How Massage Therapists Can Work Smarter Instead of Harder

It's no secret that being a massage therapist is physically demanding. Many therapists leave the field prematurely while others work in pain, leading to job dissatisfaction, resentment, and possible injury. Beginning therapists often ask what they can do about work-related pain and how to avoid it. They are often told to "work smarter, not harder," but are seldom told exactly what that means. There are many ways in which a therapist might "work smarter" and probably many suggestions that seasoned therapists could give newer colleagues. These are some of my own ideas, given in no particular order.

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Easy Online Purchase of Massage Gift Certificates!

Online purchase of gift certificates is easy! It only takes a few minutes, a laptop, and a credit card. Print it out yourself or have it emailed directly to the recipient. You can send a gift certificate for massage from anywhere in the world!

The simplest instruction is to go to our home page and click on "Buy a Gift Certificate Online Now" located at the top right corner. During the month of December you'll also see a red bow there. Follow the prompts on the following pages.

If you get lost or confused anywhere along the way, easy step by step instructions are given below.

We really thank you for your business and we'll take very good care of your recipient!

~ Alice Sanvito, Licensed Massage Therapist

To purchase gift certificates online:

Go to the home page and click on "Buy a Gift Certificate Online Now" in the upper right hand corner and follow the instructions. (During December, you'll also see a red bow.)

Basic Russian Massage Strokes: Continuous Vibration on the Back

This is part II of a two-part video giving a brief demonstration of continuous flat effleurage and vibration on the back. Part I showed the effleurage; Part II demonstrates continuous vibration on the back.

Although vibration exists in Swedish massage, it seems to be seldom used. This is a shame because it is such a useful stroke. In Russian massage, we have very specific ways of doing the strokes. This video will give you an idea of exactly how we do it in Russian massage.