October 1, 2013

Why You Should Want To Know How To Be A Massage Therapist

Filed under: continuing ed,massage — Jennifer @ 8:53 am

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Few jobs out there are not only financially rewarding, but personally rewarding as well. One of these such jobs is one we’ll discuss in this article. It’s one that you could learn to do as a hobby to have your friends and/or significant others love you, or you could do it to make lucrative income from it.

Either way, when you know how to be a massage therapist, good things happen.

You see, there’s a slew of benefits that come with learning how to give massages. You give people all kinds of gifts, including:

-Help people recover from (or prepare for) strenuous workouts. This is an amazing gift to share – one that people very much appreciate.

Improve the condition of the skin. Being that skin is our largest organ, you can only imagine the benefits that occur from this.

Enhance joint flexibility.

Lessens depression and anxiety – This alone is well worth giving a massage. How nice is it to do something natural versus taking commonly prescribed pills?

Reduce cramping.

Improve circulation – massages help flow oxygen and nutrients in through your tissues and vital organs.

Relieves migraine pain – again, fantastic for not having to deal with commonly prescribed medication.

Promotes new tissue generation (including lessening scar tissue and stretch marks). Tell this to any woman and see how quickly she wants her massage. :)

As you can see, there are tons of benefits in learning how to be a massage therapist – or even just learning how to do it for your loved ones.


August 23, 2012

Olympic Massage Therapist

Filed under: massage — Rizzieri School of Massage @ 8:18 am


August 22, 2012

DIY – 5 Minute Massage

Filed under: Facts and Tips,massage — Rizzieri School of Massage @ 7:48 am

Need a massage in less than five minutes? Ok, how about four? Always keeping our time constraints in mind, Massage.com’s Shaun Benzies offers relaxation technique exercises perfect for that office self-face massage.

Relax! “Forget the oil. All you need is your own touch and to monitor your breathing. Every self-massage technique should start with a few deep breathes. Breathe in through your nose, hold and then exhale through your mouth,” Benzies states.

Warm Up: Rub your hands together and have the friction generate some heat. Place the palms of your hands on your face, fingers up. Feel the warmth from your hands as you take a few more deep breathes. Move your fingers up to the middle of your forehead so they interlock in the center. Slowly trace each hand down your jaw line to meet in the middle of your chin. Repeat two to three times,” Benzies adds.

Jaw Tension:“An amazing amount of tension builds up within the jaw during a work day, so to relieve this tension, start by slacking your jaw, letting the bottom jaw hang loose. Perform small circles using your index and middle fingers, starting at the joint and working towards your chin. Repeat a few times. Hold your lower jaw in both hands (palms under your chin, fingers at the joint) and pull slightly forward to reduce the pressure on the joint. Hold for 30 seconds,” Benzies suggests.

Sinus Pressure:“Air-conditioned offices often cause a person to feel ‘stuffed up’, so relieving sinus pressure should be part of any self-facial massage. Place both index fingers above the bridge of your nose and one thumb on each side of your nostrils. Perform short strokes with your thumbs along your cheek bones away from your nose to relieve any sinus pressure.”

Between the Eyes & Temples:“Massaging the area right between the eyes is thought to affect the body’s natural circadian rhythms (sleep cycle), so pinch this area for about 30 seconds with mild pressure, breathing deeply throughout. Do the same thing for your temples. Apply minimal pressure and simply hold these points. You will quickly feel why pressure applied here is often used to treat headaches.”

Courtesy of Shecky’s DIY Massages You Can Do At Your Desk. Image Credit: thehairstyler.com


August 16, 2012

Ayurvedic Oil Massage

Filed under: massage — Rizzieri School of Massage @ 8:03 am

Ayurvedic oil massage helps strengthen and balance your whole body, improves circulation and vitality, and rejuvenates your skin.

This massage uses sesame oil, and it is recommended as part of any daily routine because it rejuvenates and revitalizes the physiology.

It produces a youthful influence for the skin and helps to balance.

1. Start with cold-pressed sesame oil, available from your health food store. Ideally, the oil should be “cured” before using (by heating slowly to the boiling temperature of water, 212 degrees F, and cooling). The oil should be warmed each time you use it.

2. Use the open part of your hand (rather than your fingertips) to massage your entire body. In general, use circular motions over rounded areas (joints, head) and straight strokes over straight areas (neck, long bones). Apply moderate pressure over most of your body and light pressure over your abdomen and heart.

3. Start with your head. Pour a small amount of oil on your hands and vigorously massage it into your scalp. With the flat part of your hands, use circular strokes to cover your whole head. Spend more time massaging your head than other parts of your body.

4. Next, massage your face and outer ears, remembering to apply a small amount of oil as you move from one part of your body to the next. Massage this area more gently.

5. Massage the front and back of your neck and the upper part of your spine. At this point you may want to cover the rest of your body with a thin layer of oil to give maximum time for the oil to soak in.

6. Vigorously massage your arms, using a circular motion on your shoulders and elbows and long, back-and-forth strokes on your upper arms and forearms.

7. Now massage your chest and stomach. Use a very gentle, circular motion over your heart and abdomen. You can start in the lower right part of your abdomen and move clockwise, ending up at the lower left part. This gently massages your intestines.

8. Massage your back and spine. You may have trouble reaching your entire back.

9. Massage your legs, vigorously, making circular motions over your hips, knees, and ankles. Use long, straight strokes over your thighs and calves.

10. Finally, massage the bottoms of your feet. As with your head, this important area of your body deserves more time. Use the palm of your hand to massage your soles vigorously.

11. Follow your oil massage with a warm bath or shower, using a mild soap.


August 6, 2012

Different Massage Types

Filed under: Facts and Tips — Rizzieri School of Massage @ 3:37 pm

We were recently asked, “what different types of massage are there? What are the most popular?”

Here are a few of the most popular:

  • Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
  • Deep-tissue massage. This massage technique uses slower, more forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
  • Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage but is geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
  • Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on trigger points, or sensitive areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.

July 30, 2012

Facts About Massage

Filed under: Facts and Tips,massage — Rizzieri School of Massage @ 7:54 am

It’s a fact. Every year, more and more people rely on therapeutic massage and bodywork for relaxation, pain relief, health concerns, rehabilitation and general wellness.

  • Massage may be the oldest form of medical care – Egyptian tomb paintings show people being massaged.*
  • A Chinese book written in 2,700 BC – The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine – recommended the “massage of skin and flesh”.*
  • Today, 39 million American adults – more than one out of every six – get at least one massage each year.**
  • Massage therapy has been proven effective in:
    Relieving back pain
    Boosting immune system
    Reducing anxiety
    Lowering blood pressure
    Treating migraines
    Decreasing carpal tunnel symptoms
    Easing post-operative pain
    Alleviating side effects of cancer**
  • Because massage and bodywork directly or indirectly affects every system of the body, it promotes health, prevents illness and injury, and speeds recovery.

July 25, 2012

DIY – Pamper Yourself

Filed under: Facts and Tips,massage — Rizzieri School of Massage @ 7:54 am

Create an at-home spa
If you don’t want to splurge on a spa treatment, turn your bathroom into a sanctuary and indulge at home. Light a scented candle. Breathe in the aroma and feel the stress drift away. Use a body scrub and loofah to exfoliate from head to toe. Get happy feet by soaking them in a tub and using a pumice stone to smooth rough patches and boost circulation.

Take a bath
Treat yourself to one long, luxurious bath a week. If you view your tub as nothing more than a place to get clean, you’re missing out on a world of pampering possibilities. Take the phone off the hook, hang a “Do Not Disturb” sign (make one if you have to) on the door and give yourself a seriously relaxing soak. For a true spa experience, add some bubble bath, attach a bath pillow onto the back of the tub to support your head and neck and feel the tension melt away.

Use your head
Nothing releases pent-up tension like a good scalp massage. Turn yours into a hair and scalp treatment by adding conditioning hair oil: Warm a cup of the oil in the microwave for no more than 20 seconds (test it first with the very tip of your finger to make sure it’s not too hot), then massage onto a dry scalp for up to 10 minutes. After using a wide-tooth comb to distribute the oil from the scalp to the ends of your hair, wrap your head in a warm towel for at least 10 minutes (you can heat the towel in the microwave for up to a minute). Tip: When it’s time to rinse, apply shampoo and work into a lather; then rinse. (Wetting the hair first makes oil harder to wash out.) Shampoo again to remove any remaining greasiness.

Get Glowing
It’s hard to feel fresh faced when you look like something the cat dragged in. Dull skin emphasizes lines and wrinkles and makes you look tired. But when there’s no time or money for a professional peel or microdermabrasion, at-home masks or peels can help bring back that inner glow.


July 19, 2012

My Aching Back! Part 2

Filed under: massage — Rizzieri School of Massage @ 7:39 am

Last week, we briefly discussed two myths to the causes of an aching back.  This week we continue with two more.

MYTH #3 Most exercise is hard on your back
FACT Researchers from Samsung Medical Center in Korea found that working out at least three times a week actually reduced the risk for developing chronic back pain by 43 percent. Exercise strengthens your back muscles and increases blood flow to the disks, helping them withstand daily strain. Hitting the gym [8] regularly also keeps your waistline in check, which has a huge payoff for your back: A study in the journal Spine revealed that overweight people were nearly three times as likely to go to the hospital with a back injury than those at a healthy weight. Even as little as 5 or 10 extra pounds can put stress on your spine, increasing your risk of injury. Opt for low-impact aerobic exercise [9], such as walking, swimming [10], or using the elliptical machine [11], to strengthen your back without putting excess pressure on your disks or joints.

Still, it’s important not to do too much. Overexerting yourself—by lifting too-heavy weights or stretching past the point of comfort—is a surefire way to injure your back. To protect yourself while working out: Warm up with at least 15 minutes of light cardio to increase blood flow to back muscles. Next, observe your form in the mirror when lifting weights. Your back should always be straight, whether you’re working your biceps or your legs. Finally, avoid overstretching or bouncing [12]; those movements jar the spine and muscles.

MYTH #4 Back pain is always caused by an injury
FACT Between juggling a huge work deadline and planning your sister’s bridal shower, taking a time-out may seem like a luxury. But when it comes to caring for your back, it’s essential. According to a study in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, women who feel overwhelmed at home or work are more than twice as likely as their calmer counterparts to have lowerback pain. “Mental stress [13] causes the smallest units of the muscle, the fibers, to tighten,” says Ulf Lundberg, Ph.D., a professor of biological psychology at Sweden’s Stockholm University. Over time, clenched muscle fibers wear down, upping the risk for injury. And to make matters worse, your body’s natural response—an increase in muscle tension—can aggravate existing back problems.

So the next time you feel the pressure rising, make a point to work at least half an hour of relaxation [14] into your day no matter how frenzied you feel. A hot bath or shower is one of the best ways to decompress, because heat can relax your back muscle fibers. To boost the benefits even more, use lavender-scented bath beads or soap: In a Japanese study, people who sniffed the calming scent had lower levels of the stress hormone [15] cortisol. Your back already in knots? Get a massage [16]. Find a massage therapist near you through the American Massage Therapy Association.

Source: SHAPE Magazine


July 18, 2012

DIY – Give Yourself a 5 Minute Massage

Filed under: Facts and Tips,massage — Rizzieri School of Massage @ 7:51 am

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 fl at 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’s 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.

 

Source: SHAPE Magazine


July 12, 2012

My Aching Back! Part 1

Filed under: Facts and Tips — Rizzieri School of Massage @ 7:36 am

 

This morning, you probably didn’t think twice about slinging a work tote over your shoulder or picking your sneakers up off the floor. But there may come a time when one of those simple motions will trigger a backache bad enough to cause you to call in sick, see a doctor, or at the very least, take a few painkillers [1]. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, four out of five women will develop a back injury at some point in their lives. But with a few simple changes, you can prevent yourself from becoming a statistic. The trick, says Douglas Chang, M.D., chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center, is separating the misconceptions from the facts. We asked Chang and other experts to set the record straight on how to best prevent and heal aches and pains.

MYTH #1 Lifting heavy objects will strain your back
FACT Most injuries are caused not by what you pick up, but how you do it. The proper form: Squat [2], keeping your back straight. Grab the object, bring it close to your body, then stand; your thigh and butt muscles should do the lifting.

Just grabbing a pen off the floor? It’s still important to be careful, because simply twisting the wrong way can harm your back. “One of the worst moves is bending over to the side while staying seated with your feet planted on the floor,” says Rahul Shah, M.D., an orthopedic spine surgeon in Winter Park, Florida. “Twisting your back [3] in two directions at once may strain the disks that cushion your spinal vertebrae.” This repetitive trauma builds up over the years and can weaken your spine. “If your back is already vulnerable,” says Shah, “the wrong movement could easily trigger an injury.”

MYTH #2 Sitting up straight keeps your spine in line
FACT While your mom was right to stop you from hunching, holding yourself too erectly isn’t as good for your back as you think [4]. “It puts a lot of stress on your disks, especially when you do it for long periods of time,” says Santhosh Thomas, a doctor of osteopathic medicine and medical director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Spine Health in Westlake, Ohio. In fact, researchers at Woodend Hospital in Scotland found that people who sat at a 90-degree angle strained their spines [5] more than those who reclined at 135 degrees.

What’s a woman to do? Adjust your posture a few times a day, recommends Shah. “Lean back in your chair with your feet on the ground and make sure there’s a slight curve in your lower back.” That way, he explains, you’ll distribute your body weight more evenly, as your shoulders [6] and upper back muscles [7] will take some of the pressure off your spine. If you often find yourself slouching at your desk at the end of the workday, consider using a cushion to support your lower back and keep your spine in alignment.

What may be even more important than sitting correctly is taking frequent breaks from your desk throughout the day. To boost circulation in your back [3] muscles and lessen fatigue, stand up every half hour and take a five-minute stroll or stretch every hour. Do some of your work while standing up to give your spine a little reprieve. Take a phone call on your feet, or place a report on top of a waist-high filing cabinet so you can stand and read it.

Source: SHAPE Magazine


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