We're SO PROUD of our evening program graduates! Such an intelligent, fun, inquisitive, lively, and personable group! Truly beautiful human beings -- and truly capable therapists!

Watch out world, they're on fire and ready to make a difference.
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Diary of a Massage Student

The End of Quarter Two

Dear Diary,
Here we are, cohort of Fall 2017, in the midst of mid winter break. Where did quarter two go?

Here is a snapshot. In words and pictures (can you match them?)
The time went into getting our hands on muscles, uncovering them and naming them, remembering their actions for tests. The time was filled with study nests for epic anatomy tests, bonding over bones, opening sheep hearts and brains and eyes to make real connections to our learning. It was filled with laughter, wonder, grief, and as many anatomy puns and jokes you could handle. (Heart and Soleus forever will stick with me. Why? Your calf muscles are considered a second heart, their movement pumping blood back to your heart.)

And possibly the most important, we spent this time opening our hearts to each other in each of our most vulnerable, worn down and doubtful learning place.

There are many stories I could tell, but I'll leave here a story of transition:

It was a class with Lisa Nelson, who if you remember was the instigator of our Therapy Thursdays back in quarter 1. When we came into class there was a beautiful red carpet from Afghanistan sitting in the middle of the room. She didn't talk about it till the end. When she did, she told the story of another hand knotted carpet from Persia.
The practice of hand knotting a 6 foot by 5 foot carpet takes months, a circle of carpet makers working together, hundreds of thousands of tiny knots. What happens if a mistake is made in the pattern? Is the knot taken out? The carpet abandoned?
These carpet makers have a mentor that keeps an eye on the progress, and makes suggestions in how to adjust the patten so it fits together, it blends in. Take a closer look. Can you spot the oddity?

This is our work. From here on out, our schooling and learning isn't about studying for tests and filling in the right multiple choice bubble. It's about blending the pieces together. And the mistakes become part of the glorious whole. And we will need to find those who can be our mentors.

Outcome Based Massage! Quarter 3! Here we come! Let the messy learning happen!

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Diary Of A Massage Student
Happy Valentines Day!

It's our Quarter 2 final for MSA comprehensive, which meant knowing details of over 60 muscles. My brain is mush, but I have coffee, and I think I passed.

Have a glorious day!!
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Calling all LMTs! We're on the lookout for professionals willing to receive massage in exchange for quality feedback! Can we count on you? A colleague? (Why not both?)

Two times available: 9:30am and 11:45am on Wed 2/21.

No cost to you, just be willing to give feedback as a client. Sessions will be held in a classroom setting, and supervised by faculty. Click the "Book Now" button and jump ahead to February 21 to reserve your spot.

We need 22 LMTs total, so tell your colleagues and bring a friend!

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Who's ready for a great massage? We have 2 openings for tonight's Student Clinic -- both at 5:30pm.

Just $25 -- cash or check only. Book now -- quick, before they're gone! Thanks, and we'll see you soon.

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How To Become A Licensed Massage Therapist

How To Become A Licensed Massage Therapist In Washington State

How To Become A Licensed Massage Therapist

So, you’re interested living the life of a healer and the vocation of a massage therapist has caught your fancy? You are now wondering where to start the process of getting yourself educated and licensed for the same? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we present you with a comprehensive list of requirements to see your dream vocation come true, in Washington State!


Long story short, if you want to qualify as a licensed massage therapist in the state of Washington, you need to show that you have successfully completed a massage program approved by the board or apprenticeship with trainers i.e. individuals who have at least five years’ worth of practice as a licensed massage therapist.


And there’s some good news! A law was passed effective from March 11, 2016, stating 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.


Now, back to basics.


Education: Program Requirements


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


  • 130 hrs. of physiology and anatomy. There is the additional requirement that a minimum of 40 hrs. of these 130 hrs. consist of kinesiology.
  • 50 hrs. of pathology, including training in indications and contraindications.
  • 265 hrs. of practice and theory of massage. These hours must include training in remedial movements, techniques, impact of techniques taught on various pathologies and ideal body mechanics of the massage practitioner. A maximum of 50 hrs. out of the 265 may be devoted to time in a student clinic. To be included in these hours is hydrotherapy, when relevant to the specific area of practice.
  • 55 hrs. 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 the above-mentioned 500 hrs. of training, the following are also required to attain your goal of becoming a licensed massage therapist:


  • Certification from the American Red Cross in first aid and from the American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
  • Four hours of contact classes for 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.


Completing Your Application: Washington State


You need to send in three copies of the filled in application form available here and each of the copies are to be secured in a three-ring binder. Only applications submitted in the format required by the board will be considered. Before approval, a site-review may be scheduled followed by periodic reviews afterwards. Also, the applications are to be submitted five weeks in advance. The decision of the board will be considered final.


Now that you’re privy to all the required information, we urge you to go ahead and fulfill your dream of becoming a licensed massage therapist! Here’s wishing you the very best in your endeavors!


For more information on how you can become a licensed massage therapist contact DiscoveryPoint School Of Massage.




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