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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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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