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You Could Have a New Career in El Paso in as Little as Six Months

Apr 26, 2017 1:28:40 PM by MTTI

Massage therapists are in demand in El Paso! Are you looking for a lucrative, flexible, fun new career in West Texas? Read on to learn about how you can become a massage therapist in as little as six months. 
 
Massage Therapy is a growing field around the country and El Paso is no exception. A quick Yelp! search shows just how many massage therapy businesses are thriving in the area. Many of these spas and clinics need massage therapists immediately to treat their expanding client bases -- and they can be a great jumping-off point for entrepreneurial therapists who'd like to start their own businesses some day.

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New Research: Massage Therapy as Treatment for Surgical Pain

Apr 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM by MTTI

Medical massage is one of the fastest growing career fields for massage therapists today. New research shows that massage therapy can help improve outcomes for surgical patients. 

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American College of Physicians Recommends Massage for Low Back Pain

Apr 12, 2017 8:00:00 AM by MTTI
Low back pain a problem? Doctors now say: Before you reach for the Advil, consider massage therapy. Back pain is one of the most common injuries suffered by Americans. Sometimes referred to as " throwing your back out," an acute but temporary flare-up of pain in the low back is the second most common neurological ailment and the most common cause of job-related disability. Historically, doctors have recommended that patients take over-the-counter (and sometimes prescription) pain medication to treat this condition. However, new guidelines from the American College of Physicians encourage back pain sufferers to try complementary and alternative medicine including yoga, acupuncture, and massage therapy to reduce their pain. 

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Tax Deduction Tips for Massage Therapists

Apr 2, 2017 9:00:00 AM by MTTI
It's tax time! Make sure you're taking the appropriate deductions for your massage therapy business.

If you’re a self-employed massage therapist, you work hard to run your business and you want to be making the most out of it. It's important to keep good records of all of your massages -- including when, where, and how much you were paid. This makes it easy to report your income at tax time and gives you the documents you need in the unfortunate case of an audit. However, in addition to tracking your income, it's equally important to keep track of your expenses. These expenses can be considered deductions and will lower the amount of income tax you are responsible to pay.

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How Much Should a New Massage Therapist Charge? (Starting Out Series for Massage Therapists)

Mar 28, 2017 9:00:00 AM by MTTI
Setting your rates can feel intimidating as a new massage practice, but it doesn’t have to be complicated.

Not long ago, I was having coffee with an old friend who happens to be a veteran massage therapist. We were chatting about my new massage practice and his transition into the next stage of his career: combining massage therapy with acupuncture. “So, how much are you charging for a session?” he asked. I paused for a second, thought about it, and then shrugged and said, “Well, it depends.”  My friend laughed, “Ha ha, I know how that goes! I’ve been doing massage for more than ten years and my answer is still ‘well, it depends.”

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Starting Out Series: Mobile Massage

Mar 13, 2017 8:01:00 AM by MTTI
Many new massage therapists start out doing "mobile massage" -- taking their massage table or chair to a client's home or business. A mobile massage business has many benefits for the new therapist, but how do you get this type of practice started?  

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Massage Therapy Supports Mobility

Mar 6, 2017 8:04:00 AM by MTTI
As a massage therapist, I've had clients with so many different jobs come into my office. One thing I can tell you is that no matter what you do for a living, everyone's job is hard on their body. 
 
The CDC recommends that adults from ages 18 to 64 years old get at least 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic exercise per week. (Greater benefits can be gained by working out for longer or at a higher intensity and including strength training in your routine.) Sometimes it can feel overwhelming to fit even that amount of exercise into a busy schedule. But exercise is important because it means a break in your physical routine -- and so can massage.

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Five Things I Love About Being a Massage Therapist

Feb 15, 2017 3:43:57 PM by MTTI

Becoming a massage therapist is one of the best decisions I ever made. There are lots of things I love about it, but here are my Top Five. 

1. Making a Positive Difference

Before going to massage school, I worked at an office from nine-to-five. My job was to collect information about children’s summer camps. Although I knew that my work might be helping families somewhere down the line, mostly I just saw spreadsheets. As a massage therapist, I get to see the positive impact of my work every day. There’s nothing like seeing a client get off my table smiling and sparkly-eyed after a massage, saying, “I didn’t know my body could feel that good!” or “Wow, I can turn my head again!” 

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What to Look For In a Massage Table (Starting Out Series for Massage Therapists)

Feb 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM by MTTI
Whether you’re starting out as an employee or building your own business, every massage therapist should have their own table! Here are some things to consider when buying your first massage table. 

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What Is Massage Therapy Research?

Dec 28, 2016 1:38:12 PM by MTTI

Research is an important part of any health care field. Scientific research helps both practitioners and clients better understand how massage therapy works and what kinds of results to expect, as well as lending credibility to massage therapy as a field.

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