Treadmill Woes

Most think of the treadmill as something that promotes healthy living and longevity, but after recent headlines about Mike Tyson's four-year-old daughter's deadly accident, some are questioning the safety of them in homes around kids. 

According to the February issue of Consumer Reports, treadmills pose special risks to toddlers and young children, and account for the greatest percentage of serious injuries. In fact, according to the article, emergency rooms around the country are reporting a growing number of severe burns on the hands and fingers of young children who reach down or under and touch the treadmill belt when it’s running.

Consumer Reports recommends keeping kids away from equipment when it's in use. And, when it's not, unplugging the machine and, if possible, locking it up entirely.

For more information, read the full article here.

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Free Yoga

MTTI-WellSpring is happy to announce that Muscle Meditation will be offering FREE yoga classes at the Kansas City campus! The beginner/refresher courses will be taught by graduate Marnie Engle and offered from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 26 through June 18. 

To sign up and enjoy the physical and meditative benefits of yoga, email marnie@musclemeditation.com.

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Massage Industry Keeps Up the Good Fight

The massage industry's reputation has come a long way in the last few years. There's more scientific research on the benefits of massage, and massage therapists are finally being respected by the medical community at large. Despite these advances, many outside of the industry still think of massage of less than professional. 

In Massage Today's June issue, Vivian Madison-Mahoney, LMT, recently wrote an editorial on this touchy subject. The article puts perfectly what many in the industry face every day.

Click here to read the full article.

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May Pulse E-newsletter Up

Each month, MTTI-WellSpring posts an e-newsletter detailing the latest news and happenings at the school. We post each month's edition on our website, and we just finished up the May Pulse


Do What You Love: Jillian Lane

Because MTTI-WellSpring has the best graduates around, WellSpring Life will be regularly featuring a graduate of either the Massage Therapy or Fitness Training and Wellness Program. Today's featured graduate in this new "Do What You Love" series is Jillian Lane.

Do What You Love: Jillian Lane
Jillian Lane never planned on becoming a massage therapist. Sure, she’d given her moms and sisters neck and shoulder massages when they’d had headaches and had always seen massage as positive, but she’d never considered massage therapy for a career. That was, until, after going to a four-year college and realizing that she didn’t want to sit in a cubicle all day, something just clicked. Click here to read more.


Listen to Music to Make You Happy

Most personal trainers and massage therapists already know the positive effects that the right music can have in getting someone pumped up to finish that last set or really relax for the 90-minute deep tissue session, but did you know that the right music can actually make you and your clients happier? 

According to new research, music that you enjoy (and note that this is different for everyone) can actually help you beat stress. So the next time you or a client need a pick me up, throw in your/their favorite song and turn it up!

Click here to read more about music's positive effect on the body.

Photo courtesy of RossinaBossioB on Flickr.


Congrats to the Fitness Training and Wellness Program Graduates!

A big congrats to the 810KFEM Fitness Training and Wellness program group who graduated on Friday, May 1! At the ceremony, instructor and fitness program manager Jim Heatherman spoke as did the six graduates who presented Jim with a touching presentation. 

To see more photos from the event, including pictures of the graduates writing their fitness philosophies on the famed MTTI-WellSpring canvases, click here.

Congratulations Lyn, Autumn, Cara, Gonzo, Victor and Kim! The faculty and staff miss you dearly and are so very proud of your accomplishment!


Another State Passes Law to Regulate Massage Therapy

Earlier this week, Montana became the 43rd state to regulate massage therapy. As of July 1, 2010, anyone practicing massage therapy in Montana will be required to have a license. Similar to requirements in Missouri and Overland Park, KS, the new law establishes educational and examination standards for new practitioners and establishes provisions for licensing existing practitioners.

The law also provides a definition of massage-therapy's scope of practice and an avenue for consumer complaints, according to the American Massage Therapy Association, who's Montana chapter has been instrumental in getting the law passed and recently announced the new regulation.

For more details, click here.

Photo courtesy of BrianSwan on Flickr.


Never Too Old to Workout or Train

Here at MTTI-WellSpring, we have a number of students who inquire about our Fitness Training and Wellness Program. Some of these students are older and are concerned about what career options will available for them as Baby Boomers (especially in an industry and society that is very image and youth driven). We always tell these students that from our experience and conversations with club owners, older personal trainers actually do really well because many older clients don't feel comfortable training with a 20-year-old who may not understand them as well.
And now we have research proof to back that statement up even further. According to a recent survey by AARP, more than 57 percent of seniors and elderly desire professional training instruction to assure they perform exercises correctly and avoid injuries, which become harder to recover from as one gets older. In addition, there are whole fitness facility franchises that are designed to train the older adult, and employ older trainers. 

Is there opportunity for older trainers? I'd say so! Click here to read the full story.

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Have You Gotten the MTTI-WellSpring Card Yet?

Show your school pride with the official MTTI-WellSpring Visa! The card offers great benefits and gives you discounts around town, such as:
  • Zero percent introductory APR on purchases and balance transfers for 6 months. After this period, a low variable APR will apply.
  • Earn points at hundreds of participating online and neighborhood retailers.
  • Earn up to 15 bonus points per dollar at select merchants.
  • Redeem points for your choice of name-brand merchandise, event tickets, gift cards or travel reward options.
  • $50 donation by the bank when you first use the card plus ongoing contributions.
  • No annual fee and no additional cost to you.
  • Enhanced Visa Platinum benefits, including 24/7 Emergency Customer Service and 100% Fraud Protection, Purchase security, Warranty Manager and much more.
The new credit card program is helping MTTI-WellSpring sponsor special student events, add new student resources and promote natural health and wellness in the community. Click here to apply!