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Yoga Improves Quality of Life in Breast-Cancer Patients - 3/6/2014
Yoga exercises that incorporate controlled breathing, meditation and relaxation techniques were shown to improve quality of life and regulate stress hormones in breast-cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy, new research states.
Lack of Vitamin D May Jeopardize Immune System Function - 2/27/2014
New research shows older individuals who lack vitamin D may also have compromised immune function. This research was published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).
Green Space Improves Mental Health, Says Report - 1/20/2014
A new report that appears in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology shows, for the first time, that green space does appear to improve mental health in a sustained way.
Research Shows Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicines Slow Progression of Diabetes - 1/16/2014
According to the National Diabetes Education Program, 25.8 million Americans have diabetes and an estimated 79 million adults aged 20 and older have prediabetes. New research reveals traditional Chinese herbal medicines were able to slow the progress of prediabetes to an official diabetes diagnosis.
Mindful Meditation Programs May Reduce Anxiety, Depression and Pain - 1/14/2014
According to a review of medical literature by Madhav Goyal, M.D., M.P.H., of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and colleagues, mindfulness meditation programs may help reduce anxiety, depression and pain in some individuals.
Sleep May Be Critical for Brain Health - 1/2/2014
Lack of sleep might be conducive to a loss of brain tissue, according to new findings published in the journal SLEEP.
Coffee May Help Small Blood Vessels Work Better, Study Says - 11/21/2013
The caffeine in a cup of coffee might help your small blood vessels work better, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2013.
Yoga Practice Benefits Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients - 11/7/2013
Training in the practice of yoga can help improve the quality of life in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a new study.
Exercise Can Help Treat Depression - 10/31/2013
According to a review by doctoral candidate George Mammen and published in the October issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, moderate exercise can actually prevent episodes of depression in the long term.
Mayo Clinic Study Shows Younger Fibromyalgia Patients Report Worse Symptoms - 10/29/2013
According to a new Mayo Clinic study, young and middle-aged fibromyalgia patients reported worse symptoms and poorer quality of life than older patients.
Massage Envy's CG Funk Elected to Beauty Changes Lives Foundation Board - 3/6/2014
CG Funk, vice president of industry relations and product development for Massage Envy, is one of four newly elected beauty and wellness leaders to serve on the Beauty Changes Lives Foundation Board of Directors.
Massage Therapists: Win a Prima Massage Table Package from Massage Table Outlet - 3/5/2014
Massage Magazine Insurance Plus is offering its Facebook fans a chance to win a StrongLite Prima™ massage table package, courtesy of Massage Table Outlet, during its March Facebook Giveaway. One grand-prize winner will receive a Prima™ Massage Table, Curve Headrest with Curve Crescent Cushion, and Carry Case.
Massage Therapy Foundation Welcomes Jerrilyn Cambron, Ph.D., as President - 3/3/2014
The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) has announced its newly elected president, Jerrilyn Cambron, Ph.D., of Lombard, Illinois. Cambron will serve a two-year term beginning March 1, 2014, until Feb. 29, 2016.
Massage Therapy Can Enhance Sleep Quality - 3/2/2014
Massage therapy has been shown to induce relaxation and calm, and it can also lead to a better night's sleep, according to CG Funk, a licensed massage therapist and vice president of industry relations and product development for Massage Envy Spas.
Bastyr University President Announces Retirement - 2/27/2014
After serving a decade as president of Bastyr University, Daniel K. Church, Ph.D., has announced his retirement effective June 30, 2015. Bastyr University is an internationally recognized school of natural healing arts and sciences.
MINDBODY Raises Millions to Expand Globally and Develop Mobile Products - 2/25/2014
MINDBODY, a leading provider of business management software for the health, wellness and beauty industries, including for massage therapists, has raised $50 million of equity financing that will be used to further accelerate the company's global expansion and development of its Web and mobile products.
Performance Health Promotes Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Licensed Massage Therapist - 2/20/2014
Performance Health, manufacturer and marketer of Biofreeze®, Bon Vital'® and TheraBand™ branded products, has announced the promotion of Lynda Solien-Wolfe, L.M.T., to vice president of massage and spa.
Good Body Products Launches Organic Body Care Line - 2/19/2014
Good Body Products has introduced its first line of small-batch, handmade, 100-percent organic body care products. The new line consists of 17 products in five categories: body and face scrubs, whipped body butters, therapeutic salves, solid scents and aromatic mists.
New Dell Commercial Features Dermalogica Skin Care - 2/18/2014
A new television campaign for Dell computers honors the beginning of Dermalogica, a leading professional skin care brand, more than 25 years ago. The campaign, which is airing in every major market in the U.S., salutes innovative brands that started with humble beginnings.
International Spa Association Members Feature Massage Treatments for Athletes - 2/17/2014
As the 22nd Winter Olympics continue, we are reminded not only Olympic athletes face challenges in their sport. Athletes around the globe of every level risk pain, fatigue and bodily stress before, after and during their exercises. Luckily for them, many International SPA Association (ISPA) members offer treatments dedicated to athletes, in order to facilitate performance, prevent injury and provide relief.
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Hartland, WI 53029
by Lauriann Greene, C.E.A.S., and Richard W. Goggins, C.P.E., L.M.P.
The larger muscles of your clients' lower extremities, such as the gluteal muscles, quadriceps and hamstrings, are very strong, particularly when compared with the muscles of the upper extremities. Yet, many manual therapists work extensively on large muscles by applying pressure with their palms or grasping tissues with their open hands.
If your client has significant muscle guarding or hypertonic muscles, and you attempt to overcome this resistance using your hands, this is a battle you are likely to lose. Your hands stand at least a fighting chance to get through the small muscles of your client's neck or upper extremity, but you should not wear them out on large, guarded or hard muscles. When working on these large muscles, use your knuckles, fists, forearms and elbows rather than your fingers or thumbs, and avoid using your hands to apply pressure or grasp large muscles.
Keep in mind that it may be easier to loosen tight or guarded muscles with an ultrasound or vibrating massager (depending on the situation and scope of your practice) before going in with your hands.
Reproduced with permission from Save Your Hands! The Complete Guide to Injury Prevention and Ergonomics for Manual Therapists, Second Edition, by Lauriann Greene, C.E.A.S., and Richard W. Goggins, C.P.E., L.M.P., © 2008 Gilded Age Press. For more information, visit www.saveyourhands.com. Read their blog here.
by Ann Ross
As a massage therapist, what is acceptable etiquette when it comes to accepting tips from your clients? Receiving a tip after you've just given an amazing massage surely makes you feel appreciated, but is it a necessary requirement for the client? If you don't receive a tip, how does it affect you and your work in the future?
Often clients will ask, "Am I supposed to tip you?" to which I reply, "Tips are never expected, but always appreciated. Some people tip, others don't. It's a personal preference and your choice is always respected on my end." This statement has always been simple enough to ease my clients' concerns regarding tipping.
I suggest setting your treatment prices a few dollars slightly above average for your region and providing more value within your massage sessions. Offer services such as complimentary hot-stone therapy or aromatherapy. This allows your client to feel as if she is getting a great return on her investment, and you feel you are getting paid what you are worth by organically charging a few extra dollars in your set prices. As a result, you won't worry about whether or not you are going to receive a tip after the massage. In this instance, everyone walks away feeling valued.
Review how you view yourself as a massage therapist. I believe it's critical to approach your massage therapy practice through the eyes of a health care provider. Ask yourself if you tip your doctor, dentist or any other health care provider. Branding yourself as a health care provider versus simply a service provider will allow you to create a stronger massage therapy practice, without the need to worry about whether or not you're being tipped.
If your end goal is to fill your schedule with your ideal clientele while charging a price that reflects your true value, then tipping won't be on the forefront of your mind. Receiving a tip will simply be that gold star for a job well done.
Ann Ross is a massage therapist located in Seattle, Washington. She has been practicing since 2004. In 2009, she created and launched the website www.massagemarketingmentor.com, a free resource for massage therapists that teaches the fundamentals of owning a successful massage therapy practice. From personal development to marketing tips and ideas, Ross has been a valuable resource and mentor for many professionals in the massage therapy community who are looking to learn, explore and create their own successful massage therapy practices.