COVID’s Impact: More People Considering a Career in Massage Therapy

2021-04-09T09:37:51-05:00

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 [...]

COVID’s Impact: More People Considering a Career in Massage Therapy2021-04-09T09:37:51-05:00

Massage Therapy Continuing Education and License Renewal during Coronavirus Times

2021-02-10T13:29:01-05:00

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 Continuing Education and License Renewal during Coronavirus Times2021-02-10T13:29:01-05:00

Massage Therapy for Hospital Workers: Soothing Frontline Caregivers

2021-01-12T16:14:48-05:00

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 [...]

Massage Therapy for Hospital Workers: Soothing Frontline Caregivers2021-01-12T16:14:48-05:00

How Massage can ease Menopause Symptoms

2021-01-11T11:44:43-05:00

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 [...]

How Massage can ease Menopause Symptoms2021-01-11T11:44:43-05:00

Cultural Competence in Massage Therapy: An Introduction

2020-11-11T13:26:46-05:00

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 [...]

Cultural Competence in Massage Therapy: An Introduction2020-11-11T13:26:46-05:00

How to Safely Practice Massage Therapy in Coronavirus Times

2020-08-28T13:15:10-05:00

Five months ago, Oregon Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order 20-12, which closed all “non-medical massage services” to limit the spread of the Coronavirus. Unless prescribed by a doctor for medical purposes, massage therapy was prohibited across the state. Most massage facilities closed at that time, including our own on-campus Portland massage clinic. Three months ago, the Governor outlined reopening procedures, specifying requirements for each phase of restarting the economy. If their county was approved for Phase One, non-medical massage providers could reopen. As of late August, every county in the state has been approved for Phase One reopening. Assuming massage [...]

How to Safely Practice Massage Therapy in Coronavirus Times2020-08-28T13:15:10-05:00

Questions for LMTs to Ask Themselves Before Reopening a Massage Clinic following Covid-19 Lockdown

2020-07-24T10:37:28-05:00

Portland massage therapy practitioners may now set client appointments as part of stage one Coronavirus reopening. At the same time, state guidelines set strict reopening criteria for the safety of clients and LMTs. In such amorphous times, how can therapists decide if the time is right to go back to the tableCovid-19 LMT Questions? This question isn’t covered in massage therapist schooling, as modern times have never featured this sort of extended lockdown. To help LMTs assess their own readiness to reopen, we are providing the following relevant questions. These standards are set by the Oregon Health Authority’s Phase 1 Reopening [...]

Questions for LMTs to Ask Themselves Before Reopening a Massage Clinic following Covid-19 Lockdown2020-07-24T10:37:28-05:00

Interoception: How Body Awareness can Prevent Burnout

2019-02-28T16:48:47-05:00

In early days of intelligence research, IQ was the all-important number. Later, researchers such as Daniel Goleman added social and emotional components to human development. Today, interoception is gaining recognition as a new form of intelligence that may help individuals offset the intensity of modern life. What is interoception? How does it work in the body? And how can improving interoception fight burnout? Answering these questions can help us appreciate the importance of receiving regular massage. What is Interoception? Interoception is awareness of the body’s internal state. Interoception receptors relay internal body information to the brain. Sometimes called the 8th sense [...]

Interoception: How Body Awareness can Prevent Burnout2019-02-28T16:48:47-05:00

Touch and Human Development

2019-02-28T16:43:19-05:00

Touch may seem simple, but is actually quite complex. The human brain is capable of differentiating sensations (a pin prick vs. an itch), temperature, pressure, and even emotional intention. Touch is critical in that it allows us to navigate worlds both physical and social. Affective, culture-based information is conveyed through touch. Today we’re considering how pleasant, non-sexual affective touch affects learning and development across the human lifespan. First, let’s define social, affective touch. According to a recent article in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, This type of touch is distinguished by special nerve fibers, called C fibers, C-touch fibers, or CT fibers. These [...]

Touch and Human Development2019-02-28T16:43:19-05:00

East West College Celebrates Global Massage Makes Me Happy Day Through Donation

2019-02-28T16:52:50-05:00

  The world will celebrate the positive impact of massage therapy on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018. The Massage Makes Me Happy Initiative, in partnership with the Global Wellness Institute, aims to celebrate the healing powers of massage therapy and promote its benefits through research, education, advocacy and global awareness. March 20th is also recognized by the United Nations as the International Day of Happiness. One of the ways East West College will be celebrating this day is by donating a massage table to Raphael House, a domestic violence agency dedicated to ending intimate partner violence for good. Sarah Stivers, a licensed massage therapist in Portland, volunteers her services at Raphael House. [...]

East West College Celebrates Global Massage Makes Me Happy Day Through Donation2019-02-28T16:52:50-05:00
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