The Rub: a podcast about massage therapy

Heawell

Join Healwell in examining and bringing context to the world of massage therapy beyond the table. We have ideas. We have opinions. We want change, and that will only come with an understanding of who and what massage therapy truly is. A variety of topics are up for grabs: history, philosophy, development, and all the other shiny things that fascinate us.

Healwell is a non-profit based out of the Washington DC area.  Check us out at www.healwell.org

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Navigating the Depth of Touch: Unveiling the World of Professional Massage Therapy
Feb 14 2024
Navigating the Depth of Touch: Unveiling the World of Professional Massage Therapy
Embark on an eye-opening exploration of the often misunderstood world of massage therapy with me, Corey Rivera, your guide through the intricate landscapes of human touch. We're not only unmasking the differences between a casual massage and professional massage therapy, but also diving into why individuals across the spectrum seek out these services—ranging from celebrations on a cruise to seeking solace amid personal trauma.This episode promises to stretch your understanding of massage therapy beyond its physical connotations, as we scrutinize the profound therapeutic relationships, the critical role of communication, and the essential education and skill of the massage therapist. We'll even touch on the delicate and often taboo topic of massage's relationship to sexuality, ensuring no stone is left unturned. Ready for a session that's as enlightening as it is provocative? Join me, and we'll navigate the societal currents and the healing power of professional touch with the curiosity and depth it deserves.Links:Kennedy, LMT, BCTMB, DrPH, A. B., Cambron, LMT, DC, MPH, PhD, J. A., Sharpe, PhD, MPH, LMBT, P. A., Travillian, PhD, NA-C, LMP, R. S., & Saunders, PhD, R. P. (2016). Clarifying Definitions for the Massage Therapy Profession: the Results of the Best Practices Symposium†. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, 9(3), 15–26. https://doi.org/10.3822/ijtmb.v9i3.312Support the showLet us know what you think! Send us an email: podcast@healwell.orgLeave us a voicemail on SpeakpipeCheck out our interview-style podcast: InterdisciplinaryYou can support Healwell and the cool things we make by donating here!Other ways join in: Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Find bonus content from Interdisciplinary and early release episodes on Patreon!Check Healwell’s live and online classes Continue the conversation with a two-week free trial of the Healwell Community Merch! Find your Healwell fashion here Find a copy of Rebecca Sturgeon's book: "Oncology Massage: An Integrative Approach to Cancer Care" Thank you to ABMP for sponsoring The Rub!Healwell is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based out of the Washington DC area. Check us out at www.healwell.org ...
Editorial: We Made Our Table, Now We Have to Lie On It
Jan 31 2024
Editorial: We Made Our Table, Now We Have to Lie On It
Prepare to navigate the intricacies of massage therapy education with Cal Cates and myself, Corey Rivera, in a conversation that's vital for the future of massage schools. We're treading into the uncharted territory of curriculum overhauls, necessitated by the Gainful Employment Act's momentum. July 2024 inches closer, and with it, the deadline for schools to meet the stringent 100% rule looms large. We'll be examining what these transformations mean for federal funding, the ongoing discourse around a standardized 625-hour training program, and the prospect of a two-tier licensure system that could redefine our profession.The financial landscape for massage therapists can be as complex as the human body itself. We peel back the layers of IRS reporting, income misconceptions, and the stark realities of cash-based earnings in our field. Our candid discussion illuminates the struggles with underreported income and deciphers the myths that often cloud the true earning potential within our industry. We're not just talking about the dollars and cents; we're scrutinizing the impact of federal legislation on educational paths and how it shapes the aspirations and career sustainability for those who enter this trade with passion and purpose.But passion alone doesn't pay the bills. The nobility of any profession is not measured by financial struggle, and we're dissecting the politics that shape our regulatory landscape. We're also addressing the burnout that threatens our ranks, pondering whether it's the physical toll or the relentless financial hustle that wears us down. And we're not stopping there. Our conversation extends an invitation to join us in reimagining healthcare through Healwell's mission and to lend your voice to this critical dialogue. Your insights are the heartbeat of our community, so tune in, engage, and be a part of the change we're striving to make.Note: at about 15 minutes, Corey says "$40 an hour" when she really meant "40 hours a week." Oops!US Bureau of Labor Statistics: Massage TherapyInside Higher Ed: Gainful Employment Proves Contentious, AgainSupport the showLet us know what you think! Send us an email: podcast@healwell.orgLeave us a voicemail on SpeakpipeCheck out our interview-style podcast: InterdisciplinaryYou can support Healwell and the cool things we make by donating here!Other ways join in: Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Find bonus content from Interdisciplinary and early release episodes on Patreon!Check Healwell’s live and online classes Continue the conversation with a two-week free trial of the Healwell Community Merch! Find your Healwell fashion here Find a copy of Rebecca Sturgeon's book: "Oncology Massage: An Integrative Approach to Cancer Care" Thank you to ABMP for sponsoring The Rub!Healwell is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based out of the Washington DC area. Check us out at www.healwell.org ...
Massage Education and the Gainful Employment Rule
Jan 17 2024
Massage Education and the Gainful Employment Rule
Discover the shift about to hit massage schools nationwide as we unpack the consequences of the new federal gainful employment rule with Lance Hostetter, Director of Government Relations for ABMP. In July 2024, a federal program to protect students from predatory education practices could have major consequences for massage therapy schools. We explore the fine line between consumer safety and the integrity of massage therapy education. The conversation takes a turn as we probe into the controversial shift from the 150% rule to a mere 100%, bringing up concerns about the potential dilution of massage training quality.ABMP: Massage School Programs at Risk Across the CountryNASFAA: 2023 Gainful EmploymentSupport the showLet us know what you think! Send us an email: podcast@healwell.orgLeave us a voicemail on SpeakpipeCheck out our interview-style podcast: InterdisciplinaryYou can support Healwell and the cool things we make by donating here!Other ways join in: Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Find bonus content from Interdisciplinary and early release episodes on Patreon!Check Healwell’s live and online classes Continue the conversation with a two-week free trial of the Healwell Community Merch! Find your Healwell fashion here Find a copy of Rebecca Sturgeon's book: "Oncology Massage: An Integrative Approach to Cancer Care" Thank you to ABMP for sponsoring The Rub!Healwell is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based out of the Washington DC area. Check us out at www.healwell.org ...
Healwell is Changing the Massage Game
Jan 3 2024
Healwell is Changing the Massage Game
To hear the full version of each interview, check out our Patreon!Witness the dawn of a healthcare revolution with Healwell, where the nurturing power of touch meets the rigor of palliative care. Join the Healwell team of Cal Cates, Kerry Jordan, Laura Bryant-Earner,  Rebecca Sturgeon, and Corey Rivera as we reveal the heartfelt aspirations and bold missions driving our nonprofit organization. Together, we dissect the formidable task of integrating palliative massage therapy into mainstream healthcare, advocating for a future where the art of human connection through touch is not just an afterthought, but a fundamental pillar.We're not just hands-on practitioners; we're educators, advocates, and most importantly, agents of change, envisioning a world where the healing touch of massage transcends traditional healthcare boundaries. Through our stories, you'll discover how we're crafting a new narrative for massage therapy—one where passion and professional growth coalesce to shape a brighter, more empathetic future.The episode culminates with a call to join the ranks of those challenging the status quo and fostering a community of growth and camaraderie. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Healwell is a testament to the power of collective action and unyielding dedication to enhancing the human experience. Whether you're a practitioner, a patient, or simply a believer in the transformative potential of compassionate care, your support and participation are the keystones to this healthcare revolution. Thank you for sharing in our journey—a journey toward a more compassionate and inclusive world, one massage at a time.Support the showLet us know what you think! Send us an email: podcast@healwell.orgLeave us a voicemail on SpeakpipeCheck out our interview-style podcast: InterdisciplinaryYou can support Healwell and the cool things we make by donating here!Other ways join in: Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Find bonus content from Interdisciplinary and early release episodes on Patreon!Check Healwell’s live and online classes Continue the conversation with a two-week free trial of the Healwell Community Merch! Find your Healwell fashion here Find a copy of Rebecca Sturgeon's book: "Oncology Massage: An Integrative Approach to Cancer Care" Thank you to ABMP for sponsoring The Rub!Healwell is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based out of the Washington DC area. Check us out at www.healwell.org ...
Hospital-Based Massage Therapy
Oct 31 2023
Hospital-Based Massage Therapy
Hospitals are bustling, often chaotic places, where the focus is primarily on healing rather than comfort. But within this challenging environment, a unique breed of healthcare providers is emerging, offering a different kind of solace - massage therapists.In this episode, we will take you on a journey to explore the lives of massage therapists who work in hospitals. These dedicated individuals bring relief and comfort to patients during their most vulnerable moments. They offer a listening ear and a healing touch to patients who may be experiencing pain, anxiety, or uncertainty. We will uncover the stories of Joan and Sierra, two massage therapists with different experiences working in hospitals.Join us in this episode as we explore the world of hospital-based massage therapy, where these unique healthcare workers bring comfort and solace to those in need. The journey to establish these programs is complex, but the rewards are immeasurable. If you're interested in this joyous and challenging field, there's a place for you to make a difference. If you're interested in doing this work, check out Healwell's hospital-based massage therapy education courses.  Support the showLet us know what you think! Send us an email: podcast@healwell.orgLeave us a voicemail on SpeakpipeCheck out our interview-style podcast: InterdisciplinaryYou can support Healwell and the cool things we make by donating here!Other ways join in: Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts Find bonus content from Interdisciplinary and early release episodes on Patreon!Check Healwell’s live and online classes Continue the conversation with a two-week free trial of the Healwell Community Merch! Find your Healwell fashion here Find a copy of Rebecca Sturgeon's book: "Oncology Massage: An Integrative Approach to Cancer Care" Thank you to ABMP for sponsoring The Rub!Healwell is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based out of the Washington DC area. Check us out at www.healwell.org ...