Do you or someone you know get the wintertime "blues"? Less
sunlight in the winter, coupled with more time indoors, can trigger
what is known as "Seasonal
Affective Disorder" in many people. SAD can prove to be a
serious form of depression and reduce the quality of life for those
with the disorder.
One of the many therapies that can help SAD is
massage. A recent article from the American Massage
Therapy Association catalogs several proven ways in which massage
therapy can counteract physiological mood factors that often
accompany SAD. According to the AMTA, massage can:
Treating those with SAD is one of the many ways that massage
therapists can offer real help to their clients as part of an
integrative medical team. Want to learn more about massage therapy
in an integrative medical setting? Just visit our website!
And if winter has you down, why not schedule a massage at the NUHS Whole Health
Center in Lombard? You can also work with our chiropractic,
naturopathic or oriental medicine clinicians to find additional
treatments to help reduce the symptoms of SAD.
Holidays can be fun, but they can be busy and stressful as well.
With family obligations, financial demands, and a full schedule of
activities, many people experience tension or even depression this
time of year.
That's why taking advantage of a professional massage is a great
self-care tool during the holidays. Massage has been shown to lower
blood pressure, reduce pain and tension, and can be a great way to
It may seem impossible to find the time for a massage in between
your holiday shopping, cooking and social commitments, so here are
In addition to taking care of yourself, giving the gift of
massage to others during the holidays is a great idea. Think of
those you know who would enjoy feeling pampered, or who are
interested in health and wellness, or who would appreciate the
stress reduction of a professional massage. A massage gift
certificate is often a creative, unexpected and welcome
For those in the Chicago area, National
University's Whole Health Center in Lombard offers massage gift
certificates year-round. Your friends and loved ones will enjoy a
relaxing therapeutic massage in one of our comfortable massage
therapy suites. (Hint: Massage gift certificates are also great
for workplace gift exchanges, raffle prizes and thank you
Kelly Dixon graduated as valedictorian of her massage therapy
class at National University. Her speech was extraordinary, in that
she used her own story to show that massage therapists can indeed
be superheroes. How? By the dramatic effect they can have on the
lives of others.
Here are some excerpts from Kelly's speech:
"We start thinking about the
future so early in life. Dreaming of being princesses, superheroes,
doctors or astronauts. We are impatient to grow up and fulfill
those dreams … Somewhere along the way… we began to doubt
But during our time here at
National, some of that doubt has melted away…Through our hands we
have the potential to alter someone's reality. The very first time
we each hear those words "You have changed my life," it will hit us
hard, leaving us awestruck in the realization that we can have such
a profound effect on another individual….
Seven years ago I was living
with chronic pain and I didn't know it. It had come on so gradually
that I hardly noticed. I never consciously felt the pain, just the
effects. But then I got a massage and afterwards I sat in my car
and cried. I hadn't realized I hurt so much. When I had that
realization is when I decided to become a massage
So as we walk out the doors
today… let us also take a moment and embrace the fact that we do
powerful work. Let us embark upon this next chapter of our lives
with all the enthusiasm of a young child heading out of their room
towards the backyard wearing cape or crown because now we have
grown up to be something much more exciting than a princess or
batman. Wearethe superheroes. We may not save the damsel in
distress from the latest villain, but we will save the restaurant
servers who work all day from their sore backs. We will save nurses
from aching legs. And yes we will save college students everywhere
from tension headaches during not just midterms but finals as well,
becauseweare healers who will change lives.
Congratulations Kelly, and to all the future superheroes who
will graduate from National University!
October 19-25th is "Massage Therapy
Awareness Week." The health experts at National
University of Health Sciences want you to know the top five
health benefits of adding regular massage therapy to your health
and wellness strategy.
Massage therapy from a licensed practitioner can:
(source - American Massage
If you've never tried a massage for yourself, it's a great first
step to exploring a career as a massage therapist. If you
live in the Chicago area, why not schedule a massage session at our
NUHS Whole Health Center in Lombard? You can
even schedule a meeting with one of our admissions counselors prior to your
massage, so you can visit our campus and learn more about our massage
therapy certification program.
National University grad Karen Selph ('03) was recently featured
on a local television news segment on bringing the benefits of
massage therapy to severely ill children. Karen works as a massage
therapist at Maryville's Children's Healthcare Center in
Karen is just one of our grads who are
taking advantage of new applications for massage in an integrative
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