Nurse Massage Therapy - page 2

Hello! This new forum is for anyone interested in massage, nursing and the combination. I am an RN working mostly ICU, Neo ICU and ER (all prn), a former travel nurse and wife and Mom. I am... Read More

  1. by   healingtouchRN
    okay gang, I start my massage program (it'll take a year for the triple certification process) this week while working full time & heading up committees, etc. I am a little nervous!
  2. by   goldentxnurse
    ok.. I went to school and got my license in masssage therapy back in 2002, and now this December i will be graduating from nursing school. I'd love to work in a rehabilitation area of some kind so I'd be able to use both of my licenses, and I would also love to take some classes and maybe later get certified in medical massage? Do they have CEU classes specifically for CEU hours? Or how would i go about doing what i need to do? The school I went to focused mainly on swedish massage, so I feel that i need more training...
  3. by   healingtouchRN
    Quote from goldentxnurse
    ok.. I went to school and got my license in masssage therapy back in 2002, and now this December i will be graduating from nursing school. I'd love to work in a rehabilitation area of some kind so I'd be able to use both of my licenses, and I would also love to take some classes and maybe later get certified in medical massage? Do they have CEU classes specifically for CEU hours? Or how would i go about doing what i need to do? The school I went to focused mainly on swedish massage, so I feel that i need more training...
    check out Upledger online as they have lots of courses, for CEU's, whom my collegues have taken long w/e classes, like Manual Lymph Drain, etc...The courses travel so we usually go to Birmingham or Atlanta, so I am sure there are some your way. Best wishes to ya. I am in MT school now will grad next summer, have been RN 15+ years. So I am integrating this all into holistic practice. My school is certifying us in Therapeutic, Orthopedic & Spa techniques. I have already completed my Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, out of Colorado Center for Healing Touch, which is energy work. I combine this with the western nursing, massage & spa tx's for best care!
  4. by   goldentxnurse
    Quote from healingtouchRN
    check out Upledger online as they have lots of courses, for CEU's, whom my collegues have taken long w/e classes, like Manual Lymph Drain, etc...The courses travel so we usually go to Birmingham or Atlanta, so I am sure there are some your way. Best wishes to ya. I am in MT school now will grad next summer, have been RN 15+ years. So I am integrating this all into holistic practice. My school is certifying us in Therapeutic, Orthopedic & Spa techniques. I have already completed my Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, out of Colorado Center for Healing Touch, which is energy work. I combine this with the western nursing, massage & spa tx's for best care!
    thank you soooo much
  5. by   nurseyperson
    Quote from goldentxnurse
    ok.. I went to school and got my license in masssage therapy back in 2002, and now this December i will be graduating from nursing school. I'd love to work in a rehabilitation area of some kind so I'd be able to use both of my licenses, and I would also love to take some classes and maybe later get certified in medical massage? Do they have CEU classes specifically for CEU hours? Or how would i go about doing what i need to do? The school I went to focused mainly on swedish massage, so I feel that i need more training...

    I got a lot of CEUs in Medical Massage from Ralph Stephens, CMT. He travels all over the country. Web site is http://www.ralphstephens.com/
    I have also gotten lots of info from
    American Medical Massage Therapy Association http://www.ammta.org/
    They have tons of infor and CEUs on all aspects of medical massage and billing. And you can get Medical Massage Certification. Contact them for info on their courses.

    Stevens CEUs are probably the easiest and cheapest to get, and AMMTA is probably the most comprehensive. Connie
  6. by   drkolie
    glad to see so may nurses that are spreading the touch and the word of alternative healing. I had my CMT in california and had a holistic nursing practice for 3 years. I loved it. I did outcall and DC's offices, snf's, retirement inn's and health fairs. It was the best nursing I have ever done in the past 30+ years. The calif. CMT however does me no good in hawaii or north carolina though. So back to schol I go. Education is never a waste and I look forward to it. The hard part will be finding a Good massage school. Best of health to all of you and many blessings..............
  7. by   kyutnurse
    Hello! I am also interested to be a Nurse Massage Therapist. I am checking the schools of massage therapy in San Francisco.
    kyutnurse, RN
  8. by   drkolie
    you won't regret it........wonderful addition to an already great calling. Just check out the schools carefully. Went I went in san jose, many of them were on the police watch list. I called them because I was getting mixed reviews from friends. They cound not tell me which was best, but when I gave them some different names of schools, they did tell me which ones they would not go to themselves. I attended a one day, free class at one of the schools to see if I like it and found that the whole idea was to have everyone as naked as possible and teach that a proper massage could not be performed with sheets and towels and such. I am no prude but this was a little too focused on skin..........good luck in your search. SF Had quite a few a couple of years ago.......enjoy!
  9. by   kyutnurse
    Hello people,
    I am unsure of what I need to do next...the " Nurse-Massage Therapist" role sounds inviting but some have been saying discouraging things to me. I have found a "Swedish- Massage class for Certification" from a local massage therapy private school, but I wonder if it's worth going for--- tuition wise, it's a little expensive for a 15 days classes...but after that, I will be certified...so I could practice. Financially, as a new grad RN it's tight budget right now...I am just wondering if I could make some money as a nurse-massage therapist myself....
    kyutnurse@yahoo.com
  10. by   flaerman
    Hello, I am an RN with 19 yrs experience and currently work in the ER. I am also a Reiki practitioner which differs from massge as it's healing with a llittle
    less touching than massage therapy. I have used it with great success on babies and children especially during spinal taps etc, but have only it used on adults once for a patient otherwise my co-workers. This is due to the fact that in the state of Florida doing Reiki in a hospital setting falls under the category of massage therapy and require that I have a license for same. This is not fair as Reiki is not massage therapy. I am currently working with my reiki Master and an activist group in South Florida to change the law in our state legislature to enable Reiki practitioners to practice on people freely provided the recieving person knows what Reiki is and consents to have it done. I use Reiki as an adjunct for my patients who are having problems and pain that medication isn't relieving, or can't be used. I don't charge for this when doing it on the job. I have done it in tandem with my wife who is spiritual counselor, minister, and Reiki practitioner as well out of her office where we do charge for a Reiki session. We also perform Reiki for free on sick pets in our area as well.
    flaerman
  11. by   drkolie
    Quote from kyutnurse
    Hello people,
    I am unsure of what I need to do next...the " Nurse-Massage Therapist" role sounds inviting but some have been saying discouraging things to me. I have found a "Swedish- Massage class for Certification" from a local massage therapy private school, but I wonder if it's worth going for--- tuition wise, it's a little expensive for a 15 days classes...but after that, I will be certified...so I could practice. Financially, as a new grad RN it's tight budget right now...I am just wondering if I could make some money as a nurse-massage therapist myself....
    kyutnurse@yahoo.com
    Well in my experience, every state is different and with some, even the city is different. You should call your local board of registered nursing to find out if massage is under your scope of practice or if it is not allowed and is under a massage licencing board. In northeren california, I was covered in one city with only an RN and a five dollar business licence. However 2 blocks away, I was not and needed at least 200 hours of MT training, finger prints, testing by the local police dept, etc. plus $$$$$. So that is where I would start. Then I would ask yourself, do you feel safe providing MT in any situation. Most Nurses training does not provide long clinical hours in MT. Some do and some have none at all except for telling you what it is. The same exists in Medical schools as well. Good luck to you in your goal............
  12. by   Skili
    Hi eveyone-another "tired" nurse, but also have been interested in massage therapy since the early 80's and never had the time/money to do anything about it. I currently am taking a sabbatical(?) from nursing and hope to enter into a massage program within the next yr. at the community college that(yippee)recently started offering a course in therapeudic massage. I am in Illinois/starting in Jan we have to be liscesed and take boards from what I understand.I think its gonna work out real well, they require,psych,anatomy,health, nutrition and though I had them yrs. ago, they say I don't have to repeat them since I have worked as an R.N. in the last 5 yrs. I AM S0 excited! For those nurses who did the switch, do you still nurse?If you don't how do you feel about leaving nursing behind? (I think there is a possiblity I may-I'm getting too old for it I think)Are there places that you can work and get health insurance? Thanks for your replies.
  13. by   healingtouchRN
    I plan on cont. nursing, hopefully parttime, so I can keep benefits & retirement. I want to do MT parttime as well. 20 hours of each would be fine! I would like to teach more whether it be MT or nursing or health stuff in general. I am just tired of working all the holidays, while I watch "regular" people go have fun over the holidays or whenever. I always feel chained to the hospital, because I know its understaffed. Guilt drives me to stay I guess. I do love the idea of helping one client, one hour at the time, with out phone interruptions, call bells, nosy people popping in during a procedure....it's very frustrating.
    Best wishes! I graduate in Sept. from MT school....Ciao!

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