Online Continuing Education Advantages - by admin@mcb on 24 Jul 2018
If you’re new to the idea of taking online continuing education for massage, you should consider the advantages and disadvantages with all of your options.
Live Continuing Education - Advantages and DisadvantagesAdvantages of live seminars are supervision and instant feedback, although class size will affect how much instructor attention you will receive. The disadvantages with live seminars are that tuition is significantly higher. On top of this, you need to place a monetary value on the time you miss work, and calculate your travel expenses, meals and potentially lodging away from home. You might also encounter house-sitting, childcare, or other added expenses. Another disadvantage with live seminars are that you run the risk of having classes cancelled at the last minute, and limited courses available in the time frame you need.
Online Continuing Education - Advantages and DisadvantagesAdvantages with online courses are many. You have the ability to enroll today, and (depending on the course length) have your certificate in your hand today, with no delays. You have nearly unlimited options of course topics available. It is easy to make online courses fit your routine, your deadlines, and your preferences, with the convenience of 24/7 availability. You won’t have to block class times off of your appointment book, or leave home. Since home study courses are often much less expensive than live seminars, not only do you save time and trouble, but you also save hard-earned money. Of course, with online study you will need to rely on email and phone calls to interact with your instructor. When you take a course through Institute of Somatic Therapy, we are available by phone or email to answer any questions that you have, but we acknowledge that there may be times when it is just not the same has having someone right there.
Retention of Course Material - Higher with OnlineAn often forgotten advantage of online courses is retention of the material. Studies indicate that the retention rate can be as low as 50% in a classroom situation, so when you leave, you may only retain half of what you learned. One month later, it might even be less than that. With home study, you have the ability to study when you are ready to focus and are free of distractions. You can also hit rewind to view the videos and re-read the course material as many times as you wish, even after you completed the course. Since you can review over and over again, with enough repetition, you can conceivably increase your retention rate as high as 100%.
Enroll With ConfidenceIf you like the idea of online courses, but are worried about how it will work for you, we invite you to try our free sample course. You may well discover that the savings and convenience of online continuing education courses suit you just fine. To see all of our online continuing education courses, click here. Photo "Computer Generation” courtesy of "marin" at www.freedigitalphotos.net
Massage May Help Reduce Risk of Hip Fracture in Post-Menopausal Women - by admin@mcb on 10 Jul 2018
Massage therapy has been shown to have many benefits, with reduction of anxiety one such proven outcome with massage. The anxiety-reducing quality of massage has a benefit that might not be readily apparent. New research suggests that having a lower level of anxiety can reduce the risk of hip fractures in post-menopausal women. According to a Reuters Health article recently published on Medscape.com, risk of hip fracture increases with high anxiety levels. The study compared the anxiety assessments and bone mineral density tests on 192 postmenopausal women of an average age of 68, approximately 20 years after having gone through menopause. Of the 192 women in the study, 150 of them had experienced at least one hip fracture. Those with the lowest anxiety levels had a 10-year fracture risk of about 20%. This was compared with a 25% risk among women with the highest anxiety levels. The lead author of the study, Dr. Antonino Catalano of the University Hospital of Messina in Italy, stated that, "Higher anxiety levels were independently from other factors associated with low bone mineral density and higher fracture risk". He suggested that the study gave doctors another method to help identify women who may be at higher risk of hip fracture. This was not the only study of its kind. Dr. Catalano claimed that earlier research had also linked the increased risk of osteoporosis to anxiety. Anxiety levels appeared to be influenced by advanced age, age at menopause, years since menopause and depressive symptoms. Massage therapy has repeatedly been shown to help lower levels of anxiety. Therefore, post-menopausal women who are experiencing anxiety can reduce their odds of hip fracture by receiving massage therapy to reduce their anxiety. The Institute of Somatic Therapy offers a wide range of massage therapy continuing education courses. Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education approved provider, #280672-00. Our continuing education courses are also approved in Florida, Georgia, and New York, as well as being valid for AMTA, ABMP, and most states.
Doula Liability Insurance - by admin@mcb on 20 Jun 2018
Doula liability insurance (malpractice insurance) is not currently mandated by any state or national laws. But does that mean you should not have it? Statistics for doulas being sued are not available through online searches, most likely because the instance is extremely rare. Although rare, the fact is that doulas can be, and have been, sued. If something goes wrong in labor, malpractice lawyers typically name everyone who was present in the labor room in the lawsuit. Even if the doula did nothing wrong, doula liability insurance could cover lawyer fees. Simply because obstetrics is one of the highest litigated areas of medical malpractice, having liability/malpractice insurance may make sense.
Ways to Limit Your Need for Doula Liability InsuranceThe Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators (ALACE) recommends several simple steps doulas can take before and after a birth to help limit the chance of being sued in their role as a doula. These include: • Communication: Before the birth, spend time with your doula clients so you know what they want from you, and they know what you can and cannot do for them. After the birth, communication may be even more important, especially if the labor and delivery did not go as well as the client had planned and hoped. One or two postpartum visits to discuss the birth experience gives your client an opportunity to ask questions and process the momentous experience you shared. • Liability Release Agreement: While a release of liability form does not protect you if you are negligent, by having your client sign a liability release form, particularly one that covers various potential complications, it shows informed consent to the comfort measures you will provide. The Institute of Somatic Therapy provides a sample template for a doula contract and release as part of the Massage Doula Support training program. You might also consider adding a mediation clause to avoid being named in a lawsuit. • Operate only within your scope of training: By becoming certified, you have demonstrable proof of knowing the standards in the doula profession. Doulas are not medical providers, and should not be performing any clinical tasks, such as dilation or heart rate monitoring, etc. You should also not give medical advice, especially anything that contradicts what the doctor or midwife gives. Your role is secondary to the primary care provider, and your client should know that by your words and actions. Provided that you only operate within established standards, you are less likely to be found responsible for adverse circumstances that arose during the labor. • Don’t take risks: Massage doulas are discouraged from going to their clients’ home prior to hospitalization so as to not get in a situation where labor progressed faster than anticipated and getting to the hospital in time is not possible. Driving your client to the hospital exposes you to additional risks. You also have to use precautions based on intervention the client might receive. For example, if she is confined to the hospital bed, don’t take risks by trying unusual positions, or if she has an epidural, don’t use heat or ice to areas where she has no feeling.
Sources for Doula Liability InsuranceMassage doulas, as long as they are working within the legal scope of massage therapy, should be covered under their massage malpractice policy. Such policies are offered by a variety of professional massage therapy associations, such as ABMP and AMTA, as well as through private insurers. For doulas who are not massage therapists, or massage doulas who specifically want doula liability insurance, one insurance group popular among birth doulas is Cotterell, Mitchell & Fifer. Other sources can also be found through any internet search engine. # # # Institute of Somatic Therapy offers online continuing education for massage therapists. Our courses include prenatal massage and massage doula support.
For Fourth of July, Offer Discounts for Veterans - by admin@mcb on 11 Jun 2018
Consider a Fourth of July PromotionThe Fourth of July is a celebration of everything that makes America great. From coast to coast we celebrate with parades, fireworks, cookouts, family, and friends. It is also the perfect time to remember and celebrate the veterans that have fought to keep our country free. Offering a Fourth of July massage therapy promotion is an excellent way to honor veterans and active duty military personal and promote your massage therapy business at the same time.
Advertise Your Promotion Through a Press ReleaseConsider writing a press release to advertise your promotion. If you have never written a press release, here are some ideas:
- Look professional. Do an online search to find the proper format for a press release.
- Word it to be of interest to the readers, not to look like you are simply advertising yourself.
- You can quote yourself as though it was written by a reporter.
- Try to keep it to a single page. The real purpose is for the media to want to interview you for a full story.
Positioning for Prenatal Massage - by admin@mcb on 01 Jun 2018
There are two schools of thought on client positioning for prenatal massage therapy.
- Some therapists prefer to keep the woman in as close to fully prone and supine as possible to provide prenatal massage in the same positions as a standard massage. This is achieve with the use any number of specialty tables and support systems to achieve this purpose.
- Other therapists prefer to use a sidelying and modified supine position for performing massage therapy during pregnancy.
Why IST Prefers Sidelying Positioning for Prenatal MassageThere are several reasons why the Institute of Somatic Therapy prefers sidelying positioning for prenatal massage rather than the use of a support system that allows for a fully prone position. Some of our reasons for preferring the side-lying position include the following: 1. Potential Strain to Uterine Ligaments: With some prenatal massage tables, it can be difficult to get a perfect, firm fit over the abdomen, so uterine ligament strain can be caused. While the woman may not notice it during the duration of the massage, she may have some discomfort afterwards. Other systems do not provide good support for the legs, and others only allow for prone and don’t provide a way to modify the supine position to keep the weight of the uterus off the vena cava for the supine portion of the massage. 2. Ease for Client: As the pregnancy reaches the final trimester, it can be difficult for the client to get into and out of the prone position without assistance, and it can be difficult to assist an undressed client in and out of that position without compromising her privacy. 3. Cost Efficient: Most therapists already own a standard table, and can't afford the expense of another table when it is not absolutely necessary. The cost of the sidelying and modified supine bolsters are often less than a specialty table. 4. Comfortable: A sidelying, fetal position is a very nurturing, comfortable position, one in which most people sleep, so it is very calming physically and psychologically. 5. Effective: A sidelying position places the client in a position which makes it very easy for the therapist to access her hip, IT band, piriformis, and sciatic nerve areas. These areas of the body are often in need of special focus to relieve the strain of the pregnancy. You cannot get the same access to these trouble spots in a prone position. That being said, we realize this is a personal choice, and do not require our students to adopt this position if they have strong feelings about the prone positioning. Most of the techniques we teach are easily adapted into a prone position if that is what you and your client prefer.
Becoming Certified as a Prenatal Massage TherapistTo learn more about becoming certified as a prenatal massage therapist with Institute of Somatic Therapy, click here. Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by the NCBTMB (Provider #280672-00) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Institute of Somatic Therapy is also approved by Florida (#MCE-326), and New York (#0019). Our courses are valid for AMTA, ABMP, and most individual states.
What Does “Somatic” Mean? - by admin@mcb on 16 May 2018
As the Director of Education with the Institute of Somatic Therapy, Judith Koch is often asked the meaning of “somatic”. Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary cites somatic as being from the Greek word “soma”, meaning body. The three definitions Taber’s provides are:
- Pertaining to non-reproductive cells or tissues.
- Pertaining to the body.
- Pertaining to structures of the body wall, such as skeletal muscles (somatic musculature) in contrast to structures associated with the viscera, such as visceral muscles (splanchnic musculature).
Online Continuing Education for Massage TherapistsThe Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by the NCBTMB (Provider #280672-00) as a continuing education Approved Provider. We are also approved by Florida (#MCE-326), and New York (#0019). Our courses are also valid for AMTA, ABMP, and most individual states. Our goal is to provide massage therapists with quality online continuing education courses, to improve their skill as somatic practitioners. We offer many popular categories of courses such as prenatal massage, infant massage, ethics, research, pathology, and more. You can view our list of CE courses HERE.
What it Means to Be a Massage Doula - by admin@mcb on 01 May 2018
A massage doula is a certified massage therapist trained to provide support during the birthing process. The three-pronged definition of a doula is one who provides: 1) emotional support, 2) physical comfort, and 3) information. The doula is there specifically to meet the mother's needs. A birthing women benefits from a doula by receiving focused care that primary medical providers may be unable to provide. Doulas have a unique opportunity to serve women during childbirth. Many times the mother depends on her doula more than the doctors and nurses in the room for support and advice. This is where a background in massage therapy is beneficial for doulas. As a massage therapist you understand the benefits of relaxation and can help a mother feel calm and focused during the birth. This is especially enhanced if you have been working with her by providing prenatal massage therapy for several months leading up to labor.
Becoming a Certified Massage DoulaOur team at the Institute of Somatic Therapy has developed a certified massage doula program. This online three-part course trains massage therapists to perform prenatal massage, doula labor support, and postpartum massage. The doula portion of the course teaches many topics. It focuses on how to provide physical comfort, explain the medical benefits of a doula, and. provide pre-labor and labor coaching. You will learn a variety of laboring positions and their purposes and benefits, and how to support your client through potential labor complications. At the Institute of Somatic Therapy we also offer a variety of additional online massage therapy courses for all of your continuing education goals. Visit us online today to learn more.
Manitoba Massage Continuing Education Approval - by admin@mcb on 19 Apr 2018
Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba ApprovalAttention Manitoba massage therapists: The Institute of Somatic Therapy is pleased to announce that we have received another approval for our massage continuing education. Effective April 3, 2018, Institute of Somatic Therapy has several courses approved by the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba (MTAM) for continuing education. The MTAM is a not-for-profit association of over 1150 professional massage therapists in Manitoba. We look forward to serving Manitoba massage therapists with their continuing education needs. We are committed to providing the best online home study continuing education courses available to massage therapists.
Manitoba Massage Continuing Education RequirementsMassage Therapy Association of Manitoba members are required to complete 24 continuing education credits in a 2 year cycle due every other August 31. CE credits needed are as follows:
- 18 CECs from Primary/Core Competency activities, and
- up to 6 CECs from Secondary/Complementary activities.
Manitoba Massage CE Course ApprovalsThe MTAM has approved the following online courses offered by the Institute of Somatic Therapy through 4/3/2020. (Click each title to go to course information page.) • Prenatal Massage Fundamentals - 12 primary/core competency credits. • Prenatal Massage Techniques - 12 primary/core competency credits. • Infant Massage - 16 primary/core competency credits. • Massage Doula Support - 21 primary/core competency credits. Institute of Somatic Therapy plans to seek Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba approval for more of our courses in the near future. If you are a Manitoba massage therapist and are interested in more of our courses, please contact us. Let us know which courses you would like us to submit for approval next. (MTAM Disclaimer: The approval of these courses for continuing competency credits by the MTAM Education and Competency Committee does not represent an endorsement of the course or any products or services promoted within the course.)
Additional Canadian Massage Therapy Continuing EducationSeveral other Canadian associations currently accept Institute of Somatic Therapy courses for continuing education. Our courses meet the criteria for College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) and Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC). We also have course approvals pending with the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia. Laws can and do change, and your associations will hold you responsible for knowing the laws that apply to you. Please note that we provide this information as a courtesy, but cannot guarantee its accuracy because laws are continually subject to change.
United States Massage CE ApprovalsInstitute of Somatic Therapy (Judith Koch) is approved by the NCBTMB (Provider #280672-00) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by Florida (#MCE-326), and New York (#0019). Our courses are also valid for AMTA, ABMP, and most individual states. Some states limit how many hours can be done online or by home study. Please refer to our State Guidelines section for specific information about your state.
Prenatal Massage Certification Frequently Asked Questions - by admin@mcb on 20 Mar 2018
Institute of Somatic Therapy has been offering prenatal massage certification since 1999. (You may click all light green hyperlinks in this article to go directly to the pages they reference.) Below are the most common questions that our potential students ask: