Table 1

Demographic and training characteristics of massage therapists

State


Connecticut

Washington


(N = 114 practitioners)

(N = 112 practitioners)

p value


Demographic Characteristics

Women

85%

85%

White

95%

95%

Hispanic

4%

4%

Median Age

41.5 yrs.

41.5 yrs.

Basic Training

Formal Schooling

93%

94%

US – other states

12%

8%

US – same state

81%

85%

Foreign

1%

1%

No Formal Schooling

6%

6%

Median Years in Practice

5 yrs.

4 yrs.

Post-graduate Training

Any

79%

52%

***

Craniosacral

14%

12%

Neuromuscular

10%

10%

Reflexology

10%

6%

Reiki

13%

6%

Polarity

5%

5%

Lymph Drainage

3%

5%

Meridian – based (Shiatsu, Tuina, acupressure)

22%

10%

*

Myofascial Release

14%

3%

**

Pregnancy Massage

6%

1%


* p < 0.05; ** p < 0.01; *** p < 0.001

Sherman et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2005 5:13   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-5-13

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