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Did you know that Massage Therapy can also help improve range of motion for children with burn injuries?
Did you know that Massage Therapy can also help improve range of motion for children with burn injuries?
According to an article published by Massage Today, citing a study published by the Massage Therapy Foundation, this study was designed to determine if therapeutic massage therapy produced clinically meaningful changes in range of motion (ROM), keloid size/shape, and mood variances in children ages 8-18. Eight children were eventually selected for full protocol. All of the children were burn survivors living in North Central Florida, and all had thermal burns for more than 2 years. The results: massage therapy significantly increased range of motion in participants with scars when comparing the first day of measurement to the last day.
Did you know that Massage Therapy can also help cancer patients feel less distress?
According to an article published by Fox News Online, citing a study published in the journal BMJ, brain tumor patients who received massage therapy twice a week for four weeks reported experiencing less concerns, and reported having improved psychological and physiological well-being.
Cancer patients have nearly twice the risk of developing psychiatric distress compared to the general population, and the benefits of massage therapy may extend to those with other types of cancer as well.
My goal as the National Director of Career Services for the National Massage Therapy Institute (NMTI) is to provide quality Massage Therapists to our employer network. In the 2011-2012 academic year, over 80% of our graduates were successfully placed in careers in Massage Therapy and related fields.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average earning potential for a Massage Therapist is higher than many other allied health careers, and Massage Therapy careers are expected to grow at rates higher than the national average. At NMTI, our training has grown with the industry via feedback we receive from industry experts and our Advisory Committee members. In 2012, we added more than thirty additional hours of test preparation to our curriculum to ensure that our students and graduates will have the tools necessary to become successful in their chosen career field. This test preparation training has become even more important as a number of states—including New Jersey, one of the states we serve—introduced or increased licensing requirements in 2012. We also added Neuromuscular Therapy to the core curriculum of our day and evening programs, training that is designed to give NMTI graduates an advantage in the professional marketplace.
National Massage Therapy Institute (NMTI) has set aside a special day, May 21, 2012, to celebrate our students. As a way for NMTI to thank students for all of their hard work, dedication and commitment to our school, we want to show our appreciation during this exclusive event. If you are an NMTI student, we cordially invite you to join us and bring your family and friends to attend this Student Appreciation Day event:
What: NMTI's Student Appreciation Day
When: Monday, May 21, 2012
Time: 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: 10050 Roosevelt Boulevard, Suite B, Philadelphia, PA 19116
What's Happening at the Student Appreciation Day Event
There will be lots of exciting things going on at this extraordinary event. First and foremost, we want to show our appreciation for our dedicated students, and thank the family and friends who support them. This is an ideal occasion to connect with your fellow classmates, as well as NMTI faculty and staff. There will also be refreshments, a variety of fun activities, potential employers, prizes and more. Here are a few highlights of the event:
Did you know that Thai Massage can also help reduce pain?
According to an article published by Massage Today, which cites a new study by the Massage Therapy Foundation, Thai Massage reduces pain, muscle tension, and anxiety in patients who had myofascial trigger points in the scapular region.
This study from Thailand investigates the effects of traditional Thai Massage on scapulocostal syndrome (SCS), a musculoskeletal pain syndrome in the posterior shoulder area. Buttagat and colleagues compared the effectiveness of Thai Massage to physical therapy treatments using ultrasound and heat packs in treating pain localized to the medial superior border of the scapula. Previous studies by the same research team showed that traditional Thai Massage promotes relaxation and reduces stress in patients with back pain associated with trigger points.
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Being driven by success, my goal as the National Director of Career Services for the National Massage Therapy Institute (NMTI) is to provide quality Licensed Massage Therapists to our vast employer network. I have a unique problem in trying to achieve my goals; I continue to have more job openings than I do therapists to fill these roles. Graduates of NMTI are getting hired en masse, we enjoy strong graduation rates and our Virginia graduates enjoy success on the national certification exam higher than the national average – and yet we still cannot accommodate the needs of our employers.
Massage therapy continues to grow and evolve as a career, and here at NMTI, we continue to evolve right along with the industry via feedback we receive from industry experts and our Advisory Committee members. Never in the history of our school has achieving state licensure been more important. At NMTI, we have added more than thirty additional hours of test preparation in our curriculum to ensure our students and graduates will have the tools necessary to become successful in their chosen career field.
Our graduates are experiencing life-changing success in their new careers. Not only is massage therapy in high-demand but the average earning potential, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is higher than many other allied health jobs. At our Falls Church, Virginia location alone, I have access to more than one hundred open positions currently, even though I’m on pace to achieve more that 80% placement in our current cohort. Many of these job openings are with the leading provider of therapeutic massage in the United States, Massage Envy. In the DC Metropolitan area alone, Massage Envy has over 30 locations, and they continue to grow. This DC region is the number one district in the country for Massage Envy, and in 2011, owner’s Stephen Vereb and Henry Kim were awarded Massage Envy Multi-Unit Franchisees of the Year.
What is acupressure?
Acupressure is a therapy developed over 5,000 years ago as an important aspect of Asian, especially Chinese, medicine. It uses precise finger placement and pressure over specific points along the body. These points follow specific channels, known as meridians - the same channels used in acupuncture. According to Asian medical philosophy, activation of these points with pressure (or needles) can improve blood flow, release tension, and enhance or unblock life-energy, known in China as "qi" or in the English-speaking world as "chi." This release allows energy to flow more freely through the meridians, promoting relaxation, healing and the restoration of proper function.
It should be noted that the existence of qi and meridians is doubted by many Western scientists. According to this skeptical view, any healing effect from acupuncture or acupressure sessions is not due to the alteration of subtle energy flows along invisible channels, but rather to the same gross physical effects that happen during any kind of Massage Therapy, including muscular relaxation and improved regional blood flow.
What is Trigger-Point Therapy?
Many forms of Massage Therapy are available, and it always pays to ask a massage therapist what types of therapy he or she has studied. According to Dr. Andrew Weil's website, www.drwiel.com, one [technique] that he often recommends is trigger-point therapy (also known as neuromuscular therapy). This technique applies concentrated pressure to so-called trigger points, which are areas of irritability in the muscle that may feel like lumps or knots. They are often painful and can sometimes lead to pain in other parts of the body. Trigger-point therapy applies sufficient pressure to these areas to relax the muscles - and it stretches the surrounding muscles to help prevent recurrence.
Did you know that Massage can also be therapeutic?
Most people are aware of the relaxation benefits massage offers, but it can be therapeutic, as well. According to Dr. Weil’s website, www.drweil.com, there is evidence that massage can improve breathing among asthmatic children, lower levels of stress hormones and help relieve tension headaches caused by contracting head, neck or facial muscles.
Part of the reason Massage Therapy may work as well as it does for so many problems is that people expect it to. This is yet another example of the powerful connection between the mind and body - treatment that succeeds in part because patients believe in it. For many of us, massage can simply be wonderfully relaxing, but to gain its full benefit, you need to surrender your body, and have faith in the touch of a skilled therapist.
WHAT IS GOOD MASSAGE?
According to Dr. Andrew Weil's website, www.drweil.com, Massage Therapy can be beneficial for many health conditions. The healing touch of Massage Therapy can reduce heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormone levels. It can also enhance immune function, boost levels of endorphins and serotonin - the body's natural painkillers and mood regulators - and increase blood circulation, all while easing sore and achy muscles.
If you have problems with tension headaches, back issues, sports injuries, arthritis, or fibromyalgia, experiment with massage as a relaxing way to help reduce or even eliminate associated pain. Those with eating disorders, anxiety or depression can take advantage of the effects massage has on the mind. Both pregnant women and preterm infants can enjoy the benefits of massage: mothers-to-be can reduce stress levels and pain associated with labor, while preemies may gain weight faster when massaged.
MASSAGE THERAPY FOR PARENTS, IMPROVES CHILDREN'S DEVELOPMENT
Research from the Child and Family Research Institute at the University of British Columbia indicates that stress felt by parents can negatively affect the genes of their offspring. A study conducted and published in the journal Child Development, examined over 100 adolescents comparing reported data from their parents relating to stress levels (financial stress, depression, stress levels, family-expressed anger etc.) from each. It was found that Fathers’ stress levels more heavily imprint on the DNA of their daughters while Mothers’ stress levels effect both sons and daughters. Massage therapy is known to be a form of stress relief and relaxation. This is good reason for adults to attend regular massage therapy sessions. To read the full article visit massagemag.com. To learn more about our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu. To schedule an appointment at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.
MASSAGE THERAPY AND GALACTOSIALIDOSIS
In the Halifax Media Co-Op article “What difference could massage therapy make?”, April Keddy, a 31-year-old Canadian woman describes how massage therapy helps her to cope with the symptoms of her rare disorder, Galactosialidosis. Galactosialidosis is a disorder that effects the whole body. Some health problems that result from Galactosialidosis include “asthma, lung disease, migraines, thickening of the heart valves and leaky valves, and vision problems”.1 Keddy is saddened by the recent amendment to Nova Scotia’s Employment Support Income Assistance (ESIA) Regulations because they have cut back benefits such as massage therapy. Keddy states that in dealing with her disorder, massage therapy has played a large role in relieving her pain and suffering and improving her quality of life. Massage therapy allowed her to reduce her medications, it helped to minimize hand and feet spasms, improved mood and sleep patterns, and much more. To read about the full array of benefits massage therapy held for Keddy and her battle with Galactosialidosis visit Halifax.mediacoop.ca. To learn more about our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu. To schedule an appointment at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.
MASSAGE THERAPY HELPS HEAL TWO SOUTH CAROLINA WOMEN
Two South Carolina women, one a former school teacher suffering from limited range of motion and back pain after years of carrying books and one suffering from fibromyalgia seek massage therapy to help them cope. Luann Shaw is in her mid-50s and cannot lift her arms high enough to hold a hair drier or put on her makeup without excruciating pain. Jamie Preveux was diagnosed with fibromyalgia last year. After attending massage sessions in Mount Pleasant, SC, both are living their lives much more comfortably. To read their full story visit www2.counton2.com. To learn more about our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu. To schedule an appointment at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.
DEPRESSION SUFFERERS SEEK MASSAGE THERAPY
National statistics state that 1 in 10 American adults suffer from depression and massage therapy may be able to help. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that “persons 45-64 years of age, women, blacks, Hispanics, and non-Hispanic persons of other races or multiple races, those with less than a high school education, previously married, unable to work or unemployed, and without health insurance coverage were more likely to meet criteria for major depression”.1 Depression is crippling not only mentally but also physically. Depression can have adverse effects on physical illnesses including asthma, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and more. Research from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation found that massage therapy has a positive effect on those with depression and symptoms of depression were reduced. 1 To learn more about our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu. To schedule an appointment at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.
GERIATRIC MASSAGE THERAPY
In addition to helping seniors maintain a strong mind and body balance, geriatric massage therapy has a variety of other health benefits for those who are aging. For the elderly, massage therapy can be a source of relaxation and refreshing, can increase blood circulation and allows oxygen to flow more freely to different muscles and tissues in the body. Improved blood circulation is an important aspect of their health as it can improve medication absorption rates, reduce hypertension and increase skin temperature.1 Other positive contributions to seniors’ health can be felt by meditation, yoga, acupuncture and music therapy. For more information visit Lexington.patch.com. To learn more about our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu. To schedule an appointment at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.
MASSAGE THERAPY REPRESSES ASTHMA SYMPTOMS
According to a study published in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine, massage therapy may improve lung functioning for children with asthma. The study was conducted on 60 children with asthma, a test group received 20 minute massage sessions for five weeks in addition to standard asthma care while the control group received the standard asthma care only. The study found that “forced expiratory flow was significantly higher for children in the massage therapy group when compared to the control group”.1 Additional research is needed to make further conclusions. To read the full article visit naturalstandard.com, the Natural Standard is the authority on integrative medicine. To learn more about our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu. To schedule an appointment at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.
Abdel Fattah M, Hamdy B. Pulmonary functions of children with asthma improve following massage therapy. J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Nov;17(11):1065-8.
PLANNING FOR YOUR RETIREMENT FROM MASSAGE THERAPY
Attention Massage Therapists, the time to start planning for your retirement is now! No matter if you’re a new massage therapist or have been practicing for a number of years the key is to start saving early. Here are some helpful steps to saving now:
- Create a budget – Include how much you make on a monthly basis, what your monthly financial obligations are and what you will do with the remainder including how much will be allocated to retirement.1
- Start Interest Bearing Accounts – Putting money into these accounts will not only help you save portions of your income but the interest will grow your money for you. Designate a portion of each paycheck to be placed in an interest bearing account. 1
- Start Investment Accounts – These include mutual funds or money market accounts that will be safe vehicles for your retirement funds. 1
For more information regarding saving for your retirement, visit examiner.com. To learn more about our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu. To schedule an appointment at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.
MASSAGE THERAPY FOR YOUR PET
While most of us are aware of the benefits that massage therapy holds for humans, many of us are not aware that massage therapy is also beneficial to our pets. At Petside.com, an informative website for pet owners, columnist and seasoned dog breeder Victoria Schade, discusses the many benefits of massage therapy for your dog. Massage therapy can benefit canines in the following ways: circulatory support, immune system support, respiratory support, reduction of muscle tension, improving posture, decrease in aggression or shyness, increasing flexibility, lowering blood pressure, aiding with arthritis, speeding up the healing process, improving behavioral problems and more.1 To learn more about our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu. To schedule an appointment at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.
MASSAGE THERAPY: A GOOD COMPLEMENT TO TRADITIONAL WESTERN MEDICINE
After Jess Gardner-Raaf had suffered through the TriMet bus crash, when a delivery truck smashed into the very side where she was seated, she had felt like she’d “been in a meat grinder”.1 After 18 months of visits to a chiropractor and a massage therapist, she was convinced in the power of massage therapy and knew she wanted to help others with the healing ability of touch. She attended school for massage therapy and has been a practicing massage therapist for the past 5 years. Gardner-Raaf is a story of inspiration for all, she turned her accident into a successful career helping others. In her own words, “Massage therapy…is the only way I was able to feel better after my accident. I like to think of myself as part of a community, not just a business owner who works alone. I love helping people and seeing positive change”.1 To read the full story visit sandypost.com. To learn more about our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu. To schedule an appointment at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.
EXPLORE MASSAGE THERAPY
Did you know that there are more than 200 types of massage therapy in practice around the world? As massage therapy continually gains recognition as not only a form of relaxation and stress relief, but also as a means of maintaining good overall health and wellness and of treating illness and injury, lesser known massage techniques will make their way into the mainstream. Hive Health Media, “an emerging health and fitness lifestyle publisher”, reports on a few of these lesser known forms of massage therapy, they feel that everyone should try. 1
Here are a few:
MASSAGE MAY HELP CHILDREN WITH AUTISM
Autism is a “spectrum disorder, effecting one in every 100 children in the U.S., in which communication and behavior problems result”.1 In a 2010, Louisa Silva, M.D., M.P.H., conducted a study at Western Oregon University’s Teaching Research Institute which supported the use of a qigong massage treatment on children with Autism. The study found that “families that participated in the research reported the children had fewer tantrums, were more calm and relaxed, slept better and were able to better communicate and show affection”.1 To learn more about this study visit massagemag.com. To learn more about our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu. To schedule an appointment at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.
MASSAGE THERAPY AIDS IN REHABILITATING GOLFERS
Many avid golfers suffer from muscle tears, unstable joints, shoulder or hip injuries or continually declining game performance after years of playing. These conditions are the result of repeatedly shifting their weight as they strike the ball, at times over-extending or over-rotating. In the article, “A Golfer’s Worst Nightmare Rehabilitated Through Massage”, Licensed Massage Therapist Debbie Roberts discusses ways in which massage therapists, being fluent in kinematic sequencing, are able to help relieve golfers’ worst nightmares, not being able to play! She states that over time as the human body ages “muscles atrophy, tissues lose elasticity and overall flexibility declines”, all leading to the greater possibility of muscle tears, unstable joints etc. that come with playing golf for many years. Massage therapists have the ability to assess client pain, restrictions in range of motion and more based on their posture and may be able to help get these players back on the golf course with improved performance. To read more visit massagetoday.com. To learn more about our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu. To schedule an appointment at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.
MASSAGE THERAPY COUNTERACTS SOME OF THE NEGATIVE SIDE-EFFECTS OF CANCER
Botsford hospital in Southeastern Michigan hosts a medical blog at Botsford.org. This blog hosts a variety of articles relating to patients health and wellness as well as what to expect from your hospital stay and what life is like for those who work in a hospital setting. One recent feature article relates to massage therapy for cancer patients and how best to manage symptoms. The article suggests that massage therapy be considered as a form of symptom improvement. In fact, it states that according to the American cancer Society, “more than 61% of cancer survivors use some form of complementary or alternative medicine”. 1 Massage Therapy has been supported as a mean of pain relief as well as improving mood, sleep patterns, stress and quality of life in cancer survivors and counteracts many negative physical and emotional symptoms.1 Because of Massage Therapy’s proven value to the health of cancer patients, Botsford Cancer Center offers complementary one-hour massage therapy sessions for cancer patients. For more information on Botsford Cancer Center visit botsford.org. To learn more about our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu. To schedule an appointment at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.
SHAILENE WOODLEY, BUDDING MASSAGE THERAPIST?
Many of you know actress Shailene Woodley from her roles on Secret Life of The American Teenager and from her role in the Golden Globe winning movie The Descendants, but an article on celebrity news site WetPaint.com shows us a more relatable side of Shailene. Woodley tells WetPaint that if she were not busy acting, she would be pursuing a career as a Massage Therapist. To learn more about our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu. To schedule an appointment at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.
INSTANT INSPIRATION: MASSAGE THERAPIST MAKES A DIFFERENCE
The Calgary Herald’s article entitled “Blind Athlete Inspired to Help Others”, introduces us to Kevin Kaminski whose vision began to deteriorate at just 14 years old. Kaminski is a massage therapist and the owner of Mountainview Massage Therapy. Kaminski is also an inspiring athlete who has competed in Alberta Sports and Recreation Association for the Blind events for over 20 years. After retiring from his main sport of “goalball”, Kaminski felt it was time to give back to the organization that helped him so much over the years. He started “The Sight Night Fun Run” in 2010 and has since raised an unbelievable $85,000 for ASRAB. National Massage Therapy Institute encourages students to give back to the community and has taken part in a variety of community service related volunteer events. To read Kaminski’s full story click here. To learn more about our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu. To schedule an appointment at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.
CRANIOSACRAL MASSAGE THERAPY: A JOURNALIST'S FIRST EXPERIENCE
In a recent article in Canada’s “The Globe and Mail”, a journalist explores craniosacral massage therapy. She describes her initial skepticism and expectations as she embarks on her first massage session. Her massage therapist has a unique story of his own, a former finance executive who followed his talents and career ambitions to discover his love of helping others with massage. At the end of the article the journalist, Sarah Hampson, holds a new found respect for the art of massage therapy. Read the full article here. To learn more about sports massage therapy or our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu. To schedule an appointment at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.
PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAMS RECEIVE MASSAGE FROM FATHER-DAUGHTER PAIR
Jenni and Curt Millar bring new meaning to “bring your daughter to work day”! Curt Millar began working as a sports massage therapist for the Washington Capitals hockey team in the early ‘90s. At this time, Jenni would often join her father at work. After being exposed to the benefits of massage therapy and the career opportunities available for sports massage therapists, Jenni’s interest was piqued. Now as a father-daughter duo, Curt and Jenni both work together to provide wellness to Washington area professional sports teams with the healing power of massage. To learn more about sports massage therapy or our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu. To schedule an appointment at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.
MASSAGE THERAPY LEADS TO MORE PRODUCTIVE WORKERS
Tiffany Richards, founder of Backrub Co., advocates an increase in wellness programs in the workplace. In the past, Richards toured as a massage therapist with Cirque du Solei and now she has begun her own business catering to corporations offering wellness programs for their employees. Richards has seen the positive effects of these wellness programs first hand. Results included “boosted company morale and productivity, increased employee alertness as well as less stress and physical pain.”1 These wellness programs are an inexpensive way to provide employees with a little rest, relaxation and health maintenance after long hours. To learn more about our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu. To schedule an appointment at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.
PRETERM INFANTS BENEFIT FROM MASSAGE THERAPY
Study shows massage therapy increases preterm infants’ brain electrical activity. In a recent article published in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, electroencephalogram (EEG), a test that measures electrical activity in the brain, was utilized to monitor activity in the brains of preterm infants. A test group and a control group were tested before massage therapy intervention and four weeks after intervention. The results supported an increase in electrical activity in infants who received massage therapy. To read the full article visit massagemag.com. To learn more about our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu. To schedule an appointment at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.
MASSAGE THERAPY SHOWN TO RELAX AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM
According to a recent study by the Yonsei Unviersity Wonju College of Medicine in Korea, Massage Therapy is shown to relax the autonomic nervous system. One hundred and thirty-nine subjects were tested in this two week study and results revealed a decrease in both the stress hormone and plasma norepinephrine, with cause restriction in the heart and increased heart rate. The relaxation induced by a combination of heat and massage help to release the muscles and bring a calming balance to the body. To learn more about our massage school visit www.NMTI.edu. To schedule an appointment at our student massage clinic visit www.NMTIstudentclinic.com.