This weekend ITM was proud to host the AMTA NJ Sports Massage Team which is lead by our Instructor Bruce Spicer and we reviewed this awesome letter after the day was over.
Today at the Institute for Therapeutic Massage Tinton Falls Campus the AMTA-NJ Sports Team was rewarded with a day of education with Dr Anthony Gencarelli. This past September the Sports Team from New Jersey was awarded AMTA National Outstanding Sports Team in Ft. Worth Texas. I am extremely proud of the dedication, drive and professionalism of each of our members. I am equally proud to be associated with ITM and Dr Anthony. We were all blown away today by Dr Anthony's knowledge and teaching methods. He truly awaked my thirst for additional education making me aware of how much I "don't know". I want to thank Dr A (as I call him) and ITM for allowing the the Sports team use the campus for this wonderful class. I want to also thank Lori Keith AMTA -NJ President who without her support non of this would be possible.
Bruce A. Spicer
AMTA-NJ 1st Vice president
AMTA-NJ Sports Team Director
As we round the corner of the pain staking process of licensure as required by the New Jersey Board of Massage and Bodywork Therapy we are posed with the question. How do I go about obtaining continuing education credits? Whether you have been practicing for 20 years or just finishing school, continuing education should be on our minds. Each recipient of the New Jersey massage license is responsible biennially for completion of 20 continuing education credit hours which needs to include at least 2 hours in business ethics courses. Upon biennially license renewal, licensees must attest that they have completed the required continuing education training, related to the practice of massage and bodywork therapy. Courses that are related solely to the business practices of licensees and course in practices in which licensees are prohibited from engaging within the massage therapist scope of practice.
Obtaining required continuing education credits.
1. Successful completion of continuing education course or programs related to the practice of massage and bodywork therapy, one credit hour for each hour of instruction offered by providers approved by:
III. American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)
IV. American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA)
V. Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
VI. American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
VII. American Polarity Therapy Association (APTA)
VIII. American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
X. International Association of Structural Integrations (IASI)
XI. American Medical Association (AMA)
XII. Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation; or
XIII. A state board of massage, massage and bodywork, physical therapy or chiropractic
2. Successful completion of a course, related to the practice of massage and bodywork therapy, given by a school, college or university, one credit hour for each hour of continuing education instruction. A school, college or university shall be:
I. Accredited by the New Jersey Department of Education
II. Approved by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
III. Approved by the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education
IV. Approved by an agency of another state with requirements substantially similar to the requirements of New Jersey Department of Education, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development or the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education
3. Teaching a new continuing education program related to massage and bodywork therapy that is approved by the above mentioned organizations. The term New meaning the licensee has never taught or developed curriculum for that course or program in any educational setting.
4. Authorship of a published textbook or a chapter of a textbook directly related to the practice of massage and bodywork therapy.
5. Authorship of a published article, which has been refereed through peer review, related to the practice of massage and bodywork therapy, in a medical or health related journal.
6. Presenting a new seminar or lecture to professional peers, provided the seminar or lecture is at least on hour long; as used in this paragraph, "new" means that the licensee has never presented the seminar or lecture before.
More and more research shows that sunscreen alone cannot guarantee your skin is safe from UV damage, which is why—besides using a broad-spectrum sunscreen—you need to both eat antioxidants and apply them topically. "Studies have found that antioxidants reduce the likelihood of skin cancer and also neutralize free radicals to slow aging," says Neil Sadick, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City.
So, which antioxidants work best? The two that have the most extensive research behind them are vitamins C and E. Dermatologists also recommend vitamin A, as well as resveratrol, found in blueberries and red wine, and catechins, in green tea. Other research has shown that lycopene, found in tomatoes, may reduce the photoaging effects of the sun. "Studies prove that oral antioxidants may decrease the risk for other cancers in addition to skin cancer, so I recommend an internal/external approach," Dr. Sadick says. Eat blueberries and fruit high in vitamin C (strawberries, oranges) and drink a cup of green tea daily. Or take an antioxidant supplement.
But also put them on your skin. Every day, smooth on an antioxidant serum after you cleanse and before your broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen. And don't try to multitask. Sure, most sunscreens contain antioxidants in their formulas; however, studies have shown that these are not enough to be effective, says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., a dermatologist in NYC. In a nutshell: From now on, apply an antioxidant serum, then your SPF 30, and wash down those blueberries with some green tea.
The Spring Lake 5 mile run was held yesterday 5/23. It is the largest 5 mile race in the country with 12,500 runners this year. Although the weather was not nice (to say the least) our students were fantastic.
Students were paired off with experience Sports Therapist from the AMTA Sports Team. The Team and Students did sports work on 243 runners. This was a great turnout keeping the weather in mind. Students learned in a real life scenerio. At times, with the pressure on, they performed better than could have been expected.
This was the first sporting event I have ever been associated with where the securtiy was unbelievable. As an animal lover (especially German Shep dogs) I loved seeing them work. I've attached a photo of a police officer with his dog checking all our bags. The officer asked that we not pet the dog as he was in his working mode.
I have to say I was so proud of our students. They were professional in every way.
Marlene, Eva, Jenna and Melanie.
Bruce A. Spicer
AMTA-NJ 1st Vice President
AMTA-NJ Sports Team Chair
An important part of every therapists daily routine should be self care. I came across an article in mens magazine that reminds us we need to take care of us as we are our most prized tool in our profession. Enjoy
The Elegance of Dermoneuromodulation
Touch rooted in modern neuroscience
Massage therapy emphasizes the power and practice of
touch. Most of what we do involves skin-to-skin contact.
In that simplicity, we interact with our clients’ deepest
complexity. From moment to moment, their bodies give us
palpable feedback. If we listen and respond well, the results
of a massage can be extraordinary. Dermoneuromodulation
is one way practitioners are making that happen.
By Jason Erickson
Toddler snot on your suit jacket, wrinkled pants from sitting in a car driving teens (and their friends) everywhere they need to go, sleep deprivation from the newborn. Moms of kids all ages have one thing in common: while taking care of everything and everybody else, they forget to practice critical self-care strategies that can keep the whole ship from sinking. Moms, hear this. Unite and put an end to the madness. This Mother's Day needs to be about you and your therapist, massage therapist that is.
Massage is not pampering--it's survival. You've heard the benefits of massage no doubt. It reduces stress, pain, and muscle tension for starters. Then there's improved circulation which makes the whole body run smoother, and keeps you more suited to run after those munchkins.
But best of all, you're alone. Just you and the therapist with soothing music for a delicious hour or 90 minutes, head face down in the cradle with one mission only-to let go. (As a mom, you know even finding bathroom time alone is a challenge. If it's not the kids pounding on the door or texting you or the doorbell ringing, it's the dog who wants to join you. Alone time is a rare mom commodity.)
You've decided! You're going to do it. You're writing massage on your Mother's Day list and posting it everywhere around the house and including in your child's lunchbox: "Mom's getting a massage for Mother's Day!" If they don't get the hint, you're buying one yourself. It's just the responsible thing to do.
Can you see them? The dim lights, the scent of spa that hits you as you open the oversize door, the iced lemon water, the iced wash cloths, your own robe and slippers. These all enhance the spa experience and relax you immediately. Let's face it. They make you want to pack your bags and move in. Face it. With all you do in your 24/7 job, it's time somebody takes care of you. We got this. Come visit us and we'll prove it.
Mother's Day is your day. Own it. Mandy Hale says, "It's not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It's necessary." Word up, Mandy. Just by practicing a little self-care on Mother's Day, you can don that super-mom cape the other 364 days of the year, and soar higher than you ever imagined.
I came across this earlier today and found it interesting. Take a look let me know what you think, Huffington Post
Recently, we were approached by Dr. Paul Thomas, about bringing his program, Certification in in (Functional) Neurology for Bodyworkers, which includes Massage Therapists and Acupuncturists, to the New York / New Jersey / Pennsylvania area, and having ITM be the host.
Being that we are frequently approached by different instructors and training organizations about using our facilities, we are very selective regarding who we say yes to, and scrutinize each offering closely for the value that it offers the current ITM students and our many graduates. We are very excited to bring this opportunity to the massage community at large, and want to tell everyone about this 1-year course, also known as 'Know The Brain'. It will present functional neurology for practitioners covering several topics relevant for preparation to practice functional neurological interventions and prepare them to sit for the AMMA Diplomate in Neurology for Massage Therapists certification exam.
Upon further talking to Dr. Thomas, and reading the materials he presented to us (he also flew out from Colorado to demonstrate his techniques to our faculty), functional neurology appears to be more systemic assessment tool than technique. When clients fail to progress or do not respond to your treatment methods, it could be caused by a functional imbalance in their nervous system, and a full functional neurological assessment will allow you to focus your treatment for their specific needs, and fine-tune your chosen technique for that individual. You will learn anatomy, normal and abnormal neurological function, and the delicate intricacies of the system's interconnectedness.. all within your scope of practice.
This program has two goals:
1) To train Massage Therapists and Acupuncturists on the brain's effect on the body, and more precisely, how to select therapies or perform treatments that can target the brain within their scope of practice.
2) To increase the skill level of therapists so that they may identify, refer to, collaborate with, inform, and ultimately work on a team with licensed clinicians in the fields of neurology and psychology.
Hear Testimonials Here: Testimonials
The program is approved and certified by the American Medical Massage Association and the American Manual Medicine Association, and the instructor is Dr. Paul Thomas, who received his post doctorate degree in neurology from the Carrick Institute of Graduate Studies, and his Diplomate in Chiropractic Neurology from the American Chiropractic Neurology Board in January of 2005. After he received his Diplomate, Dr. Thomas managed multiple chiropractic offices with a functional neurology emphasis. He worked closely with children that have learning disabilities, clients with non-organic mental health issues, and traditional patients with musculoskeletal issues until 2009. Since then, Dr. Thomas now lectures and consults with doctors and therapists all over the country.
A few of Dr. Thomas’ achievements include working closely with body workers and psychologists on the physiology behind their treatments, and conducting in-office neurological exams for doctors. He is also the senior instructor for KnowTheBrain and Fix the Brain - organizations dedicated to teaching the assessment of applied neurology for body workers and psychologists.
There is plenty of information provided in the continuing education section of the ITM website, and Dr Thomas has more extensive information available at his program website: http://bodywkrs.knowthebrain.com/. Lastly, there are 2 live webinars being offered, on December 15th, 2011, and January 3rd, 2012, so this is a great opportunity to hear more information, and also be able to ask questions. The schedule, and logins for the informational webinars are available at this website: http://www.knowthebrain.com/free-webinars.html
Many new classes are starting this fall at ITM and with the influx of students coming to the school, starting a career where they will be helping others, we thought to write a blog about how students can help themselves-self care 101 for the new massage therapist. The reason most massages therapists “burn out” is injury and fatigue.
Meditation is one of the oldest types of complementary therapies. We all know what meditation is (think: man with a beard sitting on a mountain top), but are you aware of all the benefits of meditation? www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/HQ01070 lists many conditions that meditation can benefit; including allergies, cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure. Getting started is easy: sit comfortably on the floor or a mat, close your eyes and then open them part way looking up towards your eye lids. Breathe. Count from one to ten and then start again. 1-10. If you feel yourself counting to 20 simply start at the beginning again. If you find yourself thinking of the worries or your day, start counting again. Sit in meditation for 10-20 minutes if possible. For more information, including guided meditations visit the website www.freemeditations.com
Yoga goes hand in hand with meditation. Yoga is a moving meditation, exercise combined with breath work (pranayama). Studies have shown that yoga helps alleviate stress, wrist and back pain, insomnia and much more. Don’t be intimidated by pictures of yogis holding what seem to be impossible asana (poses) for in definite periods of time; Yoga can be as simple as sitting and breathing. www.yogajournal.com is a good online resource for yoga education.
Regularly receiving massage and giving self massage is vital to maintaining a massage career. Over use of the muscles of the forearm and wrist lead to repetitive motion injuries, chronic inflammation and pain. Regular massage keeps the muscles that are most often strained in massage soft and stretched; leading to a decreased incidence of injury. Here are some tips for performing self massage to the hands from WebMD (from the website www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/features/massage-therapy-stress-relief-much-more).
Stretch your hands and fingers out. Rub each finger from the base to the tip, gently pulling and twisting each finger as you go.
Next, rest your left hand, palm upward, on your lap. Squeeze the fleshy part of your palm between your right thumb and index finger, moving from your wrist to the base of your thumb.
Now squeeze that web between your left index finger and thumb several times, looking for any tender points.
Then rub the entire palm with your right thumb, applying firm pressure and using gliding strokes from the wrist to the base of each finger.
Repeat this process on your right hand.
The article goes on to talk about care for several different areas of the body, and the internet is loaded with different techniques that are just a quick Google search away. Be well.