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5/11/12 2:25 A

The number of calories you need each and every day are different from individual to individual and to function this data you'll would like to know many different elements of specifics about all by yourself which will help make the formula. Down the page within our the number of calories must I have a day to burn fat calculator segment we're going to offer you a easy clarification as to ways to help make your very own calculations to find out what number of calories you have to have a day.

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4/12/12 12:13 A

Track your cardio workouts, but leave the rest as bonuses.

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4/11/12 10:38 P

I'm a CMT and I'm in the "don't count everyday activities (like massage) as exercise" camp. It'd get too easy...for me at start relying on that as exercise when it's not cardio and really not enough strength training for me.

Congrats on your graduation.

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4/11/12 10:10 P

I would be really, really cautious about counting day-to-day activities like work (even strenuous work) as cardio. Sparkpeople does have some calculations that can help, but don't count it as cardio... consider them bonus calories, or you may end up overeating or overestimating our calorie burn!

Remember that we don't count the calorie burn here at Spark for strength, either; for good reason. It's impossible to determine your actual calorie count outside of a lab, and things like HRMs aren't accurate, because the algorithms are based on cardio work... which doesn't translate to non-aerobic workouts.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 4/11/2012 (22:54)
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4/11/12 9:14 P

I am happy to report that my bodybugg reported 427 calories in the 2.5 hours!! It is 1000 or anything , but it absolutely counts!!! Hey, IMHO, calories burned are calories burned, and I also would like to add that I asked my crossfit trainer (while I was giving him a deep tissue massage) what his take was and he said it ABSOLUTELY counts!!! You are moving consistately for an hour straight and it may not be cardio, but more like strength training!! So that is my take!! What do u all say with this info??

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4/11/12 4:47 A

yes, i know our weights will be different. and the calculator on here does have "massage work" but i think its too high. even though i often perspire and occasionally sweat. what did your body bug come up with???

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2/28/12 1:08 P

I am just opening this up to some scientific research.... Lol. I am 5'1" and 127 lbs. I have been a massage therapist for 12 years and I do anywhere between 2 and 7 massages a week. Tonight I have 2, an hour and a half and an hour.. I am going to wear my boddybugg and I will come back on here and let you all know what happens!!! I am a firm believer that massage work should definitely count for something, I can not wear anything heavy, I almost always work up a sweat doing my massages!!! I usually wear a t shirt or tank top and still sweat!! So here's to figuring this out once and for all!!

1/4/12 11:16 A

Even though there haven't been any posts to this thread, I thought I'd add my two cents.

I'm an LMT. I'm also a group exercise instructor. I teach Tai Chi / Qigong, Yoga and Meditation. All of which fall under group exercise, yes even meditation - not all meditations are seated, still and quiet.

Cardio can be low impact or high impact. High impact gets the heart pumping and the body sweating. Low impact does not usually get your heart racing but you are moving and making your muscles work. Massage usually falls under low impact. It can be a work out, for some people more of an intense one than others depending on the type of massage work. Sports massage with assisted stretching can be a very rigorous workout for the therapist.

I do agree that our bodies can become acclimated to the work just as anyone who does the exact same workout routine day in and day out will find they've plateaued as well. This is one of the reasons we're encouraged to do as many continuing education classes as we can (afford and have time for) and to do exchanges with other therapists where we might garner some techniques we haven't been using or forgot. Those therapists who do not work many hours in a week, probably burn more calories during their sessions than other therapists simply because their bodies have to work more at what they are doing.

I think each session needs to be calculated individually. If you're interested in using it as a physical activity (which it definitely is), then getting a pedometer that gives different readings including calories burned might be helpful.

I definitely think therapists can utilize this as a physical activity because it is much more physical work than some other jobs. It is an individual choice.

Knowing how many calories are burned in an hour of Tai Chi - 250-400 depending on the extent of the activity - would be a fair comparison. Neither feels like a workout but you definitely use energy and muscle movement to get through the activity.

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1/5/11 12:44 P

This is a great topic. I've been a LMT for 14 years, and a few years ago was using a BodyBugg to monitor caloric expenditure. I was disappointed to see that, even though I do hard deep tissue work, I did not burn that many more cals than normal moving around. I assume we become efficient at our work, and the relaxing atmosphere keeps heart rates down. so I think I might log about 1/4 - 1/3 of my actual working hours on here, or if anyone finds that we CAN change our activity levels to "moderate", that would suffice.

1/17/10 2:15 P

Thank you for this!! I have been running around and around with my weight trying to figure out calories with our kind of work, I do agree that the 400 or so that they quote is a bit high, although good to note that we do burn a bit more then usual on the days that we do work. I do 3-4 massages 4-5x a week and have been living off a 16-1800 calorie diet... And got to thinking if my body was feeling starved on my work days... I'm going to up my calories like you talked about on the days that I'm doing massage and see how that helps, Thanks for your post it was really helpful.

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8/27/09 2:45 P

I am torn on this one.

I am a MT, however I chose to go the long, slow painful route of being an IC. Which means sometimes I don't work for days, other days I work several hours a day. Sometimes I don't work for weeks!

When I started Massaging once I was out of school during the beginning of the year, my weight loss stalled. I got fed up, and quit trying to lose weight and went into maintenance mode upping my calories by about 500. I lost weight quickly. So, suffice to say I wasn't eating enough once I started massaging on a very casual basis, a few hours a week at I can only assume you burn a decent amount of calories doing so.

I can burn 500+/- calories an hour during a pretty intense work out (according to HRM) - so depending on the client and the massage being given, I would guesstimate 250-300 calories per hour, for myself.

Some clients more, some a lot less, I am sure.

I don't count it as exercise, but on days I do work, I make sure I eat a little bit more..especially on days when I do several massages. Even burning 200 calories per massage..doing 3 a day is 600 extra calories burned if you don't do it often.

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7/24/09 5:26 P

I'm seeing numbers like "340" cals per hour, and I have to say, though I'm not professional, I do give massages and that seems really high, since it's about the same cals burned as running for an hour and I've never seen any of my MT (who are divine, by the way, always my preferred birthday gift, so thank you all for being MTs) sweating quite as much as they are when they run.

But on the "It's a job so don't count it" side, I have to disagree. If it's true that your body can go into "starvation mode" for not eating enough cals, then you have to consider those people like waitresses, mail carriers, and I guess MTs who are moving all day, lifting, etc. Cause if they don't count that (at least to some extent) then they will go into starvation mode.

That is to say, if 1/2 hour of a slow walk for me is "exercise" and should be counted so "I don't go into starvation mode", then someone who walks all day long needs to add cals or they will really go starvation mode.

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7/24/09 4:37 P


I'd like to discuss this further. Although I wouldn't consider most of the massage therapy work I do to be a cardiovascular workout (sometimes sports massage is!), it is very taxing on the body and a good enough work out I need to stretch and drink plenty of water between sessions.
I read an article in one of the massage mags that said we should treat ourselves like athletes in relation to nutrition/water/exercise/rest/etc. I think it is important to include the calorie burning for massage therapy work in order to ensure proper nutrition is being met. I'm just not sure I trust the amount listed on this site, 476 an hour for my weight seems way too high.

Your thoughts?

9/10/08 12:45 A

Hi EdGray! I'm an LMT as well, congrats on your graduation!!

I've got a bit of bad news though- at first I thought that I could count massage work as exercise, but come to find out, even though it is lots of work it doesn't raise the heart rate enough to really qualify as "exercise". And since you do it basically every day, it's something that your body gets used to doing.

You do, however, want to adjust your calculations for RMR (resting metabolic rate). I don't know if you can do it on here, but if you use some of the charts on other website, it asks you how active you are day-to-day (ie sedentary- desk job, no exercise...light-some moving during work, 1-2 days of exercise per week...etc). I think we MT's qualify as "moderate" in that heaving lifting, but definitely lots of moving!

Anyway, hope that helps a bit...congrats again!

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9/9/08 11:48 P

Congrats on graduating!!
I think this might be what you are looking for?!? You can scroll down on the menu and find Massage Work.

Good luck!

Edited by: LISA_074 at: 9/9/2008 (23:48)
9/9/08 10:45 P

I am a newly graduated Massage Therapist! (Hooray!) I was curious if anyone out there is also a MT, and if they know around how many calories you burn in 1 hour of giving a massage. I'd like to be able to put that in my fitness and exercise tracker for the future! I'd really appreciate some input! Thanks! :)

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