Any Massage Therapists on MyLot?

United States
March 31, 2008 11:51am CST
I am, close to twenty years since I went through school. I tried to make a full-time go of it the first year, but as those of you who are MT's know it's VERY difficult for a male therapist to attract and keep a sizable enough clientele, so now it's just family and friends and the rare person who's actually willing to pay (lol). I have been part of and have witnessed dramatic healings from massage. Some people have come to me over the years with complaints of long-lasting debilitating pain, and within just a few sessions they were fully functioning again. I'm not claiming it's due to my skill, but rather that massage is a sort of alchemy between therapist and client, and when things get aligned properly there can be amazing improvements in physical well-being. So that's my opening blather. I would love to hear from those of you who practice massage, or even those of you who get massage and/or are interested in the process. Hope this is a productive and long-lasting discussion.
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@Phlamingho (7834)
• Denmark
31 Mar 08
I would love to know someone like you :-D Mann it must be nice to have a frind who can help out with pains here and there.
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• United States
31 Mar 08
It should be, but I can count on one hand the number of friends that I've massaged in the last five years, this with them knowing about my talent. Must be that weird body hangup most people unfortunately have.
• United States
10 Oct 08
Hi Writerbob, I am a out of work massage therapist (woman)too and I wanted introduce massage to the african amer. community but they really don't want you to touch them! I miss my daily massage, when I was in school I relished them and I have a hard time understanding why some are soo reluctant. I know some the reasons of course, beut the advantages far outweigh the cons as it were.Right now I have a great table and chair and they just sit in the corner unused. I also believe with the right client/therapist energy there is healing available. I would love have discussions with you and look forward to it.
• United States
31 Oct 08
Hi, I've been away for a long time, thanks for responding. You bring up a great point about cultural resistance to being touched, as in the over 500 people I have massaged not one of them were any darker than a deeply tanned caucasian. I think that there is a group mindset about what equates to intimacy, and touching seems to cross a line for some. What a shame though, as we both know how life-changing for the good massage is. It's a shame that you have the skills and talent and they go unused. If we lived closer, we could at least swap massages. You seem very insightful about the sometimes magical synergy between client and therapist, bust sadly the "Massage Envy" type of approach has all but killed that. Feel free to message me anytime, and I will try not to stay gone for so long next time.
• United States
20 Apr 08
hi. i too am an lmt. i just graduated a year ago and got my license a month ago. i am starting a new job at a spa soon and massage friends and family now. i would love to be able to increase my clientele but it is hard because i ido it out of there home so i do it as referral only for now. if you've got any tips for me, i would love to hear them. i miss getting massages every week at school. lol i need to get a massage soon but i am broke right now
@jnjlmt (19)
• United States
21 Sep 08
I've been an LMT for 3 years (although I've taken a little hiatus fo rthe last 4 months). Interestingly, I find that I prefer working on strangers than friends and family. I'm not sure why this is... the only thing I can think of is that I just don't want to get that up close and personal with people that I know. It's not that I don't make a connection with my clients. It's just that it's a lot easier for me to focus on the task at hand and get into the "zone" when it's not my naked Grandma. Anyway, I'm getting back into massage and I've considered working for a company called Massage Envy. I've heard mixed reviews of the company and it's employment practices. But the one thing I realized today was that it couldn't be much worse than my first massage job.