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I'm new here, figured I'd give myself a little introduction. Most people call me Pia, and I'm currently living in central Washington (though looking to move to a more southern state, in the near future/after graduating and getting my license ).

I'm just in the beginning stages, as of now. That is, I'm still actually looking around at schools, and trying to find the best program that works for me. I was wondering if anyone could recommend some? Experiences with the schools around here, good and bad?

Thank you, in advance, for any and all information. And hello. :]

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I'm a massage therapist in Victoria BC, i've been registered for almost two years and just recently discovered the wonder of lj communities. I'm building my practice towards maternity and recently had the oppertunity to be with a patient during her labor and delivery. Things went great but i was hoping to find some online resources or hear some experiences of other therapists who have done the same thing to add to my somewhat limited school experience in this area.

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Hey everyone.

I thought I would introduce myself. I am a registered massage therapist who lives and works in Ottawa ontario canada. I have been practicing for just over 2 years. I do mostly therapeutic massages, deep tissue, active release techniques.

This looks like a fascinating group, with a ton of information. I look forward to getting to know people, and learning more... always more to learn

An introduction - and thoughts on Licensing Laws

Hey all!

I just joined this group a few days ago, and I'm enjoying reading peoples' posts. I don' t know if you do introductions, but I thought I'd do that.

I'm Scott Schumacher, and I've been a Massage Practitioner since about 2000, so 6 years now. I've gone to two schools, the Minneapolis School of Massage and Bodywork, and the Saint Croix Center for the Healing Arts. I'm a Reiki Master and a classically trained vocalist.

I currently practice in Minneapolis in a small and growing independent practice. I share an office with two other bodyworkers, and I work from home and go to client homes on occasion.

In Minnesota, since 2001, we've had a Freedom of Access law for complimentary and alternative healthcare providers, and Massage Therapy falls underneath that law. Basically, while there are no standard educational requirements, you are required by law to disclose your education and training, follow a code of ethics, and give your clients a Client Bill of Rights conscent form. This tells them where they can file a complaint with the state should they face harrassment, have a bad experience, etc. The code of ethics prohibits practitioners from doing things they have no training in as well. Massage folks have the freedom to practice, clients have the freedom to see who they want to see, there's a code of ethics practitioners have to follow, the public gets adequate disclosure, as well as public protection with a place to report bad practices.

I'm sure I'll start the debate with this posting about how folks feel about licensure, state control of our industry, the NCBTMB handing down arbitrary educational requirements, and having a monopoly on certifying massage therapists nationally, etc.

I'll just say that I have some very strong opinions about that, and when I hear the pain that folks go through studying for an exam that their career is dependent on, I repeat to myself continually, "I'm happy I live in Minnesota." I like the law, and I think it's very fair to everyone involved (except maybe to massage schools or NCBTMB's pocketbooks - heh.) in my opinion. I have about 480 hours of training, and have been imbittered with the NCBTMB folks about how they handle hours for Anatomy. Apparently, my 3 credit course from a university is not good enough for them for a portfolio review. None of the schools around me have reasonably priced anatomy courses, and I'm not paying for another 120 hour class, let alone will many allow someone to "just take anatomy". Plus, I can learn all of the information on my own to ace any exam of arbitrary facts about the human body. Grrrr... sorry..hot button, and I'm glad I live in Minnesota. That's my rant..heh.

My approach is most like Esalen Massage (we were trained in Eselen Massage back in 1997 until the Eselen Institute trademarked the name and techniques I'm told). I treat the whole person. Body, Mind, Spirit, Emotions, Energy field, etc. I integrate Acupressure and Reiki into a session, with the long and integrative strokes that connect the body that are very characteristic of Eselen Massage.

It makes it tough for me to find another massage therapist with the technique I like, and sometimes it makes me unpopular with my peers who do massage, as we debate "Massage: is it a SCIENCE - or is it an ART?" I'm in the ART camp.

I guess that's a lot for my first post. I'd love to hear how others feel about these issues, and if there are folks from other states who operate under Freedom of Access Laws.

Thanks for listening!

hello I am new.

Hello I am new member. I just joined yesterday. I am a student at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. I am just starting would anyone give me some tips to help me in school. I enjoy and love giving people massages. I get complements so I decided to go become a MT. I would appreciate the tips.
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Well I'm posting this as an intro since I just joined. I'm Stacy, and I'm currently planning to start the massage therapy program here at the Phoenix campus of the Utah College of Massage Therapy. Since I"m going part time, it will take me a full year to finish. From the research I've done it looks like a really good school with a really thorough, well-known program, but I was just curious if anyone here had any first-hand knowledge about the school. There's nothing like someone who's been there!
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Hello, my name is Rebecca, I'm 25 & have a two year old boy. I live with him, and my fiance (his Dad).
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Tomorrow is my first day/orientation of massage school at Blue Sky here in Madison,WI. This is a good idea! I figure if I ever need help understanding anything in school or homework, this would be very helpful.
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I am new to the Massage Therapy neighborhood, so I apologize if you see this same post in other communities.
I only practice part time, maybe 6-10 massages a week, while I have my "regular" job. But I have been having some arm and hand pain.

In the arm that hurts is the: pronater teres, brachio-radialis, flexor carpi ulnaris, supinator, flexor pollicis longus.

In the hand what hurts is the: abductor pollicis brevis, palmaris longus tendon, adductor pollicis trans, flexor pollicis brevis, extensor digitorum communis tendon (on the pointer and middle finger), abductor digiti quinti.

I have been massaging them myself, and doing hand and arm stretches, but I am still having pain. Could it be something else? Is there anything that you do to keep from hurting and if so would you mind sharing?



Hi, I just joined this community. I'm currently a student in massage therapy at Ashmead in Vancouver, WA. I'm almost done with my second term and there are 4 terms. I love learning massage. I don't know what else to say, I just wanted to kinda introduce myself.
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I'm about three weeks into my program at the Institute for Therapeutic Massage in NJ. (www.massageprogram.com) So far we have had two days per week of Swedish theory and technique, and on Monday we start A&P. I'm a little frustrated, though. I've always been told I give a good massage, but when I practicing on classmates, using proper table height and body mechanics, I feel like everything goes out the window. I'm nervous that I'll never be able to give a really awesome massage and so it "right" at the same time. I know it's silly, seeing as I've only been there for a few weeks, but I've been thinking about it a lot. I've wanted this for a really long time, and it's kinda upsetting me that it doesn't feel as "right" now that I'm actually in school. Last night I had to give the first half of a full body massage to my instructor, and I was so nervous that I felt like I couldn't do anything right. I almost smeared hiw face with lubricant! The whole time I couldn't think of anything but how he was going to criticize everything. I couldn't relax, and I'm sure he could tell...I think I just need a littleencouragement, maybe, from people who've been here na dlived to tell. i don't know if my feelings are common or not, but I do know that I don't want them to interfere with my progress. I know where I see myself as a massage therapist in the future, and I want it really badly...