March 15, 2012

Are You Ready?

Filed under: Why Rizzieri School of Massage — Jennifer @ 8:42 am

Our Open House is only days away.  Monday, March 19 Start your career in less than a year, take the first step and see what Rizzieri School for the Healing Arts is all about.

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

Where: 8200 Town Center Blvd. Voorhees, NJ 08043

Contact or call 856-552-2273 for more details!

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!

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 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!

January 11, 2012

Take Time for Tea

Filed under: News / Events — Jennifer @ 8:32 am


Make time for Tea!   Regular tea drinking could boost your immune system.  Black, green and oolong teas all contain the bacteria-fighting chemical L-theanine, which can protect against colds.

Tea is “a plant-based beverage,” says Jeffrey Blumberg, Ph.D., a Tufts University professor of nutrition. “You put those leaves in water and you heat them up and what you’re doing is extracting these phytonutrients that are very similar to those that you find in fruits and vegetables.

Phytochemicals are natural substances found in fruits and vegetables that are believed to benefit health and reduce the risk of disease.

When you hear about the health benefits of tea, it’s often those phytochemicals that get the credit. Tea has been linked to everything from lower risk for osteoporosis to lower incidence of halitosis (bad breath), but more research is needed for definitive proof.

Sources: The Health Secrets Handbook, pg 286. / CNN: Soak up tea’s nutritional benefits.


January 10, 2012

Infant Massage

Filed under: News / Events — Jennifer @ 8:20 am

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Massaging your baby is not only a great way to bond but has many benefiting factors as well. It can help the digestion of the infant, which causes a healthy growth process, and massage can promote blood circulation. Skin to skin contact stimulates the nervous system, which builds muscle tone, brain function and coordination, and strengthens the immune system.

Infant massage is performed with many different strokes then an adult massage.

Some of those strokes are:

Swedish milking – using your full palms, massage with long fluid strokes toward the heart

Thumb-over-thumb– rhythmic stroking moving the thumbs in the motion of windshield wipers.

Thumb spreading– start with thumbs together and gentle spread outward.

Always keep the mas- sage gentle and slow, to fast can

over stimulate the infant. The calm motions will help your baby relax.

Hold the massage in a warm comforting area that has little distraction.

Olive, safflower and grape seed oil are excellent lubricants for the baby’s skin. Try to avoid products with mineral oil as they clog pores and are not digestible.

For more information on how to massage infants, you can check out this article from Parents Magazine.  For more information see

December 18, 2011

25 Days of Holiday with Rizzieri – Day 18

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Rizzieri Aveda School for Beauty and Wellness gives back to charities and local communities that are in need.

Jason, an instructor, and Megan, the senior class president explain to us about the charities that they are supporting currently and how important it is to give back!

Happy Holidays from Rizzieri Salons, Spas, and Schools!

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