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Introducing The Pink Grapefruit “Squeeze” – A Signature Massage Treatment from Bon Vital’

September 4th, 2015

Introducing The Pink Grapefruit “Squeeze” – A Signature Massage Treatment from Bon Vital
Tantalize your senses. This refreshing massage also includes an exfoliation on the hands and feet that will leave you rejuvenated and balanced. Bon Vital Products needed: Original massage Oil with Jojoba, Grapefruit Essential Oil, Pink Grapefruit Sugar Scrub, Pink Grapefruit Body Silk, Grapefruit Aromatherapy Essential Roll-on, several warm, moist towels and some dry spa towels.

Time: 90minutes – Approximate Cost per Treatment: $7 – Recommended Charge per treatment: $125-$175
To prepare the signature massage oil, add 3-8 drops of the 100% pure essential oil to each ounce of the Original Massage Oil with Jojoba. Gentle shake the container to combine the oils.

Bon Vital Spa Sugar Scrub 8Oz Pink Grapefruit

 

In a supine position
1. For the Face
Put a few drops of the blended oil on your hands and rub together vigorously. Placing the pads of your thumbs on the center of the forehead, massage the “third eye” in a clockwise, circular motion and massage the temples with the pads of the three middle fingers.

2. The Scalp
Apply a few tablespoons of warm grapefruit oil blend to the upper forehead just above the hair-line. Next, comb through the hair with your fingers for a few moments and end by wrapping the hair and scalp with a warm, grapefruit-infused towel.

3. The Upper Extremities – includes a scrub
Moving to the right hand and arm, apply the blended oil over the entire region. Place a quartersized amount of Pink Grapefruit Sugar Scrub in your hand and massage it over the oiled arm, using the heel of your hands, compress, squeeze and lift the forearm and upper arm. With a warm, damp towel remove excess sugar scrub. Apply compression strokes on the hand, forearm, and upper arm by gently squeezing the extremity from distal to proximal. Apply Pink Grapefruit Body Silk to the freshly scrubbed arm. Using the heel of your hands, squeeze the tissue, finishing with effleurage. Repeat on left arm.

4. The Lower Extremities – includes a scrub
Move to the right foot. Massage in the Grapefruit oil to the lower and upper leg with a medium pressure. Apply Pink Grapefruit Sugar Scrub to the right foot and lower leg. Wrap the foot and
lower leg with a warm, damp towel. With the towel wrapped around the right leg, compress (squeeze) the tissue under the towel. Repeat on the left leg. Return to the right leg and remove the towel and the excess Pink Grapefruit Sugar Scrub. Repeat on the left leg. Massage in the Pink Grapefruit Body Silk starting with the right leg and moving to the left leg.

5. Turn the Client Prone
Starting with the right leg, Repeat step 4.

6. The Back
With a light amount of blended oil, apply the oil over the entire back. Using your forearms, glide over the erectors starting at the Lumbar area finishing at the upper traps. Apply Pink Grapefruit Body Silk to the entire back using your choice of massage techniques.

7. The Finish
A final application of the Grapefruit Aromatherapy Essential Roll-on to the pulse-points of the wrists and neck, bi-laterally will add to your client’s feeling of being refreshed, rejuvenated and energized!

8. The Take Home
The cost of the Grapefruit Aromatherapy Essential Roll-on is baked into the treatment. Give the Roll-on to your client encouraging them to continue their spa experience at home.*Recommended: have the Pink Grapefruit Sugar Scrub and Pink Grapefruit Body Silk available for resale.

 

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Berry Beautiful Feet Signature Massage Treatment by Biotone

August 21st, 2015

Berry Beautiful Feet
Signature Massage Treatment by Biotone

Pamper your client’s with a luxuriously rich foot treatment containing decadent aromas of fresh picked raspberries and made with a blend of skin loving moisturizers and nature’s gentle buffers. Follow with a deeply hydrating, mineral rich rose mud from the Province region of France. Then massage to rejuvenate feet with a quenching, lightweight formula of sweet scented Pomegranate & Cranberry Massage Lotion.

IngredientsBerry Beautiful Feet Treatment
Berry Buff Sugar Body Polish…………………………….1/2 oz
European Rose Mud……………………………………………1 oz
Pomegranate & Cranberry
Hydrating Massage Lotion……………………………….1/2 oz

Tools
•3 Rubber Spa Bowls
•4 hot, moist hand towels
•Plastic wrap

Session Time: 30 minutes
Recommended Price: $35 – $45
Cost Per Treatment: $4.80

Instructions
1. Smooth Berry Buff Sugar Body Polish over the entire right foot. Apply in small circular movements – paying special attention to rough/callused areas. Repeat on the left foot.
2. Remove the Berry Buff Sugar Body Polish with a hot, moist towel.
3. Warm European Rose Body Mud prior to application.
4. Apply the European Rose Body Mud to the entire right foot using small circular movements, repeat on left foot.
5. Cover both feet with plastic wrap and a bath sheet. Leave on for 5-10 minutes.
6. Remove European Rose Mud with a hot, moist towel.
7. Complete the treatment with a quick foot/lower leg massage using Pomegranate & Cranberry Hydrating Massage Lotion.

Chicago is My Kind of Town!

March 16th, 2015

Chicago is My Kind of Town!
By Drew Freedman
The Boston Bodyworker

I have been in the massage industry for over 18 years, yet I still feel like a kid in a candy store every day when I peruse the internet, combing through Facebook, blogs and various websites, learning new and exciting things about the human body. Are you still hungry like I am to learn more? Are you still trying to crave that thirst for knowledge? If you are like me, than once you reside to two facts, 1) You will never have enough knowledge about what we can do to help others and 2) What was once learned may potentially be proven to be wrong some day, then you are well on your way to an enriching career in massage therapy or any other field of health care.

amc-chicagoI admit, I was fortunate to not only have a strong background in wellness prior to massage school having a degree in sports medicine from the University of South Florida; I was also learning from some of the best of the best from day one. James Waslaski was my sports massage instructor a Sun Coast School and he in turn brought in people like Aaron Mattes and George Kousaleus. This snowballed into workshops with Judith Delaney, Whitney Lowe and so many more. It wasn’t until I moved back to my hometown of Boston, that I realized how blessed I was to have been introduced to so many knowledgeable and passionate people.

I mention all this because that is the exact environment you walk into when you attend an American Massage Conference. These conferences not only afford an endless amount of options for continuing education (CE’s), but the presenters who are providing them are about the nicest, most knowledgeable and passionate people I know. It has been my honor to be a part of such a cast of characters and that is exactly who we are; characters. Each and every presenter is as unique as a Disney creation. If you catch Eric Stephenson, Dennis Buckley, Tina Allen and myself in the notorious community room, hang on to your holsters, because it’s about to go off the ‘fazizzle’.

The AMC is a destination conference worth saving for, but fortunately, you won’t need to save much, because it is also the best bang for your buck out there. The AMC offers attendees a choice from several different passes. You get to choose from over 70 hours of NCTMB approved CE’s, enjoy one of the most expansive exhibit halls filled with vendors who offer the best product deals you will EVER find and you can experience one of the coolest features I have ever seen, or been a part of, the One Concept Community Room. The community room, located in the middle of it all offers FREE one-hour workshops, hands-on treatments from aforementioned CE providers (remember, we love what we do) and a front row seat to watch and observe other integrated health care providers perform their work. One community of providers offering FREE services in exchange for donations to a charity is what the hosts of the AMC, One Concept are all about.

theraband-tape Now of course I would be remiss not to briefly mention the workshop I will be presenting at the AMC in Chicago. I am very excited to be offering a 10-hour pre-conference workshop on kinesiology taping. This event will be held on Thursday, the day before the doors open for the show. We will be teaching you all about the use of kinesiology taping in your practice. More specifically, we will be showing you how to tape for common running injuries we see in practice such as plantar fasciitis, shin splints and ITB syndrome, just to name a few. My partner in crime, 2013 AMTA Educator of the Year and Co-owner of Georgia Massage School, Rick Garbowski, will join me. He and I will be your hosts for an exciting and guaranteed to be entertaining class. We will be revealing the newest brand of kinesiology tape on the market today, TheraBand Kinesiology Tape. You will learn why this tape will provide you with better and more consistent clinical outcomes than any other brand (when applied correctly). Performance Health, the makers of this tape as well as products such a BioFreeze, Prossage and TheraBands have gone above and beyond in their laboratory to create a tape that is second to none. Attendees will leave this workshop with a ‘new key on the key ring’ to help their patients return to their lives, pain free.

Don’t fret if you can’t make the pre-conference class. Rick an I will be there all weekend offering a one-hour and 3-hour introductory class as well as being available in the One Concept Community room throughout the weekend.

If for whatever the reason may be, that you don’t need CE’s, than I would still encourage you to come to the AMC for another reason; NETWORKING!

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Not only does the AMC offer and Exhibit hall, where vendors such as Massage Warehouse, will make it well worth your while to stock up on your inventory so you have the best margins possible for your practice, the American Massage Conference also plays host to the infamous ‘Facebook Meet & Greet‘. These parties are legendary and offer you a unique opportunity to mingle with so many amazing people.

Last, if you have all the CE’s you need and you are more connected than Al Capone, come on down and talk with your industry organizations such as the ABMP or the Massage Therapy Foundation to learn how they can help you become a better massage therapist (better than you already are).

I really hope that you will make your way to Chicago this June for the American Massage Conference. It is a destination worth driving, flying, hitchhiking to or by whatever means gets you there. I only ask one thing. WHEN you arrive, come up to me and say ‘Hello’. Like my colleagues, we want to warmly welcome each and every one of you to this show. See you in Chicago! Register Now!

5 Reasons You Should Attend the American Massage Conference by Tina Allen

March 9th, 2015

In June, the American Massage Conference (AMC) will takeover Chicago Land with one of the most innovative health and wellness conferences in the industry.
http://www.americanmassageconference.com

Why should you plan to attend the American Massage Conference?  Here are just five reasons not miss it:

  1. Choices, Choices, Choices
    Internationally recognized massage educators present over 70 hours of NCBTMB approved education. There is something featured for everyone, from Pediatric Massage and Spa techniques, to Orthopedic Massage and Kinesiology Taping. And, featured one-hour presentations allow you to get a sample of everything, without breaking the bank.
  2. Connection, Collaboration and Community.
    In the ONE Concept Community Room, health care practitioners from all backgrounds come together to offer treatments in Massage Therapy, Chiropractic, Thai Massage, Spa & Aromatherapy. Unlike other events, where only registered attendees can participate, ONE Concept offers the Community Room to attendees and the public!
  3. A chance to quit “liking” pictures & meet friends in person.
    Lots of us have friends on Facebook, but when was the last time you saw/met them in person? Join in the fun at the world-famous Facebook party. This year, guests are invited to feel the Chicago magic dressed as their favorite 1920’s gangsters and dolls.
  4. You can bring your kids.
    Most of the time, you leave the partner and kids at home while you are away on business. With this event, things are different, your family is welcome. Families have a chance to participate in a very special family massage class. During this special class, participants learn about the many benefits of children’s massage. Including methods to help relieve stress and anxiety while promoting healthy growth and development.
  5. Get ready to eat, and eat well.
    The city is a bona fide culinary capital. In Chicago Land, you are about to go on a mind-blowing taste bud adventure. Not only is this a gourmet dining epicenter, but also the home of world famous Chicago deep-dish pizza, the classic Chicago-style hot dog and the Italian Beef.  Whether you queue up for a table at Giordano’s or Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, you’ll have plenty to eat. If pizza is not your thing, we understand that the vegan milkshakes at the Chicago Diner are so extraordinary, that you can’t miss out.

It’s all happening in Chicago!

Be there!
The American Massage Conference AMC is coming to Chicago June 11-14, 2015. The AMC will feature over 70 hours of NCBTMB approved education by the Top Educators in Massage Therapy and Integrative Health Care.

Who will be there?
The educators and presenters include James Waslaski, Tina Allen, Drew Freedman, Eric Stephenson, Angie Dubis, Dr. Dennis Buckley, Anne E. Williams, Teresa Taglione-Matthews, Stephanie Beck, Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Dr. Jerrilyn Cambron, Rick Garbowski, Lloyd List, Angie Patrick, Felicia Brown, CG Funk, Monica Pasinato-Forchielli, Mark Volkmann and more to be announced soon.

Different Ways to Attend
With 4 affordable AMC access passes it is easy for any massage therapist and healthcare professional to participate. Whether you want to attend everyday, one day or to just access the wonderful Trade Show Exhibitors, Community Room and Community Classroom, there is a pass for you. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet or reconnect with a Community of like-minded therapists.

Register: http://www.oneconcept.com/AMC-Register

Tina Allen, LMT, CPMMT, CPMT, CIMT
Founder & Director
Liddle Kidz Foundation
www.LiddleKidz.com

No Pain No Gain, does it apply to massage?

February 6th, 2015

No Pain No Gain, does it apply to massage?

By Elline Eliasoff, CMT

 

When you think of the massage and spa industry, you typically think about a soft spoken therapist working in a calm relaxing massage room, listening to soft background music, experiencing pure relaxation.   The image and experience are wonderful and has a valuable and necessary place in our hectic lives, but the question is, does a bit of pain and discomfort have a therapeutic value?

The answer is yes! Medical massage often involves releasing contracted hypertonic muscles. This means the therapist is working less superficial and more deeply. A medical or therapeutic massage goes beyond the simple relaxation massage. The benefits are: increased circulation, decreased hypertonicty, and in many cases decreased pain. The deeper muscle work definitely has a lasting therapeutic effect!

The client, while receiving a therapeutic massage, should be communicating their pain or discomfort level to the therapist. I like to quantify pain on 1 to 10 scale, 10 being intolerable and 7 being therapeutic. It is important while receiving a medical massage, to be in touch with your body enough to distinguish pain that is therapeutic, ( “hurts so good” ), resulting in muscle release and pain that is simply too intense to tolerate. The client should never leave a session bruised or with lasting discomfort.

Medical massage can fall under a variety of different names. Is it commonly referred to as: Myofascial Release, or Deep Tissue Massage. So, the next time you are experiencing pain or discomfort, consider massage therapy as an alternative medical treatment.

 

http://www.portlandmonthlymag.com/health-and-fitness/the-balance/articles/how-much-pressure-is-too-much-pressure-in-a-massage-january-2015

American Massage Conference AMC

February 2nd, 2015

It’s All About Community and You

 

The American Massage Conference~AMC is coming to Chicago June 11-14, 2015. The AMC will feature over 70 hours of NCBTMB approved education by the Top Educators in Massage Therapy and Integrative Health Care.

 

The educators and presenters include James Waslaski, Tina Allen, Drew Freedman, Eric Stephenson, Angie Dubis, Dr. Dennis Buckley, Anne E. Williams, Teresa Taglione-Matthews, Stephanie Beck, Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Jerrilyn Cambron, Rick Garbowski, Lloyd List, Angie Patrick, Felicia Brown, CG Funk, Monica Pasinato-Forchielli and more to be announced soon.

 

Tinley Park will be the location for the 2015 AMC Conference. This thriving Southwest Chicago community is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the Midwest. Tinley Park is centrally located and lies directly off both major interstates and between O’Hare and Midway airports. This provides easy access and multiple accommodation options. The dynamic attractions in Chicago and other nearby towns add to the outstanding experience. The Convention Center also offers FREE parking.

 

In addition to 70 hours of NCBTMB approved education, there will be two pre-conference Certificate Classes commencing Thursday June 11th and continuing Friday morning for a total of 10 hours in Kinesiology Taping and Deep Tissue Techniques for Orthopedic Conditions. Friday features FREE Student Day/Smart From The Start Presentation and Instructors on the Front Lines by Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals ABMP. Friday finishes with our World Famous Facebook Meet and Greet, FREE to attendees.

 

Free Student Day/Smart from the Start presentation is our biggest event at the American Massage Conference. Great educators and icons in the massage therapy profession will enlighten and inspire every student in attendance. Each attendee will receive a loaded gift bag plus a chance to win amazing prizes and the opportunity to win a Successful Hands Grant.

In addition, all student attendees will receive three-day access to Trade Show, Community Room/Classroom, Schools-Associations & Careers Exhibit Hall and one-hour classes (upon availability, no pre-registrations, NO CE’s). Students must be present at FREE Student Day to receive weekend access. If you are a student or recent graduate, you do not want to miss this event.

 

With Massage Warehouse being the AMC Global Conference Sponsor and Chicago being their home base, the AMC Trade Show promises to be epic. The Trade Show is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday featuring the Largest Selection and Best Prices on Professional Products. The AMC Trade Show features the ONE Concept Community Room and Classroom.

 

The ONE Concept Community Room is a place where Massage Therapists and other Integrative Health Care Practitioners collectively come together in an open forum to treat, collaborate and engage in the well being of others and themselves. The Community Room will be offering treatments in Massage Therapy, Chiropractic, Energy Work, Thai Massage, Spa and Aromatherapy. Attendees will have an opportunity to test and experience the newest and most sought after professional product brands. The Community Room will feature Chicago’s Local Schools & Businesses that have graciously offered their time to treat and provide valuable information.

 

If you are a local integrative healthcare provider or school and would like to volunteer doing treatments in the Community Room, please contact us. All volunteers will be able to promote their business during their volunteer time. Massage Warehouse and Performance Health generously sponsor the Community Room by ONE Concept.

 

With 4 affordable AMC access passes, it is easy for any massage therapist and bodywork professional to participate. Whether you want to attend everyday, one day or to just access the wonderful Trade Show Exhibitors, Community Room and Community Classroom, we have a pass for you. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet or reconnect with a Community of like-minded therapists.

 

Registration is now open at:

http://www.americanmassageconference.com

 

Teachers, Administrators and School Owners – Save the Date. Friday May 1, 2015, the American Massage Conference School Educator Rally will take place at Massage Warehouse Headquarters in Bolingbrook, IL. This event will share trends and advancements in education featuring top presenters and industry leaders. The outstanding presenters include Anne Williams, Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Jerrilyn Cambron, CG Funk and Angie Patrick. Each attendee will receive a gift bag and a basket for their school loaded with professional products PLUS there will be fantastic prize draws including the Successful Hands Grant Program PLUS ONE Concept will be giving every attendee a Silver Access Pass to this years American Massage Conference taking place June 11-14, 2015. Access to the AMC School Rally is FREE, lunch is provided and a special reception is to follow the School Rally.

 

Register at http://www.americanmassageconference.com

 

Thank you to our sponsors Massage Warehouse, ABMP, Biofreeze, Bon Vital and Massage Envy Spa for their generous support of the School Educator Rally and Conference.

 

The American Massage Conference and School Educator Rally are brought to you by the ONE Concept Group, which is powered by Scott Dartnall, Monica Pasinato-Forchielli, Lorna Pasinato and Robyn Green. We look forward to greeting you June 11-14 in Chicago.

 

Be well. Scott.

 

Scott Dartnall RMT is President and CEO of the ONE Concept Group. He has been a Massage Therapist for 22 years and is co-creator

of the American and Canadian Massage Conferences and the World Massage Conference.

Matt Forte uses Massage therapy to recover after football games.

January 1st, 2015

Matt Forte highly conditioned to punish his body to reap ultimate rewards.

by Rich Campbell – Chicago Tribune

Matt Forte is lying face down on his living room floor, and there’s a woman standing on him.

Massage therapist Sarah Bach has one foot on the back of Forte’s upper left leg. Her weight is digging into his hamstring.

“Your adductors …” Bach says.

Forte cuts her off: “I know.”

“I can tell,” Bach says. “Wow.”

For almost 90 minutes, Bach pulls, presses and twists Forte’s body, contorting him like Gumby. Thai massage and deep tissue massage can be very painful, but Forte never even grimaces. By now, he’s used to it.

The session, on a Tuesday in December, is part of an extensive body maintenance routine that has enabled Forte to stand up to the brutal physical toll of being one of the NFL’s most utilized offensive players.

 It’s a price he doesn’t shy from. At a time when lasting effects of this contact sport lead the conversation about player safety, Forte manages his body to maximize performance and longevity.

“During a game when you get hit, sometimes bones can shift and joints can shift and you can be out of line,” Forte said. “It’s really about being put back together and getting everything aligned so that stuff doesn’t carry over to next week.

“You might not notice that or really think of a bone being out of place, but joints do shift. Basically, they compare it to you being in car wrecks every weekend.”

Harsh imagery, for sure, but part of the job for a player whose 343 combined carries and receptions entering the final week of the season are third-most in the NFL. This is his third straight season with at least 300 touches.

Forte prepares for and recovers from such punishment with a regimen that includes weight lifting, arduous cardiovascular conditioning, physical and massage therapies to ensure joint and muscle alignment and techniques such as dry needling to promote muscular health.

It’s part of Forte’s plan for long-term security, as well. He turned 29 Dec. 10 and is about to complete the penultimate year of his contract. Established durability and production will help his case for landing an extension after this season.

The proof is on the stat sheet and on specific plays, such as his 32-yard, third-quarter run Nov. 16 on which he broke four Vikings tackles.

“It’s very clear Matt is hyper-competitive in his preparation,” coach Marc Trestman said. “We have to try and slow him down at times. (Strength coach) Mike Clark has to just (say), ‘Don’t come in today — just rest,’ because he’s a guy who’s going to try to outwork you every single day during the season and in the offseason.”

In-season recovery

 

Matt Forte spends time with his daughter Nahla, 21 months, while receiveing a deep tissue thai massage from massage therapist Sarah Bach at his home.

 

Forte is now on his back on his living room floor. His 21-month-old daughter, Nahla, scurries over to him, falls face first on his chest and smiles. In this instance, he is perfectly happy being tackled.

Bach, meanwhile, continues her work.

“I’m gonna twist your spine,” she says.

Forte has refined his multi-faceted recovery process through trial and error during his seven-year career. The end of one Bears game begins a weeklong countdown to the next, and whether he can to subject his body to another car wreck.

“He’s the first running back I’ve met (who) after the game goes right into the ice bath if he needs it,” rookie running back Ka’Deem Carey said. “I usually wait till the next day, but he takes care of his body.”

Forte is an imposing, physical runner, standing 6-foot-2, 218 pounds with approximately 6 percent body fat. Soreness often is his most immediate problem after games.

Sore legs from being tackled. Sore upper body from hitting and being hit. Scrapes and scratches from turf or being stepped on.

“You’re pretty much beat up everywhere,” he said.

Lifting weights the day after a game helps alleviate that, Forte said. But that’s just the start of his recovery because the physical contact affects him structurally.

“It’s all about forces,” physical therapist David Reavy said. “If your body absorbs too much force, it’s going to come out of alignment. Things are going to tighten up and, once things tighten up, muscles shut down.”

Forte attends physical therapy twice a week to ensure his bones and joints are aligned properly and re-aligned. On weeks the Bears play at home, he tries to have one of those sessions on game day before arriving at Soldier Field.

Proper pelvic alignment is essential. Reavy considers the pelvis the most independent variable in the body. Forte’s used to be too high.

From that starting point, the sessions align and activate Forte’s kinetic chain to ensure proper balance and stability. That’s apparent in the difficulty defenders have tackling him.

Bears’ Matt Forte shrugs off Pro Bowl snub

“He’s using all his muscles,” Reavy said. “He doesn’t get as fatigued. He’s able to absorb the force properly. He’s giving blows. He’s not receiving them as much.”

Forte also subscribes to dry needling to promote muscular health. A needle is placed through the skin into a muscle and moved up and down like a piston to create micro-trauma that loosens muscles and relieves pain.

“If my calves are really, really tight or something, then I know I can feel that I need it,” he said.

And then there’s the massage therapy Forte receives once a week. It helps his flexibility and range of motion.

Forte begins each session by explaining his ailments. On this particular afternoon late in the season, it’s a long list.

His right shoulder is sore. He was kneed in the left quadriceps in the previous game. His right ankle hurts. His right foot has a knot in it. And both hamstrings are tight.

Lying on the floor wearing a T-shirt and gym shorts, Forte hardly flinches as Bach goes to work.

His favorite stretch involves Bach pressing one of her knees into the back of his left knee and pulling his leg down over hers, as though she’s pulling his knee apart.

“If something is bothering you, then you can’t be confident in your body,” Forte said. “And it’s going to make you play a little slower.”

Offseason preparation

Last offseason, Martellus Bennett knew he needed to be in better cardiovascular shape. The solution seemed obvious.

“I got with Forte,” the Bears’ tight end said. “He’s the running back, and you see him in practice and he’s never tired.”

As Forte’s new conditioning partner, Bennett learned why. In addition to Forte’s in-season recovery routine, his offseason preparation is similarly extensive.

Their sessions included various runs and exercises on the sledding hills at Wood Oaks Green Park in Northbrook. The workouts weren’t always planned in advance. Sometimes they would improvise depending on how they felt on a particular day.

Forte and Bennett would sprint up the hills and run backward up the hills. They would hop on one leg or do two-legged broad jumps up the hills.

“His thing is, ‘Keep going, keep going, keep going,'” Bennett said.

Forte also loves to run on a special Woodway treadmill at Halas Hall — the “Force.” Instead of a motor to power the belt, Forte is tethered to the machine and runs on it to turn the belt.

Forte’s routine includes sets of a 10-second sprint followed by a 50-second walk.

“It conditions you really good, and it’s not hard on your knees either,” he said. “As soon as you’re almost about to catch your breath, you have to go again.”

Said Bennett: “We do this little treadmill workout, and it’s (absolutely) ridiculous. You’ll be tired after three of them, and he’ll be like, ‘Oh, we have eight more.'”

It all amounts to a process that has helped Forte remain on the field and consistently play at a high level. No player has more than his 11,357 yards from scrimmage since he entered the NFL in 2008.

With no playoff stakes against the Lions last Sunday, Forte played all 64 of the offense’s snaps, never yielding to the rookie Carey. He touched the ball 25 times and was tackled 23 by a swarming defense that ranks No. 1 in the NFL against the run.

The human body’s ability to withstand such punishment over time will prompt questions about Forte’s longevity whenever he seeks a new contract to take him beyond age 30, that ominous milestone for NFL running backs.

But Forte’s commitment to maintaining his body leaves little ammunition for detractors. Bears general manager Phil Emery, whose background includes 19 years as a collegiate strength and conditioning coach, even recognized that in an interview with WBBM-AM 780 on Nov. 24.

“Matt wants it? Matt will achieve it,” Emery said. “He’s certainly more than capable of bucking that trend.”

Forte will keep-going-keep-going-keep-going to ensure he does.

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Retail Offering

December 12th, 2014

Massage Retail Offering

We know this business.  We have been around long enough to know this time of year brings some unique earning opportunities for you and your practice, spa, school, clinic or franchise.  Seasonal offerings can mean more profit for you. Whether you offer seasonal treatments, or a retail offering with a focus on gift giving, your business can benefit.  Not only does it make sense to beef up your retail offering with gift items, but selling your own services as a gift is a natural! Gift certificates mean money now for work later! Gift Certificates can also bring you new clients.  When someone thinks highly enough of your skills to buy a gift certificate for a gift, this testimonial is more valuable than gold! All you have to do is ask for the next appointment!  In this issue, you will find many ideas for seasonal treatment offerings and retail ideas designed with your success in mind!

Consider massage warehouse your portal to profits! I encourage you to check out the incredible seasonal scents of our Keyano lines. Build a new “Limited Time” menu offering and your clients will line up for the treatments!  Think about the gift giving needs of your clients, and create a well planned gift for them to buy for someone.  Build a basket with Biofreeze®, some Thera-Band™ exercisers, and a Gift Certificate for Massage! Perhaps create a gift basket with a robe, slippers, a sampling of ME!Bath products and some TheraPro Lavender Essential oil.  That is a gift I would love to receive!  Let your own creativity run wild, and try something new! Your clients, and your bottom line will thank you for it.
Angie Patrick

Director of Corporate Sales and Business Development

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The Ergonomics of Massage Table Design

December 9th, 2014

The Ergonomics of Massage Table Design

By Elline Eliasoff, CMT

Massage Therapy is one of the most exciting, flexible, low stress and rewarding professions! As a Massage Therapist, the most important investments you will make are: your education, your self-care, and your equipment. In this article I will discuss purchasing a massage table which is the largest single investment and the main tool of your practice.

It is important to have a good idea of the type of massage you want to practice before purchasing a table. Please consider the following:

  • Where will you be practicing (office, home, field events, etc.)?
  • Will you bring your table to client sites?
  • Will your massage space be allocated for massage only? Will the space allow you the luxury of an       electric or stationary table?
  • Will you be doing any other adjunct therapies on the table? Is a spa table worthy investment?
  • Do you need to position a chair under the table?

Purchasing your table

Client comfort is essential; however, more essential is the comfort of the therapist. All massage tables must be height adjustable. Maintaining good body mechanics by avoiding excessive bending or reaching is imperative for the longevity of your career. Reaching and bending may seem like minor inconveniences; however, the cumulative effects on your body can be devastating over time.

The width of the table is also a consideration for more petite therapists with shorter extremities. Massage tables can be found in widths starting at 25” all the way up to 32”. The average massage table is 30”, however, a smaller therapist may want to consider opting for the 28” width. (The 28” table will accommodate most clients without a problem).

The weight of the massage table is an important consideration if you are traveling with your table to client sites. Carrying the table, moving it in and out of a car, and negotiating stairs can be extremely taxing on your body if a table is heavy. There are a number of table manufacturers that sell lightweight massage tables with aluminum frames that substantially decrease the weight of the table. This is a worthwhile investment for a traveling practice!

A reiki panel or end plate is important if you plan to practice therapies that involve sitting. (Reiki, Reflexology, Cranial Sacral, etc.) The Reiki panel, or end plate, will allow you to get your legs under the table and sit in a neutral posture.

Electric and Hydraulic Stationary Tables are undeniably the most versatile for client comfort as well as positioning and table height for the therapist. The most desirable feature is the ability to adjust height during a treatment. They are typically designed so that chairs can fit comfortably underneath and seated therapies can be performed with good body mechanics.

Purchasing the “correct” Massage Table that enhances your professional skill set and your physical needs is the first step in a long and prosperous career as a Massage Therapist. Wishing you a long and successful practice!

Trouble Sleeping? Massage Relieves Insomnia and Other Health Conditions

November 17th, 2014

Authored by:
KRAY KIBLER, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Scrip Companies

Getting enough sleep is essential for your well-being, but according to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), an estimated 50 to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep issues that affect their health. Symptoms of insomnia include difficulty falling asleep despite feeling tired, waking up frequently during the night and trouble getting back to sleep, all of which can lead to low work performance, slowed reaction time, obesity, higher risk of long-term disease and substance abuse.

Those who sleep less than eight hours per night are experiencing “sleep debt” which, contrary to what many people believe, cannot be reversed by “catching up” on the weekend. Insomnia is not a single sleep disorder, but rather a symptom of another problem, which varies from person to person. It can be caused by simply drinking too much caffeine or by something more serious, such as an underlying medical or psychological condition.

The two most common causes of chronic insomnia are anxiety and depression, creating a vicious cycle in which the insomnia exacerbates the underlying psychological issue.

Fortunately, most cases of insomnia can be cured with simple lifestyle changes. According to the Mayo Clinic, studies have found massage to be beneficial for insomnia-related stress, as well as:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Paresthesias and nerve pain
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

Massage Taps into the Chemistry of Sleep
The National Institutes of Health has advised that massage therapy can reduce fatigue and improve sleep and, based on research gathered by the AMTA, massage has been shown to improve sleep in infants, children, adults and the elderly alike, as well as individuals with psychiatric disorders, cancer, heart disease, lower back pain, cerebral palsy and breast disease.

Anne Williams, the director of education at Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, and author of Spa Bodywork and Teaching Massage, says, “Massage helps people spend more time in deep sleep, the restorative stage in which the body barely moves, which reduces the neurotransmitter associated with pain.”

There are many different types of massage, including these common types:

  • Swedish massage — This is a gentle form of massage that uses kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize.
  • Deep massage — This massage technique is a slower, more forceful method designed to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly used to help with muscle damage from injuries.
  • Sports massage — Similar to Swedish massage, it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
  • Trigger point massage — This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in muscles after injuries or overuse.

The chemistry of sleep is relevant in relation to massage because it directly influences the body’s production of serotonin, which is essential for the production of melatonin. Melatonin regulates the sleep-wake cycle by chemically causing drowsiness and lowering the body temperature. A study on back pain, published in the International Journal of Neuroscience, demonstrated that in addition to a decrease in long-term pain, subjects receiving massage experienced improved sleep and an increase in serotonin levels. Results were based on twice-weekly, 30 minute massages for five weeks, using these techniques:

  • Kneading and pressing the back muscles
  • Massaging both sides of the spine and hips
  • Gliding strokes to the legs
  • Kneading and pressing the thighs

In the supine position, participants received:

  • Gliding massage to the neck and abdomen
  • Kneading of the rectus and oblique muscles that help bend the trunk of the body forward
  • Massaging of the legs
  • Kneading of the anterior thighs
  • Flexing of the thighs and knees
  • Gentle pulling on both legs

In addition to other assessments, a sleep scale to measure quality of sleep and urine samples to measure levels of serotonin were used in the study.

Massage: The Natural Alternative to Sleeping Pills
Massage is a healthy and drug-free option that is helping a growing number of people overcome insomnia. Because melatonin influences the sleep stage of an individual’s circadian rhythm, a natural way of boosting serotonin is a positive sleep-inducing option. This connection calls for further research showing the direct affects massage therapy has on serotonin and sleep. In the meantime, the existing evidence is enough to suggest that getting regular massages will help you fall asleep — and stay asleep — all night long.

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