Nurse Massage Therapy - page 3

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   Nemhain
    Hey Everybody! I've been a licensed massage therapist for a while now and I was just wondering if you all were aware of the "National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists". Massage Therapy is a recognized nursing specialty!

    A good place to start if anyone is concerned with program quality in looking on the COMTA website. COMTA is the accediting arm of the National Massage Therapy Association. Just because a school is not accredited by COMTA it doesn't mean that it's not good, but you may be taking your chances. Your best bet is to contact graduates of the massage school you would like to attend and talk to them about their experience.

    Good Luck
  2. by   allmynez
    Quote from Tired Nurse
    Hi, I am also a massage therapist as well as a "real nurse." Looks like this forum has been pretty quiet. I know there are large numbers of us that are re-focusing from just nursing to massage therapy and nursing. It would be nice to hook up with others and talk. I am in a small midwestern town, and use mostly swedish type massage. I am taking my massage chair once a week into the hospital and working on employees. They love me and it is helping decrease stress levels! What are others doing?
    Well, to me you sound like a very educated person and massage therapy looks like it was a good career move for you. My dilemma is I am an 22y/o LPN I also to would like to get into massage therapy. I would like to go back to school but I was n't exactly sure what to do. I know I did not what to be working for someone forever, I liked the idea of massage therapy because it expanded on my medical background and I felt it also appealed to my entreprenuerial side. But on the other hand people are like just get your RN I recieved a lot of negativity about going into this career due to it's uncertainty and salary. I would hate to spend so much money on the school and it not work out. I am just trying to weigh my options out but I do have to make up my mind soon. I basically looked at it I live in New york city , I must be able to find work in gyms, salons, spas, doctors offices, etc. Since it is a new field I should get into it know before every body hops on the bandwaggon and it becomes more regulated. They say their is a shortage of nurses you can't even get into a RN nursing program where I live you have to jump through so many whoops sometimes I think it is to deter people from going because that have such a great demand for the programs. But I don't really want to get my RN I think this would be a better career path for me and it is also more appealing I can see myself enjoying it as for my RN I can't. I got a little taste of the nursing world and I can't see me doing it for the rest of my life.
  3. by   LVN2006
    What do you think about massage on diabetics or those with compromised immune systems

    Quote from nurseyperson
    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 currently taking classes for Medical Massage Therapy. Anyone who is a massage therapist, nurse interested in it, or wanting information to benefit you patients is invited to post.

    There are different types of massage therapy. There is the mostly widely known Swedish massage with oils. The kind I do is with clothes on, no oils and is medially based. It is a combination of trigger point therapy, neuromuscular reeducation, myofascial release, soft tissue mobilization, manual lymph drainage, acupressure, to name a few aspects of it. Add in nutritional support, and a nurse's knowledge and common sense and I can help most people in some way or another. The whole idea is to balance the systems and regions of the body, especially effective with neuromuscularskeletal dysfunctions. I use the GUT Method, which was developed by Elena Goetzel after years of "putting it all together". Very interesting!!! and effective!!
    So.... let's talk!!!



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    nurseyperson
  4. by   healingtouchRN
    Quote from sylviamon
    What do you think about massage on diabetics or those with compromised immune systems
    I think it's awesome, There are so many types of massage & bodywork for those diabetics (my grandmother is an IDDM & has regular massages but usually in a chair or side lying since she is obese). Lymph drain is great for comprimised clients. I wrote my case study in Healing Touch using a dear friend who had Non Hodgkin Lymphoma as my client following her thru a 9 months while she had chemo & I did techniques to boost immune system & energy levels. She is now back into her consulting job traveling nationwide as a social worker. I am forever learning the compliments personally as I have been treated by my chiropractor the past 2 weeks & had my business partner do reflexology & Reiki & Healing Touch on me before or after my adjustments. I actually was pain free for 5-6 hours one day after living with chronic back pain. My chiropractor was thrilled it gives us an idea that I have a goal of potentially being pain free with constant fine tuning. Like fueling & doing PM on a car engine....must keep up the work to get results.
  5. by   SpencerRN,LMT
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    Quote from nurseyperson
    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 currently taking classes for Medical Massage Therapy. Anyone who is a massage therapist, nurse interested in it, or wanting information to benefit you patients is invited to post.

    There are different types of massage therapy. There is the mostly widely known Swedish massage with oils. The kind I do is with clothes on, no oils and is medially based. It is a combination of trigger point therapy, neuromuscular reeducation, myofascial release, soft tissue mobilization, manual lymph drainage, acupressure, to name a few aspects of it. Add in nutritional support, and a nurse's knowledge and common sense and I can help most people in some way or another. The whole idea is to balance the systems and regions of the body, especially effective with neuromuscularskeletal dysfunctions. I use the GUT Method, which was developed by Elena Goetzel after years of "putting it all together". Very interesting!!! and effective!!
    So.... let's talk!!!



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    nurseyperson
  6. by   SpencerRN,LMT
    Hello nurseyperson, I am the president of the National Association of Nurse Massage therapists and would like to let you and other nurses and massage therapists be aware that there are many others practicing this recognized nursing specialty. At present, we are working to receive a grant from the ANA and the Hartford Foundation to educate fellow nurse massage therapists on the skills to assess and treat geriatric patients. Our January conference will bring together nurse massage therapists to educate NMT's in this subspecialty. I would love to hear the ideas and experiences you have had. SpencerRN,LMT
  7. by   paraloco
    Quote from SpencerRN,LMT
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    I had no idea there was such a specialization. I became a registered massage therapist about 7 years ago, but have never gone into practice ,save for one brief period. When I become a nurse, is there a separate curriculum for NMT'S that I must take?
  8. by   RN MT
    Quote from Tired Nurse
    Hi, I am also a massage therapist as well as a "real nurse." Looks like this forum has been pretty quiet. I know there are large numbers of us that are re-focusing from just nursing to massage therapy and nursing. It would be nice to hook up with others and talk. I am in a small midwestern town, and use mostly swedish type massage. I am taking my massage chair once a week into the hospital and working on employees. They love me and it is helping decrease stress levels! What are others doing?
    Hi,
    I would love to talk! Check out my web site and e-mail me throught it.
    www.nurses-touch.com
    all the best,
    Ethlyne
  9. by   drkolie
    Quote from Ethlyne
    Hi,
    I would love to talk! Check out my web site and e-mail me throught it.
    www.nurses-touch.com
    all the best,
    Ethlyne
    Wthlyne........Now, that is what I call a website! I am impressed. It is not only pleasing to the eyes and the inner soul, but so many links and information. I never got through it all. You look like you are one busy massage RN.

    I had my small holistic nurse practice in calif. , mostly out-call for seniors and had an office at a DC's. But since moving to hawaii 2 years ago, I had to go back to conventional nursing for financial reasons. I miss my practice.

    I am now in North carolina and have to take almost most of my massage education again before i can set up practice. It is frustrating that it is not covered at all under my RN licence here. I noticed that the rates for the 500-600 hour programs have gone up considerably. One priviate school here is asking 15K for 600 hours. What a rip off. I could get my masters or Ph.D. in nursing for that kind of money.

    I am a perpetual student like you, but I was greatly amazed at the amount of alternative classes you have taken. Keep up the good work...........

    Can you tell me approx. waht it costs to have a website like yours to be set up? Did you like what they did and did you assist them or did they do all the research?

    For those of you that are still thinking of starting your own nurse massage practice, I can tell you again that there is nothing like it in the world. It is the roots of nursing and a complete nursing!
  10. by   RN MT
    Hi there,
    I feel your frustration. There are many times that I look back and say if I had spent the money I spent on my massage related trainings on a degree, I would be much better off. The problem would have been that I might not have experienced the personal growth I did in the process. As for your questions re web site and NC credentialing, e-mail me through my web site or better yet, call me at my office and we can talk. We may play phone tag, but let me know the best time to reach you and I will do my best.
    Best wishes,
    Ethlyne

    Quote from drkolie
    Wthlyne........Now, that is what I call a website! I am impressed. It is not only pleasing to the eyes and the inner soul, but so many links and information. I never got through it all. You look like you are one busy massage RN.

    I had my small holistic nurse practice in calif. , mostly out-call for seniors and had an office at a DC's. But since moving to hawaii 2 years ago, I had to go back to conventional nursing for financial reasons. I miss my practice.

    I am now in North carolina and have to take almost most of my massage education again before i can set up practice. It is frustrating that it is not covered at all under my RN licence here. I noticed that the rates for the 500-600 hour programs have gone up considerably. One priviate school here is asking 15K for 600 hours. What a rip off. I could get my masters or Ph.D. in nursing for that kind of money.

    I am a perpetual student like you, but I was greatly amazed at the amount of alternative classes you have taken. Keep up the good work...........

    Can you tell me approx. waht it costs to have a website like yours to be set up? Did you like what they did and did you assist them or did they do all the research?

    For those of you that are still thinking of starting your own nurse massage practice, I can tell you again that there is nothing like it in the world. It is the roots of nursing and a complete nursing!
  11. by   yves
    Hi I just took a course in lymphedema. I was supposed to work for a doctor indepedently when i got done but he feels he doesnt have the office space. I know i can bill some insurances but i really want to work with cancer pt which are mostly medicare. Should I look for a physical therapist partner or should i look for anothers doctors office. Where d i look or get help with billing Hey nurseperson could you help maybe email or phone me or vice a versa. I need some guidance. You know we should write a boodk or manual for nurses to go into their own practise and billing issues. yvonne I need help need to get started!!!!
  12. by   yves
    Hi I just took a course in lymphedema. I was supposed to work for a doctor indepedently when i got done but he feels he doesnt have the office space. I know i can bill some insurances but i really want to work with cancer pt which are mostly medicare. Should I look for a physical therapist partner or should i look for anothers doctors office. Where d i look or get help with billing Hey nurseperson could you help maybe email or phone me or vice a versa. I need some guidance. You know we should write a boodk or manual for nurses to go into their own practise and billing issues. yvonne I need help need to get started!!!!
  13. by   seasea
    I am in Tampa Bay Florida and just discovered a school that is offering medical professionals the opportunity to transfer existing A & P hours into a Massage Therapy Program. Apparently, you then only need 300 more hours to prepare to sit for the National Exam. Is anyone familiar with something like this

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