What’s in your tool box?

Crossover Continuing Education

Surviving in this economy as Massage Therapists requires more creativity then ever. Massage Therapists are increasingly looking for ways to distinguish themselves from their competition and finding ways to add to their bottom line. Therapists who were once reluctant to offer items for retail to their clients are now considering adding a retail dimension to their practices. Larger Chain stores are putting more and more pricing pressure on  Massage Therapists. Individual Massage Therapists need to find an advantage.

Thinking Creatively – Continuing Ed

Continuing Education is an effective way to gain tools and techniques that will separate you from your competition. GotYourBack offers the standard variety of continuing education courses but we also want to provide therapists with cutting edge trainig. In an effort to serve the bodywork field properly we have held brainstorming sessions with staff and students to come up with innovative and fun classes. We call these new workshops “crossover” classes because they create a bridge between two or more markets. Crossover classes should easily integrate with each other and, more importantly they should enhance your current practice.

Massage Therapy and Fitness Crossover

There are few people who have a more direct and functional understanding of the human body than Massage Therapists and Fitness Experts. What would happen if we combined these 2 modalities?

Core Movement Conditioning

Jason Kelly introduced me to Core Suspension Conditioning about a year ago. Jason graduated from Temple University with a degree in Exercise Physiology and has been a Massage Therapist and Fitness Trainer since 1993. He has had extensive training in Suspension Training and Kettle Bells. Jason spends his time between the east coast and Brazil lecturing and training on the V.T.M. approach.

When Jason introduced me to this concept I was a believer right from the start. Being a former competitive cyclist, I understood that core conditioning and overall fitness was the key to success. Bodyworkers, of course, understand this too. Static, 1 dimensional movement (like almost everything in a conventional gym) makes you good at static 1 dimensional movement. True fitness comes from conditioning our core.

Out of all the approaches that Jason teaches it was the suspension straps that I was really drawn to.  I like things simple, direct and accessible.  And this is it.  I said goodbye to conventional gyms long ago and implemented my own fitness program and I can tell you that suspension straps are the most exciting approach I have seen in years. The straps are lightweight (a few pounds) and I can use them almost anywhere to stretch, lengthen and get a great workout that can be as hard as easy as I like.

What’s in it for Massage Therapists?
Many tension patterns are caused by our habits. Our habits create our posture. Strengthening and stretching in addition to Massage Therapy are an integral part of breaking through the tension cycle that causes us pain and discomfort. Jason combines his massage therapy background with his Core Suspension Conditioning to help treat his clients more effectively. Happy clients refer their friends and keep coming back.

Attend a Core Suspension Conditioning Workshop
This workshop will certify you in a new modality and give you the option to offer private sessions to your clients or group classes. You can also re-sell the associated products to your clients. The knowledge you receive in this certification will give you a new and invaluable set of tools to approach tension, pain and healing in your current clients and an opening to attract new clients.

Techniques and Self-Care with Mu-Xing TherapyTools

Massage therapists see clients with chronic conditions that need to be addressed in order for the clients to function without pain. Sometimes these conditions are so set in that it takes several clinical sessions and a lot of physical work to fully address and relieve the symptoms.

Mu-Xing Therapy Facial Treatment

Mu-Xing Therapy tools made from Bamboo and Rosewood are effective in diminishing symptoms, such as the trigger-point formation that often accompanies many chronic pain conditions.

The warmth of the tools helps relax tense muscles and allows the therapist to work deeper with less effort. Therapists who are trained to work with bamboo and rosewood tools will find they can address pathologies with greater ease while minimizing the risk of injury and fatigue.

Many therapists are afraid to use massage tools, and rely only on their hands. They may believe using a tool will take away from their ability to feel; however, tools made from rosewood and bamboo, particularly those made without lacquer, allow the therapist to feel the tissue through the wood. Such tools help the therapist locate and address ischemic areas in the body.

In addition, the wood itself has natural healing properties and has been used for healing purposes in many cultures throughout history. Wood carries the energy of spring, which symbolizes renewal of energy, strength, prosperity and peace.

Mu-Xing Tools can be an excellent support for modalities like acupressure, shiatsu and reflexology. Therapists are taught to use their fingers and thumbs to apply pressure along meridian points, which can cause stress and injury to the hands and wrists. Bamboo and rosewood tools offer therapists a safe and effective way to apply pressure and minimize the risk of injury.

Massage therapists must take care of their bodies if they are going to enjoy their work and remain in the field for any period of time. There is an ancient form of self-shiatsu called do-in that is used to stimulate the flow of ki (energy) throughout the body. Bamboo tools can be used in this way on the body, from head to toe.

There are a variety of specially crafted tools that give therapists and clients the ability to treat address own trigger-point areas with ease, assisting in addressing conditions, such as tension, headaches, neck-and-shoulder issues, and low-back and joint pain.

Comments by Karin Hampton of Advanced Education Systems