To Understand Massage

We know that touch can be meaningful, just like music.  Yet can we say we “understand” touch, “understand” a massage?  It is similar to understanding music. Music and touch don’t have meanings like words do.  Perhaps both are rooted in the meaning of “gestures”, not in the definitions given in a dictionary.  Music is created by gestures made upon instruments and resulting “gestures” in sound – sim...
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Reflections on Hybrid Learning at TLC

Lauterstein and Conway teaching Online Massage Therapy
Online learning for massage therapy has unique challenges as well as, at this time, distinct advantages. What is learning, really? Learning is something done by the nervous system, particularly the brain. The brain sorts out information, memorizes it, and eventually gets creative with it. Learning also involves emotions. Ideally, we truly care about the things we are learning. We are also engag...
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Grad Stories: Every Day is a Learning Day

A Letter From a Massage School Alum, Cassandra De Anda I am excited and proud to say that I am a Lauterstein-Conway Massage School alumni. I graduated in July of 2016. At the time I was attending massage school I was also finishing my Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training at Texas State University. As my two graduations approached I started thinking of possible job position that I thought wo...
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HISTORY MATTERS

The Often Overlooked Importance of the Intake Process By David Lauterstein It has become commonplace that massage employers, for the most part, do not allow sufficient time for their therapists to “take a history”. I think this is horrible. It effectively prevents the therapist from being a healthcare professional. You cannot understand a client’s problem without having time to understan...
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TLC WORLDWIDE – The World Wants More Tender, Loving Care

By David Lauterstein It is one of the great honors for our school, The Lauterstein-Conway Massage School (TLC) that people around the world are interested in the things we have developed in our curriculum which we have worked on now for over 30 years. I have had the privilege in particular of teaching the modalities of Deep Massage and Zero Balancing over the years in Portland, Oregon, Santa...
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Homage to the Feet

Massage Education for the Feet, A Foundation By David Lauterstein There are 206 bones in the body, 52 of them are in the feet! It’s amazing that these two small yet marvelously engineered structures can support our entire weight without being crushed or giving way. It’s little short of miraculous that they also constantly balance out the infinite varieties of motion going on in the body abo...
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Is Deep Tissue Massage Bad for You?

Deep Tissue massage is often what people request these days. Many massage centers say deep tissue is different than “deep Swedish,” which is an overall massage done with deeper pressure. But what exactly is deep tissue massage really? And is it bad for you? What is Deep Tissue? First, there’s no detailed definition for deep tissue massage - except we can say it uses more pressure than “regula...
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BETTER THAN JUST GOOD

TLC & the Advanced Massage Program Years ago I went to a local Italian restaurant which didn’t look very classy. So when the waiter came over, I pointed to an entrée and asked skeptically, “Is this good?” The waiter looked down at me and confidently said, “Sir, that is more than GOOD.” That, in so many words, is the inspiration for our school and the Advanced Massage Program. John Conway a...
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THE CASE FOR TOUCH – GUEST BLOG BY AMANDA KING

My sense, as a bodyworker, that healing possibilities through touch are infinite. Professional touch, while geared to provide a consistency of experience to the client, also allows for that person’s individual response to a multitude of factors, including pain sensitivity, pressure, etc. In approaching a new client, for example, I ask her if she is used to touch, therapeutic or otherwise. If not, ...
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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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