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

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

What is Shiatsu? A Comprehensive Intro to Shiatsu Massage

You've likely familiar with the term Shiatsu, and know that it's related to massage therapy, but don't know much more about it. In this article, we will explore Shiatsu in depth, including: The definition of Shiatsu History of Japanese Massage History of Shiatsu, Clinical evidence for Shiatsu, Studying Shiatsu in massage therapy school Massage Therapy career paths with Shiatsu  What is Shaitsu? Shiatsu, literally meaning “figure pressure,” is a Japanese massage modality that was invented by Tokujiro Namikoshi during the 1920s. It is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is considered a form of acupressure massage. … 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

Is a Career in Massage Therapy Right for You?

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. … Read More

What Is the MBLEx Exam? Why Is it Important?

Posted March 25, 2019 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under massage school

The MBLEx (also stylized as MBLEX or Mblex) stands for the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination. It is a standardized examination that tests the critical knowledge needed to practice massage therapy. The MBLEx is administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), which is recognized professional organization in the US that oversees the regulation of massage therapy practice. Since the MBLEx is nationally administrated by the FSMTB, passing the exam it has become a licensing requirement in 49 states, including Florida. … Read More

Massage Therapy Curriculum at Acupuncture and Massage College in Miami, FL

Posted January 28, 2019 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under massage school

In a previous article, we discussed the core massage therapy courses required by the State of Florida. In all, the courses numbered 500 hours in total classroom hours. However, since most massage therapy programs have longer curriculum, it is helpful to analyze an actual curriculum as an example. In this article, we will analyze and evaluate the massage therapy school curriculum of Acupuncture and Massage College in Miami, Florida. This way, you can get an accurate idea of what our program courses are like. … Read More

What to Look for in a Massage Therapy School

Posted January 15, 2019 by Joe Calareso, Director of Admissions & filed under massage school

Over the past few weeks, we have discussed what to look for in a massage therapy school in Miami. So far, we've covered the quantitative and qualitative details to look for. In short, this information gives you an idea of the quality of education of the school, your financial responsibilities, and your employment prospects. They are: … Read More

What is the Required Massage Therapy Curriculum in Florida?

In the last article, we discussed how long it takes to graduate from massage therapy school in Florida. We learned that most massage therapy programs are a minimum of 500 hours long. This requirement means that most massage programs are at least 6 months long. Since most massage schools in Miami include additional courses in their curriculums, many programs end up being closer to 750 hours long, so you can expect to be in massage school for approximately 8 to 9 months. However, longer programs often have many advantages over shorter programs. For example, many longer massage therapy programs offer specialization certificates, which demonstrates competency in a specific massage modality, and gives those graduates a professional advantage. In this article, we discuss what the massage therapy curriculum is like. Hopefully, this will give you an idea of what massage classes are like. … Read More

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