How to Become a Licensed Massage Therapist in Florida

Posted November 01, 2018 by Acupuncture & Massage College

In this installment of our massage therapy career series, we will go over the legal, educational, and licensing requirements to become a professional massage therapist. Massage Therapy is a wonderful career and we hope this career series has been helpful. If you’re thinking about becoming a professional massage therapist, be sure to learn more about out our massage therapy school in Miami. Our massage therapy program is approved by the State of Florida Massage Board and is nationally-accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). … Read More

Understanding Massage, Bodywork, and Asian Bodywork Therapies

Posted October 21, 2018 by Acupuncture & Massage College

This is part III of our career series for those considering attending massage school in Miami, Florida. In the last article of the massage therapy career series, we discussed that massage is the oldest and most widely-practiced form of medicine. This is unsurprising, given that humans instinctively utilize touch for therapeutic purposes, such as we soothe an injury or hug a friend for comfort. While most people tend to utilize their instinctive therapeutic touch in a non-technical manner, early medical practitioners saw the healing potential of applying human touch in a specific manner and developed massage into a medical practice. … Read More

Massage Becomes Medicine | Massage Career Guide, Part II

Posted October 10, 2018 by Acupuncture & Massage College

Perhaps the first and most important thing to know before applying to massage school in Miami is know what massage actually is. The word massage is borrowed from French and it literally means "friction of kneading," which was visually similar to how bakers kneaded dough (for our many Spanish speakers-think of the word for dough-massa). This also feels good when done on your back While the word describes a particular action, massage is actually a form of medicine. And you're considering becoming a massage therapist, you need to view massage as a medical practice. After all, healing is why patients will seek your services.  However, massage is different than most forms of medicine; it's much more natural and rooted in something inherent to humans: touch and compassion.  … Read More

A Real Look at Becoming a Massage Therapist | Massage Career Guide

Posted October 02, 2018 by Acupuncture & Massage College

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

Western Science and Acupuncture | Florida Acupuncture School Blog

Posted September 17, 2018 by Acupuncture & Massage College

According to the Evidence-Based Acupuncture, there are four major biochemical hypotheses for explaining the mechanisms for acupuncture. Since modern medicine uses reductionist or purely physical explanations behind it's healing mechanisms, these explanations are all biochemical in nature. … Read More

Navigating the BLS | Massage School Miami

Posted September 04, 2018 by Acupuncture & Massage College

If you’re considering becoming a massage therapist, then you’ve probably also looked into the occupational data for the profession. In the United States, official employment statistics are provided by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Because several numbers provided by the BLS look good on paper, many massage therapy schools will incorporate statistics into their marketing materials as a means to incite prospective students to enroll in their massage program.  However, even if the source for the statistic is legitimate, the number cited may not give a complete picture. For example, some states may have a lower average wage than the national average, so they will only cite the national average, but not the state average, which would be considered a more relevant number to the prospective student. When reading marketing materials from any massage school, always be sure to double-check the sources that they cite of their information and make sure that they are not intentionally hiding anything.  … Read More

Five Techniques of Swedish Massage - Infographic | Massage School Blog

Posted July 29, 2018 by Acupuncture & Massage College

Over the past several weeks, we have discussed Swedish Massage in great detail on the Acupuncture and Massage College Massage School blog. … Read More

Western Massage Modalities and Their Benefits | Massage School Blog

Posted July 15, 2018 by Acupuncture & Massage College

Recently, we did an extensive post on the History of Massage Therapy. In it, we mentioned some of the famous Western massage modalities that you may already be familiar with, such as Deep Tissue and Swedish massage. As an Oriental Medicine college, our articles tend to focus on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and it's related healing modalities, such as Shiatsu Massage. However, our Massage Therapy program extensively covers many Western massage modalities and as such, we wanted to do a follow up to the history article that shows the significance of Western modalities. … Read More

Should You Study Oriental Medicine? | Acupuncture School Blog

Posted July 01, 2018 by Acupuncture & Massage College

In recent years, holistic practices such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have grown in popularity. In fact, many of the leading university hospital systems in the US now employ full-time acupuncturists. For example, Duke University’s Integrative Medicine Center offers acupuncture, acupressure massage, mindfulness meditation, and other holistic treatments in coordination with other conventional medical treatments. … Read More

Western Science and Acupuncture |  Acupuncture School Blog

Acupuncture has been around for over 2,000 years. As such, acupuncture schools will often teach the mechanisms behind acupuncture's effectiveness from a Traditional Chinese Medical point of view. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), health is determined by the proper flow of qi or non-physical life force in the body. Illness arises when the body’s qi is stopped from performing its cardinal functions, which includes the nutrient conversion, temperature regulation, and defense against foreign pathogens. … Read More

Understanding the Acupuncture Meridian Model | Acupuncture School Blog

Posted June 05, 2018 by Acupuncture & Massage College

They teach what?! at acupuncture school: Yin-yang, Wu-Xing, and Qi. If you’ve ever received an acupuncture treatment, then you may have seen a particular poster or anatomical model of the human body somewhere in the acupuncturist’s office. What is this model and how is this different than anatomical models you studied in biology class? The model you saw is a representation of the Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) view of the body. … Read More

What Can Tuina Treat? | Acupuncture School Blog

What is Tuina? What can it treat? | AMC Acupuncture School Blog | Miami, FL In the last article, we discussed that tuina was a form of Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) that originated in China several thousand years ago and is the oldest codified system of medicine in the world. Like the other Traditional Chinese Medicine modalities, it utilizes a TCM view of the body and uses an acupoint model to locate the points of healing. However, unlike acupuncture and Shiatsu, Tuina includes a variety of techniques that are similar to the ones found in Swedish Massage, including rolling, kneading, and pinching. Tuina plays an important role as part of our acupuncture school program and while tuina sounds great in theory, is there any evidence that it is an effective treatment? In this article, we will evaluate tuina as medical treatment in a clinical setting. … Read More

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