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Which Items Do I Need As A Massage Therapist?

Which Items Do I Need As A Massage Therapist?

Becoming a massage therapist is easier than ever before through PMA, and you can choose the curriculum path that best fits your lifestyle. You can become a massage therapist in as few as 15 weeks! You may be wondering what else is necessary in order to perform...

Service-Oriented Massage Therapists

Service-Oriented Massage Therapists

There are many aspects of the client experience that are important, but one stands out far more than the rest. Can you guess what is the most valued reason clients return? The service that they receive. You can think of the client experience as a three-legged stool,...

Top 5 Ways to Garner Returning Clients!

Top 5 Ways to Garner Returning Clients!

Every massage therapist hopes to have a full schedule of clients, and especially clients that you know and have worked with before. Returning clients allow for a continued therapeutic relationship in which the massage therapist knows exactly what the clients want, and...

Healthy Lifestyle Tips For Massage Therapists

Healthy Lifestyle Tips For Massage Therapists

While the field of massage therapy is a unique and rewarding one, it is important that you are also taking care of yourself. Living a healthy lifestyle will keep you happy and allow you to work as a massage therapist far into the future. Here are some healthy...

Top Traits of An Effective Massage Therapist

Top Traits of An Effective Massage Therapist

Let’s face it, there are some really great Massage Therapists out there. They are consistently booked with appointments, and even have their regular clients each week. How do they do it? On the other hand, there are some Massage Therapists who are not effective and...

Post-Massage Questions and Considerations

Post-Massage Questions and Considerations

After the massage session, there are certain questions and considerations that should be brought up to be sure quality care is given to the client. These considerations help build rapport and ensure the client feels cared for and valued. Here are some of the top...

Massage Strokes and Their Benefits

Massage Strokes and Their Benefits

There are many different types of massage strokes that a massage therapist can choose from, and different benefits as well. There are particular instances and situations when you would choose to use certain massage strokes on your client versus others. Here are a few...

Self Care For Massage Therapists

Self Care For Massage Therapists

Massage Therapy can be a very physically demanding job. Depending on your client schedule, you can be working for many hours in a day, using your body which can lead to soreness or even injury if you are not careful. Just like any physical activity, it is important to...

Work Opportunities as a Massage Therapist

Work Opportunities as a Massage Therapist

There are so many work opportunities as a massage therapist, depending on what your goals and needs are. There are ample different locations in which a massage therapist could decide to work. Some locations include: an already established massage business, a...

Benefits of a Massage Therapy Skillset

Benefits of a Massage Therapy Skillset

There are ample benefits of having a massage therapy skillset. In this blog we will go through some of the top benefits, to include knowledge of the human body, a rewarding career where you get to help others, career opportunities, and bettering oneself and your own...

MBLEx Exam: What You Need To Know

MBLEx Exam: What You Need To Know

https://youtu.be/MEPEY_LECgY In order to become a licensed massage therapist, it is required to pass the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination or MBLEx. In this video, we will be going over the exam, what to expect and how you can be best prepared for it! For...

Body Mechanics For Massage Therapists

Body Mechanics For Massage Therapists

Utilizing proper body mechanics is imperative to having longevity in the massage industry. Proper mechanics makes the therapist techniques more effective. This helps to increase the quality of massage that you provide to your clients while producing safe movements....

Why Massage Therapy for Your Next Career

Why Massage Therapy for Your Next Career

When it comes to starting school, changing a career path or adding on a second career, there can be many different obstacles such as time, money and location. Our massage therapy programs at The Professional Massage Academy (PMA) can help solve these common issues....

Postpartum Massage Therapy Benefits

Postpartum Massage Therapy Benefits

Massage therapy is a great option for women who are pregnant, as well as those who have had their baby and are in the postpartum phase. Be sure to discuss with your OB or Midwife about when massage is safe to have performed after the baby is born, based on your...

Avoiding Carpal Tunnel as a Massage Therapist

Avoiding Carpal Tunnel as a Massage Therapist

Carpal tunnel is a disorder that is caused by irritation or compression of the Median Nerve. The symptoms can include pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in one or both hands or arms. This can come about due to many factors, to include repetitive use of the hands or...

Foot Massage and It’s Surprising Benefits

Foot Massage and It’s Surprising Benefits

Foot massage has many benefits for the entire body that may seem surprising! Today, we will be going over the different benefits of foot massage for both the body and mind and why they should be a part of your routine. Interested in learning more about our online...

Sports Massage: How to and Benefits

Sports Massage: How to and Benefits

A sports massage is a massage that is focused on certain body parts or regions related to use of the body during a sport, active endeavor or workout. Usually, this type of massage is a bit deeper pressure. It may involve other techniques such as stretching, focused...

How to Be Professional as a Massage Therapist

How to Be Professional as a Massage Therapist

When people come in for a massage therapy appointment, they want to feel like they are in the hands of a trained professional. The Massage Therapist should strive to come across in a professional manner, and realize that there is a lot of trust involved on the side of...

What to Expect With The MBLEx Exam

What to Expect With The MBLEx Exam

In order to become a licensed massage therapist, it is required to pass the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination or MBLEx. This exam is an entry-level licensure exam administered in 46 jurisdictions nationwide. It is regulated by the Federation of State Massage...

Massage Care For Athletes

Massage Care For Athletes

https://youtu.be/LaEwlgAzWrQ When thinking of getting a massage, it is mostly thought of as a time for peak relaxation. However, massage therapists and athletes who get regular massages know the benefits it can have for overall athletic health and performance. Learn...

Heart Health and Massage Therapy

Heart Health and Massage Therapy

Heart health is an important aspect of one’s overall health, and there are many ways in which we can promote this. You have probably already heard about a healthy diet with proper nutrition and aerobic exercise for achieving adequate heart health. But did you know...

Trigger Point Massage For Cold and Flu Symptoms

Trigger Point Massage For Cold and Flu Symptoms

Trigger point massage is a technique that can be used in almost any part of the body, and is a very directed and specific technique. Did you know you can use this technique to help alleviate cold and flu symptoms? In fact, this is a great way to help with symptoms...

Anxiety Relief and Massage Therapy

Anxiety Relief and Massage Therapy

Anxiety is very prevalent in our society, and is on the rise. Many Americans suffer from anxiety disorders and this can affect their quality of life. An anxiety disorder is diagnosed by certain factors. Generally, it is when the amount of anxiety is beyond what the...

Why You Should Move Slower When Massaging

Why You Should Move Slower When Massaging

When thinking about giving a massage, it is important to have a plan of action for what you will be doing throughout your session. This means knowing what massage type is best for your client and what specific strokes you will be performing. It's also important to...

Benefits of Remote Learning at PMA

Benefits of Remote Learning at PMA

https://youtu.be/o1-qdfhmzNc When it comes to starting school, changing a career path or adding on a second career, there can be many different obstacles such as time, money and location. Today, we will be going over how remote learning at The Professional Massage...

How To Market Your Massage Therapy Business

How To Market Your Massage Therapy Business

There are many great ways to market your massage therapy business. It is of utmost importance to have an organized plan. A proper business plan can keep you on track with your company and business, and can be updated as needed. This business plan often helps the owner...

How To Interact With Your Massage Clients

How To Interact With Your Massage Clients

Interacting with massage clients is an important part of every massage. It is great to ask clients questions prior to a massage session, as well as throughout a massage. This will engage that person, and allow you to figure out their needs so that the massage session...

How Does Our Online Massage Therapy Program Work?

How Does Our Online Massage Therapy Program Work?

PMA is a massage therapy program that combines online learning with hands-on training. This is a great option for people at home right now that are looking to start or change their career. You learn the theories and important concepts at home online, and apply those...

Deep Tissue Massage: What You Should Know

Deep Tissue Massage: What You Should Know

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2H4rQpb4Jw When you are scheduling a massage or advising a client on a massage, it can be difficult to pick the right massage for the circumstance. In this video, we will be going over Deep Tissue Massage; when to get it, what...

Healthy Habits to Add to Your Routine

Healthy Habits to Add to Your Routine

There are many great ways that you can make your daily routine rich with healthy habits and activities. These items will help each day to feel fulfilled and keep you healthy and happy in the long-run as well. In no particular order, here are some healthy habits to add...

Different Massage Types and Their Benefits

Different Massage Types and Their Benefits

There are many different types of massage techniques that can be chosen to employ, and certain benefits for each of these. The massage therapist will choose which techniques will work best with their clients in order to fit their needs. There are specific questions...

Top Traits of An Effective Massage Therapist

How To Succeed As A Massage Therapist

It is important to stand-out as a Massage therapist in order to succeed in the field. There are many ways in which one can do this. Some differentiating factors may include: quality customer service, your motto and vision, how you grow your client base, your special...

5 Tips To Maximize Your Massage Experience

5 Tips To Maximize Your Massage Experience

There are many ways in which you can maximize your massage experience. Most people book their massage sessions with the expectation that they will “feel better” after the massage. This is the goal of the Massage Therapist as well! These five tips (in no particular...

Self Massage: How To and Benefits

Self Massage: How To and Benefits

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VMz6C4NX9U If you don’t have the time to schedule a massage and need immediate relief, it’s hard to know how to help relieve your pain in a safe and effective way. Today, we will be going over different ways to self massage and the...

Benefits of Prenatal Massage

Benefits of Prenatal Massage

There are ample benefits of prenatal massage, and this is often highly recommended for pregnant women. Getting massages during your pregnancy can help with physical ailments as well as emotional, mental, hormone-related, stress-related and other potential ailments or...

Benefits of Aromatherapy and Massage

Benefits of Aromatherapy and Massage

What is Aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is the term used for describing the ways in which certain smells can guide us - body, mind and spirit. Certain “aromas” or smells, can elicit particular responses. Aromatherapy is highly-used in massage therapy, as an adjunct to the...

What to Expect After Your First Massage

What to Expect After Your First Massage

It is especially helpful to know what to expect after your first massage. This will give you a good indication of what is “normal” and expected, so that you are well-informed. It will also give you an idea of what is not normal, and thus more able to develop a plan in...

When Not To Get a Massage

When Not To Get a Massage

There are times when massage therapy is not the right approach based on one’s condition or what they are going through at that current time. In our previous blog titled, “When Should I Not Get a Massage” we discussed instances when one should not get a massage. This...

How Massage Therapy Can Help You Sleep Better

How Massage Therapy Can Help You Sleep Better

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE542TMcT1U We spend around ⅓ of our lives sleeping or trying to sleep. Sleep is vital for our bodies to heal, recover, and function during our day to day. We are always trying to find different ways to sleep better and longer to give...

Benefits of Meditation and Massage

Benefits of Meditation and Massage

Meditation and massage therapy are similar in that they get you into a relaxed and restful mindset. This “rest and digest” state of mind is helpful for our brain to be able to unwind and be less stressed. Our nervous system benefits from this relaxation response...

7 Effective Study Tips For Students

7 Effective Study Tips For Students

Learning how to study effectively can be a great skill for students that can really impact their ability to learn. There are many different ways to study and learn, and it is important to find the tools that are best for you. For example, some people are more visual...

6 Ways To Be More Present

6 Ways To Be More Present

Being in the present moment can help us to enjoy life and not worry as much about the past or future. There is great research that supports the importance of being present, and here are a few ways to prioritize presence in your life. 1. Listen to your body. Taking the...

5 Wellness Tips To Stay Healthy This Fall

5 Wellness Tips To Stay Healthy This Fall

There are many ways to prioritize your health and wellness this Fall. Here are some top tips to stay healthy and happy! Daily consistency is key with these tips, and starting a healthy routine now in the Fall season can also keep you going smoothly into the Winter...

Top 5 Facial Massage Benefits

Top 5 Facial Massage Benefits

https://youtu.be/ACjDvrNhH9g When thinking about booking a massage, many people might think about their back pain, or sore leg muscles and it is easy to forget the importance of massage for the muscles in your face. In a recent Facebook Live, went over the top 5 ways...

Top 5 Reasons To Work On A Team As A Massage Therapist

Advanced Massage Techniques You Should Utilize

There are a plethora of massage therapy techniques available to choose from, and often it is based on the needs of the client. The most important part of the time with the client before the massage is to figure out their needs. There are certain techniques and...

Chair Massage vs Table Massage: Which Is Better?

Chair Massage vs Table Massage: Which Is Better?

When deciding on the right massage for you or your client, there are many options to choose from. The type of techniques used, the amount of time and also, what type of table or chair to use are all things to think about before choosing the perfect massage for you or...

Trigger Points and Massage Therapy

Trigger Points and Massage Therapy

Trigger points are areas in the muscles also referred to as “knots.” The definition of a trigger point, as described in Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction, The Trigger Point Manual By Janet G. Travell, MD and David G. Simons, MD is, “a focus of hyperirritability in a...

6 Tips To Grow Your Massage Business

6 Tips To Grow Your Massage Business

There are many ways to grow your massage business so that you are helping as many people as you can! Here are six tips to help you grow your business fast and effectively. 1. Offer Loyalty Rewards and Referral Programs People love to earn points, have a punch card,...

Top 5 Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Top 5 Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn5kPAJu9GU&t=22s No matter your age or hobbies, massage can promote a healthy lifestyle to help improve your performance in your daily activities. Not only is massage good for your physical health but also your mental health which...

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...