Who needs a massage?? We have 2 openings left for our student massage clinic tomorrow night — Wednesday, December 6th — one appointment each at 5:30pm and 7pm.

Cost is $25, cash or check. (No debit or credit cards.) Use the "Book Now" button at the top of this page, or click the link below and book your appointment... quickly, before they're gone!

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Diary of A Massage Student
Final class for Quarter 1

You know it's a test day when you can hear the scritch scratch of nail filing while watching sequence videos.

10 min til test time...

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Therapy Thursdays:

Thursday's class for quarter 1 is actually called Ethics and Communication, where we explore and discuss professional ethics, policies, learning and communicating styles, and keeping and maintaining healthy boundries.

It's also the day we each get to look into our souls and express some therapeutic tears.
I love my massage school family. I'm sure our sharing of deep personal values and being REALLY vulnerable is due HUGELY in part to our whole hearted teacher Lisa Nelson.

Lisa went on a much deserved Sabbatical the beginning of November. I'm looking forward to envisioning my practice (yeeep! 9 more months!) with our new teacher Darin but I can feel we plan to hold space for Lisa.

Before she went she left this story, ripe with life wisdom. The story was about a friend of hers that went up into a glider for the first time, this seemingly thin and un-motored toy. Her friend described the experience as strangely silent as she pulled the lever to release them from the plane dragging them. Soaring in the quiet, they looked for updrafts of warm air to ascend higher.
But not to stay there, since the higher you go, the less air there is to breath.

Much of this feels real for me now; as Lisa told the story, we in our training will want to seek out moments of uplift, but we can't stay in these places, otherwise we become unfocused and don't move forward.

And when we experience air sickness/life sickness/school sickness, we need to know when to scoot our butts back and plant our feet.

Quarter 1 is about a week away from being over.
I can feel the light headedness of gaining air and momentum. And I know at some point very soon I'm gonna need to plant my feet...

Warmly, Ashlen

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Diary of a Massage Student:
Week 9

My name is Ashlen, and I'm a Fall student of the Professional Liscensing Program at Discoverypoint. I can't believe it's over half way through my first quarter! The first 8 weeks felt like a blur of terminology and proper body mechanics. How often I've muttered "bolster!" when I've forgotten to remove the it.

It's also a relief to finally feel like my hands aren't two alien creatures when I un-drap and massage my fellow students. This work is hard, but in this community it is rich and worthwhile. I was told I'd get really close with my class and by golly, they were right!

So. If you've ever wondered "what's it like to learn professional massage?" or "how do you keep your hands from hurting?" or "what else goes into this 'healing stuff'?" I hope this provides a window.

The students of Fall 2017 have our sights on next Summer graduation. You are welcome to come along for this soul ride!

Warmly, Ash

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Tis The Season For Massage Therapy

Tis The Season For Massage Therapy

Tis The Season For Massage Therapy

The holiday season is a superb time for massage therapy. People share festivities and traditions with family and friends. You seek out long lost friends, as well as, hark back to the memorable times that you have spent together. Anywhere you look, you see the magnificent holiday decorations on display. The world tends to be in a fine mood and cheerful greetings are somehow exchanged with complete strangers. The whole thing seems to be in a right and perfect place, you think in the back of your mind, “why can’t it be like this each time holiday comes?”

 

Are you aware that the holiday season isn’t wonderful for all and sundry? According to the National Institute of Health, despair and sadness strikes about 18 million American’s annually. The holiday season could trigger feelings of depression and dread, anxiety and misery. With the additional demand of house guests, shopping, as well as, family reunions, come higher stress levels.

 

When you are strained or in a stressful condition, hormones such as epinephrine and cortisol mobilize energy from storage to your muscles, launching you into fight or flight mode. If you are engaged in this condition for too long however, there are notable increases in your heart rate, blood pressure as well as breathing. Reproductive system, digestive system growth as well as immunity system will shutdown. Continuous stress can therefore lead to depleted energy supplies, ulcers, and hypertension. This activity can result in sleep deprivation, depression, as well as, other conditions that can be incredibly unhealthy.

 

How will you cope with this additional anxiety, stress or holiday depression? Well the first and perhaps most important must be a consultation with your doctor. Your doctor might recommend treatment or medication. If you will choose a holistic approach to treating stress and anxiety due to holiday season, discuss massage therapy as an alternative to treatment with your doctor.

 

Massage therapy is a proven way of treatment for both emotional and physical stress. It is also an efficient way to get rid of depression and anxiety. Massage will boost the serotonin and dopamine levels in your bloodstream that reduces depression and stress. Massage also reduces cortisol, norepinephrine and epinephrine levels.  These are stress hormones and through minimizing them by means of massage you will efficiently reduce depression, stress as well as anxiety through holiday season.

 

For a healthier and more enjoyable lifestyle experiment with natural stress reliever like massage therapy, increase energy levels, as well as, enhance mental and physical performance if you treat yourself to any type of massage. It doesn’t matter if it is a Swedish, Shiatsu or Trager, it doesn’t matter. All massages are effective, as well as, advantageous with regards to stress relief due to holiday blues.

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