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First Steps to Your Massage Career

First Steps to Your Massage Career

It is an exciting experience to work toward a goal and achieve it, especially when choosing a career path. A career in massage therapy is a wonderful and rewarding journey, and a massage therapy certification is definitely an achievable goal with some hard work and...

Why Anatomy Is Important In Massage Therapy

Why Anatomy Is Important In Massage Therapy

Anatomy is “the branch of science concerned with the bodily structure of humans, animals, and other living organisms, especially as revealed by dissection and the separation of parts.” Human Anatomy courses are instrumental in many ways to massage therapists. Anatomy...

How To: Full Body Massage

How To: Full Body Massage

Performing a full body massage for a client means that you are massaging all major body parts from head to toe. There can be variations on how to perform this, and you can always place more precedence on certain body parts based on the needs of the client. We will...

4 Tips for New Massage Therapists

4 Tips for New Massage Therapists

There are many reasons why certain massage therapists are more successful than others. We will go over the top 4 massage therapist tips to know, so that they can rise to the top of their field quickly and with intention. 1. Listen to your clients. This may seem...

9 Post Massage Care Tips

9 Post Massage Care Tips

https://youtu.be/RCxp0MLzRYw   As a Massage Therapist or someone who is looking into getting a massage, it is important to remember proper post massage care. In a recent Facebook Live, we went over 9 different post massage care tips so you or your client can have...

Relaxation Response: What is it?

Relaxation Response: What is it?

Massage therapy is a great way to invoke the relaxation response. The relaxation response occurs when the body is no longer in perceived danger, and the autonomic nervous system functioning returns to normal. Our autonomic nervous system is divided into our...

How To Relieve Tight Muscles

How To Relieve Tight Muscles

Muscles can feel sore or tight for many reasons. The body can react this way due to repetitive strain or overuse, as well as poor posture or positioning, and/or lack of movement. There are many ways to prevent soreness and manage this as well. These are the top ways...

Why Massage Therapy at The Professional Massage Academy

Why Massage Therapy at The Professional Massage Academy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIolS15RdRg When looking for a career, there can be many barriers such as interest, time, flexibility and money. Here at PMA, we wanted to create a program to show how amazing a massage therapy career can be while also providing the...

Financial Assistance: How It Works

Financial Assistance: How It Works

As a student in our program at PMA, there are many benefits and assistance with finances. For example, every student receives a free massage table, shirts, lotions, water bottles and more when they are part of the program. The massage table is valued at over $500, and...

Craniosacral Therapy: What is it?

Craniosacral Therapy: What is it?

Craniosacral massage therapy is a very specialized technique that is often gentle in application and relaxing to the client. The therapist uses their fingertips to sense the cranial rhythmic impulse of the body, and often applies certain therapeutic techniques in the...

Interview Tips for Massage Therapists

Interview Tips for Massage Therapists

There are many considerations prior to a job interview, and these will help you make the impression that you intend to make and get you the job you want. Here are some top tips for a successful interview for a massage therapy career. 1. Prepare beforehand. Research...

CPR and First Aid: What You Need to Know

CPR and First Aid: What You Need to Know

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid are very important skills to know how to perform as a massage therapist. You may be in situations where you need to help someone - even a client while in your care. CPR is a known emergency procedure that can help save...

5 Benefits of Massage in the Summer

5 Benefits of Massage in the Summer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zstKucKE0eY As the seasons change, so do our bodies. With summer almost here, many people will be enjoying the heat and increasing their overall activity. All of this extra activity can lead to muscles that don’t get the recovery they...

Touch: Why It’s Important

Touch: Why It’s Important

Physical touch through therapeutic massage therapy is extremely beneficial for many reasons. The touch itself helps to ease physical symptoms such as tight muscles, improve circulation and decrease swelling. But did you know that touch is important for other reasons...

Scalp Massage Benefits

Scalp Massage Benefits

Scalp massage is a favorite of many people, as it is relaxing and helps to promote a feeling of reduced tension in the head, neck and face. Did you know that there are many muscles of the face and head? These muscles can become tight or tense, just like anywhere else...

Geriatric Massage Benefits

Geriatric Massage Benefits

Massage therapy can be beneficial at any age, and in particular is very beneficial for the geriatric population. There are many physical as well as emotional benefits that one will receive through massage. As always, it is important to check with your Medical Doctor...

5 Conditions Massage Therapy Helps

5 Conditions Massage Therapy Helps

Massage therapy treatment can help many conditions, and affect both the body and the mind. We will discuss five common conditions that massage therapists commonly treat. This will include: low back pain, sciatica, stress related disorders, tension headaches, and...

Headache Relief and Massage Therapy

Headache Relief and Massage Therapy

A huge percentage of Americans suffer from headaches. There are many causes and types of headaches. A headache can be caused by muscle tightness or tension. Headaches can also be related to other health issues. Headaches due to muscle tightness or tension can be...

How to Strengthen Your Immune System

How to Strengthen Your Immune System

The immune system is a term used for our body’s defense system against infection or illness. This is a combination of cells and proteins that protects us from different germs. Here are some healthy ways to strengthen the immune system: 1. Don't smoke Smoking can cause...

6 Ways Sitting is Affecting Your Health

6 Ways Sitting is Affecting Your Health

Sometimes it is hard to prevent sitting for long periods of time especially during the work day. It is really important to make sure you are periodically moving your body during the day to use your muscles and keep your body in the best shape possible. 1. Neck pain...

How to Recommend Massage to Clients

On a recent Facebook live, we went over how to recommend massage to clients. At PMA, there are many different massage techniques we teach and use regularly to help with many different problem areas. Sometimes, if clients...

Knee Pain Treatment Options: Massage Therapy

Knee Pain Treatment Options: Massage Therapy

There are many different causes of knee pain. It can be caused by issues related to muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and connective tissue. There can also be knee pain related to poor movement patterns and imbalances in the body such as muscular imbalances. This...

5 Tips for Sleeping Better

5 Tips for Sleeping Better

We have all heard that sleep is important. But why? And how do we improve our quality of sleep? The “why“ is that when we sleep, our brain and our body are able to regenerate and heal, thus allowing us to function optimally. When we do not get enough sleep, it can...

3 Tips for Post Massage Care

3 Tips for Post Massage Care

Massage Therapy is often very relaxing and helps the body feel its best. After a massage, there are helpful techniques to employ in order to decrease the potential for post-massage soreness and to keep the good feelings continuing. Three tips for post massage care...

Can I Get A Massage With Sensitive Skin?

Can I Get A Massage With Sensitive Skin?

Massage therapy is helpful for many ailments and conditions, as it can help to eliminate pain, relax muscles, and help with immune function. With that, people with sensitive skin may wonder if a massage is ok for them based on their particular skin condition. There...

How to Manage and Relieve Stress

How to Manage and Relieve Stress

We all deal with stress, but what are some ways we can relieve stress in our daily lives? On a recent Facebook Live, we discussed healthy methods to dealing with stress! Read our top tips for reducing stress in your life! Like us on Facebook! Follow us on...

Deep Tissue Massage: Demo

Watch as our instructor Marie walks through proper thumb technique for deep tissue massage! This technique is one of many that students learn and perform with instructors during their hands-on, in-person training. Learn more about our massage therapy program!

Swedish Massage: Petrissage Demo

Watch as instructor Meagan demonstrates the Swedish massage technique petrissage! This fundamental technique is taught as part of our online massage therapy program. Learn more about our curriculum here!...

Intro to Swedish Massage

Intro to Swedish Massage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZvvYkugjRQ&feature=youtu.be On a recent FB Live, Ashley explained the basic principles of Swedish Massage, which is one of the core techniques taught at The Professional Massage Academy. Like us on Facebook! Follow us on...

Interacting With Clients as a Massage Therapist

Interacting With Clients as a Massage Therapist

As a massage therapist, you have the opportunity to interact with many different clients and help identify their specific needs. On a recent Facebook live, Ashley discussed professional standards for interacting with clients as well as how to help assess what type of...

What is a Chair Massage?

What is a Chair Massage?

Chair massage is a type of massage therapy that is performed on a client while they are in a seated position. The “chair” is often a particular massage therapy portable chair that the client can comfortably sit or kneel on, with a head and face support. How can this...

Top 5 College Study Hacks

Top 5 College Study Hacks

The Professional Massage Academy pairs an online curriculum with hands-on training. This allows our students to learn at their own pace. Studying is an integral part of learning something new. Although studying is important, it can be difficult to perfect. These study...

Prenatal Massage Benefits

Prenatal Massage Benefits

Getting massage therapy while you are pregnant can be very beneficial. This is often referred to as “prenatal” massage*. Prenatal massage benefits are numerous and can help relief many symptoms associated with pregnancy. Prenatal Massage Benefits As for anyone,...