“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” -Marc Anthony By David Lauterstein Studying massage is the deepest form of learning. The reason is, unlike so much schooling, this is a learning and a work that includes your body as well as your mind and it does not leave your heart behind. Don’t we all want work we can really put our hearts into? Since you learn anatomy holistica...Read More
Three Reasons Yogis Make Successful Massage Therapists
Whether You Want to Impact Your Personal Practice on the Mat or Your Career, Yogis Make Natural Massage Therapists Yoga enthusiasts make successful massage therapists for several reasons - most of which relate to the yogi’s experience with body awareness. Body awareness is the understanding of where one’s body is in space, and it is largely influenced by sensory information that results from t...Read More
Financial Aid Resources: What You Should Know Before You Take on Student Loans
Financial aid has helped thousands and thousands of student-hopefuls just like you achieve their academic dreams and go on to successful careers.But if you've listened to the news for even one minute, you know that many of those students are burdened by their student loans well into their working years. Student Loans are Still Loans If you're concerned about how to pay for school a...Read More
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...Read More
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 journey doesn’t even sta...Read More
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 work and hand it in ...Read More
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 economy. Then we feel fear...Read More
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 students and I discussed...Read More
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 Exam and joined the...Read More
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 public. Yes, everyone...Read More