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The Prospect of Minnesota Licensing and the Future for Our Massage School Graduates

17 Mar 2017

The State of Minnesota is currently one of the few in the nation not requiring licensing for massage therapists. According to the ABMP, licensing is required in 43 other states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. However, in Minnesota many local communities require licenses, and the issue is before the state legislature.   All this may be of concern to those who have graduated from our Minneapolis massage school. But whatever the outcome of the pending Minnesota legislation, we'd like to reassure you that your degree or diploma from our school is more than ...

More on PTSD and Massage Therapy

15 Mar 2017

In an earlier post, we discussed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and its common symptoms. (If you haven't read that article yet, click here for part 1.) In this follow-up post we'll talk about how massage therapy may offer supportive care for someone with PTSD. While a massage therapist can't function as a psychotherapist for someone with PTSD, the bodywork professional can provide much-needed supportive care. Massage therapy has been found to provide these benefits for many individuals: Relief of stress and anxiety Sleep enhancement Reduction of depression Improved sense of self-esteem and self-worth All of the above can be extremely beneficial ...

Faculty Member Andrej Peterka Talks About His TCM Class, Patterns in Pathology

13 Mar 2017

(Editor's note: This post is the final installment in our three-part interview series with one of our long-time faculty members, Andrej Peterka, L.Ac. If you haven't read the previous articles, click to read his interview on Health Restorative Bodywork and Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine.)   Interviewer: I've really enjoyed hearing about the two classes we discussed. I believe you mentioned you had one other class you could speak about. Andrej: Yes, that is the Patterns in Pathology in Traditional Chinese Medicine class. That is the second class in the lecture sequence. Typically students take their Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine ...

More Research News on Massage and Multiple Sclerosis

10 Mar 2017

We have seen much research news lately confirming that therapeutic massage can be extremely helpful for pain management. Since pain is one of the top reasons people seek out the services of a massage therapist, these reports are encouraging.   One report we saw recently on a study involving a group of participants with multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is an autoimmune disorder that affects an estimated half million people in the U.S., with almost 200 new cases being diagnosed every week. Pain and fatigue are major components of this disease. It is estimated that about a third of those with MS ...

How Massage May Help Those Dealing with PTSD

08 Mar 2017

It is well known and accepted Massage therapy can be an effective way to reduce stress and anxiety. Stress is part of life; we all deal with it on a certain level on a daily basis. And some of us cope with it better than others, or perhaps under certain circumstances, it's easier to deal with.   But for others, that stress reaches a level that is almost paralyzing and disrupts day-to-day life. This is no ordinary stress. What we're talking about is a condition called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. PTSD can be triggered by many traumatic events. It's ...

Bodyworkers: Register Now for Spring Continuing Education Courses!

06 Mar 2017

Here at our Minneapolis massage and shiatsu therapy school, our continuing education courses are very popular, and many fill up fast. So if you're a massage or shiatsu therapist and you need to get some CE credits in, check out what's available this spring and register now so you don't miss out. Also, most have a registration deadline to avoid a late fee, so check the dates.   Here's our current selection of spring courses specifically for bodywork professionals. (There are others open to the public as well). Please note that some of our March CE classes may have openings, ...

Moxibustion: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Wellness

03 Mar 2017

Perhaps you've visited an acupuncturist or other Asian medicine practitioner and noted the faint aroma of burning herbs. (No, it's not a fire, it's the lingering odor of a moxibustion session.) What is moxibustion? It's a centuries-old practice that is part of Traditional Chinese medicine. Its use can be traced back more than 2500 years. Often used by acupuncturists, it is a healing therapy that can be used by many other practitioners of holistic health care, such as massage or shiatsu therapists. Its name comes from moxa, a name for dried plant materials (usually mugwort). The moxa is lit on ...

Research News: Pilot Study Shows Massage Therapy Effective for MS Pain Management

01 Mar 2017

Pain is one of the main reasons that people seek out the services of a massage therapist. While bodyworkers and many of their clients are convinced that therapeutic massage can help alleviate pain, it's encouraging to see that confidence reinforced by scientific research. Condition-specific pain studies continue to be published evaluating the use of massage therapy in connection with a specific health condition or disease. The results of a pilot study evaluating regular massage for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients was recently published that confirms what previous studies have shown, but it also goes beyond the scope of earlier research.

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Encouraging Trend: Medical Professionals and Massage Therapy

27 Feb 2017

Perhaps we should drop the term "alternative medicine" when referring to natural, holistic therapies such as massage. It hasn't been that long since the phrase was adopted in the medical community of "complementary alternative medicine," or CAM. But it's the "alternative" that may be inaccurate. Perhaps "supportive" is a better word. (There is a movement in the medical community to change the term to "complementary integrative medicine," or CIM, which we definitely are in favor of.) Chiropractors and massage therapists have long had good working relationships, which is understandable. In fact, many massage therapists work in conjunction with a ...

Why Americans Choose Massage Therapy

24 Feb 2017

Why do people get a massage? If you had surveyed Americans just a decade ago as to what people think about massage, you might have gotten a very different answer.   Not too long ago, massage was viewed as a luxury, something to be indulged in at a spa or perhaps while on vacation at a resort. Or maybe it was mostly for those who had plenty of free time and money to spend to alleviate boredom. Perhaps a few might have even answered that it was for stress relief and relaxation. But did you know that currently only about one-fourth ...