June 25, 2012

How can I ease my Osteoarthritis Pain?

Filed under: Facts and Tips — Rizzieri School of Massage @ 7:38 am

How can I relieve my osteoarthritis pain?

by Elizabeth Barker
Photography by: David Plunkert
How can I relieve my osteoarthritis pain?

A dietitian says: Osteoarthritis, or “wear and tear” arthritis (when the breakdown of cartilage causes the bones to rub together), is an inflammatory disease, so eating foods known to quiet inflammation—and skipping foods that cause it—can help.
Treatment: A Mediterranean diet (high in vegetables and fruits, with a moderate amount of whole grains, nuts, seeds and fish) may reduce inflammation. Overall, you want to avoid processed foods and make sure you get more omega-3s (healthy fats found in oily fish and flaxseed) than omega-6s (pro-inflammatory fats found in animal products). Eat one or two servings a day of antioxidantpacked kale and spinach, and drink 2 ounces of tart cherry juice a day to help ease osteoarthritis symptoms. — Sheila Dean, D.Sc, R.D., medical nutritionist in private practice and adjunct nutrition science professor at the University of Tampa in Florida

A physician says: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs might help control your symptoms, but you’re still losing cartilage. Supplements can help restore that cartilage, ease pain and curb the inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.
Treatment: Natural substances found in healthy cartilage, glucosamine (take 1,500 to 3,000 milligrams a day) and chondroitin sulfate (take 800 to 1,200 milligrams a day), have the strongest scientific evidence of effectiveness in treating osteoarthritis. Another solid choice is taking avocado-soybean unsaponifiables (take 300 milligrams a day). Also, make sure to get 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily, as studies indicate that low vitamin D levels have been associated with the development of osteoarthritis. — Jason Theodosakis, M.D., author of The Arthritis Cure and associate professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson

A yoga therapist says: Physical activity will strengthen the muscles that support the affected joints. Regular exercise also keeps up your mobility and helps prevent weight gain (known to exacerbate osteoarthritis).
Treatment: Do some exercise that’s easy on your joints, such as swimming, walking or yoga. If you’re interested in yoga and have your doctor’s OK, call a few studios and ask them to suggest classes that are gentle and appropriate for someone with arthritis. An experienced yoga teacher will be able to help make sure you don’t injure yourself. Aim for three sessions a week, as long as you’re not aggravating your joints. Chair pose may be especially helpful for people with osteoarthritis of the knee (the most common type). — Steffany Haaz, Ph.D., yoga instructor and health behaviorist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore

Source: http://www.naturalhealthmag.com/expert-advice/how-can-i-relieve-my-osteoarthritis-pain

June 12, 2012

Benefits of Massage and Bodywork

Filed under: Facts and Tips,massage — Jennifer @ 7:51 am

Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure.  Massage and bodywork are also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, and create an overall sense of well-being.

Most people feel very relaxed after a massage or bodywork appointment.  Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity.  After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity, which can last for days.

May 14, 2012

We Offer Affordable Massages!

Filed under: Welcome — Jennifer @ 8:29 am

Did you know that Rizzieri School for the Healing Arts offers affordable massages, that do not require a contract, and are always at a low price?

We offer 50-Minute Elemental Nature (Swedish) Massage for just $45 with our Professional Massage Therapists.  We offer 50-Minute Elemental Nature (Swedish) Massage for just $35 with one of our Students.  (who are under the instruction and guidance of a teacher)


Q: Can I request a male or female massage therapist? 

A: Yes, however, requests will only be honored with our Professional Massage Therapists.  We cannot guarantee your request with our Students, as they all need to be properly trained.

Q: Will I be in front of a whole class setting when I have a student?

A: No, you will be in your very own room that is in the spa portion of Rizzieri School for the Healing Arts.

Q: Are there any fees or contracts added to that low price?

A: No, that’s our everyday low price!


March 7, 2012

Spa Trends – Time & Price Point

Filed under: News / Events — Jennifer @ 8:19 am

Let’s face it, in the world we live in today everyone is stressed to the max.  Everyone is pressed for time, as well as cash.  Spas are inventing new ways to let people relax anytime for as little or as long as they want, and at a price-point that is wallet friendly.  For example, we offer massages with professional massage therapists starting at just $45 for 50 minutes.  We also offer a Super Special Massage that is 105 minutes, and is $80.

If those price points don’t cut it, we offer the same services, by our students that is $35 for 50 minutes, and $65 for the Super Special of 105 minutes.

For more information, you can request your appointment on our website, on our Facebook Fan Page, or call 856-810-7548 to schedule your massage appointment!

March 6, 2012

It’s Almost Time for our Open House

Filed under: News / Events — Jennifer @ 8:36 am

There is still space available for our upcoming Open House!

Want to learn more about what Rizzieri Aveda School has to offer? Join us in our school to learn about                                                                                        upcoming classes, meet with students and staff, get complimentary services, etc.

When:  March 19, 2012 (Monday) 7pm – 9pm

Where: 8200 Town Center Blvd. Voorhees, NJ 08043

RSVP: Admissions@Rizzieri.com or 856-552-2270

February 24, 2012

Quote of the Week

Filed under: Quote of the Week — Jennifer @ 8:50 am

February 15, 2012

Work Wellness – Positioning Yourself At Your Desk

Filed under: News / Events — Jennifer @ 8:26 am

At Rizzieri School for the Healing Arts we strive to educate our guests, and help them alleviate any issues that they may have with tension or pain.  To help ensure that you have the best posture at work to avoid any strain or sprains, here are a few tips to make sure you are positioning yourself at your desk properly.

First, make sure your workstation is set up correctly.  Here’s a check list:

  1. Your chair and keyboard should be set so that the thighs and forearms are parallel to the floor.
  2. The keyboard height should ensure that the wrists are straight and level.
  3. The keyboard should be close enough that you don’t have to stretch forward to reach the keys.
  4. The mouse should be close to the keyboard where you don’t have to reach to use it.

Now check your body position:

  1. Keep your hip, knee, and ankle joints open slightly (90 degrees or more).
  2. Keep your head aligned with your spine.
  3. Keep your upper arms close to your sides, hanging straight down.
  4. When typing, your wrists should be relaxed, not be bent up, down, or to the sides.
If you would like to consult one of our professionals, teachers, or students.  Please be sure to visit us at  8102 Town Center Blvd, Voorhees NJ.  We are 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

Resources: Repetitive Strain Injury: A Computer User’s Guide. Pascarelli, Emil M.D., John Wiley and Sons, 1994. Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Website.

February 13, 2012

Tips to Save Your Wrists

Filed under: News / Events — Jennifer @ 7:50 am

Tips to Save Your Wrists

If you are having trouble with pain or discomfort in your wrist area, consult a physician or ask a massage therapist to help you assess if muscle tension is contributing to the pain.

If you work at a desk, you may want to look at your work set-up and use these suggestions to reduce pain and avoid more serious injury.  If your company has an ergonomics department, ask them to help you change your work station and body posture to work more safely.

  1. Your keyboard height should ensure that your wrists are straight and level, never bent back. If you can’t adjust your table height to accommodate this, you may want to move the keyboard into your lap.
  2. When typing or using a mouse, your wrists should not rest on anything, and should not be bent up, down, or to the sides.  Keep your hands relaxed hovering slightly over the keyboard and the middle knuckle aligned with the center of the wrist.
  3. Move your hands using your whole arms instead of resting your wrists on something, and stretching your fingers to hit the keys.  Move your hand to hit function keys instead of stretching to reach them.  This may take some getting used to, but can help a great deal in preventing pain and injury.

Be sure to stop and rest, as well as stretch throughout the work day.  When you are typing for awhile, rest your hands in your lap or let your arms hang at your sides.  Take a moment to shake them out and enjoy the refreshed energy moving through them.

It may make a big difference if you take breaks to stretch.  Bend your wrists forward and backward and circle them in both directions.  Make tight fists and relax them 10-20 times.  Ask your massage therapist for stretches specifically for the forearms.  Set up a reminder chime on your computer or some other reminder to take frequent stretching breaks.

Resource: Repetitive Strain Injury: A Computer User’s Guide, Pascarelli, Emil M.D., John Wiley and Sons, 1994.

February 3, 2012

Quote of the Week

Filed under: Quote of the Week — Jennifer @ 9:43 am

February 2, 2012

Work Out That Stress

Filed under: News / Events — Jennifer @ 7:52 am


Get plenty of exercise, as relaxed muscles mean relaxed nerves that reduce stress.  A brisk walk or vigorous exercise session is instant first aid for that feeling of stress. Some great ways to get that heart rate pumping, endorphins going, and your stress rate down are:

Walking with friends, or pets.
Spinning Class
Interactive Video Games – like Wii Sports, Just Dance, etc.

So what do you do to get your heart rate going and reduce your stress?? Let us know below!

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