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James Waslaski on the Choosing a Massage School Podcast: The Power of Positive Energy and Experienced Instructors

2022-04-04T15:37:19-04:00April 4th, 2022|

For fifty years, our Portland massage school has guided students to become LMTs. We know how challenging it can be to find the right massage school. So we’re thrilled to support the Choosing a Massage School Podcast, which features interviews with massage industry leaders whose decades of expertise deliver deep wisdom on the massage profession, and on how LMT-hopefuls can choose the ideal school of massage. Today we’re reviewing an episode featuring James Waslaski, a celebrated leader in Orthopedic Massage. 

James’ journey to massage therapy began thirty years ago, when he was working in medicine, and pursuing running […]

The Great Resignation is Driving People to Launch Massage Therapy Careers

2022-02-25T10:13:31-05:00February 25th, 2022|

Certain portals in history change how we think, live, and act. A world war, for instance, changes everyone who lived through it. COVID may be our era’s catalytic event. Looking back over the last two years, it is clear that many of us will never be the same. The pandemic has altered nearly every aspect of life, and the workforce is no exception. Let’s examine how the Great Resignation of 2021 has pushed many people to leave their positions, and why massage careers are attracting many to shift gears. 

What is the Great Resignation?
In 2021, millions of people […]

Introducing the Choosing a Massage School Podcast

2022-02-04T16:26:14-05:00February 4th, 2022|

Massage therapy is a transformative modality that empowers people to discover profound healing. Yet choosing your ideal massage therapy school can be a challenging process. Where should you begin to look? How will you know which schools are superior? What massage therapy classes should you look for? And what should you prioritize in a school? To help with this process, we recommend listening to the Choosing a Massage School Podcast. 

The podcast features interviews with leading educators and practitioners from across the massage world, from Florida to Oregon. Massage school advice from industry experts– that’s what the podcast […]

Best Massage Apps to Make Life Easier for Students and LMTs

2022-01-11T10:59:28-05:00January 11th, 2022|

Getting your massage career started after graduating from massage school isn’t easy. And even if you’ve been out of massage therapist school for years, keeping up with laundry, marketing, professional requirements, and other aspects of LMT life can be challenging. Particularly as the new year approaches, it’s a good time to take stock of where you could be “working smarter” instead of “working harder.”  Let’s take a look at what apps could help you streamline your massage work this year. We include two sections: apps for students who are currently in massage schools in Oregon and elsewhere, and apps […]

Massage Collective Models: Introducing this Breakthrough Business Model

2021-11-15T10:12:50-05:00November 15th, 2021|

Overwhelmed as an independent contractor/business owner? Or frustrated in your current position? A few years after you become a massage therapist, you may feel you have enough experience to try something new. The Massage Collective approach could be just what you need. Therapists across the country are forming collectives in which multiple practitioners work together in a community of mutual support and shared responsibility. Today we’re introducing this model and examining how a couple massage collectives work. We also list the benefits LMTs can see from joining a massage collective. Read on to learn more about this breakthrough massage business model.

Massage […]

Skin in the Sun: What to Know about Massage in the Summer

2021-08-03T09:37:23-04:00August 3rd, 2021|

Summertime, and the living is easy, right? Not for your skin. Heat and sunburn can turn the epidermis into the Sahara, and massage clients may show up with damage. Summer sun means unique contraindications and client needs. And while LMTs’ massage careers will include some events that cannot be anticipated (COVID shutdowns come to mind), summer skin care is an annual issue. Let’s take a big-picture view of how massage therapists can best assist clients during the summer months, with an eye toward skin care and hot-weather massage therapy.

Stay Cool: Keeping Massage Clients Comfortable during the Summer

Particularly with this summer’s heat […]

Massage Gel 101

2021-06-17T10:26:36-04:00June 21st, 2021|

In the past, we have written on the advantages and drawbacks of oil versus lotion for therapeutic massage. Today we’re looking at the new kid on the massage lubricants block: Massage Gel. What is it? Why consider using it? Read on to learn the answers to these questions and more. 

What is Massage Gel?
Massage gel is the new massage medium on the block. Like all lubricants, its purpose is to support a therapist’s healing touch by allowing for fluid, purposeful movements. Gels moisturize skin while offering excellent slide (initial slipperiness upon application) and […]

Celebrate Pride Month by Making Your Massage Practice LGBTQ-Friendly

2021-06-17T10:19:21-04:00June 17th, 2021|

As natural-born healers, massage therapists aim to make their practices accessible to all. A massage therapy career is rooted in caring for others. Yet unintentional discrimination may make potential clients feel uncomfortable. If you are straight and cis gender, you may be unaware of the stress and discrimination that LGBTQ individuals face daily massage practice lgbtq EWC

Research shows that LGBTQ persons are 2.5 times more likely to experience depression, substance misuse, and anxiety than their straight peers. Moreover, most LGBTQ people report healthcare discrimination, such as denial of care, harsh language, […]

The Psychological Power of Touch, and the Impact of the Coronavirus

2021-05-27T13:02:03-04:00May 27th, 2021|

The Coronavirus lockdowns have dramatically changed social engagement, not least of all how often we receive and give touch. Stuck with our roommates or family members for more than a year, the world of human contact shrunk as exponentially as the virus spread. For safety, we are still encouraged to keep a six-foot distance between ourselves and everyone outside of our immediate households, unless vaccination is complete. Our primary sense—touch—and our largest sensory organ—our skin—may be starved. How does this impact us psychologically? Are we affected by the lack of social touch, as handshakes, pats on the back and hugs have […]

COVID’s Impact: More People Considering a Career in Massage Therapy

2021-07-20T13:26:52-04:00April 9th, 2021|

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed life in many ways. With people stuck at home during lockdowns, and enormous changes in workplaces, many are considering lifestyle changes. Priorities and career preferences are changing. The admissions office of our massage school in Portland has fielded many inquiries lately, and we’d like to share why so many people are curious about earning a massage license at this time.

What’s Driving Admissions Inquiries at Massage Schools:
Portland, OR to Portland, ME, people across the country are considering a career in massage. While this is always true, it seems the Coronavirus crisis has caused a major shift […]

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