What is your name? Annie Moore
Where do you practice massage therapy? My home office, Atrium Wellness, Inc.
Are you an employee or self-employed? Self-employed
What year did you begin practicing massage therapy? 2007
Describe your practice, the modalities you use, and what you try to achieve. In my practice, I strive to understand each individual client’s needs and life style in order to give them the best treatment I possible. The modalities I use most often are Myofascial release and trigger point therapy combined into a virtually painless deep tissue massage. Since pain is the body’s way of telling us something is wrong, our motto is if your therapist is leaving you in pain there is something wrong.
What kind of experience do you want your clients to have during a massage? I want each client to feel as though they are our only client, that they were heard, and leave feeling much better than when they arrived.
What do you enjoy most about being a massage therapist? I enjoy the two-way instant gratification shared by the client and myself as the therapist.
Is there anything else that you’d like to describe about your practice? Though positioned in a home, many of our clients have commented on how it is much more private and comfortable than a spa or doctor’s office.
Which massage school did you attend? National University of Health Sciences
On a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the best) how would you rate your school? 5+
What was your favorite part about your school? Being that it is was originally a chiropractic college, the massage therapists are taught by MDs, PhDs, and chiropractors, rather than just massage therapists.
Describe additional education, formal or informal, you have received since graduating from massage school.
University of Bridgeport
- Cadaver Dissection Workshop – May 2012
University of Phoenix
- Associate of Arts Health Care Administration – April 2011
Precision Neuromuscular Therapy
- The Mystery of Pain: Neuromuscular Assessment and Treatment – June 2009
Infant Massage USA
- Educator of Infant Massage – March 2008
Medical Massage Practitioners of America
- Medically oriented massage for the neck and back – May 2007
- Pelvic Stabilization & Complicated Knee Conditions
- Neuromuscular Assessment and Treatment
- Neuromuscular Therapy for Cervical Strain & Sprain
- Neuromuscular Therapy for Low Back and Hip Pain
- Educator of Infant Massage Training
What advice would you give to prospective massage therapists about education? Of course I would suggest NUHS because I work there now, however, if they were not able I would strongly suggest a school with a cadaver lab and several teachers rather than just one or two. About practicing massage? Keep your options open and do not limit yourself at first. You may know you want to work sports massage but narrowing your field of clients at the beginning will diminish your pool of clients too greatly. Do not work more than 5 hours/day, 25 hours/week (Swedish) or 4 hours/day, 20 hours/week (Deep Tissue) a day, you will wear yourself out too quickly. You may think you are able to handle it but it will catch up with you very quickly.
What is the one thing you wish you had known before starting your journey as a massage therapist? More about how to run a business.