10 Most popular short courses for remedial massage therapists to take every year for continuing professional education (CPE) point
Are you a massage therapist or want to be a massage therapist? Have you just started this career and don’t know where to start? Or have you been in this industry for a while and are considering what to do next?
Below are 10 courses we suggest you to do. Whether you are a newbie or have been in this industry for a while, these courses are always the most popular and proven to be the best skills to add-on and expand or deepen your profession. Let’s check them out:
1. Hot Stone Massage
This popular massage technique will up-level your basic massage skill and bring more effects to a massage session. The heated stones help relax deeper muscle layers which can release tension quicker than a standard massage. This technique works the best in winter and guarantees to give your customers a very relaxing time. Plus, it is quite easy to learn and to practise. The tip is to move the stones constantly for the heat to spread evenly on cutomers’ backs without getting one spot too hot.
2. Thai Traditional Massage & Herbal Compress
Thai Traditional Massage and Herbal compress treatment can’t be missed from your service list. Many customers like this type of treatment more than just a massage. Also, its name brings an ‘Asian vibe’ that makes it different. Through compressing and stretching the muscle tension, this massage technique requires your whole body to work and you work together with your customers for the best effects. You will need to get your clients to be comfortable, relaxed and trust you. In return, they will get their muscles stretched deeply beside with pressure point techniques so feel great afterward. And to make it more impressive: use herbal ball products with lemongrass, ginger, limes, cinnamon, turmeric, basil leaves herbal ball to compress after Thai stretching and massage, to make it stand out from other types of massage. And moreover the herbal ball helps to relief the pain, rejuvenate, relax and nourish the affected area.
This technique can’t be missed from your service list. Many customers like this type of massager more than just a relaxing massage. Also, its name brings an ‘Asian vibe’ that makes it different. Through compressing and stretching the shortened muscle, this massage technique requires your whole body to work and you work together with your customers for the best effects. You will need to get your customers to be comfortable, relaxed and trust you. In return, they will get their muscles stretched deeply and feel great afterward. A little hint to make it more impressive: use products with lemongrass/lime scents when providing Thai massage, to make it stand out from other types of massage.
3. Pregnancy and Post-natal Massage
Fill the market demand! Make your business stand out by putting it in your service list. So many expecting mothers and new mothers are desperate for a massage, but they have to call places just to check if they can. Save them time and win more customers by saying Yes from your service list. This particular massage style has specialised massage techniques that help relieve pregnancy and postnatel pains and get mammas to relax. You don’t have to ‘work hard’ on mothers. Instead, communicate to identify their problems and focus on them when you provide the services. This technique guarantees to attract more potential customers to your business. The demand is high, and mammas often have a strong network to spread word-of-mouth. We suggest offering packages that every mother will love, so they can buy for themselves or as a gift for someone special. It can be massage and facial combo, or body and foot massage combo. Do it good and all mammas will go to you for a relaxing time they surely deserve!
4. Oncology Massage
Oncology Massage Therapy is a safe specialised form of massage therapy that is completely tailored to meet the unique and changing needs of someone currently undergoing cancer treatment or with a history of cancer. Unlike traditional forms of massage, Oncology Massage gently supports blood flow, relaxation of physical tension and emotional release. Research shows that Oncology Massage Therapy can reduce the side effects from conventional treatment of cancer and improve the quality of life for someone undergoing cancer treatment or with a history of cancer. When providing this type of massage, work with your customers to get to know their conditions, consider session length, pressure, positioning and take into account areas of specific concern like mediports, bone metastases, swelling or skin reactions to treatment.
5. Lymphactic Drainage Massage
A Lymphatic drainage massage is a specialised form of gentle massage that promotes the flow of lymph fluid through the body. The lymphatic system flows all throughout the body, and transports mainly white blood cells as part of the body’s immune system. It helps regulate inflammation and the immune response, and removes waste and toxins from the body. A Lymphatic Drainage Massage can be beneficial in the correction of numerous conditions, as well as in preventive health maintenance. Group this service with other healthcare massage services for customers to easily look through and pick one or a few to combine all the benefits.
6. Dry needling
Dry needing is getting more and more popular in the world nowadays. This Eastern technique is used to deactivate trigger points through the insertion of fine, solid filament needles. It takes time to learn and to practise until you feel totally confident, but it gives instant results that customers can feel straight away. Thus, it is totally worth it to learn this type of technique and add to your to-gain skill list.
Using dryneeding technique adding electricity, electrotherapy uses electrical currents either via the skin or via dry needles to provide pain relief or recovery for various musculoskeletal or neuromuscular conditions. This technique gives results even more quickly than traditional dryneeding. It is recommended to take this course together with dryneedling course, as you can learn both at the same time, and can offer customers both services for best results.
8. Myofascial Cupping
Myofascial cupping is a soft tissue therapy that involves the application of decompressed cups on the skin, creating a vacuum effect that lifts up underlying tissues such as the fascia (connective tissue) and muscles, blood and other fluid, close to the surface of the skin. Myofascial cupping is typically applied on back, shoulder, neck, sacrum, hip, abdomen, legs and arms. Cupping therapy is still very effective even if the cups are not left in place for very long. Therefore, you can offer this service for customers who don’t want prolonged red marks on their skin while still give them the results they look for.
9. Flame Cupping
Invented by Chinese, the glass cups are depressurised by providing some fire in the cup to heat up the air within just prior to placement. When the heated cup is placed on the skin, the air inside the cup cools down, creating a kind of vacuum effect that pulls the skin and muscle up into the cup. The cups are left in place for a set period of time before they are removed. Cupping can be used to treat a number of conditions, and is most popular for its ability to alleviate muscle tension and pain. Cupping also gives instant results for chronic pains, and your customers will feel the difference right after their first cupping session, and these results do last long. Thus, be confident to learn this easy technique and add it in to your service list!
10. Gua Sha
Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. This technique is very popular nowadays thanks to beauty vloggers. However, it has been around for hundreds of years originating from ancient Chinese. In gua sha, a technician scrapes your skin with short or long strokes to stimulate microcirculation of the soft tissue, which increases blood flow. They make these strokes with a smooth-edged instrument known as a gua massage tool. The technician applies massage oil to your skin, and then uses the tool to repeatedly scrape your skin in a downward motion. This technique is very easy for you to learn, and for customers it is easy to get addicted to. Therefore, adding this to your service list will bring you more long-term customers.
So you have read through all 10 most popular courses to up-level your skills. Which one do you like the best? Which one do you want to start first? Chat with us today so we can help you find the best path for your profession!
Le Spa Massage Academy provides all these courses with tailored programs to help you achive the best in the shortest time. We provide all the practical opportunities you need to become confident with what you have learned, so that you can extend your provided services and fast catch up with the market demand. Call us today to get advice from the experts:
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