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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 ...

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 ...

So Many Different Types of Massage!

07 Jun 2017

Even if you've never had a massage, chances are you know somebody who has. Approximately one in three persons has had at least one massage in the past five years. That's a significant portion of the U.S. population, and that number is growing. What you may not know is that the term 'massage' encompasses over 200 different techniques or modalities. Here are the basics of just a few of them. Swedish massage: This is the bodywork most people commonly associate the term 'massage' with. The therapist uses a combination of strokes, kneading, friction, and rhythmic tapping. If you've never had ...

Good Communication = A Great Massage Experience

08 Feb 2017

Normally our blog posts are tailored to bodywork professionals, but this particular post is addressed to a potential massage therapy client. (Although all you massage therapists can learn something here, too. You can help encourage communication by taking steps to make it as easy and as comfortable as possible.) The best massage experience takes work - on the part of the massage therapist as well as the client. Work? A massage client has to do some work? Yes, but it's in the form of communication. Letting your massage therapist know your preferences, your goal for your massage, and things you ...

Massage Therapy in the U.S.: A Health Care Profession Almost As Old as Our Country

11 Jan 2017

Are you a graduate of a massage therapy program like the programs at our Minneapolis school? Or perhaps you're a bodywork therapy student or considering enrolling for training. If any of the above apply to you, it might be interesting to learn a little more about the history of our profession.   Many know that massage is a natural healing art that's been used throughout the world for centuries, even thousands of years. But what a lot of people don't realize is that massage as a supportive health care profession in the United States goes back to the 1700s. Yes, ...

Should You Cancel Your Massage If You’ve Got a Cold or the Flu?

26 Dec 2016

Winter brings with it many less than desirable elements, including sicknesses such as colds and flu.   And while we definitely believe that therapeutic massage has health benefits, if you're in the middle of a cold or the flu, it's not the best time to get a massage. In fact, if you've got one scheduled, out of care for your massage therapist, other clients, and even yourself, it's best to reschedule. But can't a massage help me get better faster? Yes, it's true that therapeutic massage can help with detox as well as boost circulation and your immune system, all ...

Massage: Changing Public Perception from Luxury to Wellness Care

16 Dec 2016

An important concept to reinforce in regards to massage is that taking care of our bodies is NOT a luxury, it is NOT pampering, and it is NOT optional. That's why at our Minneapolis massage school we refer to it as massage THERAPY. Therapeutic massage can be a vital component of a healthy lifestyle.  According to the 2016 AMTA Consumer Survey, about half of those who scheduled a massage in the past 12 months did so for health reasons. Pain management tops that list, which also includes soreness and stiffness as well as recovery from injury. A general desire to keep ...

Massage Therapy and the Hospice Movement

30 Nov 2016

Hospice care is increasing as a large portion of the U.S. population ages. Of course, the elderly are not the only ones in hospice facilities, but they do make up the biggest group. And more and more hospice facilities are adding gentle massage therapy as part of their supportive care protocols. According to a government report, between 2000-2012, the number of people receiving hospice care increased by almost 60% Over 6,000 hospice facilities now exist in the U.S. Medicare expenditures for hospice care have increased about 80% during that same time period In 2014 alone, over 1.5 million people received ...

Deep Tissue Massage: Is It For You?

23 Sep 2016

If you're new to massage therapy, the first thing you should know is that the term 'massage' encompasses a wide variety of bodywork techniques. And within those different approaches, there are varying levels of pressure. So you might be a little mystified as to what to choose when the massage therapist asks you what type of massage you'd prefer. That often depends on your purpose in getting a massage.  Is it to deal with an injury? Do you have an ongoing medical issue you'd like natural relief for instead of drugs and/or surgery? Are you an athlete seeking to be ...

Movement + Massage = A Fantastic Wellness Combo

22 Aug 2016

Does massage therapy have any benefits? While that might seem like an odd question, there are still a few out there who are skeptical. But the list of health issues that research confirms massage therapy can address is growing. Yes, therapeutic massage is very beneficial, but there are things that can be combined with massage to make it even more so. One of those elements is movement by the client.   Being aware of this can be helpful for a bodywork professional, because it provides one more avenue to custom tailor a massage therapy session to the client's particular needs. ...