Ecktor Barrientos - Recent Massage Therapy Graduate

This month we have a guest blog from Ecktor Barrientos, a recent Massage Therapy graduate:

Photo of Ecktor BarrientosWow. 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 future holds.

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 move on.

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!

Namaste

Research on Massage and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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 therapy.

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.)

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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 arthritis.)

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 physician.

Caitlin Spencer - NUHS Massage Therapy Graduate

Caitlin Spencer enjoys a rewarding career in massage therapy, and is able to bring her experience to community service outreach. She credits her training at National University of Health Sciences in providing her the expert skills she uses every day in a busy commercial massage center.

If you would like to explore the many advantages of starting your massage therapy career with certification from National University, visit the Massage Therapy Admissions site.

Massage Therapy Information Night

Online resources are great for massage therapists, but there's nothing like exploring your options live and in-person. That's why Massage Therapy Information Night at National University is so special.  You can meet others just like you, who are interested in massage therapy. You can talk to massage instructors who've had years of real world experience.  You can ask questions, tour our campus, and see what studying massage therapy in a health science university is really like. 

After all, massage is one profession where ultimately the most important things take place live and in-person.  In our digital world, the healing touch of a real person "here and now," through massage therapy, is so nurturing to people. Likewise, meeting and talking to real massage therapists is often the best way to learn about the career. 

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Why not make plans to come to our next Massage Therapy Information Night here at National University? There are new information nights scheduled for June and July, and more throughout the year. You can register online, or call 1-800-826-6285.

Massage Therapy Student's Experience at NUHS

In this video, you'll hear why Cassandra Ennsmann feels National University's program offers the best career preparation in massage therapy. Internship experience in our on-campus integrative medical clinic is a big reason.



Watch more videos from students, faculty, and alumni of the massage therapy program.