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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