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MAY | JUNE 2018

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A B M P m e m b e r s e a r n F R E E C E a t w w w. a b m p . c o m / c e b y r e a d i n g M a s s a g e & B o d y w o r k m a g a z i n e 19 FROM FACEBOOK How to run a business. Those of us who are self-employed sure could have used some good info and pointers. HOLLY BURNER More on business, taxes, and local laws about getting permits or a vendor's license, etc. Suggest regular review of materials to stay fresh. BETSY MORTON Our business section consisted of "Write down what you want to be making in fi ve years. You'll be surprised at how close you will be to that number." Nothing about taxes, being an employee, or being an independent contractor. Nothing practical. Was also told you will get hired making $65 an hour. Show me where that job is. I'll sell my business and sign a contract with them. LOL. Had to learn everything the hard way, but eight years later, I'm still doing it. I'm addicted; I love it. JESSI MASSAGETHERAPY LOUTFI Defi nitely more about how to run your own business as a massage therapist and make a living doing it. Graduated in 2001, so we were taught very little about deep-tissue massage. Would have loved to have known that deep tissue defi nitely doesn't just equal deep pressure. MAUD HOFFMAN Nothing, honestly. My teacher was the best and made sure we left with more than just basic knowledge. She opened our eyes to the many facets of massage so that we could fi nd our best way to give of ourselves. JOHN S. BOX I am discovering that what I learned in basic massage school was infl uenced mainly by instructor opinion. I'm very discouraged that we did not learn true orthopedic assessment. We were taught "If it radiates, it MUST be a trigger point, so I am not even going to look at your range of motion or test whether it's an impingement or an entrapment—I'm just going to dig on you because that is what we are supposed to do …" NO, NO, NO, NO! We never actually learned the difference between impingement and entrapment, and what that means for treatment. KRISTIE JOHNSON WILLIAMS Marketing: getting and keeping clients. My school spent very little time on the business of massage. Unfortunately, most of the focus was on working for spas, clinics, and other places where they do the marketing for you. What we didn't get a lot of was information about starting our own business. WILL THOMAS What is the biggest challenge in our profession today? Publication Date: July/Aug 2018 At what point did you know you were going to be successful at massage? Publication Date: Sept/Oct 2018 Email your responses to Your submission can be as short as you'd like and up to 250 words. Upcoming Topics SPEAK YOUR MIND What are some things you wish you learned in massage school? There is a serious lack of knowledge on the lymphatic system in the average massage therapist's education. SABRINA MERRITT Basic knowledge about the application and protocols of insurance billing. ELIZABETH REHME MASSAGE THERAPY My teachers were incredible and I wouldn't expect anything more. They taught us everything and then some. SARAH GANDIA FROM LINKEDIN I wish I had learned more on the business aspect of massage. Yes, we were taught the basics, but not enough to be on our own. It's really tough being an independent contractor. Riding the roller coaster is no fun in the massage world. CHRISTINE GARNER Critical thinking and research literacy. There are so many myths still heavily involved in our industry. And, from my 14 years of personal experience, MTs actually dismiss new research ideas if they contradict what they were taught in school. It's like their loyalty to their school outweighs science. KATRINA (KAT) FARBER

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