Massage therapy is a field where person-to-person contact is
essential, but it isn't limited to the massage itself. That contact
happens from the minute the client phones for their first
appointment, when the therapist greets them at their session, and
how a therapist handles client questions throughout and after the
massage. Good communication skills are paramount to creating a
positive massage experience for the client and ultimately a
successful career for the therapist.
That's why National University is proud that several of its
staff and faculty recently attended courses on building
communication skills in massage students. Associated Bodywork and
Massage Professionals (ABMP) sponsored the workshop as part of
its "Instructor on the Front Lines" program.
NUHS instructors: (Back Row L-R) Joan Spencer, Krista Soli
Jennifer Dexheimer, Candy Washington, Dr. Nicole
(kneeling) Dr. Patricia Coe, Dr. Heather Wisniewski
"We explored topics such as communication styles, avoiding
communication blockers, and the importance of developing active
communication skills," says NUHS instructor
Candy Washington. "For example, some students are so accustomed
to texting as their main communication vehicle, they might forget
the importance of making eye contact with their clients."
"I really enjoyed the workshop on teaching methods where we
learned about story-telling and role-playing in the massage
classroom," Candy adds. "I can't wait to try role-playing in my
"Teaching our students to be better communicators will help them
forge better relationships both with future clients and other
health care providers, potentially building better inter-referral
networks. Better communication training is a great investment we
can bring back to our classrooms."
Learn more about the advantages NUHS offers to its massage
students at our upcoming massage
therapy information night.
night's Massage Therapy
Information Night highlighted a visit from our alumnus, Peg
Ortega. Peg treated the guests to an interactive demonstration of
several massage techniques used by therapists. Each guest followed
Peg's lead and performed the techniques on their own arms. This was
a great way for future students to experience the sensations and
benefits of just a few of the techniques they will be learning in
Another alumnus, Matt Clemente, took our guests on a tour to see
one of our 30 cadavers. Since we teach our anatomy and
physiology on cadavers, it's important for future students to
have that initial experience. Looking at a muscle on a human being
as opposed to a textbook gives our students an advantage like no
other. This is just one of the reasons our graduates excel when taking their
National Board exams and are sought after therapists.
Using the cadaver, Matt pointed out how successful massage can
be in treating afflictions such as carpel tunnel syndrome and
frozen shoulders. By trying a less intrusive option, some clients
realize relief and can avoid surgery.
Dr. Randy Swenson, vice president for academic services,
finished the evening with an overview of the curriculum. He
pointed out the importance of learning anatomy as a foundation, a
variety of techniques to make a well-rounded therapist, and the
business elements National includes in its program to produce a
It was a great event! The next scheduled Information Night is
July 16th. Reservations are
accepted online or by calling 630-889-6566.
Two NUHS massage therapy grads, Janet Ziegler ('09) and Dorothy
Topounova ('09), were featured in a recent news segment on the
healing power of touch.
Here is a link to the full article on "The Science of Touch," while below is the news
segment from WGN's Living Healthy Chicago.
The best news is that Janet Zeigler also teaches in the massage therapy
program at NUHS, offering a class on healing touch for special
populations, including massage therapy in hospice settings.
Bringing massage therapy to wider populations, such as those in
hospice or suffering from dementia, is just one way our grads are
defining the future of integrated health care.
The American Massage Therapy Association has new Career Guidance and Job Bank resources on its website that can help
you explore your options as a massage therapist.
One of our favorite pages under Career Guidance is the Workplace Options page. Here, you can learn
more about the many massage settings you can choose from once you
have your license, such as: franchises, fitness ad sports centers,
medical and health care settings, self-employment and spas. There's
a downloadable PDF for each option describing what you'll need to
learn, what you can expect, wage estimates, and more!
There is even a Career Path Quiz that can analyze your
personal interests, preferences, work style, and make suggestions
as to which massage therapy venues might be best for you.
So check it out, and then check out our NUHS massage therapy
program and so you can apply and get on your way to an exciting
The U.S. News and World Report online money and career guide has
great news for those considering a career in massage therapy. It
ranks massage therapist as #17 on a list of Best Health Care Jobs.
Furthermore, it ranks massage therapists as #27 on their list of
"100 Best Jobs" overall.
The article discusses the pros and cons of massage therapy, as
well as training requirements and salary data. According to their
data, the median salary for a massage therapist is currently
$35,970, while the upper 10% of massage professionals earn $70,140.
Furthermore, it states that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
predicts that jobs for massage therapists will grow 22.6% between
2012 and 2022, adding 30,000 more professionals to this field.
Read the U.S. News article here, and then learn
how you can get started on your new massage therapy career at National University of Health
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