Massage in Grade Schools: Could it Help Fight Bullying?


In our massage training school, we teach adults how to treat and heal patients of all ages. Like students in all west coast massage schools, East West College students typically begin their massage training after high school. However, the success of in-school programs across the globe suggests that primary students can enjoy many benefits from learning about and practicing massage. Schools around the world are using student-to-student massage programs to reduce bullying, improve peer relationships, and increase focus. Read on to learn how international organizations are bringing massage to schools. Primary Massage Training: School Programs from Around the World Massage in [...]

Massage in Grade Schools: Could it Help Fight Bullying?2015-07-09T20:40:04-05:00

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

Why and How to Create a Massage Client Referral Program


Do you feel like your massage therapy career has plateaued? Are you looking for new clients to bring fresh life to your practice? Consider establishing a client referral program. Referral programs allow benefits for both the client and the massage therapist. For the therapist, it is an opportunity to enhance one’s income while growing a client base. Referral programs can bring the massage therapist thousands of dollars in new business. For the client, it is an opportunity to receive discounted or free massages through referrals, and to accumulate more massages at a discounted rate. Client Referral Programs: Client Referrals and Professional [...]

Why and How to Create a Massage Client Referral Program2015-05-21T20:22:04-05:00

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

Fun Facts About the Human Hand


Anyone who has ever given or received a massage can appreciate the importance of hands in massage therapy. Those attending massage schools, in Portland or elsewhere, can easily recognize that hands are the massage therapist’s most useful tool to convey healing and connection to the client. Our hands can transmit a variety of emotions. They can be used to love and nurture, to heal, and much more. Indeed, University of California Berkeley research conducted under Dr. Dacher Keltner has found that humans can convey emotions through touch alone more than half the time. Kelter’s experiment separated participants by a barrier; they [...]

Fun Facts About the Human Hand2015-04-17T22:46:38-05:00

Spring Cleaning: Tips for Keeping a Sparkling Clean Massage Space


Creating a clean and clear massage space might not be the first thing you learned in massage therapy training, but it is a vital aspect of your practice. Clients are subconsciously affected by your massage space. While they may not realize it, a clean, organized, peaceful room free of distractions goes a long way toward putting your clients in a relaxed state. Having a spotless treatment room should rank high on your list of priorities. Feeling stuck on where to start? Add regular tidying to your appointment book, begin a quarterly deep cleaning practice, and follow these spring-cleaning tips! De-clutter. • [...]

Spring Cleaning: Tips for Keeping a Sparkling Clean Massage Space2015-04-10T22:45:21-05:00

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

When Receiving Massage: Do’s and Dont’s


Have you ever daydreamed about an upcoming massage only to be let down by how it turned out? Or perhaps you’ve never had a professional massage and you’re nervous about what to do during your first session. Even those who have received dozens of massages at our Oregon school of massage can learn something new about how to maximize the effects of a massage session. Read on to discover our pointers on what to do and what not to do when receiving a massage. DO take care of your basic needs. Allow yourself a light snack before your massage and be [...]

When Receiving Massage: Do’s and Dont’s2015-03-06T21:42:46-05:00