October 1, 2013

Why You Should Want To Know How To Be A Massage Therapist

Filed under: continuing ed,massage — Jennifer @ 8:53 am


Few jobs out there are not only financially rewarding, but personally rewarding as well. One of these such jobs is one we’ll discuss in this article. It’s one that you could learn to do as a hobby to have your friends and/or significant others love you, or you could do it to make lucrative income from it.

Either way, when you know how to be a massage therapist, good things happen.

You see, there’s a slew of benefits that come with learning how to give massages. You give people all kinds of gifts, including:

-Help people recover from (or prepare for) strenuous workouts. This is an amazing gift to share – one that people very much appreciate.

Improve the condition of the skin. Being that skin is our largest organ, you can only imagine the benefits that occur from this.

Enhance joint flexibility.

Lessens depression and anxiety – This alone is well worth giving a massage. How nice is it to do something natural versus taking commonly prescribed pills?

Reduce cramping.

Improve circulation – massages help flow oxygen and nutrients in through your tissues and vital organs.

Relieves migraine pain – again, fantastic for not having to deal with commonly prescribed medication.

Promotes new tissue generation (including lessening scar tissue and stretch marks). Tell this to any woman and see how quickly she wants her massage. :)

As you can see, there are tons of benefits in learning how to be a massage therapist – or even just learning how to do it for your loved ones.

August 30, 2013

How To Choose Massage Therapy Schools

Filed under: continuing ed — Jennifer @ 8:54 am


There are over 1500 massage therapy schools in the US alone. There are no rating systems or help for choosing the best massage school. What is the best massage school to some is really not good for others. So the best thing to do is to find the massage school that is best for you and your needs. In 1992, there were only 190 massage schools. The phenomenal growth in massage schools has been brought on by the demand for more massage therapists.

There are 4 basic different types of massage therapy schools:

  • Career training institutions: These are schools that offer more than just massage therapy programs. They will offer things like medical record keeping, cosmetology and other programs too. Most are all accredited by the US Department of Education. Everest College is an example.
  • Community /Technical Colleges: These community colleges or technical colleges that are also usually regionally accredited. They usually have other programs besides massage.
  • Corporate Massage Schools: Usually large companies that offer massage therapy and spa programs. They usually have many campuses in the area or in different cities. Each campus has their own program that has to be accredited (if they are accredited). Cortiva (now Steiner Education) is one of them.
  • Sole ProprietorSchools: These are individually owned and operated massage schools and various spa programs. These are also what I call the ‘mom and pop’ massage schools as they are owned by committed and usually very experienced massage professionals or those who really believe in massage. Because of the high cost of being accredited, there are only about 24% of these programs that are accredited. Many of these schools are also being bought up by larger corporate massage schools.

Each type of school has their advantages and disadvantages. Also, with the number of massage therapy schools increasing so dramatically in such a short time has also brought with it a shortage of quality teachers. Often recent graduates are asked to teach classes. There are not programs in place to help teach the teachers how to teach.

Massage Therapy Schools are in the business of getting new students to fill their classes. Since massage is such a personal business that attracts caring people, what is most important is getting a quality education and more one on one training. Hands on experience and more individualized attention can usually be given in a smaller, privately owned massage school.

You can tell from the massage therapy schools website just what their intention is. If it flashes and spins around and avoids answering the most basic questions like “How much does your program cost?” or “How much will I be able to make as a massage therapist?” or it doesn’t answer questions through email or phone calls and makes you have to go into the school for an appointment – you should use caution. They are trying to sell you on their school.

A good massage school will just lay out all of your options and information and let you sit in on classes as well as talk to graduates and students. You won’t have to be ‘sold’. You will just know in your heart if it is the right fit for you and the massage school!

Source:  Massage Career Guides

August 16, 2013

Continuing Education Can Help Attract Specific Clients

Filed under: continuing ed — Jennifer @ 8:09 am


If you happen to work in an area where you are free to select your own massage continuing education classes, you may wonder how to choose the best ones for you and your practice. You can select continuing education classes based on the kinds of clients you enjoy working with or would like to work with in the future.

For example, if you work full time in a general massage therapy studio—meaning you do not see the same type of clients and conditions day in and day out—then there is a good chance you have a bit of experience working with a wide array of clients. In this case, you can draw on your experiences as you pick and choose your continuing education courses.

Continuing with this example, a massage therapist in a diverse and general practice may see clients who are old and young, athletic and out of shape, looking to heal an injury or simply looking to mentally unwind. Reflecting on all of these experiences, the professional massage therapist may recognize a pattern that conveys she is most enthusiastic and excited when a certain type of client with a certain kind of issue or condition comes through the door.

Taking this knowledge into the realm of continuing education, one could then base his or her choices about which continuing education class to take on that pattern of enthusiasm that was recognized in daily practice. Using our example, perhaps the massage therapist found herself feeling most passionate when working with athletic clients who were looking to stay in optimal shape, by preventing and healing any possible injury.

Noticing her own enthusiasm about this specific client base, the professional massage therapist could then begin searching for continuing education classes that deal with topics related to working with athletic clients. This might be a continuing education class on basic sports massage concepts and techniques, or a continuing education course on how to address a common issue seen among athletes.

In the huge industry of continuing education for massage therapists and bodyworkers, one should be able to find a continuing education class best suited to his or her newfound passion, whether that class is general or incredibly specific. Many practitioners may choose to start out with a basic or general continuing education course, to confirm they are indeed interested in this kind of work, and then proceed to take more specific and advanced continuing education classes.

It is important to remember, however, that quite a few touch therapists do not get a chance to experience working with so many kinds of clients. For instance, a bodyworker in general practice may never have the opportunity to work with a pregnant client. Therefore, it can also be a good idea to pursue a continuing education class based on a possible interest, to see if you really would enjoy working with a new and different population of clients.

Source:  Massage Magazine

August 9, 2013

Basic Steps To Benefit Most From Massage Continuing Education

Filed under: continuing ed — Jennifer @ 8:20 am


There are several tips and tricks that can allow you to get more out of every continuing education class you take as a professional massage therapist or bodyworker. Of course, everyone should walk away from a continuing education experience having gained new knowledge and skills. However, with these tips and tricks, you may be able to increase the amount of knowledge and skills you derive from your next continuing education course.

Let’s begin with the basics and cover the steps toward ensuring you get the baseline level of benefits offered by the continuing education class you intend to take. These steps are all under your control, so try to make them happen in order to have the most positive continuing education experience possible.

First of all, you will want to make sure you are getting adequate rest. This is essential, so you can concentrate on what is being taught during each continuing education session. It can also be important to lighten your schedule a bit during the course of the continuing education class. This way, you will not be stressed out or distracted, which can all too quickly turn a continuing education class from a fruitful experience into a dreaded obligation.

Another factor that can help you make the most of continuing education is to try your best to select a continuing education class you are really interested in, which means a continuing education class that is aligned with your passions and goals for your practice. Selecting such a continuing education class involves taking the time to reflect on exactly what those passions and goals may be when it comes to your personal practice as a massage therapist or bodyworker.

Whether you choose to take your next continuing education class online, in person at a local site or via a destination seminar of some kind will also play a role in how to derive the most benefits from the experience. For instance, if you choose to take your continuing education class online, you will want to make sure you have a reliable computer and Internet connection set up in an area where you will be fully able to concentrate during the continuing education classes.

If the continuing education class is going to be taken in person at a local site, then you need to be certain you can make it to that site at the appointed days and times, which goes back to possibly clearing your calendar a bit during the time you’re taking the continuing education course.

For those destination continuing education seminars, the main factors to consider would be making sure that taking this continuing education class will fit within your budget and schedule. As mentioned earlier, stress and anxiety can take away from the continuing education experience, so you want to be heading out for your seminar with a clear mind and low stress level.

By tending to each of these steps and details, you can work toward securing the best possible continuing education experience—the kind of continuing education that can help make you a better practitioner.

Source:  Massage Magazine

January 17, 2012

Rizzieri and its Community

Filed under: continuing ed,News / Events — Jennifer @ 8:54 am

Rizzieri School for the HEaling Arts will be hosting CPR and First Aid Certification classes.  Classes are open to the community.

Class dates and times are as follows:

  • March 22, 2012 – 9-11am
  • May 30, 3012 6-8pm

Price is $65.00 per class.  For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact: Ann Spegel, Co-Director of Rizzieri School for the Healing Arts at aspegel@rizzieri.com (856) 552-2277.


January 12, 2010

CEU classes

Filed under: continuing ed — Rizzieri School of Massage @ 6:40 pm

Calling all Health Care Practitioners!!! We have CEU classes available: please contact: Heather Barone conted@rizzieri.com