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50 Reasons Being a Massage Therapist is AWESOME!

Recently our school founder and director asked the staff and graduates, "why do you LOVE being a massage therapist" I myself was having a hard time putting my passion into words at the moment but I have continued to think about it.  Upon further reflection and inspiration for other's responses I thought it would be fun to make a list of 50 reasons being a massage therapist is AWESOME! Compiled of my own personal opinion, the input of ASM staff and graduates as well as information and stats from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics and the American Massage Therapy Association!

#1 We are helping people
#2 By providing massage we help others manage their anxiety/depression
#3 We have awesome co-workers....other massage therapists!
#4 We can usually set our own hours
#5 We are licensed health care professionals
#6 We are a part of one of the fastest growing occupations (predicted to grow by 26% 2016-2026 according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics ) https://www.bls.gov/ooh…

Staff Bio: Kris Martinez

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Kris Martinez is our Student Records Administrator and works in our Graduate Clinic at Adrian School of Massage.  Kris attended Hillsdale High School and graduated with honors before attending Adrian School of Massage.  When Kris isn't working at the school she sees clients at Thrive Massage in Tecumseh MI.  She likes to incorporate Swedish and Myo massage techniques into her sessions because she feels this combination gives a relaxing but still therapeutic massage.  
What led you to the Adrian School of Massage? I was guided by a friend to be a student and it was the best advice I ever got!  I loved the people and the experience so much, I was excited to join the team when a position became available. Do you have any advice for those considering a career in massage therapy? Do it! But keep in mind, you have to be flexible and adaptable to many different scenarios. In one day you may see someone who wants light pressure and a relaxing massage, someone else who wants deep pressure …

Licensed Massage Therapist: What does Licensure Mean for Massage Students? For Clients?

Massage therapy has a long, beautiful history; regarded as one of the first forms of medicine!  Despite its lineage, the massage industry has only recently seen some important changes toward statewide regulation/licensing.  Most states now require a defined minimum hours of training from a massage school resulting in certification and/or passing an exam to demonstrate competency for a state issued health care license. 

    The state of Michigan for example requires a minimum of 625 educational hours, successful national exam testing (MBLEx) and state license with a background check to be maintained by completing required continuing education hours.  Great news for students attending the Adrian School of Massage, the program offers 824 hours, well above the state requirement so you are well prepared for your licensing exam and to start your career with a vast skill set to offer your clients!

     So what does this mean for massage students?  You can't just show up for class.

Mommy and Me: Infant Massage Class at ASM

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Along with providing the community the opportunity to receive affordable body work from our students completing their requirement in our student clinic, Adrian School of Massage offers free infant massage classes led by our students after completion of this portion of their program. 
    Today our students worked with parents/caregivers and baby, teaching them the benefits of infant massage, answering questions, as well as providing them with information and techniques they can take home to massage their children at their convenience.  
We interviewed one of our class participants, first time mom Erica McComas on what drew her to the class and what she is taking away from it:

" I learned about this class from the school's Facebook page.  I hoped by coming I could help learn some relaxation techniques to calm her when she is upset and hopefully help her gut!  I liked the tummy techniques they showed us. The pediatrician had said tummy massage could help her with the bubbles…

Staff Bio: Ashley Wallace

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Ashley Wallace is one of our Student Clinic Supervisors at Adrian School of Massage!
    After graduating from Madison High School, Ashley attended some classes at Owens Community College before becoming a student at the Ann Arbor Institute of Massage. In her professional practice she specializes in Swedish, Neuromucsuclar and Myofascial modalities. She also greatly enjoys working with expecting moms, lympathic drainage techniques and offers raindrop therapy!

Q: What led you to the Adrian School of Massage?
 I love helping people. Christy is one of my good friends and she asked for help at the school so here I am!
Q: Do you have any advise for those considering a career in massage therapy?
 Your career is what you make of it. Not everyone is going to like your style of massage but as long as a person is receiving a massage and the benefits of it he/she is good! Also remember, massage isn't just about the massage, you create a relationship with your clients.
 Q: What is your ha…

Alum Interview with Valerie Ames

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Valerie Ames Graduated from Adrian School of Massage Class 04 and is just starting her practice. Congratulations Valerie. We look forward to watching you succeed and achieve your goals.
Q: What is your education and work history? 
I graduated from Onsted High School and quickly found and enrolled at Adrian School of Massage. I worked at a waitress through school and I am now awaiting the last steps in my licensure to begin practicing massage professionally.
Q: What led you to Adrian School of Massage?
 I wanted to experience something new and work helping others.
 Q: What are your plans for you professional practice? I plan on working in a chiropractors office or along side other health care professionals. My ultimate goal is to one day own my own practice.
 Q: What is your favorite modality and is there a certain demographic you would really like to work with?
I REALLY enjoyed reflexology and I want to work with ALL the people!
 Q: What was your favorite part of the ASM program…

Why Massage? Industry Trends 2018

Adrian School of massage founder, director and instructor Christy Gagneur recently attended the Schools Summit hosted by the American Massage Therapy Association. This summit brings massage school owners, teachers, exhibitors and AMTA leadership together to share and learn more about the current state of the massage therapy profession. The AMTA also provides the schools with a Yearly Massage Profession Research Report. This report provides data on the state of the massage profession by way of Consumer survey, Therapist Survey and survey of Massage Schools supplemented by U.S. Government statistics and information found in industry/business publications. This report is currently only available to schools whom attended the summit but it is FULL of really exciting information! We thought we would share of few of the exciting highlights with you! Who is going into the field? Massage therapists are predominately female and this trend has followed through 2017 with 78% of the…