Massage Therapy Awareness Week October
The AMTA has
declared October 25-31 as National Massage Therapy Awareness Week.
Massage therapists across the country use this week to promote the
benefits of massage therapy to their communities and encourage
people to incorporate massage into their personal wellness
At National University of Health Sciences, community education
is a year-round effort. Massage interns participate in community
outreach events as part of their graduation requirements.
Teams of students, accompanied by faculty supervisor, bring
portable tables or massage chairs to sports and charity events and
well as corporate and community wellness fairs.
There are a wide variety of community outreach events where NUHS
massage interns have provided free massage and massage education,
"Outreach events not only increase massage therapy awareness,"
Patricia Coe, massage supervisor at NUHS. "They provide
valuable massage practice experience for our interns and instill in
them in the importance of giving back to the communities we
Community service opportunities that share the "hands-on"
benefits of massage not only bring awareness to the value of
massage therapy, they are part of what makes the massage therapy program at
National University outstanding.
American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) has put together a list
of 25 evidence-based ways that massage therapy can improve health
and wellness and relieve symptoms of common health conditions.
Each item on the list below is linked to an AMTA article that in
turn links to research behind the benefit:
Manage low-back pain
Help fibromyalgia pain
Reduce muscle tension
Enhance exercise performance
Relieve tension headaches
Ease symptoms of depression
Improve cardiovascular health
pain of osteoarthritis
stress in cancer patients
Improve balance in older adults
rheumatoid arthritis pain
Temper effects of dementia
symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
chronic neck pain
joint replacement pain
Increase range of motion
Decrease migraine frequency
24. Improve quality
of life in hospice care
The AMTA is also offering the list as a
downloadable flyer that massage therapists can use in their
practice, or that massage enthusiasts can give to friends to
encourage them to get a massage.
If you've never received a professional massage, National
University of Health Sciences offers affordable massage therapy at
its on-campus integrative medical clinic - the NUHS Whole Health
At National University,
students in the massage
therapy program not only learn how to take care of future
clients, they also learn how to take care of themselves. Toward
this goal, the required curriculum includes a participation class
featuring Qi Gong.
Qi Gong is a Chinese system of breathing exercises, body
postures and movements, combined with mental concentration and
meditation. The techniques are used to maintain good health and
control the flow of vital energy, or "qi".
Students in the class learn Qi Gong relaxation techniques so
that they can recharge their own energy and maintain wellness
throughout their career. "I teach the MT students specific
techniques to keep their hands healthy, how to manage emotions,
keep themselves well," says John Robertson who owns Seven Stars
Martial Arts and has been teaching Tai Chi and Qi Gong at NUHS
"I tell my students that
Tai Chi and Qi Gong are the 401k plan for your health. It is what
you do today that allows you to have health and wellness in your
later years," says Robertson.
Massage therapists must maintain a level of fitness without
injury to continue thriving in this physically demanding
profession. It can also be very easy for a therapist to find
him or herself so invested in taking care of others, that they
forget to take good care of themselves. That's why it's
critical for massage therapists to develop self-care regimens such
as yoga, Qi Gong, Tai Chi - and even remembering to get a massage
You'll find John
Robertson and his MT students doing Qi Gong outside when the
weather is nice. Robertson also teaches at several local park
districts, assisted living centers and in Alzheimer's and dementia
outpatient care programs.
"I think its awesome that self-care is a requirement at National
University," says Robertson, who also teaches Taichi in the acupuncture and oriental medicine degree
programs. "It's part of the old physician's code 'heal thyself.' If
you're not well, then you're not able to work to the best of your
ability, or give your client the finest care."
Nothing is more important to your massage education than the
people who you will learn from. When you compare massage schools,
it's important to take a look at the faculty and their
For example, how many instructors are there at the school? Some
massage programs get by with only 3 or 4 instructors. However, a
small instruction staff can't provide the breadth of experience and
mentorship that is available with a larger staff. Learning from
more instructors allows you to benefit from a wider pool of
knowledge, more client case histories, and the ability to observe a
wider range of business and practice styles.
Secondly, examine the education and qualifications of the
faculty. For example, at National University, you'll study
health sciences under primary care physicians with advanced
degrees. That means you'll learn pathology from a doctor who has
actually managed patients with many of the diseases and conditions
you'll learn about. You'll study anatomy from a physician who
dissected cadavers in the same medical school lab you'll be
In the on-campus integrative medical clinic at National
University, you'll intern under clinicians with DC or ND
credentials. This can help you learn how to better manage clients
with medical conditions. Additionally, you'll learn how to better
interact with physicians, and understand what they will expect from
you in the future when they refer their patients to you for
Third, see if the school's faculty is active in the profession
outside of the school. Professionals who are passionate about
what they do are usually also actively involved in organizations
supporting that profession. The faculty at National University is a
great example: The
assistant dean of the program, Dr. Randy Swenson, is the former
chair of the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation. One of
the university's research professors, Dr. Jerilyn Cambron, is
president of the
Massage Therapy Foundation, and she and another colleague
a practice-based research network.
When you join the massage
therapy program at National University, you'll be studying
under a strong
faculty that is committed to seeing you succeed. A little
research in comparing schools will give you confidence that you are
putting your education in good hands.
Current statistics show that the field of massage therapy
continues to expand, offering solid career benefits for those
seeking a rewarding career in health care.
In addition to private massage practices and spa settings,
you'll now find massage therapists on cruise ships, in corporate
wellness centers, at your local mall, employed by sports teams and
fitness centers. Even more exciting is that massage therapy is now
part of integrative care in leading hospitals such as the
Mayo Clinic, in hospice care, in a variety of integrative care
clinics, wellness centers and physicians' practices.
Today, Americans not only seek massage for relaxation, they
increasingly look to it for therapeutic treatment of medical
conditions. That's because research studies prove it can
effectively help treat a wide variety of health issues such as high
blood pressure, fibromyalgia, and low back pain.
What is most exciting about massage therapy, is that the career
field is relatively easy to enter. You'll need a high school
diploma or GED, and attend approximately one year of evening
classes at National University of Health Sciences. You'll then
qualify to take state licensing exams. Once you're a certified MT,
you'll enjoy flexible work hours, a wide variety of employment
settings to choose from, good pay, and the satisfaction that comes
with helping people in their health and wellness goals.
National University to explore more about a career in massage
therapy and whether it may be just the opportunity you've been
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