July 11, 2012

DIY – At Home Massage

Filed under: massage — Rizzieri School of Massage @ 8:27 am

Feeling sore and achy? Discover four highly effective self massage moves that will bring you quick relief!

Ease tight leg muscles

Sit on the floor with legs extended. With hands in fists, press knuckles into tops of thighs and slowly push them toward knees. Keep pressing down as you return to start position and repeat. Continue, changing your direction and pressure to focus on sore spots, for one minute.

Soothe sore forearms

Make a fist with left hand, elbow bent and palm facing up. Wrap right hand around left forearm, thumb on top. Rotate left forearm so that palm faces the floor, then turn it back up. Continue for 30 seconds, moving right hand around to focus on tender areas. Repeat on opposite arm.

Work out back kinks

Sit on a chair with knees bent, feet flat on the floor, and bend forward at the hips. Bend arms behind you, palms facing away from you, and make fists. Knead circles into your lower back on either side of your spine. Continue, working your way up, for a minute or more.

Relieve Foot Pain

Sit on a chair with feet on the floor and place a golf ball (or a tennis ball, if that is all you have) under ball of left foot. Slowly move foot forward and back for 30 seconds, then in circles for 30 seconds, pressing harder on the ball when you feel a tight spot. Repeat on right foot.


March 12, 2012

Eat to Banish Dry Skin

Filed under: Facts and Tips — Jennifer @ 8:23 am

As a guide to proper wellness, it’s always important to remain hydrated, and drink lots of water.  But did you know that you should eat plenty of fruits and fiber to help flush out toxins and keep your skin plump.  By avoiding refined sugars, carbonated beverages, and alcohol, which can dry out your skin.  Also try probiotics to increase the protective bacteria in your stomach and neutralize the toxins in your bowel.  If you colon isn’t working properly it will show in your skin.


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 8, 2012

Top Ten Essential Oils

Filed under: Aveda Product,massage — Jennifer @ 8:30 am

Top Ten Essential Oils

You might be wondering what scent in the Aveda Singular Notes would be best for you, and in that case, you might even be wondering the benefits behind the best essential oils.  Here’s our top ten picks!

1. LAVENDER  can be used on mild burns and sun burn, or add a few drops in a glass of water and gargle for sore throats.

2. PEPPERMINT  is a useful pain reliever. Add peppermint oil to temples to alleviate headaches.

3. TEA TREE  has many antibacterial properties. It can be used to help combat colds, coughs, sore throats and cuts.

4. YLANG YLANG  influences sexual energy and enhances relationships. It stimulates the adrenal glands and can help with anger or low-self esteem

 5. SANDALWOOD  has been used traditionally for skin revitalization. Apply topically.

6. PATCHOULI  is very beneficial to the skin and may help prevent wrinkles or chapped skin. Apply topically or add to moisturizer.

7. BERGAMONT  can be used as an antidepressant and to regulate appetite.

 8. ROSE  may help asthma, chronic bronchitis, scarring and skin diseases. Use fragrantly or apply topically

9. TANGERINE  may help dissolve cellulite, improve circulation, and help digestive system disorders. Apply topically.

10. OLIBANUM  helps with allergies, insect bites and stress. Apply topically.


February 7, 2012

Benefits of Essential Oils

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

The Importance of Essential Oils

You add the Aveda Singular Note aromas to your service for the smell, but did you know those same oils can help you in many other ways?

Essential oils are obtained from flowers and plants by steam distillation or expression. They are all natural and can help replace some of the synthetic products that you use. According to the World Health Organization, some 80% of the world population relies on plant derived medicine for their primary health care. In American society, many individuals incorporate plant properties into their lives through the use of essential oils and naturally derived products.

Why choose to put something synthetic on or in your body when there are safer natural alternative? Derived from renewable resources, plant materials are biodegradable and for the most part nontoxic when used correctly.

Here are some ways you can incorporate essential oils into your everyday life. Most perfumes are made synthetically. If there is an Aveda aroma you like, buy it and splash it on your wrists and neck for a pure smell. If you are having a hard time sleeping, use a couple drops of chamomile on your pillow case at night. The calming smell will help you relax.


January 31, 2012

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

Photo credit to RLHyde

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.


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