Renee Skuban, MT Clinical / Faculty Supervisor

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Is Massage Therapy School Worth It?

If you’re reading this, then you probably already know that being a professional massage therapist is the greatest thing in the world and that the only thing standing between you and a 4-hour work day that pays good money is the educational rite of passage known as massage therapy school. How hard can massage school be, after all? A few months of sitting in a desk, some hands-on practice, and then you’re guaranteed a job as a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), right? … Read More

Becoming a Massage Therapist

Becoming and Being a Massage Therapist Massage Therapy is an attractive career option for many people. For starters, massage therapists report having a high level of job satisfaction and low-stress levels. Additionally, the job market is hot for massage therapists right now and massage therapy offers many career perks not found in other jobs, including flexible schedules, and good earning potential. In this article, we will cover how to become a massage therapist, and the ins-and-outs of a massage therapy career, including: How Long Does it Take to Become a Massage Therapist? How to Become a Massage Therapist Overview of Massage Therapy Career and Industry Pros and Cons of Being a Massage Therapist Is It Easy to Get a Job as a Massage Therapist? Starting Your Massage Career … Read More

Shiatsu Career Overview

Over the past few weeks, we have been discussing Shiatsu. Shiatsu is a form of Japanese massage that is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and it is considered to be a form of acupressure massage. However, unlike other forms of acupressure massage, Shiatsu exclusively utilizes finger and palm massage techniques to treat patient’s pain and health conditions. … Read More

Which Industries Pay Massage Therapists the Most?

Massage Therapy is one of the few careers where someone can earn a decent wage without needing to spend several years in school. For example, our massage therapy program in Miami can be completed in 8½ months! … Read More

Spreading Shiatsu (Shiatsu History, Part II)

In the first installment of a our Shiatsu series, we started with an extensive overview of Shiatsu. In the second installment, we covered the history and early development of Shiatsu by Tokujiro Namikoshi. In this article, we'll cover how Namikoshi spread Shiatsu all over the world. … Read More

History of Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu massage was invented by Tokujiro Namikoshi during the 1920s. However, its history goes back to roots of massage in Japan. Shiatsu was derived from a historical Japanese massage modality known as Anma. Anma was derived from a traditional Chinese massage modality known as Tui Na. … Read More

Massage Therapy Specialties and Career Advancement

Specialization is a great way to advance in your massage therapy career. It distinguishes you from other massage therapists, which can mean more clients, and/or give you an advantage when applying to better positions. … Read More

How to Advance as a Professional Massage Therapist

In the last article, we discussed some of the cons of being a professional massage therapist. One of these drawbacks is inconsistent income. This is because your earnings depend on how many clients you treat per week, which can vary depending on your industry, location, and yourself (sick, etc.). … Read More

Cons of Being a Massage Therapist (and what can be done)

A career in massage therapy offers many benefits, including high-job satisfaction, a good earning potential, and the ability to make real difference in the lives of others. … Read More

Can you make good money as a massage therapist?

Massage Therapy careers are currently in-demand. As such, One of most common questions we get from prospective students goes something like this: “After sacrificing 9-months in massage therapy school and paying more than $9,000 for tuition, can you guarantee me a job and how much will I earn?” … Read More

Where Can I work as a Massage Therapist?

After a yearlong journey, you have finally graduated from a massage therapy school in Miami, passed the MBLEx (Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination), and received your massage therapy license from the State of Florida Massage Therapy Board... … Read More

The Elements of Shiatsu Training

Posted June 27, 2017 by Renee Skuban, MT Clinical / Faculty Supervisor & filed under Massage Therapy

Shiatsu is a unique method of massage therapy that combines western therapies into ancient Chinese medicine practice. The basis of the technique is using finger pressure — the actual translation of the Japanese word Shiatsu — to manipulate the body and encourage healing. There are many benefits to giving and receiving Shiatsu massage. … Read More

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