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Follow @bodywelltherapy on social media!

I've resisted long enough! I can't say it's been easy figuring out what, why and how those @ and # things work, but I'm finally devoted to being more active on Twitter @bodywelltherapy.com or http://www.twitter.com/bodywelltherapy and we've actually been on Facebook for a pretty good while now - you can find us there at http://www.facebook.com/bodywell I'll try to keep it interesting with most things pertaining to our mobile massage services, however as with the rest of my blog postings ove

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Massage Regulations and Bureaucracy | Maryland Massage Regulations

It's pretty amazing how differently massage therapy is regulated in different cities, counties, and states. Finding the right balance between having absolutely no regulations on the one hand, and having way too many regulations on the other, is obviously challenging for many jurisdictions around the country. In most cases when I therapist is living in a particular area it can be pretty straightforward as long as you have one set of guidelines you know and understand, and are able to comply wi

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massage "draping": my two cents

As the owner of Body Well one of the more interesting parts of my job is meeting with and personally evaluating each and every massage therapist. Besides the obvious skills I'm looking at including of course their hands-on techniques, I am also looking at other things such as the way they use their equipment and also their draping methods. Draping refers to the way in which a massage therapists covers the body with a sheet or drape. Ideally this will be done in a way that allows the therapist

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Is Massage Envy Bad for Therapists and Clients?

Is Massage Envy Lowering consumer expectations and labor standards for massage therapists? Getting a massage at Massage Envy is kind of like buying something cheap at Walmart that was made in China. You basically get what you need at a low price, and for your own peace of mind it's probably better not to think too much about why it's so cheap. At Massage Envy you're likely to get an acceptably good massage at a price so low that it had been virtually unheard of until the fr

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Why to Think Twice Before Calling Companies Like 411-PAIN

Dear Body Well friends, clients and colleagues: We've all seen the commercials, the billboards and heard the radio commercials. "When you've been injured - after 911 - call 411-PAIN! Many people have no idea what 411-PAIN or similar companies really are, or what they do! Are they lawyers? Doctors? Both? From what I gather, they are usually chiropractic practices or pain clinics that also employ doctors, but they work closely with a select

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4 Ways Massage Spices Up Your Valentine's Day!

There are lots of reasons to get massages on any given day, but so many more on Valentine's Day! In fact, it's our busiest day of the year! Why? Everyone knows massage is a great way to relax, work out a few kinks and de-stress. But here are a few special reasons why it can make you and your partner's Valentine's Day even more memorable, whether it's at the start, middle, or end of your day! 1. Elevates mood by releasing seratonin naturally. ("Ahhh

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Masseuse? Masseur? Massage Therapist? What's in a name?!

What do you call a person who performs massage professionally? Does it depend if they are male or female ("Masseur"/"Masseuse")? Where they work (Massage Parlor/ Massage Clinic)? Or should we simply use the unisex term "Massage Therapist"? There continues to be an ongoing debate within the massage field about the appropriate use of the above terms, some of which certain massage professionals may actually find quite insulting! Masseuse and Masseur are both French words,

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Top 3 Massage Killers?

Greetings friends! For this edition I thought we might have a little fun looking at the most common complaints people have about getting massages. And to help you avoid these "massage killers" in the future, I'll also offer some tips on how prevent or correct them before it's too late! Most of the time I'm inclined to write about all of the great things about massage therapy. After all I love massage and it's how I make my living! But having been in the business for about 9 years now and mana

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Why are Insurance Companies Anti-Massage?

A Perspective on Healthcare Reform and Massage I watched an interesting program on PBS the other night about health care reform. There were representatives from different areas, including an MD, a hospital administrator, professors, lawyers, and a representative from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (BCBS). While watching, something interesting struck my attention. The first topic which everyone on the panel agreed upon, was that wellness and prevention are key to getting

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Health Care Reform and Massage Therapy?

Dear Friends and Fans of Massage Therapy, I received an email from President Obama today. Actually I am one of probably a few million fellow citizens who got his email today regarding the Health Care Reform issue that our government is wrestling over. In it, he encouraged me to stay informed and make my voice heard, so that together, our society can come up with desirable and effective strategies to make health care work better for everyone. To me, a health care system tha

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