Massage Therapists

Massage Modalities: Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage

2019-03-11T16:40:10-05:00

What is Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage? Literally, the word Ashiatsu translates to “foot pressure.” In this type of massage, therapists deliver strokes through their feet, rather than their hands. Traditionally, the therapist stands over the massage table, with parallel bars overhead for support. Using their feet as well as their body weight, the therapist delivers consistent, deep, broad pressure. Benefits of Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage --Deep pressure without pointy elbows or thumbs. The broad surface of the foot decreases the sharpness clients sometimes experience with deep tissue work. --More power. As this type of massage utilizes the therapist’s body weight, it allows for [...]

Massage Modalities: Ashiatsu Barefoot Massage2019-03-11T16:40:10-05:00

Couples Massage 101: Benefits, Marketing, and other Considerations for Massage Therapists

2019-02-27T21:27:49-05:00

Couples massage consists of concurrent massage sessions given to two people in the same room, with two massage therapists working simultaneously. The massage tables are typically arranged side-by-side. Therapists may select to intensify the shared aspect of the experience by carrying out similar strokes at the same time. Long, soothing strokes, such as in Swedish massage, are perfect for this tandem relaxation. Couples massage may be offered in spas, private massage practices, or in clients’ homes. Read on to learn benefits of couples massage, as well as marketing, pricing, and space considerations. Client Benefits of Couples Massage --Bonding. During massage, feel-good [...]

Couples Massage 101: Benefits, Marketing, and other Considerations for Massage Therapists2019-02-27T21:27:49-05:00

Customizing Massage: Questions to Ask to Improve Client Comfort

2019-02-28T16:41:52-05:00

When dreaming of how to become a massage therapist, a person might think of all the incredible healing techniques they’ll learn at massage therapy school. However, a high-quality school of massage must also teach therapists how to communicate with clients before, during, and after the massage. Asking the right questions can help create a customized healing experience that clients won’t soon forget. Here are a few questions students at our school of massage are trained to ask to optimize each client’s massage session: 1. Do you prefer lotion or oil? Each emollient provides a different viscosity for delivering massage strokes. However, [...]

Customizing Massage: Questions to Ask to Improve Client Comfort2019-02-28T16:41:52-05:00

Beat the Heat with Cooling Massage Products from the East West College Store

2019-02-28T16:47:20-05:00

There’s more than high-quality education at our massage school. Portland, OR massage therapists can also purchase high-quality massage products at the East West Campus Store. The East West Campus store is the regional source for all things massage therapy, including massage products to beat the heat. As Portland bakes under the hot summer sun, massage therapists can offer clients delightfully cool variations on massage oil, gel, and lotion. Cooling eye masks and therapy packs offer another way to tame the summer heat. While cool products are naturally appealing in the hot months, cold therapy—or “cryotherapy”—is effective all year long. Think ice [...]

Beat the Heat with Cooling Massage Products from the East West College Store2019-02-28T16:47:20-05:00

Senior Massage: Why and How

2019-02-28T16:49:17-05:00

Massage careers come many shapes and sizes, but all massage therapists have one thing in common: compassion. Therapists are healers first and foremost, and an empathetic heart is a prerequisite for this kind of work. In our youth-centric culture it is easy to overlook seniors, a population that definitely needs massage. After a lifetime of work, many seniors are better able to afford massage. Portland therapists who choose to work with seniors will find this work to be enriching personally and professionally. Let’s take a look at the many benefits of massage for seniors. Later, we’ll look at a couple things [...]

Senior Massage: Why and How2019-02-28T16:49:17-05:00

Cammie Toloui

2019-02-28T16:59:19-05:00

Will you please introduce yourself? I'm Cammie Toloui. I've been a photographer for most of my life, doing work for publications and shooting weddings, family portraits and events. Around the time I was turning 40, I decided I needed a change and I chose to study massage. I graduated from East West from the 801-hour program in 2010 and immediately started working in the clinic at school and did that (in addition to starting my own practice) for about a year. I rented a room with one of my former classmates and built up my business for about 2 years and [...]

Cammie Toloui2019-02-28T16:59:19-05:00

Interview With Alumni Kevin Faris

2019-02-28T16:54:11-05:00

Will you please introduce yourself? My name is Kevin Faris I graduated from East West in October 2013 What drew you to massage therapy? The Thing that drew me to massage was an old construction injury. I had some treatments and it was the most helpful thing. Why did you select East West College? I found East West by chance. I was searching good massage schools around the area and I knew some LMT's and they said East West is the best. Since graduation what has been your biggest professional challenge? How were you able to overcome it? Since I have [...]

Interview With Alumni Kevin Faris2019-02-28T16:54:11-05:00

Alumni Interview Mary Tindall

2019-02-28T16:54:47-05:00

Will you please introduce yourself? I'm Mary. I'm an aerial silks instructor and massage therapist. I know the importance of regular bodywork to help with repetitive stress, as well as the everyday stressors of life. What drew you to massage therapy? The idea of working and connecting with people one on one really drew me in. Being able to help people live their lives with less pain. Why did you select East West College? I loved that it's on the east side of the river. I walked in one day to check it out and get a tour, Erika was so [...]

Alumni Interview Mary Tindall2019-02-28T16:54:47-05:00

Alum Interview — Vanessa Shumate

2019-02-28T16:56:18-05:00

Please introduce yourself. My name is Vanessa Shumate, I was born and raised on a farm outside of Eugene Oregon. With constant manual labor in order to maintain the farm I found giving and receiving massage and body work to be vital in sustaining this lifestyle. What drew you to massage therapy? After years of interest in massage therapy, I started realizing how passionate I was about the intricate web that makes up the human body and the steps we can take to support our highest levels of functioning. Why did you select East West College? I was drawn to East West [...]

Alum Interview — Vanessa Shumate2019-02-28T16:56:18-05:00

Massage & Self-Care: Marketing the Necessity of De-Stressing during the Holiday Season

2017-12-12T11:39:34-05:00

Holiday stress: It’s so ubiquitous, it’s practically cliché. Yet few people actually fit in an extra wintertime massage or day at the spa. How can Portland massage therapists come to the rescue? By effectively marketing their offerings during this darkest, and often busiest, part of the year. We all know that the holidays are a time of stress. Consider a Healthline study which found that 56% of Gen X-ers, 61% of millennials, and 62% of Baby Boomers feel stress during the holidays. Yet few people actually set aside time to destress. The 2016 American Time Use Study found that, on average, [...]

Massage & Self-Care: Marketing the Necessity of De-Stressing during the Holiday Season2017-12-12T11:39:34-05:00