Massage Education

How to Become a Massage Therapist


Do you dream of a job in a peaceful environment where your work makes a real difference in the lives of others? Do you enjoy working with your hands? Can you connect with people and put them at ease while still maintaining a professional demeanor? If so, massage therapy may be right for you! Read on to learn how to become a massage therapist in Oregon. Figuring out that you want to become a massage therapist is the first step. Next, you must apply to accredited massage schools in your preferred area, and with the academic programs you desire. Following acceptance [...]

How to Become a Massage Therapist2019-02-28T16:48:17-05:00

Cupping Therapy 101: How it Works, What Benefits it Brings


Quick: Picture students partaking in a class at a massage training school. You likely envision people using their thumbs, fingers, and elbows to press into muscles. Or perhaps, if you’ve ever experienced Thai Massage, you might see the therapists-in-training using their full bodies on clients, pulling and pressing while in yoga-like postures. For most massage modalities, this understanding of pressing into tissue to relieve pain and tension is correct. Cupping is an exception. While most manual therapies use downward pressure to alleviate muscle adhesions, cupping uses suction to pull tissues up. As an analogy, think of a dirty rug. You could [...]

Cupping Therapy 101: How it Works, What Benefits it Brings2015-06-25T20:29:57-05:00

Massage Therapy Modalities: Structural Bodywork


In our series on massage modalities, we’ve covered Thai massage, trigger point therapy, and Tui Na. Today we’re looking at a different form of massage: Structural Bodywork. At its crux, structural bodywork explores and offsets imbalances within the body. The mother of structural bodywork is Ida Rolf. Ida Rolf was a biochemist, yoga teacher, manual therapist, and sensorimotor educator who had a holistic vision of health. Her focus as a healer was to improve overall biochemical functioning, rather than treating certain systems. Rolf’s creation, Structural Integration, improves health by improving the human body’s structure in relation to gravity. Within this school, [...]

Massage Therapy Modalities: Structural Bodywork2015-06-11T20:27:07-05:00

The Benefits of Volunteering Your Massage Therapy Services


Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.” LMTs have many opportunities to volunteer, from providing hospice massage to providing massage therapy for homeless youths. But why would you want to practice your craft for free, when you can get paid for it? Well, that’s a totally legitimate question. Read on to discover some of the many benefits massage therapists can enjoy from volunteer work. Portland Massage Therapy School’s Top Benefits of Volunteering: Volunteering Zaps Stagnation. Every profession includes boredom from time to time. If you feel stuck [...]

The Benefits of Volunteering Your Massage Therapy Services2015-06-04T20:25:37-05:00

Reflexology: Intro to this Massage Modality


Reflexology is an ancient manual healing method in which acupressure points on the feet, hands, and/or ears are compressed to alleviate pain and treat medical problems. Although there is little academic evidence that reflexology treats specific medical conditions beyond a placebo response, this ancient practice has been relieving pain and other stress-related conditions for thousands of years. Remember, a placebo brings healing about half of the time; 1 out of every 2 patients on a placebo see positive health results. As in many CAM therapies, many accredited massage schools offer reflexology courses because this healing modality has brought relief to patients [...]

Reflexology: Intro to this Massage Modality2015-05-28T20:24:07-05:00

Client Populations: Working with Elderly Patients


Massage careers can take practitioners all over the world, to all manner of settings. However, when envisioning a post-massage certification career path, the common image is that of a healthy middle-aged person receiving a basic Swedish massage. Reality is much larger in scope. In this series we will be discussing how to work with different client populations- in all ages and stages of life. We kick things off with a discussion of geriatric massage, including its challenges, effective techniques, and benefits. Challenges Massaging Elderly Clients Elderly clients can often be intimidating to massage, due to their unique health conditions and physical [...]

Client Populations: Working with Elderly Patients

Tui Na: Introduction to this Modality


West coast massage schools including East West College offer instruction in a variety of massage modalities. To give our readers insight into different types of massage, we have written on trigger point therapy, cranio-sacral therapy, and Thai massage. Today we’re looking into Tui Na, a Chinese form of manipulative therapy. Introducing Tui Na: Ancient Chinese Massage Therapy Tui Na features some manual methods found Western massage styles, but adds acupressure to remove blockages in muscles and energy pathways (called Meridians in Chinese medicine). This massage approach dates back thousands of years to ancient China. It may be used in tandem with [...]

Tui Na: Introduction to this Modality2015-04-24T22:49:06-05:00

Why Breathing is so Important During Massage


Deep breathing supports and enhances the goals of massage therapy as taught in massage training school. Often called abdominal breathing or belly breathing, deep breathing promotes blood flow, increases the effectiveness of the lymphatic system, and supports organ detoxification. Moreover, abdominal breathing lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, and can be used at any time to decrease stress and tension. Deep breathing promotes physical relaxation, the goal of every massage client. Implementing Deep Breathing into Massage Therapy Teaching and modeling deep breathing for massage clients can benefit them on and off the table, potentially leading to a life of less [...]

Why Breathing is so Important During Massage2015-04-03T22:44:20-05:00

Massage Therapy Modalities: Trigger Point Therapy


Muscle pain is one of the most common medical complaints, whether it’s chronic low back pain, or sore muscles from working in the garden. In fact, according to a recent AMTA survey, 30% of respondents have used massage therapy for pain relief. When working with clients who experience pain, it’s helpful to have many different strategies for helping them recover. Trigger point work is often an effective way of decreasing or eliminating pain. Our massage school in Portland, Oregon offers trigger point therapy as an elective course in our 800-hour massage therapy program. In this blog, we’re introducing trigger point therapy [...]

Massage Therapy Modalities: Trigger Point Therapy2015-03-27T21:45:14-05:00

East West College Hosts the AMTA-OR Conference


Our northwest massage school is proud to have hosted this year’s American Massage Therapy Association of Oregon conference! On April 24th and 25th, licensed massage therapists from across the state attended the AMTA-OR conference to earn message therapy continuing education credits, and to polish their skills. An East West College instructor contributed to the conference by facilitating a session on spa modalities. The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) is the nation’s largest non-profit organization serving massage schools, massage therapists, and massage students. Among the many roles that the AMTA serves, the organization promotes massage to the general public; lobbies for just [...]

East West College Hosts the AMTA-OR Conference2015-03-17T21:44:06-05:00