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Are Vibram's Professional Footwear for a Massage Therapist
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My school has just decided that the Vibram Five-Finger shoes are unprofessional shoes for a massage therapist and I want to know what other students, teachers, and practicing massage therapist's think

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Tiara L Catey Nov 21, 2011.

 

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Tiara L Catey replied to Kristian T LaMantia's discussion Are Vibram's Professional Footwear for a Massage Therapist
"I have the five toes and wore them quite a bit initially. I like the traction of the soles. Ultimately, I started to feel a little weird in them, along the lines of being unprofessional, but I mostly just felt goofy. They can get really stinky. I…"
Nov 21, 2011
robert j mulcahy replied to Kristian T LaMantia's discussion Are Vibram's Professional Footwear for a Massage Therapist
"Minimalist footwear is beneficial.The ABMP group on Linkedin has posts on this started by Jesse Retherford."
Nov 20, 2011
Frank J replied to Kristian T LaMantia's discussion Are Vibram's Professional Footwear for a Massage Therapist
"as long as you dont have ronald mcdonald shoes you are good on the professional thing. I am not a barefoot person myself but I do believe some of us are genetically predisposed to be comfortable do activities barefoot and I am not one of them. I…"
Nov 7, 2011
Rajam K Roose replied to Kristian T LaMantia's discussion Are Vibram's Professional Footwear for a Massage Therapist
"So, whatever your school tells you to wear for class you should go by. Vibram soles have been around since around 1935, which you can check out here- http://www.vibram.us/products/default.asp Personally, I would only recommend Vibrams in private…"
Nov 6, 2011
Lisa Gillispie replied to Kristian T LaMantia's discussion Are Vibram's Professional Footwear for a Massage Therapist
"Glad to be of help! Just returned from my morning walk in them. It's a little chilly this morning & I can see that walking outdoors during winter (I'm in Ohio) might be a little cold for the feet. I can fit my wool socks under them…"
Nov 4, 2011
Allison Courville replied to Kristian T LaMantia's discussion Are Vibram's Professional Footwear for a Massage Therapist
"Thanks Lisa - those do look great and like Ricky said, less money than VFF's! I like them!"
Nov 4, 2011
Daniel Cohen replied to Kristian T LaMantia's discussion Are Vibram's Professional Footwear for a Massage Therapist
"Lisa & Ricky, those do look interesting. Perhaps I could get away with those the once or twice a month I go somewhere I must wear shoes & socks instead of my sandals."
Nov 3, 2011
Ricky Barfield replied to Kristian T LaMantia's discussion Are Vibram's Professional Footwear for a Massage Therapist
"Oooh, nice find Lisa. Think I'll give those a try since they look a lot more minimalistic than most "barefoot" alternatives out there while also being without the funky "toe sock" look people seem to love or hate. Has some…"
Nov 3, 2011
Lisa Gillispie replied to Kristian T LaMantia's discussion Are Vibram's Professional Footwear for a Massage Therapist
"You might want to look into Sockwa's as an alternative. They have the Vibram sole but aren't 5 fingered.  I've been wearing mine non-stop for over 2 weeks now and love them! I purchased the G2s in black and they don't…"
Oct 31, 2011
Ricky Barfield replied to Kristian T LaMantia's discussion Are Vibram's Professional Footwear for a Massage Therapist
"Being the owner of a couple pairs for around two years as well as a student, I don't think I'd consider wearing them while greeting a person unless they're the black or leather kind which sort of look like shoes at first glance.…"
Sep 28, 2011
elizabeth mount replied to Kristian T LaMantia's discussion Are Vibram's Professional Footwear for a Massage Therapist
"merrel now makes shoes that are vibruim soles but are closed toes. "
Sep 28, 2011
Dawn Lewis replied to Kristian T LaMantia's discussion Are Vibram's Professional Footwear for a Massage Therapist
"I massage barefoot too.  But I also work for myself out of my house.  I think while in school, the school has some right to tell you what they expect.  Although, when I had my school, most of the student's massaged barefoot."
Sep 27, 2011
Kim Galliher replied to Kristian T LaMantia's discussion Are Vibram's Professional Footwear for a Massage Therapist
"I must be very unprofessional because as soon as I step into the room I take off my shoes and do the massage barefoot."
Sep 27, 2011
bellavie replied to Kristian T LaMantia's discussion Are Vibram's Professional Footwear for a Massage Therapist
"I have been wearing five-fingers for two years now and love them. For anyone interested in saving your feet and addressing body mechanics issues, you should look into them. Check out Dr Phil Maffetone's website for a jumpstart…"
Sep 25, 2011
Jason David Bratcher replied to Kristian T LaMantia's discussion Are Vibram's Professional Footwear for a Massage Therapist
"I've taken a look at the Vibram shoes,,still undecided about them. Agreed that they are not professional looking. If you've got a private practice you can pretty much wear what you want,correct?"
Sep 18, 2011
Kathryne "Keo" Fox commented on Kristian T LaMantia's blog post Are Vibram's Professional Footwear for a Massage Therapist
"I work in the water and the Vibram 5 fingers are absolutely perfect for me there. I do wear them outside in the yard and garden a lot for I find they strengthen and stretch my toes and feet. I would not suggest wearing them as 'shoes' as…"
Sep 15, 2011

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Are Vibram's Professional Footwear for a Massage Therapist

My school has just decided that the Vibram Five-Finger shoes are unprofessional shoes for a massage therapist and I want to know what other practicing massage therapist's think

Posted on September 7, 2011 at 3:14pm — 3 Comments

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