Aran Bright presents at our National Conference this month!


You may have seen Aran doing corporate massage around Brisbane, perhaps he has been to your office or workplace! But did you know he is a speaker at our industry conference this year? This man knows his stuff, please read on if you would like to find out what Aran is teaching...


We are proud to announce that Aran Bright will be delivering an exciting, hands-on workshop at the Australian Association of Massage Therapists’ Annual Conference, this month. The workshop entitled “Discovering Your Full Potential as a Massage Therapist – Going Beyond Self Care” is a must for all practitioners in the Health and Fitness industry. We are expecting there will be about 60-100 people signed up, ready to get on their exercise mats and learn some new techniques, at the conference in Hobart.


Massage therapy is an incredibly demanding profession: it requires physical fitness, mental balance and spiritual maturity. You need to be ‘on your game’ with every client if you want to be successful and then still have energy left over to have a life!


Did you know, most Massage Therapists work less than 20 hours a week? (73%)

  • 47% work less than 10 hours a week

  • 81% are self employed

  • 55% Sole source of income is massage

  • 67% of massage therapists are female

  • 58% practicing >5 yrs

  • 30% practicing >10

  • 55% sole source of income

And, surprisingly, a large number of recently graduated Massage Therapists decide not to practice or work in the industry at all, once they are qualified. Why? Could it be because it is just hard work?


The workshop “Discovering your full potential as a Massage Therapist” will reveal the latest science and ancient traditions to explore ways to grow as a Therapist. It will be much more than simply providing tips on how to reduce stress on the body, this will be a chance to discover yourself and diversify your skills to help you in your daily practice.


Topics covered in the workshop will include: Therapeutic exercise, mindfulness techniques, instrument assisted massage techniques, massage tools and nutrition. Each participant will learn and practice self-care techniques developed especially for Massage Therapists, including conditioning exercises and foam rolling techniques. Participants will be encouraged to roll out their exercise mat and work in pairs. As many Massage Therapists learn best in both a visual and kinesthetic learning style, Aran will demonstrate and get everyone moving into practical exercises. He will introduce assessments to help the participants understand basic movement patterns in the body and show corresponding techniques to address chronic pain and dysfunction. Movement is the key!


Recently Aran has started a national tour presenting a similar workshop called “Movement Therapy.” So far he has visited AAMT members in Brisbane and Sydney and soon he will be heading off to Melbourne. So far he has received some great feedback about the course, in particular, that it is inspiring, practical information that is relevant to Massage Therapists.


Aran is passionate about supporting Massage Therapists on their journey through providing quality education and professional development. Being an industry academic and a practitioner himself, he likes to discover the latest research relevant to the massage industry and share it to help develop happier, healthier Massage Therapists.


Aran began his career as a Remedial Massage Therapist in 2002. In 2008, after graduating with a Bachelor in Musculoskeletal Therapy he established himself as an educator, teaching Remedial Massage and Musculoskeletal Therapy at Endeavour College where he was instrumental in the development of the Bachelor of Health Science in Musculoskeletal Therapy. Aran currently works with a massage college in Brisbane teaching and developing courses in Health and Fitness, Myotherapy and Massage. When he is not teaching, or course writing, Aran still enjoys practicing Myotherapy in clinical practice. He and his wife both personally train all the massage therapists that go out to do seated massage in the workplace.


Since Aran is also a qualified Sports Trainer and Aikido Instructor, he likes to integrate concepts developed from Pilates, Martial Arts and Myotherapy into an organic Movement Therapy approach, which is an interesting blend. The techniques are science-based and created with both the Massage Therapist and client in mind.


This month, Aran is looking forward to sharing these techniques over the two-day AAMT National Conference, in Hobart. The AAMT conference is a national event not to be missed! There are a range of high calibre speakers and it promises to deliver many interesting insights into “Targeting Pain Relief” which is the theme for the conference. Aran and Sheree are both very excited to be attending this event.




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Why does exercise and massage go hand in hand?

In this article we will share the benefits and reasons why you should consider adding exercise therapy to your routine, in addition to having massage or myotherapy treatments.

1. Massage Effects are Viscoelastic

Since at least 2007, it has been well demonstrated that the connective tissues of the body are viscoelastic (source). Viscoelasticity is the description for anything that changes shape slowly (viscous) and returns to its original shape over time (elastic). Research conducted by some of the best in the area of Fascia, showed that changes in tissue length that occur via massage and manual therapy, slowly returned to normal over time. In a clinical sense, this means that increases in range of motion that occur during massage treatments, are likely to return to normal in a fairly short period of time.

For this reason, to get  long lasting change in tissue length and mobility... it is important for clients to re-inforce the changes that are achieved during treatment with regular stretching or mobility exercises.

2. The Brain is Unlikely to Change From a Couple of “Random Events”

For someone to change the way that they move, sit and even rest, it is necessary to make changes to the motor control systems of the body, or in other words, it is necessary for someone to change their brain function. The changes that occur in the brain are referred to as brain plasticity (JBMT, 2007). For this to occur an individual has to be actively using their brain and motor changes happen best when movement is not imagined or felt, but actually performed.

This means that if you want to see real changes in the way that you move and use your body, then you need to be actively performing exercises on a regular basis.

3. It Makes People Feel Good!

Often, a primary driver for clients to engage in massage therapy is to simply “feel better.” The exact reason will change from person to person, but certainly no one wants a massage treatment to feel worse. Exercise therapy should always be performed in a way that helps a client to “feel better.” This could be because the client feels looser, more free, more relaxed (or even stronger), more stable and very importantly more confident and less fearful of their own body.

Applied in the right way, exercise can enhance the feel good experience of massage treatment.

4. Active People Have Better Lives

There is now overwhelming evidence that physical activity leads to a better life (BJSM, 2009) This can be measured in a many different ways, from disease prevention, mood, lifespan and overall wellness. This is not to mention the more obvious factors such as physical strength, energy and cardiovascular fitness. By encouraging and facilitating exercise at any given opportunity, this will not only improve outcomes, but also encourage clients to make healthier life choices.

5. A Smart Therapist Will Diversify 

Exercise therapy requires much less physical effort from the therapist. It is very difficult for many massage therapists to consistently manage large client loads for extended periods without ending up injured or suffering from burnout themselves. Introducing exercise therapy to a practice can help to ensure longevity in a therapist's career, whilst offering a holistic approach in the best interests of our clients.

6. What Better Place to Start Exercise Than With a Trusted Therapist

We find many clients are looking to get started with exercise programs, but are unsure or lacking in confidence to show up to a gym and get started. What better place to start the journey towards a regular exercise program than with a tried and tested professional - like your current therapist, (if they hold the relevant qualifications and training in exercise therapy of course).

7. It Gives a New Dimension to Treatment

Massage therapy has many different modalities and philosophies and therefore therapists will use different approaches and methods. It is reasonable to say that no two therapists will treat exactly the same. But for some therapists it can be easy to become “stuck in a rut”, meaning that they can find themselves repeating the same process over and over again, which eventually becomes quite draining.

By expanding into the area of therapeutic exercise, a whole new dimension of treatment to the remedial massage or myotherapist opens up. Instead of just finding new ways to perform massage therapy techniques, exercise therapy is an entirely new approach to get the best outcomes for clients!

8. Teaching People ‘How to Fish’

Remember the old saying, “give someone a fish and they eat for a day, teach them how to fish and they eat for a lifetime?" This saying can be applied to massage therapy. Many people get great results from massage therapy - they have massage treatments regularly, but are they really getting the longer term outcomes that they are looking for? Wouldn’t be great if clients could not only get pain relief but also long term solutions? In a word, “YES!”



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