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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Advantages To Practicing The Trager Approach

Trager Approach Certification Seattle Washington

Advantages To Practicing The Trager Approach

There are numerous advantages to becoming a certified Trager practitioner when you decide to enter the profession of a Licensed Massage Therapist. One practice that will differentiate you from other massage therapist is by learning and mastering the somatic practice of the Trager Approach. Developed by Dr. Milton Trager over a period of 65 years, this innovative approach blends touch, movement, and reading the client’s habitual movement patterns. The Trager Approach is very effective in easing a wide range of conditions and can aid in healing body ailments comfortably.

 

There are quite a few massage schools in the Seattle area that offer the Trager Program to prepare for certification as a Trager Practitioner. Through a combination of classroom instruction, supervised practice, tutorials, and fieldwork, students experience, practice, and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes central to being a Trager practitioner. The Trager Approach emphasizes both the passive aspect which is referred to as the tablework, and the active aspect of the Approach which is called Mentastics®. Mentastics® is a term coined by the Tragers to describe mind-guided movements that are meant to manifest freely and with little effort. These movements form a passive individualized performance of massage sessions which are used to link the mind and body for optimal performance. Movements are never forced so that there is no induced pain or discomfort to the client.

 

A practitioner who utilizes the Trager Approach moves their client in ways the client naturally moves, and with a more non-intrusive quality of touch, allows the recipient to release deep-seated physical and mental patterns, deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity. As with all body-centered therapies, the success of Trager Therapy is dependent on the skills of the practitioner.

 

Thus, incorporating the skills of the Trager Approach to massage gives the licensed professional massage therapist a unique directive in that they find themselves responding more deeply to what they are feeling in the client rather than following a protocol, a skill that engages the client as a partner in the healing process. Licensed massage therapists that become certified in the Trager Approach will not only help give their clients a better massage experience, but will find a new level of joy in their work and advance their knowledge, reputation and professional skills tremendously.

 

Getting certified as a Trager Practitioner is an achievement that is highly recognized worldwide in the licensed massage therapy field. To become involved and certified in Tragerwork, a trainee must first undergo Trager therapy sessions themselves, and then complete more than 250 hours of training which can take one to two years. Finding a reputable school that offers Trager curriculum, as well as, continuing education will give you an advance skill that will excel your licensed massage therapist career.

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