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MASSAGE THERAPIST: Knowing Anatomy Well Will Help Messages Go Deeper

About this video 

Susan shares her story about being a message therapist, and she's also a birth doula. Susan's story is about helping people, of all ages, feel better with her healing touch: sometimes lightly and sometimes not. Susan talks about how she got introduced to massage and about the different styles of massage she's presently learning. Her advice to people looking get into this line of work: make sure you learn anatomy very well.

Job Title: Massage Therapist/Birth Doula

Job Summary: Doula

Job Description

A doula, also known as a labour coach, is a nonmedical person who assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, as well as her partner and/or family by providing information, physical assistance, and emotional support.

On-the-Job Training

On the job training

Additional Info

Doulas vs. Midwives - A doula and a midwife are not the same thing, though they can often work well together. Midwives are medically trained and focus on delivering a healthy baby during labor, whereas doulas offer mental, physical, and emotional support to the mother and family before, during and after labor but do not have medical training or experience

Certification Requirement
Certification isn’t necessary to become a doula but it has benefits. If you decide to pursue certification, there are many programs available, so you’ll want to look into the philosophy, time requirements, and content to find which is right for you.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$15,000 - $30,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
Not applicable
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Irregular, Long hours, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Travel, Home, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Empathy, People skills, Verbal communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Apprenticeship
High school degree
Associate degree
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m='13340'>doula,</span> <span m='13720'>I've</span> <span m='14080'>got</span> <span m='14270'>clients</span> <span m='15280'>that</span> <span m='15530'>are</span> <span m='15820'>set</span> <span m='16059'>up</span> <span m='16490'>like</span> <span m='17030'>two</span> <span m='17200'>months</span> <span m='17430'>in</span> <span m='17640'>advance.</span> <span m='17915'>They</span> <span m='18190'>come</span> <span m='18400'>and</span> <span m='18530'>see</span> <span m='18780'>me.</span> <span m='19750'>I</span> <span m='20090'>tell them</span> <span m='20300'>what my</span> <span m='20730'>services</span> <span m='22532'>are.</span> <span m='23675'>I'm</span> <span m='24010'>there</span> <span m='24160'>with them</span> <span m='24630'>24/7</span> <span m='25003'>until</span> <span m='25376'>the</span> <span m='25750'>baby's</span> <span m='26250'>born.</span> <span m='27140'>And</span> <span m='27400'>I</span> <span m='27650'>see</span> <span m='28000'>maybe</span> <span m='28360'>like</span> <span m='28600'>one or</span> <span m='29010'>two</span> <span m='29100'>moms</span> <span m='29530'>a</span> <span m='29650'>month.</span> </p><p><span m='31412'>And</span> <span m='31820'>as a</span> <span m='32200'>yoga</span> <span m='32580'>instructor,</span> <span m='33510'>I</span> <span m='33740'>teach</span> <span m='34150'>at a</span> <span m='34650'>acupuncture</span> <span m='35740'>community</span> <span m='36200'>clinic.</span> <span m='36960'>And</span> <span m='37340'>I</span> <span m='37720'>have</span> <span m='38100'>been</span> <span m='38660'>doing</span> <span m='38850'>that</span> <span m='39030'>regularly</span> <span m='39410'>for</span> <span m='40080'>about</span> <span m='40320'>three</span> <span m='40720'>years</span> <span m='40990'>now--</span> <span m='41470'>which,</span> <span m='41620'>I was</span> <span m='41880'>like,</span> <span m='42140'>wow.</span> <span m='43170'>And</span> <span m='43830'>my</span> <span m='44000'>infant</span> <span m='44100'>massage</span> <span m='44610'>instructor,</span> <span m='45320'>I've</span> <span m='46280'>been</span> <span m='46420'>doing</span> <span m='46590'>that</span> <span m='46790'>for</span> <span m='46970'>a</span> <span m='47050'>year.</span> <span m='47590'>I</span> <span m='47640'>love</span> <span m='47940'>that.</span> <span m='48690'>I</span> <span m='48780'>have</span> <span m='49110'>either</span> <span m='49420'>moms</span> <span m='49910'>come</span> <span m='50140'>see</span> <span m='50450'>me,</span> <span m='50730'>or I</span> <span m='50890'>go</span> <span m='51160'>to</span> <span m='51330'>their</span> <span m='51500'>homes</span> <span m='52680'>and</span> <span m='53000'>do</span> <span m='53140'>more of a</span> <span m='53500'>private</span> <span m='53890'>session</span> <span m='54370'>instead of</span> <span m='54480'>having</span> <span m='54850'>them</span> <span m='55090'>come</span> <span m='55300'>over</span> <span m='55470'>to</span> <span m='56360'>a</span> <span m='56690'>group.</span> </p><p><span m='57150'>Like</span> <span m='57430'>helping</span> <span m='57700'>the babies</span> <span m='57980'>just</span> <span m='58290'>release</span> <span m='58830'>any</span> <span m='58960'>tension</span> <span m='60140'>that's</span> <span m='60320'>going</span> <span m='60560'>on in the</span> <span m='60910'>baby's</span> <span m='61580'>stomach,</span> <span m='61860'>in</span> <span m='62290'>the</span> <span m='62390'>muscles,</span> <span m='62920'>or</span> <span m='63040'>anything</span> <span m='63540'>that</span> <span m='63710'>came from</span> <span m='63980'>the</span> <span m='64343'>birth,</span> <span m='64706'>or any</span> <span m='65069'>stress</span> <span m='65360'>that the</span> <span m='65635'>mom was</span> <span m='65910'>going</span> <span m='66330'>through.</span> <span m='67290'>And it</span> <span m='67460'>helps</span> <span m='67800'>the</span> <span m='67970'>mom</span> <span m='68130'>out</span> <span m='68600'>and</span> <span m='68820'>the</span> <span m='68880'>baby</span> <span m='69210'>together.</span> </p><p><span m='70300'>My</span> <span m='70540'>career</span> <span m='70950'>path</span> <span m='71230'>was</span> <span m='71720'>completely</span> <span m='73650'>different</span> <span m='74010'>from</span> <span m='74180'>this.</span> <span m='74850'>I</span> <span m='75470'>was</span> <span m='75630'>going</span> <span m='75830'>to</span> <span m='75890'>school</span> <span m='76260'>for</span> <span m='76620'>graphic</span> <span m='76880'>design</span> <span m='77350'>and</span> <span m='77480'>photography.</span> <span m='78790'>And</span> <span m='78960'>then</span> <span m='79310'>I</span> <span m='79470'>met</span> <span m='79990'>my</span> <span m='80120'>boyfriend,</span> <span m='80680'>and</span> <span m='80860'>he gave</span> <span m='81280'>me</span> <span m='81420'>this</span> <span m='81520'>massage, 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m='92070'>time</span> <span m='92300'>ago.</span> <span m='92850'>I</span> <span m='92930'>got</span> <span m='93160'>into</span> <span m='93630'>the</span> <span m='94105'>school</span> <span m='94580'>and I</span> <span m='94865'>completely</span> <span m='95150'>loved</span> <span m='95600'>it,</span> <span m='96040'>and</span> <span m='96550'>I'm</span> <span m='96760'>finishing</span> <span m='97230'>up</span> <span m='97640'>my</span> <span m='97890'>1,000-hour</span> <span m='98370'>program</span> <span m='98700'>right</span> <span m='99030'>now.</span> <span m='100006'>I do a traditional</span> <span m='100494'>Chinese</span> <span m='100982'>massage</span> <span m='101470'>called</span> <span m='102450'>tui</span> <span m='103000'>na.</span> <span m='103640'>I</span> <span m='103920'>do</span> <span m='104370'>a</span> <span m='104480'>Japanese</span> <span m='105260'>style,</span> <span m='105650'>as well,</span> <span m='106115'>called</span> <span m='106580'>Zen</span> <span m='106885'>shiatsu.</span> </p><p><span m='107575'>And</span> <span m='107960'>I also</span> <span m='108400'>learned</span> <span m='108690'>something</span> <span m='109330'>neuromuscular</span> <span m='110160'>techniques</span> <span m='110930'>and</span> <span m='111180'>some</span> <span m='111540'>myofascial</span> <span m='112100'>stuff,</span> <span m='112490'>and</span> <span m='112610'>I've</span> <span m='112770'>been</span> <span m='113710'>really</span> <span m='114340'>all</span> <span m='114680'>about</span> <span m='114950'>anatomy,</span> <span m='115520'>which</span> <span m='115740'>they've</span> <span m='115880'>got a</span> <span m='116160'>great</span> <span m='116440'>anatomy</span> <span m='116910'>teacher</span> <span m='117320'>here.</span> <span m='118000'>So</span> <span m='118190'>I've</span> <span m='118340'>been</span> <span m='118620'>really</span> <span m='119490'>in</span> <span m='119700'>deep</span> <span m='119920'>with</span> <span m='120525'>anatomy</span> <span m='121420'>and</span> <span m='121620'>massage.</span> </p><p><span m='122300'>Advice</span> <span m='122630'>I</span> <span m='123070'>would</span> <span m='123325'>give</span> <span m='123580'>is--</span> <span m='125350'>I</span> <span m='125420'>think</span> <span m='125640'>anatomy's</span> <span m='126160'>awesome.</span> <span m='126970'>Getting</span> <span m='127310'>your</span> <span m='127530'>anatomy</span> <span m='127930'>down</span> <span m='128650'>would</span> <span m='128860'>help</span> <span m='129160'>your</span> <span m='129610'>massage--</span> <span m='131140'>get</span> <span m='131580'>deeper</span> <span m='131860'>into</span> <span m='132140'>your</span> <span m='132360'>massage.</span> <span m='133390'>And</span> <span m='134150'>it's</span> <span m='134760'>great</span> <span m='135050'>for</span> <span m='135150'>the</span> <span m='135280'>body.</span> <span m='136050'>Even</span> <span m='136330'>if</span> <span m='136570'>you're</span> <span m='136780'>already</span> <span m='137190'>healthy,</span> <span m='137850'>it's</span> <span m='138000'>always</span> <span m='138360'>good</span> <span m='138600'>to</span> <span m='139455'>fluff</span> <span m='139840'>your</span> <span m='139950'>muscles</span> <span m='140380'>up,</span> <span m='140735'>or</span> <span m='141090'>get</span> <span m='141290'>some</span> <span m='141390'>movement</span> <span m='141645'>in</span> <span m='141900'>just in</span> <span m='142335'>case</span> <span m='142770'>something</span> <span m='143646'>were</span> <span m='144084'>to happen</span> <span m='144522'>later on,</span> <span m='144960'>so your body</span> <span m='145398'>would</span> <span m='145836'>be</span> <span m='146280'>prepared.</span> <span m='146690'>So it</span> <span m='146990'>prepares</span> <span m='147290'>your</span> <span m='147410'>body.</span> <span m='147900'>It</span> <span m='148350'>heals</span> <span m='148600'>your</span> 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