Friday, March 2, 2018

Are You a Dreamer, a Doer, or Both?

I love dreamers. I love doers. I really love someone who is both. We started Aspen Massage Institute because we know there are people who want more out of life. Who didn’t want to work an 8-5 job they didn’t like. We knew there were people who dreamed.

Our next session begins April 23rd in Aspen, Colorado and if you’re the right person we want you to join us. We are proud of the high quality and teaching of our Certified Massage Therapist Certificate Program. 100% of our students who took the National Certification Exam or the Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam passed last session. For comparison, national averages are around 65%.  In 8 months you can be a licensed massage therapist. You don’t need a college degree and you don’t have to have previous medical experience. You just need a dream, and the desire to see it come true.

Statistics You Might Find Interesting

In a world that is becoming more and more technology driven many people are getting lost. In fact, recent polls show that in 2017, 67% of employees were disengaged at work. (Gallup 2017) That means almost three out of every 4 people didn’t care about what they were doing at their jobs. Most of them hate their jobs. People are feeling less personal, less successful, and disconnected. I’m hoping as you read this, this isn’t you.

Some Good News about Massage Therapy

Massage therapy, on the other hand, continues to be one of the fastest growing occupations in the United States. Projected job openings growth in the next 10 years exceeds 22,000. Salaries continue to rise for hourly employees, and it is one of the few industries where income is truly dictated by you. See for yourself here on this top career exploration and job analysis website.

Massage therapists have an amazing amount of flexibility for work hours and scheduling, and many cite “freedom” as one of their main reasons for choosing this career. However, for most it is the ability to make a difference in someone’s life that is the biggest draw. A simple touch can dramatically change someone’s day. Our students often tell us they started at Aspen Massage Institute because they wanted to help people, not just make money. When we talk with them after they’ve been practicing for a few years, they usually comment, “I had no idea what massage really could do for people. I love what I do.”

Be a Doer and a Dreamer

You have dreams, and honestly the only difference between successful people and people who are still doing jobs they hate, is that the successful people go after their dreams. If you want more, need more, out of life then please reach out and talk to us about our Certified Massage Therapy Certificate Program. We won’t pressure you or spam you. We simply will show you what a career in this field looks like, what to expect, and how to get to a job you love.

Next Session Starts April 23rd

We have several options for you to find out more. You may call us at 970-300-4644 and simply start a conversation to see if this is right for you. You can contact us online by clicking here or you can also schedule a time to meet us in person, tour our facility, and ask any questions you might have. We look forward to meeting you and joining you on a new career and happier life.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Congrats to the AMI Class of 2017

Congratulations to our new graduating class of massage therapists! Most of them have already passed the MBLEx licensing exam and are ready to start booking clients! Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing their stories with you as they start the next stage of their lives.

The MBLEx (Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination) is a rigorous licensing exam for massage therapists and bodyworkers. It covers all areas of massage therapy, including anatomy, kinesiology, client assessment and treatment planning, ethics, and other professional guidelines. From July 2016 to June 2017 the overall pass rate for the exam was just 66.7%. The massage school you choose is clearly important when it comes to passing your licensing exam, and we’re proud to have a program that maintains such a high overall pass rate.

Stay tuned for the Meet Our Grads series over the coming weeks, where you’ll get to learn more about each of our graduates, what brought them to AMI, and where they’re going from here.

And if you would like to receive a massage, call 970-920-9595 to book with one of these extremely qualified and licensed therapists! 

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Meet Our Grads: Kerry Weber

We’re highlighting each our recent grads as they begin their careers as massage therapists after passing the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx). Stay tuned as we meet each one.

Kerry Weber found herself looking for a change after a ski accident left her unable to work for a month. She realized that she wasn’t fulfilled in her current job. “I have always had a passion for helping people as well as for studying the human body,” she said. “It was perfect timing that AMI was beginning a class in a few weeks—I applied for a loan with my bank and enrolled!”

Reflecting on her time at AMI, Kerry said she most enjoyed having several teachers with different perspectives and techniques. “It taught me to become a critical thinker with my massage and to understand why a therapist might make different decisions in different scenarios,” she said.

Although she admits it was sometimes frustrating to face conflicting opinions during the program, she realized that “every aspect of massage therapy is what you make of it, and the more points of view you have to inform each decision you make, the better prepared you are to handle anything that work (and life, for that matter!) can throw at you.”

Kerry will be available for booking at Jean-Robert’s Gym this season and plans to let her practice grow organically. After this season, she’ll be leaving the country to travel for several months and says that she’ll focus more on her private practice when she returns. “Massage therapy is about surrendering to a life of flow and I seek to embody that quality with my practice, while still maintaining professionalism, punctuality, and living up to any commitment I choose to make.”

Book your massage with Kerry today by calling 970-920-9595.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Are You an Entrepreneur?

I’m surrounded by entrepreneurs. They come into Aspen Massage Institute every day. They are from many walks of lives and different parts of the world. The people I meet have worked in a wide variety of jobs, had horrible and great bosses, and are the epitome of diversity. Some have families, some are young women and men ready to make their mark on the world. All have one thing in common, they are tired of settling for someone else's dream.

Who is an Entrepreneur?

The Webster Dictionary defines entrepreneur as: “one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise”

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a worse explanation of what an entrepreneur is in my life! The ones I know do much more than just "organize, manage and assume risk." They innovate, inspire others, work hard, create jobs, instill hope, and lead people to take a chance instead of doing what’s easy. They change lives, starting with their own.

These are people who bravely step forward when others stay back. They see the future, focus on their dreams, and then make them happen. Yes, they take risks, but they also know the payoff is greater. They live to do great things and are not controlled by fear. They are heroes.


My Favorite Entrepreneurs

My favorite entrepreneurs aren’t the owners of large corporations, tech giants, or sports stars. They are the women and men who come in our doors with the passion and determination to change their future. Aspen Massage Institute was started to provide a pathway for people who wanted to do something more with their lives than just have a job. It’s not about “what” you want to be when you grow up, it’s about “Who” you want to be when you grow up.

The people who have graduated from our Massage Therapist Program didn’t come in with any special abilities or medical knowledge. They were servers, stay at home parents, mechanics, and everything in between. Ordinary people who have made a commitment to do what they love. I’m continually humbled and amazed by their work ethic and commitment to succeed. I’m continually proud of who they have become today.

Improved Lives

They have all improved their lives. Whether they have started their own small massage therapy business, work part-time to supplement their income, or have found employment with a spa that allows them to help people in a job they truly love. These graduates are entrepreneurs because they have taken the risk to become who they wanted to become and now use their skills to do what they want to do and all those around them benefit.


One of my Favorite Quotes

"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover." Mark Twain, author.

Are You an Entrepreneur?

Don’t let fear, finances, or other people keep you from being WHO you want to be. We talk with people every day who are curious about what it takes to become a Massage Therapist. Some are just beginning their search and others have researched many different Massage Schools and want to know what makes us special. We enjoy talking to all of them.

It all starts with reaching out and beginning the conversation. Call us today at 970-300-4644
to talk about our program or click around our site to get more information. We look forward to meeting with you and discovering what your entrepreneurial future holds.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

What happens after becoming a Certified Massage Therapist?

Deciding to take the plunge and go to massage school is a huge decision, and one thing we frequently hear potential students asking is what, exactly, they’ll do after graduation.

It’s no secret that massage therapy is one of the most flexible careers around. Massage therapists can choose to work for someone else or be their own boss, and regardless of which you choose, most have some flexibility around their schedules and the rates they charge.

That said, taking a leap into such a wide open career field can be nerve-wracking. Here are some of the most common paths newly-certified massage therapists take:

Setting up a private practice

This is probably the most daunting possibility, and that’s why our program includes classes on business practices. From entrepreneurial skills to regulatory practices, we’ll provide all the information you need to branch out on your own.

Make no mistake, though, developing a successful private practice will take a lot of work and motivation. Private practitioners may make house calls (taking their table with them!) or work odd hours to meet the needs of their clients. And of course, you’ll need to spend a fair amount of time marketing yourself: asking for testimonials, handing out business cards, and building a website.

The work will be hard, but the rewards of a successful private practice are worth it. Once established, you’ll be able to set your own schedule, take time off whenever you need to, and make enough money to work as little or as much as you want to.

Finding a job

It can be surprising how many places are looking for massage therapists: gyms, spas, chiropractors, and medical professionals all frequently have massage therapists on staff. Although these will likely pay less than a private practice, schedules are often still somewhat flexible.

For many new graduates, a mix of part-time job and private practice can be the best way to start. The reliability of a job makes the establishment of a successful practice less urgent while also providing time to learn more about working with clients and establishing your own business.

Teaching the next generation of massage therapists

With the growth of the field of massage therapy, teaching opportunities abound. As a new graduate you probably won’t be ready to become a full teacher right away, but with the hands-on training necessary for massage there are many positions available for assistant teachers.

Teaching is also useful in allowing you to build your skills and expertise. In fact, studies show that teaching is the best way to learn a skill yourself, so a stint in the classroom is likely to benefit you as much as your students.

No matter what you choose, we’ll help you get started

Our program is designed not just to teach you the fundamentals of becoming an excellent massage therapist, but also to make sure you have the skills and knowledge you’ll need to get started after graduation. Beyond the classes on entrepreneurial skills, we’ll also work with you on building a resume, following licensing regulations, and working with clients. At AMI we pride ourselves on making sure you’re ready for whatever comes next.

Learn more about our program here

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Looking for a Career Change?

Now is the Perfect Time!

Spring is the perfect time for new beginnings and planting seeds. Just barely a month after the official first day of spring, April 24th our new session starts. It is the perfect time to take a leap of faith and plant the “seeds” to become a Certified Massage Therapist right here in the beautiful state of Colorado! Our students will embark on an 8-month, 600+ hour journey, that will launch their new careers and improve their lives in the process.

A Career Change to Massage Therapy Could Be What You Need!

Aspen Massage Institute (AMI) offers full career counseling to assist program graduates in realizing their career objectives. The American Massage Therapy Association’s research indicates that Massage Therapy is a $12.1 billion dollar industry in America as of 2015, compared to the $6 billion estimate ten years earlier in 2005! This means that the tremendous growth and potential of the sector makes it ripe with opportunity for program graduates looking for a new career or supplemental income. Surveys indicate that roughly 25% of American adults have had a massage at least once in their life, and the versatility and broad range of training gained in the AMI Certified Massage Therapist program will empower students to help increase those percentages by giving them a wide variety of skill sets.

Students enrolled in the program will receive training in Swedish Massage Fundamentals, including how to accommodate clients of all different health/body considerations, in addition to learning how to foster trust with client-focused care.

Lessons on anatomy science and pathology instill body awareness and in-depth knowledge that is crucial for massage therapy, and instruction on modern hydrotherapy, spa fundamentals, sports fundamentals, and neuromuscular therapy create solid building blocks for students on their path to mastering a broad range of massage therapy considerations.

Classes on ethics and business practices prepare program graduates for breaking out on their own, carving a place for themselves in the industry as entrepreneurs and business owners – including not only licensing and certification requirements, but resume writing, confidentiality, self-promotion, and trust-building with clients.

The Aspen Massage Institute’s Certified Massage Therapist program also includes certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid through the National Safety Council. Students will also complete 142 hours of a clinical internship, which provides hands-on experience working with public clientele. Professional massage therapists often work in a client’s home (45% of the time), a personal office (38%), their private home (32%), or at a spa or salon (26%). AMI is committed to providing students with experience and training that can be applied to any of these, or other locations!

Helping to Heal the Community, One Client at a Time!

As of July 2016, over 51 million American adults had discussed massage therapy with their physician as a means of treating problematic health conditions, many of which are chronic and on-going detriments to their physical well-being. Graduates of the AMI program will have the knowledge, hands-on training, and education required to help treat clients who suffer from cancer-related fatigue and pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, low back pain, and other debilitating conditions. In addition, they will also have opportunities to benefit clients by boosting their immune systems, lowering blood pressure, and reducing post-operative pain and recovery time!

It’s never too late to make a huge change, and to take the very first steps towards a new career and life plan. Aspen Massage Institute is committed to improving the well-being of the Colorado community, and providing students with the ability to invest in themselves and their future as licensed massage therapists. The average charge for an hour of massage-related work is $71 as of 2015, and today’s massage therapist works an average of 18 hours a week providing massages. That revenue benefits the local economy, and together, Aspen Massage Institute and program graduates can enrich not only the lives of their students and instructors but also their clientele in beautiful Colorado and beyond!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A New Year and a New Lease on Life

As I sit and write this I’m thinking of how great this last year has been. I am proud and truly love the work we do at AMI and the lives that have changed due to our program. I’m also reminded of the numerous people I see that grudgingly enter work every day feeling trapped and sometimes even hopeless. I’m going to do my best to not make this a “salesy” blog post, but at the same time; I feel I really need to share with you what I feel in my heart.

A Repeating Theme

I glanced back over the posts from the year and there is definitely a trend. Too many people don’t like their jobs. Even here in Aspen, there are too many people who don’t feel in control of their lives and are unhappy. We see them every day, and honestly, it breaks my heart. My whole life has been centered on helping people reach their goals, whether that is in a healthy lifestyle or loving what they do. While I am grateful for all the successes, I also want to make sure we help as many as we can.

What Can You Do

First, check out our program here. This page describes AMI’s courses to become a Certified Massage Therapist. I lead you here because I want you to compare this to other programs. We have worked hard to develop a course that not only teaches how to do massage therapy, but also to provide our students more hands-on training, opportunities to practice, and give them the skills they need to market themselves and fulfill their dreams. I know if you look around you’ll quickly see we stand out above high volume programs that teach from a book, not from touch.

Second, visit us. We have regular events to introduce future students to the instructors and explain the highs and lows of entering this career. We believe anyone can succeed if they are committed to doing their best and our course is no different. You’ll find our entire staff is fully dedicated to helping all our students reach their goals. To date, every student that has gone through our program has passed their certification exams. Some have started their own business, some are working in high end spas, and some are working here.

Third, consider sending someone to massage school. I know this is a big one, but if you know someone that hates their job I encourage you to help them find a better one, one they will love. Maybe you can’t afford the whole tuition, offer to pay a portion of it or buy the books. If they have children, offer to babysit during class time or when they need time to study. It may be as simple as going to an informational event with them so they aren’t so nervous. You have the power to help someone change their life forever.

Perhaps you have read our blogs, visited the site, followed us on Facebook and dreamed about attending AMI but have never reached out. If this is you, pick up the phone right now and call 970-300-4644 and talk to us. We won’t pressure you and I promise you, we’ll answer all your questions, even the tough ones.

Happy New Year!

This time of year brings different emotions and thoughts in all of us as we think about the good times, bad times, and everything in between. I’m proud of what we’ve done this last year. Every time another class graduates we’re caught up in their excitement. The joy of seeing people exceed their expectations and start a new career doing something they love is contagious. So in keeping with that spirit, please let us know if we can help you in any way.




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