NUHS has a strong culture of supporting research by its faculty,
graduate students, and students in its massage therapy program. The
field of massage welcomes new research and case studies that track
the benefits and applications of massage for various health
One massage student, Lauren Camer, did research at NUHS that
culminated in a poster that she presented at a national conference
after she graduated. She presented her poster at the 2013 American
Massage Therapy Association National Convention in Fort Worth,
Texas in September. Her topic was "Massage Therapy for Balance and
Proprioceptive Deficits in a Juvenile: A Case Report."
Lauren Cramer presents her research at the AMTA National
The poster was based on the case of a boy with balance problems
who received ten 30-minute manual massage therapy treatments over
the course of five weeks. The therapist performed balance
assessments on the boy before, during and after the massage therapy
sessions. Lauren's case study on the boy showed that massage
provided a positive and lasting impact.
While working on her research project, Lauren appreciated
mentorship from her clinical supervisor, Dr. Patricia Coe,
as well as her co-author, NUHS clinical research coordinator, Jen
"They were always available to answer questions, and helped me
with the preliminary work I needed to do to get my research
proposal approved by the university," says Lauren.
Now that she has graduated from NUHS, Lauren Camer is currently
a licensed massage therapist in Illinois. She has a mobile massage
service in addition to providing corporate chair massages and
working in a chiropractic physician's office part-time.
In this video, you'll hear why massage therapy instructor Candy
Washington, LMT, feels that NUHS produces outstanding massage
therapists. Hands-on training, as well as internship experience in
an integrative medical clinic are key reasons. Read more about
Candy Washington »
This month we have a guest blog from Ecktor Barrientos, a recent
Massage Therapy graduate:
Wow. This year came and went so quickly,
and it was a year that changed my life. I graduated from NUHS this
past Thursday with an Associate of Applied Science in Massage
Therapy. I couldn't have chosen a better career or a better
school. Now I'm moving to California in October and see what my
I noticed NUHS one day while driving down Roosevelt Road. I've
driven past it many times since I spent my whole life growing up
and living here in the Chicago area. But this time, I saw a sign
that said "Massage Therapy Intro Course," and something just told
me that I should check it out.
So I called the school to register for the next intro course. I
took it and fell in love! Something about the atmosphere of the
school just struck me that this is the place I needed to go.
Graduating from NUHS feels like such a privilege. I've met so
many amazing people, learned a lot more than I thought I was going
to (which is never a bad thing!), and met some of the best
instructors I've had in my entire school career! I know I'm going
to miss everyone I met at this school. It pretty much became a
second home for this past year. And now that I'm out, I have to
Before I enrolled for classes, I had the opportunity to go to
California. I had been to California with friends once before in
2011 and I fell in love with it. It felt like home. This second
trip was to actually see my significant other who lives out there.
He is the one that has stood by me this whole year and pushed me to
keep going. In October I will be moving there to be with him.
Since I've always known I wanted to go to California, he gave me
the reason to finally do it. And with massage therapy, I'll have
the means to support myself there.
I've always been in the health field, and I worked in a hospital
up until a couple months ago. I also am certified in Reiki and have
been doing that for a couple years. Now I have found my modality in
the healing arts. NUHS helped me make that dream a reality and I
cannot be more thankful.
Going for a degree in massage therapy was my dream. Now I'll see
what the future holds for me and take one step at a time!
Recent findings from the Touch Research Institutes of the
University of Miami School of Medicine show marked improvement in
those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis after massage
Specifically, after moderate pressure massage therapy, those
with rheumatoid arthritis had less pain, greater grip strength and
improved range of motion in their upper limbs. (Read a summary of this latest research.)
In fact, the Arthritis Foundation has great things to say about
massage therapy as a pain relief option for those living with
arthritis. Research has shown that massage can lower the body's
production of the stress hormone cortisol, and boost production of
serotonin, which, in turn, can improve mood. Additionally, massage
can lower production of the neurotransmitter substance P, often
linked to pain, improving sleep as a result. (Read the three-page report on massage therapy and
When you train as a massage therapist in a clinical environment,
you'll have more exposure to clients seeking massage for medical
conditions, such as arthritis. A key advantage in earning your massage therapy
certification at National University of Health Sciences is its
internship in the on-campus integrative medical clinic. Here, you
will not only practice massage geared toward relaxation and
wellness, but also have the chance to work with clients referred by
physicians from a variety of medical specialties. Your massage will
be part of an over all treatment plan managed by the client's
Massage therapy is all about connecting, whether it's connecting
with yourself as a caregiver, your clients, or connecting with new
ideas and discoveries in the healing arts and sciences.
That's why the Internet is such a great boon to today's massage
therapists. You can learn new tips, expand your
understanding, and even connect with other massage therapists
around the world, simply by clicking a mouse.
Here are some great places to start getting connected:
MassageNet is an online research network for
massage therapists offering news, resources, and research from
practicing massage therapists.
Massage Therapy Foundation
This foundation provides education,
research and community service opportunities for massage
Massage Therapy Assocation
The American Massage Therapy
Association offers news, a journal, continuing education credits,
job postings and other resources for massage therapists.
Bodywork and Massage Professionals
The Associated Bodywork and Massage
Professionals provides a host of online resources such as videos,
articles, event calendars and more.
Therapy - A Public Education Site
Here is a good public education site
about massage therapy by ABMP where you can learn more
about careers in massage, massage schools, massage state
regulations. You can also find a massage
Journal of Massage and Bodywork
The International Journal of
Massage and Bodywork is the only peer-reviewed, PubMed-indexed
journal of its kind.
Most of the above organizations also have LinkedIn and Facebook
pages. Whether you're a person who loves receiving massage (like
me), or a practitioner, student or even just someone who's
exploring a career in massage therapy, why not get connected?
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