Author Archives: Laura Allen

About Laura Allen

Laura Allen is a massage therapist, author, educator and blogger. She is the author of the Plain & Simple Guide to Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork Examinations (2nd ed, LWW, 2009) and One Year to a Successful Massage Therapy Practice (LWW, 2008), A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Business (LWW, 2011), and Manual for Massage Therapy Educators (Allen&Hoyme Publishing, 2012). Allen is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education under the NCBTMB and is on the visiting faculty of the Obus School of Healing Therapies in Dublin, Ireland. She is also the owner of a wellness clinic in Rutherfordton NC, employing a dozen practitioners of different disciplines. Laura is a frequent blogger on the politics of the massage therapy and professional ethics. Her blogs appears on,,, and You can visit Laura’s website at

Reality Check: Should You Really Attend Massage School?

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Choosing massage therapy for a career is a momentous decision. In the nearly 15 years I’ve been practicing, I’ve rarely met any successful therapist who doesn’t look back on attending massage school as a life-changing experience. The key word there is successful. If you want to be a successful massage… Read more »