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5 Questions for Rachel Beider, LMT

We sat down with Rachel and she answered some of our in-depth questions about massage. Check out the interview!

Why did you choose massage as a career?

I love working with my hands, and working with people. I knew from early on that a 9-5 office scenario wasn’t right for me, and massage as a career allows for a degree of freedom and flexibility. (Many of the LMTs that I work with have other full-time careers as dancers, yoga teachers, actors, etc.) I work with…


Added by Rachel Beider on April 7, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Five great ways to enhance massage with healing essential oils!


Added by Gael Wood on March 30, 2014 at 2:10pm — No Comments

9TH Annual World Massage Festival

FUN is the key word at Festival! Join us for "VEGAS II" July 20-23 in Las Vegas at the Tuscany Suites and Casino! 120 days to go! See details at…


Added by Mike Hinkle on March 21, 2014 at 5:31pm — No Comments

Examining the anatomy of the ankle

Hi all - this is an article I recently wrote for our newsletter:

Depending on what you read, the ankle is a combination of two or three joints.  Some say the ankle is the true ankle joint or talocrural joint and the subtalar joint.  Others include the distal tibiofibular joint in the term…


Added by Dawn Lewis on March 21, 2014 at 1:25pm — 1 Comment

CAMTC: Under the Gun, ABMP says "Declare Victory and Move On"

I’ve spent the past day or so reviewing the CAMTC Sunset Review Report…at over 200 pages, it’s a narrative of the who, what, where, when, and why of the organization, which is now in its fifth year.

California operates differently from the other regulated states. The CAMTC is not officially a state regulatory board. It is a…


Added by Laura Allen on March 18, 2014 at 8:51pm — No Comments

Burn Scar Massage Therapy CEU Course a success

Handle with Care Massage Therapy just taught a class of 37 massage therapist in Studio City, CA as part of the AMTA National Massage Education Convention. We were honored to have so many California chapter presidents and vice presidents in attendance for our class.

Handle with Care are the…


Added by Jennifer Hartley on March 10, 2014 at 7:24pm — No Comments

Google Scholar Vs. Google

I came upon a statistic which showed that in the December of 2013, Google garnered a 67.3% share of search engine queries, while Bing (18.2%) and Yahoo (10.8%) trailed considerably. My favorite search engine, Google Scholar, did not make the list. Google has…


Added by Walt Fritz, PT on March 8, 2014 at 4:03pm — 4 Comments

Exciting Massage Opportunity in California in 2014

Hello my massage therapy peeps,

There is an exciting massage therapy volunteer opportunity the week of October 22nd-25th in Anaheim, CA. It is the Phoenix Society's annual World Burn Congress. Over 900 burn survivors from all over the world will be in Anaheim for this meeting and the AMTA is comprising a team of volunteers to provide both chair and table massage sessions for this unique event.

This being said, you DO NOT have to be a member of AMTA to…


Added by Jennifer Hartley on February 9, 2014 at 10:49pm — 1 Comment

New to the site- Karen- anyone know about the muscle melt method??

Hello everyone,

I just signed up for the site.   My name is Karen and I am looking forward to being able to learn from other massage therapists.  I am a recent graduate, May 2013.  I would love any tips for a new graduate in the field.  It gets kind of isolating out here once you are out of school.  I have my own studio and things are going pretty good.  I also do seated chair massage at some offices.  I love to continue learning new techniques and just want to grow in knowledge and…


Added by Karen Heim on January 9, 2014 at 8:28am — 2 Comments

Let's Help Each Other Get Lots of Facebook Business Likes.

     We get more and more benefits, the more and more "likes" we get on our business pages.  Now, therapists who live really near each other might not want to like the pages of competition, but what about therapists nationwide?   I'm in SW Michigan, and so if a California therapist likes my FB business page and I theres, it won't affect us competitionwise, but it will increase the status of both FB pages.  So, my FB business page is…


Added by Raymond Wesley McAllister on January 6, 2014 at 8:19pm — 1 Comment

The Financial Health of Our Organizations: NCBTMB

Thank you for your interest in my annual reports on the financial status of the major non-profit organizations of the massage therapy profession. I am not an accountant or a financial expert. This information was taken directly from FORM 990, the Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, which is published on Guidestar. This filing is for NCBTMB‘s fiscal year ending12-31-2012. Non-profits are on a different tax filing schedule than the rest of us.

This has not been a banner year…


Added by Laura Allen on January 2, 2014 at 5:55pm — 1 Comment


Hello all I am a LMT from south texas and decided to improve  my practice that i should network with my fellow therapists

Added by Vernon Lee Jones II on December 9, 2013 at 2:09pm — No Comments

NCBTMB: At Least They're Consistent in Bending the Rules

I’ll say one thing for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork: at least they’re consistent in bending the rules.

The NCBTMB has a new Government Relations Liason, Billie Shea of Nevada. Shea has been a massage therapist for 14 years. She has previously served as the chair of  the Nevada State Board of Massage Therapy, and has also served as a delegate and later as a board member on the Federation of…


Added by Laura Allen on December 6, 2013 at 10:54pm — No Comments

Using hot stone heater to drily heat Himalayan salt?

I've been using my Spa Pro Professional Stone Warmer, 6 quarts, for over a year to do water-based hot-stone massage. I just purchased some Himalayan salt stones and wonder something: The first thing the stone heater instructions said was that after purchase one was to have it on high heat for a while, empty and dry, to basically b urn away any chemicals left on it from manufacture and shipping. This shows that the electrical apparatus can work dry. So, is there a safe way to arrange…


Added by Raymond Wesley McAllister on November 25, 2013 at 6:40pm — 1 Comment


Dear Colleagues,

I am wanting to have a system for faxing via email, as I do all my paperwork from home and no option of fax machine.  I do not want to get scammed, so I was wondering what recommendations any of you may have. Thoughts?

Added by Jason M. Kretzer on November 22, 2013 at 11:22pm — 1 Comment

The Financial Health of Our Organizations: FSMTB

Note: For the past few years I have done a series of reports on the financial status of the non-profit organizations that represent the massage therapy profession. I obtain this information from Guidestar, a financial information clearinghouse for non-profits. The organizations can provide their Form 990 (Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax) to Guidestar, and if they don’t, the IRS does it for them. I will state for…


Added by Laura Allen on November 21, 2013 at 6:56pm — No Comments

Do you need a kick in the pants to grow your practice to make more money in 2014?

Real fast-

Do you need a kick in the pants to grow your practice to make more money in 2014?

I've got an audio recording I used to sell, but now I am giving access to it as my early New year's gift.…


Added by Irene Diamond, RT on November 7, 2013 at 7:25pm — No Comments

Calling All Massage Organizations: 911

I’ve seen some ups and downs since joining the massage profession about 15 years ago, but never, in all that time, have I been as disgusted and dismayed with one of our organizations as I am today. I feel as if I have a vested interest in all of them, so I have the right to complain—and to call on them for help.

The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork was the only path to licensing in many regulated states for a lot of years. Their exams are written…


Added by Laura Allen on October 28, 2013 at 5:19pm — No Comments

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