The volunteers at the MTSI reached out to some of the most credible, reputable and prominent names in the massage therapy industry to solicit their advice for aspiring massage therapists who are looking to enroll in a massage therapy school.
We reached out to folks from all backgrounds and walks of life. Today, they are either practicing massage, running successful massage therapy businesses, teaching at
various massage therapy schools, volunteering, writing and publishing, serving on governing bodies and boards of directors, employing massage therapists or doing all sort of other things related to the massage profession.
This exercise lasted over a span of twelve months and we are happy to compile this extensive interview series for your benefit. Each interview is power packed with tips, strategies, pointers, suggestions and advice of sorts that is meant to help you as you progress toward a career in massage therapy.
We know that you will enjoy these interviews and find them just as valuable as we did.
Michael McGillicuddy Practices Sports Massage Therapy, Teaches, Speaks & Travels the World Adam Sell Says You Must Specialize in a Massage Modality for Maximum Success Marjorie Brook Specializes in Scar Tissue Release & Therapeutic Stretching Cari Caraway Trains Massage Therapist on the Therapeutic Benefits of Incorporating Essential Oils Scholarships, Grants & Loans for Going Back to Massage School are Everywhere Says Jill Herchenhahn. Go Get Them! Elline Eliasoff Practices Massage & Sells Massage Equipment on the Side Kathy Gruver Thrives on Her Ability to Run a Business, Her Massage Talent & Her Personality Dee Vickers, a Massage Academy Director, Says DO NOT Stop Learning After Massage School Donna Amato Salvacion Says It’s Never too Late to Start Researching Good Massage Schools Former Flight Attendant & Now Body Builder/Trainer Melody Atwood Says Massage is “Medically Necessary” Ex Fire Fighter Daniel Dagan Turns a Life Experience Into a Passionate Career in Reflexology US Army Veteran Jessica Dragan Listens & Caters to Her Client’s Needs Being Flexible & Catering to Your Client’s Needs is the Key to Success Says Jasmine Halton Clients (including Celebrities) Visit Shane Epperly & His Wife’s Massage Business from Out of State. Find Out Why? Teresa Smith Specializes in Oncology Massage, Works at a Water Park Resort Spa & Runs Her Own Practice as Well Alternative Medicine Seeker Lisa Hunstiger Wants to Teach Massage After She is Done Practicing It Faye Crane Advices to List Out Your Needs and Pick a Massage School That Fits YOUR Needs Catherine Slagell Loves the Freedom and Flexibility a Career in Massage Can Offer Her Family Dale Alexander Shares 4 Decades of Knowledge on Science, Medicine, Education, Business & the Human Psyche Read How Rebecca Dieter Successfully Capitalized on the Mobile Massage Business Trend Most Search for Cheapest, Closest & a Massage School that Takes the Least Amount of Hours Required Says Michael Hinkle A Massage Business That Employs 10 Massage Therapists & Specializes in Soft Tissue Injuries Private Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Practice Owner Nigel Chua Employs Massage Therapists Want to Own a Massage Business? Learn from Jason Erickson, Who Employs 16 Massage Therapists & 5 Receptionists A Void Found While Practicing Massage Turned Into a Business by Una Tucker Working with Other Health Professionals Helps Learn More About Client Care & Body Awareness Says Theresa DeBuhr Multiple Practices, Inconsistencies in Massage Hours Required by States, Massage Chains & More with Daniel Marquez Stephanie Shrum Conducts 2 Hour Massage Sessions, Charges by the Session, Not by the Hour Evidence Based Chronic Pain & Injury Specialist Alice Sanvito Studies Pain Science and Specializes in Pain Education 35 Years Holding a Registered Nurse License & 20 Years Teaching Massage, Michael Garcia Specializes in Medical Massage Joe Lavin Sees No More than 2-3 Clients a Day, and Leaves a Full Hour In-Between Each. Read Why… Inspiring and Determined Mystery Pain Specialist Jennifer Fleming Cures Pains that Even Doctors Can’t Concise Advice from Ryan Hoyme : Find a Mentor Early On. Get a Job Immediately. Take Lots of CEs Stick with One Job Long Enough to Build a Solid Client Base Says Gael Wood Teri May’s Patients Have Been Seeing Her for 10+ Years. Read Why Jim Peltier Engages in Kofutu and Transformational Healing, a Blend of Channeling, Mediumship, Energy Work and Neuro-Linguistic Programming Techniques Business Owner Lisa Keplinger Predicts More Standardized Massage Education Across the Nation Disillusionment & Limitations of Conventional Allopathic Medicine Is Causing a Shift to Alternative Treatments Says Gina Marks Ashiatsu (Barefoot) Massage Specialist Ivy Hultquist Says It’s a Great Modality for Her Clients Elise Palazzi Never Thought She’d Sustain an Income with Massage Therapy. Look Where She is Now! Soul Searching Led Highly Paid Info Tech Consultant Karen Wright to Massage Therapy Author Shari Auth Teaches Forearm Massage Techniques to Help Therapists Have Longer, Healthier Careers From Hedge Fund Manager, to Deep Neuromuscular Specialist to Now Massage Entrepreneur : Interview with Mark Volkman “If You Have a Body, You’re an Athlete” : Brian Keene Helps Bodyworkers Help Their Clients A Dose of Spirituality from Tina Tongen, a Phenomenal Touch Massage Therapy Specialist Schooling is Not Enough (And We Agree) Says Rick Merriam, Who Has Carved Out Unique Niches for Himself Brenda Austin Researched the Risk, Complexity, and How to Gain Clientele Before Diving Into Massage US Army Veteran and Now Mobile Massage Solopreneur Michael Wolfes Says “Know Your Limitations” Jennifer Weisenberg is Noticing Massage Boom as a Profession – Feels Geriatric Massage Will Take Off Given Baby Boomer Aging Oncology Massage Therapist (Cancer Specialist) Toni Muirhead Found Compassion in Frustration Julie Laico – Independent Massage Therapist Who has Worked for Doctors & Chiropractors, Eats Clean & Stays Fit Corporate Pro Turned Massage Therapists Filled Gaps in Her Own Training by Starting Her Own Massage School Getting Frequent Solo & Couple Massages Led Xerlan Deery to Pursue a Career in Massage Therapy Dana Pellegrini Wears Multiple Hats, Says Do Not Overwork & Find an Environment That Resonates Most With You Carrie Kinnear Specializes in Both Animal & Human Massage – Says “Do Not Sell Yourself Short” Massage Entrepreneur Jon Borges Focuses on an Aging Population Seeking Alternatives to Traditional Medicine Multi-Faceted Massage Entrepreneur Lara Rininger’s Niche is 40 Something Women If Politicians Lobby for Proactive Health Practices That Reduce Health Insurance Premiums, Massage Therapy Can Skyrocket Says Dawn Wagner Doctors are Turning to Massage Therapists to Help Cure Their Patients Says Kristina Aponte Former Fashion Designer Debra Bernath Finds Massage Therapy a Way to Express Art Much Like in Fashion Aging Population & People Living Longer: Western Medicine Doesn’t Always Have “The Cure” Says Debbie Dickerson National Championship Sports Massage Team Debbie Benson and Husband Tom Tag Team Their Clients Almost a Civil Enginner, Jamin Rak Decided to Treat Athletes and Specializes in Pain Relief and Injury Recovery Elizabeth Torres Saves People From Unnecessary Surgeries. She is Also a Part Time Massage Instructor Gary Tyler Had Level 4 Cancer When He Was Only 8. He Survived It. Now He Helps Other Seniors and Injured Heal How Ex IT Professional Joan Cole Used Her Troubleshooting Skills to Succeed in Massage Therapy Deep Tissue Specialist Jessica Sutton Attracts Those Seeking Pain Relief Medical Massage Therapist & Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner Jennica Klemann Practices Perfect Work-Life Balance Repetitive Strain Injury Specialist Paul Ingraham is Now a Successful Published Author Lots to Learn from Laura Allen; Successful Massage Therapist, Business Owner, Continuing Education Provider & Published Author From Casinos to Massage Therapy, Michelle Viesselman Advices to Hire Professionals When Buying a Massage Business Single-Mother & Multi-Tasker Lorna Maughan Made it in Massage + Created Massage-Exam.com Kimberly Gorichanaz Owns a Corporate Chair Massage Business; Has Been Self-Employed for a Decade Plus Ex Nomad Rajam Roose Wanted Her Own Sailboat; Became a Massage Therapist & Author Australian Massage Therapist Jeff Zielke Says Pace, Persistence and Pressure are Keys to Successful Massage Massage Business Owner Elaine Phillips is Also an Independent Contractor at Another Massage Facility 18 Year Cosmetology Veteran Janice Jackson Entered Massage School at 50; Thrives in Her Career Today Ex Registered Nurse Karen Kowal Owns Her Massage Business, Employs Other Therapists & Sells Self Care Products 30 Yr Veteran, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Health Coach & Fitness Coaching Specialist Leslie Olsen Was Scammed by a Chiropractor Dale Grust; NY Licensed Massage Therapist Since 1983, Opened Mutiple Group Practices Offering Massage, Acupuncture, Skin Care, Psychotherapy & Reflexology Reiki Master, Neck, Shoulder, Lower Back & Hip Pain Specialist Cathy Amenta Also Performs Hot and Cold Therapy; Specializes in Energy Work and Sound Therapy Using Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls Male Massage Therapist Barry Cooper Runs a Yoga and Ayurvedic Massage Therapy Business With a Partner Ami Kalisek Wanted to be a Doctor; Instead She is Thriving as a Myofascial Release Sole Practitioner Boutique Pilates Studio Owner Kay Smith Discusses a Supplement to Massage; A Focus on Efficient Posture (Balance and Alignment) Leading to More Energy Connective Tissue Specialist Wanona Ceisel Specializes in Soft Tissue Work; a Cornerstone of Naprapathy Ex Television Personality and Model Petrina Steer is a Remedial Massage Therapist in Australia Eric Jeffrey Invented Self-Care Massage Tools During a Period of Long Chronic Illness Clinical / Neuromuscular Massage Therapist Emily Francis Published a Book on Stretch Therapy While Staying Home With Her Children Vibroacoustic Therapy Specialist Avigail Berg-Panitz is Also a Social Entrepreneur Sports Massage Therapist Emma Anderson Works With Football Players, Sports Teams, Coaches, Trainers & Athletes on Sorts Erica Olstein Runs a Medical Practice with Doctors of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, a Massage Therapist and Podiatrist Belgium Native Sonia Alexandra Specializes in Stone Massage, Teaches Online Continuing Education Courses Ex IT Professional, Salon & Spa Owner Charlie Peebles Practices Massage & Is Department Chair in a School of Computing & Informatics Erica Olstein Runs a Medical Practice with Doctors of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, a Massage Therapist and Podiatrist Ex CFO Serving the Developmentally Disabled Jeanette (Jenae) Jeffers Becomes a Successful Massage Business Owner Ex Respiratory Therapist Jeff Bockoven Became a Massage Therapist After a Vehicle Accident Unsatisfied With Traditional Medicine & Pills, Bruce Winkle Created and Teaches a Unique Energy Healing Program Chronic Pain Management Specialist Kirstie Bender Segarra Lives Off the Grid on Solar Power Wayne Kealohi Powell Didn’t Want to Attend Massage School, So He Moved to Canada Where Unlike the USA It Is Legal to Touch a Client Without a License Health & Wellness Coach & Essential Oils Educator Lisa Ciotto Reflects on Massage, Alternative Treatments Ex Restaurant Manager Mary-Claire Fredette is Certified in Pregnancy Massage, Cupping and Bamboo-Fusion; Specializes in Ashiatsu Massage Self-Taught Reflexology Specialist Julie E Brent Was Inspired by a How To Book on Massage Kind Hearted Deep Tissue Therapeutic Massage Practitioner Katie Jones Reflects on Her Love for Alternative and Natural Medicine Equine Massage Therapist Beverly Brady Helps Certify CESMTs With Passion Assistant Dean Kiera Nagle Created MaMassage Prenatal Massage Therapy Training, is also an Artist & a Blogger Wellness Center Owner and Yoga Instructor Debra Lynn Smith Specializes in “Listening” – What? Read More… Certified Canine Massage Therapist Erin Kowalski Discusses In-Home Small Mammal Massage Therapy, Reiki, Volunteering & More An Inspiring Win Over Adversity, Maria Sellars Caught the Massage Bug at 11; Reflects on Her Journey, Career & Enterpreneurship From Systems Analyst to Data Processing Manager to VP of Information Technology to President of a Credit Union, John Teng Became a Successful Massage Therapist and a Massage Business Owner Deep Tissue & Prenatal Massage Specialist Freda Johnson Previously Worked in the Restaurant and Insurance Industries From Modern back to Traditional Medicine Massage: César Tejedor & Camilla Ilves Make a Perfect Tag Team Thoughts from the Regional Director of Recruitment for Massage Envy: Ronald Maslovsky Author, massage instructor & NCBTMB Approved Provider of Continuing Education: CEO of the Ariana Institute for Wellness Education Ariana Vincent