How Technology Is Used In the Massage Therapy Profession

Massage therapy has been around since 3000 B.C. Over the past five millennia, the craft has evolved considerably and today, it is at a point where it is more of a science than an art. Massage therapists have to know the right way to perform a massage if they are to work professionally.

Even the customers are extremely knowledgeable about the proper way of getting a massage these days, and hence can decide between different massage therapists in a better way. If a massage therapist cannot satisfy his/her clients, there is a chance they might go to other therapists. Since the business is based on repeat customers, this is something you just cannot afford.

The necessary training and education you need to get started as a massage therapist is provided to you in massage school. You need to complete at least 500 hours of massage training at an accredited massage school before you can appear for your licensing exam.

Without a license, you cannot work professionally as a massage therapist. Over the years, massage therapy has evolved to include a great deal of new technologies. Massage therapists these days have to be familiar with all relevant modern tools and equipment. Otherwise, they might not be able to make a successful career.

Since technology has grown in importance in the massage therapy profession, it is important that you are taught the ropes of the trade. If you don’t keep up with modern practices in massage therapy, you may find it very hard to satisfy your clients. It all starts with the massage school you choose to attend.

You need to make sure that the school you select has the right technology for massage training. Even if you know how to perform different types of massages, but have no idea of how technology is to be employed, you may not be able to give the best possible massage.

In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the use of technology has actually enabled massage therapists to demonstrate their skills in a better way. Some massage techniques become better when technology is employed.

There are some schools that are yet to acquire the numerous devices used in the massage therapy profession. This is why it is important that you enquire about this fact before enrollment. Your education will be incomplete without knowing how to use modern technology. You will be missing out on something customers have come to take for granted.

Use of Technology in a Massage School

Needless to say, the massage school you select will teach you the necessary topics and subjects you need know, to become a massage therapist. This also includes long courses such as business ethics, anatomy and medical terminology.

Your education is a combination of lecture-based learning and hands-on training. The knowledge you gain while at massage school becomes the foundation of a successful career in the future. This is why it is important that you be taught about the use of technology in the massage therapy profession at your massage school.

Before choosing a massage school, you should check the facilities on offer. There should be a computer lab and the use of modern technology. Textbooks should be provided to the students so that they can learn the theories of massage therapy.

You should also have access to the internet and a well-stocked library so that you can find the information you need to grasp a concept. In this regard, the necessary technology should be available to you so that you can study in the best way possible.

In addition, you need to check if there is adequate technology available for hands-on training. If you aren’t shown how technology is used while giving massages, you cannot perform them in the best way possible. The technology starts from the basic equipment including the massage tables.

There is no way you can give a massage without having a proper massage table in place. In fact, the massage school you attend may even let you keep the table you use for practice, after you graduate. This way you need not to invest in a new table.

In addition, the industry standards and best practices should be followed in the use of the massage equipment. For example, the size of the equipment, such as the massage table, should be adjustable to meet your needs.

The equipment used should also meet the prescribed guidelines in terms of weight and height. The massage tools available at the massage school should be up-to-date. Since massage tables have evolved over the years, there are special tables available for almost every niche and it is important that you have the right massage table for practicing.

Use of Technology in a Massage Business

You have seen why you need to make sure that the necessary technology is being used in massage schools. Now it is time you get an idea of how technology is to be used in a massage business. You will get a clear idea of the technology to be used in massage therapy once you study about the different modalities of massages.

Technology doesn’t necessarily mean hi-end fancy gadgets. You should keep up with the trends in massage therapy and ensure you provide your services in the best way. This involves using the available tools to make your massages more effective.

Your customers will expect you to be familiar with the changes to the massage therapy profession. This is why you have to stay abreast of all the new technologies that are being introduced.

Some of the fields which are constantly evolving include hot stone materials, cleaning supplies, aromatherapy, etc. You need to keep an eye on the changes happening in these fields so that you can update your tools and services. This is particularly important when it comes to environmentally friendly advancements in technology as more and more massage customers are interested in environmental preservation.

The new developments in the massage therapy profession will keep continuing. This is why it is important to keep pace with the changes that have already been made. The use of technology has to be leveraged if you want to set up a successful massage therapy practice. Failure to do so will leave you behind times.

To provide a helpful tool for massage therapists, both those in school and those who are already practicing, we created a Trigger Points iPhone application that is available on iTunes. This app allows you to simply click the area of your client’s body that is hurting to find out where the trigger point is that you need to massage to heal your client. It’s a brilliant app and extremely useful.

Have a look at our very own technology here.

Neal Lyons is a founding member and volunteer contributor at the MTSI Institute, an information based portal dedicated to guiding and assisting aspiring massage therapists establish a successful career in massage. Neal is a published author and has collaborated on several mobile applications that serve the massage profession. You can view his published work on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Sony and Kobo. You can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and on Google+

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