Forget Cramming! Test Preparation That Really Works [Part 4 of a Series]

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.   […]

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About the Author

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 Do You Learn Best? Compare These 2 Strategies

Do students spend too much time trying to remember materials by using fancy study systems? Do students spend too much time rereading and reviewing materials? Are students more concerned about how to get information into memory than how to retrieve that information? Research may indicate that the answer to all these questions is yes, and […]

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About the Author

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.

Anatomy and Geology: The Massage Connection

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A few days ago, a massage student asked me a question I get asked every time I teach a class: “Why do we have to know this?” To be fair, the student in question asked it in an unexpected manner: “Will understanding the difference between endochondral and intramembranous ossification really make me a better massage […]

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Starting Massage School: Get Your Educational Support System in Place

Congratulations on taking the first step toward becoming a massage therapist. In your anatomy class, you will learn the body is made up of systems, such as the lymphatic, circulatory and endocrine systems. Just like your massage school, each of these systems is self-contained but works together to create homeostasis, or stability, within the body. […]

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About the Authors

Scot Maitland, L.M.T., M.T.I., has a bachelor's degree in business and has been practicing massage therapy since 2003, when he completed his massage training from the Soma Institute, The National School of Clinical Massage Therapy in Chicago, Illinois. He joined the Lauterstein-Conway Massage School team as the business instructor in late 2008. Kourtnee Kovacs has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Chapman University and is currently student administrator at the Lauterstein-Conway Massage School. She also intends to pursue a master’s degree in counseling in the fall.

The Importance of Anatomy and Physiology

Knowledge of anatomy and physiology is essential for massage therapists, and these two areas of study are the cornerstones of providing a good massage to clients. The more you learn about anatomy and how the body works, the more proficient you will become in massage therapy. It is important to recognize the role anatomy and […]

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Zach Montgomery is managing director of American 3B Scientific, a top massage therapy equipment supplier.

Tame the Clock: Teach Yourself Time Management

As a student, you have undoubtedly experienced moments of panic in which you think, “I just don’t have enough time!” Time management is a critical skill to learn, not just because you are juggling multiple classroom and personal responsibilities now, but also because you are entering a profession constructed around time: Appointment times, time you […]

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About the Authors

Cherie Sohnen-Moe is an author, business coach, international workshop leader and successful business owner since 1978. The author of Business Mastery and Present Yourself Powerfully, and co-author of The Ethics of Touch, she is a founding member and current president elect of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. ​Deanna Sylvester is a massage therapist, educator and leader. She has served as a faculty member, education director, campus president and regional director for several massage therapy training programs in Arizona; and is currently chief operations officer for Sohnen-Moe Associates.

You’re Graduating from Massage School…Now What?

Finally! You are about to graduate from massage school. If you’re like many new massage therapists, your vision for your post-graduation life probably involves starting your own private practice. However, many new graduates find it valuable to start out in the industry by working for an employer, earning wages and receiving tips, for at least […]

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About the Authors

Robin Wooten, L.M.T., N.C.B.T.M.B., N.M.T., and John Sanders, L.M.T., M.M.P., established Next Level Massage Education LLC (nextlevel-me.com) to help massage therapists not be average. They have a combined 28 years' experience as entrepreneurs maintaining private practices, and 18 years as massage therapy educators. They are National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork-approved continuing education providers.

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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About the Author

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.

Mind Games: Your Secret to Study Success

While practicing the skills you need to succeed in massage school—and throughout your career—you can learn how to utilize one of the most important tools in your arsenal: the power of your mind. A growing number of studies show intensive brain training often distinguishes champion athletes from their less successful counterparts. You can apply these […]

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Michael McGillicuddy, L.M.T., N.C.B.T.M.B., is owner and director of The Central Florida School of Massage Therapy Inc., and strategic industry expert for Massage Warehouse (massagewarehouse.com). An expert in sports massage, he developed the Advanced Sports Massage Certificate Program in conjunction with the University of Central Florida’s athletic department.