According to industry data released by the American Massage Therapy Association, more than half of people who get a massage do so for medical reasons. Many people assume massage therapy is all about relieving stress, but massage is also an important part of injury recovery, great for pain management, and helpful for many conditions that negatively impact the musculoskeletal system.
Because of the wide range of reasons people will choose to get a massage, it’s more important than ever for massage therapists to explore and master the many techniques that can help their clients. Remaining open to new methods and techniques can make your services more valuable to a variety of people who need massage therapy.
With many massage and bodywork resources online, both massage therapists and those seeking massage have a wealth of information at their fingertips. Online resources can be greatly beneficial for professionals seeking to expand their skills and the techniques they offer as well as for consumers who would like to find out which type of massage may work best for them. For visual learners, YouTube is an excellent resource for learning about additional types of massage.
Massagetique encourages consumers and massage therapists to take full advantage of online resources to learn how to best serve themselves and their clients. To help you in your journey to relaxation and healing, we have compiled the following YouTube channels dedicated to massage therapy techniques and bodywork tutorials. Presented in no particular order, these channels were selected based on quality of content, ease of presentation, and value of information.
- Rebel Massage Therapist: Allison, the creator of the popular YouTube channel Rebel Massage and owner of the Rebel Massage Therapist website, has been posting massage tutorial videos on YouTube for about a year. She has more than 15 years of experience as a massage therapist and shares a variety of helpful videos on massage therapy techniques.
- Massage Nerd: Ryan Hoyme, the brain behind the Massage Nerd YouTube channel and website, started working as a massage therapist in 1989. He created Massage Nerd to share the knowledge he has gained and techniques he has worked on throughout his career as a massage therapist. His YouTube channel has more than 100,000 subscribers and shares a variety of massage-related content.
- Massage Sloth: This YouTube channel, created by Ian Harvey, provides massage tutorials, tips, and marketing information for massage therapists. A sloth named Leaf can sometimes be seen in the background of his videos.
- Erik Dalton: Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques (MAT), a pain management treatment modality developed by Erik Dalton, is the focus of many videos on this popular YouTube channel. His videos have more than 5 million views and cover a wide range of topics for massage therapists and bodywork professionals.
- Bodyology Massage School: This YouTube channel was created by the Bodyology Massage School based in London. The videos hosted on the school’s YouTube channel encourage massage therapists to consider an individual’s needs and place them at the center of each unique treatment plan.
- Healing Alchemy Massage: Brenna Moore, the creator of Healing Alchemy Massage, emphasizes the importance of the mind-body-spirit connection in healing. Her YouTube channel features videos exploring her blend of deep tissue, lomi lomi, myofascial release, and shiatsu massage.
- Co-Creative Healing: Stephanie Shrum, the massage therapist responsible for Co-Creative Healing, has been studying massage therapy since 1992. Many of her YouTube videos demonstrate the advanced knowledge Shrum has gained over her years studying and applying deep tissue massage, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, and other techniques.
- Massage Therapy Foundation: The Massage Therapy Foundation works toward the important goal of advancing the knowledge and practice of massage therapy. The organization’s dedication to sharing the latest scientific research through creative means, such as its YouTube series “Research Perch,” is what prompted Massagetique to include the foundation on this list of top massage therapy YouTube channels.
- PsycheTruth: Although PsycheTruth is about much more than massage therapy, its YouTube channel—with more than 1.7 million subscribers—features many useful massage-related videos. These massage therapy videos are likely to be beneficial for seasoned massage therapy professionals and others who simply want to learn more about massage therapy.
- Massage By Heather: Heather Wibbels, LMT, is a massage therapist practicing in Louisville, Kentucky. She also created a popular YouTube channel in 2010 that now has more than 42,000 subscribers and 7.6 million views. The videos she uploads contain comprehensive explanations and demonstrations of a range of topics, including facial massage, manual lymph drainage, and foot massage techniques.
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- Industry Fact Sheet. (2016, February). Retrieved from https://www.amtamassage.org/infocenter/economic_industry-fact-sheet.html