Satisfaction in life has mostly to do with things turning out about how we expect, or better. When things happen below our expectations, we tend to be dissatisfied. I train my industry leading massage therapists at Bodyworks DW on intake and outtake with new clients. A lot of that training goes into how to help clients have realistic goals and expectations for a medical massage in New York. In general, that means helping some clients realize that massage has a lot more to offer than simply relaxation and stress relief. And also helping other clients realize that for most pain issues it takes more than one session to completely relieve their issue.
Massage in New York can help relieve pain for the long term
If your experience of massage is limited to the occasional hotel spa massage while on vacation… You likely view it as a form of relaxation and stress relief. And no more. If you are in real pain, you’ll go to a chiropractor, physical therapist, or straight to the hospital. And for most massage therapists working at a hotel spa, you are not wrong to think of massage in this limited way. The training requirements for massage therapists vary greatly from state to state. Not to mention country to country.
For example, here are the training requirements for 4 popular vacation states, and the New York requirements:
- Florida – 500 hours and NCETMB or MBLEx
- California – 500 hours and MBLEx or NCBTMB
- Virginia – 500 hours and MBLEx
- Texas – 500 hours and MBLEx or NCETMB
- New York – 1000 hours and state exam
MBLEx is the “massage and bodywork licensing exam” and is used by many states in the US. NCETMB is the “National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork” test. Both are multiple choice question tests of a massage therapist’s knowledge. This includes anatomy, technique, and professional ethics.
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