Too Fat to Fly?

Actor and film director Kevin Smith was recently kicked off of a Southwest Airlines flight for being too fat, even though he said he had no trouble buckling his seat belt and lowering his armrests. He was outraged at this, and since has declared war on the airline's public relations.

Click here to read the full story, and tell us, should he have been kicked off for being overweight?


Research Finds that Shiatsu Promotes Healthy Habits

A European study that looked at shiatsu clients and practitioners in Spain, Austria and the United Kingdom found that the massage modality can play an important role in improving overall health and well-being.

The study was based on postal questionnaires completed by 633 shiatsu clients and 85 practitioners. Results showed they all therapists routinely gave advice, where appropriate, regarding exercise, diet, lifestyle habits, posture or how to use one’s body. And this advice did encourage and promote wellbeing in clients' lifestyles.

Shiatsu therapists use finger and palm pressure to energetic pathways, called meridians to improve the flow of qi. Shiatsu calms an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles, and alleviates stress.

Click here to read more details about the study.

Photo courtesy of RodrigoFavera on Flickr.


Buy $90 in Gift Certificates and Get $30 Back!

Valentine's Day may be over, but we're still sending the love out!

Purchase $90 or more in gift certificates at MTTI-WellSpring's Kansas City or Lawrence clinic through the end of February, and receive an additional $30 free!

Now that's a deal worth celebrating all month long!

Check out the full offer here.

Photo courtesy of Esparta on Flickr.


Self-Coach Yourself to Success!

Ever wish you could have your own life/career/personal coach? Will you can! Most people think that to reach their goals they need to pay a specialist to help them get there, when, really you can coach yourself to success! Granted, a professional will always be beneficial, but don't rule out the coaching power of yourself!

Five steps to coaching yourself to success!

Photo courtesy of jeffweese on Flickr.


Where Does Your Food Come From?

At MTTI-WellSpring, in class we sometimes show students documentaries that are relevant to wellness. One such documentary we have been showing recently is Food, Inc. If you've seen the movie, then you know it's an inside look into the food industry.

Whether you agree with the movie or not, we recently came across this flow chart of what companies own what. It's fascinating and is the perfect follow-up to the movie. Check it out and know where your organic products are really coming from!

Photo courtesy of bpende on Flickr.

WellSpring Instructor Featured in KC Fitness Magazine!

MTTI-WellSpring's own massage therapy instructor Kevin Deal (see him there in the back, wearing brown and looking dapper?) is featured in KC Fitness Magazine's Weight-Loss Challenge for the next three months! So far, he's had his initial and first weigh-in. He'll weigh-in weekly for the next 12 weeks.

Kevin is committed to eating a healthy diet full of lean protein, fruits and vegetables, and good-for-you fats. And Jim Heatherman, fitness program manager at WellSpring, is giving Kevin some super effective workouts to get those pounds off.

Please support and encourage Kevin as he embarks on this fun journey and represents WellSpring!


Small Group Personal Training Is the Way to Go!

Small group personal training is the new hot trend in personal training, as it allows your clients to get fit with their friends and loved ones--and at a lower price point. Plus, you make more in less time!

If you're ready to expand your business, sign up for the continuing education class Multiple-Client Training with exercise science expert Cody Shaffer from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 27th, and Sunday, February 28. Your clients and pocketbook will thank you! All certified personal trainers are welcome.

Click here to enroll in Multiple-Client Training today!

And don't forget, current students and grads get a discount on CEs!


Connect With Other Massage Therapists in Your Area

If you're a massage therapy student or working massage therapist, listen up! WellSpring has created two new forums for you to interact with other massage therapists, trade skills, network, learn about continuing education classes, swap business tips, and much, much more! The social pages are both hosted by ABMP.

Click here to check out our Missouri Massage Therapist page.

Click here to check out our Kansas Massage Therapist page.

All—WellSpring students/graduates or not—are invited to join and participate! The more the merrier!


Test Your Big Game Eats IQ

The big football game is less than a week away, and if you're trying to eat healthy on Sunday, it might take some extra willpower with all the goodies around. From beer to buffalo wings, temptations abound! But there are healthy or healthier options on almost every buffet table.

The Today Show recently highlighted some of these lower-calorie dishes. Check out this video and see if you can pick the healthiest snacks on game day. The answers might surprise you!

Photo courtesy of rick on Flickr.


Learn How to Meditate and Reap the Rewards

Research has shown that regular meditation provides significant relief from a variety of stress-related physical and mental problems, a stronger immune system, longer life span, increased energy and positive changes in brain function. Also, results from a study Massachusetts General Hospital research project showed that the gray matter of men and women who meditated for just 40 minutes a day was thicker than that of people who did not, and those who meditated showed a thickening of the brain's cerebral cortex, which is responsible for decision making, attention and memory. Amazing, right?

More research and stats on meditation are included in this article from Massage Today, along with tips on how to get started, but what better way to really learn how to meditate and reap the rewards than through a live class?

Check out MTTI-WellSpring's affordable Basic Meditation Skills class. Held on Sunday, February 28th, it's the perfect way to improve your health, reduce your stress and learn about yourself. All backgrounds and abilities are welcome. Sign up today!