Study shows that massage therapy is in growing demand at hospitals.

Common procedures such as surgeries, x-rays and transfusions are procedures carried out in all hospitals. These types of treatments are the backbone of regular hospital services and help patients with everything from broken bones to a vast array of illnesses. However, more and more hospitals have started to offer a number of alternative therapies in addition to their traditional medical treatments. According to the results of a survey carried out by the American Hospital Association (AHA), most hospitals are starting to offer complimentary therapy, including massage, in response to a growing patient demand.

A recent AHA survey of US hospitals revealed the number of facilities providing complimentary therapies has increased from 37 percent in 2007 to 42 percent today.  Eighty-five percent of facilities said they made the move as a direct response to patient demand, while 70 percent of hospitals said it was also an attempt to broaden their services. Of the hospitals that offer complimentary services, massage therapy is the most common as massage therapy has proven to relieve stress and relieve pain that patients experience as a result of their treatment.

Commenting on the move by hospitals to diversify their service offerings, Nancy Foster, the President of the AHA, said: “Hospitals have long known that what they do to treat and heal involves more than just medications and procedures. It is about using all of the art and science of medicine to restore the patient as fully as possible.”

With this in mind, massage therapy offers tremendous opportunities for those looking to embark of a promising career.  The WellSpring Massage Therapy program can give future massage therapists a competitive edge as our pass rates on the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork are over 90%.  This is well above the state and national average.

For more information about our massage therapy program, please call 816-523-9140 or WellSpring Massage Therapy.


Personal Trainers share which exercises work best…and those to avoid.

Time is precious so why spend your valuable time on exercises that yield little results or even worse, can be damaging?  While looking for the best exercises to incorporate into fitness routines, some advice that was offered included:

Mix up your cardio routine.  Unfortunately some people tend to do the same exercise over and over again.  Although this is better than being sedentary, you will quickly cap out your level of fitness.  Instead, use a variety of exercises to get your heart rate up.  Also, instead of doing one long continuous cardio effort, incorporate intervals of intense efforts to challenge your body.  

Want well defined arms?  Focus on the tricep.  Too many people spend countless hours doing bicep curls with dumbbells.  The bicep is a very small muscle and there is really only so much you can do for it.  However working the tricep, the group of three muscles that connect to the bicep, you maximize the whole group of the upper arm.  Also, instead of doing those dumbbell curls, do pull-ups.  Pull-ups are difficult at first, however you can still achieve tremendous benefits with assisted pull-ups – either with a partner or on a machine.

Do planks rather than crunches.  It’s easy to revert to bad form when doing crunches.  Not only can this be an ineffective use of your time, it can cause injury.  The plank works the abdominal, back and stabilizer muscles.  To perform a correct plank, lie on the floor face down with only your forearms and toes touching the ground.  This exercise may appear easy at first but depending on your level of fitness, you’ll feel the strain in 20 seconds to a minute.  Do three sets and focus on holding a steady form while breathing in a relaxed manner.   Set a goal to increase your time in the plank pose over time.  Also keep in mind that if your goal is to have well-defined abdominal muscles, your diet plays a huge factor in the results.  You can perform ab exercises all day long but if you are not fueling your engine with high quality nutrition, you will not get the results you desire.

I hope you find these tips helpful.  I think we can all agree that avoiding exercises that provide little value while focusing on those that are fun and work entire muscle groups are the best for all.


Congrats to our latest graduates!

Congratulations are in order to WellSpring's latest Massage Therapy Graduates!  Pictured (from left to right) are Deanna Finicle, Gary Bailey, Elizabeth Harmon, Emily Troutman as well as our own Mardi Miller.  Please also join me in recognizing Elizabeth Harmon as the recipient of The Outstanding Academic Achievement Award.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
- Harriet Tubman


Alternative medical services growing at U.S. hospitals

More and more hospitals are including massage therapy and other forms of alternative medicine into their traditional forms of treatment in response to patient requests according to an article in The Los Angeles Times.  This trend is expected to continue which means that there could be great opportunities for those that have the proper training and are well versed in the latest massage and medical assisting techniques that are offered at WellSpring.

A career in health and wellness can be very rewarding.  Not only do you get to do what you love every day but you also get to changes lives on a daily basis.  Contact us at 816-523-9140 to find out how our flexible programs might fit your needs.


Demand Increases for Personal Trainers

Even is these difficult economic times, the demand for personal trainers continue to rise. 
“People spend money even in hard time on things they have an interest in and that are rewarding and fulfilling,” said Tony Wells, the chief marketing officer of 24 Hour Fitness, in a recent article.

With this in mind, we encourage you to check out the personal training and wellness program at WellSpring.  You'll find that a career as a personal trainer is incredibly exciting and rewarding.  We give you the competitive edge to get there and secure the job you've been dreaming of.  The program features a double certification as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), and includes extensive, supportive training in wellness, nutrition and other longevity-enhancement practices. As a result, graduates will be qualified to help clients across all wellness dimensions in their quest for optimal health.

You already love to work out.  Contact us today to get started in a career helping others do what you are passionate about.


Tribute: In Loving Memory of Jourdan Albee

October 15th 1990 – May 10th 2011
Jourdan was a small town girl with a huge heart. She attended Wellspring School of Allied Health & was certified as a massage therapist on April 15th 2011. Jourdan’s passions included her family, friends, her cats, & all children. Her dream was to become a pediatric massage therapist & work at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
Bring your family and friends to a worthy cause & feel great while doing it!
Chair massages available
Donations encouraged
Saturday October 22nd, 2011
10 am – 4 pm
Wellspring School of Allied Health
9140 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64114
All profits will go to help children and families of