So You’re Thinking About Becoming a Massage Therapist?

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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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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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I COME OUT OF THE ILIOPSOAS CLOSET!

By David Lauterstein I’ve just taught a one-day class on the iliopsoas. It was wonderful and we explored not only the anatomy and techniques for that fascinating muscle, but equally its important neighbors. The “psoas,” because hidden and elevated to pedestal status by Rolfers and others, has enjoyed a somewhat inflated reputation. On the other hand, gluteus maximus ...
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The Iliopsoas: The Irresistible Center of Existence!

by David Lauterstein There are structural theories and therapies relating to our anatomy. And there are energy theories and therapies. So far the two have been evolving in parallel, without much conscious interconnection. Yet since people are both structure and energy, it is common sense to say you are addressing health incompletely if you only work with structure or energy!...
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THE TYRANNY OF THE BACK – A RANT

My wife and I got massages at a very nice spa last night. We each signed up for 1.5 hour deep tissue. What we got is about 60 minutes on the back, relatively little work on the rest of the body. Therapists, maybe some clients, want only back, shoulder and neck work. And maybe some schools teach this way of working. And we need to respond to that. But better knowledge tells u...
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What is Lomi Lomi ‘Hawaiian Temple Bodywork’ ?

By Jason Bratcher LMT/MTI/Texas CE Provider and Lomi Kumu. (WATCH VIDEO) Aloha!! I would like to share with all of you some ideas and thoughts I have had regarding this system of bodywork and why I feel it would benefit every Massage Therapist out there to learn and incorporate Lomi Lomi into what they do. Lomi Lomi as a system of bodywork and as a system of personal enri...
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THE NEED TO TOUCH

As therapists everyday we see our clients' need for touch, and people's in general. What we do not recognize nearly as often is "the need TO touch". In Harry Harlow's famous experiment with nursing primates, he found that they consistently choose a soft figure to touch over their food source. And, equally striking is he found that the mother's need TO touch was even greater ...
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SPACE IS THE PLACE

Suzuki Roshi: ‘Sometimes a flash will come through a dark sky...The sky is never surprised when all of a sudden a thunderbolt breaks through. And when lightning does flash, a wonderful sight may be seen. When we have emptiness, we are always prepared for watching the flashing.’” When I listen to my thoughts, in general or while doing bodywork, sometimes their volume seems so...
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