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This week the Patrick administration submitted a proposal to change some aspects of the Division of Professional Licensure to streamline certain areas as well address some fee issues. The intention is to make it easier and less expensive for small businesses in the state. The changes can be seen at the Governor's website. A few of the most important changes affect massage license fees as well as barbering, cosmetology and electrology which will now all be under one board.

Bright Future for the Spa and Salon Industry

It appears the industry is set for additional expansion into the future. According to a report by GIA (Global Industry Analysts) the world health spa market is supposed to grow to $77.2 billion by 2015. But what's really interesting is the finding that a lot of the high end medical treatments are in less demand while the stress and health related services like massage, facials and fitness have increased.

How does being a smoker affect your career as a massage therapist? This is a very delicate issue that affects clients and smokers alike. It's important to not be judgmental. Everyone has their own path in life and no one is in a position to pass judgement on anyone unless you have walked that path. That being said, being a smoker or having clients that smoke presents challenges to a successful career. We will start with clients who smoke. There are two challenges. The first is to understand how you can give the person the greatest benefit.

I just returned from Tempe where I spent a tremendously inspiring day with Jerry Johnson and his team. Jerry and his partner, Jessica Wolman are the owners of 20 cosmetology schools and a product company, to name a few of their ventures. I was there to learn about a school management software package they are developing. In addition to the information on the package I got a wonderful bonus: An education on business and leadership. But how did Jerry get from growing up on a chicken farm to cosmetology and to his current success?

Whether it's an employee who doesn't get it, a client who misses appointments or a squeaky massage table, if you tolerate it, it will persist.

Nothing is going to change.

And quite probably, it will drive you crazy. And here is a horrible truth: It is a reflection of you. You will get what you expect. You will also have what you will tolerate.

Every 7 or 8 years the massage and holistic community is swept with multilevel or network marketed products. It seems to take that long for people to forget or to have a sufficient number of new people in the industry who are at a point where they are looking for additional income streams. Every time it happens, it tends to first be enthusiastically marketed to other practitioners first and then the attempt is made to market to clients. Every time, it's a disaster that destroys relationships and businesses.

There was a recent article on physician burnout that brings to light a very important point for the massage and polarity therapy industries. The need for professional massage therapists and polarity therapists is more urgent than ever. Rather than people who come into the profession for 6 months or a couple of years, what's needed are therapists who come in to make this their life long profession. The demands on physicians with changing technology, medical financial challenges from new government funding models and the extremely high cost of becoming a doctor is making the profession increasingly less attractive to be a doctor.

On July 17th, the Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology rescinded it's prior May 1st order restricting schools from offering 600 hour aesthetics programs in Massachusetts. The reasons for why the order was originally created are still not entirely clear. However the most consistent information was that it was due to some schools not informing students that they could take the exam once they completed 300 hours as well as not having curricula that prepared students for the exam by 300 hours.

I recently had the pleasure of having a session with Stephen Baglioni, LMT of Massage Therapy Unlimited in Beverly, MA. Having recently broken several ribs, I was in constant pain and a veritable minefield of sensitive pressure points. In short, other than burned skin, it was probably one of the most challenging injuries you could present to a massage therapist. Choosing to get a session with Steve just 10 days after the injury was based on knowing his work in the Spa Tech Institute massage program several years before.

Spa Tech Institute, schools of massage, polarity and aesthetics teaches the vital link between water, health and wellness. At birth the body is up to 79% water and it decreases into old age. As the percentage of water in the body decreases, the body's toxicity increases due to the reduction of flow of vital fluid, the mind is affected as well as most of the rest of the body.

Welcome to the Spa Tech Institute professional career blog. Succeeding in the health, wellness and beauty professions is easy if you have the right training, information and attitude. The Spa Tech Institute Professional Blog is a resource for everyone who is interested in succeeding is this field. Whether you are new or experienced, have a small or large business or are thinking of getting into the field, the purpose of the blog is to share important information from experienced professionals and companies to help the entire industry improve.

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