Recent Alumnus 2012-12-06T22:28:16Z
The professors are great! They're one of the reasons that make the school so amazing. I would not have done it if it wasn't for them.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-06T22:19:27Z
The only thing I wish East West would do differently with their curriculum is include the certification costs into the tuition. That way you don't have to worry about getting enough funds by the time you graduate. Other than that there's free tutoring if you're behind, they always check up when you are behind too. The program can go as fast or as slow as you want it, and the facilities are always clean and professional. They hand out job openings in their alumni newsletters too about 2-3 times a month.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-06T22:12:36Z
You have to give trades in most of the classes you take. So the students are really good at being connected and making sure we can help each other out. I lived an hour away from the school and never had a huge issue in getting help with someone.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-03T00:29:09Z
Need a personal computer. They do have a lab but it is slow and the computers are ancient. Copies are .25.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-03T00:25:34Z
This school is awesome. I believe it is the best massage school in Oregon. The OBMT statistics back this up. The teachers are fantastic and truly love what they do and are passionate about it. The students come from all different backgrounds and ages. It is a very welcoming environment. I am very happy with my choice to go here.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-22T05:58:50Z
No Online Courses – Massage is a 'hands-on immersion' in every sense of the phrase. There are no online courses because the classes are focused on how to touch each muscle, the feeling of the touches, how it feels to both give and receive and how much one learns through each experience. One would not benefit much from an online Massage Therapy program in my opinion because the material isn't 'fleshed out.'This is a biased personal philosophy, not a review.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-22T05:36:55Z
The Philosophy and Teaching of Facilitated Healing Through Massage – Twice a week in first term, the Sweedish Massage class meets together and teaches us the basics of touch, the variations of techniques and the difference in feeling of intention, flow, and how to keep one modestly covered by a sheet and blanket. Massages are traded between students both in classes and in homework, while also having us practice a Therapist-Client Relationship and share our blooming skills with the people of the world. Being able to get up to 3 massages a week has allowed my body to loosen up, feel more free in my movement, even feel a bit easier to breathe. It is amazing to feel something this powerful and dramatic in only 3 months worth of classes.
My experiences in all of my classes have made me a true believer in the concept that the stimulation of ones body through touch can heal. The instructors bring those concepts to life. They are so student centered and focused. During Midterms and Finals, the school puts out a bunch of free delicious snacks and salads at lunch time. I've never heard of any other school doing that, but I am quite the fan of that policy. Infectiously passionate about their careers as LMT's and teachers, They animate the textbook materials, summarize the overly-verbose phrases, put things in your mind that actually grasp. This is a college here for one's success. Free tutoring is also available to those who are not passing (75%).
The Bookstore is well stocked with Texts, Massage Lubricants, bolsters, massage tables, heating pads, linens, etc. There is also a section for a library of Books on the science of Anatomy and the art of touch. The building is well designed, and easily accessible on the MAX in the Free Zone. All of the classrooms are clean and professional. A whole lot of thought, care, and preparation went into the creation of this school- the oldest massage school in the state. The staff works so hard for our success; thus, a students success is purely dependent on oneself and their willpower to make it through.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-15T23:34:14Z
Small and Personal – The school is fairly small and smack in the center of Portland. The surrounding buildings are all medical buildings, so you really don't feel like you're going to school. You feel like you are being professionally trained for this profession.
The interactions you have at a massage therapy school is very personal, because you practice on each other. It takes a lot of trust and openness with each other, but in the end you feel a lot more accomplished as a group.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-15T23:30:51Z
For What It Is – I'll admit I did not visit multiple schools when deciding where to study Massage Therapy. I liked that this school was in Portland, and their massage clinic is very nice. The teachers are friendly and seem to enjoy their job, and the classrooms have open windows. Although the campus is small (only one building) the surrounding area is beautiful including a great cafe up the street. I would recommend it to a person studying massage therapy.
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