No matter what line of work you’re in, it’s important to stay enthusiastic about the work you do each day. This, of course, holds true for massage therapists and bodyworkers, too. In a profession so focused on the connection between client and provider, it’s crucial to find ways to stay satisfied with spending day after day, year after year in the session room. Many people may say that subtle energy, or “vibe,” of the massage therapist or bodyworker is one key component of what keeps clients coming back. Maintaining one’s passion for massage therapy seems to be part of building that strong positive vibe.

Fortunately, folks in the field of massage therapy and bodywork have ample opportunity to stay fresh, as most of these healing practitioners are required to earn a certain number of continuing-education credits during a certain time period in order to keep their credentials current.

As the time once again nears to renew your massage license or certification, it’s typically time to get enrolled in a continuing-education course or two to meet the hourly continuing-education requirement of your state or local massage board. Don’t look at this as a chore to be checked off a list; consider it an opportunity to fill up on enthusiasm for the field.

One of the best ways to get and stay excited about the work you do is to learn a new skill or technique to add to your existing tool bag of massage modalities. Learning something new via a continuing-education course may not only help to keep you fresh and enthusiastic, but it may help boost business as well. All in all, it seems to be a “win-win” situation.

One hands-on skill often taught in continuing-education courses is reflexology. This method of bodywork also tends to blend nicely with most massage modalities, so it could be a great technique to add to your practice. Once a massage therapist is proficient in reflexology, he or she could offer this service as a stand-alone item on his or her practice menu, or choose to integrate bits and pieces of it into a standardized massage routine.

Either way, by adding reflexology to your tool bag of massage modalities, you add a new layer of substance to the work you do, and a new benefit to be offered to clients. As you begin your foray into reflexology, start with an introductory continuing-education course, one that will cover the basics of this hands-on skill.

An introductory continuing-education course in reflexology should cover such topics as the history of this modality, documented benefits and several simple reflexology routines to help alleviate common client complaints.

Once you’ve completed a basic continuing-education class in reflexology, you can use your subsequent license renewal period to sign up for more advanced reflexology courses, thereby expanding your new skill and also racking up more continuing-education units in the process.

—Brandi Schlossberg