Florida Massage License Information - by admin@mcb on August 29 2016

Florida Massage License Information

Florida Massage License Information

There are two ways for massage therapists to obtain a Florida Massage license: by endorsement, or by examination.

Licensure by endorsement is available to massage therapists who meet the following criteria:
1. They have a minimum of 500 hours of massage therapy education from a board approved facility,
2. They hold a current license in another state
3. They have successfully completed examination by either MBLEx or NCBTMB.

Licensure by examination is available to massage therapists who meet the 500 hour massage therapy education requirement, but either do not hold a current license in another state or have not successfully completed one of the examinations accepted by Florida.

Additional Education Required to Apply for Florida Massage License

Regardless of whether you are applying for your Florida Massage License by endorsement or by examination, all applicants must complete three required continuing education courses. They must take 10 hours of Florida Law, 3 hours of HIV/AIDS, and 2 hours of Prevention of Medical Errors.

The Institute of Somatic Therapy offers each of these three courses individually, and we also offer a Florida New Therapist Package that has all three of the courses in a discounted package. The Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by the Florida Board of Massage as a continuing education approved provider, number MCE326. Institute of Somatic Therapy is also in good standing with CE Broker, the CE reporting agency used by the Florida Board of Massage. Our CEBroker provider number is 50-1116.

If you already have your Florida Massage Therapy license (with a number that begins with the letters MA), and if you included that number when you registered for an account at www.massagecredits.com, we will report all of your course completions to CEBroker on your behalf. However, if you are only in the application phase of obtaining your Florida Massage Therapy license, you will need to submit a copy of your certificate of completion along with your application process, as CE Broker does not have a mechanism in place for CE providers to report course completions prior to the massage license being issued.

For information on the Florida New Therapist package with Institute of Somatic Therapy, CLICK HERE.

Florida Massage license by endorsement: http://floridasmassagetherapy.gov/licensing/licensed-massage-therapist-lmt-by-endorsement

Florida Massage license by examination: http://floridasmassagetherapy.gov/licensing/licensed-massage-therapist-lmt-by-examination

Prenatal Depression Impact on Fetus - by admin@mcb on August 24 2016

Prenatal Depression Impact on Fetus

Prenatal depression can have many negative effects on the developing baby. Many clinical studies indicate that a baby will sense and respond to their mother’s stress levels as registered by her increased heartbeat. One such published study, titled Impact of Maternal Stress, Depression & Anxiety on Fetal Neurobehavioral Development can be found here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3710585

The book The Secret Life of the Unborn Child by Thomas Verny and John Kelly is an excellent read for pregnant women and maternal caregivers to understand the depth of awareness a baby in the womb experiences, and also to understand the lifelong impact maternal stress can have on the baby.

Studies of Prenatal Depression Effect on Babies

Medical studies have shown that traumatic events and everyday stress of life during pregnancy can lead to significant changes in the baby’s brain and nervous systems. Stress and depression during pregnancy have been linked to a risk of future mental illness in the baby, as well as negative emotional behaviors in their youth. As an example, the study claims that prenatal depression or anxiety during pregnancy is linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in 8–9 year old children.

Studies of Massage Therapy’s Effect on Prenatal Depression

Anything a woman can do to decrease daily stress and depression during pregnancy can truly have a lifelong impact on the baby. Touch Research Institute has conducted numerous studies on massage therapy’s effect of depression of pregnant women. For example, in one five week study, women receiving massage therapy were compared to women in a relaxation therapy group. While both groups of women felt a reduction in anxiety levels at the beginning of the study, only the massage therapy group, reported reduced anxiety, improved mood, better sleep and less back pain by the last day of the study.

A larger study of women experiencing prenatal depression received group psychotherapy, with some of the women also receiving massage. The group who received both therapies showed a greater decrease in depression, a greater decrease in anxiety scale scores, and a greater decrease in cortisol levels.

In a third study, depressed pregnant women receiving massage had measurable brain chemistry readings consistent with a reduction of depression. These included higher dopamine and serotonin levels and lower levels of cortisol and norepinephrine. Their newborns has a lower incidence of prematurity and less likelihood of low birth weight, and scored higher on the Brazelton Neonatal Behavior Assessment.

Massage Continuing Education Courses

The Institute of Somatic Therapy offers a number of massage therapy continuing education courses that can help massage therapists have a positive outcomes on our next generation through massage therapy. Click on each title below for more information:

Prenatal Massage Certification
Infant Massage Certification
Research – Pregnancy and Labor Massage
Research – Infant Massage

Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education approved provider. Our CE courses are valid for Georgia, Florida, New York and most states.

Photo Credit: “Worried Woman Lying In Bed” by David Castillo Dominici, courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

Everything’s Coming up Roses - by admin@mcb on August 10 2016

Everything’s Coming up Roses

Having just taken two deep, deep breaths of my favorite essential oil (roses), I thought it would be a good topic for the blog.

Rose Essential Oil

Rose essential oil (or more properly Rosa centifolia) is a lovely essential oil. Because it is so expensive, I often prefer to enjoy it on its own, but it is also an excellent essential oil as part of a blend, because it is very versatile. Rose is one of the few oils that works in place of all three notes (top, middle, or base), and it blends well with other essential oils taken from just about every part of a plant (flowers, fruits, woods, roots). Rose essential oil has both a balancing and euphoric effect. Rose essential oil has very few contraindications, but it is not recommended during pregnancy.

There is a reason that roses are considered the flower of love. Rose essential oil has a positive effect on matters of the heart, including depression, grief, jealousy, and stress. Depression and grief are both forms of a broken heart. Jealousy is a fear of loss of some type, often of love. Stress can cause a rapid heart rate among its symptoms, and rose essential oil is useful for heart palpitations..

For physical applications, rose essential oil has many uses. It is an excellent essential oil choice for a variety of women’s health issues, including PMS, menopause, and hot flashes. Rose is also great for skin care, and is helpful with rashes and wrinkles. It works with a variety of skin types, including dry, normal, mature, and sensitive.

The biggest downfall with rose essential oil is that it is extremely expensive, although there are ways to purchase it on a massage therapist’s budget. The best option I’ve found is to purchase it in a 5% dilution in jojoba. (The brand on my bottle is ESS Aromatherapy.) I have seen it bottled as an essential oil where they took an entire long-stemmed rose and extracted the essential oils from all parts together (stem, leaves, and flower), but that gave it a chlorophyll-type smell that I found unpleasant, so I don’t recommend that option, although some people may enjoy it. (The brand on my bottle is Miracle Botanicals, and it is called Wild Rose.)

If none of those options work for you, a more affordable oil that can be used as a substitute for a blend that calls for rose would be geranium oil.

Aromatherapy for Massage

If you would like to study more about essential oils and how to create your own custom blends, the Institute of Somatic Therapy offers a 20 CE course titled Aromatherapy for Massage. In it, we cover 32 of the most useful oils for massage therapy. In addition to studying 32 oils, you will also study dozens of the most common conditions massage therapists encounter on a regular basis, and show which oils work best for those conditions. If you’ve been in a lavender rut and want to explore the beauty of nature through essential oils, we invite you to get started today. Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education approved provider.

Photo credits: “Vintage Valentines Roses Flower” by samuiblue. www.freedigitalphotos.net

Back Labor Support from a Massage Doula - by admin@mcb on August 02 2016

Back Labor Support from a Massage Doula

Back Labor Support

One of the biggest sources of pain for a woman during childbirth is back labor. This is caused from the position of the baby putting pressure on the sacrum. The pain is due to stretching of the normally immobile sacroiliac ligaments.

Ideally, during labor, the baby is in a position where its face is towards the mother’s sacrum and its occiput is toward her pubic bone, so that the baby is facing the floor when the mother is laying on her back. However, it is not uncommon for the baby to be in an occiput posterior position (sometimes called “posterior”, “OP”, or even “sunny-side up”.) In this position, the baby is rotated so that its occiput is toward the mother’s sacrum and its head toward her pubic pone, so that the baby is facing the ceiling when the mother is laying on her back.  If the baby is in this position, the woman is very likely to experience severe pain in her low back with each contraction, called back labor.

Two Approaches to Back Labor

As a doula, there are two approaches you can take to alleviating back labor. The preferred approach is to encourage the baby to turn. The alternative is to provide counter-pressure to the sacrum to offset the pressure of the baby.

The reason that encouraging the baby to turn is preferred is also two-fold. First, it goes directly toward solving the cause of the back labor and thereby stopping the source of the pain. Secondly, it is far less work for the massage doula, as you will soon discover that applying counter pressure to the sacrum through a 60-90 second contraction every two to three minutes becomes exhausting rather quickly. If turning the baby is not an option, the father, massage doula, and any other loved one in the room can alternate the counter pressure techniques, to spread the effort among as many caregivers as possible.

There are two approaches to alleviating back labor through positioning. The first thing that you should try to do to alleviate the pain is by using a moving position that encourages the baby to turn. The Institute of Somatic Therapy Massage Doula course teaches a handful of options, any of which should cause the back labor to stop. If the baby isn’t turning, the next option can be to use one of the positions that alleviate pain. The massage doula course teaches several positions that can help alleviate the pain, even though they do not encourage the baby to turn.

If the mother is confined to the bed and unable to move (for example, she has high blood pressure or is on pitocin), as a last resort, you can use one of the techniques to relieve the pain. Those techniques are hard work for the birth assistant, and don’t do anything to prevent future pain, so are saved as a last resort or used in combination with one of the positions until the baby has turned. The massage doula course also teaches a handful of techniques that fall into this category.

Becoming a Certified Massage Doula

To become a certified massage doula through the Institute of Somatic Therapy, you will complete a three step program. Click here for more on each step and to get started today.