How a Medical Massage Specialty Can Boost Your Bottom Line

Medical massage is a term often heard in the massage profession. Medical massage, as directed by a physician, can include providing massage or bodywork, such as lymphatic drainage, to address medical conditions, such as lymphedema. Swedish massage is sometimes indicated for relaxation and pain relief. For the purposes of this article, we will discuss the […]

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Paul Kirchhoff is director of LMT Success Group, which provides medical massage certification nationwide and internationally. More than 7,000 massage therapists have graduated from this program.

Cupping: The Basics of an Ancient Chinese Technique

Cupping is a bodywork technique that utilizes a glass or plastic cup or bamboo jar that is suctioned onto the body and allowed to sit for about 10 minutes or is moved around with oil used for lubrication. This technique stimulates circulation and relieves swelling—and it can be used alone or to enhance other treatments, […]

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Sarah Sires Bentley is director of community relations for AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, located in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit aoma.edu.

Technique Spotlight: Rolfing(r) Structural Integration

In massage school, students become aware of the various massage and bodywork modalities that exist to effect pain relief, balance and relaxation in clients. Rolfing(r) Structural Integration is not a technique as much as a three-dimensional inquiry into how our bodies are put together and organized in gravity. I have made Rolfing Structural Integration my […]

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Carole LaRochelle, B.C.S.I., is a Board Certified Structural Integrator and Certified Advanced Rolfer(TM). She graduated from The Rolf Institute(r) of Structural Integration in 1996, completing her Advanced Rolfing training in 2000 and Rolf Movement(r) training in 2002. Her Rolfing Structural Integration practice (redwoodempirerolfing.com) is located in the San Francisco Bay Area in California.

Auth Method: Qigong for Better Body Mechanics

As students of massage, it is imperative we keep work-related injuries to a minimum. I designed the Auth Method of Forearm Massage to help professional massage therapists enjoy longer, healthier careers. The Auth Method is a massage technique that takes the practitioner’s well-being into account, as well as that of the client. It feels effortless […]

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Shari Auth is a licensed massage therapist and acupuncturist, and is certified in the Rolf Method of structural integration. She is creator of the Auth Method and has a full-time practice in New York, New York. Auth is an approved provider by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, and offers a home-study course on forearm massage. The course is available for preview or purchase at authmethod.com. The course includes Auth's book, Auth Method of Therapeutic Massage: A Guide to Using the Forearms, and her instructional DVDs on forearm massage. For more information on Auth's New York practice, visit shariauth.com.

Auth Method: An Introduction to Using Forearms for Massage

My first massage job was at a spa. An average shift was six one-hour, full-body massages. Doing six massages a day, I quickly learned the importance of proper body mechanics and using the forearms to do massage. I began to rely on my forearms to work the entire body, reserving my hands for my client’s […]

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About the Author

Shari Auth is a licensed massage therapist and acupuncturist, and is certified in the Rolf Method of structural integration. She is creator of the Auth Method and has a full-time practice in New York, New York. Auth is an approved provider by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, and offers a home-study course on forearm massage. The course is available for preview or purchase at authmethod.com. The course includes Auth's book, Auth Method of Therapeutic Massage: A Guide to Using the Forearms, and her instructional DVDs on forearm massage. For more information on Auth's New York practice, visit shariauth.com.

Technique Spotlight: Myofascial Release

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As you approach a career in massage and bodywork, you may decide to specialize in one or more techniques-and the demand for information on myofascial release is growing exponentially. Myofascial restrictions can produce enormous pressures on pain-sensitive structures, as well as exert tremendous tensile forces on the neuromuscular-skeletal systems. This pressure-approximately 2,000 pounds per square […]

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Training in CranioSacral Therapy May Be Basic or Advanced

As you learn about modalities in massage school, you may already be considering what techniques you would like to learn more about and specialize in once you launch your massage practice. One such technique is CranioSacral Therapy. There are several different ways to approach training in CranioSacral Therapy. The method you choose will depend on […]

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Brandi Schlossberg is an avid bodywork client and full-time journalist based in Reno, Nevada. She has written many articles for MASSAGE Magazine, massagemag.com and futurelmt.com.

Technique Spotlight: CranioSacral Therapy

When I first graduated from massage school, my work felt like coming home. I loved connecting with people in a manner that brought them relaxation. People liked my touch, and I deeply enjoyed what I did. Yet, over time I realized I wanted something more. I wanted a way to make an even deeper connection […]

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Suzanne Scurlock-Durana, C.M.T., C.S.T.-D., is the author of Full Body Presence: Learning to Listen to Your Body's Wisdom. She graduated from massage school in 1983, received her diplomate certification in CranioSacral Therapy (CST) in 1997, and has been practicing and teaching CST for Upledger Institute International for 25 years. For more information, visit healingfromthecore.com.

Technique Spotlight: Sports Massage

You have just graduated from massage school and have passed the exam required by your state’s massage therapy board. You then receive approval to practice massage therapy in your state. So what happens next? How will you earn a living as a massage therapist? One possible avenue for you to investigate is sports massage. Here […]

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Pete Pfannerstill, Ph.D., L.M.T., N.C.T.M.B., C.K.T.P./I., has been a licensed sports massage therapist and owner of UltraSports Massage Therapy Inc. since 1997. He is an active member of the American Massage Therapy Association and Florida State Massage Therapy Association, and is a continuing education provider, teaching Myofascial Sports Massage(TM) courses and the Kinesio Taping(r) Method as a Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor.

Technique Spotlight: Reflexology

Few massage schools in North America teach reflexology in-depth, if at all. Therefore, it’s not surprising that most students graduate either knowing little about reflexology or with an inaccurate impression that it is simply the application of pressure, during a massage, on sensitive points on the feet. Perhaps the best way to describe the relationship […]

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Karen Ball is a certified reflexology practitioner and instructor with a teaching and clinical practice in the U.S. and Canada. Through the Academy of Ancient Reflexology (academyofancientreflexology.com), she offers instruction in conventional and Thai reflexology, and related subjects. Read her blog, "Reflexology," at massagemag.com/massage-blog/reflexology.