Congrats to Our Costume Contest Winners!

We had a blast this week dressing up and celebrating Halloween. Below are all the winners of our costume contest!

Wednesday Daytime Winners
Tied Grand Prize: Michael McMahon as a Cool Dude and Neesha Brost as Daisy Duck

2nd Place: Jackie Bradbury as G.I. Jackie

3rd Place: Angelique Kelly as a ladybug

Honorable Mention: JoAnna Reidel as a witch and Jessica King as Tinker Bell

Wednesday Evening Winners
Grand Prize: A tie among Karen Strain, Kris Nichols, Jackie Keil and Mikayela Nield, all portraying Desperate Housewives:

Thursday Daytime Winners
Grand Prize: Simone Beason as a belly-dancing pirate

2nd Prize: Trey Grimes as a rock star

3rd Prize: Angela Reynolds as a zombie prom queen

Thursday Evening Winners
Grand Prize: Son-Se-Ray Colburn, as a “torn muscle”

2nd place: Stephanie Burton as Supergirl

3rd Place: Letha Carlson as a Witch

To see photos of ALL the dressed-up students, staff and faculty, click here.

A big thanks to all for dressing up and participating, and a HUGE thanks to Mardi Miller and Andrea Farquharson for setting up the contest!!!


Don't Forget Your Costume

All MTTI-WellSpring students, staff and faculty are encouraged to dress up to the campuses today and tomorrow in celebration of Halloween. We're even giving away prizes for the most creatively dressed!

We plan on uploading photos of all of those dressed up for the occasion to our Facebook page, so make sure that you're a fan of MTTI-WellSpring!


Clients Using Massage for More than Pampering

Good news for the massage therapy industry: More Americans are getting massages for medical and health reasons! According to the 13th annual consumer survey sponsored by the American Massage Therapy Association®, 32 percent of Americans get massages for medical and health reasons, up slightly from the 2008 report.

Also, 35 percent of Americans ages 35-44 have talked to their doctor or healthcare provider about massage therapy this year, compared to 14 percent in 2008. Of those who discussed massage therapy with their doctors, 52 percent say their doctor strongly recommended/encouraged them to get a massage. Eighty-six percent of Americans agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain, and 85 percent of people agree that massage can be beneficial to your health and wellness. Woohoo!

Read more of the 2009 report here.


Former Man of the Year for the World Health Organization Speaks at MTTI-WellSpring

Students enrolled in the daytime 750-hour Massage Therapy Program at the Kansas City campus of MTTI-WellSpring got quite the surprise today. Instructor Amy Messer brought in world renowned Dr. Richard Yennie (shown on left) as a guest speaker in her Eastern Class.

Dr. Yennie is probably best known as one of the first non-Asians in the modern era to bring acupuncture to the United States and the first to combine acupuncture and chiropractic in a healing arts practice. He also founded the Acupuncture Society of America (ASA) in 1968. The ASA provides post-graduate acupuncture certification courses, taught by Dr. Yennie and an international faculty.

Across the board, students in the class were all very excited to have Dr. Yennie in the class and found his presentation to be fascinating.

For more on Dr. Yennie, click here.


October Pulse Online Now!

Get the latest on MTTI-WellSpring by checking out this month's edition of The Pulse. Inside are details about an upcoming student Halloween costume contest, our new community classes, a give-back research project and MORE!

Click here to read The Pulse now!


Massage Therapy Awareness Week

October 25 through 31 is AMTA's National Massage Therapy Awareness Week! The organization created the week to raise public understanding about the benefits of massage, attract media attention to nationwide activities being carried out by AMTA chapters, members, as well as AMTA school members, and to give all AMTA members an opportunity to demonstrate their profession and skill. WellSpring has plans to celebrate the week by giving back to the Kansas City Police Department.

Are you celebrating AMTA's National Massage Therapy Awareness Week?


Stop and Smell the Flowers to Reduce Stress

Wellness professionals have long been using the soothing scents of flowers and lavender to relax their clients, but now research is proving how the natural scents reduce stress.

According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, in a study with rats, inhaling certain fragrances can alter gene activity and blood chemistry in ways that can reduce stress levels. The researchers hypothesize that the same could be true for humans.

For more details on the study, click here.

Photo courtesy of Nitibob on Flickr.


Massage Beneficial for Kids Suffering from Cancer

We all know how beneficial massage can be for all people--including children. But what about children with cancer or blood diseases? Yep, they can benefit too, says a recent study published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.

Children with cancer or blood disease who received regular massage showed significant physical and psychological improvement versus a group of sick children who did not receive massage. The study looked at 30 children with cancer and blood disease, ages 6 months to 17 years old.

For more details on the study, click here.

Photo courtesy of valentinapowers on Flickr.


Now Offering Community Wellness Classes!

WellSpring | MTTI is now welcoming the entire Kansas City community to come inside and learn about wellness through its new community classes! From learning about raw foods to learning how to give your partner a stress-reducing massage to setting your intentions for the New Year, WellSpring’s classes help participants be their healthiest and best selves.

No prior experience is necessary to register for any of the community classes, and all are moderately priced. All community classes are listed and available for registration at www.mtti.net/community.

This is the first of many community classes that WellSpring plans to offer. Planned future classes include meditation, weight-loss, fitness, yoga, nutrition and more! Sign up today!


NASM Honors Jack LaLanne

When it comes to the fitness industry, there are a few big names that stand out as true pioneers of personal training. One such person is Jack LaLanne.

At 95-years-old, LaLanne is still inspiring others to be fit and still completes his own regular workouts. Recently, on LaLanne's 95th birthday, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) honored him for his life-long dedication to health and fitness.

MTTI-WellSpring recently partnered with the NASM for it's Fitness Training and Wellness Program, so the school would also like to congratulate LaLanne on his continued success--and wish him a 95th birthday!

Click here to read the full story.