12.31.2008

Sports Massage Growing in Popularity

A recent article in the New York Times on sports massage recently got my attention. The article states that sports massage is growing in popularity among amateur athletes, although the technique and styles of sports massages is quite varied. Furthermore, the scientific benefits of sports massage aren't fully clear, the article says.

Just from my personal experience, I know that after a week of hard workouts and regular running, a deep sports massage is just what the doctor ordered, but what about you? Have you had a sports massage? If you're a massage therapist, do you offer sports massage. If so, what techniques do you use? Tell us in the comments below!

Photo by peasap on Flickr.

It's Time to Celebrate

MTTI-Wellspring, center for natural health & wellness, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To help commemorate this occasion, we're asking our readers to submit their memories of massage and fitness over the last 20 years to jennipher.w@mtti.net. From leg warmers in aerobics classes to the widespread use of massage in medical facilities, we want to hear from you. Also, if you're a MTTI-Wellspring alumni and have memories of the school from back in the day, we want to hear those, too!

Over the next year or so, Wellspring Life will feature many of these stories on the blog and will also regularly post about the history of natural health and wellness, so check back often!

12.30.2008

Set Your New Year's Resolutions Up for Success

Now is the time of year when everyone is setting New Year's resolutions. From weight loss to stressing less to stop biting your nails, about 45 percent of the U.S. population sets at least one goal for the New Year. Sadly though, only about 4 percent of those people make it to the six-month mark. Don't get discouraged though! There is hope. Below are five steps to making sure that your New Year's resolutions stick through 2009 and beyond.

Set Your New Year's Resolutions Up for Success
1. Be realistic. Rome wasn't built in a day, so don't expect yourself to change overnight. Set goals that are challenging but within your reach. For example, if you hate to run, running a marathon in 2009, probably isn't a great goal. But, if you like to swim but can't find the time, set a goal to wake up 30 minutes earlier three days a week to hit the pool.

2. Have a plan. Without a plan, it's easy to get off track when the first temptation strikes or your will power wanes. Take a few minutes to sit down and map out exactly how you'll get to your goal. Which leads us to...

3. Start small. Set small goals first and build from there. If you want to declutter your home for instance, start with a junk drawer or cabinet a few times a week. After a few weeks of that, tackle a closet. Remember, small and steady wins the race!

4. Be patient. Experts say that it takes at least 30 days to start a new habit, so don't expect to cultivate a love for broccoli in a day if you've abhorred the stuff since first grade. Be consistent and stick with it, and eventually your resolution will become second nature.

5. Be supported. Don't be shy about telling your family and friends about your goals. In fact, ask them for their support. You never know; you just might get a morning workout buddy out of it.

Are you setting resolutions for 2009? If so, what are they?

Photo by Ju-x on Flickr.

12.11.2008

Welcome to Wellspring Life

We're excited to announce the addition of Wellspring Life, a blog managed by MTTI-Wellspring, an educational center for natural health and wellness located in Kansas City, MO, and Lawrence, KS. Updated multiple times a week, this blog will feature:
  • News regarding massage therapy, nutrition and fitness 
  • A healthy discussion on what matters most to you in the field of wellness
  • Tips and educational how-to posts on anything regarding health
  • Employer news and job openings
  • Happenings at the school
If you have a story idea or have a question about the blog, please comment below or e-mail jennipher.w@mtti.net. Thanks, and enjoy!