Eight Resources for the Professional Massage Therapist

A helpful read for any massage therapist out there. 

Finding the things you need on the web can be difficult and time-consuming. We have compiled a list of eight resources with websites that are easy to use so that you can find exactly what you need for your practice without wasting a moment of your time endlessly searching through innumerable sites.

Massage Supplies:

Got Your Back has everything a massage therapist could possibly need, all on one website. They have a large selection of tables and chairs, and many of them come with free shipping. They carry cushions, massage tools, oils, aromatherapy, decor, and more. You could set up your entire practice without ever leaving this website.

Massage Warehouse is jam-packed with tables (many with options), chairs, oils and creams, linens, and everything else to set yourself up in style. While they do not offer free shipping on any of their products, they make up for it with one-stop shopping and their aggressive pursuit of the lowest possible shipping fees for you. Like Got Your BackMassage Warehouse has everything you need in one place.

Massage-Tools.com offers a wide variety of things, but their selection of tables and chairs is particularly good. They offer free ground shipping on portable tables and chairs, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee on their tables. The savings off of the retail price tend to be on the low end, but the savings in shipping tends to make up for that.

Massage Oils:

Young Living Essential Oils offer therapeutic grade oils that have been researched in Europe.They have several pre-mixed oil blends, such as their Relaxation blend, which is a combination of tangerine, rosewood, spearmint, peppermint, ylang ylang, and lavender. If you prefer to do your own blending, they sell their deeply nourishing carrier oils and essential oils separately, allowing you to create something especially unique to your practice.

The Aromatherapy Place carries a wide variety of essential oils, blends, spa supplies, and massage oils. Their massage oils are entirely natural and have a wonderful glide. They come in many different sizes, and clearly explain the ingredients and recommendations on the website. Two examples are Renaissance, for encouraging creativity while relaxing the body, and Nourish is, as its name implies, for deep comfort when a great deal of stress has been experienced.

Massage and Bodywork Software:
Bodywork Buddy is geared specifically toward massage and bodywork professionals, to allow you to track your finances, clients, the medical history of your clients and notes on each session, and more. If you find yourself overwhelmed trying to keep track of everything, Bodywork Buddy should help you get sorted out.

Massage Laws for the United States and Canada:

MassageMag.com has listings for the forty-two states and four Canadian provinces that offer some sort of credential or licensure for professional massage therapists. Their listings typically include a website and a phone number, plus the number of hours you need to be properly licensed.

Liability Insurance:

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals is both a school and an insurance provider for massage therapists. Their liability insurance is extensive, offering coverage for legal defense, protection against late-filed claims, coverage for multiple work sites so that you are protected while preforming massage at another location, as well as covering you if you are instructing, and the list goes on. They have been managed by the same underwriter for nearly a decade, and they have the experience you need to feel safe.
Our guest contributor is Elise Degrass. Elise writes on Massage Therapy Schools for Massage Therapy.net

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