Garden State

Committing to Massage Therapy

Greetings and Salutations,

I have a question for you all, though there was also a similar question posted here not too long ago.  I wanted to know, if you can put a finger on it, what was the deciding factor(s) that pushed you toward an education in massage therapy?

I ask, because at the moment, I believe I'm nearing such a decision myself. So I'm just interested in what did it for other people. Up until this semester I've been working toward my B.A. in journalism, but still have a way to go. I'm not deterred from the academic life, but just need that change of pace.

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Thanks for reading. Take care!

In the Mail CEUs

I apolgize if this is a silly question, but I've tried multiple searches and could not find an answer to my question...

I need a few more CEUs to renew my license (currently in North Carolina) by November 1st of this year. I was pregnant and had my daughter in May, so during that time was not able to take anything. Now that I've had her, I just can't find the time to go to any of the classes offered in time to meet my state's renewal deadline. I saw online that I can receive CEU classes in the mail, but was wondering if this would count towards the allowed 12 online credit hours or not? Thanks! :-)
yay fat

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Just curious if anyone else has experienced a recent drop in tips? I used to make a killing off tips at this lodge I work at in upstate NY, but the past 3-4 times I have done a massage there I haven't received a tip... The clients seem to be responding in the same ways they always have, but aren't leaving tips like they used to... Is everyone officially broke now? Has my style actually changed? Did the lodge discourage tips and forget to tell me? I'm confused.
whoa trippy - harris spin

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I have read the website over and over, but what I need is someone to sit down with me and explain what, EXACTLY, I need to do to become a licensed massage therapist in New York State already having an Ohio and a national license.

If there are any New Yorkers in this comm, could you please point me to a resource somewhere within the five boroughs? Can I go to the admissions office of any ol' massage school and get someone to help me out with this labyrinth?

x-posted to newyorkers

Sleep Apnea & Massage

I had a client this past week who, for a number of reasons, I am requesting to not work on again. He was generally inappropriate but in a way that did not quite warrant just stopping the session. I won't get into all of that. One issue that did come up, and I'd like some feedback on, is that he exhibited severe sleep apnea. He did not mention this to me prior to the session beginning. When I had him turn face up midway through the session he fell asleep. As soon as he was asleep the apnea kicked in. He would stop breathing and I would watch to make sure he started again. Many times (at least five) it would take so long that I could see his whole body become agitated in it's struggle for oxygen. I would have to stop what I was doing and go reposition his head to open up his airway. One of the times he woke enough that he was able to complain about having sleep apnea, so I know that he was aware of his condition (yet still didn't inform me beforehand). I have no idea if he is being treated for this; like is he using a CPAP machine at home?

I am feeling that based on this alone he should not be getting massage. Unless he can either remain awake through the session or use a machine during, I don't see how this is appropriate. I could not do my job while worrying about whether my client was breathing. I'm wanting to know what other therapists thoughts are on this. My clinic managers/owners aren't therapists themselves and frankly don't always know how best to handle a situation like this.

Massage Research

Anyone working in research for Massage Therapy, or know of any resources to find out more about research?

I was looking at the Touch Research Institute website, found a 2 day workshop they have that seems interesting.  But I'd love to find out about more places that offer things similar to it. 

I'm a certified massage therapist & freshman at PSU, majoring in bio.  Just looking for some inspiration or potential career path.  It would probably make a good internship, also, if I can find a place that would take me.


Any Florida LMTs?

I'm (hopefully) moving to Florida in a few months and I've noticed that in order to be licensed in the state, you need a few courses like malpractice and HIV awareness. How do I take these courses as someone who is living outside the state? Do I have to wait until I move until I can take them? I've been unable to find information on the classes, other than they're required to get a license.

Just a few questions

So I'm currently going to school to become a Massage Therapist. I just have a few questions that have (oh so conveniently) slipped my mind and I don't wanna bother my instructors during our spring break to ask them, so I figured I'd here.

First, my massage instructor, when talking about her own practice as teaching Reiki and massage, she's said that she only works like 4-5 hours a week and teaches the rest of the week. Is massage therapy something that I'm not going to be able to live comfortably financially wise? Like am I going to need a second/third job along with working at a spa/massage parlor/whatever? I mean, if I worked somewhere like a spa or at a doctor's office as a massage therapist, would I be making enough money just doing that to live comfortably, or would I need more than one job?

Second, from your experiences, what do you find more rewarding and/or stressful about massage for relaxation at spas verses massage for medical practices? Reason why I'm asking is I'm kind of leaning more towards wanting to work at a spa, but then the whole financial thing comes into play. So I'm not sure which would be more rewarding/stressful. I don't want to start my own practice because I don't want to deal with the whole starting a business and the responsibility aspect of that.

Last, can you recommend anything to help me to better remember the whole anatomy aspect of massage? I have the CD that came in my text book and I know about the anatomy coloring book that you can buy online, but is there any tips or anything that you can share as to making the anatomy classes a bit easier to sink in?

Thanks muchly!