Can I Get Financial Aid for Massage School?

Posted September 15, 2015 by Christy Wood, Financial Aid Director & filed under Education & Research

When considering any post secondary education the first question people often have to ask themselves is "how on earth am I going to pay for this". It's not news that the cost of education in America is rising, but so are the financial rewards you'll receive in the years after you get your degree. In order to combat this barrier to entry for many potential students, the government provides assistance called Federal Student Aid, usually just called Financial Aid. Financial Aid has helped millions of students afford school and is a great opportunity for people without the means to pay for school on their own to get an education. … Read More

Acupuncture School VS Massage School: Which is Best for Me?

Posted September 15, 2015 by Joe Calareso, Director of Admissions & filed under Acupuncture, Education & Research, Massage

So, you’ve already made up your mind that you want to go back to school, specifically a school specializing in alternative medicine. While that first step in itself is a big one, you’ve got to make another hard choice; in which area should I focus my studies? Sure, in an ideal world you’d be able to study and master every branch of alternative medicine that you’re heart would desire, but our everyday obligations and responsibilities make that incredibly difficult. So, to boil it down to only two areas of specialty, specifically acupuncture and massage, you can’t really go wrong in either direction. However you, being the highly motivated and enthusiastic person that you are, want to do your research as to which one might be a better fit for you. That’s where this blog comes in to help. While it may not have all the answers to your questions, it should give you a good idea as to which area might better suit you. … Read More

What Career Choices do Veterans Have After Service?

Posted September 07, 2015 by Carmen Bailey, Administrative Coordinator & filed under Careers, Education & Research

Coming home from a stint in the military can be an overwhelming experience for many veterans. They’re faced with a million questions and problems that they often don’t have the solutions to. One of the biggest they face is what should they do for a career now that their service is over? All too often, particularly in generations past, veterans were left to flounder on their own in the job market. Luckily those days are largely behind us and veterans coming home have a bevy of career options ahead of them. … Read More

Accredited Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Schools

There are presently 54 schools, accredited through the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, (ACAOM) for potential students of acupuncture and Oriental medicine to choose from. By attending accredited schools, students receive training that enables them to become licensed and legally practice in the majority of states. … Read More

Spring Cleaning For Health

Spring is here and with it the traditional spring cleaning. A dirty house can contain health threats such as mold and bacteria as well as hazardous clutter. Some of the spring cleaning tasks can improve your health as well as make your home healthier and safer. Disorganization can have a negative effect on both physical and mental health. These tips for your annual spring cleaning ritual can help to kick-start your health while ensuring your home is healthy. Be selective about cleaning products. Household cleaners can leave residues or produce fumes. Read labels to determine which are hypoallergenic and non-toxic for both people and the environment. Clean air conditioning and heating filters. Filters, ducts and vents should be thoroughly dusted and cleaned to reduce exposure to pollens and other airborne allergens. Check home areas for mold. Toxic substances, such as mold or pests, can cause allergic reactions. Cleanse your body’s system. While doing your house cleaning, begin cleansing your body of the heavier winter foods, such as meats and grains. Yard work. Reduce stress and boost overall health with exercise in the form of yard work. Making your outside environment welcoming and inviting can have physical and mental health benefits. Dispose of medications. Ensure that all unused or expired medications are discarded. Check alarms. Change batteries and test all carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. Feng shui your space. Practice feng shui by placing things within your home in a harmonious way. Balancing your environment can enhance the flow of chi, or positive energy in the home. … Read More

Conventional Medicine Benefits From Alternative Therapies

In a recent survey from UCLA and the University of California, San Diego, researchers measured medical students' attitudes and beliefs about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and found that three-quarters of them felt conventional medicine would benefit by integrating CAM therapies. • 77 percent of participants agreed that patients whose doctors know about CAM in addition to conventional medicine benefit more than those whose doctors are only familiar with conventional medicine. • 74 percent agreed that a system that integrates conventional and CAM therapies would be more effective than either type of medicine provided independently. • 84 percent agreed that CAM contains beliefs, ideas and therapies from which conventional medicine could benefit. • 49 percent indicated that they have used CAM. "CAM is receiving increased attention in light of the global health crisis and the significant role of traditional medicine in meeting public health needs in developing countries," says study author Ryan Abbott, a UCLA researcher. "Integrating CAM into mainstream health care is now a global phenomenon, with policymakers at the highest levels endorsing the importance of a historically marginalized form of health care." CAM includes therapies such as acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine, and yoga. Its emphasis is on maximizing the body's inherent healing ability, getting patients involved as active participants in their health care and preventive care. While interest in these fields has increased dramatically in the United States in recent years, information about such therapies has not yet been widely integrated into medical education. "Even with the high prevalence of CAM use today, most physicians still know little about nonconventional forms of medicine," says Michael Goldstein, a UCLA research scientist. "Investigating medical students' attitudes and knowledge will help us assess whether this may change in the future." … Read More

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