Hollywood vs. Reality: The Truth about Massage Careers

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Massage careers have recently had their turn in Hollywood’s 15 minutes of fame. Unfortunately, the portrayal of massage therapists is the stuff of fiction. Read More

Beauty Schools on YouTube

When it comes to learning more about beauty and wellness, a quick search on YouTube does not disappoint. Today’s adventure: a journey through some of the most informative and engaging beauty school videos around. Grab some popcorn and come along for the ride…

Massage Therapy School

Experience relaxation just by watching this video from Angela Lind, a mobile massage therapist in South Florida. Enjoy soothing music and images while you learn about the benefits of therapeutic massage and neuromuscular therapy and the importance of posture. You’ll also gain insight into what massage can accomplish that chiropractics cannot. And don’t be surprised if you get turned on to in-home massage – an appealing concept for therapists and clients alike!

Beauty School

This news segment explores how the beauty industry has been affected by the changing economy, with reports of sky-high beauty school enrollment. Watch interviews with laid-off workers getting a “career makeover” as cosmetology students at Empire Beauty School in Indianapolis. It’s truly a recession-proof industry – everyone needs a haircut, right? The video also highlights the trend of customers frequenting beauty schools for haircuts, facials, and waxing services.

Hair Design

Tune into Fox 35 News in Orlando for some fabulous makeovers done by celebrity stylist Ted Gibson of TLC’s “What Not to Wear” fame. Check out the before and after shots of the two cosmetology students as well as Ted’s tips on making hair shiny, sexy, and smooth. You can also learn a bit about Beauty Changes Lives, a nonprofit initiative designed to raise awareness of how careers in the hair, beauty, and wellness industry transform lives.

Esthetics / Skin Care

If you have any inclination toward a career in esthetics, watch this interview with Tara Sissel, an aesthetics and laser expert and instructor at National Laser Institute. She talks about how she got into the field, and how her income almost quadrupled when she began offering laser services like photofacials to her clients. She also discusses the importance of solid esthetics training to become truly confident and competent in a skin care career.

Holistic Health

Given all the people now looking outside the mainstream for help with their medical problems – reportedly, nearly half of all Americans are using some form of alternative medicine – this PBS Nightly Business Report highlights the booming field of complementary and alternative medicine. The boom is drawing the attention of federal researchers, which, in turn, is bringing more mainstream acceptance to the field. If ever there was a time to explore a career in holistic medicine, this is it.

Cosmetology School

This video, presented by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools, offers a quick look at the many opportunities available in the beauty industry, from esthetics to makeup to hair design. Listen to current students talk about their experiences in cosmetology school and their career aspirations, and get inspired to go to beauty school and pursue your passion.

-Robyn Tellefsen

Spa Ahh: Different Types of Massages

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We all need some pampering in our lives… a time to unwind and disconnect. But what happens when you book that massage and it ends up being painful as opposed to a relaxing time? There are many types of massages you can book at your favorite spa that offer a vast amount of benefits for the mind, body and soul. The four main types of massages you will find are Swedish, reflexology, sports, and hot stone.

A Swedish Massage is the most common massage service. I’d like to think of it as the beginners’ massage. It improves circulation by bringing oxygen to muscles as well as relieving muscle tension. Massage therapists use massage oil in long smooth strokes, circular movements and kneading.

Reflexology massages may look like just a foot massage, but they are so much more than that. It is wildly used in the alternative medicine field. During a reflexology massage, the massage therapist applies pressure to certain parts of the foot that correspond with different body parts. Reflexology is perfect for those who are on their feet often.

Originally developed for athletes, the sports massage is a type of Swedish massage. Sports massages are geared toward the healing of muscle injuries and preventing new ones by loosening up the body before performances or recovery from a game. In a spa, however, the massage therapist uses these techniques and concentrates on a specific part of the body.

Lastly, the hot stone massage uses warm stones to apply soothing warmth and sometimes pressure. The warmth of the stones is very soothing ans softens up the muscles. This type of massage is perfect for those who do not want too much pressure applied to muscles and want a calming effect.

Which is *YOUR* favorite type of massage? Did I miss one? Let me know below!

-Vernize Rios

 

Exploring Infant Massage Certification

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Once you’ve figured out which general spa or beauty field you want to pursue, you can certainly choose to specialize even further. There are so many options in all aspects of your general spa or beauty interest – it’s hard to name them all. For instance, have you ever considered an infant massage career? Who knew that massage existed for individuals of all ages?

Now, you may be asking: why in the world does an infant need a massage?! Well, according to the International Institute of Infant Massage, infant massage promotes emotional health and a nurturing atmosphere. Through infant massage, infants form attachments to their caregivers and continue a feeling of safety and warmth.

With an infant massage certification, you can truly be an integral part in the lives of those just starting their families. And massage therapists are not the only ones who can become certified. In fact, a wide variety of professionals who work with children can obtain their infant massage certification. From occupational therapists and physical therapists to speech pathologists and social workers, infant massage specialists have a variety of backgrounds. However, they all have one thing in common: a love for children and families and a desire to help others learn.

An interest is a key first step to studying infant massage therapy. By researching a little deeper and finding a program that suits your needs (ie, location, tuition, flexibility), you’ll be on your way to achieving your goals. Explore infant massage certification today to get going on your infant massage career!

-Amanda Fornecker

Need a Break? Get a Massage

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As much as we love school here at SpaBeautySchools.com, we totally sympathize with every student who has their stressful moments. That’s where a massage therapist comes in. And if you’re studying to be a massage therapist, then you’ll know just the right place to visit when it comes time for your very own massage.

When I think of a spa school I immediately associate it with massage, even though there is such a wide variety of spa schools out there. And there are even more specific specialties, which is great for those who want to branch out. Some of these include hot stone massage, acupressure, and chair massage. You may even become involved with working on a cruise line and choosing between western and eastern massage.

Massage therapy is a helping profession for sure. And there are so many education options within this spa career. You can earn an associate or bachelor’s degree and then specialize with a certification. You can also attend a spa school and pursue your education even further. The options are endless and with more education you’re sure to have even more opportunities for massage therapy jobs (and even higher salaries). In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the field of massage therapy will grow by 19 percent through the year 2018. That’s certainly faster than the average. In May 2008, it was estimated that the highest 10 percent of massage therapist earned more than $33.47.

So what are you waiting for? Go get a massage to ease your stress or tension from school or work, and while you’re there, speak to the massage therapist about his or her career path. You may be next…

* And why not? Massage therapy job openings are expected to grow 19 percent over the 2008 to 2018 period. Research a career in massage therapy today.

-Amanda Fornecker