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Author Archives: Maria Leonard, Network Dean of Massage Therapy

Ready, Set, Go Get a Massage!

Ok, I know it seems like the economy continues to suck more money out of our pockets and we don’t have a lot, if any disposable income, but my thought is spend your money on things that can make you … Continue reading

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Massage Therapy Alternatives to Giving Away Free Massages

When I first became a certified massage therapist I was offering free massages to everyone; my friends, my family, my neighbors, my hair stylist, the mail man and on and on… I just wanted to practice, practice, practice. At some point … Continue reading

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5 ways to know if your massage therapist is a professional

Have you ever received a massage and gone home feeling very unsatisfied with your treatment?  Unfortunately, the public doesn’t always know what is expected from a professional massage.  They may not know what to expect and leave thinking they may … Continue reading

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What happened to listening to your massage client’s needs?

Be warned, this blog entry is long and it is going to contain some editorializing. This isn’t something I normally do, however I feel I have the responsibility to talk about my recent experience at a very well-known spa in Edina, Minnesota. As … Continue reading

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Graduating Massage Student? Want to own your business? Here are 10 helpful tips

If you follow these few simple tips you will definitely be starting out on the right foot! Research business and property licensing requirements for massage where you plan on practicing Location, Location, Location: Choose a location with good parking, proximity … Continue reading

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Sleepy at Work? Whether you are a Massage Therapist or Corporate Guru These Simple Techniques Can Help You Rejuvenate

If you are like me, you typically start to feel a little tired or glassy eyed in the early afternoon. I would like to give you some quick and easy techniques that may help revive you during that afternoon slump. … Continue reading

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Massage Therapy Research is Important

Because of the longevity of massage therapy and body work we have a unique advantage in this industry when it comes to research.  We have 100′s of years of information and stories to draw from to learn about the benefits … Continue reading

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I Slept Through my Alarm…I am sure my Massage client understands

Quite a few years ago I was the Spa Director at a busy downtown Minneapolis Spa.  As the Director I was in charge of the hiring, firing, training and day-to-day managing of the spa team.  One of the issues I dealt with periodically was therapists showing up … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Stress Get You Down!

I am inspired today to write this post about stress, because of some sad news I received regarding the untimely death of a cousin of mine. We so often allow stress to take control of our lives and we let … Continue reading

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Jump-start Your Day With Some Massage and Stretching

We can learn a lot by watching animals stretch.  Have you ever seen an unhappy kitty? A little massage and stretching every day are not only good for the body, but good for your attitude. How many times have you … Continue reading

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