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New This Fall: Continuing Ed Courses at Our Minneapolis Massage School

04 Aug 2017

One of the things we enjoy as we put together our continuing education calendar for each term is to evaluate the need and interest and then add new courses to meet them. This coming term (Fall 2017) we have a number of new classes, in addition to those that are regular favorites. And what's more, some of these are open to the general public. These new courses include: Five-Element Qigong - multiple sessions, beginning September 13th.  We've offered classes on qigong in the past, but this one takes it up a notch. You'll get to explore and practice the exercises related ...

Aromatherapy and Massage: The Basics

02 Aug 2017

As the interest in natural medicine grows, many massage therapists are adding additional modalities to their skills list in order to offer their clients popular therapies. One of those is aromatherapy, or the use of essential oils in conjunction with bodywork. Aromatherapy training is available to our students as part of our elective course, Spa & Resort Techniques. We also periodically offer instruction in basic aromatherapy as a continuing education course for bodywork professionals. But if you haven't yet been introduced to aromatherapy and would like to know a little bit more about it, check out this recent article from Bodysense ...

Can Massage Therapy Play a Role in Combating the Drug Addiction Crisis?

31 Jul 2017

There is no question that drug addiction is one of the fastest-growing health problems in the U.S. today, with usage of both street drugs and abuse of prescription medications reaching almost epidemic proportions. Everyone agrees that we need solutions, but can therapeutic massage play a part in treating addiction? At first glance that might seem like an odd question. You might wonder what a massage can do to address drug addiction. It turns out that massage therapy may be helpful in treating addictions of several sorts - not only drugs but also alcohol and nicotine. Addiction may have physical components, ...

To Scent or Not? What Is Aromatherapy Good For?

28 Jul 2017

Scents are all around us - some natural, some manmade. Some scents are pleasant while others are offensive. And 'unscented' seems to be a very popular category of just about any kind of product you can think of, from skin care to cleaning products. In this post we'd like to talk about a very specific type of scent - that which comes from the therapeutic use of essential oils via a practice called aromatherapy. Aromatherapy products differ greatly from often artificially scented products such as room fresheners and perfumes, although some people choose to use aromatherapy oils for those purposes. ...

What’s in a Name: It’s Massage Therapist, Please

26 Jul 2017

Bodywork professionals who work in the massage industry have fought a long and hard battle to gain respect for their profession and establish themselves as legitimate providers of health care and wellness services. That's one of the reasons the name 'massage therapist' is important.   Though not a title that's heard so much anymore, those who provide massage services were historically referred to as either a masseuse (female) or masseur (male). The terms are French and date to the 19th century. The words simply mean one who performs a massage. Nowadays these words are often used as derogatory terms, with the ...

You May Not Know It, But You Probably Need a Massage

21 Jul 2017

The massage therapy industry has been working very hard to combat the misconception that massage is simply a pampering or luxurious service. Apparently we're doing our job well, because more and more people are coming to the conclusion that therapeutic massage offers many benefits besides relaxation. Are you among those who don't get regular massages because you believe you don't really need it? The truth is, you probably DO need a massage on a regular basis, though you may not know it. Here are some reasons we'd like you to consider: Everyone - and we mean everyone - has ...

Having Your First Massage? Here’s What to Expect

19 Jul 2017

If you're one of the growing number of people who have decided to find out what all the buzz over massage is about, we congratulate you.  We also know you probably have some questions about what to expect. Hopefully this post will help you feel at ease when you have your first of what is hopefully a recurring therapeutic massage experience. You can expect that your massage therapist will genuinely be interested in finding out about you, your health, your lifestyle, and other things in order to provide a custom-tailored massage. Because of that, you should arrive 10-15 minutes early ...

The Importance of Establishing Policies in a Bodywork Therapy Business: A New Approach

17 Jul 2017

As a massage or shiatsu therapist, if you're employed by or work as a subcontractor for another health care professional, chances are you only have to enforce the policies set by the office you work in. But if you have your own business - which significant amount of our graduates do - you're the one who needs to formulate, set, and maintain policies. While it might seem a little restrictive to think about having set policies, it's a way to protect both you and your clients. Setting office policies will also help you to keep things organized and running smoothly. ...

Massage Isn’t Just for Women – It’s Good for Men, Too

14 Jul 2017

Men's Health Week (this year, June 12-18) is an annual focus on wellness issues specifically male-related. It's celebrated in mid-June and since it was so recent, we've got men's health on our minds. Massage therapy consumers are more likely to be female, but we'd like to discuss the benefits of bodywork for men in this particular post. First of all, we'd like to point out that discussing their own health is far down on the list of priorities among most men. A Cleveland Clinic study found that most men who rather discuss just about anything else. Current events, sports, and ...

Get a Taste of Bodywork Therapy with Our Free Arm & Hand Massage Class

12 Jul 2017

Curious about what it's like to give a massage? Perhaps you'd like a little hands-on practice before you decide to embark on training for a career as a massage therapist? Or maybe you'd like to learn a few things to take care of others.  No matter what your reason, why not register for our next Arm & Hand Massage class? You'll only be investing 2 hours of your time, because it's FREE! Here's what instructor Krisha Crabtree has to say about this class:  "We learn strokes to affect the fingers and the hand and the palm of the hand.  We ...