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...
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STEP FULLY INTO YOUR NEW LIFE AND NEW YEAR

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao-Tzu How many steps, how many thousands of miles did you travel last year? How many thousands of steps and miles we will take in the next year? How can you make this journey more full of life, goodness, beauty, and excitement? The single step we begin with is the MOST important one because without it the jour...
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Peace is a Need, So is Work! Massage Combines Peace and Work.

Seth Godin writes a fantastic blog.  Every day he comes up with brilliant tips on life and work.  Here's his from today - "When is it due? Here's the schedule. Follow it. There's your in box. Empty it. When something is imminent, speed up. When you're off the deadline machine, take a breath and poke around a bit, explore, relax. Nonsense. The goal isn't to do ...
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Massage Therapy – The Antidote to the Economy?

For years, I was fascinated with Systems-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 about what may happen in the future - a meeting might not go well next week, this new client might not like my work, my business may go down later this year because of the econom...
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Massage Philosophy: Loving Time

I was teaching a massage business class about office design, time management, policies, procedures, etc. We had just touched upon the elegant Buddhist concept that 60 percent of healing is environment. Some spaces you just walk into and immediately feel better; some you walk into and just feel the energy sucked out - like where you go to renew your driver's license. So the stud...
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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 planned to have my own practice.  Here are the things I did to prepare for that to happen. I got my license in the State of Texas by taking and passing the Massage and Bodywork Licensing...
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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 first time to really step into the role of massage therapist and I so wanted to be professional. I’m talking paying clients, full sessions, full strangers, no-holds-barred general p...
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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 to say about how the first five weeks of massage school have impacted her - and her husband! What was the hardest point of massage school for you? When did you first make som...
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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 making other people feel better?! You have this miraculous and exciting new skill at your fingertips, not to mention an overflowing excitement and enthusiasm for your new profession. ...
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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 is a great schedule for working students. Do you have a healing touch? Learn to work with doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors or own your own business. For more th...
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