Cori Ducombs passed her MBLEX exam! Way to go!!
Got Back Pain? Try Yoga Or Massage Before Reaching For The Pills
by Patti Neighmond
NPR – February 20, 2017
Most of us suffer back pain at some point in our lives. In fact, it’s one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor. Many of us also probably reach for medication. Now, new guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP) say try exercise, yoga, or massage first….
Teaching Dad how to massage his one year old son!
Baby massage helps stimulate myelination of the nervous system, stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, increases overall health, stimulates growth, and decreases stress for both parent and child.
Congratulations to Cori Ducombs, Lizz Arias, and Kaila Pirrie, Annie Whetzel is almost finished too!! You did it. You rock. We are so proud of you!
Students in their last course learn energy healing arts such as Reiki, Polarity, and acupressure. Today they practiced bone breathing, clearing meditation, chi gathering, and beginning Chi Kung exercises with Ellie Davis.
by Christine Liebe
In an age where jobs are being outsourced to robots, machines, software, and other countries, there is one job that transcends technology, professional massage therapy. According to economists at the World Economic Forum (WEF), over 5 million jobs will be lost to technology by the year 2020, just four years from now. Economists predict a “Fourth Industrial Revolution” characterized by technological advances in genetics, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, agriculture, manufacturing, and service jobs declined by 36% sixteen years ago, in 2000. Today that figure persists to include middle wage jobs in offices and administration. WEF economists estimate that in total over 7.1 million jobs worldwide will be replaced by technology from 2015 to 2020.
Massage therapy continues, however, to be a robust and profitable profession. The massage therapy profession is expected to grow 22% between 2014 and 2024, much faster than all other jobs. The median pay for massage therapists is $38,000 a year. The profession requires a license in most states and the successful completion of 500 hour or more of vocational training plus passing the national certification exam. Considering that one’s hands will make money over many years, the minimal cost of entering this profession, on average $9,000 is a smart investment in a healthy profitable future.
Women tend to dominate the massage therapy field, which requires consistent, compassionate, and intelligent nurturing, typically female traits. Male therapists bring their strength and caring to the profession. Julie Osborn has been a massage therapist for over 20 years. She has found the resort area in Aspen, Colorado tremendously lucrative. Julie works at a nationally recognized spa full-time and earns enough to own a condominium 45 minutes away from work. Being a massage therapist has sustained Julie through relationship break-ups, two broken ankles, and moving many times. Julie enjoys the community of therapists that she works with, friends who have seen her through hard times. According to Julie, “I love what I do. People feel better and smile when I am done with my work. I am so grateful for this quiet, happy, healthy work.”
Learning to be a massage therapist can also be a fun transformative experience, even an adventure done on vacation. There are massage therapy schools around the world. Prospective students should check with their state massage therapy licensing board to make sure schools are licensed and the training is recognized. Online massage therapy training has erupted in the United States, but some programs are bogus offering strictly video learning. As a professional service, Lotus Education Institute, in Carbondale, Colorado offers a hybrid program, developed by an educational expert. This program allows students to learn partly at home online and hone their skills in 6 small group, personalized hands on weekends in the Rocky Mountains. Who wouldn’t want to go to the Roaring Fork Valley in Colorado for a few weekends? The valley boasts excellent skiing, fishing, biking, and hiking. Lotus Education Institute also offers a 5 month, 20 hour a week, hands on training. Their next courses begin in February 2017. Prospective students are encouraged to call 800-585-7903 or visit www.lotuseducationinstitute.com today since the only accepts 8 students per training. When the world is changing rapidly, it is comforting to know that basic human-to-human touch and caring continues to heal lives.
Lulu Chang, Digital Trends, January 16, 2017 http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/robots-replace-5-million-jobs-2020/
Occupational Outlook, Massage Therapists, US Bureau of Labor and Statistics https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm