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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Why Study Massage Here?

Important Considerations For Anyone Contemplating a Career in Massage

A Little Background

An Introduction

DiscoveryPoint School of Massage is a vibrant professional education community that offers residents of the greater Seattle area the best in customized massage therapy training and education. Whether you are a new or transfer student, at DiscoveryPoint, you can develop and refine the knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary for success as a massage therapist.

All Discoverypoint instructors and staff work together to create a warm and inviting atmosphere that supports each individual in their pursuit of excellence in the practice of their chosen manual therapy. We look forward to helping you discover your path, yourself and a great career in the field of therapeutic massage and the somatic arts.

What To Expect

Your education will include course work in anatomy, physiology, pathology, massage theory and practice, communication, ethics, and business all based on current industry standards. Our commitment is to fully prepare you to attain professional licensure and thrive in your new career.

For LMPs

We also offer continuing education to support the professional development of all LMPs. Whether you are seeking a weekend CE class or a more extensive educational experience, you will find a wide variety of coursework to help you deepen and expand your current practice.

Getting Started – Choosing Massage & Your School

Choosing a massage school is an important decision, and like any other “big ticket” item you’re considering, there are some key things to look for:

  • Style and features – It is helpful to know what type of program you want when looking for a massage school. Do you want a program that offers extensive hours of training, or one that just covers the minimum state requirements? A program that offers a sound foundation in a few common techniques, or one that includes a little bit of everything?
  • Comfort –Consider the atmosphere of a school. Does it feel like a comfortable place to learn? Does it feel inviting? Institutional? Challenging? Interesting? Can you picture yourself learning there for six months to a year?
  • Service and support – When investing a sizeable amount of time and money we all want good service; to be assured there is ready support if we run into challenges. Be sure you believe a school’s faculty and staff is able to support your individual learning needs and goals. Ask some questions about their experience and methods of working with different learning styles. Check if they offer tutoring and other learning support in addition to regular classroom instruction. Consider what type of graduate services and job placement they offer.
  • Cost – We all look at the bottom line. Some of us are willing and able to pay more for an education while others just want the least expensive, or shortest program that will get them licensed. While cost of the program can be a deciding factor, it is also important to consider value.  Be sure to figure out the dollars per hour of training so that you are comparing the actual cost of any program. And remember, it is often worth spending a little more money for the right program.

When considering a school, be sure to think about your reasons for going to massage school:

  • Identify your top priorities – People have different priorities. Some of us want to be assured there is plenty of support to be successful. Others know it is important to have choices and options that provide them opportunities to direct and tailor their educational experience. Be sure you know what is most important for you. What are your interests? Your abilities? Your challenges? Remember, no one program is perfect, but one is the best fit for you.
  • Comparison shop – There are several options available. Be sure to visit the schools. Don’t shut out an option because it is a bit farther away, may cost a bit more than you think you may want to spend, or because they don’t offer financial aid. Remember, massage school is the foundation that will support your new professional life. Build a solid foundation.
  • Ask for the opinion of others – The perspectives of others can be really helpful. Seek out licensed massage professionals and ask their opinion. Ask your family and friends, the people who know you best. They can often offer insights you may not have considered, and be objective in ways you can’t.
  • Take a test drive – Real life personal experience cannot be underestimated. Take an introductory course like Discoverypoint’s Novice class to get a feel for the style of the school. And, for any licensing program you are considering, ask to sit in on a class or two.

Our Graduates Say It Best…