Chair Massage: Learn New Techniques
As a therapeutic massage professional, you have an array of different bodywork techniques in your toolkit. When a client comes in for an appointment, you assess their needs and determine what kind of an approach you’ll use. Maybe you’ll opt for Swedish massage, or perhaps deep tissue. For some clients, hydrotherapy or hot stone techniques are great options.
But regardless of which direction you choose to go in with a new client, all of your current techniques probably share one thing in common: they require your clients to come to your practice.
Now, you might be thinking: of course they do. That’s how massage works. A client comes to me with some kind of physiological issue, and I do my best to provide them with relief using whatever techniques are most appropriate.
But what if there were a technique that could break through those typical boundaries? One that would allow you to recruit new clients in a variety of different locations and environments, while providing them with a valuable service? In other words: what if you could combine your marketing efforts with the practice of bodywork?
Fortunately, this technique does exist, and it’s called chair massage.
A lot of practitioners went through school without receiving any specific training in this modality. There are quite a number of things specific to this form of bodywork that a practitioner needs to be familiar with in order to offer it to clients. Without prior training, it’s difficult to jump in and offer this service as a licensed practitioner.
That’s why we’re proud to offer this course: so that you can learn the techniques necessary to practice chair massage effectively while simultaneously satisfying a continuing education requirement. As the nation’s leading provider of online massage CEU courses, Panda Massage CEU™’s class will provide you with a thorough, in-depth understanding that will allow you to integrate this technique into your existing practice.
As you continue reading, we’ll provide you with an overview of the learning objectives for this course, plus an outline of its content. With this knowledge, you’ll be fully prepared for what you can expect from this course.
Learning Objectives for Our Chair Massage CEU Course
Why take the time to read through learning objectives? There are a couple of major benefits. First, by taking stock of a course’s learning outcomes, you’ll come to understand precisely what the course will offer you as a practitioner. And, secondly, as an adult learner, this will give you a chance to prepare yourself for what the course will cover, which will increase your level of retention throughout the course and help you to learn more efficiently and effectively.
Put simply, this program will cover the history of the technique, how to work with clients in different environments, and which techniques to utilize as part of your sessions.
Specifically, after completing this course, you’ll be able to do the following:
Summarize Onsite Usage and History
Chair massage may be radically different from any of the other techniques you currently utilize in your daily practice. Why? Because it’s performed onsite in a variety of environments, and has its own set of ideal applications as well as limitations as a result. In this course, you’ll learn about the history of this modality as well as how to utilize it in a variety of settings.
Explain the Benefits
As a practitioner, you’re likely already quite comfortable explaining the benefits of massage to new and potential clients. This modality, however, has its own host of benefits that are unique to it in particular. With this course, you’ll not only learn about the various benefits of this technique, you’ll also be able to articulate them to potential clients.
Educate Your Clients
Oftentimes, the more a client understands about the therapeutic session they’re receiving, the more satisfied they’ll be with the services rendered. A happy client is a repeat client, and this alone is reason enough to education your clients. But perhaps even more importantly, it’s often said that your customers are your best form of marketing, and nowhere is this truer than in the world of bodywork. After completing this course, you’ll be able to educate your clients about the modality, effectively spreading the word to others in the community about the benefits of your services.
Complete Medical Intake Forms
No one likes forms (well, almost no one). Even in an office environment, filling out forms can be a tedious business. And, as many practitioners are already aware, it can be challenging to fit new patient forms seamlessly into the flow of your work day. If this is true for an office setting, it’s doubly so for an onsite environment. In this course, you’ll learn how to complete the necessary forms for clients in a mobile environment.
Understand Indications and Contraindications
In many instances, this technique is an ideal therapeutic technique for clients. At the same time, however, there are situations where this technique is contraindicated, and utilizing it can actually worsen a client’s condition. After completing this course, you’ll have a thorough understanding of when this modality is indicated as a massage technique, and when it’s not.
List Onsite Environments
If someone were to ask you where it’s sensible to offer chair massage, could you tell them? How many settings could you name? A major component of incorporating this technique effectively into your practice is understanding the various places it can be offered. With our course, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the various environments conducive to the practice of this modality.
Understand Adaptive Communication
Providing massage in a variety of environments requires a unique approach to patient communication: one with which you may not already be familiar. This course will cover adaptive professional communication given the particularities of a variety of onsite settings.
Proper Sanitation and Hygiene for Onsite Therapy
We all know that proper sanitation and hygiene are important to creating a safe environment for your clients. As a practitioner, you likely have SOPs (standard operating procedures) in place at your practice to ensure that sanitation procedures are adhered to. But how do you handle sanitation and hygiene when performing onsite massage? Our course will provide you with the information necessary to implement sanitation and hygiene practices as part of your onsite services.
Utilize Marketing Strategies
Marketing is an essential part of any successful bodywork practice. Without an effective marketing plan, getting clients in the door is incredibly difficult, if not impossible. Chair massage can provide you with a new marketing avenue by placing your services in front of potential clients in a variety of environments. This course will teach you how to utilize various marketing strategies to maximize income and client retention as part of your onsite practice.
Perform Basic and Advanced Techniques
Once you have a thorough understanding of the above topics, there’s still one important thing missing. You’re already familiar with a wide range of bodywork techniques that you apply in your daily practice. But, with chair massage, different techniques are needed. What techniques work best for clients in a seated position? What approach should you use, and what should you avoid? Our course will provide you with a comprehensive overview of both basic and advanced techniques for this modality, so that you can confidently offer it to clients.
By now, you understand what you can expect to learn from our Chair Massage CEU course. At this point, though, you’re probably curious about how the course itself is actually laid out. Below, we offer a comprehensive overview of the course in its entirety. This outline will help you to better understand what the course entails. Additionally, it will help you gain an awareness of what areas you might be less familiar with, so that you can identify in advance those areas where you may need to spend more study time.
Introduction and History
While studying bodywork as part of a comprehensive academic program, you likely learned a lot about history of various techniques. To begin, this course provides you with an introduction to the history and development of chair massage as a therapeutic approach.
Why This Technique
Every technique has its unique place as part of a professional practitioner’s toolkit. The modality taught in this program is no different. This course will explain the advantages of the technique, why you should consider using it as an effective modality, and how it can fit into your existing practice.
Applications and Usage
You’re already a skilled professional when it comes to table massage. However, seated bodywork is different. In order to become an effective practitioner when it comes to this modality, you’ll need to understand its various applications. In this course, we’ll cover the technical side of things as well as how to utilize seated bodywork as a highly effective marketing tool.
Modern Equipment and Selecting a Chair
When you first opened your practice, or perhaps when you opted to expand it, you likely spent some time shopping around for the necessary equipment. Massage tables come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of quality. Chairs are no different. In this course, you’ll learn about the modern equipment used in seated massage, and how to select the right chair for your need.
Many clients who seek out a practitioner are already aware of at least some of the benefits of bodywork. When working with new clients in an onsite scenario, though, you may encounter clients who have never had a massage, or are otherwise unaware of its benefits. In our course, you’ll learn about the variety of benefits related to seated bodywork and how to effectively articulate them to potential clients.
Onsite Treatment Environments
More often than not, you have a lot of control over your primary treatment environment: that is, your office. With onsite massage, though, you’ll be working in a wide variety of different treatment environments, each with its over unique challenges and advantages. In this course, we’ll discuss the particularities of a range of onsite treatment scenarios, including hotels, hospitals, retirement communities, corporate offices, organizations, special events, hospitals, sports events, and surgery and rehabilitation clinics.
Onsite Medical Intake Forms
As a practitioner, you already have a data collection system in place as part of the daily operation of your practice. Patient forms related to consent, preexisting conditions, and so on are an essential part of running a bodywork business. Forms are just as important when it comes to chair massage. We’ll teach you the essential information you’ll need to collect, and how to go about doing it in the most efficient way possible.
Traditional bodywork is indicated for a wide range of physical conditions. Chair massage shares many of these indications. However, given the special nature of seated bodywork, there are some scenarios where table work may be more appropriate for your clients. We’ll teach you about the indications for this modality so that you can confidently assess the needs of your clients.
An important part of running a safe, successful practice is understanding when massage is contraindicated for certain client conditions. While no one likes to turn business away, it’s essential to be able to identify situations where this modality is contraindicated. In this course, you’ll learn when to avoid providing chair massage services for clients with specific conditions.
Given its nature, this modality brings with it some special considerations for practitioners. We provide an overview of these issues so that you can take them into account as part of your practice.
Sanitation and Hygiene
Sanitation and hygiene are an essential part of a safe bodywork environment. Onsite massage presents a unique scenario when it comes to maintain sanitary conditions. In this course, you’ll learn how to properly sanitize your equipment and create hygienic conditions for onsite massage.
Without a marketing strategy, your business can’t thrive. This modality presents an incredibly unique marketing opportunity for practitioners. We’ll provide you with the skills and information necessary to implement an effective marketing strategy as part of your onsite massage practice.
You already have an array of techniques available to you when it comes to table massage. The techniques covered in this class overlap with conventional bodywork; however, there are some special considerations to account for. This course provides you with an overview of techniques specific to this modality.
Professional communication is essential in the world of massage therapy and bodywork. This course will give you an understanding of how to communicate effectively with clients in an onsite environment.
Recordkeeping is the foundation of a successful practice. In an onsite environment, though, keeping effective records can be easier said than done. We’ll provide you with tips and information on how to effectively keep track of client records when working in a variety of locations.
Once you’ve familiarized yourself with all of the above information, you’ll be ready to explore a sample seated routine. This course will provide you with in-depth instructions for an effective, comprehensive chair massage routine that you can use right away.
Stretching can be a great addition to an onsite massage routine. Additionally, it gives you something to send your clients home with, which helps you build a long-term relationship with them. Our course provides you with instructions on how to effectively demonstrate various stretches to your clients.
When your client (literally) walks away from an onsite session, the thing they’ll likely remember best is the way that it ended. Finishing up your sessions in an appropriate way is essential. In this course, you’ll learn how to wrap up a massage in a variety of ways depending upon the needs of the patient, the time of day, and the environment itself.
What are CEUs, and Why are They Important?
Practical, day-to-day experience as a professional is a significant part of your ongoing education. Additionally, though, it’s just as important to continue learning in more traditional ways. If you’re looking for a way to continue your education after graduating from a massage program, we have the answer: massage CEUs, or Continuing Education Units (GUIDE TO LMT CONTINUING EDUCATION).
CEUs are important for professional growth. Beyond that, though, they’re often a requirement. Many states require that licensed practitioners obtain a certain number of CEUs annually (NCBTMB GUIDE) (or biennially, or triennially) in order to maintain a current license.
Panda is an NCBTMB Approved Provider of CEUs, and we can provide you with the highest quality education while fulfilling national and state requirements for CEU hours.
Why Choose Panda Massage CEU?
While there are other online CEU providers, Panda Massage CEU is the clear choice for your continuing education needs:
Our courses are of the highest quality. We pride ourselves on providing some of the best massage CEU courses out there: not just online, but anywhere.
With unique options like hot stones and deep tissue, our course offerings are both engaging and informative.
Other online courses can be a real let down: they’re low quality, and lacking professional narration. Our courses are narrated by professionals, high quality, and easy to follow.
Unlike other online classes, all of our CEU courses include videos. They replicate in-person learning, and raise retention rates.
We all know what it’s like to have a hectic schedule. That’s why our courses are self-paced, making it easy for you to keep up with the material no matter how busy you are.
Our courses are both high quality and a great value. With affordable pricing, our courses fit into any budget. Plus, you save thousands of dollars that you’d otherwise spend on travel to attend in-person massage CEU courses.
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