Massage Therapy & Naturopathy

Categories: Massage Therapy

Naturopathic, or naturopathy, is a system of healthcare that isn’t defined by the substances used, but in the underlying principles that determine the practice. Those principles include the healing power of nature, finding the true cause of ailments, treating the whole person, prevention, and education. Treatment options in naturopathic medicine can range from lifestyle and diet changes to botanical medicine, from physical medicine to counseling. Treatments may also include prescription medications and even referrals to a specialist in order to provide the best possible care and treatment plan. Massage Therapy, offered at Arizona College, is a form of naturopathic medicine. Massage Therapists use the healing power of touch to improve circulation, bringing oxygen and other nutrients back into the body’s tissues, helping their patients reduce stress, relieve muscle tension and pain, increase flexibility and mobility, and clear the lactic acid and waste from the body that can cause pain and…

Massage Therapy Now Offered at Mesa Campus

Categories: Massage Therapy

Arizona College is excited to announce that Massage Therapy training is now being offered at our Mesa campus! Massage Therapy uses the power of touch to manipulate soft-tissue muscles in the body to provide a range of treatments and relief from pain. The Massage Therapy program at Arizona College teaches students about the medical benefits of Massage Therapy, and trains them to treat painful injuries, decompress overworked muscles, and promote overall wellness through the use of therapeutic massage techniques. The program also covers basic marketing and business skills in order to help Massage Therapists promote their services. There are many benefits of working in the field of Massage Therapy. By nature of the job, Massage Therapists enjoy working in a tranquil, relaxing atmosphere. Massage Therapists are able to choose from a wide range of environments in which to work, including spas, health clubs, hospitals, clinics, and more. They can also…

Aromatherapy & Massage

Categories: Massage Therapy

The Power of Aromatherapy in Conjunction with Massage. Many cultures throughout history have been known to use aromatic plants for healing purposes. Popularized in the 1980s and 1990s, aromatherapy in conjunction with Massage Therapy has become increasingly mainstream in the spa industry. Aromatherapy is a powerful complement to traditional massage; the concentrated essential oils from specific plant materials encourage healing by relaxing and improving the mood of the patient. During a massage, therapeutic oils may be administered directly to the skin, or indirectly using various techniques. Many Massage Therapists simply use aromatherapy burners to create a relaxing, scented atmosphere for the patient while performing the massage. Aromatherapy burners are typically small ceramic devices that include aromatherapy crystal stones – the essential oils are poured into the burner with a candle placed below, releasing a fragrant scent to enhance the massage treatment. It is important for Massage Therapists with an interest…

What is Myofascial Release?

Categories: Massage Therapy

Myofascial release is a massage technique that incorporates stretching and massaging of the soft connective tissues, also known as fascia. In the late 1990s, patients began to realize the potential for pain management and increased flexibility using myofascial release, which is when this form of Massage Therapy began to gain in popularity among Massage Therapists. The practice of myofascial release begins with a gentle massage, designed to warm and loosen the muscles. During this portion of the massage, the Massage Therapist will identify areas of tension that need further attention and will then return to those areas to stretch the muscles and work the fascia. Muscles can hold a great deal of stress and tension, which can cause muscles to seize or lock, making the myofascial release treatment rather intense – but it should never be painful. However, patients may experience soreness and stiffness following their treatment, which will diminish…

Patient Interview Tips

Categories: Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting

When working in the healthcare field, it is crucial for allied health professionals to acquire interview techniques that encourage optimal communication between themselves and the patient. The next time you are in a situation where you are interviewing a patient, keep these helpful interview tips in mind: Whether you’re a Medical Assistant or a Massage Therapist, it helps to establish a rapport with the patient – while always remaining professional and confident. Getting to know your patients on a personal level may help make your patient more comfortable, which will help them fully and honestly answer your questions, even if they are not easy questions to answer. During the interview, show compassion and concern and build an atmosphere of trust. Be truthful and genuine, as well as empathic. Listen to your patient and pay attention to nonverbal cues – these may give clues about things they are not saying. It…