This may come as a surprise to anyone not in the business of massage, but the week of Thanksgiving tends to be my busiest week of the year. Naturally, I begin my clinical rotations for nursing school this very week, but aside from that my schedule is pretty open as follows:
- Monday, November 23: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
- Tuesday, November 24: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
- Wednesday: November 25: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Thursday: November 26: Spending the holiday with my family
- Friday, November 27: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Saturday, November 28: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
- Sunday, November 29th: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
I’ve decided to take my passion of helping others to the next level, so I joined the nursing program earlier this year at CNI College to pursue my dream of becoming a Registered Nurse. The 20-month, 130-unit program is fast-paced yet exciting, and I love every day that I learn more about the human body.
I’m still working as a full-time massage therapist. However, will not focus on utilizing my skills as a Certified Personal Trainer (NASM) at this time.
I hope you invite me to share your journey towards total wellness.
I completed my 900-hour, 11-month advanced massage therapy course through CNI College and wanted to take a moment to rave about the school and their staff. I thought I knew everything there was to know about providing professional massage to my clients, but this extensive massage course really impressed (and challenged) me. I learned so much about anatomy, business practices, industry trends, professionalism and ethics. It not only drilled the basics (Swedish, Deep-Tissue, Sports and Chair) but also taught spa services such as hot stone, aromatherapy, body scrubs and mud treatments as well as more specialized modalities such as Trigger-Point, Infant Massage, Reflexology, Pregnancy Massage, Shiatsu, and Elderly Massage.
I recommend CNI College here in Orange County, CA to anyone looking to become a well-trained massage professional. Check out the school’s website here
My trusty massage table and I are heading to Palm Springs for the weekend to work with a few clients, catch up with some great friends and enjoy a midnight swim. Have a great weekend
Deep tissue is a form of Swedish massage, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia. The massage therapist uses their fingertips, knuckles, elbows and even tools and stones to physically break down adhesions (known as “knots”) to relieve pain and restore normal range of motion.
At certain points during the massage, most people experience some discomfort and pain during deep tissue work and it is important to tell the massage therapist when things hurt and if any soreness or pain you experience is outside your comfort range. There is often some stiffness or pain after a deep tissue massage, but it should subside within a day or so.
The client is generally nude during a Swedish massage and the therapist only uncovers the part of the body being worked on at that time, a technique called draping. Your comfort is the most important part of the massage, so you are welcome to wear undergarments or even shorts if you prefer not to be nude. Continue reading →
Many of us are looking for a quick and easy way to get lean, which explains the constant deluge of fad diets/schemes and the increase in liposuction surgeries. Let me start by stating what I believe you already know or suspect, but may refuse to believe:
Diets never work!
Diets are over-complicated, restrictive and frustrating. Basic logic argues if any particular diet actually worked, everyone would be doing it and we would all be lean and healthy. They just don’t work in a long-term plan towards total wellness … it’s that simple.
Shedding fat is extremely simple: Burn more calories than you ingest and make the calories you eat count, and I recommend a healthy combination of exercising more and eating better. Plenty of people take it to the extreme with very restrictive, perfectly scheduled meals throughout the day and while that is fine for the few severely-disciplined people out there, moderation and simplicity works best for most of us. The key to nutritional wellness is to create a meal plan consisting of clean, “less-processed” food you enjoy eating and is easy to prepare. Continue reading →
While most people get a massage to lower stress or reduce muscle aches, therapeutic massage can also:
- Decrease anxiety and fatigue
- Improve the quality of sleep
- Enhance the immune system by stimulating lymph flow
- Improve range of motion
- Ease medication dependence
- Help athletes prepare for and recover from strenuous workouts
- Nourish and improve the skin
- Improve circulation
- Release endorphins that work as the body’s natural painkiller
- Lower blood pressue
- Reduce scar tissue and stretch marks
- Ease spasms and cramping
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling
- Relieve migraine pain
I’ve witnessed variations of each of the above-listed benefits first-hand during my 16 years working as a therapeutic massage therapist. However, the most profound benefit — in my opinion — is the simplist of all: Massage makes my clients happier. The science geek in me understands this is a partially the result of increased oxytocin and decreased Adrenocorticotropin hormones and suggests you read an amazing research paper by on the subject (click here for the research paper), yet the holistic healer in me suggests you simply get a massage and see for yourself: It really works.
I’ve been a massage therapist for more than fifteen years and have found my clients often ask for guidance with workout routines or advice on the latest diet scams. Realizing my clients need more than just a massage therapist, I have gone back to school to expand my knowledge of human anatomy at CNI College and am also training to be a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine so that I can take my massage business to the next level: BodyFIXX Total Wellness.
The BodyFIXX Mission:
We empower our clients to better themselves through the healing practices of massage therapy, personal training, nutritional guidance and goal-setting in order to help them achieve a state of total wellness.
BodyFIXX Total Wellness will officially open for business on October 1, 2014, yet the massage portion of the business has soft-launched already. This blog is designed as a resource for anyone seeking to improve their state of wellness and will include massage therapy updates, nutritional information, fitness assistance and simple recipes.