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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Oz Was No Wizard at Customer Service

In The Wizard of Oz, the title character is beloved and revered by all the people in that magical land over the rainbow. Yet when you look at it from a small business/customer service perspective, it’s really hard to understand why. In fact, the “great and powerful Oz” is probably one of the best examples […]

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About the Author

Kevin Baker is my1voice product marketing manager for Protus (protus.com), a provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) communication tools for small-to-medium businesses (SMB) and enterprise organizations, including my1voice, the cost-effective, feature-rich virtual phone service that travels with the user from phone to Web; award-winning MyFax, the fastest growing Internet fax service; and Campaigner, an email marketing solution with advanced automation features. Baker can be reached at kbaker@protus.com.

Determine Your Specialty

For recent graduates of a massage-therapy program, choosing a specialty can be as overwhelming as choosing a treatment from a five-star hotel’s spa menu. They may all sound wonderful, but how does one choose? While there are hundreds of massage modalities in existence, most of them can be grouped into three main categories or specialties: […]

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About the Author

Carol Brunelli is the former director of enrollment and services and Massage for Peace coordinator at Boulder College of Massage Therapy. Brunelli earned her master's degree in international and intercultural communication from the University of Denver and is fluent in Spanish and English. She has more than 20 years of experience in the adult education field. She is also an accomplished dancer and writer. Her latest book, Climbing Mountains in Stilettos: Not Your Average Trail Guide to Life, is a sassy, self-help guide for women.

Managing Interruptions and Your Time

According to the great American inventor, Thomas Edison, “Time is really the only capital any human being has, and the one thing he can’t afford to waste.” The perception of not having enough time for the things we must do or, just as importantly, the things we want to do is a leading cause of […]

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About the Author

Danita Johnson Hughes, Ph.D., is a health care industry executive, public speaker and author of the forthcoming Turnaround. Through her work she inspires people to dream big and understand the role of personal responsibility in personal and professional success. In her first book, Power from Within, she shares her "Power Principles for Success" that helped her overcome meager beginnings and achieve professional, community and personal success. For more information, visit danitajohnsonhughes.com or write to her at danitahughes@edgewatersystems.org.

Make Your Dreams Come True: The Art of Goal Setting

Dreams are similar to wishes: They are things we fantasize about, yet do little to make happen (but we’re certainly ecstatic when they do happen). Goals are those things to which you commit and take action to ensure their attainment. Goal setting is the means of turning your dreams into reality.   Overcoming Mental Obstacles […]

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About the Author

Cherie Sohnen-Moe is an author, business coach and international workshop leader. She has been in business since 1978. She was in private practice for many years as a massage and holistic health practitioner before shifting her focus to education and coaching. In her coaching/consulting practice, she has worked with individual therapists to small wellness centers to day spas that have multiple locations. She has served as a faculty member at the Desert Institute of Healing Arts and the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is an adjunct professor at Clayton College of Natural Health. She has written more than 100 articles that have been published in more than 15 national and international magazines. She is the author of the book, Business Mastery, which is in its fourth edition, has sold more than 325,000 copies to date with 650-plus schools requiring it as a text. She is also the author of Present Yourself Powerfully and The Art of Teaching. She is co-author of The Ethics of Touch, with more than 300 schools requiring it as a text. She is also a contributing author of Teaching Massage: Fundamental Principles in Adult Education for Massage Program Instructors, and was interviewed for a chapter of SAND TO SKY: Conversations with Teachers of Asian Medicine. Sohnen-Moe is a firm believer in education and as such serves on the exam committee of the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and is a founding member of the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE). She can be contacted through her website, sohnen-moe.com.

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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About the Author

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

Massage Students and Social Media: Start Now

You work hard in massage school, focusing on mastering bodywork and demonstrating your knowledge on tests and quizzes. Graduation and licensing are right around the corner. Even if you are still in school, you don’t have to wait to start handling the business side of becoming a massage therapist. An excellent first step is to […]

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About the Author

Bard Williams, Ed.D., C.M.T., L.M.T., is managing partner of Silicon Valley Massage Therapy Group in San Jose, California, which specializes in therapeutic and sports massage for individual and corporate clients throughout Silicon Valley. He is a National Holistic Institute graduate and Massage Therapy Ambassador, one of the school’s elite group of alumni volunteers.

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.

How to Find Your Massage Mentor

One thing that can greatly enhance your educational experience, both in massage school and beyond, is a mentor: a person with wisdom, work and life experience to advise you, guide you and share her knowledge. When you look at the life of anyone achieving goals and living her dreams, you will likely find a great […]

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About the Author

Jeffrey Goodman is the founder of CareerHearted and MettaExperience. An international speaker and workshop facilitator, he has developed and teaches a National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork-approved business course (offering eight to 35 CE hours) for the health and wellness industry. He helps practitioners do what they love and create successful careers out of it. For a free assessment of your learning and communication styles, visit communicate.careerhearted.com.

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.