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Posted on: August 30, 2016

When a massage student graduates and becomes a massage therapist, the learning does not end. It is important to stay on top of the latest research in order to deliver the best possible level of care to your clients. These tips can help you to keep up with new research on essential oils for massage and updated techniques for professional massage therapy.

Essential Oils

New research has shown that the use of essential oils during a massage can help to treat problematic skin conditions such as dryness or psoriasis. Some of the most effective oils include thyme, lavender, and geranium. These oils are also anti-bacterial and can help to promote rest, relaxation, and better sleep. You might also consider making your own preparations of oils to help your clients. Over time, you will be able to develop oil blends that help with a variety of issues, such as insomnia or stress. You can keep up with the medical and scientific research on the oils by reading studies that are published online through PubMed, which allows you to read the research without a subscription to the service.

New Massage Therapy Techniques

As a massage student, you learned a variety of techniques to use on your clients. The technology used by massage therapist professionals is rapidly changing, just like technology in other medical and healthcare fields. You can stay up-to-date with the technology used in massage therapies by maintaining your licensure with the state licensing board and taking continuing education classes. Research journals for massage therapist professionals will also help to keep you current on the latest technologies. You may even be able to use your journal subscriptions as a business expense, even if you only maintain a digital subscription.

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