Wrist tendonitis, a repetitive stress injury, is not uncommon for massage therapists. Wearing a wrist brace overnight can help keep your wrist in a good anatomical position, thus reducing pain overnight and keeping the inflammation from worsening. Have you ever experienced wrist tendonitis?
Of these top 4 massage modalities for stress relief, which one do you use most often with your clients?
37% Swedish Massage
37% Aromatherapy Massage
27% Head Massage
0% Auricular Acupressure
Have you ever had a client show up drunk or hungover to an appointment?
2% I'm Not Sure
There are many ways to keep your clients cool and comfortable this summer. Which of these are you most likely to try?
38% None of the Above
31% Cool Moonstone Facial
15% Spraying a Hydrosol Mist
8% All of the Above
8% Cooling Acupressure
0% Cucumber Eye Pats
0% Use a Massage Medium Containing Aloe Vera
With your massage clients, do you conduct a full-body, range of motion assessment, testing each joint’s motion in each direction?
33% No, not at this time.
15% Yes, all of the time.
When it comes to CE, do you prefer taking your courses completely online or having the materials shipped to you?
59% I like getting my CE course materials shipped to me so I can keep them in my professional library.
22% Neither. I prefer doing my CE in live courses.
19% I like taking my CE courses completely online.
Have you ever, or do you currently work with patients who are living with cystic fibrosis?
There are incredible benefits of administering massage to animals. Which animals have you provided healing touch for?
31% All of the Above
19% None of the Above
What season brings you the most massage clients?
33% Every season is about the same.
As a massage professional, there are a number of self-care tools you can use to stay healthy and balanced. Have you ever tried CBD cream to relieve muscle and joint pains from inflammation?
44% Yes, and I love it.
44% No, but I'm interested.
12% Nope, not for me.
As a massage therapist, it's a good idea to eat small, healthy meals between clients that will give you quick, healthy, and sustainable energy. What is your go-to snack?
19% Protein Bars
If your state, province or organization did not require massage continuing education, would you still take it?
10% Hmm, not sure.
8% Heck NO!
Being a massage therapist is my:
38% second career.
32% first career.
30% third or more career.
There is research that suggests tuning fork therapy may actually help relieve muscle and bone pain. The ohm frequency tuning fork is ideal for promoting relaxation. Have you ever used a tuning fork with a massage client?
65% No, I haven't, but I would love to learn how to use a tuning fork!
18% No, I'm not interested in working with tuning forks.
15% Yes, I often incorporate a tuning fork into my massage sessions.
3% Yes, I tried a tuning fork but don't use it often during my massage sessions.
Have you ever integrated your massage practice into a hospital, nursing facility or home care setting for people who are ill, injured or dying?
What is the top way you get noticed and gain new massage clients?
68% Referrals and Word of Mouth
24% All of the Above
5% Social Media
0% Working at Local Events
Snake massage has been in the news lately. If it was legal in your area would you consider doing something like this in your practice?
85% Yes. I like to try new techniques.
15% Absolutely not!
Have you ever had a client suffer from a medical crisis while on your massage table?
July is National Blueberry Month. Will you provide a special perk to your practice that incorporates blueberries?
65% No, I do not plan on offering a blueberry theme to massages this month.
18% Yes, I will offer a Swedish massage using a few drops of blueberry scented massage oil.
6% Yes, I will offer a bowl of blueberries and cream.
6% Yes, I will offer blueberry tea and scones.
6% Yes, I will use blueberry essence as aromatherapy diffused throughout the room.
0% All of the Above
Hydrotherapies (therapies using water externally) can be of value in keeping a person healthy. Do you have experience with water-based methods of bodywork?
Advertising and marketing are important for attracting new clients as well as retaining current clients. How do you market your massage practice?
31% None of the Above
31% Most or All of the Above
12% Your Own Website
8% Leaving Business Cards at Local Businesses
8% Paper Flyers
6% Online Directories
4% Offering Free Massages at Local Events
2% Magazine Ads
0% Radio Ads
0% Newspaper Ads
Have you ever worked for a corrupt or unethical employer?
What would be MOST enticing for you to join a website for massage professionals?
39% All of the Above
28% I would like a site that helps new massage clients find me.
16% I would like a site that offers big continuing education discounts.
6% None of the Above
5% I would like a site that allows me to connect with other massage professionals.
3% I would like a site where I can create coupons for clients to redeem.
2% I would like a site that lets me answer client questions.
2% I would like a site that offers one-on-one consultation with marketing professionals.
Do you currently perform house calls for clients?
One of the most challenging situations for some massage therapists is working with repeat clients who hurt all the time. Have you ever experienced such a client?
Valentine’s Day, a day of love, is soon approaching. Do you see an increase in couple’s massages being booked on or around this time?
16% Not Sure
Have you ever performed bodywork on a client suffering from PTSD?
Have you ever used your own Hara during a massage session?
65% Yes, and it helped reduce the stress on my body.
21% No, this is of no interest to me.
15% No, but I would like to learn more.
0% Yes, but I did not find it helpful.
A large number of Americans experience symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis (MS), such as weakness, spasm and impaired cognition. Have you ever helped a client ease symptoms of MS?
Where do you prefer to buy massage supplies for your practice?
0% Sunset Park Massage Supplies (www.massagesupplies.com)
Cyberchondria is the fear of having a disease with the added dimension of a person being able to research his or her symptoms on the Internet. That person now thinks he or she has the disease described. Do you work with clients who suffer from this?
7% Not Sure
The 2012 Games in London have included massage therapy under the medical category. Did you or someone you know provide massage therapy services at London’s Summer Olympic Games?
Compassion fatigue is a very real dilemma affecting professionals in the healthcare industry. Have you ever suffered from compassion fatigue?
Do you currently sell or are considering selling retail products in your massage office?
In addition to practicing massage therapy, do you also practice in another field of bodywork or healthcare? If so, which one?
26% Yes, other.
18% Yes, I am also a nurse.
11% Yes, I am also an aesthetician.
8% Yes, I am also a fitness trainer.
2% Yes, I am also an acupuncturist.
2% Yes, I am also an occupational therapist.
2% Yes, I am also a physical therapist.
0% Yes, I am also a chiropractor.
Physical, emotional and mental problems stem from an energetic root, and the goal of qigong is to flush energy that is congested or blocked. Do you currently utilize qigong massage in your practice?
49% No, but I would like to learn more.
Earth Day is observed on Sunday, April 22. Do you plan on doing anything to celebrate?
Stress can affect us all. How do you normally try to reduce or ease your stress?
24% Practice deep breathing
22% Get a massage regularly
12% Drink lots of water and eat healthy foods
Massage therapy benefits people with Alzheimer’s disease; bodywork offers increased body awareness and alertness, as well as a reduction in the feelings of confusion and anxiety. Are you interested in working with people who have Alzheimer’s disease?
52% Yes, I would like to learn how I can help.
25% I already work with this special demographic.
13% I am not sure.
10% This special demographic does not interest me.
According to new research, which essential oil is indicated in having the potential to ease anxiety in patients undergoing minimally invasive facial cosmetic procedures?
16% Sweet Orange
8% Clary Sage
The temperatures continue to drop as wintertime settles in throughout many states. Have you ever had a client present with first degree frostbite?
1% Yes — but it had actually progressed beyond first degree.
The holidays can be an opportune time to market massage therapy. Great ideas include offering gift certificates and holiday packages, or even networking with local companies. Do you increase your marketing efforts during the holiday season?
Do you currently - or would you be interested in - including Reiki in your massage practice?
Since massage therapists stand all day, wearing compression stockings could benefit the health of their veins and increase comfort levels. Do you wear compression stockings?
42% No, but I'm interested in trying a pair.
33% No, I don't think I need to wear them.
13% Yes, I wear them to work all the time.
12% Yes, but I don't wear them every day.
Speaking candidly with clients can jeopardize one's professional ethics in several ways. As a massage therapist, are you able to keep your conversations with clients clear of gossip?
Continuing education is paramount for massage license renewal. How far in advance do you usually complete your continuing education requirements?
55% 6+ months
18% I usually wait until last minute.
13% 3 — 5 months
13% 1 — 2 months
1% I am not required to complete continuing education.
Do you provide massage outdoors when the weather is nice?
56% No — but I'd like to try it.
17% No — I prefer providing massage indoors all of the time.
14% Yes — my clients enjoy the change of environment.
13% Yes — but not often.
Some businesses can peak during different seasons. Which is the busiest season for you as a massage therapist?
20% Business is the same year-round
In his book, Ethics for the New Millennium, the Dalai Lama offers his insight to the importance of compassion and how it affects both our daily lives and the lives of everyone around us. Have you ever read this book?
Lockjaw can cause a person to temporarily (and in some cases, permanently) lose his or her ability to open and/or close the mouth. Have you ever helped ease inflammation and restore range of motion to the mandible on a client with lockjaw?
Our outlook in the morning can really impact how the rest of our day will follow. How do you generally like to start your day?
21% Take a Shower
17% Drink Coffee
14% All of the Above
5% None of the Above
2% Read the Newspaper
In addition to massage therapy, what other strategies do you suggest clients use who are suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
52% All or Many of the Above
5% None of the Above
4% Supplement with B6
February is American Heart Month. Massage therapists can play a role in their clients' heart health by emphasizing the importance of unimpeded circulation. Which way do you contribute most often to a healthy fourth chakra?
41% All of the Above
37% Perform massage to increase circulation.
7% Encourage positive thinking and laughter.
6% Review the cardiovascular health benefits of a regular exercise program.
5% None of the Above
2% Suggest a natural supplement to reduce blood coagulation.
1% Discuss the importance of eliminating artery-clogging fats from one's diet.
Most massage therapists have encountered a difficult client at one point or another. Approximately how many challenging clients have you dealt with in your bodywork career?
62% 0 — 5
17% 6 — 10
9% 16 or more
7% 11 — 15
With the apparent increase in allergic reactions to latex, there has been an increased development and use of alternatives, such as vinyl and nitrile. What type of medical gloves do you wear when performing a massage?
74% I don't wear medical gloves.
On average, how many massage sessions do you perform each week?
37% Less than 10
2% More than 40
Regular massage therapy can help pets maintain good health and create a stronger bond with the owner. Have you ever performed animal massage?
70% Yes, I have performed animal massage.
17% No, but I would like to perform animal massage in the future.
13% No, animal massage does not interest me.
The colors used in your office convey an important message and can impact a massage session. What is the main color of your massage office?
Administering onsite or outcall massage can benefit disabled clients, those who have a busy schedule, or people who are homebound. Do you prefer performing outcall massage, or favor having clients visit your massage therapy practice?
71% I prefer performing massage at my own practice (or workplace).
18% I like both massage methods just the same.
11% I prefer outcall massage.
0% I cannot decide.
Have you ever performed massage on a client with a mild, first degree sunburn?
People new to massage can be nervous about their first session. Which question do you encounter most often when performing massage on first time clients?
77% Should I take off all my clothes?
13% All of the Above
3% Should I tip?
2% None of the Above
2% Should I speak up if I'm uncomfortable?
1% Should I chit-chat during the massage?
1% Should I assist when a part of my body is lifted or moved?
The Institute offers 35+ home study CE courses, and picking just one or two to enroll in at a time can be difficult. Of the courses below, which one have you not yet enrolled in — but plan to — or are the MOST interested in learning more about?
As a massage therapist, have you ever taken part in a recovery program team to help one or more clients recover from cocaine addiction?
52% No — I never knew bodywork could help battle cocaine addiction until today.
41% No — But I would like to in the future.
7% Yes — It was a very rewarding experience.
Wearing high heels can place stress on the bones, muscles and tendons of the legs and spine — and are the cause of many chronic pain ailments. Do you treat clients who are prone to problems caused by wearing high heels?
4% I'm not sure.
Which resource do you use most often to learn new information about massage therapy?
18% Newsletters (paper or electronic)
Have you ever suspected a client was having a stroke during a massage session, and then called 911 for immediate help?
91% No — None of my clients have ever shown any warnings of a stroke.
9% Yes — I recognized the warning signs of a stroke and saved my client's life.
Winter can be a slow time for massage therapists. Offering mobile spa services is one way to help increase business. Have you, or would you ever, provide an at-home spa party?
Which method do you use most often to clean your hands while at work?
92% Soap and Water
8% Hand Sanitizers
The cold and flu season is now upon us. What is the biggest step you are taking to ensure you remain healthy and well?
59% All of the Above
23% Washing your hands often with soap and water
4% Rescheduling clients who present cold- or flu-like symptoms
2% Disinfecting counters and surfaces (including massage tables)
2% Eating nutritiously
2% Using alcohol-based hand cleaners
1% Getting lots of sleep
1% Engaging in regular exercise
1% Relieving pent-up stress
There are four bodywork techniques known to help sinusitis. Which technique have you used to help clients break up congestion, increase circulation within the sinuses and strengthen their immune system?
The initial history taking process is crucial to maximizing the session's safety and effectiveness. After asking your clients about the medications and supplements they take, have you ever realized they are dangerously mixing substances?
Which technique have you used to release tight scalenes?
66% A combination of the above
15% Another technique entirely
10% Muscle stripping
7% Length assessment and stretch
1% Bowing the scalenes
1% Post-isometric relaxation
Depending on the person's sensitivity, the red, itchy rash associated with poison ivy may not develop for 24 - 72 hours after exposure. Have you, or another massage therapist you may know, ever gotten poison ivy after performing massage on a client?
4% Not sure
There are many considerations in choosing the fabric of massage linens. Which fabric do you primarily use in your massage practice?
18% Cotton/Synthetic Blend
4% None of the Above
The summer months are now among us, and so is tick season. Have you ever found a tick on a client during a massage and then removed it?
74% No, I have never found a tick on a client during a massage.
22% Yes, I have found a tick on a client during a massage and removed it.
4% Yes, I have found a tick on a client during a massage. But, no, I did not remove it.
What type of candle or fragrance do you use most often in your massage practice?
26% None of the Above
20% Flameless Candles
17% Scent Diffusers
Clients seek massage for different reasons. What type of products do you feel would complement massage therapy and be of most benefit to your clients?
54% All of the Above
12% Chronic Fatigue
11% Detox Cleansing
8% Increasing Circulation
4% None of the Above
In addition to restoring range of motion, when else have you used the strain counterstrain technique with massage clients?
Which eco-friendly practice do you feel is MOST important for therapists to implement in their massage offices in order to reduce their environmental footprints?
40% Using Chemical Free Supplies (such as biodegradable detergents made without petroleum-based chemicals and laying down eco-friendly flooring)
17% Energy Reduction
15% Using Organic Supplies (such as linens and oils)
3% None of the Above
3% Fuel Reduction
To avoid calling in sick, it is essential for massage therapists to maintain a healthy lifestyle and actively support their immune system. Which do you feel contributes MOST to your overall good health?
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