THE STORY AND PRACTICE OF CHAIR MASSAGE IN AUSTIN

Crossing Paths with Chair Massage Lauterstein-Conway has been offering chair massage classes for decades, but before the mid-1980's, there was no chair massage. Originally chair massage utilized a very specific routine devised by David Palmer, the co-designer of the first massage chair and the kata, or system of individual training exercises, that he taught. Palmer’s method was based on acu...
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Massage Careers: Work For Yourself

You Can Work for Yourself as a Self-Employed Massage Therapist Have you ever wanted to work for yourself? Be your own boss? Make your own work schedule? One of the benefits of a career in massage therapy is sheer number and variety of opportunities you have perform bodywork. Some licensed massage therapists (LMTs) choose to specialize over the lifetime of their careers and some have a practice...
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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...
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KNOWLEDGE IS THERAPEUTIC!

Do You Feel Like You're Chasing Your Client's Problems? When I first began working as a therapist, I really enjoyed doing my sessions. Soon however, I found people asking me about their injuries and pains and I felt I didn’t know enough to assess exactly what the problems were and what was causing them. I did know therapists – particularly Rolfers and clinical massage therapists – who had much mo...
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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...
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Massage Careers: Spa & Resort Massage Therapist

One of the benefits of a career in massage therapy is the number and variety of opportunities you have perform bodywork. Some licensed massage therapists (LMTs) choose to specialize over the lifetime of their careers and some have a practice that ranges in every way possible. In this series we will discuss the range of environments, specifically, in which you can practice massage therapy. The p...
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Massage Therapy Careers: Franchise Massage Therapist

One of the benefits of a career in massage therapy is the number and variety of opportunities you have to perform bodywork. Some licensed massage therapists (LMTs) choose to specialize over the lifetime of their careers and some have a practice that ranges in every way possible. This series discusses the range of environments, specifically, in which you can practice massage therapy. Going ...
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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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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... You Like People ...
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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 following encourages you. ...
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