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How do you view massage therapists?

Posted by on Oct. 16, 2013 at 1:32 AM
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I am a licensed massage therapist in Texas. People constantly joke about happy endings, or they don't think I know a lot about the human body. While I can't diagnose, I  can do a lot. Right now, I'm practicing on massaging clients with tennis and golfers elbow. 

I wish we were viewed as medical. People don't seem to understand the benefits of massage. If they did, we'd be in HIGH demand and would be paid better. 

Trust me, quality therapists can perform some good work. I, for one, know how to massage the muscle that's underneath your shoulder blade (subscapularis) by literally moving the shoulder blade into a position for me to easily access the underside. That's part of how I would help treat frozen shoulder. Clinical massage like that is NOTHING like what you see at Massage Envy. Far from it.

What are your views on massage therapy?

by on Oct. 16, 2013 at 1:32 AM
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Ecoseem
by on Oct. 16, 2013 at 1:40 AM

I'm in classes to get certified now, so I'm with you on my view.  It's hard work, anatomy and psysiology is required *gasp* and we have to know how to communicate in a professional setting.  Where I am, people are pretty accepting, but I'm often told that I should take classes for a "real" job. 

Jenn8604
by Gold Member on Oct. 16, 2013 at 1:45 AM
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I wish I had money for classes because massage therapists can make decent money.
While on the subject of massage, I want one. Lol
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brittybby2010
by Bronze Member on Oct. 16, 2013 at 1:52 AM

My program director told me bigger cities may have opportunities for us in hospitals. For me, that would be San Antonio/Dallas. 

Quoting Ecoseem:

I'm in classes to get certified now, so I'm with you on my view.  It's hard work, anatomy and psysiology is required *gasp* and we have to know how to communicate in a professional setting.  Where I am, people are pretty accepting, but I'm often told that I should take classes for a "real" job. 


Ecoseem
by on Oct. 16, 2013 at 9:29 AM

I'm sure that would work well for some therapists,but I probably wouldn't fair well in a hospital setting.  After I work and save up again, I'm continuing my education with naturopathy and energy work. 

Quoting brittybby2010:

My program director told me bigger cities may have opportunities for us in hospitals. For me, that would be San Antonio/Dallas. 

Quoting Ecoseem:

I'm in classes to get certified now, so I'm with you on my view.  It's hard work, anatomy and psysiology is required *gasp* and we have to know how to communicate in a professional setting.  Where I am, people are pretty accepting, but I'm often told that I should take classes for a "real" job. 



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MandaMom23
by Bronze Member on Oct. 16, 2013 at 9:32 AM

 I think massage therapy can play an important part in a person's recovery and well being.  I don't see it as a joke or a scam and massage therapy can be really beneficial to people.

woodstock525
by on Oct. 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM

I have total respect for massage therapists!  We are lucky enough to live close to a massage school and are able to go there on weekends (with an appt of course) and get massages from the students for $25 an hour which I know is dirt cheap.  I feel so good afterward...especially has helped with issues I've had from a car accident.  My pain management specialist recommended it.

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