Getting Started From Sucks to Success in less than two years.

Just 20 months ago – when Rochelle Ganoe and I first met, we were ‘almost’ like the 12 million Americans who are currently unemployed. We were ‘under’ employed in low-paying jobs that we loathed and had no opportunities.
Now we’re loving life with our own in-home massage therapy business in Jackson Hole and this blog will be sharing how we did that, along with great advice and insights about massage and its modalities – and healthy life choices in general.

Educate Yourself
When we met, Rochelle had already enrolled herself to study Swedish Massage at theMcKinnon School of Body Therapy in Oakland, California. By October, she had disappeared out of my life for seven weeks in order to take her courses. In addition to her core Swedish Massage Curriculum, she was able to take elective classes in Reiki.
Coming back to Jackson with 100 hours of Swedish Massage enabled her to get work in a local foot massage parlor (that also does regular massage) and get a small number of private clients – simply by offering her services for free to friends. That grew into paid massage jobs which helped her to gain confidence, pay her expenses, and then apply for work at local spas. The spa work pays exceptionally well when you consider your input in time and Dollars.
Seeing Rochelle’s earnings and successes, and now realizing more and more that we wished to stay together, I also decided to do my Swedish 100 hours at the McKinnon Massage School. Therefore the following October, we both drove to Oakland and attended massage school classes at the same time. Rochelle up-graded her qualifications and credit hours by studying Deep Tissue Massage, myofascial release, and sports massage. In addition to my Basic Swedish Massage, I attended classes in chair massage, back, shoulders and neck massage, and took two practical classes in business and body mechanics for massage therapists.
Yes, it costs money to attend massage school and pay for lodging while you’re there – welcome to life. Investment and up-front funds are needed in any business. But in our view, the return on this investment (ROI) is well worth it. In real terms – it’s just not such a great deal of money. Chances are there’s a less expensive way to do it – but we just liked the idea of being in still-summery Oakland during the dull early winter months of November and December here in Jackson.
In the next issue of Massage Therapy Business in Jackson Hole – Getting Started, I’ll continue with our little success story to bring you up to speed with where we are now – and what lies ahead.
Meanwhile, reading blogs, internet posts and watching videos are all great ways to enhance your massage, and massage business learning. So I leave you with the very first of our weekly newsletters from Massage professionals of Jackson Hole.  Newsletter

Teenagers Benefit from Massage

Teenagers Benefit from Massage

Yes, it’s true – teenagers benefit from Massage. Massage has been shown to help different issues that occur during adolescence.We have all been through those sometimes dreaded (and just as often wonderful) years between childhood and adulthood. We go through massive changes hormonally and physically – and while regular doctors’ visits are recommended for the hard, medical aspects of this growing-up stage, massage can also be an important component of a teen’s health and wellness. Here are 3 areas where teenagers benefit from massage:

1. Poor body image and eating disorders.

Depression, social pressures regarding appearance, and participation in sports where leanness is valued (such as gymnastics, wrestling, and diving), are all associated with the development of eating disorders. Needless to say, high school provides ample opportunity for all of these.

Studies done at the Touch Research Institute with women who struggle with either anorexia nervosa or bulimia showed that regular massage decreased anxiety levels, increased levels of the feel-good hormone dopamine, and reduced depression scores. Participants in the study also showed better scores on the Eating Disorder Inventory, indicating better body awareness. While counseling is obviously of paramount importance, massage therapy can be a powerful adjunct to other forms of treatment for eating disorders. It’s just another example of how teenagers benefit from massage.

Teenagers living in Jackson Hole, or those visiting the Tetons, are not exempt from these health and mental concerns, so regular massage therapy with companies like  Massage Professionals of Jackson Hole should be a part of life.

2. PMS and menstrual pain.

What’s worse than menstrual problems? Menstrual problems when you’re a teenager. Between the irregular cycles, the inexperience with managing symptoms, and the embarrassment about getting help, adolescence can be a rough time to have a uterus. Effective treatments like hormonal birth control can have negative social connotations, and require a pelvic exam to obtain, a procedure that most teen girls have yet to experience and may wish to avoid.

Massage therapy has been shown to help with pain, anxiety, and feelings of depression related to PMS, as well as other symptoms like water retention. Girls can also benefit from learning self-massage techniques to use when experiencing menstrual cramps on a day-to-day basis.

3. Athletic injuries.

While high school athletes are injured at around the same rate as professional athletes, their growing bodies mean that they’re often injured in different ways. Since bones grow before muscles and tendons do, youth are more susceptible to muscle, tendon, and growth plate injuries. Sprains, strains, growth plate injuries, repetitive motion injuries, and heat-related illness  are among the most common injuries among young athletes. Boys are most likely to experience athletic injuries while playing ice hockey, rugby and soccer, while soccer, basketball and gymnastics lead to the most injuries in girls.

Sports massage has a long history, and can be especially effective when dealing with repetitive motion injuries like tennis elbow and runner’s knee. Massage therapists are now found at every kind of sporting event, from the Olympics all the way down to your local 10K. Given that teen athletes can be more vulnerable to injury and overuse than their adult counterparts, it makes sense to offer them the same opportunities for healing and pain relief.

Do you know a teen who could use a massage? Go to today and book your massage online. Please see our weekly newsletter No.5 for more massage news.