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Demand for massage therapy across life stages, medical conditions, and medical settings is rapidly increasing as evidence of its effectiveness grows. The UCSF Osher Center offers specialized advanced training for professional massage therapists interested in serving individuals undergoing medical treatments or living with an illness.




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Each training session includes didactics, demonstrations, and hands-on practice. The yearlong program offers comprehensive training for massage therapy in hospital settings. Our three-day courses are crafted to the needs of clients experiencing a particular medical issue, such as oncologic or neurologic conditions. Our one-day retreat at the Log Cabin in the Presidio, open to all bodyworkers, is an opportunity for self-care and reflection on the provider-client relationship. Continuing Education credits are available for all trainings.


Our massage therapy instructors bring robust clinical experience, engagement in the latest research, and expertise in innovative teaching methods. Our lead instructor, Carolyn Tague, MA, CMT, has 13 years of hospital-based massage therapy experience from working in four distinguished medical centers and over 10 years of related teaching experience. She serves on the Hospital-Based Massage Therapy Task Force of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health. Ms. Tague co-authored the textbook Hands in Healthcare: Massage Therapy for the Adult Hospital Patient published by Handspring Publishing in 2021. Additionally, she has published in Massage Magazine, the Journal for Alternative and Complementary Medicine, the Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, and Global Advances in Health & Medicine.


Training program eligibility requirements, tuition, and dates are detailed in the course descriptions below. To stay updated on Osher Center massage therapy trainings, sign up for the massage therapy training email list here.


To be admitted to a massage therapy program, you likely need a high school diploma or GED. Once enrolled, you can expect to dedicate 500 or more hours to your studies. Specific requirements vary by state, and some programs require 1,000 hours or more. Full-time and part-time massage therapy programs are available, which can make it easier to fit your education into a busy life.


Most states require massage therapists to graduate from an approved program and pass an exam to apply for a license. Some states have developed their own licensing examinations, while others want you to pass a national examination such as the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). The MBLEx, which is administered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), is a 100-question, multiple-choice test that must be completed in under two hours. The test covers anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, pathology, benefits and effects of massage techniques, client assessment and treatment planning, ethics, and guidelines for professional practice.


When asked about the impact of their work, nearly 99% of massage therapists said their work has a positive impact on clients, and helping them to feel better is the #1 factor influencing job satisfaction.


Many people dream of being their own boss, and becoming a massage therapist can allow you to achieve this goal if you choose to be self-employed and start your own practice. Being your own boss can give you more freedom, greater control over your day, and increased satisfaction in your career.


While office workers are often sedentary for long periods of time, which can lead to a host of negative health effects, massage therapists get to move their bodies and be active on an ongoing basis. Physical strength and endurance are part of the job.


As cited in the career satisfaction survey, the #1 factor that negatively impacts massage therapists is a lack of consistent income. Because the schedules of massage therapists are appointment-based, their work hours can vary significantly from day-to-day and week-to-week. In addition, performing massage therapy is physically demanding, and working 40 hours a week is not always possible or desired.


Part-time schedules offer the benefit of flexibility, but they also have the downside of inconsistent pay in many cases. For self-employed massage therapists, other non-billable tasks require their time and attention as well, such as marketing, documentation, and washing linens.


Massage therapists can help prevent injuries by using appropriate techniques and precautions, such as making sure the massage table is the correct height and using the weight of their body to push down, rather than overusing their wrists and fingers.


Setting boundaries with clients and speaking up to address inappropriate comments and actions can help prevent these issues from escalating further, but the problem is also part of a broader stigma that affects the massage therapy industry as a whole.


This organization offers a variety of support to licensed or certified massage therapists, and students can join as well. The AMTA provides updates on the latest research and news, lists sources for continuing education, offers insurance to practitioners, and promotes the benefits of massage therapy to the public.


The ABMP focuses on building massage businesses and offers a bimonthly Massage & Bodywork magazine as well as marketing and web support. It also specifically provides support to students by offering testing and job aids as well as technique videos.


Bimonthly journal for massage, bodywork, and somatic professionals as part of their membership. It includes articles on the latest trends, research, techniques, business information, and practitioner health.


The American Journal of Sports Medicine is a peer-reviewed publication featuring papers focused on the field of sports sciences, including the latest research and developments. Topics range from orthopedics to massage therapy.


Resources and groups that are tailored for massage therapists provide valuable access to current industry information that can help you expand your knowledge, support your business, prevent practitioner injuries, and improve your service and techniques.


Lisa McNeil, M. Ed, CFSS-M, a Wisconsin-based licensed massage therapist at the Momentum Movement Clinic, who works with athletes for the United States Olympic Committee, says she likes to network with related professionals who can offer referrals.


Agrowingnumberofcancerandhospitalizedpatientsarerealizinganeedforholisticmethodstoeasetheirsymptoms.Researchhasproventhatoncologyandhospitalmassageissafefortreatingpatients,andtrainingismandatorytomassageinthehospitalsetting.


The Oncology and Hospital Massage class includes six days (48 hours) of in-person lecture and hands-on training where students will learn how, when, and why massage is appropriate. Students will also have the opportunity to treat patients during 52 hours of supervised clinical rotation.


Our goal is to educate highly qualified massage therapists who are capable of providing safe and intelligent massage therapy to oncology and hospitalized patients. Graduates will be qualified to work in private doctors' offices, hospitals, infusion centers and private massage practices.


After doing personal training and massage therapy since 2009, Ulysses Johnson thought it was the perfect time to create his own business Strength Renewed. Now, he will be able to provide a more personalized approach to helping his clients meet their goals.


In the other half of his space, Johnson has a massage table where clients can refresh their muscles. The table is not limited to just personal training clients, though, as anyone interested in a massage can register for one.


Design: We used an arm-to-arm comparison model with 2 independent variables (control and massage) and 6 dependent variables (maximal isometric and isokinetic voluntary strength, range of motion, upper arm circumference, plasma creatine kinase activity, and muscle soreness). A 2-way repeated-measures analysis of variance and paired t tests were used to examine differences in changes of the dependent variable over time (before, immediately and 30 minutes after exercise, and 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, and 14 days postexercise) between control and massage conditions.


Results: Delayed-onset muscle soreness was significantly less for the massage condition for peak soreness in extending the elbow joint and palpating the brachioradialis muscle (P


The arm-to-arm comparison model is advantageous when comparing 2 conditions in a relatively small number of subjects; however, it may produce a carryover effect, especially for the blood markers of muscle damage, if the time between the bouts is short. We avoided this potential problem by providing an adequate interval between the bouts based on previous studies, which was more than 2 weeks.2,18 Yet a possible placebo effect should also be considered, because it is difficult to eliminate a possible placebo effect in the arm-to-arm comparison model. Practically, people expect to have some effects of massage when they receive it, and psychological effects may always exist to some degree. We did not include a placebo treatment such as touching, because subjects might have noticed a difference if they had received a placebo treatment for one arm and actual treatment for the other arm. However, subjects were randomly grouped by test order (control-treatment or treatment-control), and dominant and nondominant arms were equally balanced over the 2 conditions. Moreover, the changes in muscle strength (see Table 1 and Figure 1), ROM, and upper arm circumference (see Table 2) immediately postexercise were not significantly different between the control and massage arms, and the massage was performed 3 hours postexercise and before DOMS developed. It seems unlikely that the changes in the criterion measures were altered by the psychological effects of massage, because the placebo effect would not account for the differences in upper arm circumference or CK values. This suggests that the reduction in DOMS for the massage condition was a real and not a placebo response. It seems reasonable to assume that differences between arms, if any, were due to the effects of massage. Massage was effective in reducing the magnitude of DOMS (see Table 3), swelling (see Table 2), and plasma CK activity (see Figure 2). In contrast, no positive effects of massage were found for muscle strength (see Figure 1 and Table 1) and ROM (see Table 2). 041b061a72


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