Sunday, May 1, 2016
Self-care is so important in the massage profession. Think about it this way: you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. Your body and hands are the tools of your trade, and every tradesperson appreciates the importance of keeping tools in tip-top condition. The importance of self-care for massage therapists is well documented. Given the hands-on, repetitive nature of their work, massage therapists are susceptible to musculoskeletal injuries sustained while providing relief to clients. Even though massage therapy schools train therapists on the value of proper body mechanics, self-care, and proper positioning, they may still suffer injuries, often in the hands and wrists. A 2008 Canadian study showed a high prevalence of pain among massage therapists, most commonly in the wrist and thumb.
When taking classes at our massage school, many students are pleasantly surprised at the depth of knowledge expected of them. As 2004 East West College graduate Nancy Failla explains, “When I came to East West, I had no idea how hard the anatomy and physiology classes were going to be. I actually thought it was mostly going to be massage and hands on. It was surprising, but in a good way, because the curriculum was so intense and so thorough that I felt like I was in premed school.” As a result of these high academic standards, many East West College grads find they are preferentially hired after completing our Portland massage therapy program. That also means that East West students must work hard to succeed in their anatomy and physiology classes. Today we’re presenting a few online study tools that students in massage therapy schools can use to bolster knowledge learned in class and in textbooks.
More than 3 million Americans have Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition with no known cure. Fibromyalgia is defined by body-wide pain and sensitivity to touch. It is also known as Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) because other symptoms are not uncommon. Women are far more likely to experience Fibromyalgia. Overall, Fibromyalgia is a complex disorder that can be managed, but not cured. Let’s take a look at how taking massage classes can help Fibromyalgia patients. As with all diseases, the first step is to cultivate strong understanding of Fibromyalgia through massage therapy classes, including symptoms, potential causes, and what research reveals about how massage impacts Fibromyalgia patients.