Get Inspired: Massage for People With Autism - by admin@mcb on June 26 2015

Get Inspired: Massage for People With Autism

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If you have a child with autism, consider the benefits that massage could have for them. ©iStockphoto.com/pyotr021

Did you know that autism in children increased more than 119% between 2000 and 2010? It is the fastest growing developmental disability in the United States and can present a multitude of challenges to families. One of the biggest concerns that many families face is ensuring that their loved ones receive the care and treatments that are designed to meet their specific medical, sensory, and developmental needs.

Many families have discovered the benefits of massage therapy. Using techniques designed for clients with special needs, massage therapy helps calm and soothe individuals with autism and may allow them to become more comfortable with touch. Massage therapy may also boost an individual’s ability to stay alert, active, and engaged in activities. It’s vitally important to spend time communicating with clients and their family members when beginning massage for individuals with autism. This will allow you to understand your client’s specific needs and will help you determine which type of massage techniques would be the most effective.

Running a safe massage therapy business is essential to being able to meet the needs of a variety of clients. Visit us online today at the Institute of Somatic Therapy to learn more about the online courses we offer. We can help you discover the courses you would benefit from most to grow your practice and ensure you are running a safe massage therapy business.

Handling Health Insurance in Your Massage Business - by admin@mcb on June 22 2015

Handling Health Insurance in Your Massage Business

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 It will be a great benefit to your business if you accept insurance. ©iStockphoto.com/g-stockstudio

As a massage therapist you may have clients that have been recommended for your services by a medical provider. They believe that massage therapy will help treat the physical ailments and pain their patients suffer from. Many of these patients may also want to use their health insurance to help cover the cost of the massage therapy.
Accepting health insurance is a great way to improve your massage therapy business but it does come with requirements and regulations that you must be aware of. It is important to align yourself with insurance companies so clients can use your services as an in-network provider. Take the time to research health insurance companies that you feel confident partnering with. You should also generate clear guidelines for how you will bill reimbursement both to the insurance provider and the client. Establishing these procedures will help you avoid the headaches others have experienced when accepting insurance. Clear guidelines also make it easy for clients to understand how the session will be reimbursed and what portion of the bill they are responsible for.
At the Institute of Somatic Therapy we are committed to helping you find ways to improve your massage therapy business. Visit us online today to learn more about the courses we offer and our commitment to our students.

Caring for Lupus Patients With Massage - by admin@mcb on June 19 2015

Caring for Lupus Patients With Massage

Know how you can help ease the pain of lupus with massage. ©iStockphoto.com/actionphotonz
Know how you can help ease the pain of lupus with massage. ©iStockphoto.com/actionphotonz

As a massage professional, it is important for you to stay current on specific chronic diseases that have been found to react positively to massage therapy. One of these diseases is lupus. Lupus is an auto-immune disease in which an individual’s immune system attacks healthy tissue by mistake. Its symptoms include pain, fatigue, poor circulation, photosensitivity, inflammation, and a classic butterfly rash on the face.

Massage therapy can be successfully used with lupus patients to promote relaxation and to address chronic pain. It’s essential when running a safe massage therapy business that you understand your patient’s specific needs. Take time before each massage session to discover the patient’s goals for therapy. Don’t assume that the pain that was present at the last session is the same pain. Many patients with lupus experience chronic pain that comes and goes and may shift to different parts of the body. Those suffering with lupus may also  have emotional responses to the chronic pain that can make massage therapy difficult. Make sure you meet your patients where they are and understand their unique responses to massage therapy.

At the Institute of Somatic Therapy we understand the importance of running a safe massage therapy business. Visit us online today to learn more about the courses we offer and how we can help you grow your massage therapy practice.

Massage on the Open Sea: What You Need to Know - by admin@mcb on June 15 2015

Massage on the Open Sea: What You Need to Know

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Consider a massage therapy position on a cruise ship. ©iStockphoto.com/Small_World

One of the quickest growing markets in massage therapy is the cruise ship business. Passengers set sail with the hope of escaping the hectic realities of everyday life and often book massages at the onboard spa. If you’re considering applying for a massage therapy position on a cruise ship there are several things to take into consideration:

  • Schedule- Although every cruise line is different, massage therapists tend to work back-to-back clients multiple days a week. You should be prepared for 5-6 back-to-back clients with the possibility of early morning or late evening appointments. Many cruise lines modify their spa appointments to meet the daily schedule of the ship.
  • Patient needs- Many clients will be searching for a relaxing massage while others may request deep tissue work. Your days may look very different and your service offerings will be varied. It’s important to learn as much as you can about different massage techniques before you set sail and enrolling in online courses for massage therapy is a great way to increase your knowledge.
  • Self care- Practicing self care is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle on board. You will need to look for ways to take care of yourself physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Consider beginning an exercise routine, meditating, or engaging in social activities with other crew members.

To learn more about the online courses for massage therapy that we offer at the Institute of Somatic Therapy please visit us online. You can read course descriptions, check certification requirements for your state, and develop a plan to help grow your massage therapy practice.

Keep Yourself Healthy and Calm With Good Breathing Exercises - by admin@mcb on June 12 2015

Keep Yourself Healthy and Calm With Good Breathing Exercises

This simple breathing exercises can help you relax and reduce stress. ©iStockphoto.com/leaf
This simple breathing exercises can help you relax and reduce stress. ©iStockphoto.com/leaf

Working as a massage therapist can be a tiring and stressful job. The workdays are often long and the physical toll on your body is noticeable after several clients. Practicing effective self-care for massage therapists, including breathing exercises, can help reduce your stress and keep you healthy.

There are a variety of effective breathing exercises that we recommend for massage therapists, including:

  • Equal breathing- Especially effective before going to bed, equal breathing is the practice of focusing on the mindfulness of the breath. Inhale through your nose and count to four then exhale for the same count of four. As you continue this practice you can extend the count to increase your meditative focus.
  • Abdominal breathing- Abdominal breathing should be practiced several times a day for ten minutes at a time. This breathing exercise focuses on the diaphragm muscle and works like a massage for your organs. Put one hand on your abdomen and one on your chest and take a deep breath in through your nose. The hand on your chest should remain stationary and the hand on your abdomen should rise, indicating a proper abdominal breath.
  • Skull shining breathing- Deep inhalation through the nose is followed by a powerful short exhalation from the lower abdomen. As you become more comfortable with the practice you can increase the rate to 1 second breaths.

These breathing techniques may also be incredibly beneficial to your clients. If you’re working with a client that is particularly stressed or anxious consider suggesting regular breathing exercises for improved health and well-being.

At the Institute of Somatic Therapy we understand the importance of proper self-care for massage therapists. Visit us online today to learn more about our team and the courses we offer that are specifically designed to help grow your massage therapy business.

Massaging Infants Can Also Help Parents - by admin@mcb on June 08 2015

Massaging Infants Can Also Help Parents

Learn more about the benefits of massage for both infants and their parents. Source: Pixabay
Learn more about the benefits of massage for both infants and their parents. Source: Pixabay

Infant massage offers a whole host of benefits to babies, including calming, stress reduction, and bonding with their parents. But many parents don’t know that massage for infants can also benefit them. Participating in infant massage therapy sessions can help calm overstressed or worried parents and allow them to focus on the individual needs of their baby.

Massage for infants helps parents feel:

  • Connected- A parent’s touch is the primary way that an infant begins to form emotional bonds. This connection should also be nurtured to benefit the parent. Parents need to feel connected to their infant and the soothing touch of infant massage is an effective method of strengthening the parent/child bond.
  • Confident- Caring for an infant can be difficult at times and many parents may doubt their abilities. Infant massage helps parents feel confident in their ability to meet their baby’s unique needs.
  • Competent- Each baby is different and it’s the parent’s responsibility to try and figure out what the baby needs. Participating in infant massage sessions allows parents to grow their competency and become better able soothe and calm their child.

If you are interested in learning more about massage for infants and utilizing it as part of your massage therapy practice, contact us at the Institute of Somatic Therapy. We are committed to help massage professionals grow their practices and better meet the needs of their clients.

Consider Marketing Your Massage Therapy Business for Father’s Day - by admin@mcb on June 01 2015

Consider Marketing Your Massage Therapy Business for Father’s Day

Treat your dad to a rejuvenating massage for Father's Day. ©iStockphoto.com/michaeljung
Treat your dad to a rejuvenating massage for Father’s Day. ©iStockphoto.com/michaeljung

Father’s Day is just around the corner and many families are busy trying to choose the perfect gift for dad. This is an excellent time to expand your marketing and improve your massage therapy business. Offering a promotion or special for dads is a great way to build your client base and further your reach into the community.

Dads work hard, both at home and on the job, and a massage is the perfect way for them to relax and unwind. Consider offering a special for Father’s Day that features invigorating aromatherapy or relaxing hot stone massage. What dad wouldn’t want to celebrate by receiving one of these renewing massages? Gift certificates are another excellent offering that allows families to purchase the ideal gift for the dad that has everything. A gift certificate allows him to choose from a variety of massage services to create the perfect treatment session. Understanding the specific needs of dads, and families shopping for them, will really allow you to expand and grow your massage therapy business.

Our team at the Institute of Somatic Therapy is committed to helping you improve your massage therapy business. Visit us online to learn more about the courses we offer and how we can help you grow your business.