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Massage Therapist Resources

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How Much Do Massage Therapists Make? | Incorporate Massage

By Erin Hall on Mar 21, 2018 10:00:00 AM

There are two main ways massage therapists can do their work: in a private practice or working for someone else.

There are pros and cons to each, and different personality types and work styles will be a better fit for either option. 

But one thing that massage therapists may be taking into consideration is how much money they'll make on their own vs. working for an employer. 

In this article, we'll cover the factors that go into how much a massage therapist makes, and how that changes if they work for a massage company or if they're self-employed.

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Tips For Effective Massage Therapy Documentation SOAP Notes

By Kelly Butterfield, LMT on Mar 13, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Massage therapists and other health care professionals often use SOAP notes to document clients' health records. SOAP notes (an acronym for subjective, objective, assessment, and plan) have become a standardized form of note-taking and are critically important for a variety reasons.

Why are they so important? We are happy you asked.

In this article, we'll cover some common ways to document your SOAP notes in a massage therapy setting, as well as the role of client intake forms in your practice.

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7 Effective Self-Care Tips for Massage Therapists

By Kelly Butterfield, LMT on Feb 19, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Massage therapists work to help people feel their very best, because when a person feels their best they can give their best to the world too.

Massage therapy can be a comfortable, rewarding, and long-lasting career. There are some ways to help you achieve this with a greater sense of ease because the work that you do should feel good for you.

The last thing you want is to get burnt out or injured from overwork. In this article, we'll give you 7 key tips for massage therapist self-care.


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Tips for Treating Clients with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

By Kelly Butterfield, LMT on Feb 5, 2018 4:48:24 PM

Because of a similar pain pattern, thoracic outlet syndrome is sometimes mistaken for carpal tunnel syndrome.

But thoracic outlet syndrome is unique in that it usually can be distinguished by a pain that originates in the shoulder and extends all the way down the arm. This uncomfortable feeling is sometimes due to an impingement of the brachial nerve.

In this training video, see how you can identify and treat thoracic outlet syndrome during a chair massage session.

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Working for a Chair Massage Company: 6 Questions Answered

By Emily Russon on Dec 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Are you considering applying to work for a chair massage company? If you've never worked for one before, you may have questions about how it all works.

In this article, we'll answer 6 questions about being an employee for a chair massage company.

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Chair Massage Techniques to Save Your Thumbs [video]

By Kelly Butterfield, LMT on Nov 29, 2017 10:00:00 AM

To guarantee a long-lasting career, you'll want to use the best body mechanics possible.

One common mistake that massage therapists make is to over-use their thumbs. To protect your joints, you will want to make sure that you are not generating the force behind your massage with the strength of your thumbs alone.

Using your forearms and elbows as tools instead can really save you and your career!

In this article, we'll cover some ways you can keep your thumbs safe when giving a massage.

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Subscapularis Muscle and Myofascial Chair Massage Techniques

By Kelly Butterfield, LMT on Nov 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

As a massage therapist, you may be wondering how you can provide your client with a relaxing chair massage that will effectively reduce their muscle pain and/or tightness.

By incorporating myofascial techniques into your chair massage services, we hope that you will be able to enhance your skills and practice, and help your clients feel their very best!

In this video, Ryan demonstrates effective techniques for working on the subscapularis muscle during a chair massage.

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6 Easy Places to Find Online Massage Therapy CEUs

By Erin Hall on Oct 17, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Every few years, licensed or certified massage therapists are required to take continuing education courses to keep their credentials current. Continuing education units, or CEUs, include anything from a few hours of study to several days' worth of hands-on practice, depending on the topic chosen.

The number credits and type of classes you'll need will vary from state to state. Many massage therapy schools and other professional massage organizations will offer continuing education workshops that you can attend for a few hours or for a few days back-to-back. It's a great way to expand your skill set in an immersive hands-on training. 

But sometimes it's nice to take care of your credit requirements from the comfort of your own home. That's why online CEU classes for massage therapists are so popular.

The trick is finding online massage therapy courses from a legitimate source. 

In this article, you'll get tips on searching for online CEU options yourself, as well as 7 great online CEU hubs to get started. 

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How Much Weight Can a Massage Chair Take? [video]

By Brooke Edde, LMT on Sep 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If you're wondering how much weight your massage chair can take, you're not alone. As a massage therapist, you always want to keep your clients safe, and keep your tools in good working order.

In this article, we'll show you how to determine the total weight your massage chair is able to safely take, plus some tips on what to look for when buying a massage chair.

Topics: chair massage
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Massage Therapist Training: Verbally Help Your Client Relax

By Emily Russon on Sep 19, 2017 11:00:00 AM

As a massage therapist, you know how hard it can be for some clients to relax. No matter how great your technique or how long you massage a client, if they don't let their muscles relax, those muscles just aren't going to relax.

That's where verbal cues come in. In this article, we'll cover three different types of verbal cues to help your clients loosen up. 

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