What is Reflexology and how does it work?

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Reflexology is the application of direct pressure to specific points located in the hands, feet and ears. Reflexologists believe that these specific points correspond to particular organs and body systems throughout the body and that, applying pressure to those points results in physical health and mental benefits.  Although Reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure disease, it is often used in conjunction with other traditional treatments to help relieve symptoms and promote healing.  It is often used to improve conditions related to anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, headaches, PMS, and sinusitis. The origin of Reflexology can be traced back to ancient Egyptian and Chinese civilizations, with evidence of hieroglyphics documentation of pressure points on the feet, dating back to 2330 BC. In modern times, Reflexology was said to be further researched and professionally documented by Dr. William H. Fitzgerald, M.D. (Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist) with the…

EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week!

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Have you ever experience a professional massage? If not, why not pencil in some “me” time, and schedule a professional massage? July 13th-19th, 2014 is officially EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week and is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a relaxing professional massage. Every year, Massage Therapists and Body-workers nationwide, lend their hearts and hands to raise awareness of the benefits of massage and body work. Arizona College will be observing EveryBody Deserves a Massage Week at our Glendale Campus with Chair Massage, Raffles and more. Contact Ms. Munoz, Massage Therapy Program Director for more information at: smunoz@arizonacollege.edu. Are you in need of a massage?  Arizona College offers massages in our Massage Clinic, Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 2:30p and 3:45p at a rate of $15 for Arizona College students and $20 for the general public. With our busy schedules these days, it is sometimes difficult to find time to relax…

The Benefits of Massage Therapy

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Woman Outside At Health Spa Having Relaxing Massage

Once thought of as a luxury service, massage therapy has recently been redefined.  Massage therapy offers a wide variety of proven health and medical benefits vs. just a “pampering” experience.  These days, massage therapy is viewed upon as a medical modality, which is being offered in various settings outside the typical spa.  Businesses, clinics, hospitals and even airports are now offering massage therapy services!  Massage therapy is a very rewarding career, often with a flexible work schedule.

Happy and Healthy in 2014

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As the New Year has begun, many people have committed to another list of New Year’s Resolutions.  In many cases, the goal is to get healthy.  The idea of getting healthy can mean a variety of things.  Physically it might mean losing weight, lowering blood pressure or cholesterol or eating healthy.  Mentally it might mean lowering stress and calming anxiety.   By eliminating bad habits and replacing them with good habits, optimal health is just around the corner! According to the “Hip Hop Doc” Rani Whitfeild, M.D. of Baton Rouge, La., family practitioner and American Heart Association volunteer, here are a few of his top tips for staying on your journey to improved health: Break a big goal into smaller short-term goals.  Don’t go cold turkey!  Reduce the amount of unhealthy snacks to one or two per week…then move toward eliminating them.  This will keep you motivated and on track to…

Communication in Massage Therapy

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When working directly with clients, it is essential for Massage Therapists to not only practice effective massage techniques, but to listen and communicate with their clients to create a peaceful, comfortable environment while maintaining the highest levels of professionalism. Before beginning a massage, it’s a good idea to sit down and explain the nature of the massage and the techniques that will be used. This is a good time to determine the massage pressure your client prefers and whether your client desires music or quiet during their treatment. Always let your client know that you welcome their questions and feedback during a massage session. When a client knows what to expect from a massage, it will aid them in having the best possible experience. A therapist should be able to put their patient at ease and discuss any pain or discomfort the patient may be feeling. During the massage, it…