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Gabriella Sonam
  • New York, NY
  • United States

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Research into working realities for LMT's
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Hello, I am designing a preliminary research study to investigate working conditions, career longevity and job satisfaction of working MT's. Of particular interest is learning why so many MT's leave…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gabriella Sonam Apr 13, 2012.


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Which modalities do you practice?
Integrative Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone, Pre-natal Pregnancy Massage, Chair Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Lymph Drainage, Aromatherapy, Medical Massage

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At 2:57pm on April 17, 2012, Stacy DeJong Barnes said…

I was bummed to see that the discussion was closed on your research, so I'm leaving some feedback here. I hear the complaint that there's not enough education, but what I have found is that most people don't realize the education we do go through. They don't realize we have studied anatomy. Our class was even shown a human dissection which improved my skills even more, but when I tell anyone that, they are shocked at what education I do have.

Under payed is huge. Even out on my own, I felt I had to deal people favors or deals in order to get them to commit on a regular basis. People getting massage want it cheap. They think it to be a luxury. I try to educate them and tell them they will function much better at their job if they got on a maintenance program. They just don't believe me. They'd rather spend 100's of 1000's of dollars at the doctor and in the operating room rather than pay me $60 to $200/month to keep them out of the doctor's office.

I've been a therapist for almost 16 years now. I have worked for great people and not so great people. I have been on my own now for the past few years and love it. I am finally in a city where people are getting it. Who knew that would be in a small rural town in Iowa?!?! I basically pay rent, a little high for small town USA, but I'm happy with the people in the office and the clients that come in that door.

Happiness is a huge key to being a successful MT. I wouldn't have stayed with it if it didn't make me happy to see someone walk away from my massage looking like a whole new person.

I hope this helps your research.

Good Luck

At 3:01pm on December 26, 2009, Travis Alligood said…
Welcome to Massage and Bodywork Professionals community, where you will have a blast and share thoughts and idea with other therapist, find a group that interest you and join. Have fun ! Peace Travis
At 10:41am on December 25, 2009, Marissa said…
Welcome to the community!
At 5:39pm on December 24, 2009, Gloria Coppola said…
Hello Gabrielle & Welcome
Happy Holidays
At 4:48pm on December 24, 2009, Darcy Neibaur said…
Welcome Gabriella
At 3:28pm on December 24, 2009, Mike Hinkle said…
Hi Gabriella!
Glad you are here!

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