several different types of massage. Swedish massage — the most commonly thought of massage — uses five stroking styles. Deep-tissue massage is more vigorous and often helpful for those with injuries. Sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares the body and mind for optimal performance. The type of massage used depends on a client’s needs and physical condition.

Educational requirements vary from state to state. Training is available in private or public postsecondary schools. In Illinois, a massage therapist must complete at least 600 hours of training at an approved school. At Tyler’s academy, students can complete the program in about nine months.

“Most states regulate massage therapy and require massage therapist to have a license or certification,” the BLS notes. Candidates must also undergo a background check, be fingerprinted and pass a national board test.

Many local schools offer massage training, including Universal Spa Training Academy, Downers Grove, and the Cortiva Institute, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and the Soma Institute, all in Chicago. For a full list, visit http://www.massageschool.org/search/illinois/chicago.html.

A high school diploma or equivalent is usually required for admission. Massage therapy programs typically include both classroom training and hands-on practice, covering topics such as anatomy, physiology (the study of organs and tissues), kinesiology (the study of motion and body mechanics), pathology (the study of disease), business management and ethics.

Most massage therapy schools have a student clinic open to the public at a reduced rate so students can get experience.

According to the BLS, in 2012, 44 states and Washington, D.C., regulated massage therapy. Not all states license massage therapists, but there may be regulations at the local level. In states with massage therapy regulations, workers must be licensed or certified after completing an approved program.

In May 2012, the median annual wage for massage therapists was $35,970, the BLS said. Most earn a combination of wages and tips. Most work part-time (only about 1 in 3 worked full-time in 2012). Most work by appointment, so schedules and work hours vary widely.

Employment is projected to grow 23 percent by 2022, the BLS reports. As more states adopt licensing requirements for therapists, massage is likely to become more accepted as a legitimate therapy to treat pain and improve wellness. Also, as more health care providers understand the benefits of massage, demand likely will increase as massage becomes part of treatment.

 

 

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Massage Therapist one of the 10 best jobs you can get without a college degree

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

10 best jobs you can get without a college degree

A bachelor’s degree is often thought to be the key to financial success. After all, while the median salary of high school graduates 25 years and older is $29,766 a year, the typical college grad with a BA makes $50,281. Unfortunately, many young people have to dig themselves deep into debt for a shot at those future returns. Among the 70% of 2012 college grads who took out student loans, the average amount borrowed was $29,400.

Here are 10 thriving careers you can pursue without a college education. The occupations we identified promise generous salaries and long-term job security, based on 10-year employment projections. None of the jobs require a college degree, though some call for a post-secondary nondegree award, typically earned from a trade school or vocational training program. As a bonus, many of the jobs boast below-average stress levels.

Take a look at the 10 best jobs you can get without a college degree.

Data on number of workers, employment projections, education requirements and income comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment-growth projections cover the 10-year period between 2012 and 2022. Salary ranges reflect annual pay for workers from the 25th to the 75th percentiles, which weeds out the lowest and highest earners. Job stress is also based on BLS data, analyzed by career information expert Laurence Shatkin. Overall stress scores range from 0 (no stress) to 100 (most stress).

Massage Therapist
Projected 10-year growth rate: 22.6%
Annual salary range: $24,380 to $51,820
Stress score: 37.8
Typical education requirement: Post-secondary nondegree award

Massage therapists can relax knowing that they are in high demand. Baby boomers coping with more aches and pains as they age will increasingly need their services. Plus, with massage-clinic chains proliferating and making the practice more affordable, even younger folks will be able to indulge themselves for greater relaxation.

An added perk: Massage therapists, of course, know how to keep calm. They boast the lowest stress score of all the jobs on this list, well below the 53.1 average for all workers. Part of their chill existence–besides the constant exposure to incense and soothing sounds–may be due to being boss-free, with a whopping 46% reporting as self-employed. To become a massage therapist, you’ll likely need to complete a postsecondary education program requiring at least 500 hours of classroom study and hands-on practice. You may also need a license or certification, depending on your state’s regulations.

By Stacy Rapacon, Kiplinger, CareerBuilder
Compensation and BenefitsHigh Schools

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We are excited to announce our recent partnership with Find Touch.

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Find Touch LogoMassage Warehouse is constantly striving to give back to the massage therapy community, through sponsorships, philanthropy and support of research and education.  We recognize the need of massage therapists to find opportunities and meaningful ways to provide nurturing touch. To that end, we are excited to announce our recent  partnership with Find Touch.

Find Touch is a website dedicated specifically to serving the Massage Therapist community. Using Find Touch, massage therapists can learn about the latest job opportunities and can discover a variety of high quality Continuing Education courses.  Find Touch is easy to use and convenient; you opt to receive emails whenever a new job opportunity is posted that specifically matches your job preferences.  Find Touch provides a number of other resources such as a free one page website and our blog, featuring articles written from the perspective of a practicing therapist.  Best of all, Find Touch is free to use for massage therapists – our mission is to help massage professionals thrive in their careers!

Founded in 2008 in Seattle, Find Touch has since expanded nationwide and currently has over 12,000 community members with this number growing daily.

The Mindset of Successful People: Is Your Head in the Right Place?

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The Mindset of Successful People: Is Your Head in the Right Place?

By Angie Patrick

We all know them. The people who seem to breeze from one client to the next, one project to the next, one crisis to the next and always seem to come out on top. While many of us feel like there is a glass ceiling, an insurmountable hurdle, or feel fear in stretching our own bubble to try something new, there are those who seem to simply take any challenge and own it with gusto.  However, those people who seem to be a success in most of the things they do are not magicians, nor are they genetically predisposed to be successful and they aren’t simply lucky. Being successful is as much about how you think as it is about the actions you take to get there. I would like to share with you five things strong and successful people think about and live by.

The Past

Successful people do not dwell on the past. We all have things we have done or mistakes we have made that may have been anything from minor or catastrophic. You know the things I mean; like saying something you regretted the moment it was said. Then when you remember it, you find yourself right back in the same embarrassed state and relive it all over again. Successful people do these things, too. The difference is, they do not beat themselves up for it repeatedly. They acknowledge it, make the apologies, set it right and move on.

So you made a mistake in scheduling and it caused some undue angst for a client. Acknowledge the error, own it, make amends, compensate the client and move on. Don’t let the one instance of awkwardness or challenge wreck your relationship with the client. The true testimony of character for a person or a business is in how they manage a challenge. Learn from whatever led to the problem and make sure you do not repeat it. Success comes not from always being an ace, but from learning from the errors along the way. Chalk it up to experience. Be fair, be prompt, be humble, be honest; then take steps to correct the situation and let it go.

 Learning

Successful people never stop learning. It can be easy to feel set in your ways and do things the same as they have always been done because it’s easy. Some may even feel like they know all they need to know to get by and are not interested in seeking new horizons or reaching new goals. For these people, this idea may work however, success is not achieved by being complacent. The world in which we live changes every single day. From technology to techniques, people are out there working hard to do better, be better, make better goods, provide better service and offer more. Successful people stay informed of new ideas and advancements by being well read in their chosen profession, being involved in events that pertain to what they do and consistently educating themselves on new modalities, applications, equipment, supplies and trends. As the world changes and expands its knowledge, so must we in order to remain competitive, sharp and above all else, successful.

Goals

Successful people have clearly set goals and focus to achieve them. Being able to visualize your path is essential in preparing for success. Having a clear vision of what success looks like in your own eyes and maintaining focus on the steps you must take to get there is paramount in creating successful outcomes. Often, it is easy to get waylaid and deviate from the course. Sometimes that deviation cannot be avoided, after all life happens to all of us. The kids, the pets, the parents, the partner, the day-to-day business and more, all compete for your attention and focus. The key is to be able to come back to center and when these bunny trails come up you must be thoughtful, care for the needs at hand, but then return to the path you have set to reach the goal.

If your goal is to gain 50 new clients by June, then do the research and find the way that will work best in your application and then execute the plan. When setting your goals, stretch yourself some. Anyone can set a goal they feel they can easily achieve, however, pushing the envelope and going for more is cathartic! When you focus your mind, your actions and your energy on a task, you will indeed be surprised at how well you will do.

Fear

Successful people do not adopt the fears of others. Advice is great. In fact, advice from those who may have walked a few miles in the shoes you hope to be in is essential. Learning from others mistakes and taking the time to listen to their experiences and pitfalls can help you avoid making them for yourself. As helpful as positive advice and direction can be, you must also be wary of those who detract from the vision and embodiment of your goals. Inevitably, there will be those who may not want to see you succeed or are afraid you may achieve more than they have and want to stall you. There are those who may even want you to fail and they are quick to tell you your ideas have little merit or your efforts are pointless. These people may truly feel they have your best interests at heart however, many times, they are speaking from a place of their own fear. If after careful consideration, research, advice and initiative you have set about your path, then let no one impose their fears upon you. If you feel you are on the right path and that it is the path that fits YOU to get where you want to go, then it need not fit another’s expectations. I am not suggesting you block out anyone who has an opinion different from yours, but I am advocating placing the appropriate amount of importance to those ideas that detract from your goal.

Balance

Successful people find a work/life balance. Yes, it is possible to accomplish, despite all the reasons many say it is impossible. Many will say to be successful in business you must put business first, always. While this notion may have worked for some, often the trade-off is a lackluster or virtually non-existent personal life. Finding a way to place importance on both your work and your home life in equal measure is a skill you must try and master. After all, what is the point of gaining success if you have only that success with which to identify. There are times in which your business may need added attention. This is absolutely acceptable and expected. You may find it has become a problem when you find yourself working around the clock, missing family events and not being present for your family or for yourself. You must allocate the time required to solely focus on the goals of success, but also allow yourself the time to set it aside to enjoy your life outside work as well. You are more than your job, and while it is a hugely important part of your life, it cannot become all there is.

People find their own definition of success. Once you have given this thought, you will find what will make you feel successful. Don’t measure your definition by the definition of others. Find your own voice. Whether that is in business, home life, parenting, education, marriage, sports, fitness or whatever your heart desires, you can apply these five skills and they will undoubtedly help you in reaching the pinnacle you seek. Success is attainable for all of us and to recognize you are worthy and deserving is the first step.View more of Angie Patrick’s articles at Massage Today.

 

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ONE Concept Massage Conference

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

People are always on the lookout for ways to save, be it on groceries, gas, vacations, or even continuing education. Since continuing education is something every therapist needs, it makes sense people are cost conscious when looking for quality education. On a different note, I am also frequently asked when we will have a Massage Warehouse location in Southern California. The market in SOCAL is so large; it stands to reason a Massage Warehouse Location would be requested there! Interestingly enough, the answers to both of these seemingly unrelated questions are in the same.

Saving money on professional grade products and high quality continuing education is the name of the game in San Diego, September 26-28. It is there the ONE Concept Massage and Integrated Health Conference will be held at the Town and Country Resort.  Massage Warehouse will be there with tons of massage tables, massage equipment, and massage supply products for you to touch, try out, and fall in love with! We are one of the sponsors for the COMMUNITY ROOM, which is essentially a working clinic set in the middle of the trade show floor where we raise money for Massage Outreach and Charity. This Year the recipient is Liddle Kidz Foundation, founded by Tina Allen. For a ten dollar donation, you can have any number of wonderful treatments. From chiropractic evaluations, reflexology, and massage to beauty, hair and makeup, there is something there for everyone!

We are excited to bring a wide array of treatment needs to the event in support of the COMMUNITY ROOM, and will have all of these available for purchase there on the spot, saving the freight and shipping time! If you have never shopped at a trade show, you are in for a treat! We will have all the items you love, like linens, lubricants, tools, equipment, and retail items available there at tremendous savings. Why open a location in SOCAL when we bring the company to you once a year! So many manufacturers will be represented at this event, so no matter what you may be looking for, chances are it can be found there and at a huge savings!

Massage Warehouse has partnered with ONE Concept to bring you even greater savings on your value passes. http://www.oneconcept.com/massagewarehouse  Here you can save between $80-$200 on your registration, hotel discounts, and your pass can even include your LUNCH! Talk about value! These passes provide access all three days of the event and access to classes, the level of the pass you choose dictates the classes you will be able to access.  Information about the two different passes are below, and can be purchased by clicking the link above.

ONE Concept presents a program called SMART FROM THE START, and this event is designed with you in mind, offering business advice from industry leaders which can help you get started on the right foot after graduation. This event is also well known for the “Goodie Bags” and Prizes given! Each student walks away with a bag filled with products from supporting vendors, and the opportunity to win an ULTIMATE BUSINESS STARTER KIT from Massage Warehouse! We put EVERYTHING you could ever need to start a practice into this kit, and I have no doubt you will want one as soon as you see it! http://www.massagewarehouse.com/products/ultimate-business-starter-package-upgrade/

If you are looking for a place you can go that enables you to feed the passions for massage and wellness, and do it affordably, then I believe that the ONE Concept Massage and Integrative Health Conference in San Diego is where you want to be.  Massage Warehouse is proud to be the Global Sponsor, and we will be there enjoying the attendees, the weather, and the fun!

We hope to see you there!

Angie Patrick