Over the past couple of months many of you have gotten to know our new therapists by graciously allowing them into your appointments to train. All massage therapists in the state of Pennsylvania must be licensed and insured but what does this extra PAMT training entail?
Our therapists come from all walks of life and have a wide array of experiences that they bring to PAMT. Some come right after they finish school while others have been working for years in the field of massage therapy. Whatever the case, all therapists that come through our doors go through what we call a PAMT training period. During this period that can range from 2 weeks to 6 months, our therapists learn all of the nuances of working with our clientele.
From the moment a new therapist starts his or her training period there are some very specific goals we have set for them. The top three goals are to cultivate their critical thinking abilities, problem solving skills and assessment techniques. By thinking more globally, our therapists are able to take a whole body approach. The end objective for all of our therapists is to have the ability to look beneath symptoms and obvious difficulties to locate and treat the source of pain and discomfort.
Most massage therapists learn the same basis of Swedish techniques during their official schooling. We build on the techniques they learn in school to allow our new therapists to steadily develop their own style, technique and intuition. Training periods are tailor made to fit individual therapists and allowing them to shadow our more experienced team gives invaluable insight as well as ample opportunity to learn and grow in a short period of time.
While our training process is more detailed than most we feel it is an irreplaceable building block for our team. We take the time to make sure all PAMT therapists are equipped with the correct skills and techniques so they are confident and prepared before they begin taking clients to help them stay Active for Life!