Shiatsu Certification at Acupuncture & Massage College

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shiatsu-certification-acupuncture-massage-collegeAre you wondering what kind of massage therapy program will allow you to change careers quickly but also give you an edge in the professional marketplace? You can complete a degree in the field of massage therapy with a Shiatsu certification in just over eight months at Acupuncture & Massage College. AMC’s Massage Therapy program is specifically designed for students seeking a career in the field of bodywork. The program takes 720 hours and 8 and a half months to complete, with 164 hours of supervised clinical practice included.

Students at AMC learn energy work as well as structural bodywork modalities, Eastern as well as Western theory and technique, as well as how to treat specific pain and dysfunction. The program exceeds standards set by national certification, and by most state and municipal governments for licensing. You’ll be fully prepared to take your licensing exam upon graduation.

What is Shiatsu massage therapy? 

Shiatsu, a form of Oriental therapy, promotes health and strengthens the body’s natural healing abilities. It incorporates traditional Chinese massage with anatomy and physiology, physiotherapy and chiropractic methods. Shiatsu works to improve overall health by affecting the internal energy system and helping the body balance itself. During a Shiatsu treatment, practitioners use their fingers, thumbs and palm to apply pressure to various areas of the body’s surface.

Which conditions does Shaitsu help treat?

In addition to being supremely relaxing for the person receiving a massage, Shiatsu is beneficial in the treatment of many health conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Poor posture
  • Joint problems
  • Sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Acute and chronic neck and back pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Bronchitis

he techniques used in Shiatsu massage therapy bear similarities to those found in other therapeutic techniques such as osteopathy, lymphatic drainage, acupressure and physiotherapy. However, Shiatsu practitioners define physical health conditions and diseases as due to blockages and imbalances in the qi flow — or life force energy — throughout the body, which differentiates its diagnosis and treatment from several other massage therapy modalities. Shiatsu combines assisted-stretching techniques and acupressure to restore the qi energy balance in the body.

How does AMC incorporate Shiatsu into the massage program? 

AMC’s Massage Therapy program offers a specialization in Japanese Shiatsu which enables students to develop experience working with a range of techniques within Asian systems of medicine. Students also complete courses in Swedish massage, medical massage, and the biosciences, which gives students a solid foundation for any setting they choose to work. Graduates of the program receive both a Shiatsu Certification and a Massage Therapy Diploma, a savings of $2,000. This Shiatsu specialization sets our graduates apart from others entering the field after completing a degree.

For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs you can email our admissions department.

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How to Get a Job after Acupuncture School

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job-after-acupuncture-schoolNow is a great time to get into the field of acupuncture. As the demand for alternative medicine and more natural approaches to health care increases, the industry is expected to continue to grow by as much as 32 percent by 2022, according to Government legislation and insurance companies have begun recognizing acupuncture as a viable course of treatment for a variety of health issues on a more consistent basis, making the professional outlook rosy. But you may be wondering, once you earn your degree, how to get a job after acupuncture school.

First things first: Licensing

In order to practice, you’ll need to pass the licensing requirements of the state you intend to work in. Research what you need in order to qualify, from academics to training and more. If you haven’t yet embarked on a course of study, make sure that the program you plan to enter is accredited and approved by the licensing board of the state you plan to work in. Once you meet the requirements and pass the appropriate exam, you’ll be eligible to practice. But what practice setting to work in becomes the next question.

Where you’ll work

Many acupuncturists open their own practices, but there are also a variety of other settings where practitioners can find employment: alternative medicine centers, oriental medicine centers, chiropractors’ offices, or cancer centers. Some also partner up with other natural healing professionals like massage therapists and naturopaths. If you’re looking for skills you can apply in a range of settings and flexibility in a career path, acupuncture makes a good bet.

Setting a course

Because a spectrum of settings in which to practice acupuncture exist, it helps to explore the options before you find yourself on the job market. Figure out where acupuncturists practice in your community — in addition to the options mentioned, you might find practitioners in settings like holistic health centers, on military bases and more. Consider making an appointment for treatment at the places that interest you (if possible) and talking to the managers there. Discuss the hiring guidelines, the lifestyle and day-to-day experience of the acupuncturists, and anything else that might influence the career choices you make.

Skills you’ll need

In addition to the academic and licensing requirements of practicing, certain aptitudes and personal traits will help you succeed as an acupuncture professional. Consider whether the following attributes apply to you:

  • Compassion
  • A desire to help others
  • Good listening and communication skills
  • High ethical standards
  • Self-motivation
  • Critical thinking skills
  • An abiding interest in health and wellness
  • A supportive and encouraging nature
  • Patience and understanding

If you have what you think it takes to make it in this growing field, you should have no trouble finding a job upon graduation that makes a great fit with your career aspirations. Assuming you attend a reputable, accredited school to earn your degree, that institution will have resources to help you secure a position upon graduation, as well as a network of graduates with whom you can connect to help establish your toehold in the professional world.

To learn more about finding the perfect position after earning your degree in acupuncture, download our free guide.


What Is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

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what-is-traditional-chinese-medicineTraditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a comprehensive medical health care system comprised of a range of traditional therapies including, but not limited to: Acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion, herbal medicine, nutrition, tui na massage and exercises (tai chi and qigong).

The history of TCM

TCM in an ancient practice — it has been used in Asia for more than 2,000 years. Chinese immigrants began practicing traditional Chinese medicine in the United States as early as the 1820s, but many Americans only became aware of TCM through the practice of acupuncture during the 1970s. Today, acupuncture and other TCM practices are mainstream alternative medicine therapies. Many people integrate TCM into their health care, even if they also use conventional Western medical therapies as well. Demand for and spending on TCM services is growing every year, along with the need for practitioners to deliver them.

How Western medicine differs

In contrast to the Western anatomical model, which views the body as individual parts, the TCM model instead emphasizes the body’s functions. TCM is based on the concept that the human body contains a set of interconnected systems that maintain healthy function through the balance of yin and yang, or opposing energies, and the natural flow of qi, the body’s vital energy.

When yin and yang are out of balance or there is an imbalance or blockage of qi flow through the body’s energy pathways — also called meridians — your health is adversely affected. Disease in TCM theory is caused by external or environmental factors, emotions and lifestyle habits, such as poor nutrition.

TCM emphasizes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes, and focuses on prevention as well as treatment of illness.

Diagnosis and treatment methods

TCM diagnostics are based on symptom observation. The practitioner uses TCM therapies to rebalance yin and yang by restoring the natural flow of qi. Traditional Chinese medicine also tailors therapy to harmonize emotions, the jing (essence) and the spirit (shen).

Good health is achieved by maintaining the body in a balanced state. Disease is a sign of an imbalance of yin and yang, and disease-related imbalances could be due to excess or deficiency of yin or an excess or deficiency of yang. Chronic illness is yin dominance, while acute illness is yang dominance. TCM focuses on treating the underlying causes of the imbalance as well as the disease symptoms.

Based on the four pillars of diagnoses, individualized treatment can consist of acupuncture, Chinese herbs and tui na to correct imbalances and restore health. Diagnosis and treatment are conducted with reference to models of the body and other principles of TCM, including: The five essential substances, zang fu theory (organ syndromes), the meridian system and the flow of qi, and additional methods that further differentiate energetic imbalances, syndromes, symptom patterns and the nature of a patient’s condition.

Through its various techniques, which are also called modalities, TCM enhances the body’s natural healing abilities. Some of the many conditions TCM is used to treat include:

• Acute and chronic pain conditions
• Stress
• Sleep disorders
• Arthritis
• Addiction

There are more than 50 Oriental medicine training programs in the United States through which students can learn how to practice traditional Chinese medicine.

The Acupuncture & Massage College offers a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine program and a Massage Therapy certificate program with a Shiatsu specialization. For more program information and information about enrolling, contact admissions here or call (305) 595-9500.


What You Can Expect from Acupuncture School

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what you can expect from acupuncture schoolSo, you think you want to go to acupuncture school. You’re excited about the ever-growing opportunities in the field of holistic health and want a career that helps others and offers you flexibility in your schedule and satisfaction in your work. But before diving into a new degree program, you’ll want to know what you can expect from acupuncture school.

A specific philosophy or approach

Just like a traditional college or university, acupuncture school can have a unique area of focus or philosophy that guides the program, according to the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM). Some possible approaches include: Chinese, Japanese, Five Element, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions. Compare the focus of degree programs that interest you and make sure the ones you apply to have full accreditation status with the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, which is the only organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education that accredits acupuncture and Oriental medicine school. You should also make sure the program is approved by the licensing board of the state where you plan to practice.

Acupuncture schools may require you have anywhere from two years of baccalaureate education or a medical certification up to a Bachelor’s Degree, which exceeds the CCAOM’s minimum standards. Check with the admissions department of schools that interest you to understand the requirements before you apply. Students of acupuncture can qualify for federal financial aid and scholarship opportunities exist, so get in touch with any prospective school’s financial aid office to find out how to best finance your degree.

Types of degree programs

Most students pursue the entry-level requirement of obtaining a Master’s Degree in acupuncture school, the needed qualification to practice. Institutions might have different names from their degrees, including Master of Oriental Medicine, Master of Acupuncture, Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine and so on. Programs usually take three to four years to complete, depending on whether your focus is acupuncture or Oriental medicine. Some schools offer opportunities to go on to pursue a doctorate in the field.

Student life

You might not have to wait until fall to start a degree program — many colleges have programs that begin several times throughout the year, so inquire with admissions departments of prospective colleges as to when they accept new students. If you need to fit school into other demands, like a job or family life, some programs offer night classes. Again, like traditional colleges and universities, each acupuncture school will have a unique culture and vibe, so make campus visits and sit in on classes, if possible. Talk to teachers and students and see if you can imagine yourself fitting into the program.

Additional resources

More than 50 schools in the U.S. offer programs in acupuncture, so finding the right one for you can be daunting. In addition to finding an academic program that’s comprehensive and speaks to your interests, seek out a school that comes with assistance in securing financial aid you need to fund your education and help with passing your licensing exams upon completing your degree. During your research phase, ask what percentage of their graduates pass their licensing exams — this is a great indicator of the quality of the program. Find out whether the school offers professional networking opportunities and help with job placement when you graduate.

Learn more about what to expect from acupuncture school and beyond by downloading our free ebook. Also contact the Acupuncture & Massage College’s Admissions Department at (305) 595-9500 for more specific information about our Oriental medicine program.



Chinese Medicine Helps with Treatment for Eating Disorders

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acupuncture-treatment-for-eating-disordersNearly 1 million men and women in the United States suffer from eating disorders, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, including the two most common ones — anorexia and bulimia. Both disorders involve a perception distortion of body shape and weight. Anorexia is characterized by extreme weight loss; bulimia is characterized by binge-eating and compensatory factors such as purging and fasting. Conventional therapies for eating disorders include medical and psychological evaluation, medication and nutritional counseling. But if you’re looking for treatment for eating disorders, Chinese medicine and other alternative therapies can help.

Acupuncture can aid in treatment of eating disorders 

One of the most effective healing traditions in the treatment of eating disorders is traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which includes acupuncture, moxibustion, Chinese herbal medicine, massage and dietary therapy. In addition to allopathic therapies, TCM — especially acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine — can aid in regaining emotional and physical health.

The medical complications of eating disorders can affect multiple body systems, including the digestive, endocrine and cardiac systems. The digestive system often proves to be one of the most affected systems of the body in those suffering from eating disorders. Depending on the specific eating disorder, symptoms may include acid reflux, abdominal bloating, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), nausea, constipation, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort.

How acupuncture helps in related conditions 

Acupuncture can help address general health complaints that arise with eating disorders, such as dry skin, fatigue, concentration difficulties, anemia, muscle cramps, hair loss, insomnia, anxiety and low energy. As either a primary or adjunct therapy as part of treatment for eating disorders, acupuncture speeds recovery of the affected body systems and aids in stress reduction through the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.

Auricular (ear) acupuncture points are also effective in harmonizing digestion, absorption and metabolism. Acupuncture body points selected can tonify — or increase the energy of — Chi and circulate oxygen and blood with an emphasis on the stomach. By restoring Chi energetic balance, acupuncture can manage uncontrollable appetite and reduce cravings.

Combination of holistic modalities 

Acupuncture treatment can correct the energy imbalances that often are underlying factors in eating disorders. Acupuncture nourishes related organs and can contribute to the healthy functioning of the digestive system. TCM for eating disorders uses a combination of holistic modalities to regain health, including acupuncture, moxibustion, Chinese herbal medicine, massage and dietary therapy. The fact that TCM focuses on holistic health offers some advantages in treating these complex and dangerous ailments, which may involve coordinating with multiple providers to get the patient on a successful path of recovery.

To learn more about how practitioners of holistic medicine can help people manage and overcome a broad spectrum of health problems, download our eBook Everything You Need To Know About A Career in Acupunture today.