If you’re not sure if massage is the right career choice for you, give our FREE Intro to Massage class a try!
If you have specific questions, you can call us at the Academy of Massage Therapy & Bodyworks at 610-705-4401. Ask us questions and schedule a school tour! You can also ask questions at our next free Intro to Massage class on December 2nd.
There are many reasons people choose to become a massage therapist. Here are just a few…
Massage therapists help people every day that they work. As a massage therapist, you can help your clients with aches and pains, as well as help them to alleviate stress and anxiety. When you train to become a massage therapist, you have the ability to relieve the stress and pain of each client you work with.
Providing a massage can be therapeutic. Many people really enjoy not only getting a massage, but giving a massage as well. The act of providing a massage can be therapeutic to the massage therapist. If you enjoy giving a massage, training to becoming a massage therapist can turn into income for you!
Would you like to work in a relaxing environment? When you work as a massage therapist, it is your job to provide a calming atmosphere for your client. Working as a massage therapist is one of few jobs where you can almost be guaranteed of working in a calm, serene and relaxing workplace.
Massage therapy can be highly rewarding in terms of financial compensation. Whether you choose to work for yourself or you work at a spa or salon, you have the opportunity to earn daily cash through fees and tips. Clients can be generous with tips when they are happy with their massage experience.
As for job stability, massage therapists can experience more stability in their field than ever before. The number of spa and massage centers is increasing annually, creating the need for more jobs. The number of people who are aware of the importance of massage and consider it to be a necessity to both physical and mental health is growing, creating the need for more massage therapists.
Please contact us for more information and to register for our next FREE Intro to Massage Class at 610-705-4401. Our next class is December 2, 2017.
Our massage therapy program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills to become a Pennsylvania State licensed massage therapist. We offer classes right here at our Pottstown campus, as well as in other locations including Florida, Maine, New Hampshire and various locations throughout Pennsylvania!
AMTB always strives to provide its students with quality programs, current curriculum and hands on experience. We have many new classes scheduled for the remainder of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. Please check out our Continuing Education page to learn more about these classes and register to save your space.
Upcoming classes include:
FREE Intro to Massage Therapy
Neuromuscular Therapy of the Neck and Shoulder
Deep Tissue Techniques
Two Day Lomi Lomi
Two Day Forearm Fusion Advanced
Manual Therapy to Eliminate Compression of the Upper Body and Lower Body
...and many more!
If you, or someone you know, is thinking about a career in massage therapy, we also offer FREE classes to see if massage is a good career fit for you! Our next free class is October 22 and we have an additional class scheduled for December 2.
We also will be offering additional FREE classes in 2018. Please check back on our website frequently as we offer these classes and will post them on our Home page and Continuing Education page.
Table Thai is Thai bodywork performed on the massage table instead of on the floor with a mat. It combines a variety of stretching movements applied slowly; in patterns of gentle rocking and rhythmic muscle compressions, joint mobilization and acupressure points.
Table Thai brings the incredible benefits of Thai Massage to the comforts of a massage table. This type of massage allows massage therapists to reach out to a mainstream audience. Table Thai makes it easier for individuals with physical restrictions to receive Thai massage. Due to mobility issues, a traditional Thai massage on a mat may be prohibitive for the elderly as well as clients with mobility issues.
Massage therapists accustomed to providing Thai Massage on a mat will appreciate these upright techniques because it alleviates pressure on the knees and teaches techniques for massaging in greater comfort.
Table Thai has numerous benefits. Table Thai aids in muscle relaxation and helps to increase muscle flexibility and mobility. Table Thai massage can also help to improve posture, balance and help to correct body alignment. Clients suffering from muscle inflammation and lower back pain can also benefit from Table Thai.
Table Thai helps clients to relax and incorporates long deep breathing from the diaphragm throughout the session. Deep breathing helps a client to relax his or her mind, body and soul. A significant part of Table Thai also includes yoga-like stretches.
We are holding a two-day Table Thai class October 16th and 17th. Learn how to incorporate a fully clothed session into your everyday practice - perfect for those clients who are nervous to disrobe for a full body massage. You’ll learn about the Sen Lines (energy meridian pathways), breathing techniques to assist with movement for both the practitioner and client, a variety of techniques that are usually done with a traditional Thai mat (but on the table). This class will work the therapists’ hands, legs, knees, and feet, while working with the client in the supine, prone, and side lying positions. Please contact us for more information at 610-705-4401 or register online.
Bamboo fusion massage, also known as a bamboo massage or bamboo fusion, is a relaxation technique that combines various lengths and widths of bamboo stalks to perform a deep-tissue massage.
“Hall of Fame” inductee (World Massage Festival 2009) and Teacher of the Year 2013 Nathalie Cecilia, is the creator and master of Bamboo Massage Therapy.
Many of Nathalie’s clients were asking for deep tissue treatment. She soon began to experience pain and fatigue in her hands and wrists. When she started using bamboo to assist her with deep tissue work, she noticed that her pain subsided and her clients loved it. She developed an innovative way to give bamboo massage on the table (Bamboo-Fusion) and in the chair, meanwhile creating her own bamboo set to give the massage.
Her goal today is to help therapists provide deep massage without pain. This technique aids in avoiding repetitive injuries, such as carpal tunnel, and reduces the stress on thumbs, wrists and hands.
Some bamboo massage therapists use a combination of traditional Chinese medicine, shiatsu, Ayurveda, Thai, and lymphatic drainage massage techniques to “unwind” tense, strained, and stressed muscles. Other bamboo therapists may use heated bamboo sticks, and/or heated essential oils to relax your body, or a combination of all of these approaches to provide relief and relaxation.
Bamboo massage not only encourages sensory nerve perception, circulation, and lymphatic drainage, it also provides you with a deep sense of “whole body” health, well-being, and relaxation. Although most bamboo fusion massages last from 45 minutes to an hour, the benefits last for days.
Bamboo fusion provides many benefits and can improve health and well-being. Some benefits can include easing headaches and migraines, improving arthritis, strengthening respiratory functions, unwinding tension knots, relieving back and shoulder pain, enhancing sports performance, reducing pain, accelerating the healing process, boosting energy, banishing stress, supporting physical and mental health and well-being, revitalizing the body, and calming the mind.
We are holding a two day Bamboo Fusion class on September 9-10, 2017. This class is taught by Nathalie Celia, LMT, founder of Bamboo Fusion! Call us to register at 6190705-2204 or register on our website.
Lyn Haney, LMT and Certified Reflexologist, is implementing the new Reflexology program at the Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks!
Lyn has been a reflexologist for 9 years and taken extensive courses in this modality including facial reflexology. She has also been a licensed massage therapist since 2011. She teaches anatomy and physiology at AMTB and continually strives to broaden her holistic and health related education.
Lyn will spearhead our new Reflexology course at the Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks in Pottstown. The Reflexology course is a 200-hour course that will qualify you to be a certified Reflexologist with the American Reflexology Association of America.
This class is a four-month program that can be completed Tuesdays and Thursdays or Fridays and Saturdays for those who work during the week.
This program will include the history of reflexology, contraindications to performing this modality, practical, hands-on instruction, reflexology related pathologies as well as universal health precautions, the anatomy related to reflexology and 20 clinical hours.
Classes are forming now for a September 25th, 2017 start date. Call the Academy of Massage Therapy and Bodyworks at 610-705-4401 for more information or to register for this program.
Reflexology careers have been gaining in popularity for the past two decades and continue to grow today. Reflexology has earned a place at the forefront of alternative therapies for its effectiveness in reducing stress and relieving a number of common health problems, including chronic pain, allergies and digestive issues.
Today, practitioners of reflexology can make this rewarding field their full-time career. They may run private practices in their own homes, travel to client homes or work in chiropractic offices, fitness centers or salons where they deliver treatment and work on building a solid client base.
If a reflexology career interests you, finding the right reflexology training can make all the difference to your success. A reflexology program should provide not only the technical training you will need to do the job, but also fundamental business concepts and other essential aspects of the profession.
Reflexology course work generally covers reflexology history, theory and techniques; reflexology maps of the feet; anatomy and physiology; how to customize sessions based on client-specific issues; ethics and professionalism; relevant business practices and marketing; and supervised classroom or clinical work.
Certification requirements for reflexologists vary from state to state. A good school reflexology program should result in reflexology certification that meets state requirements.
The American Reflexology Certification Board offers national certification to candidates who meet requirements for education and hands-on practice and pass a certification exam. To maintain your certification, you must pay a renewal fee every year and complete continuing education units every two years.
You can expect reflexology salaries to correspond closely to massage therapist salaries where you plan to practice. The reflexology field offers a lot of scheduling flexibility, and the number of hours you work per week will impact your income. Salaries will also vary based on your geographic location, employer type and experience level.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for massage therapists is $37,180. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors.
Self-employed practitioners keep the entire amount they earn per session, but must pay their own taxes and expenses. However, those employed at a spa, fitness center or other establishments typically earn a percentage of the session cost, plus tips.
Reflexology offers clients a non-invasive, integrative healing alternative to traditional medicine. Starting your reflexology career with the right education and credentials will help you build a foundation for long-term success in this expanding natural health field.
Please contact us for more information about our reflexology program at the Academy of Massage Therapy & Bodyworks at 610-705-4401.
If you are considering becoming a massage therapist, you already know that there are many benefits of a massage therapy career. Massage therapy is an exciting field that can be extremely rewarding!
Take the first step! Call now to register for our FREE Massage Class June 25th. There are still a few seats available, and lunch is on us! Call us at 610-705-4401 or register online on the Continuing Education page of our website.
We can give you lots of great reasons to consider a career in massage therapy! The best way to find out if it’s a good fit for you is to try a free class. Here are a few reasons to consider a new career path…in massage therapy!
Massage therapists graduate with the skills they need to get a job right away. Massage therapy school involves a lot of hands-on training. Students are trained in musculature, anatomy, and multiple massage therapy techniques. By the time massage therapy students graduate, they have enough practical experience to work at spas, hospitals, clinics, or even out of their own homes.
Massage therapists are licensed professionals. To become a licensed massage therapist, you must complete a certification or degree program at a massage therapy school like the Academy of Massage Therapy & Bodyworks. You also will obtain hundreds of hours of practice. Massage therapy is a respected profession due in part to the stringent requirements for becoming a massage therapist.
Massage therapists have the option to work in exciting locations like tourist areas and even on cruise ships! If you are looking for a career that will make it easier for you to relocate if needed, massage therapy may be a good choice. And, for the most part, massage therapists can set their own hours. Many massage therapists are self-employed which allows them to set appointments around their own schedule. Being able to make your own schedule is a huge advantage.
Massage therapists work in relaxing environments. Imagine spending your working hours in a peaceful environment surrounded by scented candles, soft towels, and soothing music. The ambiance makes it a relaxing experience for both the client and the massage therapist.
Massage therapists help people! Massage therapists provide an invaluable service to people who are in pain, recovering from injuries, or experiencing stress. Massage therapy speeds up the healing process, improves circulation, and can help to restore emotional balance.
Clients look forward to seeing their massage therapist. It’s not like a trip to the dentist! Clients enjoy massage appointments and look forward to each and every one! Whether the reason is medicinal, therapeutic, or just a special occasion, people look forward to getting massages. Seeing a massage therapist is a positive experience associated with feeling good.
If you are hoping for a career that will keep you in good physical shape, massage therapy is a good fit! Massage therapists are physically active. Massage therapists work on their feet and engage their entire body when giving a massage. The nature of the work is physically demanding, and as a result, massage therapists tend to be in great shape.
Because the value of massage therapy is becoming more widely-recognized, job growth in this field is continuously growing. New massage therapy jobs are constantly being created in places such as nursing homes and office buildings.
Massage therapists can become self-employed. A large percentage of massage therapists are independent, work from home, and travel to see clients.
Call us for more information about our program, or to register for our FREE massage class on June 25th! 610-705-4401
Are you incorporating proper and effective upper body work during your massage appointments? You can always enhance your skills and learn even more techniques to benefit your clients.
Integrated Manual Therapy and Orthopedic Massage have been found to help improve upper body conditions that cause pain and discomfort for clients.
Based on revolutionary clinical research, there are new techniques that will forever change the way massage therapists approach myofascial, trigger point, and tendon pain. These innovative structurally oriented routines, offer pain-free multi-modality methods for achieving immediate results from clinical conditions including rotator cuff injuries, shoulder impingement, bursitis, pectoralis minor strains, bicipital tendinosis, rhomboid pain, thoracic outlet, cervical sprains and strains, whiplash, atlas / axis & C1/C2 mobilization, facet joint dysfunctions, migraine headaches, bulging discs, medial and lateral epicondyle pain, De Quervain's tenosynovitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, and joint arthritis.
Ground-breaking Frozen Shoulder and Hip Capsule Adhesion techniques are also effective.
Plan on attending the two-day Upper Body Work class on August 5 & 6, 2017. This dynamic interactive workshop includes a multimedia presentation, consisting of assessments, treatments, and client self-care for chronic pain and sports injuries, and can facilitate permanent results; even in the most complicated clinical conditions.
The class is being held at the Academy of Massage Therapy & Bodyworks and is presented by The Center for Pain Management along with James Waslaski, author and international lecturer.
Register via email, or by calling 800-643-5543.
Cupping is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a technique that can not only improve health but provide numerous additional benefits.
One way to think about cupping is that it is the inverse of massage. Rather than applying pressure to muscles, the suction of cupping uses pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles upward.
Cupping was developed thousands of years ago. The techniques of cupping have been updated but the original philosophy is the same.
Cupping involves placing glass, bamboo or plastic jars on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. When the air is suctioned, the underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup. Cupping is used to enhance circulation, help relieve pain, and pull out the toxins that linger in the body's tissues.
The sensation felt during cupping is usually relaxing and soothing. Cups may be moved around or left in place. The cups may remain on the body briefly or for longer amounts of time. Each cupping treatment is unique to the client and to the client’s current day and overall health and wellness. A common area to be cupped is the back, although cups work well on other areas of the body as well.
Learn more about how to incorporate cupping into a massage therapy program at the Cupping class on October 14 and 15, 2017. Please visit our Continuing Education page for details and to register.
Forearm Fusion™ is advanced forearm techniques developed to enhance career longevity. The goal is to teach therapists how to better utilize their forearms and various aspects of their elbows as well as optimizing and improving body mechanics. New and seasoned therapists will effectively use their bodies by applying maximum pressure with minimal effort or strain.
Forearm Fusion™ will save your body and make massage easy, no matter what your client is looking for, without the use of your hands or thumbs! The two day Forearm Fusion™ class, and the Forearm Fusion™ advanced class, were designed by Jim Funk, LMT.
Jim's Forearm Fusion course is a two-day intensive class that teaches therapists how to utilize forearms and elbows in their relaxing and therapeutic massages. In addition to practicing and perfecting techniques, the class emphasizes optimum body mechanics as well as the mind-body connection. Forearm Fusion is filled with techniques that are useful for all therapists from the novice to the experienced practitioner.
Forearm Fusion™ classes are scheduled throughout the year, and are held throughout the region, including in exciting places like St. Pete’s Beach, Florida! We will continue to include these classes on our website so that our students can have the opportunity to register and attend.
See what a recent student had to say… "Because I am just beginning my journey as a massage therapist, these techniques are immensely valuable. The body mechanics and less use of my thumbs is certainly going to keep me feeling strong and therefore, more capable of providing quality bodywork, in particular deep tissue. This is probably the best additional education any therapist, new or seasoned, could have." - Bobbie W.
The next classes for Forearm Fusion™ are scheduled for June 3-4 in Warwick, Rhode Island, and June 10-11 in St. Pete’s Beach Florida.
Visit our continuing education page for more info and to register!