resourcesABOUT MT AUTHOR GUIDELINES CLASSIFIEDS EDITORIAL CALENDAR MEDIA GUIDE MASSAGE MART SCHOOLS & EDUCATION FEEDBACK
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
How to Find and Fix TL Nerve Impingements
The thoracolumbar junction (TLJ) and the peripheral sensory nerves that exit from it are frequent, important and rarely recognized sources of lower back, pelvic and hip pain. Let's outline a clear exam protocol for diagnosing the problem.
The IME System: A Current Public Health Risk and Solutions That Are Working
I strongly believe in the independent medical examination (IME) system. There are far too many doctors in every profession who are not following E&M protocols and never claim MMI (maximum medical improvement) has occurred for their patients, which has caused financial stress for many private and public carriers.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Business Lesson #1: Adapt or Else
My wife and I recently enjoyed an excellent meal at a restaurant recommended by some friends. We often have concerns about restaurant recommendations, as many have been disappointing.
The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Recording and Appropriate Billing of Timed Physical Medicine Services
There is a common misunderstanding about timed therapy services and although you do have some knowledge of timed service documentation, based on your comment on the 8-minute rule, your understanding is correct, but incomplete.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
The Power of Eccentric Exercise: Hamstring Injury Prevention and Rehab
For almost 20 years, I've worked with professional athletes who make a living by running really fast. It goes without saying that hamstring injury (HSI) prevention and rehabilitation is a big part of what they expect from a sports chiropractor.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Musculoskeletal Disorders Take Center Stage
Looking for the latest on the musculoskeletal pain epidemic and the increasing premium placed on preventive strategies including chiropractic? Check out The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action.
Essentials of Assessment: The Squat
The squat is a simple, fast and functional tool to evaluate patient symmetry and function. As simple and easy as it is to implement, it can yield considerable amounts of valuable, clinically relevant information.
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
News in Brief
A Moment of Silence for Dr. Stephen Press; New ACA President Elected; F4CP Offers New MemBership Benefit.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
Poll Results for the following Question:
How did you learn to operate your massage practice?
Classes in massage school
Total Respondents: 5157
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Trial and error
Alot of trial and quite a bit of error has taught me alot.
Other it wasn't one thing that i learned from. it was a combination of the above options, but mostly trial and error.
Classes in massage school My initial bussiness education was in MT school...but I have had to supplement that with further self education ie reading books, attending seminars. This supplementation has greatly improved my bussiness.
Thanks for this opportunity to speakout!
I have has good results with a management consultant and classes on inproving my practice.
I was hired to be a massage therapist with chiropractors. There I saw what they did that was successful and what wasn't. As I progressed in my career I took classes and attended National Conferences to learn even more from those who were educating others. Also trial and error.
Previous experience/education running a business Sound business training should be part of the foundation in a massage school program.
I was lucky to have a successful physical therapist to help guide me. My previous experience running my own business was a great help. I also found a few successful massage therapist to network with and chat about our success and failures.
Most therapists forget that if they don't run a sound business, they will be back at their old job in no time.
Other My education comes from my previous background as a nurse manager of an outpatient facility. My second most experience comes from what I did not like about other therapists and the way they handled me in their practice. I vowed never to "treat" others that way.
Trial and error they lectured us for about 2 hours, I dont rememeber a thing.
Classes in massage school during our last quarter, we had a section devoted to buisness.
By reading books and literature on the subject I have throughly enjoyed learning how to heal and help
people. I also have learned the business end, of it and keeping and getting clints is always rewarding.
Thanks for the great site
By reading books and literature on the subject School had some training and there is always trail and error. Reading was the most helpful.
Classes in massage school I have just started working as CMT in a hair salon.
I have done some advertising, but things are very slow, do you know of a way to pick business up without dragging them from the street? I also gave free chair massage to hair clients for 2 weeks. I do chair, and table massage. I had 650 hours of an accredited college and received a diploma and was told by my classmates I was very good and had great pressure when needed and soft when needed. I come from a state that does not require a license and for I am glad for me, maybe that isn't a good thing.
Why should I give the city and state more of my money!
If you are a good massage therapist and have excellent ethics and good sanitary precautions and keep yourself dressed professional and act it, the word gets out. My feeling is in MT educating the public more and do some public speaking to inform them of the healing and the what it does for mind/body spirit in laymans terms and keep it professional and simple. I love my work when I get it very deeply and care very much for people's well being!
Have a great week and thank you for your time. :)
By reading books and literature on the subject I Have read alot of books on running a business, but my time in school did help in the category of massage. I noticed that a lot of students didn't care for the business curriculum in school, but it helped me add to my experience. I know that by reading more and learning from other peers you only benefit in the end.
Other After graduation and obtaining my licensure, one of my former instructors asked me to "fill her shoes" while on vacation. she has had a very successful business for over 10 years and I considered it quite an honor. This was an excellent experience for me to learn first hand, the marketing, front desk, supplies, scheduling and decor. This really gave me an advantage as a new therapist going out on my own.
By reading books and literature on the subject This is an area that should be taught more fully in massage schools. Clinic is not enough. Actual hands-on, perhaps "shadowing" an LMT would be a good place to start. Then there's the insurance thing! That could be an entire 6wk course by itself!
Classes in massage school Formal schoooling is best to ensure that we learn the
diffult and detailed lessons in anatomy and
physiology. Also I was exposed to invaluable
interaction with other students and staff as we
grappled with the deeper emotional and spiritual
issues that must be faces if we are to grow into the
sensitive people we need to be as massage ther
Classes in massage school i have been going to Fullerton College'es massage program. and it is apsolutly excellent. its completely hands on, i have learned so much. i have always thought i wanted to go into massage and now i know thats what i want. it is such an amazing program. thank you Connie and Loretta.
Classes in massage school i "learned" to become a massage therapist from attending school here in tampa, FL...however, after i graduated and started my own business...that's when i really felt as though i was learning the trade...the more massage sessions i had, the more hands-on, the more reading i did...THAT'S what made the difference...i was not very pleased with the school i attended (7 yrs ago)...it was a whole different "massage world" out there than (i believe) the school led you to think...i spent so many hours in the beginning promoting myself...mailings, flyers, advertisements,etc...only to realize that the BEST way to get new clients was through 'word of mouth'...
i LOVE what i do for a living...and i am constantly reading about the different techniques and health conditions that massage can be beneficial for.
Previous experience/education running a business I ran a successful engineering business for 19 years before making a career shift to massage therapy. I knew I didn't want to be an employee to someone else so I utilized my business experience to do what I could and hire the rest out. (CPA, Legal work, etc...)
Approaching the business of massage like any other business is key. Some people get into massage so they can make their own schedule and only work half days. I find that is true in any business. Massage is no exception. My bigest problem is figuring out what 12 hour part of a 24 hour day is going to be my "HALF DAY". Folks, there are no shortcuts. Please don't blame massage schools for not teaching common sense and the ability to "THINK THINGS THROUGH". As a clinic owner/practitioner, I find peoples motives interesting for getting into the massage therapy profession. The successful ones I know, still practicing after 12 years, are the professionals with a strong work ethic brought into their practice from other businesses. We are drawn to the caring massage field because we love massage. We belive in its benefits and we care about people. The massage schools have a tough enough job keeping up with new research and basic training. Don't expect them to extensively teach business 100, 101, 200 & 201. I'll probably get resistance saying the things I've said, and that's ok, just know there are no shortcuts!
Previous experience/education running a business My experience was going to Nursing school. I learned more there, than anywhere. I went to different Doctors when I had problems of my own. I learn alot of technique from Chiropractic, orthopedist and other doctors. I read, and read books on how to help people without so much drugs. Yes, I also learn from other Massage theraphist. I even learn from teachers from Europe. I also, had my clients put down their comments on how they felt after the Massage. (next day) I've been doing this since 1979. Experience is very important and being able to improve every day.
Previous experience/education running a business It is my opinion that massage school DO NOT prepare students to run a successful massage practice. Most are self-employeed and do not have the skill or disipline to operate that kind of business. They don't show up on time for scheduled appointments, they don't return calls in a timly manner, and they charge too much for the experience they have. Sounds like I am complaining...well...all you have to do is look around at what is coming out of school today and you will understand! I expect some negative comments to this, and I will read your commments and respond if you would like for me to. Thanks, Larry Brooks, RMT
Other I gave massage to friends, family and coworkers for years and had many people tell me that they would pay me if I did this for "real". So I just sent out a flyer to friends, bought a massage table and began that way. Now I am attending school.
Trial and error While there were some classes that talked about advertising and practice managment, the training was really focused on bodywork, which was after all why I came. The training I had was in the mid 80's and there weren't really any core competencies for massage education at that time. I took other courses outside the massage school sponsored by SBA which were helpful.
TRIAL AND ERROR AND TRIAL AGAIN. What works for one may not work for everyone. After 6000 hours of masssage I have learned you do what you love and success and money will follow.
Books are a help along with school but EXPERIENCE is the greatest of source of wisdon.
No question for me, TRIAL AND ERROR. After five years of practicing massage I have tried most every suggestion that came my way. After awhile I found that asking my clients for advice on everything from how to operate my business to the type of bodywork I should concentrate on. Everytthing I heard was not positive but it was honest.
I now tell my regular clients that they are my BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
Trial and error I have been out of massage school for 4 years, and feel I have a practice that satisfies me (at last!). Although I did have a prior business, I feel the practice of massage is unique in many ways and that schools should spend more time in addressing the business end of it. Record keeping, communication, and publicity are just a few items that were not adequately addressed in my school. I have been involved with my state AMTA chapter working with continuing education, and from requests and discussions with many other therapists, I feel this is the norm. I feel many therapists may not succeed in this field because we are not trained better as business people. I think students deserve more. Teaching the mechanics and very basics is not enough. Thankfully there are classes and books available, and networking with other therapists helps. I also have sought help from a CPA. Although we practice with our heart and hands, we need to be taught how to use our business brain as well.
Jennie Irving, Eaton, IN