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by Levi
Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:08 am
Forum: County, State & Country Requirements, Legislation and Politics
Topic: National Certification Question
Replies: 5
Views: 5583

Re: National Certification Question

Thnaks akashafive, That is very clear. Is anyone here have MBLEx certification that did not attend a teaching clinic? All of my office mates are Nationally Certified and attended schools here in NH that did NOT have school clinics. Currently they are all NCBTMB. They did not have to attend a school ...
by Levi
Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:44 pm
Forum: County, State & Country Requirements, Legislation and Politics
Topic: National Certification Question
Replies: 5
Views: 5583

Re: National Certification Question

OK, let me out this in another way. Is anyone here nationally certified that did NOT attend a school with a clinic? Is your cert MBLEx or NCBTMB? I have my practicum hours well documented, that is not a problem. My understanding however is that at least one of the national certs restricts practicum ...
by Levi
Fri Aug 09, 2013 12:32 pm
Forum: Clients Talk About Massage
Topic: Problem during intense treatment
Replies: 8
Views: 9584

Re: Problem during intense treatment

Yes, that is exactly what I was trying to say. Thanks for helping me clarify. I agree that it is imperative to communicate completely with your massage therapist, as well as to protect against any and all contact with bodily fluids. This is a situation that should be handled by a competent urologist...
by Levi
Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:41 pm
Forum: County, State & Country Requirements, Legislation and Politics
Topic: National Certification Question
Replies: 5
Views: 5583

National Certification Question

I am in CA, a state that does not require national certification. I have heard somewhere that in order to be nationally certified, you must have attended a school with a teaching clinic. My school has no teaching clinic in its program. Does anyone here have information on this?
by Levi
Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:55 pm
Forum: Clients Talk About Massage
Topic: Is my abdominal area contraindicated?
Replies: 6
Views: 8640

Re: Is my abdominal area contraindicated?

You might ask your M.D. about massage for diabetics. One possible solution would be to receive abdominal work though a light sheet to prevent skin irritations etc. This would keep your modesty too. I do a lot of work through sheets for various reasons. While it gives the practitioner less "glide", i...
by Levi
Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:15 pm
Forum: Clients Talk About Massage
Topic: Problem during intense treatment
Replies: 8
Views: 9584

Re: Problem during intense treatment

I agree that it is imperative to communicate completely with your massage therapist, as well as to protect against any and all contact with bodily fluids. This is a situation that should be handled by a competent urologist. Preferably one that has a background and ability with prostate massage proce...
by Levi
Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:44 pm
Forum: Therapeutic Trades
Topic: Marin and Sonoma counties, California
Replies: 4
Views: 5210

Re: Marin and Sonoma counties, California

Hi, I am located in Sebastopol, but am not desiring to travel beyond Santa Rosa to the east, West county to the west, Windsor to the north, or RP to the south for trades. Within my local area, I am always seeking to do trades and get knowledge of new techniques and perspectives from other trained pr...
by Levi
Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:01 am
Forum: Massage - The Male Practitioner's Perspective
Topic: Is it really harder for male massage therapists to succeed?
Replies: 16
Views: 23985

Re: Is it really harder for male massage therapists to succe

HI RelaxandRejuvenate, Is your 2 to 1 massage therapist staffing ratio 2 females to 1 male? Or 2 males to one 1 female? Either way, that is encouragingly high. Local institutions in my area staff less than 10% males, but that seems to be currently increasing for some reason. I think that there is a ...
by Levi
Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:38 pm
Forum: Massage - The Male Practitioner's Perspective
Topic: Is it really harder for male massage therapists to succeed?
Replies: 16
Views: 23985

Re: Is it really harder for male massage therapists to suc

Hi RelaxandRejuvenate,ere That is an interesting statistic. However, it does not factor out clients that do have a preference, but wish to give a "politically correct" answer to your intake question. Back in the day when I had a pronounced female therapist preference, I would usually answer a questi...
by Levi
Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:53 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: New Massage Therapy Student Observations
Replies: 6
Views: 7299

Re: New Massage Therapy Student Observations

Hi Newmtstudent, I am a male too, and started an encore career in MT in my 60's. There are not as many complications as you might think for males, but there are some offsetting challenges. Its largely a woman's profession. So, prepare well, learn proper draping techniques, avoid incidental physical ...
by Levi
Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: Clients Talk About Massage
Topic: How to talk to massage therapist?
Replies: 6
Views: 8860

Re: How to talk to massage therapist?

Hi Ruby, This happens fairly frequently. Past traumas can settle into tissues of the musculoskeletal system, and bubble up on the table when the long sequestered "armoring" gives up and lets go. Unless your massage therapist has training, licensing, and other qualifications as a counselor or other b...
by Levi
Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:45 am
Forum: Business/Practice Ethics, Conduct Issues & Questionable Dilemmas
Topic: 1st day, trying not to rock the boat but...
Replies: 13
Views: 11829

Re: 1st day, trying not to rock the boat but...

Hi Arete, What a disappointing development. Your story of two negative incidents in one day does not bode well for the future at that establishment. But I would not quit until you availed yourself of the opportunity to use the situation to practice boundary management. Talk to your management, and i...
by Levi
Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:12 pm
Forum: Clients Talk About Massage
Topic: massage school "room checks"
Replies: 5
Views: 8145

Re: massage school "room checks"

It is typical for someone receiving a student massage to complete a feedback evaluation in writing and hand it in to the front desk after the massage. That should be your best opportunity to voice your displeasure about any overly intrusive interruptions that occurred during your massage. Although i...
by Levi
Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:27 am
Forum: Business/Practice Ethics, Conduct Issues & Questionable Dilemmas
Topic: Awkard silence
Replies: 10
Views: 9374

Re: Awkard silence

Hi noa, I agree with Jonathan about visualizing the muscle groups as you work on them. It is important to know the locations of attachments and insertions. It also helps to understand the function and range of movement of those muscles. Do you do any mobilizations as you work? Of course, whatever yo...
by Levi
Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:02 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: What should I do?
Replies: 10
Views: 10275

Re: What should I do?

Hi Lovessage, You state that overall you feel confident in your ability to give a good, therapeutic massage. Go with that. Don't second guess yourself. You have invested a year now, so keep going. Many massage therapists do not last long in the profession; they blow out their thumbs or get carpal tu...
by Levi
Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:28 am
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: I'm in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 23
Views: 19811

Re: I'm in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congrats,

They did not waste any time taking you on. Have fun and be a good classmate because you never know how your professionalism and small kindnesses in school will be repaid. Good luck!
by Levi
Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:16 am
Forum: Massage - The Male Practitioner's Perspective
Topic: Should I do Massage Therapy training?
Replies: 5
Views: 8120

Re: Should I do Massage Therapy training?

Hi Bellerphon. I can't speak to work or training in Australia. But I did train for and enter the field of massage last year at the age of 61. If you are still fit, it is probably easier for a male with some maturity in this field because clients assume that you are good/experienced at massage and no...
by Levi
Sun Jan 13, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: Research
Topic: Excellent article: Does Massage Therapy Work?
Replies: 6
Views: 7372

Re: Excellent article: Does Massage Therapy Work?

That opposum massage clip was really a spoof? I don't think so. Have you ever actually tried to massage an opposum? Its tough, and she seemed to be able to handle that opposum with authority. It looked pretty darn relaxed when she was finished; at least to me. I have massaged rats for years, and whe...
by Levi
Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:54 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: Applying for school
Replies: 13
Views: 8166

Re: Applying for school

Hi ColoradoKitsune, Thanks, but edgy would be fine with me anyway. One of the things I like about massage is that it is so . . .non-verbal. You can show things like respect with your energy and touch even better than you can with words. School goes by fast, before you know it you will be doing bodyw...
by Levi
Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:36 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: Applying for school
Replies: 13
Views: 8166

Re: Applying for school

Hi ColoradoKitsune, I was actually asking the question more about the global general massage education scene than for your particular school. But I did check thier website, which says that they self-embargo new student slots to a limit of 30 per quarter, and presumably that means 120 students per ye...
by Levi
Wed Jan 09, 2013 2:21 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: Applying for school
Replies: 13
Views: 8166

Re: Applying for school

This is a dumb question that will reveal my ignorance. But, are there really massage schools out there that do not accept you if you can pay the fees? I was under the impression that if you have the $$$ and qualify as at least some lower order of primate, then you are golden. The only exception I ha...
by Levi
Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:39 am
Forum: Massage - The Male Practitioner's Perspective
Topic: Do male therapists work deeper?
Replies: 6
Views: 8059

Do male therapists work deeper?

This is an issue that keeps coming up as I grow in the practice of massage. I do not buy the concept and believe it to be a massage myth because I have had plentiful experience with female therapists who can effectively work thru layers of soft tissue with ease. On the other hand, it is a challenge ...
by Levi
Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:11 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: Talk about your experience in school
Replies: 9
Views: 5927

Re: Talk about your experience in school

Lets see here, You do say that you are very pleased with the school, the instructors, and the educational material your school provided. You are young and female, both big pluses for the massage profession, and you seem reasonably intelligent. You have completed enough massage school to presumably g...
by Levi
Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: Massage - The Male Practitioner's Perspective
Topic: Who has read Touchy Subjects: Tales from the Massage Table??
Replies: 7
Views: 32764

Re: Who has read Touchy Subjects: Tales from the Massage Tab

I am not curious, and have a lot of other books about the actual legitimate practice of massage to read first. I am not a sex worker/slave and have no plans or thoughts of behaving in other than a completely professional manner for the benefit of both myself and my clients. Just based on the reviews...
by Levi
Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:35 pm
Forum: Massage - The Male Practitioner's Perspective
Topic: Is it really harder for male massage therapists to succeed?
Replies: 16
Views: 23985

Re: Is it really harder for male massage therapists to succe

Hi Richard, OK, perhaps I was a bit harsh. Sorry. The study you refer refer to is very thorough albeit a bit dated. Within the scope of remedial massage practices as they pertain to the applicable geographical continent this survey was taken from, the results speak for themselves. For a more recent ...

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