Who needs a massage?? We have 2 openings left for our student massage clinic tomorrow night — Wednesday, December 6th — one appointment each at 5:30pm and 7pm.

Cost is $25, cash or check. (No debit or credit cards.) Use the "Book Now" button at the top of this page, or click the link below and book your appointment... quickly, before they're gone!

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Diary of A Massage Student
Final class for Quarter 1

You know it's a test day when you can hear the scritch scratch of nail filing while watching sequence videos.

10 min til test time...

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Therapy Thursdays:

Thursday's class for quarter 1 is actually called Ethics and Communication, where we explore and discuss professional ethics, policies, learning and communicating styles, and keeping and maintaining healthy boundries.

It's also the day we each get to look into our souls and express some therapeutic tears.
I love my massage school family. I'm sure our sharing of deep personal values and being REALLY vulnerable is due HUGELY in part to our whole hearted teacher Lisa Nelson.

Lisa went on a much deserved Sabbatical the beginning of November. I'm looking forward to envisioning my practice (yeeep! 9 more months!) with our new teacher Darin but I can feel we plan to hold space for Lisa.

Before she went she left this story, ripe with life wisdom. The story was about a friend of hers that went up into a glider for the first time, this seemingly thin and un-motored toy. Her friend described the experience as strangely silent as she pulled the lever to release them from the plane dragging them. Soaring in the quiet, they looked for updrafts of warm air to ascend higher.
But not to stay there, since the higher you go, the less air there is to breath.

Much of this feels real for me now; as Lisa told the story, we in our training will want to seek out moments of uplift, but we can't stay in these places, otherwise we become unfocused and don't move forward.

And when we experience air sickness/life sickness/school sickness, we need to know when to scoot our butts back and plant our feet.

Quarter 1 is about a week away from being over.
I can feel the light headedness of gaining air and momentum. And I know at some point very soon I'm gonna need to plant my feet...

Warmly, Ashlen

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Diary of a Massage Student:
Week 9

My name is Ashlen, and I'm a Fall student of the Professional Liscensing Program at Discoverypoint. I can't believe it's over half way through my first quarter! The first 8 weeks felt like a blur of terminology and proper body mechanics. How often I've muttered "bolster!" when I've forgotten to remove the it.

It's also a relief to finally feel like my hands aren't two alien creatures when I un-drap and massage my fellow students. This work is hard, but in this community it is rich and worthwhile. I was told I'd get really close with my class and by golly, they were right!

So. If you've ever wondered "what's it like to learn professional massage?" or "how do you keep your hands from hurting?" or "what else goes into this 'healing stuff'?" I hope this provides a window.

The students of Fall 2017 have our sights on next Summer graduation. You are welcome to come along for this soul ride!

Warmly, Ash

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Things You Should Know About Becoming A Licensed Massage Therapist In Seattle Washington

Things You Should Know About Becoming A Licensed Massage Therapist In Seattle Washington

 

If you wish to practice as a massage therapist and you are not quite sure of how to get started, this article will provide you useful and insightful tips towards kick-starting your massage therapy training.

 

The benefits of therapeutic massages to the body are virtually endless. Not only does the physical body benefit from the therapy; it has a positive effect on the mind as well. People who have made regular massages a part of their routine, are known to have higher energy levels, greater flexibility, good joints, and more mobility. Little wonder why massage schools are becoming increasingly popular and offer a rewarding career choice and occupation.

 

Your training as a therapist will cover several topics; many of which are related to the human anatomy and physiology, especially the skeletal, muscular and facial systems. This knowledge is absolutely necessary for prospective massage therapists because they need to know the possible reactions of different parts of the body when they are massaged. The same massage technique cannot be applied to different parts of the body, hence the need to understand the human anatomy. Other topics that are covered include kinesiology and pathology.

 

In Seattle, licensed massage therapist schools tend to focus on the teaching the fundamentals of the most common forms of massage, such as Swedish, Myofaciall, Neuromuscular, Reflexology, and the Trager Approach, to name a few. Having a working knowledge of these different forms of massage therapy greatly benefits a therapist in catering to a wide range of customers by offering a wide range of services. This also increases the earning potential of the therapist.

 

An important consideration for anyone interested in becoming a massage therapist is the state where you intend to set up your practice. In Washington, all massage therapists are required to be licensed by the state, and must graduate from a Board of Health approved massage school first before qualifying for the licensing exam. Once a licensed massage therapist, you must maintain your license with required continuing education course work, and meet the professional and ethical standards of all health care professionals.  The state Massage Board, a branch of the state Board of Health, is responsible for monitoring all this.

 

Majority of the massage therapy programs available today also prepare the student to become nationally certified. So once you are a Licensed Washington Massage Therapist , you may choose to become nationally accredited, which can help you find jobs in the massage industry anywhere in the United States and internationally.

 

The possibilities are endless when it comes to job opportunities as a massage therapist. You can choose self-employment by taking on your own clients at a home office or an ‘out-call’ practice, or be an employee working in a spa or health clinic, or combine your practice as self-employed and employee.  You’re the boss, so if all this sounds appealing, get busy and check out DiscoveryPoint School of Massage in Seattle.

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