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The Massage Industry, Massage Programs and SWIHA Partnerships for Grad Employment Options

M is alive and well at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, and so is the Massage Industry itself!

SWIHA core beliefs and the ways in which we make decisions are based on the following principles:
•  Spirit-Directed
•  Choice and Flexibility
•  Diversity in Learning Styles and Delivery Systems
•  Self-Healing, Self-Empowerment, Self-Sufficiency
•  Entrepreneurship
•  Community-Centered

We provide education to support the Holistic Healing industry, and strive to do our best in supporting every graduate in achieving their own unique career goals.  Whether self-employment or employment, the Success Center provides services and builds professional relationships to support both. Partnerships with industry businesses are crucial to maintaining our core principles of being community-centered, giving choice and flexibility, and providing diverse career options. We define partnership as a non-monetary relationship whose mutual efforts engage in collaboration to best serve the needs of our students in attaining their dreams in a setting that also serves the needs of a larger community.  SWIHA’s next Professional Massage Practitioner Diploma Program begins 10/24/2011!

Massage Envy is one such partnership that has been established to support the needs of many professional Massage Therapists and Aestheticians in Arizona and around the country who are seeking employment.  In keeping with being Spirit-Directed, we have chosen to open our doors and form a partnership that will help Massage Envy meet this challenge of facing such issues, and offer them tools, such as Life Coaching, to move forward in a positive light.

Spa Industry | Massage Industry Information

Chris Barth, General Manager, Massage Envy Spa Arrowhead, Director of Education MEU/Arizona says:

The spa industry continues to evolve as the world changes in socio economic status’, new innovations, and regional trends.  One of the ways Massage Envy has stayed current and a viable option is to offer a high quality massage and facial, at an affordable price, with convenient hours to fit most schedules.  The average clinic is open more than 96 hours per week.  Massage Envy in 9 years of operation has more than 700 locations open nation wide with more than 380 as Spa’s offering massage and facials.  We have over 1.5 million members nation wide and serviced 11.4 million massages in 2010.  Massage Envy has become the largest employer of massage therapist having more than 16,000 therapists working and are fast becoming the largest employer of skin care professionals with over 1500 estheticians with us.

As a new therapist in the business it is important to have options as to how to use their gifts for the world.  One such option is Massage Envy, with 30 locations in Arizona alone we are constantly looking to add to our clinics: talented, caring, gifted therapists wanting to help heal a hurting world.  Many of our therapists don’t just find a job, they find a career or even a way of life that helps not only mold them but everyone they touch into a better person.  We have many of our management team that have started as a therapist, we also have many regional team members as well as owners within the company that got their start in room.  The ability to grow in this business is unlimited with new locations opening each week throughout the country, quality therapists and skin care professionals are in high demand.

Massage Envy recognizes SWIHA and SWINA as some of the best schools in the country in training the next great therapists.  With our business growing as fast as we are in only makes sense to work together to find homes for those up for the challenge.  We have been working with these two great school for only a few months, however, with in that time we have found over a dozen therapists now working for us.  Thank you to SWIHA and SWINA for all the great work you do!”

The Success Center is continuing to establish more partnerships with local businesses and organizations to provide the necessary resources to build on your success.  We are in the process of creating more resources online, more entrepreneurial tools, and more opportunities for employment . It is our intention to support everyone.  Most of all, we appreciate your honest feedback, and will continue to listen and open our doors in support of you.
Several graduates have said Massage Envy was there when they really NEEDED a job; one even stated, “It saved my life!” Several years later, these therapists are still working there.

Please keep in mind that Massage Envy is just ONE of many different opportunities the Success Center is bringing to our graduates. We realize that this is not for everyone, and it is a great opportunity for some. Our primary job is to help ALL our graduates find what suits them in becoming successful.

Southwest Institute of Healings Arts (SWIHA) also offers SWIHA Tuition Bucks to massage practitioners of Massage Envy.   These “SWIHA Bucks” are granted to individuals to redeem as $100 worth of credit towards classes only, not programs, to be used by December, 2012.   These bucks can be applied towards gaining continuing education units (CEUs) and are non-transferable.  Students can redeem one online or on-campus using the code: MECEU.   One tuition buck is allowed per person, and can be applied to online or on-campus classes.  🙂


Paula Martin wants to share:

I just have to share my amazing experience with one of your former students! Yesterday I went in for my scheduled massage at Massage Envy on Frank Loyd Wright and my usual therapist had to go home sick. They put me with a new one, his name was Jerry. I admit at first I was a little unsure, but went with it. I am SO glad I did, because it was the BEST massage experience I have ever had!

Jerry worked my shoulder in ways that I have never experienced during a massage. Today is the first time I have been pain free for a long time (car accident in Jan.). His skills aside, he also was very intuitive and knew just where my body was in need without my saying so. As Jerry walked me out I asked him where he went to school, although I already suspected it being a graduate of SWINA. When he confirmed SWIHA, I just said “I thought so” with a smile… My session was so beneficial to my entire whole self. I am going back next week to see him again. – Blessings!

Massage Envy Career Day at Swiha

This is an open invitation to all Massage Therapists and Aestheticians who have completed or are near completion of their massage program and licensing process.

Massage EnvyCareer Day will be held at the SWIHA campus on Thursday March 15, 2012 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Massage Envy Spas will be here accepting applications for career opportunities!  Chris Barth, General Manager of the Arrowhead location, will be here with his team to answer any of your questions.  There will be a company overview starting at 3:00 pm.

The objective here is to provide an overview of Massage Eny Spa as a business and the benefits of becoming an employee.

Here are some of the facts we know:
  • Full and part-time and flexible schedule option
  • Professional Advancement Opportunites
  • Steady Client Flow
  • Continuing Education Opportunites / SWIHA
  • Locations Nationwide / Transferability
  • Exceptional compensations Packages

This opportunity is open to massage therapists and aestheticians who have completed or are near completion of their program and licensing process.  After the overview, there will be an opportunity to actually meet with the owners and interview for the positions. They will also be interviewing for front desk and administration positions as well!

Come Prepared

  • If you are planning on attending this event, please arrive promtly at 3:00 pm for the company overview.  This is an important part of getting to know more about career opportunities with Massage Envy Spa and to answer any question you might have.
  • Please have with you multiple copies of your resume and dress appropriately for the interview process.
  • You will be interviewing with the Corporate team and the owners from the various locations in greater Phoenix.
  • All students and graduates will be granted an interview.  This is a great opportunity to get interviewing experience.

Becoming a Massage Therapists

Becoming A Massage Therapist is more attainable today than ever before!  Because we realize the desire for many people to get a degree faster than most, we created and now offer a “Fast Track” Massage Therapist Program. Fast Track ~ 7.5 months (days / no weekend) Standard Track ~ 11 months (nights & weekends) Custom Track ~ Unlimited time-frame (complete on your own time!) SWIHA’s Massage Therapy Programs At Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, we offer two comprehensive massage diploma programs – both of which exceed the 700-hour requirements for massage therapy training in Arizona.  The best part is, you get to choose how FAST you complete it!

Introducing Swihas New Online Massage Program

SWIHA announces their new, online/on-campus “Professional Massage Practitioner – Hybrid” Program, providing a mix of online education and necessary hands-on experience.  This can be found at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts’ innovative delivery method for their “Professional Massage Practitioner – Hybrid” Diploma is raising eyebrows, as it blends flexible online training with required hands-on experience.  Students will complete 250 hours of training at SWIHA’s main campus in Tempe, Arizona, which includes all essential hands-on core classes, some of the sciences, and the majority of required student clinic hours.

Swedish Massage

So you’ve heard of Swedish Massage, but what does that mean – is it a type of massage that originated in Sweden?  Have you ever enjoyed the benefits of one, and know what the techniques are used for?  Let’s explore this wonderful healing modality and how it can be customized to a body’s specific needs, while on the road to relaxation for the entire mind, body and spirit!

Where did Swedish Massage Originate?

Swedish Massage was not created by a Swede, nor did it originate in Sweden.  In fact, in Sweden, there is no such thing as “Swedish massage;” instead, massage is referred to as “classic massage.”  In the U.S. however, the term “classic massage” is used very little, while “Swedish Massage” is considered the ‘classic’ and most basic of all massage methods.

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Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger (1838-1909) is generally credited (by physicians such as Emil Kleen and Richard Hael, who researched the origins of massage and gymnastics) as the man who adopted the French names to denote the basic strokes under which he systemized massage as we know it today, as Swedish or classic massage. Somehow, the term Swedish Movement System was transposed to Swedish Massage System sometime during the second half of the 19th century. Ling’s system was the Swedish Movement System or Swedish Gymnastic Movement System. This may be how he has become incorrectly associated for so long with Swedish massage. When the first books were written about Ling’s Swedish Gymnastic System, the writers used the French terms so prevalent since Mezger’s use of them. Later writers evidently attributed the French terms to Ling because of this.

What is a Swedish Massage?

This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart.  But Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation.  Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.

What is a typical Massage Therapy session like?

A typical session is between 40 and 90 minutes.  Your massage will begin with a brief consultation and review of symptoms, medical history and lifestyle.  You will be asked to undress (many people keep thier underwear on) while therapist is out of the room, and lie face down under a sheet on a padded massage table.

Key principles:

A sequence of Swedish massage usually starts with stroking, followed by  kneading, friction, vibrations, percussion, stroking again, and then passive  movements.  It traditionally takes place on a massage chair, since it is  essential for the masseur to keep a straight back.  The massage usually begins on  the legs and feet, followed by the hands and arms, then the abdomen and chest,  and finally the back.

Techniques of a Swedish massage include: long strokes, kneading, friction, tapping, percussion, vibration, effleurage, and shaking motions. The usually sequence of techniques are:

  1. Effleurage: Gliding strokes with the palms, thumbs and/or fingertips
  2. Petrissage: Kneading movements with the hands, thumbs and/or fingers
  3. Friction: Circular pressures with the palms of hands, thumbs and/or fingers
  4. Vibration: Oscillatory movements that shake or vibrate the body
  5. Percussion: Brisk hacking or tapping
  6. Passive and active movements: Bending and stretching

Tools for the massage:

Create an environment for the recipient to be comfortable.  Since clothing for this massage is optional, be sure the room is slighty warmer than normal.

  1. A massage table
  2. Towel
  3. Blanket and/or sheets
  4. Lotion or oil – Choose a lotion or oil that enables your hands to reduce friction acorss the skin.
  5. Candles or incense
  6. Soft Music

A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin-a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol.  Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.

The overall, common benefits of a Swedish Massage are that it feels good, it’s relaxing and very invigorating!

Learn how to give relaxing, professional Swedish Massage yourself, at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona!  This gives the body-worker a framework onto which he/she can add many other modalities or use as a complete massage in itself.

Massage Career Expo Held At SWIHA August 10, 2012

The general public is invited to the 2012 Massage Career Expo, which will be held at Southwest Insitute of Healing Arts (SWIHA), “the school with great energy” in Tempe, Arizona on August 10, 2012 from 6pm – 8pm.  The event is completely complimentary and open to all!

SWIHA will be providing an informative “Massage Panel” including:

  • Massage instructors
  • Licensed and student massage practitioners
  • Massage graduate sharing their success stories
  • Entrepreneurial support coaches
  • and much more

At this upcoming event you will experience and/or learn about different massage modalities such as:

  • Thai massage
  • Swedish massage
  • Tui Na
  • Myotherapy
  • Myofascial
  • Lomi Lomi
  • and more…

If you’re seeking a new, purposeful career, or a part-time position for rewarding, extra income, massage is a great way to combine your hands with your heart.  Massage offers natural healing, energy movement and well-being for the mind, body and spirit.  Here’s the secret, all of those wonderful things also happen for the massage therapist as they are working with their clients.

“Let me be an instrument, not an ego in the peace and healing of others “ is one of our most beloved mottos at SWIHA.  Come join us and experience the magic that is massage.  Get more of a sneak peek at our –> Massage Programs.  SWIHA even offers an Online/On-campus Massage Program!

IF you decide that massage therapy is a perfect fit for you, know that as a student and graduate of SWIHA, you will be fully supported by our ongoing Entrepreneurial Support, called “Our Success Center.”  Our team of professional success coaches will help you build your massage business from the ground up, or help you with job placement.  Whatever you need along your massage journey, we are happy to help you discover your gifts and graces, and support you as you share your talents with the world in a loving and profitable way.

Discover Tui Na Massage

The origins of Tui Na Massage can be traced back to 225 B.C., written about in The Yellow Emperor’s Classic on Internal Medicine, a classic text that discusses Chinese Medicine.   Tui Na is sometimes referred to as Tui Na An Mo, which means “Push Grasp Press Rub.”   It is also sometimes referred to as Chinese meridian or qigong massage.

Although practiced throughout the world, many people have never heard of Tui Na (Tway-Nah).  It is an irony that one of the oldest forms of massage is currently one the most obscure.  This modern art, from the ancient world is based on the same traditional medical philosophy as acupuncture.  Acupuncturists use small needles inserted into acu-cavities found along the body’s vital energetic pathways (meridians) to balance the body’s Qi.  Qi is the body’s vital energy.  When the Qi is flowing freely through the body, the body is healthy and when it is not flowing freely dysfunction may occur.  Tui Na uses a variety of hand techniques instead of needles to balance the body’s Qi and restore proper function.  ~ White Raven Internal Arts, LLC

This classic form of Chinese acupressure / massage seeks to establish a harmonious flow of qi and blood in your body, allowing the body to heal itself naturally.  This incredible massage modality is done on a massage table like regular oil massage, but with the advantage of not requiring oil for the work.  Clients wear loose, comfortable clothing to receive this fun, therapeutic, invigorating and yet deeply relaxingBodywork.

The various Tui Na Massage techniques include brushing, grasping, pressing, kneading, and stretching.  Again, these and other various hand techniques are used along muscle groups, meridians, and acupressure cavities to stimulate acu-points and meridians that will stimulate the muscle, circulation, and qi flow.  The amount of pressure used can vary from moderate to deep depending on the client’s preference and response to the body therapy.  It can alleviate pain, stiffness, headaches, constipation, and other neuromuscular imbalances.
Students of Tui Na are taught more than just hand techniques and Asian theory.  Tai Chi Qigong exercises are included as part of the training.  Tai Chi Qigong exercises help students build stamina, proficiency in the manipulation skills, suppleness, and a good grasp of ones qi senses.

In the Tui Na program offered at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, students learn the ancient approach of looking at and treating illness and dis-ease in a holistic way.  Once successfully completed, students are awarded a Certificate of Excellence showing completion of 200 hours of specialization in the field of Tui Na.

Guest Authored By: T. J. Fritz, LMT, Acupressure Practitioner, Tai Chi Instructor:

T.J. Fritz first began his study of the human health in 1988 at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania studying sports medicine, physical education, and health sciences.   He has earned diplomas in Acupressure, Sports Acupressure, and Advanced Acupressure from the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, CA.  Along with his hands-on bodywork, T.J. is also an accredited Tai Chi instructor.  Since 2002 T.J. has enjoyed teaching anatomy, physiology, Asian theory, tui na, Swedish massage and deep tissue therapies to future bodywork professionals.   His private practice includes massage, tui na, acupressure, jin shin acupressure, acu-oil massage, therapeutic stretching, connective tissue release, and tai chi instruction.

If you want a closer, sneak peak at Tui Na and many other massage possibilities, as applied into a career or as a part-time job for extra income, we invite you to the MASSAGE CAREER EXPO 2012 on August 10, 2012 held at SWIHA, 1100 E. Apache Blvd. Tempe, AZ 85281.  This event is complimentary and open to the public!

Massage Therapy As A Rewarding Career Or For Fun Part-time Income

So many different types of Massage Therapy Jobs have been created over the last two decades as the Massage Therapy Profession has flourished and naturally moved into mainstream healthcare.   Over the last two years, on average, Massage Therapy has increased the number of jobs offered by 3 %.  The Occupational Outlook Handbook, produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, reports that Massage Therapy Jobs are predicted to grow much faster than average due to the massage industry’s growing ability to report the health benefits of massage therapy to the general public.

Massage Therapy Jobs are expected to increase by 19% from 2008 to 2018, one of the fastest growing careers on average for all types of occupations (estimated by the U.S. Department of Labor)!   Thus, the demand will be high for professionals who are knowledgeable about benefits and techniques of massage therapy, as well as having the skills to provide a therapeutic massage treatment.

Important facts about Massage Therapy:

  • Massage therapy is offered in 35-40% of hospitals all over the world.
  • 55% of physicians recommend massage therapy to patients.
  • 40% of physical therapists recommend massage therapy to patients.
  • Massage therapists earn on average $45 per hour.
  • Massage therapists average $10-$20 more per hour for a specialty service like Fibromyalgia Massage or Pregnancy Massage.
  • Massage therapists see on average 40-42 clients per month.
  • Chiropractors either hire a massage therapist or recommend a massage therapist to most clients.
  • 75% of massage therapists report that they receive referrals from many different types of healthcare providers.
  • Many different types of massage therapy jobs are now expanding the job market for massage therapists.
  • No longer are cruise ship jobs, spa jobs and private practice your only career choices.
  • From massage doula to Certified Injury Prevention Instructors (CIPI), massage therapists are discovering a whole new world of career possibilities, and combining those that interest them most, to create their own tailor-made career.

Statistics on Massage Therapy as a Main Career or Second Career (from the American Massage Therapy Association):

  • In 2011, the average annual income for a massage therapist (including tips) was estimated to be $21,028.
  • While massage therapists work in a variety of work environments, sole practitioners account for the largest percentage of practicing therapists (73 %).  Fifty % work at least part of their time at a client’s home/business/corporate setting or their home, 29 % in a spa setting and 29 % in a healthcare setting.
  • Eighty-three % of massage therapists started practicing massage therapy as a second career.
  • Sixty % of massage therapists say they would like to work more hours of massage than they presently do.
  • More than half of massage therapists (53 %) also earn income working in another profession.
  • Of those massage therapists who earn income working in another profession 23 % work as a business/professional, 22 % work in health care while 18 % practice other forms of bodywork.
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If you are ready to combine your hands with your heart, explore your massage education today.  Southwest Institute of Healing Arts is passionate about helping massage therapy professionals grow their practice, choose the best massage therapy program suited to their needs, and build a strong massage career niche for themselves and their business.  SWIHA is excited for you to begin or expand your exciting career in Massage Therapy!

Take a look at what kind of Massage Therapy Jobs are out there, or to find a massage job near you right now; there are many online resources to check out!  Here are just a few web resources:


APSA Scholarships Awarded To SWIHA Students

The Arizona Private School Association’s (APSA) 45th Annual Conference was recently held on May 18, 2012 at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix.  Many amazing speakers presented this year.  Keynote Speaker KC Miller, Owner Southwest Institute of Healing Arts shared “We All Leave a Teaching Legacy- What Are YOU Teaching?

The Exciting Announcement SWIHA would like to share is the winners of the Lifetime Learning Scholarship!  Congratulations to Kathy Butcher, Daniele Lomahaftewa (who will be starting the Massage Therapy program), as well as Terra Stone (not able to make it to the luncheon).

More About APSA Scholarships:

Each Spring the Arizona Private School Association awards $1,000 Scholarships to every public, private and charter High School in Arizona.  The Arizona Private School Association has awarded 150+ scholarships yearly to local High Schools.  Scholarships are for graduating students from Arizona and the High School determines the recipients of the Awards.  Applications for Scholarships are available through the High School counseling office each Spring.  Scholarship deadline is always April 30th.  Counselors for additional applications and certificates contact the APSA office at 602-254-5199.

About APSA:

The Arizona Private School Association (APSA) is the oldest and largest association of private postsecondary schools in Arizona, with over 56 member schools, and over 40 Associate Members who provide valuable products and services to the private postsecondary sector. APSA has received national acclaim as the 1997 Outstanding State Association. Since its foundation in 1967, APSA has worked closely with state administrations, the legislature, and its regulatory bodies. Member schools offer general education, two and four-year degrees, and vocational certificate programs to over 230, 000 students in any given year.

SWIHA is blessed to be connected to such a wonderful organization!

The APSA 45th Annual Conference also included informational Breakout Groups:

•       Government/ AZ Workforce Development- “Occupational & Employer Demands in Arizona”
Panel discussion to be moderated by Donna Pettigrew, Arizona College of Allied Health
Panel Members: Cynthia Spell-Tweh, Deputy Community & Economic Development Director,  City of Phoenix Workforce Connection Division – Rosalyn Boxer, Vice President/Workforce Development, Arizona Commerce Authority, Patrick Burkhart, Assistant Director, Human Service Department, Workforce Development Division
•       Regulatory- “Presentation on 90/10 Cash Program” – Daniel Jones, National Program Director, Pearson Workforce Education
•       Compliance- “Workforce Skills Reality Check”  – Dr. Al Gray, Executive Director, ACICS
•       Admissions/Compliance & Disclosures-  “Don’t Blink” – this session examines recent regulatory changes that impact school operations – Jamie Morley, Ph.D. and Spring Zutes, Education Consulting Solutions
•       Admissions- “Where Have All the Prospects Gone and What Do I Say When I Reach Them?” – Pam T. Jones, Lightpoint Consulting and Training
•       Compliance- “ Integrating & Enhancing Management of CDR’s and GE Measurement” – Mary Lyn Hammer, President & CEO, Champion College Services
•       Career Services- “Does Your Career Center Speak #Hashtag? How to Leverage Social Media”  – Robert Stark, Vice President of Learning Initiatives, MaxKnowledge, Inc.
•       Regulatory- Speaker TBD “Washington Update”
•       Education- Fred Lockhart
•       Retention- Brandyn Bolte “Teaching Skills and Retention”
•       Education- Lori Ebert, Ph.D.

Asian Bodywork Therapy As A Full Or Part-time Career

Have you ever heard of Asian Bodywork?  If so, are you curious about it’s benefits, career outlook, or wonder how it differs from Massage Therapy?  Well, Asian Bodywork Therapy can greatly enhance and up-level any massage practice, but it can also be done as a stand alone wellness modality, as a bodyworker.

Asian Bodywork Therapy is widely referred to as treatment of the human body, mind and spirit, which includes the energetic field, surrounding and infusing the body to life by manipulation and pressure.  This paraphrased statement is the lead-in to the general definition of Asian Bodywork Therapy, adopted by the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA), the largest membership organization in the U.S. representing the interests of Asian Bodywork professionals across a broad spectrum of practices.  By this definition, Asian Bodywork Therapies are holistic approaches addressing and affecting the whole person through the use of movement, manipulation, or pressure techniques.

Zen Shiatsu is an amazing technique that is taught worldwide, and Southwest Institute of Healing Arts is one of the holistic healing arts schools that provides an amazing education in this field.  “Zen Shiatsu” is a form of bodywork administered by the thumbs, fingers, palms, elbows, feet and knees, stimulating the natural healing powers of the body. Clients remain fully clothed during this treatment. No massage oils or lotions are needed because rather than sliding along the body surface, a series of gentle specific presses are given along the meridian pathways. The professional Zen Shiatsu practitioner is trained to feel and intuit the condition of the body, particularly the circulation, by his/her hands in order to find imbalanced areas. Obstacles to health are removed and vitality is gained, thereby lessening the symptoms of dis-ease. Advanced bodyworkers and massage therapists who utilize Zen Shiatsu techniques will enhance the longevity of their career by avoiding overuse of the hands, wrists, and thumbs.

Zen Shiatsu Career Outlook: Zen Shiatsu Practitioners often find employment in spas, wellness centers, private practice, fitness centers, hospitals, acupuncture and chiropractic offices, plus more.  Massage-oriented professionals in general can anticipate a 19 % increase in employment through 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Another intriguing Asian modality is Tui Na, also taught at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona.  Huang Di Nei Jing, (The Classic of Internal Medicine of the Yellow Emperor) one of the ancient Chinese Medicine tests included records of the use of acupressure techniques and how they should be used in the treatment of diseases.  A cross between acupressure and Shiatsu, Tui Na is sometimes called Meridian Massage, utilizing the traditional Chinese medical theory of Qi and its flow through the meridians.  Tui Na uses brushing, grasping, pressing and circular kneading hand techniques along the meridian pathways and over acu-points to create harmony. By keeping the bodies energy in balance, physical, mental and emotional well-being is maintained.

Tui Na Career Outlook: Massage-oriented professionals in general can anticipate a 19 % increase in employment through 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The field continues to expand with the country’s ongoing wellness boom and the public’s increasing interest in massage and complementary therapies as a means to achieve health and wellness.

*** An Important FYI for anyone considering Massage Therapy as a career!  It is important to know that the NCBTMB test has an Asian component to it.  It would be beneficial for students who are interested in taking the NCBTMB certification to know that they should plan on taking AT LEAST Asian Theory I (at SWIHA) to be successful on the NCBTMB test.  Tui Na or Zen Shiatsu is also highly recommended. ***

To learn more about massage therapy and Asian Bodywork, please join the Massage Career Expo 2012 at SWIHA on August 10, 2012 from 6pm – 8pm.  Sign up for this complimentary event at