What do you specialize in?

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What do you specialize in?

Prenatal
7
4%
Sports
11
7%
Chair or Seated
3
2%
Relaxation
27
16%
Thai
6
4%
NMT or Deep Tissue
38
23%
Pain Relief
28
17%
Energy work
5
3%
Watsu
0
No votes
Aromatherapy
2
1%
Other (please let us know what it is)
40
24%
 
Total votes : 167

Re: What do you specialize in?

Postby athletica on Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:24 pm

I echo the same thoughts as many previous posters. I don't consider myself a specialist. I don't think one approach will be the best for each patient.
I love assessment if that is considered a technique. I love working with patients that have longstanding issues.
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Re: What do you specialize in?

Postby Calippo on Sun Jan 22, 2012 1:59 pm

I am a clinical myotherapist in Australia, and currently work in a Mental Health specialty (using many types of bodywork to create somato-emotional release and psychological change through stimulation of biochemical response mechanisms and reduction of pain reporting).

Within my wider practice my specialty is Myofascial Dry-Needling (I am Australian and her we can practice MDN).. I worked very successfully in Women's Health and Paediatrics with this modality, making significant changes to pelvic functions, continence, etc..

In relation to being 'a specialist', it actually makes very good business sense to focus on one area and become highly proficient and 'known' for your work in that area. By being a generalist you will see variety, however people get an 'I can get this type of treatment anywhere' attitude.. So MANY practitioners struggle to make ends meet and that is because they do not have a focus. To be the best practitioner you could be, it pays both financially and professionally to choose an area you are passionate about and learn everything you can about it. From there you will know without a doubt that you are doing justice for your patients AND you can use it as a way to increase income through patient numbers, allied and medical professional referrals, etc. I used to be a generalist, but trust me, now I am more specialised I feel happier, vastly more knowledgable and experienced, and I have medical doctors, DO's, DC's and physical therapists referring to me for my high level diagnostics (I pick things up that they do not)...
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Re: What do you specialize in?

Postby athletica on Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:07 am

In relation to being 'a specialist', it actually makes very good business sense to focus on one area and become highly proficient and 'known' for your work in that area. By being a generalist you will see variety, however people get an 'I can get this type of treatment anywhere' attitude.. So MANY practitioners struggle to make ends meet and that is because they do not have a focus. To be the best practitioner you could be, it pays both financially and professionally to choose an area you are passionate about and learn everything you can about it. From there you will know without a doubt that you are doing justice for your patients AND you can use it as a way to increase income through patient numbers, allied and medical professional referrals, etc. I used to be a generalist, but trust me, now I am more specialised I feel happier, vastly more knowledgable and experienced, and I have medical doctors, DO's, DC's and physical therapists referring to me for my high level diagnostics (I pick things up that they do not)...[/quote]

Makes perfect sense.

I know when I opened up a "sports massage therapy" clinic I was terrified the market was too small. Within that umbrella of "sports massage" I have therapists that specialize in certain techniques and areas of the body. We have our therapists that are good with shoulders, knees, etc.

My problem is when a therapist likes a certain discipline they tend to not think outside the box. I think it's sometime dangerous when your the myofascial therapist, ART therapist, manipulation therapist. Much better to be the foot specialist, shoulder specialist, etc.
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Re: What do you specialize in?

Postby Elliemare on Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:43 am

So MANY practitioners struggle to make ends meet and that is because they do not have a focus. To be the best practitioner you could be, it pays both financially and professionally to choose an area you are passionate about and learn everything you can about it.


I'm beginning to agree with that. I've been a generalist for too long. Frankly I'm tired and bored with it and think that my lack of focus has a lot to do with my feelings of burnout. I'm trying to find a focus and a specialty, I just haven't quite found it yet! I do plan on becoming a specialist in something though, its time.
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Re: What do you specialize in?

Postby roeret on Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:32 am

I can an do loosen all muscle tensions and then you can call it what you want!

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Re: What do you specialize in?

Postby holley on Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:29 pm

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Re: What do you specialize in?

Postby MzTamesha on Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:25 am

I graduate in December. I want to specialize in Thia Massage And Massage on Kids with Disabilities...
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Re: What do you specialize in?

Postby sportmassage on Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:25 am

I am trying to specialize in injury care and improving performance in athletes. I would like eventually for the majority of my clients to be strength sport athletes.
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Re: What do you specialize in?

Postby JasonE on Sun Apr 21, 2013 12:11 am

I have been known for having several "specialties". As my practice has changed, so has my reputation.

When I first started practicing, I was known as the guy who could go "deeper" than most other MTs, and my trigger point work was both feared and popular. :twisted:

Since then, I've learned a lot and the way I practice is very different. Since I work with a variety of client types, I emphasize different skill sets depending upon who I am interacting with. Here are some of the different things I am "known" for, depending upon who you ask.
    Active Isolated Stretching
    Sports Massage
    Orthopedic Massage
    Positional Release
    "Deep Tissue"
    "Medical Massage"

Now I am becoming known as a practitioner of Dermoneuromodulation (DNM). The DNM article published in the May/June 2013 issue of Massage & Bodywork Magazine is good press. :smt002

Don't let yourself be defined by the things that other people think define you. Pursue your passion and let your work and reputation change with it.

Right now my passion is pain relief and restoration/improvement of function, no matter who I am working with. I use a variety of skill sets to meet the needs of a diverse clientele. My "specialties" are merely small chunks of my true practice.
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Re: What do you specialize in?

Postby RobertGWellness on Fri May 17, 2013 4:30 pm

Thai massage specifically. I add trigger point and some other work in depending on what I think people need help with but for body mechanics nothing beats Thai massage.

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Re: What do you specialize in?

Postby zenlotus on Sat Jun 15, 2013 2:54 pm

Virtually all of the work I do is for pain relief or prenatal, but do get occasional requests for relieving stress. I do a lot of deep tissue, but incorporate many modalities such as myofascial release, trigger point, Thai massage, Shiatsu, hot stones and also do Reiki and guided meditations for Chakra balancing. What is incorporated into the session is based on client need and preference. I am leaning more and more towards medical work and am attending a training conference this summer for oncology massage with MD Anderson. I hope to be accepting insurance by the end of this year so I will be accessible to more people in need.
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Re: What do you specialize in?

Postby relaxgal on Wed Mar 26, 2014 12:28 pm

You should allow more options in the voting list. Many therapists are specialized in more than one technique. Cheers!
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Re: What do you specialize in?

Postby Hydrotherm Therapist on Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:48 am

I specialize in Hydrotherm; a massage carried out on two cushions of water which facilitates an amazing three dimensional massage. I discovered it when I was suffering from repetitive strain injury as this technique has been designed to remove the risk of RSI. I love it and my clients love it!
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Re: What do you specialize in?

Postby Sophia24 on Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:08 am

I am specialize in deep tissue sports massage.
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