Massage Friends Graduate - Congrats!

It seems the days and months fly by. One day a group students are coming in for their first day of orientation and the next they are giving hugs of congratulations and shedding a few tears at graduation. Tears of joy and tears because they have created such deep friendships while in school, they hate to see it come to an end.

Congratulation to WellSpring's latest massage graduates! Back row, left to right: Leslie Hammond, Tiffany Wade, Raleigh Graham, Deborah Hisle, Van Gabriel, Nicole Moore, Rebekah Keim. Front row, kneeling: Kendra Johnson, Lydia Boyd, Amber Quigg. The recipient of the Personal Achievement Award was Kendra Johnson. This award is presented for demonstrating outstanding personal growth, confidence, technique, professionalism, attitude and dedication.

I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known. ~Author Unknown


WellSpring Clinic on the Move - Special Thanks

I think we all know that massage therapists have a giving nature and this was more than apparent last Friday when a group of students helped move our student clinic. Our student services manager, Mardi Miller, had been sick with bronchitis all week and the students took it upon themselves to stay after class and help. One even told Mardi to go home and offered cough drops!

A special thanks goes out to Karen Birdsall, Aysha Ruffman, Amy Bottcher, Carolyn Smith, Jason Shields, Deb Duncan (and husband), Enrique Orfin, and Hillary Rein. Your caring spirit was noticed. You guys are the best!


Fitness Trends 2011

Oh my! While searching for some new workouts, we came across these:

Bellyfit: Wow, the workout session starts with mediation then a warm-up sessions and cardio. Finally, different steps from belly dancing, Bhangra as well as African dance. This mixture of these workout is further completed with Pilates movements and exercises as well as stretching workout which is inspired by Yoga. The workout is finished up with another meditation. Something new and it sounds like a great workout for those who get bored easily.

Aerojump is another exercise plan that launched a real craze in Hollywood. The professional boxer Michael Olajide' Jr. came up with the idea of a similar plan which works in the tradition of rope jumping to workout songs that would boost your mood and energy on the spot.
The program promises no less than 450 calorie burning in only 10 minutes. Of course, this is highly dependent on your fitness level and weight.

Piloxing: This is workout plan that combines features of Pilates with boxing. The soft and relaxed moves of Pilates are combined with strength training that aims to tone our core and provide us with more flexibility and better posture. Air punches as well as tummy-strengthening and toning exercises serve as the best means to polish your figure and additionally you'll use weighted gloves to further increase the intensity of the workout. Kicks and leg swings are also no strange things for those who decide to adopt this trend. Piloxing sounds pretty hard-core!

Kangoo Jumps: What? Not certain where this trend is taking off, but to the best of our knowledge not KC. One is expected to strap on Pogo shoes and go jogging or attend an exercise class for this workout. Enough said, the image is too much to handle.

Let us know if you have tried any of these and what your thoughts are. You can read about these trends in more detail here.


Hands-on CE classes - July & August

I'm not sure about you, but I know I learn better by doing! WellSpring has great classes to offer AND you get to practice while in class!

Here's what a few of our recent students had to say about our instructors:

"Stephanie is a wonderful teacher. She did a great job of working with a complicated subject."

"Kevin demonstrated and worked with each student at their personal level. He was fabulous and so professional."

Reiki II
Saturday & Sunday July 17 & 18
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Instructor: Stephanie Roth Reiki Master
Cost: $255
Course Code: S11-REI-2A
Class Hours: 15
Prerequisite: Reiki I
Register for Reiki II

My Thai Fusion Bodywork

Saturday - Sunday July 16-17

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: $350 if enrolled by June 17, 2011; after $425

Course Code: SM11-THA-07

Class Hours: 16


Register for My Thai Fusion Bodywork

Lomi Lomi

Saturday & Sunday July 23 & 24

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Instructor: Gloria Coppola

EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: $250 before July 1, 2011, after $275

Course Code: S10LOM1A

Class Hours: 14


Register for Lomi Lomi

(CPMT) Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist
Thursday& Friday July 28 & 29

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Instructor: Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT

Cost: $450 (you must register for the class on www.liddlekidz.com)

Course Code: SM11-CPMT07

Class Hours: 16


Prerequisite: LMT; Healthcare Professional

Register for CPMT

Touch Therapy for Liddle Kidz with Autism

Saturday & Sunday July 30 & 31

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Instructor: Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT

$450 (you must register for the class on www.liddlekidz.com)

Class Hours: 16


Prerequisite: LMT; Healthcare Professional

Register for Liddle Kidz

Reiki I

Saturday & Sunday August 13 & 14 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Instructor: Stephanie Roth Reiki Master
Cost: $272
Course Code: F10REI1A
Class Hours: 16


Register for Reiki I

Tian Di Bamboo Massage
Saturday & Sunday August 20-21, 2011
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Instructor: Bonny Donnelly, LMT, NCTMB
EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: $350 if enrolled by August 5, 2011, after $400|
Course Code: SM11-TDB-08
Class Hours: 18
Prerequisite: Basic Swedish Massage
Register for Tian Di Bamboo Massage

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You WILL Know Your Stuff When You Leave Here!

In 1997, my adventure begins with a move to the Kansas City metro area from the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The Mid-West was a pretty big change for our family.

I was a dental assistant before our move here and didn’t want to work yet because the move was so hard on the kids. After a few years I got a job working retail as an assistant manager at Godiva and ending up as manager at Naturalizer Shoe Store. It wasn’t more than 2 years managing that store when I had a pretty big light bulb moment. “Is this REALLY what I want to do???”

I left the retail insanity and started my own business as a Notary Signing Agent closing mortgage loans. I could work when I wanted, take vacation when I wanted, and on my office days, I didn’t even have to get dressed! Business was great and the income wasn’t bad either.

As the economy changed, business began to slow substantially. The stress of working with banks and lending institutions became at times mind boggling. The people I came in contact with were often frustrated at the “fine print” of their loans. By the time I came into the picture, I was the first human being they had contact with. Sometime, the first contact experience was not always a pleasant one.

After 7 years of seeing people questioning their decisions on what to do with their homes to survive the economy and sometimes not fully understanding the consequences of their loans, I needed a change. I didn’t want to go back into dental assisting because I wanted my freedom to work when I wanted. I’d had 7 years of choosing my own hours and I wasn’t about to give that power to someone else.

A friend asked me if I had ever thought of going into massage. My first response was, “I don’t like to touch people that much. So no.” She encouraged me to think about it and asked me if I was interested in Lomi Lomi. What in the world is Lomi Lomi?? I enrolled in the course to find out and found myself and my life changing. The feel of touch was amazing to me. To have someone come in feeling heavy and burdened with life then leaving feeling uplifted, lighter and ready to face their life was unexplainable. I just felt empowered!

In this Lomi class I met someone who had the weight of the world on her. She and I became good friends and through our Lomi experience together, we decided it would be fun to get into massage school together. She and I both explored our options, schedules, schools, and both came to the conclusion that WellSpring was the place to be. WellSpring offered what I believed was a beautiful addition to my acquired Lomi skills. My friend started in August of 2010 and I started in March of 2011.

The experience here at WellSpring has been enlightening and rewarding. It has stretched me more than I thought was possible. The program is intense and I can say to anyone who asks, “You WILL know your stuff when you leave here!!”

I am grateful every day for being able to learn and expand my knowledge of the human body. To understand how it works and how to help keep it all in balance as best as possible. Thank you to all the teachers I’ve had so far for sharing your years of experience!


Bittersweet Graduation

Graduation for the latest evening massage class was bittersweet last week. The entire class shed a tear about the fact that they weren't going to be spending time together anymore. The class had such a fun, supportive experience and became such a close-knit group of friends, they were like a family. We are going to miss each and every one of you.

Congrats on your achievements! The fact you all received an academic achievement (3.8-4.0 GPA) award is fantastic. Also, special congrats to Wayne Stout for receiving the Personal Achievement Award. This award is presented for demonstrating outstanding personal growth, confidence, technique, professionalism, attitude and dedication.

Congratulations again, we will miss you. Please don't be strangers.

From left to right: Cynthia Haynes, Sundra Nunley, Wayne Stout, Nescelle Caberto, Scott Jackson


Choosing WellSpring - Cynthia's Story

I’ve always been the one in my family to give out shoulder massages, but I never thought much of it. The English language and writing have always been my passion, and as an idealist straight out of high school, I decided to declare my major as English. Two years of college and an associate’s degree in liberal arts later, I realized nowhere that was hiring needed my ability to explain Shakespeare’s ability to break the “fourth wall.” However, Hughes Family Chiropractic was hiring someone with good organizational and note-taking skills.

Working in the holistic aspect of medicine opened my eyes to a world of natural healing and the amazing ability the human body has to repair itself if given a nudge in the right direction, instead of being dulled and numbed by prescriptions. With this discovery, I also realized that I wanted a larger role in the lives of the patients our office saw. Beyond sorting their insurance out and taking dictated notes from the doctors, I wanted to be part of their healing process, and distant memories of giving back rubs rose to the surface of my mind.

Our office used to have a massage therapist, but she moved to another state several years ago. A simple question to the head doctor and his reply has changed my life and my direction as I find myself a student at WellSpring School of Allied Health, two months away from graduation.

WellSpring was recommended to me by the head doctor at my office, and it always seemed the clearest, easiest choice. On my first visit, Tammy was helpful and informative. She didn’t pressure me like other massage schools had to make a decision on the spot.

The instructors at WellSpring are excellent. They aren’t burned-out or retired therapists who just want to teach for a quick check, but passionate and devoted healers with a love of nurturing. Each one is unique but they all share a common desire to help those around them. I love the diversity among them and the delightful habits for which they become known.

Although the atmosphere is relaxed, I have learned and taken something out of every single class. There’s been very little stress on homework or memorization, which has been a blessing to myself (and my fellow classmates, I’m sure), since many of us work full time as well as being full time students.

I love the tight bond the people in my cohort have knit to form a close friendship. I have no doubt that these people will be a part of my life long after we graduate, and it has been such a wonderful experience learning and growing with them into the therapists we are today.

If I didn’t live seventy miles away from WellSpring I would love to someday be an instructor in this school just to remain connected to the sense of belonging and unified goal of healing that so richly fills each classroom and hallway. Choosing WellSpring has shaped my life and brilliantly illuminated the path to teaching better health and well-being not only to the people I work with, but also to myself.

- Cynthia Haynes


New Massage Therapy Grads - Congrats!

WellSpring announces our latest graduating Massage Therapy class. Congratulations to everyone, we are so proud of your accomplishments.

Back Row: Joy Hawkins, Tracy Torgenson, Justin Neely, Barbara DeVault, Sarah Ruhl. Front row: Linda Endicott, Angie Morrison, Tabitha Silva, Brittany Barlow. Not pictured is Teresa Shiflett.

The Personal Achievement Award went to Barbara DeVault. This award is presented for demonstrating outstanding personal growth, confidence, technique, professionalism, attitude and dedication.


Medical Assisting - Did You Know?

Have you been thinking about a career in the medical field, but not sure where to start? WellSpring School of Allied Health, of course! And here is why ...

You receive comprehensive training in:
  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • Clinical Science
  • Office Management
  • Consultation Skills
WellSpring not only educates, but also specializes in integrative health, which increases your marketability in the field.
  • Emergency Medical Procedures
  • CPR & First Aid
  • Injections
  • Blood Drawing and Analysis
  • Medical Billing and Collections
  • Minor Surgical Procedures
  • Externship
Upon completion you can earn:
  • CCMA – Certified Clinical Medical Assistant
You can also earn 2 additional certifications while taking classes! Giving you the edge.
  • CPT – Certified Phlebotomist Technician
  • CET – Certified ECG Technician
And how's this for job security: it's a growing field.
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Medical Assistants is expected to grow 34 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is a much faster rate than the average for all occupations in the U.S.*
  • 150,000 additional jobs are expected to be added to the field, thanks to an expanding healthcare industry, technological advances in medicine and an aging population*
We also offer career assistance!
  • Take advantage of our Career Services team. Our graduates work in hospitals, physicians’ clinics, specialty practices, home healthcare centers, outpatient facilities, diagnostic imaging centers, medical insurance offices, nursing care facilities, and other healthcare settings.

If you or someone you know needs the competitive advantage of healthcare training, request information and we will be happy to give you a tour of the school and answer any of your questions.

*National averages


Complete Career Change - Jeff's Journey

I came to WellSpring for the NASM CPT & CES Program. This is and will be a complete career change for me. As of May 2011, I received my termination letter from my employer of the last 16 years. My employment ends December 2012, so I am now preparing for the change at WellSpring.

In the past, I earned a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Missouri in Columbia. My major was Mathematics, with minors in Electrical Engineering and Behavioral Science. Also, I earned an associate’s degree in Biology from the Kansas City Metropolitan Community Colleges. My freshman year in college, I took an elective course in Intro to Sports Medicine and surprisingly enjoyed it. I thought about a career in Sports Medicine, but had already decided to pursue Electrical Engineering. I chose the path of money versus enjoyment.

Currently, I co-own a real estate company with my uncle, Essential One Real Estate Services, Inc., www.Essential-One.com, in business since 1998. I am a licensed Broker in Missouri and licensed Agent in Kansas. Also, I own and operate solely, Real Options LLC, www.JeffreyJDavisOnline.com, providing services of Mobile Notary, Investment Property and Property Management. Working for someone else has never been my goal or dream. I have very much of an entrepreneurial spirit. As with what I am now doing with WellSpring, I am preparing for my future endeavors.

In April 2011, I created Beyond Resurrection, LLC. I intend to apply my new skills of CPT and CES toward helping others. Also, in November 2011 I will acquire the skills to be a Life Coach. Along with these, I am currently Co-Vice President of 100 Black Men of Greater Kansas City, www.100BlackMenKC.com, a non-profit that focuses on the mentoring and development of African American boys 12-18 years old. Combining all this into one product… ME! Beyond Resurrection will serve a diverse group of people who want to make a change, whether the change is physical, personal or business. I will be marketing myself as a Wellness/Life Coach and Personal Trainer. Currently, I am putting the finishing touches on two books that I have written: “Changing Lanes, ReCr8 U n 365 Ways” for personal change and “Dysfunctional ME, or is it you?” for interpersonal relationships.

I aspire to be the face of WellSpring and return as an instructor for Wellness Coaching as part of the overall program. I enjoy my freedom and you may often hear me say, “I’m working on NOT working the rest of my life. I'm building a career I will enjoy!"

- Jeff Davis, WellSpring Personal Training & Wellness Student


Lawrence Clinic Special

Who doesn't love a deal, especially on massages! Buy one - get one half off.

Is it time for a girl's day out, a special day with your loved one or a special treat for you (we know you deserve it)? Just say ah!

Call 785-856-3905 to book your massage at the Lawrence clinic!

Purchase one 55-minute massage and receive a second ½ price.

Clinic hours:
Wednesdays, 1:00p - 5:00p
Fridays, 1:00p - 10:00p
Saturdays, 9:00a - 1:00p

Call 785-856-3905 or go online to http://wellspringsc.genbook.com to book your massage!

Still thinking? Think about this - almost two hours of massage for only $45! Wow, gotta' love a BOGO.

Please mention this when scheduling your appointment. Offer only valid at the Lawrence Campus.

Special CE Classes, Superior Instructors, Super Pricing

Intuitive Bodywork - Saturday & Sunday, June 11 - 12, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

One of WellSpring's most popular instructors is teaching Intuitive Bodywork next weekend. Don't miss your chance to get in on this class with a
75% discount! Current students enrolled on or before 6/6/2011 receive this discount.

Intuitive Bodywork is a form of massage that allows the therapist to follow their intuition, as to where the clients mind, body and spirit needs to be harmonized and balanced. The therapist may integrate a variety of modalities such as, massage, cranio sacral therapy, reiki, chakra balancing and much more to create the greatest avenue of healing. Essentially, allowing the spirit to lead and the body and soul to follow.

In this class you will learn to truly integrate a variety of modalities to work with the clients mind, body and spirit.

Instructor: Tammy Barton LMT
Cost: $272, Current students get a 75% discount on this class if registered on or before 6/6/2011.
Course Code: INBW1106
Class Hours: 16
Prerequisite: Massage and knowledge of Cranio Sacral Therapy, Reiki
Register for Intuitive Bodywork

If you haven't had a chance to take a class with Lolita Knight, you are missing out. No worries, she is teaching some amazing classes coming up next weekend. Don't miss you chance at these classes!

Indian Head Massage for Chair & Table - Saturday, June 11, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Indian Head Massage
is based on an ancient Indian healing system called Ayurveda. This calming, yet revitalizing massage technique has been practiced for over 1000 years, and focuses on the upper back, neck, shoulders, face and scalp. Indian Head massage stimulates pressure points and can help eyestrain, headaches, promote hair growth, improve concentration by stimulating blood flow to the scalp, stimulate lymphatic drainage, relieve shoulder tension, increase neck mobility, and calm the mind/ease emotional stress. This massage is given while the client is fully clothed sitting in a chair, or incorporated into a table massage. Students will learn routines for the chair and adaptations for table work. Indian Head Massage is great to add to a basic chair massage, and well-suited for geriatric clients confined to a wheelchair.

SUPPLIES: Please bring one set of linens for table work, one hand towel,and one pillowcase. Oil is optional. (Sweet almond and coconut oil are good for dry hair/scalp. Sesame oil is beneficial for dry, flaky scalp.) Lolita will provide Ayurvedic oil for use during the class

Instructor: Lolita Knight, LMT
Cost: $180
Course Code: S11-IHM06
Class Hours: 8
Register for Indian Head Massage

Greenstone Fusion Massage - Sunday, June 1, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The greenstone is a serpentine "S"-curved stone from Guatemala with a pointed end for deeper work, and a broad base for smoothing out muscles and removing toxins. It is perfectly shaped for deep massage. The stone can reach "hard to get" places such as the curved surface of the neck (SCM & scalenes), the deltoids, and back muscles without twisting the therapist's hands. The stone can be heated in hot water, although most prefer the cool texture of the stone as it effortlessly glides over muscles. Oil or massage cream is required when massaging with the greenstone. Students are taught how not to "grab or hold" the stone. Instead, physics and full hand pressure are utilized so that hands, arms and shoulders have minimal impact. Clients receive a deeper massage with less stress on the therapists hands.

SUPPLIES: Please bring one set of linens, face cradle covers, and massage oil or lotion. Stones will be available in class for students' use.

Cost: $155
Course Code: S11-GRN06
Class Hours: 7
Prerequisite: Basic Swedish Massage
Register for Greenstone Fusion Massage

Chinese Facial Fusion Massage - Monday, June 13, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

As taught to Lolita by Dr. Lilly Fu, a doctor of Chinese Medicine, students will learn 25 pressure points (including 2 on the hands) to help tone, uplift, reduce tension, reduce facial lines and increase circulation to the face. Facial massage can benefit facial tics, Bell's palsy, eye droop, sinus problems, eyesight (near and far), reduce scars and help with TMJ. In addition, facial rejuvenation strokes, honey pat massage and relaxation strokes will be included. Chinese Facial Fusion massage can be added to a regular massage, and is perfect for holiday gift certificates. Therapists can give clients all 5 facial massages, taking 45 minutes to an hour, or can perform one to conclude a massage session.

SUPPLIES: Please bring one set of linens, small container to hold 1 tablespoon of honey, 2 washclothes, 2 medium-sized bowls, thermos with hot water (if possible), and headband to keep hair clean. Camera for before/after photos is optional. Students need to wear no make-up, and no contact lenses preferred.

Cost: $165
Course Code: S11-CFF06
Class Hours: 7