Be an Expert Note-Taker

Many students struggle with taking useful notes. Note-taking is a high-level skill that requires constant learning, practice, polishing and improvement over time—but once mastered, you will reap immeasurable benefits, and this skill will serve you well after graduation and throughout your life. Students often aren’t sure what to write down during lectures. The best approach […]

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Nan Lin, M.D., Ph.D., is a core faculty member in the Department of Basic Sciences and director of the human anatomy lab at Bastyr University California (bastyr.edu). He believes learning is a lifelong experience, especially for those in the medical field; and that learning to learn effectively and independently is as important as learning the knowledge itself.

The MBLEx: What the Recent Licensing Exam Changes Mean for You

by Marie Anthony On Oct. 3, the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced a decision to standardize the massage therapy licensure exam to the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). As of Feb. 1, 2015, the NCBTMB will no longer offer a […]

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Marie Anthony has been a licensed massage therapist, massage educator and business practice coach for more than 15 years. She is president of Massage Prep (massageprep.com), headquartered in Tampa, Florida, which offers students online study tools for the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx); and Massage Perfect Websites in Shoreline, Washington, a provider of professional websites, content and practice management tools for massage therapists.

Online Study Tools

On your way to becoming a professional massage therapist, your education is essential, as it provides the foundation of your future practice. The more you glean from your studies, exams and hands-on experience throughout the course of your massage therapy education, the better. From anatomy to business marketing, you have a lot of learn if […]

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Andrea Paxton is a freelance writer, editor and massage therapy enthusiast based in Atlantic Beach, Florida. She has also written for other wellness magazines, including Green Lifestyles on Planet Paradise.

From the Classroom to the Workplace: Preparing for Your Licensure Exam

Taking an exam is serious business—especially when your livelihood depends on it. Licensure requirements to practice massage therapy and bodywork vary from state to state, so the first step is to learn what your state requires. Once you determine the requirements in your state, including which exams are accepted and eligibility requirements, it is important […]

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Elizabeth Langston, C.A.E., is the director of exam development for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). She is responsible for the administration and maintenance of the two NCCA-accredited national certification programs and other test development projects. Langston is currently facilitating the development of the new National Certification for Advanced Practice, which will provide a career pathway for therapists who wish to advance in the profession. For more information, visit ncbtmb.org.

Going Back to School Part 4: Test Preparation

While many future massage therapists are looking to get out of the corporate ideology and work environment, the old corporate adage is true for going back to school, “Failure to plan is planning to fail.” This article will incorporate many different strategies and ideas designed to help the busy adult learner achieve academic success. Let’s […]

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William Fee is a lifelong professional educator with bachelor's degrees from Monmouth University in elementary education and history, and holds teaching certificates for kindergarten through eighth grade and social studies in the state of New Jersey. A 1995 graduate of the Somerset School of Massage Therapy, Fee also worked in the massage field and in massage education with the Somerset School of Massage Therapy from 1999 to 2006, where he was the director of admission at the school. He is currently the founder of an education and training company, All Star Education and Training, which has created an online professional learning community for the learning of anatomy and physiology at betterpostureschool.com.

How to Choose a Quality, Practice Massage Exam Fit for You

Massage certification—National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB), NCETM or Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx)—continues to become more prevalent nationwide as states choose to regulate their massage licensing more stringently with the utilization of massage exams. Choosing a quality school, as well as a quality practice exam program, becomes imperative to pass […]

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Ben Wieder is vice president of massageprep.com, an e-learning program which leads the massage industry's exam preparation with quality and success by allowing users to study 24-7 with more than 2,200 practice questions, in an online environment that simulates the real testing scenario.