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Celebrate National Massage Therapy Awareness Week with NUHS

As part of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) 20th annual National Massage Therapy Awareness week Oct. 23 - Oct. 29, massage therapists across the country are highlighting the benefits of massage therapy and encouraging others to incorporate massage into their personal wellness plans.

NUHS Massage Therapy faculty are currently celebrating at the AMTA 2016 National Convention in nearby Milwaukee. On Thursday, Jerrilyn Cambron, DC, LMT, MPH, Ph.D., chair of the College of Allied Health Sciences and Distance Education, will be presenting new research on massage therapy and pain. She will also be moderating a panel on massage therapy in the military.

Photo of woman receiving a massage

On Friday, NUHS MT students will attend Student Day where they will be able to connect with potential employers along with successful practitioners who will share their insights on networking, marketing and running a business.

In my previous blog post, I highlighted that the profession is expected to grow significantly in less than 10 years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for massage therapists is projected to grow 23 percent by 2022, higher than the overall projected job growth of 10.8 percent.

With over 39.1 million people reported to have received a massage from July 2014 to July 2015, students are finding that the massage therapy profession can be a very successful one.

If you're interested in learning more about a career in massage therapy, explore the National University of Health Science's massage therapy program at an evening information night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on November 16 at the Lombard campus.

At the event you can learn about the curriculum, explore career opportunities and talk with financial aid representatives. You can even talk with a graduate of the massage therapy program and get their perspective that a lot of prospective students find helpful.

Click here to RSVP and learn more.  


Robin Roberts Shares the Value of Massage for Athletes

Good Morning America news anchor Robin Roberts, will be the keynote speaker at this years' American Massage Therapy Association Conference.

Robin Roberts, a former college athlete and reporter for ESPN, has shared her own personal journey as a breast cancer survivor with millions of viewers. More recently, she's shared her struggle with a bone marrow disease that required her to undergo a bone marrow transplant.

Through it all, massage therapy has helped her in her healing and wellness goals.

Roberts is featured in an interview with Massage Therapy Journal. She says, "My long-time partner, Amber, graduated from the Swedish Institute's massage therapy program, earned her associate's degree, and is now a licensed massage therapist. One could safely assume that massage therapy plays a pretty important role in our lives! Together, we are committed to a lifestyle of wellness, healing and positivity."

Her video below stresses the healing value of massage therapy for both athletes and cancer patients.

Why not explore how you can be part of the exciting field of massage therapy, and bring increased health and wellness to cancer survivors, athletes and more? Make plans to visit National University of Health Sciences this summer, where from now through August, your visit will earn you a tuition credit of $500 for your first trimester during the NUHS Summer Soak Up special.

Bringing Massage to the Community

Massage Therapy Awareness Week October 25-31

2015-10-21_pic _stackThe 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 plans.

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, such as:

  • American Cancer Society "Relay for Life"
  • Village of Lombard Senior Citizen Health Fair
  • Illinois Hands and Voices "Moms Night Out"
  • Edward's Cancer Center Women's Retreat

"Outreach events not only increase massage therapy awareness," says Dr. 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 serve."

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.


AMTA Lists 25 Reasons to Get a Massage

Massage .smallThe 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:

1. Relieve stress

2. Boost immunity

3. Reduce anxiety

4. Manage low-back pain

5. Help fibromyalgia pain

6. Reduce muscle tension

7. Enhance exercise performance

8. Relieve tension headaches

9. Sleep better

10. Ease symptoms of depression

11. Improve cardiovascular health

12. Reduce pain of osteoarthritis

13. Decrease stress in cancer patients

14. Improve balance in older adults

15. Decrease rheumatoid arthritis pain

16. Temper effects of dementia

17. Promote relaxation

18. Lower blood pressure

19. Decrease symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

20. Help chronic neck pain

21. Lower joint replacement pain

22. Increase range of motion

23. Decrease migraine frequency

24. Improve quality of life in hospice care

25. Reduce chemotherapy-related nausea

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 Center-Lombard. 

New Scholarship for Massage Therapy Students

On February 8th, 2013, the American Massage Therapy Association announced a new $5000 scholarship available for a massage therapy student.  Applications are due May 31st, 2013, and the scholarship recipient will be announced on September 10, 2013. 

You are eligible for consideration if you are currently enrolled or admitted into a 500-hour entry-level massage therapy program at the time you apply. The application also includes a 500-word essay requirement. 

Since you can only apply for this scholarship with proof of admission, it's important you start your NUHS application process now. If you are considering applying to one of National University's massage therapy programs, we can usually let you know if you are admitted about one-month after you apply and submit all the necessary materials. Even if you plan to start your program later in the year, you can still apply now. 

Once you are admitted or enrolled, you can apply for the AMTA massage therapy scholarship online.