THE POWER OF HEALTHY TOUCH

THE POWER OF HEALTHY TOUCH
The more time you spend on the internet – with email, googling, facebook, snapchat – the more depressed you get. Many studies have shown that. So why are we still so “wired” in? The promise, the potential, of experiencing a sense of connection is often even more exciting and captivating than the actual connection! The reason behind that is built into our body and mind. Every time you anticipate...
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MASSAGE – IS IT A REALLY WEIRD PROFESSION?

MASSAGE – IS IT A REALLY WEIRD PROFESSION?
In Austin, we have a saying, “Keep Austin Weird.” I have always prided myself and our school for helping to keep Austin weird – since massage is still regarded as a little weird by some people. It still gets made fun of in movies, TV, cartoons, etc. Then I asked myself, “Well, what does being “weird” really mean?” I started by looking up the root meaning for the word. Here’s a summary of what t...
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CORE MYOFASCIAL THERAPY CERTIFICATION

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CORE MYOFASCIAL THERAPY CERTIFICATION
People used to think massage just facilitated circulation.  But there have been enormous advances in this field and in massage education.  Now some of greatest teachers are showing us that tension is released in the muscles and their connective tissues, by intelligent, science- informed touch and quality of contact – not by quantity of pressure or through circulatory work. Beginning with the gr...
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How to Choose the Best Massage School for You: The Importance of a Sustainable Class Schedule

How to Choose the Best Massage School for You:  The Importance of a Sustainable Class Schedule
When trying to determine which is the best massage school for you, one of the most important aspects to consider is the massage class schedule or schedules available to you. Because massage school is not only based on intellectual learning but also practical application, your brain power is just as important to your success as a massage school student as the physical energy you bring to cl...
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ODE TO THE CLIENT WITHIN

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ODE TO THE CLIENT WITHIN
My client walks with a grace in her step. She seems like she's walking on air. She laughs, she jokes, she doesn't seem to care. She is a bit heavy and is working out to improve; at times it does dampen her mood. It's hard not to hide beneath the shield of clothes. Her posture erect with just a couple of flaws, her shoulders, her back, and her foot All due to things that have affected her li...
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How to Choose the Best Massage School for You: 3 Signs Your Massage Curriculum Will Prepare You for a Successful Career

How to Choose the Best Massage School for You:  3 Signs Your Massage Curriculum Will Prepare You for a Successful Career
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 you will graduate with...
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BODY MOBILIZATION TECHNIQUES

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 instructors, Marc Frazier to...
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Believing in Touch

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 intrigued by the exper...
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How to Choose the Best Massage School for You: 4 Ways to Evaluate Massage School Culture and Values

How to Choose the Best Massage School for You:  4 Ways to Evaluate Massage School Culture and Values
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 Do all the things th...
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Reflexology: Helping with Your Hands

Reflexology: Helping with Your Hands
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 without pain meds o...
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