Beyond Massage

Here at MTTI-WellSpring, we focus mainly on massage and fitness, but in some classes and CEs, we do address energy-healing methods, such as Reiki, therapeutic touch and healing touch. While massage and fitness have been studied for their health benefits, energy-healing therapies are just now being found to have impressive benefits. A recent article on The Examiner discusses this and explains how energy-healing methods can be beneficial.

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Do Energy Drinks Give You Energy?

From Red Bull to Monster, energy drinks seem to be everywhere. They're in grocery stores, gas stations and many of our students use them to get through a late-night study session or a long weekend class. But, are they bad for you? Do they actually work? And, maybe most importantly, do they pick you up only to make you crash later? Recently, CNN published an article that discusses the pros, cons and unknowns of energy drinks. It just might make you think twice before picking up that energy drink.

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Adding New Services to Your Massage Business

At MTTI-WellSpring, we have a number of students who complete both the Fitness Training and Wellness Program and our Massage Therapy Program. Why? Because with two complimentary services, they can offer their clients more. And, let's be honest, when you offer more, you can make more!

According to a recent article in Massage Magazine, extra services—such as aromatherapy or reiki—can make customers happy and keep them coming back. It also helps you stand out from the competition. Feel free to tell us in the comments if you offer extras and why!

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Fit Kids Get Better Grades

Students who get regular activity don't just beat their classmates in P.E. class, they also beat them in test-taking.

According to a recent study out of New York City public schools, students who scored in the top 5 percent of a fitness assessment outscored the bottom 5 percent by an average of 36 percentile points on standardized academic tests. In NYC, 21 percent of kindergarten through eigth-grade students are obese and another 18 percent are overweight.

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July Pulse Ready for Reading!

The July edition of The Pulse is up and ready for reading. This month's issue features MTTI-WellSpring's latest news, steps to going green, a student success story, and the latest community events and CEs that students and grads can sign up for.

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Fish: What to Eat for Health and Sustainability

The negative health consequences of too much mercury in the diet from seafood is well documented and publicized, but, overall, seafood is a good source of protein with either little fat or good fats. So, what do you eat and what do you steer clear of?

The New York Times blog recently shared tips for choosing fish that's healthy and sustainable, including which seafood should be eaten less often and which fish to avoid entirely. Go fish!

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Career Fair Today!

Looking for a job? Check out the job fair at MTTI-WellSpring's KC campus today from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. A number of great health employers will be there, including:
  • Massage Professionals
  • West Plaza Nails
  • Allure Massage Studios
  • Beauty Brands
  • Your Wellness Connection
  • Des Salon 58
  • Massage Envy
  • Kearney Family Chiropractor
  • Studio 213
  • Club Fitness
Come on and come all! Oh, and come with your resume, good attitude and desire to land a great job! All employers are looking to hire motivated massage therapists and wellness professionals!


July Do What You Love

In the July edition of Do What You Love, we feature Sharon Seller, a recent graduate who went from stressed-out worker to happy massage therapist.

Love What You Do: Sharon Seller
When Sharon Seller turned 49 years old, she decided one thing: that she didn’t want to spend her life working 60-plus hours a week in a high-stress job. She naturally gravitated towards a career in massage therapy that allowed her to have her own business, control her own hours and decide her own pay. Plus, what’s more relaxing than massage? Keep reading Sharon's story...

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Making the Most of the Recession

Feeling the economic pinch during this slow time? Well, don't let the recession get you down. As a massage therapist or wellness professional, your phone may not be ringing as much as it did a year ago, but there are still ways to succeed in this soft economic climate. In a guest editorial in Massage Magazine, writer Gurukirn S. Khalsa shares 20 tips for getting through challenging times with your head up. The tips are all written specifically to massage therapists, but they're so good that almost anyone in any profession can benefit from.


Upcoming Massage and Fitness CEs

With the big holiday weekend upon us, take some extra time out of your celebrating to do something for yourself and your career—take a Continuing Education class at MTTI-WellSpring. Whether you're a massage therapist or a fitness professional, we have classes for you. Check out what CE classes we're offering for the rest of the summer!

Core Techniques
Saturday & half day Sunday
07/25/2009 - 07/26/2009
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

In this class, therapists will learn techniques for the muscles of the core: the diaphragm, psoas, illiacus, and quadratus lumborum. Learn proper techniques for working through the abdomen to address the structural muscles of the back. Myofascial release techniques will also be demonstrated that will enable the therapist to work painlessly through the deeper viscera. This class is a must for the clinical therapists or anyone wanting to improve upon their techniques that address low back issues or other structural distortions of the spine.

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Energetic Hot Stone
Saturday & Sunday
August 8th and 9th
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Energetic Hot Stone Massage CE Course This continuing education course will train students on how to utilize hot stones to connect the body with the mind and the spirit. We will use age old techniques to create harmony throughout the body using placement stones, chakra balancing, rituals and smudging. We will be utilizing the energetic anatomy to enhance the overall effects of thermal therapy. We will also cover the basics (equipment, set-up, sanitation and how to harvest your own stones). If you have never had a hot stone massage class or if you have learned the basics this class will educate you on the energetic component of hot stone massage and integrate your skills to tune into the subtle energy fields of the body. This course is highly experiential and will offer hands on training into enhancing your intuition and benefit you as a therapist by eliminating undue stress on thumbs and wrists by allowing the stones to melt away tension.

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Multiple-Client Training
Saturday & Sunday
08/15/2009 - 08/16/2009
9 AM - 6 PM

As many personal trainers are now using boot camps and group exercise classes to better market themselves and gain new clients, this course takes personal training skills from the one-on-one level to a group format. Through a workshop-type format, students will learn how to work effectively with a group with proper cuing, communication and exercises that translate well to a team format. By the end of the course, each student will lead the class through a demo class. The instructor will combine lecture, observation, hands-on work and class interaction.

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Solutions for Migraines and TMJ issues
Saturday & Sunday
08/29/2009 - 08/30/2009
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

This workshop will cover basic anatomy of the head and neck, the Pressurestat Model as described by the Upledger Institute and several treatment techniques for clients with migraines, chronic headaches, TMJ issues, and soft tissue issues of the thoracic inlet. Class participants will leave with an introductory knowledge of treatment techniques, a mini protocol for treatment, an introductory to emotional release work, introduction to intraoral soft tissue work, client care and contraindications for treatment.

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