Learning to use techniques other than applying pressure to everything with your thumbs is critical for a long and healthy massage therapy career.Continue reading »
Leslie L. DeMatteo, LMT, MS, has been an active massage therapist since 1998, after graduating from the Sarasota School of Massage Therapy in Sarasota, FL. There she completed the massage therapy program along with a certificate program in Nuad-Bo-Rarn: Traditional Massage of Thailand. Since then, she has completed continuing education in cranial-sacral fundamentals, cancer and mastectomy massage, reflexology, trigger point therapy and prenatal massage. She is also certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) and is a Professional Level member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP). Her work in massage therapy continuing education and teaching in a massage school ignited a passion for adult training and education, which led her to pursue her Bachelor's Degree in Adult Learning: Vocational Instruction, followed by her a Master's Degree in Adult Learning.
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If you are following standard universal precautions, you have nothing to fear from working with clients who may be infected with HIV. The fact is, we practice universal precautions because we can never know who does, or does not, have HIV, hepatitis, or other infectious viruses. By ensuring we practice universal precautions equally with all clients, we avoid the risks of becoming infected ourselves and of creating a situation where cross-infection between clients is possible.Continue reading »
As massage therapists, one of the most difficult aspects of our profession is handling the business side of …well…of the business! As a group, massage therapists tend to be more interested in the healing aspects of our work and far less interested in handling the day to day duties that must be taken care of in order to thrive as a business. While this is as it should be, leaving the business details unattended can really cause significant problems.Continue reading »
Sound healing as a modality is still in the early stages and is primarily used in the complementary and alternative healing arenas. In the massage therapy industry, we have long known that soft, relaxing music, chanting, and sounds can enhance the relaxation response we are seeking for our clients during the massage therapy session.Continue reading »
With Thanksgiving upon us, this is the perfect time to look at how gratitude can improve our state of mind, our health, and our lives. While talking about gratitude may not seem on the surface to have much to do with massage therapy, when we look deeper into it we can see how important it can be for the industry. Most massage therapists recognize that there is a significant energy component to our work, especially those who practice any type of energy based bodywork. This is important, because gratitude is like a warranty plan for our energy work. Practicing gratitude can help reduce burnout and can improve our relationships with our clients. Gratitude is also very good for business!Continue reading »
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Massage therapy is essential for people with diabetes, because it can improve symptoms of neuropathy, help reduce blood sugar, create better balance and foot flexibility, as well as improve circulation.Continue reading »
While there is much to consider when providing massage to fibromyalgia sufferers, discover why massage therapy can be an excellent treatment option for this painful and debilitating condition.Continue reading »
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