News & Events2019-02-15T17:01:38-05:00

Massage Modalities: Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage

Even if you’ve never been to Hawaii, you’ve probably heard the word “Aloha,” meaning both hello and goodbye. Yet within these three syllables are many other meanings: honor, respect, unconditional love, and sacredness in all things. The Hawaiian form of massage therapy, Lomi Lomi, perfectly reflects this Aloha approach to life. And as with the term “Aloha,” while Lomi Lomi may seem simple—long, relaxing strokes [...]

By |November 14th, 2019|Categories: Massage Careers, Massage Education|Comments Off on Massage Modalities: Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage

Grief Massage: Reconnecting with the Body Through Healing Touch

The significant loss of a loved one often flows through every part of a person’s life. Grief often manifests as a stress response, complete with sleep disruptions, immune system suppression, changes in eating patterns.  Physical symptoms may include headaches, and lingering tightness in the jaw, shoulders, and neck. Physical touch through massage therapy can be a powerful way for a grieving person to reconnect with [...]

By |October 15th, 2019|Categories: Massage & Health, Massage Therapists|Comments Off on Grief Massage: Reconnecting with the Body Through Healing Touch

Massage Modalities: Fijian Barefoot Massage

When you think of deep tissue massage, which tools spring to mind? Do you picture a therapist’s strong hands, thumbs, and perhaps elbows? Massage tools, such as cups and rollers, may appear on your list if you’re already a professional in massage. Portland, Oregon may not have considered a less common tool for deep tissue massage—your feet! Today we’re taking a look at Fijian Barefoot [...]

By |October 1st, 2019|Categories: Massage Careers, Massage Education|Comments Off on Massage Modalities: Fijian Barefoot Massage

Quick Hand, Wrist and Forearm Warm-Ups to Prevent Massage Therapy Injuries

For many people, a career in massage is a dream come true! Healing others, calm work environments, and flexible hours—what’s not to love? Well, without proper self-care, injury can strike, debilitating therapists. As a leading Pacific Northwest massage school, we are dedicated to supporting all aspects of the massage therapy profession, including injury prevention. As it turns out, therapists are especially prone to injuries in [...]

By |September 15th, 2019|Categories: Massage Careers, Massage Therapists|Comments Off on Quick Hand, Wrist and Forearm Warm-Ups to Prevent Massage Therapy Injuries

Market for Massage Therapists: The Numbers According to the AMTA

Can a strong living be made from massage therapy? Absolutely, as robust economic numbers from the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) demonstrate. Below, we review the rosy figures from the AMTA, including market projections, labor rates, and projected career earnings. Drawing from government statistics, clinical studies, and surveys of Licensed Massage Therapists (LMTs) as well as consumers, the AMTA sought to deliver a big-picture review [...]

By |June 22nd, 2019|Categories: Massage Careers, Massage Therapists|Comments Off on Market for Massage Therapists: The Numbers According to the AMTA

Welcoming Clients of All Sizes to your Massage Table: Massaging Obese/Fat Clients

Therapists are healers at heart; anyone who chooses to become a massage therapist is inspired to help others. Yet through lack of awareness around body size, therapists may unwittingly make clients feel uncomfortable. And while massage schools in Oregon and elsewhere train budding therapists in body mechanics and client care, massage therapy classes do not always account for bigger bodies. Today we’re taking a look [...]

By |May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Massage Therapists|Comments Off on Welcoming Clients of All Sizes to your Massage Table: Massaging Obese/Fat Clients