January 31, 2012

LOVE YOURSELF with Rizzieri!

Filed under: News / Events — Jennifer @ 4:19 pm

Starting tomorrow, Rizzieri is launching our Love Yourself Month!  We are offering the following promotions with Rizzieri Studio Salon, and have special giveaways each day on our Facebook Fan Pages from 2/1 until 2/14. See below for our Love Yourself Promotions!

We haven’t stopped there though - We are giving away a Love Yourself Package
each day through 2/14 that consists of the following and extra daily add-ons.   Please visit our “Love Yourself” Tab on our Facebook Fan Page to enter.

Meet Our Staff

Filed under: Meet Our Staff — Jennifer @ 8:28 am

Elizabeth Picot grew up in Linden, NJ. She graduated from college with a Bachelors in Education. While looking for a teaching position, she took a course on massage therapy. It was at that point Liz realized how much she enjoyed the hands-on aspect of massage and the idea of helping people. She decided to become a certified massage therapist! To her, it seemed natural to pursue instructing as well. Becoming an instructor allowed Liz to mesh two things that she loves: teaching and massage.

Liz came to Rizzieri in June 2011, “I liked what the massage program offered and wanted to be a part of it.” Her favorite part of the job is the people – she enjoys the interactions with her co-workers and students. The most rewarding part of her job, Liz says, is watching the students grow in their technique and their confidence.

Liz offers this advice to potential students, “Massage therapy is a great field to be a part of with a growing number of opportunities within it. Being a massage student requires passion, dedication, and hard-work, but the reward at the end is indescribable.” Liz currently lives in Laurel Springs with her husband, Steve, daughter, Olivia, and their dog, Maggie.

How to Choose A Massage?

Filed under: massage — Jennifer @ 7:55 am

Did you know that Rizzieri School of Healing Arts offers very affordable massages starting from $35 – $45 for our Elemental Nature Massage.   While that’s an incredible value, you might be asking “What type of massage is right for me?”.  You are not alone. There is a great article that we saw on Natural Health Magazine, that helps you identify which massage might be right for you.

Therapeutic or relaxing? Until recently, those were your only options when choosing a massage off the spa menu. These days, you need a whole new vocabulary to find a treatment you’ll really love. “Swedish massage—or variations on it-used to be the standard,” says Anne Williams, L.M.P, C.H.T., a Colorado-based licensed massage practitioner, clinical hypnotherapist, registered counselor and massage textbook author. “Now you see everything and anything on spa menus: shiatsu, lomi lomi, abhyanga. If you’re a massage connoisseur, that’s a great thing because you don’t have to travel the globe to get these services.” But if you’re a bodywork newbie, making a selection can be overwhelming. Here’s a guide to help you make your way onto the padded table that’s right for you:

Swedish Recent studies have found Swedish massage (characterized by moderate pressure and long strokes that run along the grain of the muscle) to be not only relaxing, but also deeply healing. “We’ve been able to demonstrate that it helps with depression, pain syndromes, immune problems, diabetes, cancer and even HIV,” says Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of the Touch Research Institute at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The key to this kind of healing effect? Stress reduction, Field says.
Choose it if you’re chronically wound up and need full-body relaxation, or just want to feel deliciously pampered. If you’re a beginner, start here, says Williams.

Deep-tissue A results-oriented massage, deep-tissue work incorporates penetrating kneading techniques, cross-grain strokes and trigger-point releases. “Deep-tissue massage really gets into the belly of the muscle and addresses the muscle attachments,” says Charlotte Prescott, director of spa and fitness for Canyon Ranch Miami Beach in Florida. “Some people find it painful, but it’s very therapeutic.”
Choose it if you have areas of chronic tension or muscular injuries.

Come visit us at 8102 Town Center Blvd, Voorhees NJ. Located in the new Voorhees Town Center on the first floor below the Rizzieri Aveda Institute (the former Echelon Mall)  Please call Guest Relations to book appointments in our Clinics 856.810.7548

January 27, 2012

Quote of the Week

Filed under: Quote of the Week — Jennifer @ 8:17 am

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“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”

-Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta, the founder of Buddhism, 563-483 B.C.

January 26, 2012

Power Up with Power Foods

Filed under: News / Events — Jennifer @ 9:57 am

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Power Up this Winter with Power Foods

Feeling a little overwhelmed by the winter months?  Cold weather and early darkness have you stuck in the rut of ritual take out nights? It’s so easy to just grab something quick and on the go, or take comfort in the comfort foods.

Don’t give up head to your produce section in your grocery store.  You might feel intimidated by those absurd looking vegetables, but don’t – they are secret stores of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and more; plus, they all have a proven track record of fighting disease and promoting good health.

Don’t let their pesky peels or unwieldy tops intimidate you! Here are some of the season’s best Power Up foods, and links to some great recipes:

January 25, 2012

Reduce Stress – Cultivating Calm

Filed under: Facts and Tips — Jennifer @ 9:50 am

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Reduce Stress with Meditation and Breathing – How to Cultivate Calm

It may seem counterintuitive, but one of the best things you can do in times of high stress is not much at all. Of course, what you’re thinking about during this quiet period of reflection and breathing makes a big difference. By practicing meditation and mindful breathing, you can reduce stress levels, increase productivity, and boost your mood.

Meditation doesn’t necessarily mean sitting cross-legged on a pillow or lying on the ground. In fact, you can do the following exercises indoors or outdoors, at work or in your car, with a free hour or a free minute. You don’t have to perfect them all, but experimenting with various techniques will help you find the method that works best for you.

Tip from Whole Living

January 24, 2012

Meet Our Staff

Filed under: Meet Our Staff — Jennifer @ 8:38 am

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Sherry Griffith didn’t always know that she wanted to be an instructor.  It wasn’t until she took a class in A&P, the instructor had left to become a therapist, and from the very first class she had fallen in love with teaching.  She had a degree in Medical Laboratory Science that was “collecting dust” and was grateful to put all her sience knowledge to use.

Ever since Sherry graduated college 15 years ago, she has had an interest in massage and skin.  That interest is what brought her to Rizzieri and in August 2009, she entered the skin care program followed by the massage therapy program in January 2010.  She has been teaching the science portion of the massage curriculum ever since graduation.

Sherry’s favorite part about her job is the students. “They make each day!” she said.  She added that she loves their enthusiasm and effort, especially when they rise above what they thought they couldn’t do!  The most rewarding part of the job, Sherry says, is “The ‘aha’ moment that students get when they understand a technical, science concept and the overal appreciation the students gain regarding the miracle fo the human body.”

If Sherry could give advice to any potential students she would say, “Organize your time and your effort for maximum return: set a schedule, stick to a study routine, expect to be challenged, and be willing to learn”.  Sherry currently lives in Mt. Holly.  She spends her winters in Burlington City and her summers in LBI.

January 23, 2012

Energy Medicine – Reiki

Filed under: Facts and Tips — Jennifer @ 8:26 am


In this day and age, most of us stay connected through our devices by wifi.  The wireless connectivity helps us multitask, stay in touch, and operate more efficiently. What we often forget is that our bodies need to operate efficiently, and we have an invisible energy source that we need to make sure is aligned. We are made up of a wireless energy system whose circuits flow in and around us.

While reading an article from Natural Health Magazine, I learned that “this energy field has a significant impact on our health, and getting it up to speed can make us feel rejuvenated, invigorated, healthier—like we’ve given ourselves a reboot. Enter energy medicine, a blend of healing touch and heightened consciousness whose practitioners define health as an unimpeded energy flow; illness occurs when that energy gets blocked. This type of work “can make an amazing difference in healing,” says Santa Fe, N.M.-based holistic physician Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things (Three Rivers Press) and other books on healing. “The components of compassion, caring and love are a very important part of what happens,” he adds. During a session, a practitioner usually touches you lightly while you lie on a table fully clothed.

No one knows exactly how these methods work, but a surprising amount of research supports their efficacy, particularly their ability to reduce pain and anxiety. In fact, conditions with a mind-body component stand the best chance of benefiting. Here, some of the most popular techniques and what to expect from each.

In a typical reiki session, the practitioner lightly touches your head and torso in a specific order. “Reiki doesn’t aim to diagnose or treat, but simply to bump up one’s own ability to self-heal,” says New York City reiki master Pamela Miles, author of Reiki: A Comprehensive Guide (Tarcher/Penguin); she calls it “a gateway to wellness.” The Journal of American Cardiology recently published a study showing that reiki had a positive effect on people suffering from severe chest pains or heart-muscle damage. Reiki is available in about 15 percent of hospitals nationwide as a standard part of care, and there are plenty of private practitioners as well.
When to try it Miles says a number of small studies show that reiki can improve blood pressure and heart rate and reduce anxiety and pain.”

What is your thoughts on Reiki, or any other types of energy medicine? Have you tried it? Does it interest you? Leave us a comment with your thoughts, we’d like to know!

January 20, 2012

Quote of the Week

Filed under: News / Events — Jennifer @ 9:16 am


“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; for it becomes your destiny.” – Upanishads

January 19, 2012

Student Spotlight

Filed under: Student Spotlight — Jennifer @ 9:08 am

Before Damien Murillo started his journey at Rizzieri School for the Healing Arts in July 2011, he had spent 7 years doing Design & Development for Subs/Navy ships.  After the governement cut contracts, he found himself laid-off.  It was at that time, Damien decided to go back to school to pursue what he had always wanted to do.  Massage Therapy.

After visiting a few salons and spas and finding out that their top pick of employees were Rizzieri graduates, he knew where he was going to spend the next 6 months.  He started the July full-time Massage Therapy program.  Knowing that he is starting a career path that he loves is Damien’s favorite part of being a student at Rizzieri.  Damien loved clinic, because it gave him the opportunity to work with guests and provided him the experience needed to enter the massage therapy profession.

After graduation, Damien would like to work as an athletic massage therapist or in a medical setting.  He recalls his first week of school as a memorable one.  He was given 3 chapters and after feeling overwhelmed, he approached his instructor to express his concerns.  He’ll never forget what she said to him.  “Damien, we aren’t here to fail you, we are here to make you a better man, as well as the best massage therapist we can.”  It was at that point that Damien knew he was in the right place! He wants to live up to the Rizzieri name.  Damien would recommend Rizieri to his friends and family!

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