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by aloha_student
Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:32 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: Continuing education for sports massage
Replies: 5
Views: 7451

Re: Continuing education for sports massage

Getting your hands on many, many bodies in various stages of health, will give you a solid foundation for knowing what the range of "normal" motion is, how healthy tissue ought to respond, and just generally becoming so familiar with the state you are trying to help people reach or maintain, that i...
by aloha_student
Wed Mar 23, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: Continuing education for sports massage
Replies: 5
Views: 7451

Continuing education for sports massage

Has anyone taken online courses from Whitney Lowe's program, and if so, do you recommend it? I'm 2500 miles from any possibility of face-to-face education and my initial training (I finished and take the state exam next month!!!) was pretty superficial. I'm wondering about people's opinions of learn...
by aloha_student
Mon Jan 25, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: Foreign MT moving into the states
Replies: 8
Views: 5739

Re: Foreign MT moving into the states

Hello! I know this is a fairly old post, but I'm also working on moving back to New York and transferring my license so I will let you know what I know so far, in hopes you still check in to this thread sometimes. There is a school in upstate NY that takes anything transferrable and charges you for ...
by aloha_student
Sun Jan 03, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: Off the Table Topics
Topic: Roger Angell
Replies: 1
Views: 2977

Re: Roger Angell

This is a great article, thanks for posting. I love the paragraph about all the friends who take care of him now - NYC can be a harsh place but I love it because people take care of each other.

BTW, are you still in Hilo? I'm in Honolulu.
by aloha_student
Sat Nov 21, 2015 9:27 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: knots
Replies: 1
Views: 2015

knots

This might be a really stupid question, but how do you handle "knots" in your clients' muscles? I continue to be amazed at how easy it sometimes is to get hypertonic or "tight" muscles to relax, but I have not been able to figure out what the best way to handle a "knot" is. I would love to hear from...
by aloha_student
Sat Oct 10, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: question about deep tissue
Replies: 9
Views: 7069

Re: question about deep tissue

As an aside, I am amazed that you are so early in your schooling and doing as much as 6 massages in a day. You're not the only one, Marion! I'm actually starting to have a hard time with body mechanics, so although this thread isn't exactly on topic, can I ask for tips? We haven't talked much about...
by aloha_student
Sat Oct 10, 2015 3:44 pm
Forum: Introductions and Birthdays
Topic: Hello, and thank you
Replies: 1
Views: 3380

Hello, and thank you

Hello! I'm a massage student in Hawai'i. I've actually been on the board for a couple of months, but I wanted to introduce myself so that I can say a collective thank-you to all of the great massage therapists who have been answering my questions so thoroughly and thoughtfully. I really appreciate i...
by aloha_student
Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: question about deep tissue
Replies: 9
Views: 7069

question about deep tissue

We started learning deep tissue at school. Earlier, a student asked one of the teachers if there's a difference between firm pressure and deep tissue, and she said not really, that the terms are nebulous. But the teacher who's doing the deep tissue class said that deep tissue is using a combination ...
by aloha_student
Fri Aug 28, 2015 6:56 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: When do you use the side-lying position? And body mechanics!
Replies: 3
Views: 2390

When do you use the side-lying position? And body mechanics!

We started a pre-natal massage portion at school, and I was excited to acquire a new tool by having the client in the side-lying position, but now I'm not sure. Many of the strokes we were taught are done with the hand in a claw-like position (all fingers flexed) with firm pulling instead of pushing...
by aloha_student
Fri Aug 28, 2015 6:49 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: How much should I learn in school?
Replies: 5
Views: 2575

Re: How much should I learn in school?

There are many reasons for muscle stripping, including, but not limited to: creating glide in the fascia between muscles, locating the tighter bands and focusing on encouraging relaxation, and not least - it feels good. You work in the direction of muscle fiber because we've arbitrarily decided to ...
by aloha_student
Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:26 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body hair?
Replies: 17
Views: 6890

Re: How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body ha

Interesting. So for him, the lotion is grabby. Did you say what the lotion base is? Now I'm curious to compare it with what I'm currently using, which is fractionated coconut based and also gets a bit sticky. I'm not crazy about it. We use Biotone Deep-Tissue Massage Lotion, and when I read your po...
by aloha_student
Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:40 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body hair?
Replies: 17
Views: 6890

Re: How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body ha

maestra wrote: Hope we can be a source of encouragement for you as you complete your initial massage education.
You are, absolutely! Mahalo nui loa, and I hope to be able to return the favor as I gain experience over the years.
by aloha_student
Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:36 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body hair?
Replies: 17
Views: 6890

Re: How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body ha

Here's the good thing: if you develop decent technique, particularly IRT respecting the direction of hair growth, MOST men with significant body hair will not have any sensitivity issues anywhere except possibly on the upper chest. Thank you for all of the great information - I've recruited some ha...
by aloha_student
Sat Aug 22, 2015 5:49 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body hair?
Replies: 17
Views: 6890

Re: How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body ha

And I'm just going to put this out there because I work in spa... Um.. has he considered waxing? LOL We have quite a few guys that come in for a back, chest or upper arm wax. The reason I mention this is.. well, he knows the body hair could be an issue. He could just grab a razor and take care of i...
by aloha_student
Fri Aug 21, 2015 3:31 pm
Forum: County, State & Country Requirements, Legislation and Politics
Topic: Anyone switch your license to NY state?
Replies: 2
Views: 2284

Anyone switch your license to NY state?

Hi - I'm originally from NYC but have been living in Hawai'i for some time and am finishing massage school here. Eventually, though, I really want to return to the city. I know that NYS has a very difficult process, and I've had several conversations with the licensing board and a few schools. I'm h...
by aloha_student
Fri Aug 21, 2015 11:11 am
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: How much should I learn in school?
Replies: 5
Views: 2575

Re: How much should I learn in school?

In my case, the first half of massage school was mostly learning by mimic. Effleurage, petrissage, percussion, etc. This is actually really important, because learning to induce relaxation, by means of a rote swedish routine, is foundational to you being able to observe what's happening in the body...
by aloha_student
Wed Aug 19, 2015 7:51 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: How much should I learn in school?
Replies: 5
Views: 2575

How much should I learn in school?

At my massage school, we memorize routines to do in the clinic, but we don't talk much about how or why each stroke is done. We spent a little time covering the basics of effleurage, petrissage, etc. but for the most part we spend class time timing sequences to make sure everyone does them exactly t...
by aloha_student
Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:12 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body hair?
Replies: 17
Views: 6890

Re: How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body ha

Thank you for your help, pueppi! I appreciate all the links and I'll give your suggestions a try.
by aloha_student
Mon Aug 10, 2015 5:18 pm
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body hair?
Replies: 17
Views: 6890

Re: How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body ha

Thank you! Both of you mentioned jojoba oil so I'll definitely experiment with it. Do you usually put your oils in a pump? I haven't used oils yet. Jonathan, you are probably right about yanking my chain - my teacher gave me a doom and gloom speech about all my male clients leaving after blaming me ...
by aloha_student
Sun Aug 09, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: Student Forum
Topic: How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body hair?
Replies: 17
Views: 6890

How to work on men who are ultra-sensitive about body hair?

Hello - I'm a new student at massage therapy school and I'm seeking the advice of those more experienced than me. There's a student in my class who is extremely sensitive about his body hair, especially on the back. He doesn't deliver his feedback in a productive or polite manner, which leads me to ...

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