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 Techniques 101

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Massage Techniques 101

The most common massage technique is the Swedish massage, named after Pehr Henrik Ling, who published a medical style of massage movements in the 19th century that were adopted by the Americans years later. It is the basic Western-style massage based on the ideas of anatomy and physiology in which the sessions last from 50 to 90 minutes. Techniques can be slow and gentle or strong and invigorating and may include all of the most common techniques of movement along the body. Proper mechanics for the Big 3 Swedish massage strokes include effleurage, petrissage, and friction, which are common for a professional Swedish massage therapy session.

 

The effleurage is the fundamental movement in the Swedish massage technique. It is a hand-over-hand, smooth stroke that glides over the back, legs, arms, and chest. The pressure can be either light or heavy on the muscles. To knead, or petrissage, is to squeeze the muscle tissue between the thumb and fingertip in a rhythm on the bigger muscles, such as the thighs, shoulders, and buttocks. We know friction the noun form as any hostility. In massage lingo, friction is an act of separation of an adhesion in the tissue, notably with deep tissue massage. Using the thumbs, the massage therapist moves around circularly, going deep into the muscles and tendons to clear the adhesion.

 

Stretching is a technique common in both Swedish and Asian massage procedures. Here, the therapist moves the four limbs into different positions and stretches them in order to loosen tissues and joints on the legs and arms. The percussion technique usually takes the form of rapid tapping movements from the wrist in which the body is struck with soft blows from each hand alternately. Percussion movements are generally performed for relatively short but even sequences and durations over specific areas of the body.

 

“The mind cannot forget what the hands have learned,” said John Zahourek. This is a mindset to have in training in order to keep the psychological stance of a therapist in check in doing the job flawlessly. The touch of the therapist matters for each client, and it all goes back to how they perform each technique to fix a person’s aches and problems along their body. Massage is a temporary departure from reality.

 

At Discoverypoint School of Massage, you will learn basic to advanced techniques of therapeutic massage that licensed body practitioners effectively use. Our classes explain in detail how to succeed in this capacity with the professionalism needed. Massages are popular to get because of the medical uses for those who are injured, stressed, or have any mental fatigue that can affect people in the term long. There isn’t just one massage or just one procedure done for a massage. To be proficient and knowledgeable of all techniques is the goal of a professional licensed massage therapist.

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