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Health Maintenance - Body & Mind

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Health Maintenance - Body & Mind
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Massage Professionals Update
  • 9 MPU Original Articles - 24 pages
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion


Massage Professionals Update

Earn credits through articles you've already read in our Massage Professionals Update e-newsletter.

This brief program will provide insights into:

  • How to apply healthy, professional boundaries with clients and ways to deal with countertransference.
  • Causes and symptoms of burnout and strategies for staying healthy - both body and mind.
  • Avoiding emotional traps.
  • Safety precautions during outcall massage appointments.
  • Whether the level of compassion you have for your clients is healthy.
  • Improving the health of your client's mind and body.

In the Health Maintenance - Body & Mind program we've combined articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These articles include:

  • End Burnout Today - Tips for Taking Care of Self - Burnout is the state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion caused by our inability to continue to cope with our environment as a result of the ongoing demands of our lives. Strong boundaries - along with personal and professional goal setting - go a long way toward balancing our lives.
  • 6 Tips for Bodyworkers to Prevent Bad Breath - No matter how strong your business and massage skills are, having bad breath is likely to hurt your massage practice.
  • Three Emotional Traps Bodyworkers Can Fall Victim To - Bodyworkers who desire a long, successful and rewarding career must be able to recognize and undo these three, common, emotional pitfalls.
  • Brain Games: Improving the Mind as Well as the Body - Just like in doctor's offices or any waiting room, there are times a client comes early and must wait for his or her appointment. Learn how to improve the health of a client by filling in that time with games.
  • Staying Safe During House Calls - While house calls, or out calls as they are sometimes called, can be convenient for the client, they have the potential for being quite dangerous for the massage therapist.
  • OMG - I Think I've Got It!: You probably have a few clients like this. They come in with all kinds of aches and pains and are sure they have something serious. Why? Because they researched their symptoms on the Internet, checked out various medical websites and ultimately self-diagnosed themselves as having some rare form of ailment. Read how cyberchondria is on the rise and how it may affect both you and your massage clients.
  • Seven Self-Care Tips for Clients with Neck Pain - Using massage therapy to ease cervical pain is just one part of the path towards helping clients find freedom from neck pain.
  • Is Your Compassion for Clients Healthy? - A requisite for embarking on the career path of massage therapy is the innate desire to help people. While compassion is necessary to be a bodyworker, there is an important distinction between healthful and unhealthful compassion.
  • Tips for Managing Difficult Clients - All kinds of people receive bodywork, including those with personalities that might rub you the wrong way. By taking stock of yourself and following several helpful guidelines, you can prevent a challenging client from marring your day.

You can either read the articles by clicking on any of the titles above or upon enrollment you'll be able to access these articles and your online test through your online course account.

Course Objectives

  • Summarize the causes and symptoms of professional burnout.
  • Apply healthy boundaries in the professional massage therapy office setting.
  • Identify sources of halitosis and list tips for preventing it.
  • Give examples of three emotional traps common among bodyworkers.
  • Outline ways to improve cognition through stimulating games and socialization.
  • Demonstrate safety precautions to use during outcall massage appointments.
  • Paraphrase the signs of cyberchondria.
  • Explain client self-care tips to address neck pain.
  • Define codependency and identify signs you may be experiencing it.
  • Describe countertransference and explain ways of dealing with it.

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Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler is a long time advocate of integrating perspectives on health. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester and a Masters Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute, Nicole has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2000. She has earned acupuncture licenses in the states of California and New York, is a certified specialist with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, has earned diplomat status with the National Commission of Chinese and Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology and is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology. In addition to her acupuncture practice that focuses on stress and pain relief, digestion, immunity and oncology, Nicole contributes to the integration of healthcare by writing articles and courses such as Infectious Disease: Hepatitis for health care providers.

Leslie DeMatteo, MS, LMT

Leslie DeMatteo, MS, LMT

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.

Ms. DeMatteo is the instructor for many of the Institute's courses including such courses as Advanced Prenatal Massage, Ethics of Diversity. Cupping Therapy: A Step-by-Step Approach, Diversity: Cultural Competence, Mastering Pregnancy Massage, and many more.

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs, LMT

Linda Fehrs attended both the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy and Hudson Valley School of Massage Therapy in New York – a state with some of the most rigorous licensing requirements in the U.S. – and also served as an instructor at the Hudson Valley School of Massage.

She is a professional member of the AMTA and the New York State Society of Medical Massage Therapists. Linda has actively practiced massage therapy in the Mid-Hudson Valley since 2002 with a focus on medical massage and massage for those with special needs, such as developmental and physical disabilities.

Ms. Fehrs has authored such courses as Build Your Massage Practice, Cancer & Massage, Women & Massage as well as Marketing Massage and the Economy.

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