How to Choose the Best Massage School for You: 3 Signs Your Massage Curriculum Will Prepare You for a Successful Career

Massage School Curriculum
Unless you have interviewed a massage therapist about the foundational elements of their massage curriculum in depth, a massage school admissions pamphlet is not going to tell you whether their program will prepare you for a successful career in massage therapy. For this reason, it is important to analyze a massage school’s curricula before enrolling to determine whether yo...
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BODY MOBILIZATION TECHNIQUES

“BMT” – Body Mobilization Techniques – were collected and refined by Robert King, the founder of The Chicago School of Massage Therapy, in the early 1980’s. For many years, Bob came down to The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School and taught one great workshop after another. The founders of our school, John and David, were both early students of Bob’s. One of our earliest instruct...
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Believing in Touch

I have never been a very conventional religious person. Maybe those of us who practice massage therapy are, however, in touch with something deeply spiritual underlying all beliefs. From an early age I did have a respect and attraction to the sacred, often through art and music, and also from a deep hope that humans would collaborate in creating a peaceful world. I was in...
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How to Choose the Best Massage School for You: 4 Ways to Evaluate Massage School Culture and Values

TLC Massage School Class
Professional massage therapy draws all types of individuals, and as a result, the culture and values of individual massage schools are usually very different from one another. So how do you choose the best massage school for you? It is important to evaluate a massage school’s culture carefully before enrolling to discern what it values. Here’s how: 1. Do All the Things ...
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Reflexology: Helping with Your Hands

Austin Massage School
by Marsha Walke, PhD, RN, LMT I have been teaching and giving massage and reflexology for 40 years now, I want to share some information and experiences to help you get a little acquainted with this form of helping with your hands. In 1977, I had just finished nursing school and loved giving my patients the evening back massage I had learned in school.  They went to sleep...
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So You’re Thinking About Becoming a Massage Therapist?

Massage Therapist
If you’re thinking about becoming a massage therapist, you’re living in one of the best times in history for it. Working in the massage industry can be a rewarding and beneficial job for those who can call themselves licensed massage therapists. But if you're not sure you’d make a good massage therapist, consider the following: You Might Make a Good Massage Therapist If.....
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THE LOW BACK AND THE ERECTOR SPINAE

Re-root the back! The back does so much for us – helping us stand, twist, turn, bend forward and back.  It’s no surprise the back requires a complicated interweaving and interaction of many muscles.  One of the main groups is called the erector spinae. I never understood the erector spinae until I saw a lovely illustration in Carmine Clemente’s “Regional Atlas of Human An...
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Diary of a Massage Therapist: Then and Now

by Jennifer (Shaw) Bonnesi I’m ten years into my massage career, and with each year that passes, and as my massage practice deepens, I am increasingly glad I got my massage certification. (Fellow, seasoned massage therapist, can I get an amen?) If you are in the early stages of your career or just beginning to research the massage certification process, I hope the follow...
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LAUTERSTEIN-CONWAY’S TOP TEN IN 2017

This year we began nine new 500-hour professional training classes. New teachers, tutors, assistants, and alumni joined our faculty to enthusiastically teach and further our mission to fully support every student’s success. Each year taking students from beginners to, in as little as seven months, becoming full-time licensed therapists and doing something they love – this i...
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How to Celebrate Healthy Holidays: Sound Advice for LMTs and Clients Alike

by: Jennifer Bonessi Even if you don’t celebrate a holiday in December, holiday stress affects us all - every store is packed and our fellow humans are frantic. The frenetic energy is consuming. And yet, the season calls us all to jolly and bright. It’s also flu season. So now, more than ever, whether you are a fellow massage therapist or one of our clients on the ...
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