The life of a massage therapist is one of serving others’ needs, needs which are often hidden from view and only felt as a discomfort.  The Academy’s true practice of the art of healing in traditional Nuad Boran (Thai massage), involving the compassionate intent of the healer.  The Buddhist spiritual practices associated with Thai massage cultivates humility, awareness and concentration in the healer designed to bring the practitioner to a deeper level of awareness of both, practitioner and the receiver.  This compassionate state of being is termed Metta.  

Career Evaluation

Click on Career Evaluation as Massage Therapist. It is the Academy's comprehensive questionnaire which you can complete remotely.  Bring your responses with you when you first register at the Academy or email them to the Academy prior to your arrival.  The staff will assess the questionnaire and provide you feedback regarding your selection of Massage Therapy as a personally rewarding career of helping people enjoy life.

If you are searching for a brochure on a career change, consider the eBook Compliments of Acupuncture and Massage College, ckick for your own copy of Four Steps to Changing Career Paths.  It is informational and for the traditional student.  If you are interested in evaluating a career change, studying abroad, and traveling in the mystical Angkor Wat region, and magical Southeast Asian Kingdom of Cambodia, the information is equally important.  Either way, we at the Academy wish you the best of luck and deep happiness.

    

Khmer for "Good Luck!"

 

If Client is a student at the Academy, all prices are automatically discounted by 10%    Click for Career Evalution Fees

 

Six Common and Essential Personality Traits of Massage Therapist 

1. Skills Toolkit. Be holistic in your knowledge of your trade.  Be inclusive in the application of your practice.  It is essential to “know your trade” extremely well.  Not all massage techniques will apply to every client.  Some like a deep, penetrating massage; other, soft touch is essential.  An injury massage is different than a massage for depression.  Matching a client’s needs may also include extracting information about her dietary habits and nutritional deficiencies.

2. Empathy. Vital to helping clients heal, massage therapists must show genuine empathy for other people. Therapists who rely on their intuitive awareness, consider a client's vulnerabilities and show compassion are most likely to establish the trust necessary to develop long-term client relationships.  Individuals whose personalities tend toward the more practical rather than emotionally-sensitive side may find it difficult to react appropriately to clients' feelings or make them feel comfortable.

3. Good Communication Skills.  Exceptional communication represents another trait critical to building trust and gaining loyal clients. Massage therapists must listen to their clients' needs with undivided attention and provide treatment that responds to those needs.  They should feel comfortable working in contemplative silences and know when to speak and when to stay quiet in the course of a client's session. Inclinations toward chattiness or skeptical points of view do not serve well in this occupation.   

4. Strong Systemizing Skills. Organizational skills help a massage therapists keep her business in order and operational. Therapists need to manage accounts, maintain client records, market their practice, schedule appointments and order equipment and supplies.  Staying on top of the administrative side of the business involves dedication, conscientiousness and solid time management skills; without these traits, personal and financial frustrations could mount for a massage therapist.

5. Good Physical Stamina. Physical stamina can play a crucial role in the massage profession.  Massage therapists stand for extended periods of time and must learn how to provide treatment using the whole of their upper body strength, not just wrists and hands.  For example, the massage therapist will use an inordinate amount of energy during a deep three-hour Thai massage.  Endurance is a must. 

6. Good Personal Hygiene.  Personal hygiene is also very important in the massage profession, because of the intimate environment.  Massage therapists are in close proximity to the relaxing patient as they perform the massage.  Further, a clean, professional appearance makes a significant impression.  Clients must trust in the sterility of the massage setting and in the hygienic practices of the therapist.
 

Ethical behaviors on the part of the therapist and her client is a must.  Each party must trust the other party to observe and respect the privacy of their bodies, minds and spirits. 

 

12 Things a Massage Therapist knows about a client after an hour

1. You Love Big Shoulder Bags. If your body is tighter on one side, a therapist knows that you shift more onto one leg while standing (this happens with men or women who carry bags predominantly on one shoulder). Glutes, hamstrings and quads will be tight, and you'll also have an unnatural pelvic tilt. 

2. You Have A Desk Job. The signs? A weak lower back, as evidenced by one hip bein People who sit in front of a computer all day also have tight glutes and legs. 

3. You're A Stomach Sleeper. This sleep position leads to extra strain on the neck, and massage theraplsts can feel the tightness. 

4. You Do A Lot of Driving. Sitting behind the wheel leads to a far-forward posture. People who spend a singificant amount of time commuting by car will often exhibit hunched shoulders because of this.

5. You're Injured. If you have an acute injury, therapists can feel heat and inflammation ,emselves in the form of dehydrated muscles that feel tight. With repetitiv s will feel wiry like guitar strings. 

6. You’re Constipated.  Bet you never guessed a massage therapist would be able to tell, but they can feel it if your stomach is firm to the touch.

7. You Text Too Much. Chronic texters wiII find it painful when a massage therapist rubs their shoulders. The cause? The downward position of your head when texting creates an imbalance in the shoulders. 

8. You're Dehydrated. Trigger points in the upper back will be tender if you haven't ha eight glasses of water each day. 

9. You're Cold All The Time. It's instinct to hunch up our shoulders to our ears when w he shoulders. d your recommended e're cold. So it's no surprise that clients come in with stress in their necks and the tops of their shoulders during winter months.

10. You're A Runner. Hips and the low back will feel tight, and you might also complain bottom of the foot. about tension in the bottom of the foot.

11. Your Allergies Are Acting Up. Pet dander getting to you? The tissue around your eyes, forehead, cheeks, and jaw will feel tender and inflamed. Same goes for lymph nodes in the chest, neck and underarms. 

12. You're A Frequent Backpacker. Heavy backpack straps cut across the shoulder blade your scapula become tight in response to the pressure and the muscles in your scapula become tight in response to pressure.