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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March Madness Sports Massage Therapy

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March Madness Sports Massage Therapy

With “March Madness” upon us and with the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament kicking into high gear, there is bound to be a few twists and turns expected along the way! Along with performance, there is a lot of pressure on the athletes to bring their A-game in every tournament and although they are coming prepared mentally, their bodies are certainly not made of steel and they may experience athletic injuries such as:

 

  1. Hamstring Strains: These are tendon or muscle injuries that affect the three muscles behind the knee that makes up the hamstring.
  2. Shoulder Injury: Such as sprains, dislocations, and strains, which are very common injuries experienced in basketball.
  3. Hip Strain when the muscles that assist with upward movement of the legs and knees are stretched too far or torn
  4. Sciatica: This is lower back pain that shoots down to the legs.
  5. Groin Pulls: These are injuries to the inner thigh muscle.
  6. Shin Splints: Where the athlete experiences extreme pain down the front of their legs.
  7. Patellofemoral Syndrome: Knee injuries that damage the kneecap tissues. Also, a very common form of injury associated with basketball.
  8. Foot and Ankle Injuries: The feet and ankles are perhaps some of the most injured areas in basketball players and need constant attention.

 

These injuries are quite prone and occur due to the often aggressive and repetitive movements athletes use during tournaments and when practicing in preparation for their games. While some of the injuries may take a while to recover from, most of them are easily manageable and preventable with regular sports massage therapy.  Sports massage therapy is designed to maintain the optimum condition of a player, as well as, prevention and minimizing the chances of exasperating an injury.

 

Having a licensed sports massage therapist in this field is of great importance because they will understand what type of treatment to apply in relation to the injury incurred. They are also qualified in dealing with the health of muscle, the range of movement, tone, symmetry, the balance of muscle and quality of posture to name a few. An incorrect application of therapy in some athletes can aggravate an injury making it worse. A professional sports massage therapist must be able to deduce most of the injuries and the root cause, and be able to manage any pain or discomfort experienced by the athletes.

 

In conclusion, a regular sports massage is needed for the relief of sore muscles, and is also an important recovery tool that can be used to promote:

 

  • Relaxation by reducing blood pressure and heart rate
  • Increase circulation to affected areas
  • Remove toxins
  • Proper flexibility
  • Improve endurance
  • Prevent injuries
  • Promote flexibility
  • Reduce muscle stiffness

 

A pre-game massage is just as important as it helps to relax the muscle in preparation for the game. This is a way that can be used to determine if an athlete has a pre-existing injury that needs attention and bottom line, help the athletes be winners on the court during championship play!

 

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