10 Things Your Massage Therapist Wants You to Know

About 40% of the US population gets at least 1 massage a year. Many get one a month. You might be surprised at some of the issues and challenges we face, mostly because the general public is still learning about the “how-tos” and benefits of therapeutic massage.

Here’s our list of things we’d like to tell you about your session. Read on, and ask you therapist about any of these before you start your session if you still need clarification.

1 We are NOT masseuses, and no matter how cool you think that word sounds, your massage therapist probably doesn’t like it. Massage parlor is also outdated. We did not take out student loans and work through 700+ hours of instruction, get certified by the state, and go through an extensive background check to be associated with prostitution. It’s “massage therapist” and “massage clinic”, please. Continue reading “10 Things Your Massage Therapist Wants You to Know”

Self-care for Massage Therapists

Like any profession, the day to day cycle of helping clients with expert massage therapy can take a toll on massage therapists. Since our hands, forearms and elbows are primary tools, those tend to be the trouble spots.

If you’re not a therapist, you might be surprised to learn that during your year+ school time, we learn proper form and body mechanics that allow us to work “smarter” (not harder) and protect ourselves from injury. By the time we’re through with more than 700 hours of class, internships, and other practice, we’ve built up the stamina to do a full day’s work with no problem.

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