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

Benefits of Prenatal Massage


After earning a massage therapist certification or license, how does a massage therapist go about creating a strong practice? Specializing in a certain niche can guarantee more work, both from private clients and from massage businesses. Prenatal massage is an enjoyable and fruitful specialization. Prenatal clients are happy to spend time nurturing themselves. And may spas pay LMTs more if they have additional prenatal massage training beyond a basic massage therapy license. When working with prenatal clients, massage therapists should emphasize the many benefits of prenatal massage. Prenatal massages do more than just relax the a pregnant woman’s aching muscles Given [...]

Benefits of Prenatal Massage2015-02-27T19:47:52-05:00

Sports Massage: Tips for Landing a Gig with a Professional Sports Team


Molly Verschinegel, of Northwest Sports Massage, is an experienced LMT specializing in Portland-area sports massage for teams and individuals. We asked her to provide insight into how sports massage therapy enthusiasts can land a job working with a professional sports team. Her first response was to alert LMTs that such jobs are scarce, for several reasons. First, many athletes and organizations are accustomed to receiving massage on a volunteer basis. They may expect therapists to provide free massage as a way to beef up their LMT resumes. She reflects, “Working at an event or with a sports team is very physical, [...]

Sports Massage: Tips for Landing a Gig with a Professional Sports Team2015-02-06T19:39:55-05:00

Funding your Massage Therapy Education through Financial Aid and Scholarships


When it comes to financing your massage therapist schooling, it pays to be prompt. Get the financial aid ball rolling early, to prevent headaches later on. In today’s post, we’re reviewing several funding avenues for attending accredited massage schools such as East West College. Read on to learn how to apply for financial aid. Financial Aid Process for East West College of the Healing Arts Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The first step when seeking financial aid is to fill out a FAFSA. Before filling out a FAFSA, you will need to apply for your student aid [...]

Funding your Massage Therapy Education through Financial Aid and Scholarships2015-01-25T17:16:02-05:00

Massage Therapy Continuing Education: Online or In Person?


Given Oregon’s continuing education requirements for massage license renewal, all active massage therapists must regularly add to their professional knowledge. As a leading massage therapy school in Oregon, East West College offers continuing massage therapist schooling for alumni and non-alumni alike. Our continuing education (CE) courses are offered in person, on our NE Portland campus. However, many Oregon LMTs complete their CE hours through online courses. Today we’re comparing the advantages of in-person vs. online courses for massage therapy continuing education. Advantages of In-Person Continuing Education for Massage Therapy --Support and Accountability. When facing a room full of fellow learners, people [...]

Massage Therapy Continuing Education: Online or In Person?2014-08-14T16:26:16-05:00

Criminal Background Checks: Required for Massage Licensure in Most States


Massage standards vary significantly from state to state. Massage schools in Michigan face different standards than those in our home state of Oregon. As of March of 2014, twenty-six states required fingerprinting and background checks for massage licensure or certification. On July 1st, Florida joined this group, passing a law to set up fingerprinting for massage therapists. Today we’re taking a look at which states require criminal background checks. Our home state of Oregon requires fingerprints for first-time licensure applicants, but it does not currently require additional rounds of fingerprinting for renewals. The exception is coming back from inactive status—then the [...]

Criminal Background Checks: Required for Massage Licensure in Most States2014-07-07T16:17:13-05:00

How to choose Continuing Education Courses to Build your LMT Business


When it comes to selecting continuing education for massage therapy, different therapists have different goals. Some take CE classes simply because they must to renew their license. (Here in Oregon, the state board of massage therapists requires 25 hours of continuing education at the time of license renewal.) Others enjoy the support and camaraderie of learning with other LMTs. Today we’re examining a third motivation for massage therapy continuing education: Building your massage business. For those with stable positions in spas, hospitals, or chiropractic offices, managers will likely recommend CE classes that will suit the position. Therefore, freelance massage therapists with [...]

How to choose Continuing Education Courses to Build your LMT Business2014-06-16T11:51:18-05:00