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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 glide (continued viscosity before a product must [...]

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, or blaming an illness on sexual orientation or gender [...]

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 [...]

Maintaining Strong COVID-19 Practices: Tips for Keeping Up Safety Precautions

2021-03-14T13:28:10-04:00March 14th, 2021|

Corona fatigue is hitting many Americans, and who can blame them? With nearly a full year of lock-downs and quarantines, it is normal to feel sick of mask wearing, social distancing, and other safety precautions. Throw in the fact that many still await vaccines, and it’s no surprise that people are tempted to relax pandemic boundaries. Yet health officials tell us the virus rages on, with nearly two thousand Americans dying every day from COVID-related illnesses, and new COVID variants found in  the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. The bottom line? It’s still not time to let down your guards protecting [...]

Massage Therapy Continuing Education and License Renewal during Coronavirus Times

2021-02-10T13:29:01-05:00February 10th, 2021|

Did you know that Oregon’s massage licensing requirements are different during COVID-19 lockdowns? Like many states, the Oregon State Board of Massage Therapy instituted a temporary rules suspension during the coronavirus pandemic. This suspension applies to license renewal requirements, including massage therapy continuing education hours. Read on to learn how Oregon’s rules suspension works, as well as a brief review of other states with COVID changes, including Washington. To close, we’ll suggest continuing education credit options available during the Coronavirus era. Oregon’s Massage Licensing Requirements during Coronavirus Lockdowns On March 24th of 2020, the Oregon State Board of Massage Therapists announced [...]

Massage Therapy for Hospital Workers: Soothing Frontline Caregivers

2021-01-12T16:14:48-05:00January 12th, 2021|

Even before the Coronavirus hit, healthcare workers were more likely to experience mental disorders. For instance, physicians are at a significantly higher risk of alcoholism and suicide than the general population. Moreover, 35-41% of U.S. nurses experience depression symptoms, compared with 9.1% of the general population. A 2018 survey revealed that 63% of nurses fear burnout, despite loving their job. The intense stress of providing care to those with COVID-19 has further threatened healthcare workers’ mental well-being. Massage therapy can help nurses and doctors refresh and refocus, as a recent AMTA article discusses. Let’s review how massage therapy has become a [...]

How Massage can ease Menopause Symptoms

2021-01-11T11:44:43-05:00January 11th, 2021|

Did you know that menopause brings bothersome symptoms such as hot flashes to 80-85% of women? Moreover, as the AMTA has recently highlighted, 75% of women are interested in non-hormonal treatments for menopause symptoms. Read on to discover how massage can help ease menopause symptoms. What is Menopause? Menopause occurs for many women in their fifties, as their bodies transition out of the childbearing years. The three stages of menopause are: Perimenopause, which occurs in the years prior to full menopause, and is defined by erratic periods and decreased hormone production. Menopause, the second phase, when periods stop completely, and [...]

Cultural Competence in Massage Therapy: An Introduction

2020-11-11T13:26:46-05:00November 11th, 2020|

The Black Lives Matter movement has brought cultural awareness to the forefront. What is cultural competence, and how can massage therapists apply cultural competency in their massage practices? How does cultural competence in clinical settings improve health outcomes? This blog provides a broad-strokes introduction to the idea of cultural competence in massage therapy, with an eye toward the fact that an Oregon massage therapist license renewal now requires an hour of cultural competence training. What is Cultural Competence? According to the CDC’s information for healthcare workers, culturally competence “emphasizes the idea of effectively operating in different cultural contexts, and altering practices [...]

Effective Massage Client Communication During Covid-19

2020-10-06T11:33:30-04:00October 6th, 2020|

The Coronavirus pandemic has redefined many aspects of massage therapy, including client communication. Excellent communication is not only a good idea for your massage business—it’s now a requirement for all massage therapist clinics under COVID-19 restrictions. As we explained in last month’s post, “How to Safely Practice Massage Therapy in Coronavirus Times,” the state of Oregon requires clinics to ask screener questions before massage therapy appointments. At our student clinic of massage, Portland clients receive and reply to these screener questions via email. For optimized safety, we have eliminated all paper forms. Post-massage, clients provide feedback via email as well. Developing [...]

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