2.26.2009

Never Stop Learning


Just a reminder that MTTI-WellSpring offers a variety of continuing education classes. From advanced classes for licensed and certified massage therapists to beginner courses on massage and wellness, we have a schedule full of CEs just for you. Here are our upcoming classes for this Spring:

February/March/April

Feb. 28-March 1: Solutions for Migraines and TMJ issues; a Craniosacral Approach

March 7-March 8: Intro to Lessons From Esalen

April 18-April 19: Medical Massage for the Abdominal Wall & Shoulder Girdle

April 18-April 19: Conscious Dreaming

April 25-April 26: Advanced Esalen Massage

New classes are added often, so please don't forget to bookmark our CE schedule at http://www.mtti.net/apps/mtti/classes/index.msp?action=classes!

2.24.2009

Yet Another Reason to Get a Massage...

The benefits of massage are endless. From increased blood flow to decreasing pain and blood pressure, massage therapy is a very important practice. It's role in reducing stress is also paramount. A recent study published in the March 3 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that anger and stress can actually trigger heartbeat irregularities in the hearts of those with heart disease. This is one of the first studies that have proved that negative emotions are bad for your heart.

The researchers are now testing if behavioral and stress-reduction programs can help decrease these arrhythmias. The article cites exercise and meditation as the main ways to reducing stress, but I'd like to add one: massage. Don't forget massage therapy!

To read the full article, click here.

Photo courtesy of Pink Sherbet Photography on Flickr.

2.17.2009

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MTTI-WellSpring is on FaceBook—hooray! To add us as a friend, click here. From our FaceBook page, you can read the latest from this blog, see newly added photos and catch up with other MTTI-WellSpring students, grads, instructors and fans, so add us as a friend today.

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2.16.2009

MTTI-WellSpring Featured in the LJWorld

On Saturday, the Lawrence Journal-World wrote a beautiful profile on one of MTTI-WellSpring's Lawrence students, Anne Osborne. Anne is legally blind and started massage therapy classes in January to follow her passion. 




2.13.2009

Guest Post: The Benefits of Studying Massage Therapy

Today, we have a special guest post all about the benefits of studying massage therapy by Courtney Slivka, a writer for CirclesOfLight.com, which is a personal-development blog and web site.

Most massage therapists find their career to be both lucrative and rewarding. Massage therapy offers valuable flexibility in terms of scheduling and work environment.

Individual massage sessions often pay well, providing the practitioner with financial security. While these factors are certainly appreciated, many massage therapists find that their chosen career path provides them with even more deeply personal benefits.

Developing Self Awareness and Trust
When people choose to study massage therapy, they become lifelong students in an ever growing and changing field. As students learn technique, anatomy and theory, they also learn more about themselves. This holistic healing modality teaches its students to use their bodies in new ways in order to perform the different methods of massage.

Students also learn to find a greater strength within themselves. This internal strength allows students to provide the sometimes physically demanding massages with confidence and ease. Additionally, students develop greater self-awareness, self-trust and focus.

Personal Development as a Lifestyle
While students learn more about themselves, they also find that they learn more about humanity as a whole. As students work on each other, they gain a larger sense of understanding and compassion for their fellow classmates. As they begin to practice on more people, they find themselves more in tune with their own energies and potential, as well as those of others.

Massage therapy teaches students to become better able to grasp the wholeness of another person which in turn helps to establish client trust. As holistic therapists, they develop finely tuned problem solving skills in order to make each therapeutic treatment unique and effective.

Though these lessons begin in massage school, they continue as students graduate and take their practice into the field. Even the most seasoned therapist understands that they have potential to improve and grow. School merely provides the basic lessons and tools to prepare students for life in the holistic-healing field. The external world supplies the tests, time and time again. By choosing a career as a holistic massage practitioner, students choose to embark upon a life path of continued learning, development and reward.

A big thanks to Courtney for this thoughtful and true post!

Photo courtesy of Stein Eriksen Lodge on Flickr.

2.10.2009

When at the Gym, Leave the Theatrics at Home

Here at MTTI-WellSpring, we have an interesting mix of students. Older, younger, in shape, sedentary—you name it, we have it. While the diversity leads to an interesting and thought-provoking experience in the classroom, it also provides a smattering of opinions on a number of things. I've overheard conversations about the best restaurants in town, whether or not it's okay to eat Splenda, and most recently, the gym. Because some of our students are taking classes to become certified personal trainers, many of them are true gym rats (which I mean in the best way possible). Others though, are a little less accustomed to the health-club setting.  

No matter which group you may fall into—seasoned fitness-center visitor or novice gym goer—this article on MSNBC is sure to either remind you or educate you on what's right and what's wrong in the gym. It's pretty funny, too, so enjoy.

2.05.2009

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New Options for Missouri Massage Therapists

Just last week, the Missouri Board of Therapeutic Massage announced that the MBLEx, which stands for the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Exam, would be acceptable for Missouri licensure. The news comes just days after the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals released a statement commending the American Massage Therapy Association's (AMTA) statement in which the AMTA announced its support of the MBLEx. The exam gives massage therapy students another option for licensing in Missouri.

The MBLEx is currently recognized by more than 15 states, including Florida, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and West Virginia. The MBLEx was introduced on Oct. 1, 2007, and developed by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards.

What are your thoughts on this? If you're a massage therapy student, do you plan on taking the MBLEx upon graduation? If you're already working in the field, do you think this is a good option?

Photo by sglickman on Flickr.