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Absolute Values? Professionalism and manifestations of the individual


This is the first post of a four part series on professional development. The series will utilize the terms Massage Therapist, Masseur and Masseuse as a touchstone. Massage Therapy is a growing field of professional endeavor. As the last fifteen years have demonstrated, the creation of civic, secular infrastructure to consolidate and incorporate the profession,… Continue reading Absolute Values? Professionalism and manifestations of the individual

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Of Paradigm Shifts, Logical Fallacies and Process Philosophy


Step One "We admitted we were powerless over the New Age—that our Higher Selves had turned us into flakes." Step Two "Came to believe that a powerful bullshit detector could restore us to sanity." Step Three "Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of our lower selves and… Continue reading Of Paradigm Shifts, Logical Fallacies and Process Philosophy

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Paramedical Tatooing: Permanent Make up and Dermatology


Paramedical Tatoos demonstrate the value of medical esthetics in a unique way. Medical esthetics is distinct from cosmetology and requires extensive training beyond an associates degree or simple certification accepted by many spa employers. While permanent make up is nothing new and somewhat common, not all educators in this area are created equal. Key organizations… Continue reading Paramedical Tatooing: Permanent Make up and Dermatology

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NCB and FSMTB: The Muddy Water Remains?


I recently saw this article posted about a meeting of the minds between the NCB and the FSMTB. Meanwhile, comments continue to arise from various quarters across the country and abroad about what has been described as a lack of clarity. The following statement from the NCB illustrates the lack of clarity I have heard expressed:… Continue reading NCB and FSMTB: The Muddy Water Remains?

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Massage Envy


This Girl has been offered a job with Massage Envy! Several perks that I did not anticipate were offered for an out of state location and the local location is offering more per hour. I asked for ten days to respond which gives me time to look into license and insurance costs and renewals, housing… Continue reading Massage Envy

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“We don’t need to control him, we need to unleash him.” – Advisors to Agamemmnon in TROY


I recently had the misfortune to have a public argument over what academics call nit picking with a sacred cow of the Massage community. This is a snippet from the middle of a discussion that began in a professional group for massage educators on Facebook, followed recommendations to contacting industry authorities for more information and… Continue reading “We don’t need to control him, we need to unleash him.” – Advisors to Agamemmnon in TROY

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Choosing a Career in Medical Esthetics: What you need to know


BackgroundMedical Esthetics is centered on the improvement of people’s appearance, and is more closely allied with the treatment of disease and disfigurement than traditional cosmetology. The French Society for Esthetic Medicine held its first conference in 1973 and was the first organization devoted to the discipline. Esthetic medicine is a relatively new Industry in the… Continue reading Choosing a Career in Medical Esthetics: What you need to know

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Academic Scandal Brewing? The case of the Sappho poems


The academic world went into a frenzy recently with the supposed discovery of two new Sappho fragments. A supposedly anonymous collector in London was the source and at least one academic publically claimed to have a paper on the two fragments ready to publish. Then lo and behold, the gem disappeared. Read more here and… Continue reading Academic Scandal Brewing? The case of the Sappho poems