Continued Education for Continued Results

Posted: February 9, 2012 in Massage Therapy
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“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
– William Arthur Ward

In the massage therapy profession, as with many other professions, continuing education plays an important role in technique development and improved results. A massage therapist usually chooses their continuing education based on their interests, the skills they would like to enhance, and the goals that they would most like to achieve with their clients.

My greatest interests in developing my skills are movement patterns, biomechanics, weight training, nutrition, and most importantly how to efficiently treat conditions that limit the function and healing. This weekend I had the privilege and honor to take a Comprehensive Sports Massage CEU(continuing education unit) class by my mentor and renowned therapist Steve Jurch. With almost 20 years experience in the field, Steve is an athletic trainer and massage therapist who taught me in college and helped to develop me into the therapist I am today.
The course that I took this weekend taught me many things that will definitely produce better results, as well as help prove the legitimacy of this profession as a vital part of the health care field. If you are a therapist, I highly recommend expanding your knowledge on how to treat conditions that are more commonly seen in the sports field but can be applied to people in everyday situations. If you are a client and you are looking for results in treating conditions that have been debilitating and negatively effecting your everyday functions, then I highly recommend seeking a therapist with a background in this training or training that is similar.
Some of the interesting concepts that were taught in this weekends course that may be of interest to you:
  • Studies have show that static stretching before activity reduces power and output, instead consider dynamic warm-ups and stretching at the end.
  • Ways to prepare the body for activity and recovery after activity through massage therapy.
  • Understanding of how Scapular motion is important in prevention of shoulder and neck conditions.
  • More effectively treating low back dysfunctions, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff injuries and so much more…
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