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yes I agree with you on most of what you have expressed in your post. Just would like you to realize that in fields of physical therapy,chiropractor's, with all board certifications, and so-called advanced trainings, you will find many, many cases like you described. For last almost 20 years I see huge improvement in our industry and especially at CE education, which must to advance massage practitioners.A) we have too many schoolsB) not enough clinically experienced teachers in this schools. In order to teach advance you have to share knowledge from treatment room and not only from books.it must be combination .text books offering scientific data including counterindications that extremely important but cannot be substitute to clinical experience exactly like only clinical experience cannot be substitute to text books.
Mary Jo said:
Orthopedic massage, medical massage what ever you want to call it. It is advanced training. There are many really good modalities out there, but when the school tells someone that they are "learning" it in the initial 500 hour program, they are doing a disservice to everyone! Whether it be telling the student that ALL massage is "medical" or that they are learning Trigger point therapy, or shiatsu or acupressure. I argued with a teacher who insisted that Acupressure, trigger point and myotherapy were the same! This guy teacher all over Pittsburgh! I called the school when he was giving CEU weekend class in Trigger points and told them they should be ashamed to have him as a teacher let alone teaching "trigger point"! He had no idea what he was talking about!
I had written another in depth letter to all the schools he taught for when he was instructing a woman in a 20 hour "massage for friends" I took with my sis in law (so she had a partner) how to tell the employer that she had training in "acupressure". After the class, I called where she worked and ask about her credentials. She stated that she was trained in trigger point, acupressure and something else. Even more impressive was when she told me that she went to the trigger point therapy school that I went to (500+). YES, after a 20 hour Community College clothes on class. Oh and he gave us all a "certificate" with the name of a Dean that had not been there for years, with no indication of hours. It just said "completed Massage 1"
We will not have a license, which might help this, but if she had been working as a massage therapist the whole time, she could be grandfathered in. Let the buyer beware!