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Apr 24 2015

Perceptions and benefits of, and barriers to, degree-based education for massage therapy

Abstract:
Smith, Donna

Within New Zealand, the practice of massage therapy for health and wellness is part of the growing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) industry and is a popular treatment for a wide range of health conditions. Over the last 20 to 30 years, massage therapists have taken some steps in the process of professionalisation for the purpose of creating legitimacy and acceptance as a serious health care option. However, to date, the practice of massage therapy within New Zealand is unregulated, there is variation in education and practice standards, and massage therapists are still seeking credibility. Higher education is one means to recognition and professional expertise, and has been central in the development of many CAM occupations. A bachelor’s degree for massage therapists was first available in New Zealand in 2002, but has not been embraced by many within the massage therapy industry and reasons for this stance are unknown.
The purpose of this research was to investigate the range of perceptions and attitudes toward degree-based education across the stakeholder groups within the massage therapy industry, namely: massage educators; practicing massage therapists; and massage therapy students. More specifically, the perceived necessity of degree-based education for the practice and growth of massage therapy, and the benefits and barriers to degree-based education, were explored. An interpretive, two phase, sequential, mixed methods approach was used. First an online survey (n=128) was conducted with stakeholder groups. The second phase of the research used semi-structured interviews to further explore participants’ views (n=20).

The survey findings indicated a nearly equal amount of agreement (45.6%) and disagreement (40.1%) for degree-based education being essential for massage therapists practicing in New Zealand. Many (84.8%) disagreed that a bachelor’s degree in massage therapy should be the minimum qualification to practice as a relaxation massage therapist, but nearly half of participants (49.6%) agreed that a bachelor’s degree in massage therapy should be the minimum qualification to practice as a therapeutic/clinical rehabilitation massage therapist. There was more agreement (54.7%) than disagreement (25.8%) that degree-based education was essential for the growth of the massage therapy industry. The perceived benefits of a massage degree were: elevating standards, building expertise, increasing research capability, providing individual and collective benefits and new opportunities, improving the image of massage therapy, and building credibility. The perceived barriers to a massage degree included: accessibility issues such as time, location, and finances; and perceptions of a degree, namely, a lack of knowledge, and the view that a degree was unnecessary or restrictive. Strategies including building a strong massage therapy identity and profile, regulation, and making degree-based education accessible, were suggested for moving the massage therapy industry towards professional recognition. Findings were used to build a conceptual model which shows a coalition is needed between degree-based education and a strong professional association to advance the massage therapy industry if credibility, best practice, and a professional identity are to be achieved.

This thesis provides an informative insight into the factors that contribute to resistance to, and engagement in, degree-based education and can guide the next phase of massage therapy development within New Zealand. Findings make an original contribution to the literature on massage therapy and provide direction for future studies. The thesis has also highlighted the need for clarification of the identity of massage therapists, and the necessity to manage diversity within this occupational group if the benefits of higher educational standards and practice are to be realised as a collective

http://hdl.handle.net/10523/5610

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Apr 16 2015

Why are companies now investing in corporate massage?

The concept of having a massage therapist come to your place of work is not new, however the number of employers that are now incorporating a corporate massage programme into their reward and benefits packages is steadily increasing. So, why is there this growing interest in corporate massage? The answer may be found in the increasing wealth of evidence that investing in your people has many tangible business benefits.

According to Professor Sayeed Khan, Chief Medical Officer at EEF, businesses have a fantastic potential to improve the health and wellbeing of their people. But why should employers act? Because it’s important for employers to recognise that happy and healthy people will perform better, will attend better, will have less accidents at work and will stay with that employer rather than move on.

Corporate chair massage can be an effective tool to help combat the aches and pains people pick up from sitting at a computer all day, helping to keep staff productivity high and absence rates low. Prevention is definitely better than cure and businesses that invest in the health and wellbeing of their staff experience returns that are typically greater than the initial investment.

Some of the benefits of corporate massage therapy include:

Effectively manages workplace stress
Reduces sickness absence and presenteeism
Reduces employee turnover through improved staff retention
Increases energy levels, team morale & motivation
Helps your staff achieve a good work-life balance
Organisations now realise just how expensive it is for employees to be under performing and how employee wellbeing initiatives like on site chair massage have a positive impact on company performance and profitability.

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Apr 16 2015

T’ai Chi — the Ultimate Exercise for Massage Therapists (and everyone else)

T’ai Chi — the Ultimate Exercise for
Massage Therapists (and everyone else)
by Bill Douglas, Founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

Copyright 2005

WORD COUNT: 1,899

I, and my assistant teachers, have taught for several Massage Therapy Schools, for both private and public colleges, and yet I have no training in massage therapy. I am a T’ai Chi and Qigong instructor. Many would wonder what T’ai Chi and Qigong have to do with massage therapy, and the best answer is absolutely everything. T’ai Chi and Qigong are designed to help you avoid future repetitive stress injuries, reduce or eliminate current chronic pain conditions, lower your stress levels, improve your mood, maximize your balance and strength, and focus your awareness in ways that maximize your performance in every conceivable way. They can also widely expand your massage practice and abundance.

T’ai Chi and Qigong provide several benefits simultaneously that enhance the massage experience on many levels. Not only for your clients but also and most importantly for you. Healers must first heal themselves, or else their healing abilities become weakened. Dr. Andrew Weil, the best selling author and Harvard educated doctor now promoting holistic integrative therapies, illustrates this point by directing our attention to the human heart. The human heart first feeds itself oxygen, before feeding any other part of the body. This isn’t because the heart is selfish, it’s because the heart is wise. On some level the heart knows that it can’t truly and effectively serve its clients (the body’s organs) unless it (the heart) is operating at its highest functioning level.

Good T’ai Chi and Qigong teachers quickly discover that the quality of instruction they offer their students, or clients, absolutely depends on if they are taking the time to heal themselves with the tools they teach. This means that we must take the time outside our classes to do our own self-healing. Often we unconsciously think that if we choose a vocation in the healing arts than we will become healthy by osmosis. Actually, there is a kernel of truth to that, because when we are engaged in good altruistic endeavors research indicates this can improve health, however the amount is relative. Whether you are a massage therapist or a T’ai Chi teacher, taking time outside of your practice to “heal thyself” is the key to your quality as a professional.

The human central nervous system is the gateway through which all you will produce or become must pass. If your nervous system is loaded up with stress from the day or week, all you offer clients or loved ones will be murky and cloudy. We all know that on some days you are “at your peak” and clients walk out glowing with a truly altering experience. However, other days we just can’t quite find that place of clarity. In sports they call this state being “in the zone.” We all know what it feels like but we don’t know how to get there. T’ai Chi and Qigong practice are designed specifically to help us, not trip through the zone occasionally, but increasingly move and live within the zone day in and day out.

How does this happen? T’ai Chi and Qigong are aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine, just like acupuncture (now recognized by the American Medical Association) and Chinese herbal medicine. What all three have in common is the understanding that there is a flow of subtle energy moving throughout the body. This is the bio-energy that animates the tissue not unlike the electricity that powers your home or computer. When the natural flow of life energy, or Qi (Chee) as the Chinese call it, gets blocked off our health systems diminish. There are two reasons energy gets blocked. One is through external accidents, of course when your leg is broken the energy flow is affected. But, the number one reason life energy gets blocked is through internal unmanaged stress.

Kirlian photography illustrates this as it shows that the temporary body stress of nicotine and caffeine disrupts life energy flow. A relaxed state is represented by the smooth even flow of Qi or life energy exhibited in the first photograph.

[1st image normal state. 2nd image after coffee and first cigarette. Illustrations of two Kirlian photographs from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi & Qigong (Penguin Putnam 1999, 2003, 2005).]

So, we know what it feels like to be “in the zone,” and we know that stress and stress producing chemicals can take us “out of the zone.” But, how do we get “in the zone.” T’ai Chi and Qigong practice produce what the Chinese call “smooth Qi.” This actually gives us a way to cultivate the state of being “in the zone.” Daily practice of T’ai Chi and Qigong leaves practitioners with the feeling of being more and more in the zone rather than accidentally finding it occasionally.

A side effect of being in this relaxed state of awareness is that more Qi, or bio energy, is flowing through you. This has been and can be measured with various devices. Not only is energy flowing through you more, but in a more balanced way. The result is that you feel better and think clearer, but also the quality of the energy your client receives from you is clearer and healthier. They may not know why the body work you deliver feels better than another’s, but over the months and years you practice T’ai Chi and Qigong you will find the desire for your personal touch becoming increasingly in demand.

One of my past students has come to such a state of high demand that she now screens her clients out. If after a few weeks her clients are not practicing T’ai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, or some other internal art to manage their own stress – she drops them. She says quite rightly, “Why should I wear out my tendons working out the collected stress you ignore all week long?” By having her clients do their own internal energy/stress management work she can take her practice to a deeper and more subtle level. Rather than her clients living unconsciously and collecting the same old loads over and over, she and they work together as a team to continually bring the client to higher and higher levels of personal health and growth.

By being in a T’ai Chi class you will also find a great networking situation. In my public T’ai Chi classes I ask massage therapists to bring business cards to pass out to other T’ai Chi students. I announce that usually the massage therapists in a T’ai Chi class are excellent because they are out to improve their instrument by being in the class. In my best selling T’ai Chi book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi & Qigong, I urge all T’ai Chi instructors to refer their students to massage therapy and urge all massage therapists to refer their clients to T’ai Chi classes.

Besides maximizing your effectiveness through expanded energy flow and hopefully your clients use of daily stress management tools, T’ai Chi and Qigong can add power and reduce the likelihood of injury in your practice. T’ai Chi teaches you to always stand with the knees slightly bent and the tail-bone (Sacrum) slightly dropped. This takes a bit of curve out of the lower back and transfers the pressure of standing and working from your lower back down into your thighs. This may make the thighs feel a bit strained at first, but that’s o.k. because the thighs are the strongest bone and muscles in the body.

Another strengthening aspect of T’ai Chi and Qigong is it teaches the art of “effortless power.” In T’ai Chi we teach what’s called “the unbendable arm” exercise. After learning how to facilitate the flow of Qi, or life energy, through the body with sitting relaxation therapies called “sitting Qigong,” a physical exercise is learned that teaches you how to resist pressure in a state of relaxation. One student bends the other student’s arm, even as he/she resists with all their muscular strength. But, then the same student relaxes, breathes, closes their eyes, and visualizes a silken flow of energy pouring over their head, through their neck, shoulder, arm, and out through the relaxed fingers. Then the other student again tries to bend their arm—but can’t. This allows the student to practice effortless effort. T’ai Chi movements at first seem to cause tension, because learning something new is stressful, but over time the student learns to move through all the motions of life in a relaxed, yet powerful way.

As you learn this art of effortless power, you will find you cannot only work longer and deeper, but with less personal residual damage. The slight postural adjustments T’ai Chi will teach you also take a great deal of pressure off your body during the day. For example, besides the dropping of the tail-bone (Sacrum) as you bend your knees into the T’ai Chi posture of motion called the “Horse Stance,” you will also relieve pressure off your shoulders and neck. For as you drop, relax, or sink, into the Horse Stance, you also let your shoulders relax away from the neck, and think of the head being “lifted” up as the chin is slightly drawn in. You see, the head is an eight or nine pound melon that can put a big strain on your neck and shoulder muscles when it unconsciously protrudes outward away from the shoulders during the day. In T’ai Chi, when you let the head lift, and the chin draw back, the shoulder pressure immediately begins to melt away.

Another repetitive stress injury avoidance therapy T’ai Chi provides is the gently no impact flow of its movements that rotate the body in 95% of the ways the human body can move. No other exercise comes close, even swimming, which only rotates the body in about 65% of possible rotations. This stimulates the flow of energy, circulation and microcirculation, rotates off calcium deposits, and also stimulates the flow of natural oils and chemicals to various joints and tissue throughout the body.

Lastly, and most importantly, the daily practice of T’ai Chi and Qigong cleanse the nervous system, or the mind, of accumulated tension or stress. This is what causes 70% of all illness, most death, and costs industry $300 billion per year in the US along—stress. By cleansing your stress with a T’ai Chi break after work, you enjoy your evening activities more with fewer loads unconsciously loaded on your shoulders and distracting your mind from the pleasures of the evening. Also, with a T’ai Chi break before work, you set yourself up to take on less loads from clients or co-workers. This is important for anyone in the healing professions. Psychologist are the highest suicide rate for professionals, because they collect loads from their patients, who unload on them all day, and are not trained in how to “unload.” T’ai Chi and Qigong are the ultimate unloaders, and pre-emptive unloaders known to man. Of course you also want to get weekly massage therapy to compliment your T’ai Chi and Qigong daily regimen.

By de-stressing, you will find that everything you do will come smoother, easier and more effortlessly. Your body will not only function better, but also alert you of problems long before they become irreversible. Your human interactions will become richer and more expansive personally and in your practice. If people have a choice between an excellent massage therapist who is relaxed and enjoyable, and an excellent massage therapist who is distant and distracted, they’ll take the relaxed one very time. T’ai Chi and Qigong may be the single most effective business decision you can make for yourself.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Bill Douglas is the Tai Chi Expert at DrWeil.com, Founder of World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day (held in 60 nations each year), and has authored and co-authored several books including a #1 best selling Tai Chi book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to T’ai Chi & Qigong. Bill’s been a Tai Chi source for The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, etc. Bill is the author of the ebook, How to be a Successful Tai Chi Teacher (Namasta University Publishing). You can learn more about Tai Chi & Qigong, search a worldwide teachers directory, and also contact Bill Douglas at http://www.worldtaichiday.org

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Mar 17 2013

A good massage therapist

If your a first timer at having a massage or you have been made uncomfortable by the technique of a massage therapist,. Then too get to your confidence back on this is to first have a relaxing massage just a soft touch is all you need that way you know the massage therapist may not or should not go hard therefore you can relax mentally, as you know its not going to hurt. This actually can be one of the best forms of a massage, because stress mostly comes from the mind and you dont want to be thinking is he or she going to hurt me. Then as time goes on and you get used to that massage therapist you can ask them to be more specific of what you need and you will be more confidante with more pressure. This can be applied in any area corporate massages or clinic.

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