TLC Hands-On Massage Therapy Program

Impact Your Community  and Change the World through Therapeutic Touch

Become a Licensed Massage Therapist in 6-12 months


The Lauterstein-Conway (TLC) Massage school has been leading education in Massage Therapy training for almost 30 years in Austin. The holistic training approach at TLC incorporates both the Art and Science of touch to engage the whole self in learning and growth – body, mind, and spirit.

 

There is simply no substitute for human touch and the impact positive contact can have on overall wellness. Imagine having the confidence and knowledge to make people feel better just by using your hands. Massage Therapy can relieve pain, reduce stress, lift moods and improve overall mental and physical health.

Take the first steps. Begin your adventure and explore a future in massage therapy.

Massage Therapy Programs


As one of the nation’s forerunners in Massage Therapy Education, TLC has developed 2 outstanding Massage Therapy Programs: the 500 hour Massage Therapy Program for state licensure and the 250 hour Advanced Program for Board Certification.

The 500 hour Massage Therapy Program gives you the skills to take the state required Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEX) and begin your career in 6 - 12 months.

The 250 hour Advanced Massage Therapy Program prepares already licensed Massage Therapists for voluntary Board Certification credentials.

We created the 250 Hour Advanced Program to cater to working Massage Therapists. The classes are held mostly on Mondays since we know that weekends have great earning potential for Massage Therapists.

Why pay for more training than you need to get started? Start your career sooner so you can start earning money faster. Once you have mastered the basics, come back for additional training.


Next Program Start Dates:

 


September 10th  Afternoon Class - 6 Month Program - Schedule: Mon - Thur 1:10pm - 5:40pm

October 10th  Evening Class - 6 Month Program - Schedule: Mon - Thur 6:00pm - 10:30pm

November 5th  Morning Class - 6 Month Program - Schedule: Mon - Thur 8:15am - 12:45pm

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Massage Therapy Careers


Why choose Massage Therapy? With the growth of the Spa Industry and the expansion of Eastern philosophies merging with Western medical practices, skilled Massage Therapists are in high demand. Our Job Fair always has a waiting list of employers who are wanting to participate. Not only do they NEED therapists right now, but they WANT TLC Grads because over the years TLC has proven time and time again we produce experienced and caring Massage Therapists. Employers seek out our students before they even graduate - walk out of class and into a career.

In-Demand Career Field

Schedule Flexibility

Rewarding Career

High Hourly Pay

Career Opportunities

  • Sports
  • Holistic
  • Clinical
  • Spa & Resort
  • Entrepreneurial

Massage Therapy is a wellness career that puts earning power in your hands. You are born with all the tools you need, let us teach you how to use them.

Massage Therapy is about connecting with people – WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!


Why should you choose Lauterstein-Conway Massage School?

1. Experience is the key! We have been training Massage Therapists for almost 30 years.  That makes a big difference in how successful you will be in this career and your ability to help people!  Lauterstein-Conway provides the highest level of training in therapeutic techniques, science, and the art of skillful touch. We update and refine our curriculum regularly to make sure you leave with cutting-edge information and skills.

2. We love what we do and we want you to love what you do too! – We endeavor to run our school in as healing a manner as the subjects we teach. We want each graduate to be therapeutically masterful, professionally successful and personally fulfilled. We are committed to your success!

3. We believe in the Art and Science of bodywork! –  Lauterstein-Conway is one of the only schools that combines a rigorous scientific training with an intuitive approach that allows you to use your creativity when designing a massage session that fits each person you work with.

4. Continuing Education Workshops – We offer over 300 hours of workshops each year on topics such as Oncology Massage, Anatomy Trains, Advanced Deep Tissue, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Advanced Zero Balancing, Pregnancy Massage, and more.

5. The Advanced Massage Therapy Program – This is the only program in the U.S. that includes Advanced Orthopedic Massage and Trigger Point Therapy, Advanced Deep Massage, Cranio-Sacral Work, Zero Balancing, Shiatsu, and Advanced Integrative Bodywork. Take your skills to the next level!

– This is our lifework.. Our success is measured by the quality of your experience here, your expertise, your success and your joy in the profession of massage

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LEARNINGS BEFORE BIRTH – FROM TOUCH AND SMELL

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BREATHE – THE ART OF MASSAGE #6

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Eternity in the Palm of Your Hand – The Art of Massage #5

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Accuracy – The Art of Massage #4

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The Art of Meeting and The Art of Massage #3

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What is Better Than a Guitar? – The Art of Massage #2

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WHAT THE HANDS TELL ME – The Art of Massage #1

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STEP FULLY INTO YOUR NEW LIFE AND NEW YEAR

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I See Magic Happen Everyday

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Helping Veterans and Wounded Warriors

This nation's military veterans and wounded warriors continue to fight, long after they come off the battlefields. They fight to be whole again and to reclaim their physical and psychological health. ...
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(Video) Kate Jordan: Manual Therapy Treatment for Low Back Pain in Pregnancy
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(Video) Kate Jordan: Manual Therapy Treatment for Low Back Pain in Pregnancy

by Kate Jordan, Developer of Bodywork for the Childbearing Year www.katejordanseminars.com/Def... .Kate talks about lower back pain in pregnancy and demonstrates some techniques to use to minimize or ...
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Pregnancy Massage – Touch for the Mom-To-Be
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Pregnancy Massage – Touch for the Mom-To-Be

Pregnancy is nine transformative months full of excitement, planning, and peering at the awesome unfolding of life. But this transformation also brings inevitable side effects. But you don't have to s...
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Ease Growing Pains with Infant Massage
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Ease Growing Pains with Infant Massage

by Gina Michelle I'm writing this after a night when I was awakened by my 2-year-old at 4:00 a.m. He was pointing to his legs and saying, "Ow! Ow!" His first growing pains were here. The childh...
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Holding Headaches at Bay
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Holding Headaches at Bay

Bodywork Eases Migraines and Tension Headaches By Cathy Ulrich "Do you get headaches?" I asked Cindy. She had come to see me for massage to address her neck and shoulder pain but hadn't mentioned ...
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Heal Your Soul Through “Heel and Sole”
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Heal Your Soul Through “Heel and Sole”

It is amazing how people love work on their feet and therapists often love working on the feet and yet…Most therapists don’t know the anatomy of the feet! I myself didn’t! I don’t know how many yea...
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National Massage Therapy Awareness Week Oct 25-31
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National Massage Therapy Awareness Week Oct 25-31

We are next week celebrating the 19th annual National Massage Therapy Awareness Week - October 25-31, 2015. Massage Therapy Awareness means so much more than just the awareness that massages are go...
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Becoming a Real Specialist in Pregnancy Massage
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Becoming a Real Specialist in Pregnancy Massage

by Kate Jordan, developer of Bodywork for the Childbearing Year I’m told over and over by my pregnant clients that they’ve never had a pregnancy massage like this-one that was comfortable, relaxin...
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Mindbody Acupressure as a tool
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Mindbody Acupressure as a tool

by Gayl Hubatch My Bodywork practice began in 1982 with Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® and massage therapy. I totally resonated with the idea of how interconnected all of life is! I was livi...
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8 REASONS TO ENROLL IN THE OCTOBER EVENING CLASS
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8 REASONS TO ENROLL IN THE OCTOBER EVENING CLASS

1. Start a career you will LOVE by Spring 2016! The October Evening Class is a 6 month program. This means you can start your new career as a Massage Therapist in April 2016! 2. Learn from a gre...
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THE TEMPORO-MANDIBULAR JOINT – MOST USED IN THE BODY!…AND SOMETIMES…MOST ABUSED!
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THE TEMPORO-MANDIBULAR JOINT – MOST USED IN THE BODY!…AND SOMETIMES…MOST ABUSED!

One of the most fascinating and challenging pieces of anatomy is the understanding of the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ), its function and its dysfunction. The TMJ joint is the most used joint in t...
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The value of the Advanced Program
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The value of the Advanced Program

by David Lauterstein In the last years we have seen something almost weird happening in our field. For the first time ever, the demand for massage therapists has exceeded the supply. This is great....
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Notes on the iliopsoas, diaphragm, and viscera
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Notes on the iliopsoas, diaphragm, and viscera

by Brian Utting Low back pain is perhaps the single most common complaint from our clients, and in my experience, the iliopsoas is almost always involved. It tends to become chronically contracted ...
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Grad Chronicle: McKinley Taber
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Grad Chronicle: McKinley Taber

by McKinley Taber When I graduated high school I had no earthly idea what I wanted to do with my life but I knew I wanted to do something interesting. I am a social person who is very curious about...
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Structural Assessment – Solving the Mystery!
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Structural Assessment – Solving the Mystery!

by Tammie Culley Many of us have been taught orthopedic protocols for different issues but do not understand how to determine when and if to use said protocol. Learning how to properly and thoro...
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THE TISSUE’S NOT THE ISSUE ~ DEEP MASSAGE
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THE TISSUE’S NOT THE ISSUE ~ DEEP MASSAGE

Massage is usually defined as soft tissue manipulation. It turns out that may not really be what we’re doing! Most current research reveals that it is the nervous system (primarily the brain) that pro...
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Meet Our Teachers: Kazuko DeVirgilio
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Meet Our Teachers: Kazuko DeVirgilio

The teachers at The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School have skill, experience, and a true passion for Massage Therapy. Let’s take a moment to get to know one of the 500 hour program instructors. ...
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Table Thai Massage
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Table Thai Massage

by Robert Gardner Table Thai is something I developed after being unable to find facilities that allowed me do Thai massage on a mat. In most of Texas, massage is done on a table so the Thai massag...
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Meet Our Teachers: Bob Steine
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Meet Our Teachers: Bob Steine

The teachers at The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School have skill, experience, and a true passion for Massage Therapy. Let’s take a moment to get to know one of the 500 hour program instructors. ...
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Trigger Point Therapy
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Trigger Point Therapy

by Lizabeth Franklin The discomfort in my hip started about one year ago when my dog unexpectedly took off to the left while the leash was attached to my waist, and I was standing still. In the eff...
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Meet Our Teacher: David Lauterstein
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Meet Our Teacher: David Lauterstein

The teachers at The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School have skill, experience, and a true passion for Massage Therapy. Let’s take a moment to get to know one of the 500 hour program instructors. ...
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How GOOD Chair Massage is Essential for Your Success
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How GOOD Chair Massage is Essential for Your Success

You see chair massage all over – in grocery stores, banks, airports, concerts, car races, etc. – it’s wild! I recently saw someone doing chair massage where I could not believe my eyes – I felt lik...
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5 reasons YOU should enroll in the afternoon massage program
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5 reasons YOU should enroll in the afternoon massage program

1. Skip the morning traffic The June afternoon class starts at 1:10pm, so that annoying morning traffic is nowhere to be seen. This means not only can you take your time getting to class, but you...
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Meet Our Teacher: John Conway
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Meet Our Teacher: John Conway

The teachers at The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School have skill, experience, and a true passion for Massage Therapy. Let’s take a moment to get to know one of the 500 hour program instructors. ...
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Meet Our Teachers: Kevin Graef
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Meet Our Teachers: Kevin Graef

The teachers at The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School have skill, experience, and a true passion for Massage Therapy. Let’s take a moment to get to know one of the 500 hour program instructors.' ...
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DNM = DERMONEUROMODULATION  |  WHY DNM?
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DNM = DERMONEUROMODULATION | WHY DNM?

By David Lauterstein Here’s a big word that boils down to something quite simple yet incredibly important. When we touch the body, the only thing we touch directly is the skin. Therefore the therap...
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THE WORK OF HEALING AND BODYWORK
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THE WORK OF HEALING AND BODYWORK

Some weeks ago I had a unpredictable accident. I had come out of a yoga class with my wife and as we walked down a dark street, I stepped off the curb to get to our car, struck my toe on a defect in t...
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Where can you work as a Massage Therapist?
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Where can you work as a Massage Therapist?

Before choosing to become a massage therapist, I volunteered in variety of settings for working health professionals. I quickly saw that, of the health careers I was interested in, the one that offere...
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Grad Chronicle: Kim Noll
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Grad Chronicle: Kim Noll

by Kim Noll Like almost yesterday I remember my childhood in Ohio as a dedicated gymnast. Practice, practice, and more practice as if each day were a new challenge. At the age of 10, I knew what it...
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Meet Our Teachers: Jason Hammond
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Meet Our Teachers: Jason Hammond

The teachers at The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School have skill, experience, and a true passion for Massage Therapy. Let’s take a moment to get to know one of the 500 hour program instructors. ...
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ALL THE LAYERS OF LIFE! ~ DEEP MASSAGE CAN HELP
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ALL THE LAYERS OF LIFE! ~ DEEP MASSAGE CAN HELP

Your body is composed of layers. Each one has a relatively soft, connective tissue associated with it. Generally called “fascia”, these connective tissue layers act somewhat like a series of living sa...
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Meet Our Teachers: Gretchen Cole
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Meet Our Teachers: Gretchen Cole

The teachers at The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School have skill, experience, and a true passion for Massage Therapy. Let’s take a moment to get to know one of the 500 hour program instructors. ...
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Stop Boring Work!
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Stop Boring Work!

I find it incredible how many people don’t enjoy their jobs! I began doing massage nearly 40 years ago and I enjoy working almost every day! And on hard days I still have no question regarding the ...
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What is Thai Massage?
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What is Thai Massage?

by Robert Gardner People often ask me about what Thai massage is and licensed massage therapists want to know how it's going to benefit them in their practice. Thai massage is still working on a we...
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Meet Our Teachers: Christopher Fritel
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Meet Our Teachers: Christopher Fritel

The teachers at The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School have skill, experience, and a true passion for Massage Therapy. Let's take a moment to get to know one of the 500 hour program instructors. ...
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DEEP IN SPACE AND TIME – The Resurrection of Petrissage and History!
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DEEP IN SPACE AND TIME – The Resurrection of Petrissage and History!

Each time I receive a massage I learn more about what works well and not so well. Last week I got a session where there were two things missing and these are surprisingly common. The Resurrection of ...
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6 Signs You Should be a Massage Therapist
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6 Signs You Should be a Massage Therapist

  1. 9 to 5 job just isn’t for you You like a flexible work schedule where you can choose your hours. Massage therapy is the perfect fit – you can work as little or as much as you want at t...
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A SERIES OF SACRED SATURDAYS
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A SERIES OF SACRED SATURDAYS

This weekend we began a new class who will be here each Saturday all day 8:00am-5:45pm for a year. On the one hand this is a tremendous sacrifice - but we remember that means "making sacred". So it's,...
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TLC is honored to be bringing a world famous teacher to Austin next month – Nancy Dail
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TLC is honored to be bringing a world famous teacher to Austin next month – Nancy Dail

Nancy Dail is the author of Kinesiology for Manual Therapies. In 1974 she began her career combining acupuncture, massage and Aikido. She founded her school, one of the foremost in the U.S., the Downe...
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Touch and the Real Meaning of Life
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Touch and the Real Meaning of Life

The hard rain and wind are ways the cloud has to take care of us. -- Rumi Learning massage is never a matter of just acquiring technical skills. Massage school is also a place where people have a ch...
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Structural Perspectives of the Head and Neck
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Structural Perspectives of the Head and Neck

by Nancy Dail  Picture a bowling ball balancing on a stick. This is similar to how the head, which weighs approximately 10-12 pounds, precariously perches on seven cervical vertebrae and disks and ...
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The Four Top Reasons To Learn Zero Balancing
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The Four Top Reasons To Learn Zero Balancing

“If you love the body you must know the bone….” ~ R. Tillinghast   Add something really effective and new to your tool bag. To help people more and to retain clients better, you need to b...
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Zero Balancing brings you back to center
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Zero Balancing brings you back to center

by Tasha Snedaker The modality is like a tree that just got out of a wind storm and is now… still. It balances you like a pendulum, that, once it’s experienced the very edges of balance, and bein...
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WEANING FROM THE OIL BOTTLE
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WEANING FROM THE OIL BOTTLE

Let’s be honest. Humans are self-lubricating entities. We have sebaceous glands whose sole purpose is to lubricate and waterproof the skin. These glands are associated with hair (we have about 5 mi...
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Grad Chronicle – James Uhl
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Grad Chronicle – James Uhl

by James Uhl After graduating TLC in 2011 I immediately began gaining experience by working on my own practice as well as doing chair and sports massage for different events around the city. In Jul...
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One year at Massage School can change everything!
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One year at Massage School can change everything!

by Shannon Young I have been working in school admissions for years. In that time one thing I have found to be true is that there is never a perfect time to go back to school. There is never the pe...
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ALL LAYERS OF MIND AND BODY ~ HOW DOES ZERO BALANCING HELP?
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ALL LAYERS OF MIND AND BODY ~ HOW DOES ZERO BALANCING HELP?

Your body is composed of layers. Each one has a relatively soft, connective tissue associated with it. Generally called “fascia”, these connective tissue layers act somewhat like a series of living sa...
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Stiff Neck – Un-puzzling the Problem
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Stiff Neck – Un-puzzling the Problem

by Nancy Dail Clients regularly complain of having a “stiff neck”. It may hurt to rotate, flex, extend or laterally flex the head or just feel like the head does not respond to movement well. Compl...
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5 Reasons the Saturday Only class is great!
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5 Reasons the Saturday Only class is great!

You have more time between classes to absorb information. The Saturday Only class meets just one day a week. This means students have more time to not only absorb the theoretical parts of the cu...
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I first met the founder of Zero Balancing…
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I first met the founder of Zero Balancing…

I first met the founder of Zero Balancing, Fritz Smith, MD, in 1986 at the AMTA National Convention in Washington, D.C. At that time, I was a therapist, instructor, and the editor of the Massage Thera...
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Pediatric Massage
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Pediatric Massage

by Marybetts Sinclair Sensitive massage is a unique type of therapy that can speak directly to many of the greatest needs of children. It is stimulating, relaxing, emotionally nurturing and feels t...
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New Year, New Career
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New Year, New Career

Welcome to 2015. This is going to be the year you find a career that give you both passion and success! We say it year after year, hoping the right career will just pop up and snatch us from our cu...
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Vitamin T
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Vitamin T

Life cannot thrive without touch. This is so fundamental that too often it goes without being said or even recognized. The embrace of the baby in the womb, the touch of the mother, father and other...
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Deep Massage and “Low Back Pain”
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Deep Massage and “Low Back Pain”

by Keith Vencill Many of the people I see for the first time complain of “low back pain”. Massage is rarely the first thing that they try. Over-the-counter pain relievers are cheap, easy to come by...
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Up for a Challenge?
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Up for a Challenge?

by Christopher Allan What I love about the field of massage therapy is the vast options of clientele we can choose to work with. Not everyone has what it takes to work with kids and adults with spe...
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A New Year’s Encouragement
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A New Year’s Encouragement

“All Sickness is Home Sickness” is the title of book by acupuncturist, Dianne Connelly. It may be a watchword for this pivotal year we are entering. How many of us are fully at home in our bodies? ...
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MASSAGING YOUR BRAIN
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MASSAGING YOUR BRAIN

Pain science is telling us that pain is an output of the brain, not an input from the body. Similarly we can note that relaxation and pleasure are outputs of the brain, though we may "feel" them in th...
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Lymphatic Drainage
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Lymphatic Drainage

by Liz Hoffmaster I have been doing lymphatic drainage for a number of years on people with different needs: Orthopedic surgeries, postoperatively, on hips, knees and any joint that can be oper...
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Grad Chronicle: Alexis Brown
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Grad Chronicle: Alexis Brown

My Experience working as a MT abroad by Alexis Brown I had the pleasure of attending The Lauterstein-Conway School of Massage February 2013-August 2013. Massage School was a lot of fun for me. I l...
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The End of the Modern World?
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The End of the Modern World?

I just re-read The End of the Modern World (1956) by Romano Guardini, a Catholic priest and professor of religion and philosophy. I don't share his beliefs precisely (being more or less a Jew-dist), b...
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Humble is Helpful
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Humble is Helpful

by Lauren Muser Cates “How do you get set up working in a hospital as a massage therapist?”. I could fund a hospital program if I had a dollar for every time a massage therapist asked me this qu...
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Massage Therapy: The First Resort
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Massage Therapy: The First Resort

(taken from a 1989 issue of the Austin Chronicle - slightly updated) by David Lauterstein People ask me how I got into massage – “What’s a nice Jewish man doing in a profession like this?” Well,...
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Shouldn’t All Ribs Float?
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Shouldn’t All Ribs Float?

Each rib has toward its “head”” a triangle of synovial joints – with attachments to the bodies of the vertebrae above, below and to the transverse process of the one below. The triangle is one of t...
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MY FIRST MASSAGE TABLE
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MY FIRST MASSAGE TABLE

By David Lauterstein, LMT, MTI, Certified Zero Balancing Teacher, Co-founder of Lauterstein-Conway Massage School In my early years I was mostly studying and playing music. But as I moved into my l...
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OK here’re two things that woke me up at 5:00 this a.m. with anger, sadness, and fear –
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OK here’re two things that woke me up at 5:00 this a.m. with anger, sadness, and fear –

1. URGENT CONCERN RE THE MODEL PRACTICE ACT (and other recent legal developments) The originally circulated version of the Model Practice Act (MPA) contained the requirement that all massage school...
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What is muscle-specific deep tissue work of the arms and legs?
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What is muscle-specific deep tissue work of the arms and legs?

by Brian Utting The phrase ‘deep tissue work’ is used in so many contexts that it’s hard to know what it means anymore. To some practitioners, ‘deep tissue’ simply means deep pressure. To others, i...
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Abdominal Massage
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Abdominal Massage

by Hannah Ford A riddle for you: what do a sub sandwich, a novel, and a massage have in common? They're all deeply unsatisfying if you leave out the middle. Your massage education included th...
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Homage to the Feet!
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Homage to the Feet!

It has always been incredible to me how much massage clients enjoy foot massage. Yet most therapists know very little about the detailed anatomy of the foot! And mostly they use general massage techni...
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Grad Chronicle – Natalie Durkin
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Grad Chronicle – Natalie Durkin

Natalie Durkin, LMT I attended Semesters 1 & 2 at TLC during 1999-2000. My immediate passion became working with clients for pain management, sports performance, and rehabilitative/restorat...
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READING EMOTIONS THROUGH THE ENERGY BODY
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READING EMOTIONS THROUGH THE ENERGY BODY

by Jim McCormick CLIENT: MALE, 45, Engineer, healthy ZB FRAME: “I WANT YOU TO HELP ME REMOVE MY DOUBT.” ZB SESSION: The client didn’t specify exactly what doubt he wanted to get rid of. He...
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RELAXATION DAY – AUGUST 15!
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RELAXATION DAY – AUGUST 15!

“Relax” – from the Latin, “to open again” “Calmness of mind does not mean you should stop your activity. Real calmness should be found in activity itself.” – Shunryu Suzuki-roshi It’s interestin...
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Hooked on Acupressure
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Hooked on Acupressure

by Dr. Gayl Hubatch OMD, LMT instructor I use acupressure for everything – from my own muscle stiffness after a workout, headache or trouble sleeping to giving hour-long treatments in my profession...
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Myofascial Techniques for the Thorax and Diaphragms
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Myofascial Techniques for the Thorax and Diaphragms

by Liz Hoffmaster Let's look at the rectus abdominus (RA) muscle and a role it plays in our lives. We are a culture obsessed with core work. In truth, 95% of all abdominal core work is done with se...
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MASSAGE – THE ANTIDOTE TO THE ECONOMY?
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MASSAGE – THE ANTIDOTE TO THE ECONOMY?

For years, I was fascinated with System-Centered Therapy and worked hard in a group. One thing I learned was that many of our fears are not based on reality. Rather, we often make negative predictions...
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DON’T LIKE HOLISTIC HEALTH?
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DON’T LIKE HOLISTIC HEALTH?

I was at a panel discussion last week about public relations with media representatives who cover healthcare. One covered healthcare topics on radio, another on T.V. and another in the newpaper. One t...
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THOUGHT ACUPRESSURE
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THOUGHT ACUPRESSURE

For years I’ve said deep massage of cranium is “like” working on the brain. Lately I’ve come to realize that, in important ways, it’s not “like” it, for practical purposes, it IS massaging the brain. ...
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How to Choose a Good Massage Therapist
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How to Choose a Good Massage Therapist

How to Choose: 5 Characteristics of a Good Massage Therapist Do you hop from massage therapist to massage therapist or feel like you’ve tried them all but can’t settle on one? Maybe there’s a good re...
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What’s Better Self-Employment or Massage Jobs
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What’s Better Self-Employment or Massage Jobs

What’s Better? Self-Employment vs. Getting a Massage Job A massage job, often massage jobs, or self-employment, I’ve done them both. But what’s better? Obviously, the answer depends completely on you...
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Massage School | Success as a Student & Therapist
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Massage School | Success as a Student & Therapist

Success: How to Get the Most Out of Massage School and Beyond Success in massage school not only means you learned how to give a good massage, but that you also understand how the human body works, w...
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Massage Therapy as a Second Job: Benefits and Barriers
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Massage Therapy as a Second Job: Benefits and Barriers

Diary of a Massage Therapist Some of you know me already. My name is Jennifer Bonessi, formerly Shaw, and I’ve been a massage therapist with a private practice in Austin since 2007. You may also know...
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Deep Massage – An Advanced 20-hour Training is coming up
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Deep Massage – An Advanced 20-hour Training is coming up

What is Deep Massage as we teach it? It is NOT just deep tissue (though it overlaps with it). Deep Tissue is a common term, but it has become quite problematic. Often clients want you to hurt them! An...
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A Brief History of Anatomy Trains
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A Brief History of Anatomy Trains

Tom Myers, the founder of Anatomy Trains, says: “I developed the Anatomy Trains during the 1990’s as a game for students to play when I was teaching Fascial Anatomy at the Rolf Institute . All the boo...
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Grad Chronicle – Amanda Jainté Shanteé Chaboudy
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Grad Chronicle – Amanda Jainté Shanteé Chaboudy

by Amanda Jainté Shanteé Chaboudy My recent story is a very happy one. Like most therapists, however, I was drawn to massage because of the suffering I have witnessed in my life, and the amplified ...
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Benefits of Massage | Why You Need a Full Body Massage or Swedish Massage
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Benefits of Massage | Why You Need a Full Body Massage or Swedish Massage

Five Reasons Why You Need a Full Body Massage – Regularly! by Jennifer Shaw, LMT If you google “benefits of massage,” you’ll likely see lists including words like relaxation, improved sleep, circu...
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AUSTIN’S BEST MASSAGE SCHOOL PART OF THE X-GAMES
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AUSTIN’S BEST MASSAGE SCHOOL PART OF THE X-GAMES

Even famous athletes need massage. This year marks the beginning of Austin hosting the X-Games, and they are making sure to keep it local. The X-Games chose Lauterstein-Conway Massage School to be the...
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The Philosophy of  Dimensional Massage Therapy
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The Philosophy of Dimensional Massage Therapy

Dimensional Massage Therapy is the name of the unique bodywork taught by Nancy Dail. Nancy is Director of Maine's Downeast School of Massage, author of Kinesiology of Manual Therapies, and nationally ...
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8 Places a Massage Therapist Can Work
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8 Places a Massage Therapist Can Work

Some professions have you in a cubicle your whole life.  Others have just one track you can take.  But Massage Therapy is different!  It’s a personally fulfilling career.  You get to help others and y...
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Restore your energy
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Restore your energy

by Brenda Young A few years into my massage practice I noticed that some clients drained my energy while others boosted it. Then I learned about transference and countertransference, and how an ene...
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Do you get headaches?
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Do you get headaches?

by Jason Hammond I always ask my clients this simple question. If they get headaches frequently, I want to let them know that I can help. This is great way to increase your benefit to a client and ...
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Why do adults make great massage students & Why does being a massage student make great adults?
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Why do adults make great massage students & Why does being a massage student make great adults?

Why Adults Make Great Massage Students Even after a short while in the work world, every adult strongly desires work that is more meaningful. Massage is meaningful, heartfelt work. Adults make g...
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THIRTEEN RULES OF MASSAGE
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THIRTEEN RULES OF MASSAGE

1. Slow down when you need to. Speed up when you don’t need to slow down. Massage that’s always slow is ultimately boring massage.   2. Palpate – how can you love if you don’t know what’s th...
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Trauma and the Body – A Vignette
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Trauma and the Body – A Vignette

by Gregory Gaiser My first experience as a health care professional working with trauma happened in the early 1990s with a woman I'll call Roberta. Roberta was in psychotherapy at a local women's c...
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Bodywork: Finding what you didn’t even know was there
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Bodywork: Finding what you didn’t even know was there

by Keith Vencill, LMT, CDMT Clients often reveal that the most intense areas discovered during the session are exactly that: unearthed, previously unknown tension and pain. Around this pain and bec...
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Ritchie Mintz
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Ritchie Mintz

by David Lauterstein I’m not sure you all know that we have a delightful and very special workshop coming up on March 30. It is a don’t-miss experience to for all bodyworkers and massage therapists...
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Weave
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Weave

 by Jason Bratcher In the previous article on the Austin Massage blog I focused on the “Deeper” aspects of Lomi Lomi (it’s a great read and I encourage you to read or reread it and blend it with th...
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Moving Meditation
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Moving Meditation

by Lauren Bilbe A few years back, I made a fortuitous decision to leave my career as a bureaucrat. My goal was to find a calling that allowed me to live a rhythm of life that works optimally fo...
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I Get Structurally Integrated
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I Get Structurally Integrated

Ritchie Mintz, Certified Advanced Rolfer and Howard Miller, Produce & Meat Supervisor. Wheatsville Food Coop. will be presenting their perspectives on anatomy and Fascia in the upcoming workshop -...
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How Zero Balancing work will benefit your clients!
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How Zero Balancing work will benefit your clients!

The Advanced Program at Lauterstein-Conway begins with Zero Balancing. The reason for this is Zero Balancing is a revolutionary touch therapy approach that works with the entire musculoskeletal system...
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What’s great about hot stone massage?
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What’s great about hot stone massage?

by Rima Star Hot stone massage joins the benefits of heat with massage, using natural riverbed lava rocks, heated in water in the therapy room. Hot stones are a tradition that has been used by Nati...
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Explore Deep Massage
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Explore Deep Massage

The Deep Massage: Lauterstein Method I workshop coming up January 24-26 at Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Austin may change your work more than any other class you’ve ever taken. You will lea...
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Senior Massage – Not Just for Old People
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Senior Massage – Not Just for Old People

by Mary Duval The seniors are coming – be prepared! The baby boomers started turning 65 in 2011. Every day since then more than 7000 baby boomers have reached 65 and this will continue until 203...
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Transformation
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Transformation

by Christopher Allan My views in regards to the how and why my clients walk into my life seeking healing for their physical ailments have certainly changed as this calendar year comes to a closure....
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Grad Chronicles – Rhianna Sanford
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Grad Chronicles – Rhianna Sanford

by Rhianna Sanford Over the past 10 years I keep coming back to the reality that a good education is paramount in finding fulfillment and maintaining a sustainable practice. When I became a Massage...
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“Without a clear end you can’t have a clear beginning.”
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“Without a clear end you can’t have a clear beginning.”

  “Without a clear end you can’t have a clear beginning.” – Dr. Fritz Smith   by David Lauterstein The transition in seasons and the transition through the holidays and into the ...
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Diary of a Massage Therapist: Surviving Massage School Again (and Life)
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Diary of a Massage Therapist: Surviving Massage School Again (and Life)

By Jennifer (Shaw) Bonessi, LMT, cPT, RYT at Bodywork In Austin Dear Diary: I know it’s been a while since I’ve written. Life just got crazy. (Doesn’t it always?) I’ve finally completed L...
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My Massage School Experience
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My Massage School Experience

by Nayeli Gallegos I was first introduced to TLC School through my job, but I quickly came to realize how healing the environment is and what joy it brings to everyone who steps through the doors. ...
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Grad Chronicle – My Journey Through TLC
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Grad Chronicle – My Journey Through TLC

by Aaron McLeod Five years ago, I attended another massage school in Austin. I should say as background that I am visually impaired. My challenges at this school included not having computer resour...
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The Year after Cancer Treatment: How We Adapt Massage
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The Year after Cancer Treatment: How We Adapt Massage

By Tracy Walton My client rolled her eyes as she told me, “Now, this is hard. This is way harder than my year in cancer treatment.” She was referring to the year after cancer treatment. She w...
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Acceptance Speech for Educator of the Year Award
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Acceptance Speech for Educator of the Year Award

by David Lauterstein First I want to thank the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education, Biofreeze and Bon Vital for this award. This is a certainly one of the greatest honors of my life. Thank you f...
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Anatomy Trains Comes to Austin!
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Anatomy Trains Comes to Austin!

Anatomy Trains is a unique map of the ‘anatomy of connection’ – whole-body fascial and myofascial linkages. The Anatomy Trains concept joins individual muscles into functional complexes within fascial...
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A DEEP look into Lomi Lomi massage
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A DEEP look into Lomi Lomi massage

by Jason Bratcher A return to the inner self, a tracing back through the generations to your “Family” of origins. connecting, self transformation, weaving your heart centered intentions into this p...
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What is Massage for Seniors?
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What is Massage for Seniors?

by Mary Duval I have found that when I tell people I do senior massage, they immediately equate “senior” with “frail old person”. Sometimes people think I'm brave to work with this population and t...
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Building your toolbox
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Building your toolbox

by Marc Frazier When therapists build their own toolbox, they generally add and refine things they learn in workshops. And, one of the best tools I have found is studying cadavers. The reason is...
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Cranial Sacral Therapy helps baby Julie see more and fuss less
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Cranial Sacral Therapy helps baby Julie see more and fuss less

by Liz Hoffmaster Julie was a healthy 8lb baby when she was born via C-section. Her head was perfectly round and her face was scrunched up as though she was squinting. A baby delivered vaginally ha...
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How Working With Hospice Patients Differs From Other Practices
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How Working With Hospice Patients Differs From Other Practices

by Dawn Nelson Relating to the seriously ill and the dying through the intimacy of conscious touch differs in a number of ways, compared to massaging relatively healthy, mobile and active people. H...
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Psychosocial Benefits of Hospice Massage
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Psychosocial Benefits of Hospice Massage

by Dawn Nelson For the hospice patient, caring, compassionate touch in the form of massage may have benefits more significant and more immediately noticeable than the physical benefits. People who ...
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Grad Chronicle – Amy Brock
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Grad Chronicle – Amy Brock

By Amy Brock, LMT, NCTMB I have been a Massage Therapist for 5 years now and have had a great deal of success from it. Within my five years I have worked consistently full time, have had retention ...
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Physical Benefits Specific To Hospices
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Physical Benefits Specific To Hospices

by Dawn Nelson With the influx of advanced medical technology and the great variety of drugs available, we tend to forget that the simple, careful touch of the human hand is one of the most ancient...
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Short Upper Arms!
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Short Upper Arms!

by Nancy Dail Often in a practice we run across individuals with similar problems that can sometimes be blamed on the season or weather. Certainly clients with back issues will come to us after ove...
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How confident do you feel about Pregnancy Massage?
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How confident do you feel about Pregnancy Massage?

by Hannah Ford Massage school introduced you to the basics of pregnancy massage, but how confident do you feel about your ability to support a woman and her baby with bodywork through the birth yea...
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Lauterstein-Conway Massage School celebrates 25 years in Austin
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Lauterstein-Conway Massage School celebrates 25 years in Austin

Austin is called the Live Music Capital of the World.   It also is the Relaxation Capitall of the world - largely due to the work, for the last 25 years, of Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in Aust...
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Verbal Fulcrums in Zero Balancing  – by Jim McCormick
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Verbal Fulcrums in Zero Balancing – by Jim McCormick

I am very excited about Verbal Fulcrums in Zero Balancing this March 21-24 in Austin. This area of work has been my main growing edge in ZB for the last 5 -10 years and has been so gratifying for both...
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What gift has a personal Touch this Valentine’s Day?
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What gift has a personal Touch this Valentine’s Day?

It’s that time of year again. The time of flowers, chocolates, and balloons. That’s right, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and couples everywhere are hurrying to find that perfect gift for...
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Zero Balancing allows for more change, both emotional and physical
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Zero Balancing allows for more change, both emotional and physical

by Jim McCormick I have studied many separate forms of psychotherapy - from Gestalt therapy; Bioenergetics; Co-Counseling; Counseling theory in general; Rogerian Therapy; Art therapy, etc.. I have ...
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7 Ways Getting Manual Lymph Drainage Certified Will Help Your Practice
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7 Ways Getting Manual Lymph Drainage Certified Will Help Your Practice

Reid Peterson, MA, CMT Director of Continuing Education at Klose Training Klose Training has been providing certification courses in Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) for almost 10 years. Our certificat...
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What is Polarity Balancing?
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What is Polarity Balancing?

by Maruti Seidman Polarity Balancing is based on Polarity Therapy founded by Dr. Randolph Stone. It is a wonderful system of energy healing based on Ayurvedic Medicine. Polarity Balancing utilizes ...
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Special Needs Abdominal Massage – Maintaining a Health Bowel Movement Schedule
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Special Needs Abdominal Massage – Maintaining a Health Bowel Movement Schedule

By Christopher Allan, LMT, MTI When I was twenty years old I worked at a group home in California taking care of four men with Cerebral Palsy.  Every morning I would do the wake up, bathing, cookin...
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Thanks for supporting our effort to help the Austin community!
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Thanks for supporting our effort to help the Austin community!

This year, the Lauterstein-Conway Massage School wanted to give back to the Austin community by supporting the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas with a Canned Food Drive. By bringing in a non-perisha...
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Aromatherapy – for everyday life
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Aromatherapy – for everyday life

Aromatherapy involves the use of essential oils for therapy. The idea behind aromatherapy is for the chemical components from the essential oils to trigger the release of chemicals to make a person re...
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How much can you learn about the Neck? .. A lot!
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How much can you learn about the Neck? .. A lot!

The neck is one of the most common places on the body for clients to have pain and want help with. It also happens to be incredibly complex, with tons of muscles that could contribute to neck pain. ...
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Overflow of Massage Jobs
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Overflow of Massage Jobs

Over the last year, I have seen a drastic influx of jobs available for Massage Therapists. But you don’t have to trust me – the proof is seen all over. Check Craigslist, job boards, and businesses wit...
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What you don’t know about Neck Pain
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What you don’t know about Neck Pain

by David Lauterstein Do you know the difference between tests which reveal whether it is a ligament or a muscle that is injured in the neck?  How do you know if both are injured? Did you know th...
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The Forearm Class
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The Forearm Class

by Marc Frazier I was recently sitting down with Jan Hutchinson, PT/LMT who will be co-teaching our upcoming workshop(along with Advanced Rolfer, Dena Roberts) We were discussing how to make bes...
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Diary of a Massage Therapist: Growing Up in My Private Massage Practice
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Diary of a Massage Therapist: Growing Up in My Private Massage Practice

By Jennifer Shaw, LMT, cPT at Bodywork In Austin, and Guest Blogger I can hear all the birds of Austin chirping and chattering and flat-out squawking outside the window in front of me, but all I ca...
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The Masseter – Jaws, Too!
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The Masseter – Jaws, Too!

A goodly part of our brain is still "reptilian".  We react, automatically, to excess stress with tension, readying to run or fight.  One place where many of us still experience a bit of the reptile in...
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A Cornucopia Saturated with Massage Jobs
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A Cornucopia Saturated with Massage Jobs

By Jennifer Shaw, Austin Massage Therapist and Guest Blogger One of the most common comments people make to me when I tell them I am a massage therapist is something along the lines of, “Wow, Austi...
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Wisdom from a Graduate
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Wisdom from a Graduate

Fascia, the primary connective tissue in our bodies, is "thixotrophic". This is the chemical property of certain natural substances (such as some clays in the soil, paints, some condiments) such that,...
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How can you do Massage if you don’t know what’s inside?
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How can you do Massage if you don’t know what’s inside?

by David Lauterstein I say to so many of our students, especially when they start the internship, that each person is a gift. It is such a gift, for both for therapist and client, to explore the la...
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How is it all going to work?
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How is it all going to work?

by Kaia Petin It's been nearly 10 years since I earned my massage therapy license from Lauterstein-Conway. To be honest, it’s only been in the last 2 years that I feel successful when I tell people...
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Can We Operate Without Ethics?
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Can We Operate Without Ethics?

by Nancy Dail, BA, LMT, NCTMB An active massage therapy practice is the result of hard work, education, and a credible professional reputation. We can advertise, use social media, and network with ot...
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Touch and Age
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Touch and Age

The following was submitted by Peggy Rouh for her Senior Massage CE Workshop. Touch and Age …tactile needs do not seem to change with aging -- if anything, they seem to increase. Yet this is where w...
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What is Kennetic Massage?
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What is Kennetic Massage?

by Ted F. Kennett, LMT, MTI Kennetics is an approach to massage therapy which combines three powerful modalities. The first is trigger point therapy. I have been practicing clinical trigger point ...
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Short Upper Arm
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Short Upper Arm

By Nancy Dail, LMT Often in a practice we run across individuals with similar problems in a series that can sometimes be blamed on the season or weather. Certainly clients with back issues come to us...
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The Value of Ethics
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The Value of Ethics

By Nancy Dail, LMT Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates were Greek philosophers who laid down the foundation for ethics in society. The word “ethics” comes from the Greek ethikos meaning “arising from ha...
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Reflexology Massage Therapy
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Reflexology Massage Therapy

By Marsha Walker, LMT There are many kinds of pressure point therapies, with Reflexology and Vitaflex being two of them. Both of them outline points on the feet and hands that correspond to areas o...
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An interview with massage therapist, Nancy Dail
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An interview with massage therapist, Nancy Dail

TLC is honored to be one of the few national locations sponsoring the distinguished founder of the Downeast School in Maine – Nancy Dail. Ms. Dail has been a professional massage therapist since 19...
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Three ways that working with athletes has helped my massage career
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Three ways that working with athletes has helped my massage career

by Marc Frazier, LMT, NSCA Almost from the start, my massage career has included a lot of regular work with competitive athletes. This was not something I chose to do, it just sort of happened. In ...
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Three reasons Chair Massage opens the Gateway to Massage
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Three reasons Chair Massage opens the Gateway to Massage

By Jennifer Shaw, Austin Massage Therapist and Guest Blogger If you're new to massage, chair massage is the perfect gateway to your new career. There are many reasons chair massage is a great "entr...
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Massage School Graduate’s Dream Comes True – in Germany!
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Massage School Graduate’s Dream Comes True – in Germany!

by Lauren Palmour, Graduate from the June, 2009 program Working in Europe was a dream of mine that I've had for years. So when I found this job through one of my Lauterstein-Conway Classmates Dawn ...
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Massage From These Heights: Diary of a Massage Chain Employee
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Massage From These Heights: Diary of a Massage Chain Employee

By Jennifer Shaw, Massage Heights Lakeline LMT and Guest Blogger It’s been three weeks, and I am suddenly struck by how happy I am to go to work. Yesterday, I even gladly picked up a Saturday shift...
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Cranio-Sacral Massage Therapy – Legitimate Therapy or Quackery?
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Cranio-Sacral Massage Therapy – Legitimate Therapy or Quackery?

By Jennifer Shaw, Austin Massage Therapist and Guest Blogger Cranio-sacral therapy (CST) was initiated by osteopath, Dr. William Sutherland, in the early 1900's and further developed by Dr. John U...
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Relaxation with Hot and Cold Stone Massage
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Relaxation with Hot and Cold Stone Massage

By Joy Sablatura, LMT What are the benefits of hot stone massage? It’s relaxing and increases circulation to the specific area being treated. This increased circulation, called "hyperemia" brings i...
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Massage School | How to “Get Through”
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Massage School | How to “Get Through”

By Jennifer Shaw, Guest Blogger and Austin Massage Therapist One of the questions I get most about massage school is about how I got through it – like it was a terrible life crisis.  My first respo...
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Individualized Massage Therapy for Individuals with Special Needs
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Individualized Massage Therapy for Individuals with Special Needs

by Christopher Allan, LMT In my professional lifetime I have found nothing more rewarding than working with kids and adults with disabilities. I have also found most massage therapists are not full...
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Tensegrity and Myofascial Release | Massage Continuing Education
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Tensegrity and Myofascial Release | Massage Continuing Education

By Jennifer Shaw, Guest Blogger and Austin Massage Therapist Have you ever heard the word tensegrity? If you’ve been an engineer you might at least be familiar with the concept. But as a massage th...
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How to stave off holiday stress!
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How to stave off holiday stress!

The holiday season is stressful. There is no way to escape all of the various commitments that come with family, shopping, work, and parties. But we can take time to escape from the chaos and ensure o...
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Three Ways to Use Your Massage Income for Good
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Three Ways to Use Your Massage Income for Good

By Jennifer Shaw, Austin Massage Therapist and Guest Blogger The American Massage Therapy Association says 83 percent of massage therapists’ careers started as a second job – a means to supplement ...
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Chair Massage is more than a “door opener”
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Chair Massage is more than a “door opener”

By Jennifer Shaw, Austin Massage Therapist and Guest Blogger Just because chair massage is what massage therapist Lisa Santoro calls “a door opener,” does not mean it doesn’t require more technical...
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Love your Lymph! Why it is important to massage therapists
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Love your Lymph! Why it is important to massage therapists

By Jennifer Shaw, Austin Massage Therapist and Guest Blogger Lymph is a clear fluid that flows its way through the body toward the heart. If the words "toward the heart" didn't sound significant en...
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Invest in the Art of Receiving Massage
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Invest in the Art of Receiving Massage

Tim Sullivan is a yoga teacher and massage therapist in training. You can find him at www.timyasa.com and americainshort.com. I remember a conversation I had with the desk staff at a local spa. It ...
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Three Myths Busted | Why You Need a Pregnancy Massage Course
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Three Myths Busted | Why You Need a Pregnancy Massage Course

By Jennifer Shaw, Austin Massage Therapist and Guest Blogger Even the seasoned massage therapist probably remembers the first time they worked on a pregnant massage client. When we reached the preg...
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How I succeeded as a massage therapist
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How I succeeded as a massage therapist

By Celeste Siebenaler, LMT I am a native Texan and Austinite who completed my 500 hour Massage Therapy program at Lauterstein-Conway Massage School in 2009. Before I graduated from school, I planne...
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Hospice Massage |  The Three Big FAQs
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Hospice Massage | The Three Big FAQs

By Jennifer Shaw, Austin Massage Therapist and Guest Blogger 1. What is Hospice Care? Hospice is "(a)n interdisciplinary program of palliative care and support services that address the physical, ...
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Doing Hospice Massage – Business or Volunteer Service?
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Doing Hospice Massage – Business or Volunteer Service?

by Pietro John Caporusso, LMT Actually, what I wrote first was “Business or Pleasure? “ Isn't that how the phrase usually goes?  But I realized that sounded pretty dark for an activity that is bot...
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Massage of the Belly, Breath & Deep Relaxation
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Massage of the Belly, Breath & Deep Relaxation

by Gretchen Cole I have a strong desire for every massage student to develop the skills to confidently and compassionately perform bodywork with clients’ abdominal area.  I lobby continually for in...
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Massage Internship: Learning all the Roles of a Massage Therapist
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Massage Internship: Learning all the Roles of a Massage Therapist

Tim Sullivan is a yoga teacher and massage therapist in training. You can find him at www.timyasa.com and americainshort.com. I swore I wouldn’t bring Spiderman sheets to internship. This was our f...
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A Study of Bodywork: A look under the hood
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A Study of Bodywork: A look under the hood

by Marc Frazier When I first found out about the introductory cadaver class at Lauterstein-Conway Massage School and Texas State, I was elated! I even told a client I was working with about it--...
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Massage Continuing Education: Massage for the Face
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Massage Continuing Education: Massage for the Face

By Jennifer Shaw, Austin Massage Therapist and Guest Blogger When I was in massage school, my instructor described massage for the face as a nice way to bring the client "back into her head" towa...
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Aston Patterning: Posture from the bottom up
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Aston Patterning: Posture from the bottom up

by Michelle Wald We have heard all kinds of information on posture.  Posture dictators say, “Don’t slouch, don’t let your head go forward, don’t bend your spine, and don’t round your shoulders.” At t...
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Advanced Massage Modalities: Polarity therapy
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Advanced Massage Modalities: Polarity therapy

By Erika Marcoux, MA, RPP, RYT Polarity Therapy has many principles and four of them are energy, chakras, elements, and touch. Polarity Therapy is a profound healthcare system that uses gentle hand...
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Why Lauterstein-Conway Massage School Was for Me
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Why Lauterstein-Conway Massage School Was for Me

Tim Sullivan is a yoga teacher and massage therapist in training. You can find him at www.timyasa.com and americainshort.com. I can still hear my father moaning at the kitchen table when I was rub ...
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Cancer, Treatment, and Massage
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Cancer, Treatment, and Massage

(Adapted by permission from Medical Conditions and Massage Therapy: A Decision Tree Approach, by Tracy Walton.  Philadelphia:  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.) When working with clients who have...
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Healing as the Yoga of Acceptance
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Healing as the Yoga of Acceptance

Tim Sullivan is a yoga teacher and massage therapist in training. You can find him at www.timyasa.com and americainshort.com. On a recent plane ride from Austin to my hometown of Chicago, after sto...
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Unexpected consequences of headaches for me and the world
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Unexpected consequences of headaches for me and the world

by Christopher Fritel I grew up playing soccer so injuries and muscle spasms are quite well known to me. Rain, cold, sweltering heat, or unfinished homework; Distractions never kept us off the fiel...
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The Comforts of Massage: “Orthobionomy”
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The Comforts of Massage: “Orthobionomy”

by Tracy Gilliam, Advanced Practitioner of Ortho-Bionomy®, Licensed Massage Therapist, Texas Massage Therapy Instructor and CE Provider I took an Ortho-Bionomy® class on a whim.  The flyer that cam...
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Massage as Poetry in Motion
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Massage as Poetry in Motion

Tim Sullivan is a yoga teacher and massage therapist in training. You can find him at www.timyasa.com and americainshort.com. You would struggle to find a massage therapist who doesn't find it nece...
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Insight into the Purpose of Giving Massage
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Insight into the Purpose of Giving Massage

by Joy Sablatura, LMT, MTI Last November, I studied with the Dalai Lama at his residence and temple in Dharamsala for three days, during my four-month sojourn to India. It was part of my ‘mid-life ...
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The Yoga of Massage: Biomechanics
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The Yoga of Massage: Biomechanics

Tim Sullivan is a yoga teacher and massage therapist in training. You can find him at www.timyasa.com and americainshort.com. Yoga and massage, both body arts, are part of an ever intertwining and ...
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Insights into Soft Tissue: A Massage Case Study
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Insights into Soft Tissue: A Massage Case Study

by Nancy Dail, author Kinesiology for Manual Therapy and founder of the Downeast School of Massage in Maine I confess I have passion for my work and revel in a good challenge. A recent client pro...
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Massage Therapy Around the World
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Massage Therapy Around the World

by Joy Sablatura, LMT, MTI Oh, you are doing the ‘Eat Pray Love’ thing; many people said to me when they heard I was traveling in India for four months. No, I was not a woman in a “search for every...
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Sports Massage – Great for the Therapist and for the Athlete!
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Sports Massage – Great for the Therapist and for the Athlete!

By Shane Melear, LMT, MTI When I went to massage school I just knew I wanted to be a massage therapist. During a business class the teacher wanted to know what services we planned to offer and wha...
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Taxes: Conquer your Fear of Massage Business Taxes
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Taxes: Conquer your Fear of Massage Business Taxes

By Jennifer Shaw, Austin Massage Therapist and Guest Blogger Massage therapists, have you done your 2010 taxes? Like all good citizens, I’ve made a start. I’ve collected a lot of stuff I think I ...
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Bodywork: Finding what you didn’t even know was there
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Bodywork: Finding what you didn’t even know was there

by Keith Vencill, LMT, CDMT Clients often reveal that the most intense areas discovered during the session are exactly that: unearthed, previously unknown tension and pain. Around this pain and bec...
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Massage: The Essentials of Touch
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Massage: The Essentials of Touch

by Tara White, LMT, MTI, Guest Blogger As a massage therapist, my life is pretty much immersed in touch. I have come to find that when I go on vacation, I begin to feel out of sorts after a few days ...
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An Argument for “Do It Yourself” Massage
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An Argument for “Do It Yourself” Massage

By Jennifer Shaw, Austin Massage Therapist and Guest Blogger Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away, and the realization of the next Hallmark holiday is probably just at the fringes of your min...
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Structural Bodywork: Getting the Upper Hand on Posture
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Structural Bodywork: Getting the Upper Hand on Posture

by Marc Frazier, LMT, NASM, MTI The Influence of the Upper Limbs In the world of Structural Bodywork – and massage in general – much attention is given to the mechanical influence the lower limb...
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Three Fresh Videos: Wrist Stretches for Massage Therapist
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Three Fresh Videos: Wrist Stretches for Massage Therapist

By Jennifer Shaw, Austin Massage Therapist and Guest Blogger If you’re a massage therapist, you are probably acutely aware of the state of your wrists and forearms. If you didn’t learn how to tak...
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Self Care for Massage Therapists
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Self Care for Massage Therapists

by Gretchen Cole, LMT, MTI and Massage Instructor The Spiritual Warrior Retreats. When thinking about self-care and the need for our own nurturing, a quote from Lao Tzu comes to mind, "Timely retr...
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Self-care for Massage Therapists: You Know What To Do
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Self-care for Massage Therapists: You Know What To Do

By Jennifer Shaw, Austin Massage Therapist and Guest Blogger It happened. I managed to stuff a massage client in the empty hour between working at my “real job” and a volunteer event in the eveni...
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The Anatomy of Fight or Flight for Massage Therapists
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The Anatomy of Fight or Flight for Massage Therapists

By Jennifer Shaw, LMT, Guest Blogger Does this apply? Origin: Central Nervous System Insertion: Preganglionic Fibers Action: Fight or Flight When I told a friend of mine I was writing a blog art...
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A Massage Therapist’s Research into the “Bodymind”
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A Massage Therapist’s Research into the “Bodymind”

By Marsha Walker, PhD, RN, LMT I have had a massage practice in Austin for 33 years now, with many clients getting a massage every 2 weeks for 20 years.  I still love it and feel very honored to be...
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The Diary of a Massage School Student: Week Five
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The Diary of a Massage School Student: Week Five

Tired? You're not alone. Dara Allen-Trainer, September 2010 "Saturday Section" student and TLCschool Customer Service Guru, is tired, too. But she's not the one who falls asleep. See what she has t...
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Extreme Home Makeover: A Massage Adventure
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Extreme Home Makeover: A Massage Adventure

By Rainbough Phillips, LMT, Owner of Breath & Balance Bodyworks Have you had any adventures in massage? My first adventure occurred about a year after I had started working in the field. I was ...
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Massage Continuing Education: Happy Feet
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Massage Continuing Education: Happy Feet

Generally we have no appreciation for our feet and tend to ignore them for many years, until they decide they need some attention and rudely let us know. We force them to put up with poorly fitted sho...
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Massage Job Fair: Massage Therapy & Chiropractics
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Massage Job Fair: Massage Therapy & Chiropractics

By Jennifer Shaw, LMT, Marketing Director Are you considering working with a chiropractor? Have you been referred a client from one? How many of your massage clients also see chiropractors? Because...
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Featured Massage School Graduate: Allison Hoffman
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Featured Massage School Graduate: Allison Hoffman

When did you attend TLCschool? Accredited Program 1997-1998 and took Semesters 1 and 2. Why were you interested in massage therapy? I had been interested in Massage Therapy since grade school. I grew...
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Massage Continuing Education: Water Element Basics
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Massage Continuing Education: Water Element Basics

By Jennifer Shaw, LMT, Marketing Director From a historical perspective, the Five Element Theory is one of the major systems of thought within Chinese medicine that serves a major diagnostic and tr...
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Massage CEU: Therapeutic Pregnancy Massage and Minefields
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Massage CEU: Therapeutic Pregnancy Massage and Minefields

By Ritchie Mintz Performing Therapeutic Bodywork on a pregnant woman is tricky business. There are minefields to navigate. One such minefield is the possibility that she might go into early labor a...
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Massage CE: Pregnancy and Therapeutic Bodywork
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Massage CE: Pregnancy and Therapeutic Bodywork

By Ritchie Mintz My interest in post-pregnancy Rolfing® Structural Integration wasn’t idle curiosity but a trial by fire for all concerned. The ink on my Rolfing certificate was still wet when my f...
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Massage CE: Lymphedema and Lyphmatic Drainage
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Massage CE: Lymphedema and Lyphmatic Drainage

By Liz Hoffmaster, PT, LMT, MTI What happens to the lymphatic system when it fails? Lymphedema is a common chronic, debilitation condition in which excess fluid called lymph collects in tissues and...
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Massage CE: Massaging Seniors
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Massage CE: Massaging Seniors

By Peggy Rouh, LMT, MTI, PhD Seniors are the most appreciative massage client group you will ever encounter. Everyone loves a massage. Just as with babies, touch for seniors is integral to their...
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Career Services and Job Placement Support
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Career Services and Job Placement Support

In September 2010, Lauterstein-Conway Massage School (TLCschool) will begin offering career services and job placement support for its massage school students and graduating massage therapists. The...
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Five Reasons to Join the November ACT
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Five Reasons to Join the November ACT

By David Lauterstein, BA, LMT, MTI, Co-founder I remember when I did my initial training at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy – back in 1977 - the dark ages! Afterward, I took a bunch of worksh...
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Pregnancy Massage & the Side-lying Position
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Pregnancy Massage & the Side-lying Position

Do you have a new massage client who is pregnant? If so, it's important to be comfortable with working on them in the side-lying position - especially if they are considered "high risk." Kate Jorda...
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Massage CEU: Regulating Qi with Jin Shin Do
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Massage CEU: Regulating Qi with Jin Shin Do

By Dr. Gayl Hubatch, OMD "Jin Shin Do" means "The Way of the Compassionate Spirit." Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® classes teach the use of gentle yet deep finger pressure on specific acu-point...
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Massage CE: Pregnancy Massage with Kathy Benayoun
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Massage CE: Pregnancy Massage with Kathy Benayoun

According to Kate Jordan, nationally-recognized pregnancy massage educator, "Pregnancy massage and massage for labor and postpartum recuperation is the newest option for women who want an optimum preg...
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Burnout in your Massage Therapy Career
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Burnout in your Massage Therapy Career

By Rainbough Phillips, LMT, Owner of Breath & Balance Bodyworks When you first get out of massage school the concept of “burnout” is almost unfathomable. How could anyone get “burnt out” of mak...
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Dara’s Video Blog: Textbooks, Massage Tables and Supplies – Oh My!
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Dara’s Video Blog: Textbooks, Massage Tables and Supplies – Oh My!

Hear what future September student Dara Allen-Trainer has to say in her second video blog about preparing to start classes this month. There's still time to join her in the "Saturday section," which i...
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Massage CE: Employment & Touch Techniques
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Massage CE: Employment & Touch Techniques

By Rima Star MA, LMT, Employment Consultant. (This article is part of the series Got a Massage Job: Key Points for Creating Successful Employment.) What are employers looking for? What are you look...
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Diary of a Massage School Student: Week 23
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Diary of a Massage School Student: Week 23

Reflections of a Middle-aged Student By Kristina Deasey, March 2010 500-hour Professional Massage Training Student As I get older, I’m learning more and more the signs of when I’m doing too much: ...
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Massage CEU: Business Support & Client Relationships
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Massage CEU: Business Support & Client Relationships

By Rima Star MA, LMT, Employment Consultant. (This article is part of the series Got a Massage Job: Key Points for Creating Successful Employment.) What are employers looking for? What are you look...
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Massage Therapy: Even Anatomy Geeks Occasionally Need a Review
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Massage Therapy: Even Anatomy Geeks Occasionally Need a Review

By Rainbough Phillips, LMT, Owner of Breath & Balance Bodyworks I am one of those people who likes to “talk muscles.” I regularly find myself describing to clients how to locate and self-massag...
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Massage Continuing Education: Statesman “Our Body” Photoblog
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Massage Continuing Education: Statesman “Our Body” Photoblog

In August 2010, Lauterstein-Conway Massage School is offering a new massage continuing education opportunity - a three-hour anatomy review workshop paired with a three-hour MTI-guided tour of Our Body...
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Massage Continuing Education: Anatomy Review
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Massage Continuing Education: Anatomy Review

By David Lauterstein, MTI, LMT, Co-founder of Lauterstein-Conway Massage School A few years ago Lauterstein-Conway Massage School's massage continuing education program had the fantastic experience...
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Dara’s Video Blog: Going to Massage School
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Dara’s Video Blog: Going to Massage School

Episode 1 of Dara's Video Blog by Dara Allen-Trainer TLCschool's Reception/Customer-Service-Guru, Dara Allen-Trainer is going back to school - this time at TLC! Hear Dara's story about why she deci...
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Massage School: The First Massage Table
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Massage School: The First Massage Table

By David Lauterstein, LMT, MTI, Certified ZB Practioner, Co-founder of Lauterstein-Conway Massage School After a few years of receiving massages and appreciating so many benefits – physical, emotio...
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