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Cost of Massage School

Posted April 05, 2016 by Christy Wood, Financial Aid Director & filed under Miami, Florida, massage school

Update December 2018: Due to the popularity of this post, we have written an updated version of "How much does Massage School Cost?." And please be sure to visit our Miami massage school program page. A career in massage therapy is great for many reasons: You get to help people feel better – almost instantly. You can have a flexible schedule, and in many situations, you can even be your own boss. Moreover, you can have huge earning power starting right away. Massage therapists have a median salary of $37,180 per year. And some can make up to $75,390 annually. … Read More

Planning Your New Year’s Weight Loss Resolution

Breaking down your New Year’s weight loss resolution into small, manageable tasks you can work on every day is the best road to success. … Read More

Acupuncture For Weight Loss

Behavior-oriented interventions can help overweight adults achieve meaningful weight loss, suggests findings of an Archives of Internal Medicine systematic review. As an alternative therapy, using acupuncture for weight loss, when combined in a comprehensive weight loss program involving diet modification and exercise, has been shown to have positive effects. … Read More

Treating Pain With Hypnosis

Many people recognize the benefits of using hypnosis to lose weight, stop smoking or to manage stress. However, few have benefited from treating pain with hypnosis. Hypnosis is a state of altered awareness in which thoughts and feelings are relaxed and more easily distracted from painful or negative ones. … Read More

Vitamin D For Disease Prevention

Posted September 06, 2011 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Disease Prevention, Uncategorized, Yoga, massage school

Diet can be responsible for a lack of the so-called ‘sunshine vitamin.’ Vitamin D deficiencies can weaken the immune system and increase the risk of cancer and osteoporosis. Researchers from London’s Kingston University have developed a new, highly accurate blood test that can detect associations between diet and low levels of vitamin D. This enables them, and other healthcare professionals to access the levels of, and use, vitamin D for disease prevention in their clients. With the new test, developed by Declan Naughton and colleagues, the different forms of vitamin D the body absorbs from diet and sunlight, known as vitamin D2 and vitamin D3 respectively, can be individually distinguished from closely related compounds. “Many people know that the main source of vitamin D is from exposure to sunlight because humans produce a type of vitamin D naturally from the action of sun on the skin,” says Naughton. “But what’s perhaps less well known is that another type of the vitamin can be found in foods. Our new test can measure all the forms of vitamin D, and potentially help us to understand what is causing the deficiency. Perhaps people just need more sun, or maybe they should be looking more closely at their diet too.” … Read More

Treating Arthritis With Alternative Medicine

Frankincense, an age old herbal remedy, may effectively treat arthritis, which only serves as another success story in treating arthritis with alternative medicine. Cardiff University scientists have been examining the potential benefits of frankincense to help manage symptoms of the condition. In addition to frankincense, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been found to be effective at alleviating the pain and inflammation associated with all types of arthritis. … Read More

Acupuncture For Unexplained Symptoms

Attending frequently with medically unexplained symptoms is distressing for both patient and health care practitioner and effective treatment options are limited: One in five patients have symptoms that remain unexplained by conventional medicine. A new study examines traditional acupuncture as a treatment for people with unexplained symptoms. The study from the Institute of Health Services Research, University of Exeter, assessed 80 such patients to investigate their experiences of having five-element acupuncture added to their usual care. Findings indicate that acupuncture has a significant and sustained benefit for these patients and can be added safely to conventional therapies used by practitioners to treat patients with unexplained symptoms. Patients were divided into a group receiving 12 acupuncture treatments over 26 weeks or a group which received the same number of treatments beginning 26 weeks later. The acupuncture group reported a significantly improved health survey score compared to those not receiving acupuncture immediately. The acupuncture group maintained their improvement up to 52 weeks, and the second group, now receiving acupuncture, showed a ‘catch-up’ improvement. Participating patients had a variety of longstanding symptoms including chronic pain and fatigue. Patients reported that their acupuncture consultations became increasingly valuable, and that they appreciated the holistic nature of the sessions. As a result many patients were encouraged to take an active role in their treatment, resulting in cognitive and behavioral lifestyle changes, such as a new self-awareness about what caused stress and how to manage it, and taking their own initiatives based on advice from their acupuncturists about diet, exercise and relaxation. Benefits of acupuncture: • Reduced dependency on medication. • Increased energy. • Balanced mental-emotional states. • Reduced fatigue. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Acupuncture For Treatment Of Nausea

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Antioxidants Associated With Longer Life

Posted March 07, 2011 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under antioxidants, massage school

High blood levels of antioxidants appear to be associated with longer life. Oxygen-related damage to DNA, proteins and fats may play a role in the development of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. Alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lycopene are all carotenoids with antioxidant properties which can counteract this damage. There are several dozen carotenoids that have antioxidant activity in the foods that we eat. Beta-carotene is the most well-known, since in most countries it is the most common in fruits and vegetables. However, in the U.S., lycopene from tomatoes now is consumed in approximately the same amount as beta-carotene. Antioxidants (including carotenoids) have been studied for their ability to prevent chronic disease. Findings suggest eating more fruits and vegetables is associated with lower risk of chronic diseases. Chaoyang Li, M.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, and colleagues assessed the relationship between alpha-carotene and increased mortality risk for a JAMA Archives of Internal Medicine study. Among 15,318 adults who participated in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Follow-Up Study, researchers assessed wellness in participants over a 16-year follow-up. Participants with higher levels of alpha-carotene in the blood had a lower mortality risk compared to those with lower levels. Higher alpha-carotene concentration also appeared to be associated with lower risk of cardiovascular disease or cancer. “Alpha-carotene is chemically similar to beta-carotene but may be more effective at inhibiting the growth of cancer cells in the brain, liver and skin,” the authors write. Consumption of yellow-orange (carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and winter squash) and dark-green (broccoli, green beans, green peas, spinach, turnips greens, collards, and leaf lettuce) vegetables, which have a high alpha-carotene content, has been previously associated with a decreased risk of lung cancer. In addition to a diet high in levels of antioxidants, traditional Chinese medicine therapies can aid in promoting longevity and wellness. Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage therapy can: • Reduce stress. • Restore balance. • Increase vitality. • Enhance the body’s natural healing abilities. … Read More

Acupuncture for the Treatment of Fatigue

People experience fatigue when they cannot effectively manage daily activities and responsibilities while allowing time for their health. Many feel continually fatigued. Acute or chronic, fatigue can lead to exhaustion and constant low energy. Fatigue is not improved with sleep and can impair functioning and quality of life. … Read More

Posttraumatic Stress Treatments for Vets’ FREE Lives

Nearly 30 percent of soldiers returning from combat in Iraq experience posttraumatic stress disorder or depression that affects their daily lives and activities. For as many as 14 percent of these veterans, PTSD and depression can cause severe impairment. Assessing health surveys from more than 13,000 Army and National Guard infantrymen who fought in Iraq, a new Archives of General Psychiatry study has determined that between 9 and 14 percent of the soldiers were diagnosed with PTSD or depression resulting in serious impairment, while 23 to 31 percent experienced some degree of impairment. The pre-deployment rate of PTSD and depression among the soldiers was about 3 to 5 percent, equivalent to that seen in the general population. The risk of mental health problems may be more persistent among National Guard soldiers. A greater proportion of men and women in the National Guard than in the Army were diagnosed with PTSD and depression one year after their return. The standard time between deployments, 12 to 18 months, may not be sufficient for many soldiers to recover, the study suggests. Acupuncture can be an effective addition to treatment regimens for PTSD, alleviating symptoms. PTSD symptoms acupuncture treats include: • Insomnia. • Stress. • Anxiety. • Depression. AMC’s Community Clinic offers free acupuncture to veterans on Fridays. If you are a veteran, call (305) 595-9500 to schedule your free acupuncture appointment. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

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