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Table 1 Demographic and training characteristics of massage therapists

From: A survey of training and practice patterns of massage therapists in two US states

  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%  
  1. * p < 0.05; ** p < 0.01; *** p < 0.001