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Massage Therapist Resources

6  Tips for Treating Clients with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome [video]

Posted by Kelly Butterfield, LMT on Feb 5, 2018 3:48:24 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.

Working for a Chair Massage Company: 6 Questions Answered

Posted by Emily Russon on Dec 6, 2017 9:00:00 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.

Chair Massage Techniques to Save Your Thumbs [video]

Posted by Kelly Butterfield, LMT on Nov 29, 2017 9:00:00 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.

Chair Massage Techniques: Subscapularis Muscle and Myofascial Techniques [video]

Posted by Kelly Butterfield, LMT on Nov 28, 2017 9:00:00 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.

6 Easy Places to Find Online Massage Therapy CEUs

Posted by Erin Hall on Oct 17, 2017 10:00:00 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. 

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

Posted by Brooke Edde, LMT on Sep 20, 2017 8:00:00 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.

Massage Therapist Training: Verbal Cues to Help Your Client Relax [video]

Posted by Emily Russon on Sep 19, 2017 10:00:00 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. 


The Pros and Cons of Corporate Massage Jobs

Posted by Emily Russon on Aug 17, 2017 8:00:00 AM

When you’re looking at all of the different options for your massage career, there are so many things to consider.

You may be thinking about starting your own practice or going to work for an office massage company. Both come with benefits and pitfalls.

Top 5 Companies for Massage Therapy Jobs

Posted by Emily Russon on Aug 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As a Licensed Massage Therapist, you have lots of career path options—all with different pros and cons.

One of the most common employment choices for massage therapists is to work for a massage company. There are perks to this—you don’t have to deal with the stresses of managing your own private practice, and when you work for a well-known company, clients come to you.  

Massage Therapist Jobs: Private Practice vs. Massage Company

Posted by Erin Hall on Aug 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As a new massage therapist you may be wondering if you should work for yourself or find a massage company to hire you. Maybe you're even considering doing a combination of the two. 

If you're wondering which option might be the best for you, you're not alone. 

In this article, we'll lay out pros and cons of having a private massage therapy practice and of working for a massage company or spa. You can then choose for yourself which would be the best fit for you.