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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Massage Therapy Licensing 2017

Massage Therapy Licensing 2017

Massage Therapy Licensing in Washington is now simpler than ever for 2017! If you are interested in becoming a licensed massage therapist, Washington State is the place to see your dream come true. If you want to qualify as a licensed massage therapist in the state of Washington, you will need to successfully complete a massage licensing program from a school that is approved by the Washington State Board of Massage, a division of the Washington State Department of Health. Read on to find out how easy it is to get a massage therapy license.

 

Education: Program Requirements

 

A total of 500 hours of training is the minimum requirement set by the Washington State Board of Massage. These hours are broken up as follows:

 

  • 130 hours of physiology and anatomy with at least 40 of these to be kinesiology.
  • 50 hours of pathology, including training in indications and contraindications.
  • 265 hours of practice and theory of massage, to include techniques, remedial movements, body mechanics of the practitioner and the impact of techniques on pathologies. A maximum of 50 of these hours may include time spent in a student clinic. To be included in these hours is hydrotherapy when relevant to the specific area of practice.
  • 55 hours of business/clinical practices with minimal inclusion of record keeping, hygiene, professional ethics, medical terminology, client interaction, human behavior and local and state laws.

 

Apart from these 500 hours of training, you must also show proof of the following to attain your goal of becoming a licensed massage therapist in Washington:

 

  • Certification in American Red Cross first aid and American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
  • Four hours of training in HIV-AIDS, focused on the following topics:

 

Epidemiology and etiology, infection control and transmission, counseling and testing, clinical manifestations, as well as, their treatment, technical and legal issues, as well as, psychosocial issues. This training is provided by local community colleges and hospitals.

 

There’s some good news those who already hold a massage license from another state. A recently passed law (effective from March 11, 2016), states that those candidates who hold an out-of-state massage license, which has not been subject to any disciplinary action elsewhere, can apply for what is being termed “licensure by endorsement”. Read more about this here.

 

DiscoveryPoint School of Massage offers a 750 Professional Licensing Program that prepares graduates to take the Washington State Licensing Exam and National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork to begin their practice as a professional massage therapist. Their seasoned faculty helps to nurture and refine students’ clinical skills including communication, assessment, treatment, client education, and documentation.  A student / teacher ratio of 14 to 1 in all hands-on classes ensures students receive quality feedback on a regular basis.

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