Back to school–

So, you decide you want to be a massage therapist, you figure out what school you’re going to go to to get your training and you’re off to the races, right? After your 250-1300 hour course, which will likely take you a year or two (and cost a good bit more than you’d expect, trade […]

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What type of massage should you do?

When you first start thinking about being a massage therapist the question of what style of massage or bodywork to learn might not be at the top of your list. That list of modalities may even be longer than you’d realize just starting out. Glancing through just those starting with the letter “A” I found […]

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Do you like to travel ie: “In-Home” massages.

The pitfalls and rewards of doing out-call massage, sometimes called “in-home” massages are a relatively varied bag. I’ll start with the pros and work my way through the cons after. I’m writing this in the age of smart phones, so many of the irritations I had when I first started doing out-calls are now a […]

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Heaters, tables and floors, oh my!

There are many things worse in life, but for first world problems, being cold during your massage ranks right up there. The only concern is that for the massage therapist, dripping sweat on your clients rarely goes well for you or them. Keeping your clients warm and not roasting yourself while you’re working is a […]

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The policies of Late, Cancellations, No-Shows and Reminders

For those massage therapists lucky enough to have a front desk taking care of payments and such, or management setting policies, you’ll probably never have to worry about these issues. For the rest of us, I think this can be one of the stickiest wickets to deal with when it comes to our clients and […]

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Space, the not so final frontier:

If you’re working for yourself in any capacity, you’re going to be looking at places to work out of. From your clients living room to a spare bedroom or small studio in your own home, there are many things to consider when you put together your location. I’m going to list off a few things […]

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Being a male massage therapist…

I wanted to touch on the other side of being a male massage therapist. It is our job as massage therapists to create a safe space for our clients to receive massage in. This means paying attention to all the ways in which our clients might not feel safe. The categories of safety that spring […]

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The gender gaps in Massage

So here is a subject that may very well frustrate folks on both sides of the conversation. As a prelude to diving into some of the various gender gaps in the world of massage, let me me acknowledge my own personal opinions/beliefs. I believe that women in America make some percentage (the various arguments about […]

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Sheets and Oil/Lotion

When you go to get a massage, do you remember the room, the massage table, the oils or lotions used during your massage, or the fingernails of your massage therapist? The answer: you’ll remember whatever was uncomfortable or felt out of place. I’ll go more into room setup and furnishing at a later point, but […]

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The Tax Man Cometh

See a professional for your tax prep. Really. Everything else I have to say in this post is anecdotal experience and is not to be taken as tax advice. So at some point, you may decide to do some massage as an individual or sole proprietorship. What this means is that you no longer have […]

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