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  1. 1. Promoting Massage Therapy Education<br />Associates Degree Program<br />By: Dr. LeenaGuptha<br />
  2. 2. About Massage Therapy<br />Introduction<br />What is Therapeutic Massage?<br />Who Gets Massage Therapy Where and Why? <br />More About Consumers, Reasons For Massage, Consumer Spending<br />Massage Therapy As a Profession<br />Who becomes a Massage Therapist?<br />Who practices Massage Therapy – Where and How?<br />What about Earnings?<br />Research<br />Legal Aspects<br />Regulation<br />National Certification Board Exam<br />Massage Education<br />In the Profession <br />Massage Lab Facility<br />Graduates should be able to:<br />Competitive Advantages<br />
  3. 3. What is Therapeutic Massage?<br />Systematic manual or mechanical manipulation of the soft tissues of the body by <br />rubbing, kneading, pressing, rolling, and tapping<br />For the purpose of promoting physical and mental benefits including <br />circulation of the blood and lymph<br />relaxation of the muscles<br />relief of pain<br />restoration of metabolic balance<br />Chair Massage<br />at Allentown Fairgrounds<br />
  4. 4. Who Gets Massage, Where And Why?<br />According to annual AMTA consumer surveys since 2003<br />an average of 21% of adult Americans received at least one massage each year and <br />an average of 32% of adult Americans received a massage in the previous five years.6<br />In July 2008<br />45% of women and 21% of men reported having a massage in the past five years.4<br />Spas are where most people now receive massage<br />with 23% of those surveyed in 2007 saying this is where they had their last massage.4<br />According to the 13th annual consumer survey sponsored by the American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®) <br />32% percent of Americans get massages for medical and health reasons, compared to 31% last year. <br />25% of Americans ages 35-44 have talked to their doctor or healthcare provider about massage therapy this year, compared to 14 percent in 2008. <br />
  5. 5. About Consumers<br />Seeking a massage for medical or health reasons is now tied with relaxation and stress reduction as the top reasons why Americans get massages. <br />Of those who discussed massage therapy with their doctors, 52% say their doctor strongly recommended/encouraged them to get a massage. <br />86% of Americans agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain. <br />85% percent of people agree <br /> that massage can be beneficial to <br /> your health and wellness. <br />
  6. 6. Reasons For Massage<br />
  7. 7. Consumer Spending on Massage Therapy <br />47% of those making $35,000 to $50,000 a year say they have considered massage to manage stress. <br />34% of those making less than $35,000 a year got massage for medical/health reasons. This group is the second largest income bracket of those who had a massage for medical/health reasons. <br />49% of those making $75,000 to $100,000 choose massage for medical or health reasons. <br />T-Mobile corporate group at the College Clinic<br />
  8. 8. Growing Demand for Massage Therapy<br />While the use of massage is growing, the reasons people are turning to massage therapy are also expanding.  More and more people recognize it as an important element in their overall health and wellness.<br />Almost one-fourth of adult Americans say they’ve used massage therapy at least one time for pain relief.  <br />Of the people who had at least one massage in the last five years, 31% report they did so for health conditions such as pain management, injury rehabilitation, migraine control, or overall wellness. <br />88% agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain. <br />87% percent agree that massage can be beneficial to health and wellness. <br />
  9. 9. About Massage Therapy<br />Introduction<br />What is Therapeutic Massage?<br />Who Gets Massage Therapy Where and Why? <br />More About Consumers, Reasons For Massage, Consumer Spending<br />Massage Therapy As a Profession<br />Who becomes a Massage Therapist?<br />Who practices Massage Therapy – Where and How? <br />What about Earnings?<br />Research<br />Legal Aspects<br />Regulation<br />National Certification Board Exam<br />Massage Education<br />In the Profession <br />Massage Lab Facility<br />Graduates should be able to:<br />Competitive Advantages<br />BPW Learns about the Growth <br />of the Massage Profession<br />
  10. 10. Massage Therapy As A Profession<br /><ul><li>In 2005, massage therapy was projected to be a $6 to $11 billion a year industry.1
  11. 11. It is estimated that there are 265,000 to 300,000 massage therapists and massage school students in the United States.2
  12. 12. According to the U.S. Department of Labor employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 20% from 2006 to 2016, faster than average for all occupations.3
  13. 13. Between August 2006 and June 2007, almost a quarter of adult Americans (24%) had a massage at least once in the last 12 months.4 </li></li></ul><li>Who Becomes a Massage Therapist?<br />Today’s Massage Therapists are…5<br />Most likely to enter the massage therapy profession as a second career. <br />Predominantly female (85%). <br />In their early-40s, on average. <br />Most likely to be members of a professional organization. <br />Most likely to be sole practitioners. <br />Working an average of 19 hours a week providing massage. (Excluding time spent on other business tasks such as billing, bookkeeping, supplies, maintaining equipment, marketing, scheduling, etc.) <br />Giving an average of 41 massages per month. <br />Working in the industry on average for 6.3 years. <br />Likely to provide massage therapy in a number of settings, including their own home, spa/salon, their own office, a healthcare setting, health club/athletic facility, or massage therapy only franchise or chain. <br />89% of massage therapists provide Swedish massage, followed by 82% who provide deep tissue massage, 52% trigger point, and 49% sports massage. <br />
  14. 14. Massage Therapists can practiceIn a variety of settings:<br />Private Offices<br />Massage Therapy Centers<br />Chiropractors Offices<br />Doctors Offices<br />Holistic Health Centers<br />Wellness Centers<br />Clinics<br />Fitness Centers and <br />Health Clubs<br />Spas<br />Nursing Homes<br />Hospitals<br />Resorts and Hotels<br />Cruise Ships<br />Sports Medicine Facilities <br />with Sports Teams<br />Special Events<br />
  15. 15. Massage therapy usage in Hospitals is common<br />The number of hospitals offering massage therapy has increased by 30% in two years (from 2004 to 2006).10<br />Of the hospitals that have massage therapy programs, 71% indicate they offer massage for patient stress management and comfort while more than two-thirds (67%) utilize massage for pain management.10<br />67% percent of hospitals with massage therapy programs offer massage to their staff for stress management.10<br />
  16. 16. Massage And Healthcare<br />Healthcare providers are increasingly promoting the benefits of massage to their patients.<br />In July 2008, 13% of adult Americans reported discussing massage therapy with their doctors or healthcare providers.4<br />Of those 13% more than half (57%) said their doctor strongly recommended or encouraged it.4<br />More than half of massage therapists (69%) receive referrals from healthcare professionals.5<br />Over half of adult Americans (60%) would like to see their insurance cover massage therapy.4<br />96% of massage therapists agree massage therapy should be integrated into healthcare.5<br />Massage therapists and consumers are in favor of integration of massage into healthcare.<br />
  17. 17. Where & How Do Massage Therapists Work?<br />While massage therapists work in a variety of work environments (see earlier slide on variety of settings), sole practitioners or independent contractors account for the largest percentage of practicing therapists (92 %).  <br />44% work at least part of their time at a client’s home/business/corporate setting, 29%  in a spa and 27% in a healthcare setting.5 <br />
  18. 18. What About Earnings?<br /> In this rewarding and flexible career <br />In 2008, the average annual income for a massage therapist (including tips) who provides 15 hours of massage per week was $31,500, compared to incomes in 2006 of $28,170 for full-time healthcare support workers; $27,190 for full-time medical Assistants and $23,290 for <br /> occupational therapist aides.6<br />Of those massage therapists who earn income working in another profession, 26% work in healthcare, while 21% practice other forms of body work and 20% work in education.5<br />
  19. 19. Massage Therapy Research<br /> The therapeutic benefits of massage continue to be researched and studied. Recent research has shown the effectiveness of massage for the following conditions:<br />Cancer-related fatigue.11<br />Low back pain.12<br />Osteoarthritis of the knee.13<br />Reducing post-operative pain.14   <br />Boosting the body’s immune system functioning.15<br />Decreasing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.16<br />Lowering blood pressure.17<br />Reducing headache frequency.18<br />Easing alcohol withdrawal symptoms.19<br />Decreasing pain in cancer patients.20<br />MASSAGE THERAPY<br />
  20. 20. About Massage Therapy<br />Introduction<br />What is Therapeutic Massage?<br />Who receives Massage Therapy? <br />About Consumers, Reasons For Massage, Consumer Spending<br />Massage Therapy As a Profession<br />Who becomes a Massage Therapist?<br />Who practices Massage Therapy – Where and How? <br />What about Earnings?<br />Research<br />Legal Aspects<br />Regulation<br />National Board Certification<br />Massage Education<br />In the Profession <br />Massage Lab Facility<br />Graduates should be able to:<br />Competitive Advantages<br />The Pursuit of State Regulation<br />
  21. 21. State Regulation: Rapidly Growing<br />Currently, 42 states and the District of Columbia regulate massage therapists or provide voluntary state certification.8<br />In the states that regulate massage therapy, massage therapists must meet the legal requirements to practice which may include minimum hours of initial training and passing an exam. <br />In states that do not regulate massage therapists, this task may fall to local municipalities.   <br />
  22. 22. As of 2010 the State of Pennsylvania will license massage therapy. This supports the viability of a high standard Associates Degree<br />Field Trip To The Capitol <br />Harrisburg PA<br />Successful Student Lobby televised<br />AMTA Chapter support provides legislators MT<br />
  23. 23. Student Field Trips to The Capitol, <br />City Hall and Hearings at the General Assembly 2004-2008<br />
  24. 24. National Certification of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCTMB)<br />Currently, certification is not a requirement to practice massage therapy in the state of Pennsylvania; however, many employers require employees to have national certification.<br />Students will be strongly encouraged to take this exam at the end of their program, but it is separate from the program and the fee is not included in the students program cost. The fee is $250 at the present time.<br />
  25. 25. AMTA Membership<br />Belong to a professional association<br />Membership for Students - $ 99 (VS-$250)<br />Graduates are automatically eligible for AMTA professional active membership<br />Special member rates to national convention and for business materials<br />Subscriptions to many leading publications (i.e. Massage Therapy Journal, Hands on Newsletter, E-Touch Ezine)<br />www.amtamassage.orgstudent resource connection<br />Online Library of research, articles, etc…<br />Online job network<br />
  26. 26. About Massage Therapy<br />Introduction<br />What is Therapeutic Massage?<br />Who Gets Massage Therapy Where and Why? <br />More About Consumers, Reasons For Massage, Consumer Spending<br />Massage Therapy As a Profession<br />Who becomes a Massage Therapist?<br />Who practices Massage Therapy – Where and How?<br />What about Earnings?<br />Research<br />Legal Aspects<br />Regulation<br />National Certification Board Exam<br />Massage Education<br />In the Profession<br />Massage Lab Facility<br />Graduates should be able to:<br />Competitive Advantages<br />Harvard Conference <br />on Bodywork<br />
  27. 27. Education Is Valued In The Massage Therapy Profession<br />There are over 300 accredited massage schools and programs in the United States.8<br />There are more than 91,000 Nationally Certified massage therapists. 8  <br />To become Nationally Certified, a massage therapist must demonstrate mastery of core skills and knowledge, pass an exam, uphold the organizations Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics and take part in continued education.8<br />Ninety-two percent (92%) of massage therapists agree there should be minimum education standards for massage therapists.5<br />Massage therapists have an average of 633 hours of initial training.5<br />The majority of massage therapists (92%) have taken continuing education classes.5<br />The average number of hours spent in continuing education is 25 per year.5  <br />The most popular choices for continuing education are training for new modalities/techniques, advanced training for specific modalities, and massage for specific populations (e.g. pregnant women, geriatrics and athletes).5<br />
  28. 28. The Massage Therapy Program<br />Give students an excellent understanding of human anatomy, physiology, business practices, professional ethics, and massage therapy techniques.<br />Enable students to can gain knowledge in appropriate body mechanics and a range of movement therapies. This will assist in maintaining not only longevity of the therapist in the practice but will also provide the therapist excellent treatment tools for client care and rehabilitation.<br />Design curriculum to support the therapist in developing entrepreneurial, marketing, advertising and networking skills, critical to the success of a modern therapist in the business world.<br />
  29. 29. Program Nuts and Bolts<br />Program Specific Credits<br />General Education and Electives<br />Placement rates to be over 85%<br />National Presence for the program<br />Brand Recognition<br />Internship and Clinical Experience<br />Membership with Council of Schools, Liability Insurance<br />Direct involvement with Licensing Board and State Affairs, Advisory Board<br />Meet and exceed Accreditation Standards <br />Prepare students for the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) Exam. <br />Nationally Recognized Guest Speakers<br />
  30. 30. The Massage Program trains Students in Several Styles and Techniques<br />Swedish<br /><ul><li>This is the message modality with which most people are familiar. Swedish Massage is generally done with the aid of oils and incorporates long, smooth, slow strokes creating a very relaxing experience.</li></ul>Shiatsu<br /><ul><li>This Japanese modality is based on the Oriental concept that the body has a series of energy (Tsubo) points. When pressure is properly applied to these points, circulation is improved and nerves are stimulated. </li></ul>Sports Massage<br /><ul><li>This is a great addition to the warm-up and cool-down parts of an exercise routine and can significantly help reduce the risk of sports injuries.</li></ul>Deep Tissue<br /><ul><li>This massage involves very slow, deliberate and deep pressure which is particularly helpful when trying to get rid of tight, knotted areas.</li></ul>Reflexology<br /><ul><li>Based on the idea that the stimulation of particular points on the surface of the body has an effect on other areas or organs of the body. The most popular reflexology techniques are Hand and Foot reflexology.</li></li></ul><li>Student Massage Laboratory Facility<br />Bathroom facilities<br />Changing Area<br />Clinic bays <br />Storage Space<br />Extra Sinks <br />Laundry Facility<br />Lockers<br />Carpet Floor<br />Coat Racks<br />Shoe Racks<br />Robes<br />
  31. 31. Graduates should be able to:<br />Perform massage manipulations and bodywork techniques in an ergonomically correct manner.<br />Demonstrate, explain, and modify draping procedures in the four basic positions.<br />Demonstrate charting and record keeping procedures. <br />Apply and modify each of the standard massage methods: gliding stroke, kneading, compression, vibration, shaking, rocking, percussion, and friction.<br />Apply and modify each of the massage techniques and methods in four basic positions: prone, supine, lateral recumbent and seated.<br />Discuss the anatomy and physiology of how methods work.<br />Demonstrate appropriate sanitation and universal precaution procedures, hygiene, and premise safety procedures.<br />Explain the importance of structure, intent, and the purpose of touch.<br />
  32. 32. Competitive Advantages<br />Program Dean/Champion with proven track record, strong medical and media presence <br />Dedicated Courses to Ethics & Business Practices<br />Myofascial Technique<br />Sports Massage<br />Custom Build Lab facilities<br />Hands on Instructors with a minimum of Bachelors degrees<br />Interactive Technology used in Basic Science Classes<br />Advisory Board of Industry Leaders<br />High Placement Percentages<br />
  33. 33. Leena S. Guptha DO. ND. NCTMB<br />Dr. Guptha- Graduate in naturopathic and osteopathic medicine, 19 years teaching and clinical experience in holistic therapies<br />Ranked Professor<br />Nationally Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork<br />Certified in Shiatsu, Myo-fascial, Pregnancy, and Medical Massage<br />Board Certified in Hypnotherapy<br />Former National President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), Former Vice President of the AMTA<br />Former Director of National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB)<br />Former Dean of Massage Therapy<br />Former Director of Program Development & <br /> Research, Director of Education, <br /> Department Chair (Physical Medicine), <br /> Program Director (Medical and Dental Assisting) <br />
  34. 34. References<br />1  Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  (2004) National Health Expenditure Projections 2004-2014.Barnes P, Powell-Griner E, McFann K, Nahin R.  CDC Advance Data Report #34.<br />2  Data compiled by American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) 2008.<br />3   U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook<br />4   2008 and 2007 AMTA Consumer Surveys <br />5   2008 AMTA Industry Survey<br />6   AMTA Consumer Surveys 2003-20087   Based on a comparison of results of an AMTA 2008 Industry Survey and 2006 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics data.<br />8   American Massage Therapy Association <br />9   The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork  <br />10  National Survey conducted by the Health Forum/American Hospital Association 2006  <br />11  Currin, J. Meister, E.A. (2008) A hospital-based intervention using massage to reduce distress among oncology patients.  Cancer Nurs. 31(3):214-21.<br />12  Preyde M. (2003) Effectiveness of massage therapy for subacute low back pain: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Soft Tissue Manipulation, 8, 4 – 10.<br /> 13  Perlman AI, Sabina A, Williams AL, Njike VY, Katz DL. (2006) Massage Therapy for Osteoarthritis of the Knee. Arch Intern Med. 166(22):2533-8.<br />14  Piotrowski, M., Paterson, C., Mitchinson, A., Kim, H. M., Kirsh, M., Hinshaw, D. B. (2003) Massage as Adjuvant Therapy in the Management of Acute Postoperative Pain: A Preliminary Study in Men.  Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 197(6), 1037-1046. <br />
  35. 35. References Continued<br />15Zeitlin D, Keller SE, Shiflett SC, Schleifer SJ, Bartlett JA. (2000) Immunological Effects of Massage Therapy During Academic Stress. Psychosomatic Medicine. 62(1):83-87. <br />16  Field, T., Diego, Miguel, Cullen, Christy, Hartshorn, Kristin, Gruskin, Alan, Hernandez-Reif, Maria, Sunshine, William. (2004). Carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms are lessened following massage. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 8:9-14.<br />17  Hernandez-Reif M, Field T, Krasnegor J, Theakston H, Hossain Z, Burman I (2000).  High blood pressure and associated symptoms were reduced by massage therapy. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 4, 31 – 38.  <br />18  Quinn C, Chandler C, Moraska A. Massage Therapy & Frequency of Chronic Tension Headaches. (2002) American Journal of Public Health. 92(10):1657-61<br />19 Reader M, Young R, Connor JP. (2005)  Massage therapy improves the management of alcohol withdrawal syndrome. J Altern Complement Med. 11(2):311-3. PMID: 15865498.<br />20 American College of Physicians. (2008) Massage Therapy May Have Immediate Positive Effect On Pain And Mood For Advanced Cancer Patients. Science Daily 16 September. <br />21 The annual consumer survey was conducted by CARAVAN® Opinion Research Corporation International during July 2009, among a national probability sample of 1001 adults (501 men and 500 women) ages 18 and older, living in private households in the continental United States. The survey has a confidence level of plus or minus three percent. Commissioned by AMTA, this is the thirteenth annual massage therapy survey of American consumers.<br />