July 31, 2012
What is it?
“Mindfulness meditation is not about achieving bliss or tranquility,” explains Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society (dharma.org) in Barre, Mass., and author of Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness (Shambhala). “Rather, its aim is to see things as they really are more clearly.”
What’s it good for?
Mindfulness meditation is a form of “mind training,” says Salzberg. Bringing direct awareness to drinking a cup of tea, for instance, means that you really feel the warmth of the cup in your hands, and really taste the sweetness or the bitterness in your mouth. This applies to our emotional states, too—observe with awareness and perceive more accurately what your experience really is.
How long does it take?
Start with five minutes daily. Gradually add a few minutes to your session each day until you can sit for 20 minutes.
How do I do it?
1. Sit in a comfortable position on a pillow, chair, couch or floor.
2. Listen to the sounds around you while you relax. Practice letting the sounds come and go without holding on to them or pushing them away.
3. As you inhale, think “in”; as you exhale, think “out.” Let this action be a kind of home base.
4. When your mind drifts and thoughts start to wander, pay attention to what comes up. You may be aware of a pain in your shoulder, for instance, or think of an argument from the night before. Acknowledge this thought or feeling, spend a moment with it and then bring your awareness gently back to your home base. Rather than rushing past the new sensations you experience, bring your full awareness to them.
5. If you find yourself getting stuck in an emotion or sensation, it may help to put a mental label on it, to identify it as “anger” or “pain.” Then bring your awareness back to your breath.
6. The traditional way to end this meditation is to acknowledge the positive energy you’ve created and to dedicate it to others. Try saying: “May the merit of this practice be dedicated to all beings everywhere.” Stand, and continue to practice mindfulness as much as you can throughout the day.
July 26, 2012
In this last installment of My Aching Back! we will discuss the remaining two myths to causing back pain. You can find the first segment and second segment on our blog.
MYTH #5 Alternative treatments don’t work
FACT Nearly one in six Americans has tried some form of alternative therapy to ease an aching back , according to the National Institutes of Health. And for good reason: Studies suggest these treatments may be more effective than conventional physical therapy and medications  in some cases. In fact, in a recent German study, half of the lower back patients who received two weekly acupuncture sessions over six months reported a significant reduction in pain . The needles may stimulate the release of pain-relieving brain chemicals, say experts. Find a licensed practitioner from the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Research also shows that seeing a chiropractor may help you feel better faster. These practitioners believe back pain is caused by dislocations in the vertebrae. During an “adjustment,” gentle force is applied to your spine to stretch your joints and realign them. To find a licensed chiropractor near you, consult the American Chiropractic Association.
MYTH #6 A superfirm mattress is best for your back
FACT Actually, it might be the source of your pain. Trying to find a back-friendly bed is like playing Goldilocks: A too-soft mattress doesn’t offer enough support, while a rock-hard one can increase pressure on the spine . A study in the journal Lancet found that those who snoozed on a medium-firm mattress experienced less back pain—and popped fewer pain relievers —than those who slept  on a harder one. Can’t afford a brand-new bed? Consider buying a pad such as those from Therapedic (from $30; bedbathbeyond.com) to cushion an extra-firm mattress. If your bed is too soft, place a bed board, like one by Duro-Med ($35; drugstore.com), beneath the mattress to prevent it from sagging.
Source: SHAPE Magazine
July 4, 2012
May 28, 2012
Rizzieri School for the Healing Arts would like to take a moment to remember the sacrifice and honor shown by our men and women in military uniform ~ this day is for ALL who served this great country!
May 22, 2012
We all lead busy, hectic lives, with even busier schedules and demands. But have you stopped to think about the ways that you live your life? We found a great article by Kathy Gruver, that helps you assess where your priorities are.
- Find other negative people and make them your best friends.
- Blame luck for everything.
- Say “Why me?” a lot.
- Live in the past.
- Tell everyone you meet how horrible your life is. Make it an identity instead of an anecdote.
- Don’t relax. After all, you’re very busy.
- Make excuses in life: “After the kids leave home,” “When I’m older,” “I’m too young.”
- Believe that what you think has no effect on your body.
- Stay in a job you don’t like or with a spouse you can’t stand.
- Hold on to your anger and emotions.
- Put yourself down at every turn.
- Eat too fast, and when you are stressed and upset.
- Envy everyone else for what you don’t have.
- Try to live up to what others think you should be, ignoring your own goals and desires.
- Let fear guide you and keep you stuck.
- Try to fix everyone else. They’re broken.
Kathy Gruver is a massage therapist and naturopath. This feature is adapted from her 2010 book The Alternative Medicine Cabinet: Hundreds of Ways to Take Charge of Your Health, Naturally (Infinity Publishing, 2010). For more information, visit www.thealternativemedicinecabinet.com.
May 21, 2012
This past weekend, we were proud to be a part of another community activity. The Voorhees Town Center Farmer’s Market. We are excited of the evolution of our street scape, and happy to see many new faces in our area. We provided complimentary face painting during the grand opening of the farmer’s market on Saturday.
We hope that you’ll stop by and visit us. Voorhees Town Center’s Farmers Market takes place every Saturday now thru October 27 from 8am until 12noon! Make a day of it, and come visit Rizzieri Aveda School for a quick cut and color, or facial. Or visit the Rizzieri Studio Salon for a haircut!
May 15, 2012
Careers in Healthcare Massage
Massage therapy has a long history in healthcare throughout parts of the world. However, in the United States, its use as a healthcare practice greatly diminished with the rise of technological medicine and the pharmaceutical industry in the early twentieth century. For example, although once an integral part of physical therapy, massage gradually became a much smaller part of this profession in the latter half of the twentieth century.
It wasn’t long ago that healthcare professionals in the United States scoffed at the idea of massage as a serious modality for a wide array of healthcare complaints ranging from musculoskeletal injury to pain management for cancer patients. Today, views are changing significantly. Groundbreaking studies on alternative medicine use by researchers such as David Eisenberg and Daniel Cherkin have shown a consistent pattern of both increased use and acceptance of massage as not only a viable healthcare modality, but a valuable one.
For massage therapists wanting to make inroads into the traditional healthcare system in the United States, the outlook for this branch of the profession is bright. Practitioners offering treatment for pain and injury conditions, palliative care, and stress and anxiety will find their services in ever greater demand. In fact, consumer expectations in this regard are increasingly placing pressure on massage therapists in terms of skills.
Therapists offering healthcare massage are found in private clinics, sports settings, and other healthcare facilities. Increasingly, practitioners work in chiropractic and physical therapy clinics, doctors’ offices, hospitals, universities, or other healthcare establishments. Massage is also an integrated healthcare program in professional sports, dance, and other physically demanding professions. We can look for greater inclusion of massage in mainstream settings, such as hospitals and primary care health clinics. We can also expect massage to continue to garner greater respect, and thus referral, by traditional medical practitioners.
Originally published in Massage & Bodywork magazine, January/February 2008. Copyright 2008. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. All rights reserved.
May 3, 2012
How can I treat carpal tunnel?
a PHYSIATRIST says
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the arm’s median nerve is pinched in the narrow passageway located on the inside of your wrist (the carpal tunnel).
TREATMENT I do a clinical diagnosis and confirm my assessment with an electrodiagonistic test. To relieve and control symptoms temporarily, I administer a cortisone injection to the wrist. For severe cases, I may perform surgery to release the ligament on the roof of the carpal tunnel, which expands the passageway and gives more space to the median nerve.”
SELF-HELP Try ibuprofen or naproxen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that can provide temporary pain relief and reduce inflammation. To prevent a relapse, try wrist stretches (pressing the back of your hand down for 15 seconds and then pushing your fingers back for 15 seconds). —Meijuan Zhao, M.D., instructor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and physiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital
a YOGA THERAPIST says
Stress on the wrist begins in the upper body, where slouching or a sunken chest may compress and disrupt nerves that link to the arm and wrist.
TREATMENT I check your posture and postural habits, making sure your head is aligned with your spinal column and that you aren’t leaning too far forward when you sit. I also correct breathing by teaching you how to lengthen the breath and breathe into the belly, which helps mobilize the chest and ribs and reduces stress.”
SELF-HELP Try a modified version of Downward Facing Dog, placing your hands on a desk with your hips folded slightly. Or, try a simple doorway back bend: Walk into a doorway, and let each hand catch on the door frame. With your feet just forward of the door and hands on the door frame edge behind you, look up and arch your back gently, opening your chest. Hold this pose for at least five minutes. —Timothy McCall, M.D., author of Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing (Bantam, 2007)
an ACUPUNCTURIST says
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), carpal tunnel syndrome is considered a symptom of weak qi (energy) flow and blood stagnation in the wrist.
TREATMENT I get a health history and conduct a TCM medical evaluation to assess any imbalances. To invigorate blood circulation, I perform acupuncture on the inside of the wrist, along the pericardium, heart, and lung meridians, and then focus on distal points such as the ear. I may also apply an herbal plaster, containing herbs baked into a bandage, or prescribe herbal formulas to get blood moving.”
SELF-HELP Avoid repetitive activities that apply pressure to your wrist such as typing uninterrupted for long periods of time. To strengthen wrists, hold one- to three-pound weights or a soup can and curl the weight toward your wrists and away from them. Apply ice to your wrist to relieve inflammation and swelling. —Beth Kohn, L.Ac., M.T.O.M, Dipl.Ac, Dipl.CH, of the Henry Ford Center for Integrative Medicine
May 2, 2012
Have you seen our latest giveaway on our Facebook Fan Page? We are currently offering a special giveaway for just our Facebook Fans. How would you like to have a Spa Day for 2?
Rizzieri School for the Healing Arts is giving away a package that includes a 50 Minute Student Massage for 2, to enter, just visit our Facebook Fan Page, like us, and fill out an entry form!
April 30, 2012
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Will you be attending our Spring Career Fair tomorrow?
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
10am – 12pm
Students and alumni: Come and meet with hiring salons, spas and beauty professional face-to-face & submit your resume.
If you have any questions, please contact