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2013 Labor Reports for Massage Therapy in the U.S.

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Check out these interesting stats and interactive U.S. maps at the Bureau of Labor and Statistics.gov website.

The job description of massage therapists, according to BLS:

“Massage therapists perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. (Massage therapist) May assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans.”

The National poverty line is at $32k, and the northwest Florida average is roughly 41k. Comparatively speaking, massage therapists in the Pensacola, FL area can make a surprisingly ok wage. Although higher density and more affluent population areas in the states showed higher wages, I speculate the cost of living in these areas are relatively higher to boot.

Coincidentally, the Studer Institute , Sunday morning released the Pensacola Metro Report. This local initiative group does an annual analysis on the local economy, community, government and education compiled from local and national data. “We can’t improve on what we do not measure.”

Seeing these maps, I anticipate a bright future for massage therapy. As more and more consumers experience professional massage and find it to be a safe and low-cost intervention for muscular and joint pain, the demand for massage therapy will continue to rise.

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FAQ Friday


Another Frequently asked question I get asked is…
“What does your wife think about you being a massage therapist?”

Well, I believe when we first met I was wearing scrubs and she thought I was a doctor. Boy, was she let down when she found out the truth ;> .

No, that’s not true about the whole doctor image, but I definitely think she had no problem with it.

In fact, I can say she is my biggest fan. She never fails to cheer me on. She’s always there for me on the rainy days too. Come to think about it; she deserves a great massage. I think she has one of my gift certificates…

BTW- I will be working at the Pensacola Marathon doing pre and post event massage this weekend. Come out and cheer me on.

More so, come out and see the great athletes from here and all over the world competing in this 2nd annual race. I believe this race is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

Have A Great Weekend!


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Thursday 13 #1–Deep tissue Massage contraindications


Certain areas should be avoided or caution used while receiving deep tissue massage.

In general infections and undiagnosed pain should be checked by a medical doctor.
Moreover, your therapist needs to be informed of certain conditions that would not be beneficial to your health. Communication is key.

  1. Acute injuries– Sprains/ strains within the acute inflammatory stage. Within in the first few days of incident, injuries should be avoided. First aid, R.I.C.E. Rest, ice , compress, and elevate injured area. Very light massage during and definitely after this stage can speed recovery time, the healing process, and limit scar tissue formation.
  2. Varicose veins.
  3. Open wounds. Again, massage after the acute stage can help can limit scar tissue.
  4. Areas with sensation loss.
  5. DVT, deep vein thrombosis, i.e. blood clots
  6. Eyes. Obviously a finger in the eye is not good. Also, care should be taken if contact lenses are worn. It may be better to remove them for treatment.
  7. Tumors, benign tumors could be stimulated by deep transverse friction.
  8. Areas of main arteries (i.e. the groin, armpit, and front of neck). Much care is taken while massage is being done in these areas.
  9. Deep pressure over nerves.
  10. Bony prominences. The styloid process behind the ear, spineous processes…
  11. Lymph nodes.
  12. Bacterial infections. Boils and or inflamed hair follicles.
  13. Contagious conditions. Cold sores, fungal infections like athletes foot and ringworm.

Colds and infections like the “flu” should not be shared even with your worst enemy. Please be kind and reschedule for a latter time.

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