SparkPeople Massage Therapists for Healthier Living Team Messageboard Massage Therapists coming together to be more Fit, Healthy, & Successful...both physically and professionally. Whether you are a student or a CMT/LMT, this team is for you!!! SparkPeople Massage Therapists for Healthier Living Team Messageboard Introduce yourself here! Leave a little post below about your journey in both health and massage! Let's all work together to create a better feeling world, by starting ourselves! Thu, 26 Sep 2019 21:23:11 EST How's business? Think positive! In August, I took a full-time combination administrative and teaching position at the school I attended and was already working at a few days a week. Consequently, I had to leave the chiropractors I had worked with since graduating, which was somewhat emotional, and also left me only doing bodywork on a regular basis in the classroom. The break was nice at first, but I knew I could not sustain it long-term - not for reasons of income, but because it would limit my teaching potential, while GR... Sun, 8 Dec 2013 12:37:04 EST Welcome, SKUFIT85! Welcome to the MTs team, SKUFIT85! Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:25:48 EST Welcome, READY2FLOURISH! Welcome to the MTs team, READY2FLOURISH! Wed, 13 Nov 2013 09:21:26 EST intro Hi everyone... I am a LMT in Missouri. I work at a busy clinic doing 16 - 20 a week plus work 3 or 4 hours on the side each week... I need to get back in shape so that I am not so sore when I come home from work. I want to eat super nutrient foods as often as possible and work my way up to being Vegan full time. I use a foam roller and do yoga to stretch nightly but now I am adding in cardio and strength training to create balance. I just want to feel the best that I can. Wed, 22 May 2013 23:21:54 EST EFT / Tapping & Massage Have any of you heard of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) / Tapping? Have you ever used it for yourself? A client? Both? <BR> <BR> I'm just looking into it and learning about it and it sounds as though it could be really interesting to blend with a massage session. <BR> <BR> Just looking for more thoughts / ideas / opinions :-) <BR> <BR> Seeing that it's just about Friday - Have a Great Weekend Everyone!! :-) <BR> <BR> In Gratitude, Love & Light, <BR> Chrissi Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:42:03 EST not counting Massage as "fitness activity" Every time I have done Sparkpeople I have listed massage as a fitness activity in my tracker. <BR> <BR> I mean it IS on the list! Why not count it?! <BR> <BR> I would take my number of hours worked on clients. Then I would cut it in half (because I sit for neck, hands, and feet). BOOM 10 hours of fitness activity a week! Even though I never once did anything outside my normal job. <BR> <BR> I now see that I was totally cheating myself to get the spark-points without having to actually brea... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:23:57 EST Hello From Portland I am Kirstin - I've been a massage therapist for a little over 10 years. I own RelaxPDX in Portland, Oregon as well as helping to run the clinic in which I rent space. <BR> <BR> I am also a wife and mom to a 7 year old athlete. <BR> <BR> In the past 18 months I've gained about 60 lbs! Even though I was seeing up to 23 clients a week at times. It's a long story and I understand how it happened, but it's time to feel fit and strong again. I'm happy to see a group of other bodyworkers. It seem... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 18:00:16 EST Study: Swedish massage may lower cortisol A recent study suggests that receiving Swedish massage on a regular basis could significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol: <BR> Huffpost article: <link><BR>ssage-stress-swedish-cortisol-white-bl<BR>ood-cells-oxytocin_n_2160329.html </link> <BR> Original journal article: <link><BR>9/acm.2011.0071?journalCode=acm& </link> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 12:14:30 EST Face slapping massage? $350 face-slapping massge? If it were April, I'd think this was a joke: <BR> <link><BR>/sf-massage-parlor-to-offer-350-face-s<BR>laps/ </link> <BR> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:40:18 EST EVIL MUFFIN TOP! hi ever one, Well lets see here's a little about me: <BR> <BR> My name is chelsea and I'm a 21 year old, Massage therapist and have been for all most a year now, I'm 5'5" and way about 230 and wish to drop 50 - 80. Thanks to my evil muffin top i have found finding a job to be one of the hardes things to massage therapy! ever thing goes well and when it gets down to it they go with the twig! I hate how our world today is bast off looks!!! So I'm fighting a battle with evil muffin top! and for... Tue, 11 Sep 2012 15:50:53 EST Hello Just joined spark people last week. Still figuring out the details about how this site work, as I march towards my goals. It's an intensive training week, as I'm participating in my first triathlon next Saturday. I have two small kids, and one is crying now, so I'm off. Just a little everyday... And living the good life. I love it. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:26:16 EST Healthy meal check-in Many MTs keep unusual work hours and eating meals made from REAL food, at consistent times is a challenge. <BR> <BR> What did you eat today? Have any recipes you want to share? <BR> <BR> Sun, 5 Aug 2012 17:53:39 EST Spin to win! What did you spin on the SparkWheel today? <BR> <BR> 10/3 Sat, 4 Aug 2012 23:59:13 EST A little experiment There has been some talk at a times about how many calories massage burns. I always thought that the SP fitness tracker was a little too generous, reporting somewhere around 300/hr. (I don't remember what it was, but it is no longer an option in the tracker -- I just checked.) Anyway, I decided to put this issue to bed (in my mind, at least) by wearing my HRM at work this afternoon. I did three sessions back-to-back, and recorded only my time in the treatment room. <BR> <BR> In 2:40 (160... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 20:29:43 EST MT Related Injury? Hello Everyone ~ <BR> <BR> I'm wondering if anyone here has ever suffered an MT related injury? Carpal Tunnel? Skier's Thumb or that sort of thing. <BR> <BR> Since I began school, I noticed a cyst or mass of some type developed on my left forearm, between the radius and ulna about 3 or so finger-widths away from my wrist. I've been to the ER where they did an ultrasound, but it didn't tell them enough. I will be going for an MRI tomorrow to get a more detailed idea of what is going on. <BR... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:42:11 EST What was your exercise today? Massage is hard work, but we still gotta do the real thing. What did you do for exercise today, what do you like to do in general, what programs have you tried/are you currently doing? <BR> <BR> I did Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Workout 2 and a half-hour of Zumba. Just one more time each for BR 1 and 2, then onto two weeks of 3 and 4. I'm looking forward to moving on because 1 and 2 weren't too challenging, but I'm assured by a friend who already went through the whole program that i... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 22:21:07 EST Hello Everyone! I am an aspiring massage therapist. I just recently passed my NCETMB, and I am completing my associates program this week. After which, I will be able to apply for state licensure and conversion to National certification. This is a very exciting time for me! <BR> <BR> I started SparkPeople, because I thought I was infallible. Everyone always told me that you gain weight when you quit smoking, and I should have started working out and watching what I eat when I did quit. Over the course ... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 01:07:23 EST Emergency Response Massage International Has anyone else here ever heard of ERMI? <BR> <BR> As a former EMT married to a former Volunteer Firefighter/EMT, I would *LOVE* to get into this line of "work". <BR> <BR> I was just wondering if anyone else has heard of them or worked with them and if you could fill me in on anything and everything! <BR> <BR> Thank You In Advance!! <BR> <BR> In Gratitude & Love, <BR> Chrissi <BR> <BR> P.S. ~ Their website is: <link> </link> Sun, 20 May 2012 17:36:40 EST Do you advise clients? Obviously, as massage therapists, our scope of practice is /technically/ limited to bodywork, but I'm sure that many of you, like I, attended some kind of nutrition or food science classes, given the likelihood of being asked questions about that kind of thing at some point in your careers, by clients. Exercise is another thing massage clients commonly want to know about. <BR> <BR> Here's the question: do you give and/or are you comfortable giving nutrition and fitness advice? Do you give ... Tue, 8 May 2012 11:23:37 EST hello I'm juju hello I'm Juju <BR> I'm currently going to Everest College I'll be graduating this august but I'm not the best of shape and how do i expect my clients to take me seriously when I'm unfit so i have join spark so i can have a healthy and balance life style for my self and my family as the old say goes lead by example and that what i plane to do so wish me luck and Thank you. Sat, 14 Apr 2012 07:55:59 EST Snacks at Work A big challenge I find I have is consistency with the food I am eating especially at work. I work at a spa and for the most part my schedule is all over the place. And my day can change greatly from the moment I walk in the door. Any tips/suggestions/comments and such would be greatly appreciated! Sat, 14 Apr 2012 07:49:51 EST Positional release Do you think it's possible to do P.R. on yourself? I use it quite a bit in my practice, so I know the protocol well. The last two crazy days at work have my SCM raging with trigger points, but I've got nobody to release me! <BR> <em>198</em> Fri, 6 Apr 2012 21:14:44 EST Finding my Spark again Hello fellow therapists!! <BR> <BR> I have been a massage therapist for over two years and in many ways feel like I have been all over the place. Physically and Emotionally but recognize I have to be the healthiest me I can be to help others to the best of my ability. This is truly my passion not just my job. Fri, 6 Apr 2012 07:51:57 EST New to the group, veteran Sparkie. Hi, team! My name is Rheyn (rain) in Michigan. I contract with a chiropractor and (of course, 'cause so many of us do, lol) do outcalls here and there. I enjoy learning about all sorts of modalities, but my favorite is Thai, and I'd love to be able to study in Thailand one day. Last month, I started as an apprentice instructor, and it's a lot of fun so far. <BR> <BR> I'm also pursuing my MS in Health Ed. I hope to work with the Department of Human Services to make health and nutrition e... Fri, 30 Mar 2012 23:30:08 EST Just want to be a healthy Therapist!! name is Sherry! I've been in the Massage industry for almost 4 yrs. I have some good weeks and some not so good weeks. I'm trying to get in shape not only for my career but for my family as well. I love what I do but sometimes personal stress and my health stand in the way of things. With SP, supportive family, and the power of Prayer/Meditation.......things are getting much better. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 21:33:20 EST Starting massage therapy school Hello, everyone. I'm new to the team & will begin massage therapy school next month. I'm very excited to begin. One of the main things that the admissions advisor put an emphasis on was the importance of "self-care." I intend to do just that by improving my diet, being more active, and reduce my stress level. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 11:19:13 EST Walking My Talk Hi all! I'm a licensed massage therapist but am not currently working in the field. I'm a pet grooming salon manager and will continue with that while I'm still in school. I'm currently going to school for a Mind Body Wellness Practitioner certificate. I'm learning hypnotherapy, nutrition, and life coaching among some other things with this program. Once I'm done with this program I am going to become a certified personal trainer. Before I get that certification I want to be a healthy w... Tue, 11 Oct 2011 10:50:37 EST Watch out for a scam on the Spin Wheel I did my daily spin today and ended up winning 25 points, then it lead me to "You won $1,000 Walmart gift card." At first, I thought it was legitimate because it was associated with "Spark" but I quickly found out it was a scam for personal information. <BR> <BR> I wish Spark would cut all ties with whoever they are doing business that would allow this to happen. This really shakes my confidence and trust in Spark. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 12:09:30 EST new co-leader I hope I a co-leader, anyway. <BR> I'm truepeacenik, practicing in East Bay area. <BR> I love floor work. <BR> <BR> I'm also the Massage Therapy team leader. <BR> <BR> What would YOU like to see in YOUR team? <BR> <BR> What would make this team worth your posting? <BR> <BR> Sun, 28 Aug 2011 00:28:05 EST Goals Alright ladys and gentlemen I was wondering what kind of Goals we can come up with a sparkteam to help us achieve out weightloss or fitness goals! Mon, 11 Jul 2011 20:17:32 EST Making a Career Change Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I recently decided that I want to become a Registered Massage Therapist. I am in the Admissions Stage of the process I am really looking forward starting this new career. I joined Spark People because the scale and waistband number were on a study increase. I decided that it was time to make some changes, I don't have a lot of weight to lose but without the changes I soon would. <BR> <BR> D Fri, 1 Jul 2011 08:48:46 EST A thought... Do you think a client would be uncomfortable with a therapist who had dreadlocks, even if the therapist works with a clinic the client trusts or was recommended by another therapist they trust? Tue, 7 Jun 2011 17:17:41 EST Does anyone Blog in here?? The main reason I joined Sparkpeople was to blog.... and to subscribe to other people's blogs. I use to blog on for years and years.... but I thought it was time for an update, and to get some more support on here. This site is a bit overwhelming for me at first, so I am just wondering if any of ya'll blog on a regular basis, I would love to add you as a friend so I can follow it! Thu, 26 May 2011 12:42:58 EST Hi, I'm Jess- Looking to lose 50ish lbs Hey my name is Jess. 22 years old. Loving and living life, trying to be the best person I can be. I am a massage therapist (yay! officially certified as of May 21!!!), living in the wonderful city of San Francisco. I LOVE to travel, I am a bit of a flirt, love to go out meet new people, dance with boys, shop, hike, swim, date.... all that good stuff. I just don't want my weight to ever hold me back from doing (or feeling comfortable doing) anything anymore. <BR> <BR> I've been battling with... Wed, 25 May 2011 21:09:42 EST Hot Flashes Hi all, I have been experiencing the most AWFUL rise in body temps while giving massages for the last 2 weeks. I feel an internal heat, and then start sweating, but only on my face. It is such a miserable way to work. Has anyone else experienced this all of a sudden? How do you deal with it? I think I'm too young for menopause (43), but I just can't take this anymore. Tue, 17 May 2011 23:12:15 EST Licensed, Not Practicing However Hello all, My name is Samantha and I'm 26 yrs old from Kansas City,MO . I've been a licensed massage therapist and certified herbalist since 2006. I love the work and enjoy helping others, however through the years I've gotten away from it and now need to work on myself a little I feel before getting back to giving my 100% as a massage therapist. <BR> <BR> Recovering from a foot injury that happened last year as starting a whole new physical and mental lifestyle to get me back if ... Mon, 16 May 2011 02:02:50 EST Starting the journey! Tonight is my first night in my Massage Therapy AAS program at NWHSU. <BR> <BR> Wish me luck! Mon, 2 May 2011 12:54:49 EST Masseusii HI Welcome to all the new members this month! <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing? <BR> <BR> May can be a very busy month for us as therapists..what's going on in your therapy world? <BR> <BR> p.s. the title of the topic came from a principal that called my office and asked how many "Massesii (masseuse= eye) will be coming?" LOL.....I almost lost it, I was laughing so hard. <BR> <BR> anyway, have a great day ladies! <BR> Sun, 1 May 2011 06:05:23 EST Being fit is important! I'm Craig. I've been an LMT for oh almost a year now (licensed in aug 10), and have been employed at Massage Envy for about 7 months. <BR> <BR> Back in school I remember one of my instructors saying that it was important that as massage therapist we stay fit and in shape. I never really gave it too much thought. But now, I'm ready to take charge of my health and lose some inches around the waist and build some muscle mass. I want to be able to be a healthy therapist for as long as I can! <BR... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 11:23:44 EST Calories burned during a treatment Does anyone know how many calories we burn during a 45 minute medical massage treatment? Tue, 12 Apr 2011 19:59:33 EST Tea Time- Chit chat Wow! Spring is here and in the air. So what are your goals for spring? I would love to hear what you are doing. Thu, 31 Mar 2011 06:47:08 EST Most embarrassing moment okay.....if you have worked long enough as a Massage Therapist, you have had an embarrassing or funny moment...please do tell! <BR> <BR> I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours <em>334</em> Mon, 28 Mar 2011 22:49:36 EST top 5 of the week <em>243</em> <BR> <BR> Top 5 Spark Minute MT's of the week: <BR> BECCAM3 <BR> PRANA_DANCER <BR> HIPPIECHIC68 <BR> QUEENGP <BR> JIVALGIRL <BR> <BR> Top 5 Fitness Minute MT's of the week: <BR> VEGGIEVONDA <BR> KCDEBI <BR> SMASHLYASH <BR> LIBRAQUEEN81 <BR> WILLOWWEAVER <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> Awesome job everyone!!! Sun, 27 Mar 2011 10:54:21 EST massage career goals So I was thinking....(uh,oh)lol <BR> <BR> When I went to massage school, I had a whole other goal for my career than where I am at. I do love where I am... <BR> <BR> so are you where you want to be with your goals, or did they shift completely?? are you loving where you are at as well? Thu, 24 Mar 2011 06:17:15 EST chair massage how many of you are doing chair massage to make some extra money...i.e. ladies night out parties, business massages, etc.??? Tue, 22 Mar 2011 13:44:04 EST anyone tried golf ball massage? saw a segment on it on the doctors today....i could definately see how it could work...also the fact that my bf and and his entire family are avid golfers, this may actually work as a marketing gimick too....looks like i'll be ordering one of these spa ball kaddys and doing some testing...i've actually been looking into getting myself a tool to help give my hands a little relief since sometimes making someone else feel wonderful can make you hurt a bit in the long run... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 17:38:18 EST employee vs independent contractors.... so i was just wondering what everyone else does....i've been working in a salon for a couple years now...i work as an employee so my income has been commission boss takes 50% not sure if that's kinda the norm or not....just thought i'd see what everyone else does... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 15:24:49 EST favorite lube? well i know i definitely have a preference....what's everyone else's? i work at an aveda salon and i was using their oil for a while but once i tried biotone dual purpose cream i was hooked! i really love the fact that it doesn't leave you (and your client) with that "i have to go shower now" also makes my hands feel soft even after washing my hands many times... Mon, 21 Mar 2011 01:03:39 EST how are you finding time to exercise? tell us your tips on how you are squeezing in time to exercise? Sun, 20 Mar 2011 20:34:04 EST Congrats top 5 of the week <em>242</em> <BR> <BR> The top 5 Spark Minute M. T's of the week are: <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> BECCAM3 <BR> PRANA_DANCER <BR> HIPPIECHIC68 <BR> JIVALGIRL <BR> SMASHLYASH <BR> <BR> The top 5 Spark Fitness Minute M.T's of the week are: <em>216</em> <BR> <BR> VEGGIEVONDA <BR> SMASHLYASH <BR> WILLOWWEAVER <BR> SHARASWATI <BR> BECCAM3 <BR> <BR> Way to Go and congats!!! <BR> <em>250</em> <em>224</em> <em>345</em> <em>244</em> <em>243</em> Sun, 20 Mar 2011 17:37:27 EST gym or home workout? do you go to the gym to work out? or stay home? or both? <em>344</em> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 21:42:23 EST Whatchya doin'? How are you balancing losing weight and working? what's your exercise regime? how do you eat? etc... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 21:37:22 EST One Word If you could only use one would you describe yourself today? Sat, 19 Mar 2011 21:26:35 EST How do you motivate your clients? How do you motivate your clients to have a healthier lifestyle? <BR> <BR> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 19:06:49 EST New Team Name Ideas?? Have an idea for what this team should be called? <BR> <BR> I want it to reflect who we are as a team...striving to be fitter, healthier, more successful massage therapists!! <BR> <BR> Can't wait to read what you have to say... <BR> <BR> I will be making a decision by March 26th <BR> <BR> <em>334</em> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 19:00:11 EST Massage Talk This thread is all Massage! gotta a question, just ask! Got great info to share? go ahead. Lets help each other improve professionally! Sat, 19 Mar 2011 18:28:48 EST How fit is your massage business? How are you growing your business/clientele base? Please do tell <em>334</em> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 18:22:06 EST Questions/Co cerns/Issues Post any questions, concerns, issues you may be having as a Massage Therapist? <BR> <BR> We are here to help each other!!! <BR> <BR> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 14:34:53 EST Welcome! Please Introduce yourself! Tell us a little about yourself: <BR> <BR> how long have you been a massage therapist? or are you currently going to school to become one? <BR> <BR> what type of massages do yo prefer doing? <BR> <BR> What are you currently doing to become a fit, healthy and Successful Massage Therapist? <BR> <BR> You can add anything else you would like to share with us... <BR> <BR> We are glad you joined us!!! <BR> <BR> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 14:30:31 EST March ChitChat Come on in and join the conversation! This thread is just to chit chat back and forth and to learn about each other. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 14:25:12 EST HI Hi all!!! My name is Genia, your new team leader! <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all! <BR> <BR> I will be sending out an e-mail this weekend! <BR> <BR> Have a Fantabulous Weekend! <em>311</em> Sat, 19 Mar 2011 13:29:26 EST Massage therapist trying to live a health life Name: Lisa Voyles <BR> <BR> Location: Sacramento, California <BR> <BR> B-day:Jan.15 <BR> <BR> Goals in life:My goal is to continue to increase my toolbox of modalities and knowledge of the human body to enable me to help others heal and retain calm and vitality. I would like to build a solid business clientele. Go to Spain or Germany with my son and the Jr. Olympic team as their massage therapist. <BR> <BR> Intrests:massage, anything crafty, reading, music <BR> <BR> Reasons for becoming ... Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:28:58 EST Runner's foot? I have a client who is a runner. She tells me that her feet are always tense and seize up after a run. I took a look at them after her 12 mile run today, and her foot looks like it is being pulled into dorsiflexion by the the toe-extending tendons on the anterior foot. She tells me her hamstrings are also really sore. When actively plantar flexing her foot, it goes into a spasm when she releases. <BR> <BR> I am more concerned with prevention, and what might be causing the problem. Does anyo... Sun, 14 Nov 2010 01:22:09 EST New here.. Name: Anita <BR> Location: IL <BR> <BR> Interests: Reading, nature walks, DANCING!!! <BR> <BR> Goals in life: Lypossage cert., learn ashiatsu, world travel with fam. <BR> <BR> Why choose LMT?: Been in a hospital job for 8yrs and hate it. Too much stress and we are open 24/7. I never see my fam and have missed out many important things due to school and work. I just cannot handle people yelling at me everyday. I have always wanted to do something I enjoy for a career, but also something tha... Fri, 29 Oct 2010 00:50:04 EST Lomilomi massage Hi all! I am very interested in learning Lomilomi massage. My dream is to actually go to Hawaii and learn authentic Lomilomi on the big island! If anyone is interested in knowing what Lomilomi is, here is the Wikipedia article on it, which will give you a brief introduction. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ge </link> <BR> <BR> I was first introduced to this modality at an FSMTA meeting where we got to watch a demonstartion of the technique. I liked the rhythm, th... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 21:29:16 EST What to do for shins Does anyone know how to treat very sore shins from running a lot? I plan to work on my own legs. owch. Tue, 17 Aug 2010 00:03:11 EST Medical Massage? What is it? Do you believe that there is a kind of "medical massage"? If you do, what is it to you, what does it mean? Tue, 3 Aug 2010 14:18:29 EST Weigh Loss for LMTs Hi all. I've been a massage therapist for about a year and am stuck in trying to lose weight. I work in massage part time - about 3-5 hours 3 days a week and have another part time job sitting at a desk. I have been reluctant to limit my eating, especially on those days that I do massage, because I do not want to get to the end of the day and not have the energy to work well. Have any of you had success balancing eating with the energy required to do massage? Any tips would be greatly appreci... Wed, 2 Jun 2010 10:10:40 EST Hi, I am new here Hi, I am Bea. I am 36 and I just joined this website tonight. I need a lot of motivation to stay on any kind of fitness plan. It seems like I am starting to loose a grip on some of my healthy habits that I lived easily only a few years ago. I know what I want but I just need help getting there again. <BR> <BR> A few years ago I lost 85 pounds which put me at an adult all time low of 155 starting from my all time high weight of my whole life, 240(ish). Two years later and now I am hove... Sun, 9 May 2010 00:28:02 EST Moving In Too! ;) Just wanted to say hello! I'm moving in with you all too to the group- if you don't mind, that is :) This is my first week towards my long weight loss journey (hopefully not to long). Was excited to find this site and this group! Hopefully you all can straighten me out if I try to jump off the straight and narrow road. <BR> <BR> I'm a LMT, NCTMB - although currently not practicing. Have been unemployed for about 8? monthes now - half of which was intentional (and not from MT, was in a diff... Tue, 6 Apr 2010 14:18:01 EST LIABILITY INSURANC E...AMTA OR ABMP?? Was wondering who you all use for your professional liability insurance? I just signed on with the ABMP and was wondering if anyone had any experience with them good or bad. Thank you! Fri, 5 Feb 2010 17:30:33 EST HELP FOR DRY HANDS/CUT ICLES???? Does anyone have any tips for softening hands and cuticles? I live in Maine and have horses so I am outdoors a lot. Even though I always wear gloves my hands are taking a beating this year. I have tried soaking in water and almond oil...helps some. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas? Thanks! Wed, 27 Jan 2010 16:49:37 EST Easy, Healthy, Food Recipes Grapefruit Sunrise <BR> <BR> Juice 2 Grapefruits <BR> Juice 3 Oranges <BR> 1 cup fresh or frozen Strawberries <BR> 2 tsp of honey <BR> sections from 1 grapefruit (optional) <BR> 1/2 cup strawberries (optional) <BR> <BR> Place grapefruit juice, orange juice, 1 cup of strawberries & honey in blender and blend until smoth. (If you like pulp just de-sead the grapefruit and oranges and throw the pieces in the blender instead of juicing) Pour into 2 glasses, Top with grapefruit sections and stra... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 05:37:57 EST Natural Home-Made Beauty & Wellness Recipes In a new age of "going green" thought it would be nice to let everyone in on the home-made secrets that help keep us beautiful, natrally. In this thread we will share beauty tips, cleaning supplies, and natural fix-its for things that ail you. Basically if you can find it in your fridgerator or pantry... we want to know how you have made it work for you and your houshold... If you try any of these recipes let us know your results. Natural products are easy to make and enjoy. As LMT's We have ... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 05:05:18 EST Massaging is so much easier now! I just wanted to express how much better I feel since I have started exercising again! My 90 minute massages no longer wear me out! My arms, hands, back are stronger, my deep tissue, deeper and with less effort! <BR> <BR> I LOVE IT! Fri, 22 Jan 2010 10:39:50 EST Pregnancy Massage Are any of you certified in pregnancy massage? And if so who are you certified with? I am looking into Mother Massage and would love to hear any feedback from anyone who has had experience with them and/or your experiences as a pregnancy massage therapist! Thanks! Tue, 19 Jan 2010 16:35:55 EST A few questions for the Nationally Certified MT's. Hi guys, I went to massage school about 4 years ago, and I'm finally getting ready to take the Nat'l Certification test. I ordered the study guide and have been re-teaching myself the anatomy with the "Trail Guide to the Body." <BR> <BR> Is there anyone in this group whose brain I can pick with some questions about the specifics of the exam? I'm unsure about exactly how much I need to know about some of the more intrinsic muscles, and bony landmarks, etc... <BR> <BR> Please advise. Thanks g... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 13:42:29 EST Just Sharing Some Words... Thought this rings true... <BR> <BR> <BR> In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. <BR> ~ Albert Schweitzer Sat, 11 Jul 2009 12:07:57 EST What are you doing in terms of self-care? Hello Folks, <BR> <BR> I recently took a continuing ed class and a discussion came up during the break about how often we get massages. In a group of 12 therapists only 1 got massages at least twice a month. As spark members we are trying to get fit and healthy. What things do we do to cover self-care? I barter massages with another therapist. Wed, 24 Jun 2009 15:10:31 EST Anyone using this board hello. I have been away for a month and was just checking to see if this board is active? Anyone here? Would love to get some chatting going and to be heald accountable. I slipped the whole month of April and now I am back on track. <BR> Wed, 13 May 2009 11:39:31 EST Security & Personal Safety An very important part of being a Massage Therapist is personal safety and security. Aside from word of mouth, some folks have their own websites or use websites, and other vehicles to obtain clients. How do you screen your clients before setting the appointment? Have you taken a self-defense class? Thu, 23 Apr 2009 15:23:26 EST Shaken Baby Syndrome I am a foster parent for a 7 week old that i need to <BR> do a lot of massage care for. Was wondering if <BR> anyone has any suggestions for severe head trauma . <BR> Child is very rigid but relaxes well in warm bath. <BR> Thank you <BR> Pabear02 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 22:33:25 EST HI HI, <BR> <BR> I was really excited to find this team. I am a Certified Massage Therapist, and I have determined to get healthy and lose weight. <BR> <BR> I have been a therapist for 7 years, and I love it. I am finding that I am less confident due to my weight, so I have decided to change that. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to exchanging ideas and growing as a therapist, as well as getting healthier. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 26 Feb 2009 17:35:16 EST I'm New Here! I have been a LMT for 9 years and an RN for 15. I am working as both. I practice Ashiatsu and Muscle Release Therapy. I focus on pain management for my practice. I have a little girl who is 8. I am shedding my winter weight. I had many changes in my life....all good...but I still ate my way through the celebrations. I'm back on track and here I am. I would love to talk to other here I am! Katie Wed, 25 Feb 2009 15:57:01 EST Hi there... Just wanted to introduce myself a little, my name is Kathleen and I am from Southern California. Been a Massage Therapist for over 9 years and love it..although at 44 I get sore hands and aching backs...don't we all??!! Stress is my middle name right now, that and peri menopause so I have gained weight and need, yes need to lose it and finding it really really hard this time. I need support and I HATE exercise!! But my weight gain is affecting my massaging capabilities, ie aching back ect... Thu, 12 Feb 2009 10:57:09 EST Pediatric Massage with Liddle Kidz has anyone does any continuing education classes with the company? Looks like they have massage instructor training class and a pediatric massage class. there website is Or do you know of any other compainies that do children massage classes for CU's? <BR> Thanks much! Mon, 9 Feb 2009 15:10:32 EST Cardio Minutes! So I just recently got out of school and working as a RMT. I was curious how I was managing to lose weight without hitting the gym. Well its actually the cardio of Massage! If you can believe it!!! <BR> <BR> I typed in Massage for the Spark Cardio Minute tracker and it came up with 580 Calories burned in two hours! <BR> <BR> Thought I would pass on the useful information. <BR> <BR> <BR> Angelina <em>218</em> Thu, 27 Nov 2008 16:14:39 EST World Massage Conference I just got an email from NCBTMB encouraging members to register for the virtual World Massage Conference. I'm debating - looks like an interesting way to pick up some CEUs. Anybody doing it? Mon, 10 Nov 2008 20:15:41 EST bfp just wanted to let everyone know i found out recently i'm pregnant....6 weeks now!! <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> this will be our second. we feel so blessed. pray for us and a healthy baby. <BR> <BR> i might be mia for a while. i will be using BUT i will be back after the baby is born. i'll keep you posted. <em>79</em> Fri, 24 Oct 2008 11:20:31 EST hey what does the L mean in LMT??? what does the l mean in lmt????? Tue, 9 Sep 2008 00:39:04 EST Mischief & Mayhem (jokes n stuff) :) Once upon a time a guy asked a girl... <BR> <BR> "Will you marry me?"...... <BR> <BR> The girl said... 'NO".... <BR> <BR> Then she went shopping, <BR> <BR> Drank margaritas with her friends... <BR> <BR> Always had a clean house... <BR> <BR> Never had to cook unless she wanted to... <BR> <BR> Had a big closet full of clothes, shoes, & handbags... <BR> <BR> Lived happily ever after... <BR> <BR> and was never farted on! :) <BR> <BR> <BR> THE END! <BR> <BR> Sun, 20 Jul 2008 23:26:46 EST CEU'S I don't know about anyone else but,I could go to a cue class every month. I just received Perg's fall guide-Chesapeake edition about anyone else. It would be great if we could take classes together! <em>220</em> Thu, 17 Jul 2008 15:37:17 EST "Tea Time" Since we dont have an official IM in spark... we can use this thread to get ahold of each other and chat... just set appointments for when you will be here so other people can plan for it if you want to converse... I know how much us girls enjoy our tea so I named it tea time... :) ENJOY <BR> Sun, 6 Jul 2008 16:35:03 EST Welcoming Comittee & Birthdays Each month I will let everyone know who our new members are for that month starting at the end of july... Stop by their page and say hi... This group is like a family of massage therapists who bring light and love to the people we touch... :) <BR> <BR> I would also like to know when your b-days are so we can honer the day you came into this world... So this thread serves as both... <BR> <BR> Feel free to give a b-day shout out or a hello here in this thread... Thanx ~Stacey~ Sun, 6 Jul 2008 16:17:30 EST Guide to postings in this team... To all new members....Welcome, We are so glad you have joined our team. <BR> <BR> <BR> Please take a moment to read the following. It will make postings easier. <BR> **************************************** <BR> ********** <BR> Please try not to use the Create New Topic button. <BR> <BR> We are working hard to keep the index board cleared of a lot of.... <BR> <BR> Hi I'm new <BR> <BR> I have a question <BR> <BR> What's your favorite tv show <BR> <BR> I had an experience once <... Sun, 6 Jul 2008 16:09:25 EST Mental & Spiritual Health This topic is BIG for us... or at least it should be... I know at times I get cought up with things going on around me and I tend to lose focus when it comes to my spiritual and mental health... If your not right in the head and heart its hard to be right in your physical health... and with us working on other people we can transfer a general mood or thought onto our clients... it should be one of peace and tranquility but when everything inside of us is a chaotic mess... how can we bring tha... Sun, 6 Jul 2008 15:16:10 EST Pros & Cons of working as an LMT As working massage therapist's all of us have our ups and downs that we have to deal with on a regualar basis... alot of it depends on where and how you do your work... there are a different set of challenges when working at a spa versus having your own practice or taking your table out on the road... lets use this thread to discuss all of the Pro's and Cons in this field so that we can learn from each others experiences... The most important thing we have to remember is If we love this caree... Sun, 6 Jul 2008 14:51:26 EST Extra comforts for your practice... Title pretty much says it all... list one thing that you can do to make your clients feel more at home and comfortable at your establishment <BR> <BR> Pitcher of Ice cold water with lemon slices floating at the top Sun, 6 Jul 2008 14:43:33 EST How to stay FIT as an LMT This thread is for ANY and ALL exercise ideas... <BR> As well as anything related to our personal health.. Lets help keep each other motivated and in shape... <BR> If anyone has any ideas for team goals related to this topic please leve your thoughts here... <BR> <BR> I think we should start out with something simple... <BR> I plan to make sure I do 50 crunches every day, 25 in the mornin and 25 in the evening to start out with... whos with me?!? <BR> <BR> Im also playing DDR (dance dance ... Sun, 6 Jul 2008 14:27:05 EST ADVERTISING & MARKETING IDEAS Noticed that this was a topic of discussion thought I would put it into one thread... <BR> <BR> The best thing I have found is WORD OF MOUTH... ALOT of money goes out for advertising and it isnt worth it unless you get more in clientell than what you paid in advertising... <BR> <BR> Going out to comunity events and doing chair massage is a really great way of making yourself known... <BR> <BR> DONT make the mistake of giving those away for free... I have not gained clients that way at al... Sun, 6 Jul 2008 14:06:18 EST Muscle Mania OK so here is the rules of the game: <BR> I will start out by naming a muscle... then the next person has to tell us where it is and what it does... and then leave another muscle for someone else to describe... lets see if we can name them all... <em>244</em> ~Stacey~ Sun, 6 Jul 2008 13:44:11 EST Working with Spinal Cord Injuries... In the last couple of years I have had a few people with parapalegia and even quadrapalegia find me and want massage therapy... Its kinda a scarry thing when you first start on a spinal cord injury victim... your unsure about how to help them get on your table... you dont know if its a good idea to work on their legs due to blood clots... If they dont have feeling in your extremities should you or shouldnt you work on them?!? all kinds of questions and worries... but luckily the clients that ... Sun, 6 Jul 2008 12:58:28 EST Safe places to advertise!!! Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm trying to find "safe and ethical" places to advertise. Have you seen some of these classified sites and papers? It's disgusting what some people are selling as therapeutic and professional massage. It's scary and discouraging. Any advice for me??? Fri, 30 May 2008 16:17:30 EST DO YOU PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH?!? DRINK WATER, WATER, WATER, WATER... Just one of the many things we tell our clients to do ALL the time, but I wonder how many of us actually practice what we preach... Drinking Water is the key most important thing we can put in our bodys and I dont think anyone drinks enough... We were told in massage school that the healthy amout of water to drink each day is half your weight in ounces... even though that may sound like alot, its not so bad if you use a 24 ounce water bottle... I only need ... Fri, 9 May 2008 17:57:02 EST Inspirational Quotes to live by... Listen and you will develope intuition... <BR> (yogi tea) Fri, 9 May 2008 00:49:31 EST Before you post in this forum... check to see if your topic has been put out there before posting a fresh one on the same modality...Please Help me Try to keep it all together and organized... For instance if you want to talk about Lymphatic Drainage and nothings been written about it yet, then go for it... but if its out there already just reply on the same ones... Thanx ~Stacey~ Fri, 9 May 2008 00:23:06 EST REFLEXOLOGY I really love this modality because it's amazing to me that you can help a headache, aid in digestion, ease someones pain, help a mother 2 be with labor, and so many more benefits just from massaging points on the feet... how awesome is that! It's crazy to that you can tell where someones problems are by how their feet feel... the other day I was able to tell that this lady had been a smoker just from how the lung area felt... i didnt say anything but it came up in conversation... I've been d... Fri, 9 May 2008 00:12:44 EST Please use this thread for introduc tions... thanx I am creating an LMT questionaire to fill out so you all can get to know me better... feel free to use it as your introductions on here as well so we can all get to know everyone. :) <BR> <BR> Name: Stacey aka Quintessence <BR> <BR> Location: Southwest Florida <BR> <BR> B-day: 6/23/83 <BR> <BR> Goals in life: live a more healthy lifestyle, touch the lives of the people I come in contact with, find love and be with someone real, GET A BETTER CAR... live my life to the fullest, advance in... Wed, 7 May 2008 14:30:26 EST Hey all my fellow LMT"S how is everyone today? I just started on here a couple days ago... Im so psyched theres a massage group on spark... being in the health feild we have to keep our bodys healthy, so its nice to have encouragement from people of like mind :) look forward to meeting all of you... :) Thu, 1 May 2008 12:24:20 EST Massage Therapist is Stockholm Sweden! Hi, <BR> I am new to this site. Glad to see more therapists here. <BR> I live in Sweden and have been a Certified Masseuse and Massage/Spa therapist for the past 5 years. I LOVE the job. <BR> <BR> I am trying hard to take care of my body better not only with food and exercise but with regular massage treatments. <BR> Hope to get alot from this site! Fri, 29 Feb 2008 04:34:50 EST Hi I have been a therapist for 7 years !! Hi Group. I love this site -- I am working on losing 40 lbs, so I am at least 155. PLease wish me luck and send advice. I work part time as a therapist in the Philadelphia area. Also a mom of a 3 year old girl and work full time ! <BR> <BR> Love, Mon, 25 Feb 2008 16:31:44 EST Hi everyone! Greetings all! I just joined the group. I am Bob, and I am a nationally certified massage therapist practicing in the Denver metro area. I was really excited to find a group of MTs on SparkPeople. Thu, 14 Feb 2008 12:38:56 EST New to the gang :) Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I live in Edmonton AB, Canada - working towards my RMT right now, I have 4 more months till my certification and I will be taking the diploma exam next June. Midterms right now actually, lots of fun. As you can see I am effectively studying by being on Sparkpeople ;). <BR> <BR> I think it will be great to be a part of your discussions and learn from you all! <BR> <BR> Angelina <BR> <BR> <em>289</em> Sun, 3 Feb 2008 15:32:21 EST Questions about MT Programs, Practice, ETC. Hey All.. <BR> <BR> I'll soon be enrolling in an MT program and would like to know from those in school, completed, or working in the field exactly what I should be looking for? Your feedback is greatly needed and appreciated! <BR> <BR> Shantel Mon, 10 Dec 2007 14:11:34 EST Hello Everyone!! Hi! My name is Amanda... I just recently graduated with my Associates in Massage Therapy, and I also passed my city licensing exam!!!! I am sooooo excited!!! Its hard though, because the only jobs I can find out here(Colorado Springs) either pay on commission or pay minimum wage. Whats up with that? /I didnt go to school for 15mos and get my degree to be paid minimum wage... Anyway- My plan is to work from home for a while so I can build up my clientele and then get a place of my own... <BR>... Mon, 12 Nov 2007 16:17:59 EST Back on the Wagon Hey everyone. I've been slacking with sparkpeople hard core, and I've decided that it is time to get back on track. I just recently moved out, and it's been hard to stay on top of things. I've still been losing weight. Actually, since I moved out of my parent's house, it's coming off even faster! I should have moved out long ago! <BR> I just feel like I really need the extra support again. I let myself get bogged down with stress and I let all of my healthy habits and goals drift away. I... Thu, 11 Oct 2007 12:33:11 EST Passed the Boards!!!!!!! Hello, I just joined your team. <BR> I passed my boards last Friday 9/7/07!!!!!! Boy was it tough. It took three hours and i was very sick to my stomach. <BR> <BR> Now it's time to make some money!! <em>198</em> Wed, 12 Sep 2007 09:23:28 EST Saying hello Wanted to introduce myself to the group. My name is Stephen, and I am currently enrolled in Massage Therapy school in Albuquerque, NM. I should graduate in May. Anyway, I'm here to learn, network, & lose some weight, so I'll be checking in here often. Sat, 11 Aug 2007 11:39:48 EST Only two more terms! I have five finals this term, ugh! I'm really nervous for my kinesiology practical, but the rest should be decent. <BR> <BR> Did anybody go the medical route? Sun, 27 May 2007 00:48:56 EST Therapist in Washington State! Hello! My name is Sonia and i have been doing massage since 1997! I have had a solo practice most of the time, I worked with a chiropractor for quite awhile but i have moved my practice to my house 3 years ago and love it! I have a nice building just for massage and it is working great. <BR> <BR> It looks like this board is kinda quite, so i am hoping everyone is still around. <BR> <BR> Have a great week!! Wed, 16 May 2007 11:55:23 EST Any other MT in Indiana? Daniels signed a bill protecting the tittles Massage Therapist and Certified Massage therapist while creating a state board. I'm indecisive about how I feel about this. What are your thoughts? Thu, 10 May 2007 20:46:44 EST Just wanted to introduce myself. Hi! I'm new to sparkpeople and didn't think I would find a group when I searche for "massage." I'm excited that I found one. I work at a spa as a massage therapist and LOVE it. Fri, 27 Apr 2007 19:40:05 EST cals burned giving massage? hello everyone!! i recently joined the group and i have a few questions. does anyone know about how many calories are burned giving an hour massage? i know there are many variables (ex. my size/pressure/ length of time) but i found it listed in the spark fitness tracker that i would burn about 300 calories and that seems really high. what do you guys think? Tue, 24 Apr 2007 20:57:09 EST Just saying hi to my fellow LMT's hey everyone, im new to spark and i just want to introduce myself. My name is Stacey and Ive been an LMT for about 4yrs now. I love this field of work and Im so glad that I got into it right out of High school. I now have my own massage studio, and Im learning new things everyday about the business end of massage. Im not the real organized type so i have a book keeper that handles my figures. its great cuz she handles all my paperwork and accounting in exchange for massages. Its pretty cool a... Mon, 23 Apr 2007 11:58:42 EST Newbie:) Hey ladies...and gentlemen? Just wanted to introduce myself...I'm Kristin, recently graduated from The School of Orthopedic Massage and Bodywork in Michigan and I take my National exam this thursday. I'm in that planning process to start up my own business and would love to hear anyone's success stories for motivation:) Heck, I'd just like to talk about bodywork! Good luck to all! Mon, 16 Apr 2007 22:11:29 EST This page should be under Careers too I think alot more people might join... I had to really look for you guys, I almost didnt think there was a massage therapy group. Glad there is and that I found u all. <em>253</em> Wed, 11 Apr 2007 21:08:34 EST Quiet in here Hi guys, it's been kinda quiet in here. I just thought I would post and see how we're all doing. <BR> <BR> I'm down another pound. So I'm pretty excited about that. not a whole lot else to report. <BR> <BR> Hope you're well, <BR> Faete Wed, 11 Apr 2007 14:46:57 EST I need to take a break for a while Hello all! <BR> I have some circumstances that have arrived sort-of unexpectedly. I am going to take a break from SparkPeople for a while. I have to deal with some past issues that are coming to a head. Before I can concentrate and put my health first I have to deal with these issues now. <BR> I will be tracking my food and checking my SparkMail. So if you send me something I will get it. <BR> I appreciate every one's understanding. I should be back in a month or two. <BR> <BR> HUGZ! <BR> ... Sat, 7 Apr 2007 12:06:01 EST Solo Practitioner Marketing Ideas Hello All! I was just wondering if any of you are solo practitoners and what you find to be the best way to market yourself? I've been at this a year now and am still working 3 jobs! I'd really like to get down to one, my own practice that I can rely on making my entire income from. I think I'm gonna quit one of my jobs just because it's driving me crazy! Bartending, it's been great, but I'm over it. <BR> <BR> Any and all ideas are welcome. Tue, 27 Mar 2007 06:19:32 EST Hi guys, it's me again.. help! lol ^_^ Allright, I've been in massage school for about 6 months now, and I love it. Since I started school, other students and the teacher have noticed how "odd" my legs seem to be. See, when I'm sitting, (with legs straight out in front of me) the whole leg (not just the feet) seem to flop over helplessly. lol. It's really kinda silly. Anyway, when I first started school, my teacher said it was a problem with my adductors, and I should work on making them stronger and that would bring my feet... Wed, 21 Mar 2007 18:37:53 EST Weight loss and other stuff Sorry I've been scarce lately, but I've still been trying to watch my diet and exercise. Been trying to study for my National Exam, which is coming up on the 19th! Have severe test anxiety, especially when I hear of at least 2 others I had classes with who didn't pass their first time around. AAGGGHH!! <BR> <BR> I can't figure out how to make the current weight on my sparkpage read the correct amount. It's right on my home page, but it still shows wrong on my page...? Anyway, overall to... Fri, 9 Mar 2007 15:08:49 EST Any one else's temperature raise greatly when giving a massage? Once I get started, give me about 45 seconds and my hands, face and chest are burning hot! I almost don't even need the hot stones for clients! (no, not kidding, they really are that hot.) <BR> <BR> I originally thought it was a bad energy between a few clients and myself but now it happens every time. <BR> <BR> Anything happen like this to anyone else? Mon, 26 Feb 2007 15:25:59 EST Massage chair question.... I'm looking for a good sturdy massage chair, one that will hold up to 350-400 lbs. I've been offerd a part time position at a nursing home giving massages to the staff. I don't have a chair, yet. My grandfather wants to buy one for me but can only afford $300. I looked on EBAY and found three that I really like. But since I'm so new to the massage field I want to make sure this is a good buy. Please tell me what you all think. <BR> THANK YOU! <BR> <BR> Sat, 10 Feb 2007 22:22:57 EST Massage chair question.... I'm looking for a good sturdy massage chair, one that will hold up to 350-400 lbs. I've been offerd a part time position at a nursing home giving massages to the staff. I don't have a chair, yet. My grandfather wants to buy one for me but can only afford $300. I looked on EBAY and found two that I really like. But since I'm so new to the massage field I want to make sure this is a good buy. Please tell me what you all think. <BR> THANK YOU! <BR> <BR><... Sat, 10 Feb 2007 22:22:45 EST Body wraps & weigh reduction. Just curious. I have not studied the pampering side of massage. What is the typical loss with a body wrap? Is it all water loss? Does it have lasting effects? Or just a few days... <BR> I know, I could just look it up, but I'm hoping that someone knows off hand. Tue, 6 Feb 2007 17:56:15 EST Hello! Hi everyone! My name is Laurel and I'm relatively new to this website. I decided to join after I put on the dreaded freshman 15...or 20. Luckily, I just invested in a digital scale and my other scale has been about five pounds off. Hurray! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm just finishing up my first year of massage therapy in Eugene, OR. I've only taken one actual massage class, and I'm pretty nervous to take the next one. I LOVE the pathology classes though. <BR> <BR> Enjoy the rest of the week! Thu, 25 Jan 2007 17:42:50 EST Hello Ya'll My name is Sadie and I recently signed on to sparkpeople, and just discovered this group!! This is great, technically I am not a massage therapist yet though!! The practical exam is in Feb!! I'm really nervous <em>29</em> Thu, 11 Jan 2007 23:44:50 EST New to SP and new to group Hey y'all! Just signed up on SP late last night and haven't really gotten started yet. I'm 36, looking forward to turning 37 in March. Going through some issues at home which make it VERY difficult for me to lose the weight I need to lose (55.4lb). Desperately need help with ideas and suggestions regarding how to shop/cook for 1. When I say help to cook, I mean hold my hand and talk me through it....REALLY! The FEW things I've ever really learned to cook are foods that I really shouldn'... Mon, 8 Jan 2007 22:39:27 EST exercise videos! what is everyone's favorite one's to do?? i need variety but i don't wanna get super lame videos! <BR> <BR> these are ones i've either tried or are consider trying...what's your opinion?? <BR> <BR> 1-Windsor Pilates <BR> 2-Biggest Loser Workout <BR> 3-The Firm <BR> 4-Walk Away The Pounds with Leslie Sansone <BR> 5-Tae Bo <BR> 6-Carmen Electra's Striptease <BR> 7-Yoga (not sure where to start there are so many videos out there!!) <BR> <BR> thanks <BR> amy Sat, 6 Jan 2007 21:48:54 EST How was everyone's first day of the new year?? Yesterday was okay, not exactly my shining moment but it's hard starting problem isn't starting an exercise routine (i actually love exercising) my problems are staying motivated and not getting bored with exercise and eating, i love eating, baking and cooking so i have to get past that!! <BR> <BR> 1/1/07 <BR> Breakfast: powdered donut (someone shoot me!) <BR> Snack: Jello (is jello good for a person??) <BR> Lunch: i forgot about cause i wasn't home (oops) <BR> Supper: lean cuisine ... Tue, 2 Jan 2007 09:34:24 EST Hi everyone! I'm super new to this entire site and your group looked wonderful so i decided to join! I'm from North Dakota so whoo hoo to everyone in this state! <BR> <BR> I'm planning on getting married in October (no formal ring or proposal yet) but we've talked about it and he's insured me it's coming so i figure i'm going to start dropping pounds now!! <BR> <BR> I've put on about 50 or 60 lbs since i've been with my wonderful man over the past 3 1/2 years...i'm hoping to drop most of it which isn'... Sun, 31 Dec 2006 10:50:23 EST Hi there Hi everyone! My name is Laura. I'm a mt in Illinois. Been one for about a year and a half now. I have to run to work, but I wanted to invite you all to read my blog. I'm working at a spa in a health club, and I'm doing a weight loss challenge. Part of that challenge is to keep a journal so people can track my progress and stuff. I was on sp before we started it, so I decided that it would be a great forum for my rantings and ramblings! <BR> Any how, I have to run off to job number two, ... Tue, 5 Dec 2006 19:57:46 EST Hey!! Hey guys, just thought I would join the team. Woo! Hope to get to know you guys abit better soon! Tue, 21 Nov 2006 03:09:56 EST Hello I'm new! Hello everyone. I am a CMT. Just finished school. Currently working at a library untill I get through my internship (sp?) <BR> Just a dropping by to say HELLO! and I'm excited to learn new things from you all. <BR> <BR> JoyBug <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>88</em> Wed, 15 Nov 2006 17:13:39 EST How's everyone doing? I'm well. Just thought I'd check in on our wonderful massage therapy group! <BR> <BR> I got a 97 on my last practical evaluation. <BR> <BR> *dances* <BR> <BR> You know, I know I'm just in school for massage, but I really, really can't wait to graduate and check out all thoes continuing education credits. ^_^ <BR> <BR> What sorts of things do you guys specialise in? Any types of massage you don't really like doing? For me, I haven't found anything I don't like yet. I know I'm new, bu... Thu, 9 Nov 2006 11:17:52 EST Hey VegiVonda! :) Welcome to our group! How are you? Sun, 5 Nov 2006 20:00:14 EST I was wondering. :) Hi! As you know I'm currently in school for massage. :) This mod, we're working on swedish massage, and last night we began working on prone backs and necks. <BR> <BR> Now, for a long time, my neck has always been in pain. I know some of it is stress, and some of it is posture. I try working on thoes two things often. <BR> <BR> Anyway, my neck gets so bad that sometimes I can feel it tighten up SUPER fast for no reason. :( <BR> <BR> Last night, after having it worked on, and partial... Thu, 2 Nov 2006 11:09:13 EST Hello there! I hope it is OK for me to be here. :) I'm not a liscences MT YET (!) But I am currently in school to become an MT. :) If it's not ok let me know. <BR> <BR> Just saying a "howdy" <BR> <BR> Faete Tue, 24 Oct 2006 10:40:47 EST Calling all massage therapists! I am in the continuing process of trying hard to practice what I preach. Right now I am struggling with the water issue. I don't hate water or anything, I just forget to drink it. It's probably because of the diet Pepsi's. Help. Wed, 4 Oct 2006 21:59:41 EST