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Professional Bodywork Therapists: Plan Now for Spring/Summer Continuing Ed Classes

19 Jan 2018

We know, we're in the middle of another really cold Minnesota winter, so why are we talking about spring and summer already? Maybe the thoughts of those seasons will warm you up a little! But a more important reason is that the continuing education courses at our Minneapolis area massage school fill up quickly. So we wanted to give you a heads up about what we've got scheduled so you can get your registration completed before the class you'd really like to take is full. If you take a look at our Continuing Education calendar and see what we have ...

Kick the Winter Blues with the Help of Massage Therapy

17 Jan 2018

Every winter it comes around and hits a lot of people - the winter blues as some often call it, or even winter depression. It can be very mild, but in its worst state, it's a debilitating condition referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder (appropriately, SAD). Fortunately massage therapy can help minimize the symptoms and refresh you. Most of us go through a period in the winter like this, but if it lasts more than a few days (a couple of weeks at the most), it's time to consider addressing it aggressively. What Are the Symptoms of the Winter Blues? ...

It’s a Great Time for Massage Therapists to Add Hydrotherapy to Their Skills

15 Jan 2018

Welcome to 2018!  What better way for bodywork therapists to celebrate the new year than to add a new skill! Coming to the continuing education calendar at our Minneapolis massage and shiatsu therapy school in February, we've got a great one for the winter season - Hydrotherapy. What is Hydrotherapy? Although the term 'hydrotherapy' incorporates a wide variety of techniques (each with their own variations), the simple definition is the therapeutic use of water in the form of liquid, ice, or steam. The human body is almost two-thirds water, so it shouldn't be surprising that using water for healing and ...

Massage Therapy May Be Essential for Diabetics

08 Jan 2018

Educating future massage and shiatsu therapists is our main business, but part of what we strive to do is educate the general public as well regarding the benefits of therapeutic bodywork. If you're a regular reader of our blog, you already know that we often have articles on the benefits of massage therapy, both for overall health and wellness but also for specific complaints and/or medical conditions. One specific condition we'd like to talk about today is diabetes and the benefits of massage therapy. Diabetes mellitus (commonly referred to simply as diabetes) is of major concern because it afflicts a ...

Massage Is Good for Infants – And Here’s Why

05 Jan 2018

Yes, massage therapy is good for EVERYONE! And that's especially true of babies and young children. Often when we talk about the benefits of massage therapy we're speaking of adults, but it's important not to overlook how good it can be for babies. Research has shown that it is extremely beneficial for pre-term babies, and because of that, some hospitals are including massage therapy as part of their neonatal ICU or PICU units. But therapeutic massage can be beneficial for all infants. Research has shown that some things a massage can do for an infant include: Improvement in motor development ...

Why Massage Therapy Should Be Part of Your 2018 Wellness Routine

03 Jan 2018

At our Minneapolis massage and shiatsu therapy school, one thing we've observed recently is that Americans are becoming more proactive with their health. It's especially true of the largest segment of the population, what's referred to as the baby boomers, those who are either of approaching retirement age or are already there. But it's not just limited to older adults. Most people are moving from becoming passive recipients of medical care to actively adding things to their lives to promote wellness - nutritious and healthy foods, exercise and other activities, getting outdoors more, and natural elements like aromatherapy, herbs, and ...

Alliance for Massage Therapy Education Spotlights Our Co-Founder Cari Johnson Pelava

02 Jan 2018

Recently at the 2017 Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE) Educational Congress in Tucson, some of the leading massage school personnel were interviewed for short spotlights. We’re excited to report that our own Cari Johnson Pelava, co-founder of our Minneapolis massage and shiatsu school, was one of those picked. CenterPoint is proud to be a member of the AFMTE, a very vital organization for those who are educators in massage therapy.  Founded in 2009, the AFMTE has become a sort of ‘university’ for massage school instructors. While Cari’s background is shiatsu, as a founder of our bodywork school that offers ...

Natural Therapies for Winter Colds: Dealing with the Season’s Unwanted ‘Gifts’

25 Dec 2017

As the holidays approach, seasonal weather and celebrations often bring surprises - unexpected visitors, gifts, parties...and colds. Getting exposed to a rhinovirus (the culprit behind what's referred to as the common cold) might be unavoidable, but there are some natural, holistic approaches you can take to either keep the exposure from triggering an illness or at least lessening the severity and duration of the symptoms.

The Common Cold: The Basics

First, here are some basics you should know. While we refer to a 'cold,' there are over 200 different rhinoviruses responsible for half of what's also referred to ...

What is Kinesiology Taping?

22 Dec 2017

You've probably seen that colorful tape on someone's arm or leg at the gym or pool. Or maybe you've glimpsed it on an athlete while watching a competition on TV. Those colorful strips are indicative of a therapy that's gaining interest - kinesiology taping. In order to explain just what this is and what it does, let's start with the first part: kinesiology. What is it?  Kinesiology is a science that specializes in evaluating and testing bodily movement, usually human (although there are kinesiologists who work with animals, particularly race horses). A kinesiologist will test body movements, in particular muscular ...

Aromatherapy Tips: Using Peppermint This Holiday Season

20 Dec 2017

Ah, the winter holidays - 'tis the season for peppermint! Yes, you might think in terms of mint-flavored hot chocolate and those ever-present candy canes, but we're thinking more about the benefits of peppermint essential oils used for aromatherapy. For centuries peppermint oil has been used for medicinal purposes as well as cooking. Its use in Japanese and Chinese traditional medicine is ancient. It's also believed to be the oldest herb used among Europeans for therapeutic purposes. There is evidence in the Egyptian pyramids of its use in that culture as far back as 1000 BC. Peppermint is well-known to ...