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January, 2003, Vol. 03, Issue 01

Massage Program Accredited at National University of Health Sciences

By Editorial Staff

The Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation (COMTA) recently granted a five-year accreditation to the massage therapy certification program at National University of Health Sciences (NUHS) in Lombard, Ill.

The program received accreditation after graduating two classes, the shortest time allowed before accreditation consideration.

Randy Swenson, DC, director of the massage program and dean of the NUHS College of Allied Health Sciences, praised the individuals who made the rapid accreditation possible:

"It is a great accomplishment for the university and all of the faculty and staff who worked so hard to make this a quality program."

National has offered a massage therapy certificate since 1999. The school's massage students take courses not only on massage techniques, but also anatomy and physiology; nutrition and wellness; relaxation therapies; practice management; ethics; and interpersonal communication.

Chicago Schools Participate in "Massage Marathon"

At the 25th Anniversary LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon last October, students from two local massage schools completed a marathon of their own, giving roughly 2,000 massages to the runners in a single day.

Using over 60 tables, 203 students, alumni and instructors from the Chicago School of Massage Therapy (CSMT) provided over 1,700 massages in what they say is the largest group of MTs ever assembled for a single sporting event.

Morton College also participated in the event, with 14 massage students from the college's therapeutic massage program gave 300 free massages to runners, as part of required fieldwork experience. Linda Moore, Morton's massage program coordinator, created the volunteer opportunity with the Chicago Area Runners Association to provide students with "experience working in a variety of situations."

CSMT Founder and President Robert K. King, who provided massage coaching and assistance, enthused, "The excitement here is electric. CSMT has been a presence at the Marathon for 18 years now, and it's always exhilarating to be a part of it and watch the students gain confidence and pride in the power of massage as they work this event."

As for the race itself, Paula Radcliffe shattered the women's world marathon record by 81 seconds, while Khalid Khannouchi captured his fourth men's title.

Record Massage "Chain" in Florida

POMPANO BEACH, FL - In what was touted as the largest massage chain ever formed, 260 people gathered to create the "Great American Massage Train" on October 20, 2002.

The event, which kicked off Massage Awareness Week at the American Institute of Massage Therapy (AIMT), was designed to promote massage therapy while raising money for Kids in Distress, a Ft. Lauderdale organization that helps abused children. Participants, who paid $1 to enter, were not all massage therapists. The institute's director of education, Lise Benitah, showed the nontherapists how to perform the "three-minute knead" to the sound of "Put Your Hands on My Shoulders." Other donations were received through dollar-a-minute chair massages and a raffle sponsored by Kids in Distress.

The AIMT has participated in the fundraiser for the last six years, raising $7,000 in 2001. This year, the institute wanted to do more than simply raise money:

"We had strict rules or guidelines to follow to get this into the Guinness [Book of Records]. We had to document the number of people, and all participants had to receive instruction," said AIMT Director of Operations Gail Naas.

A photographer documented the event; final word from Guinness is forthcoming.

Pregnancy Massage for Wartime Wives

Two West Virginia doulas are providing their services free of charge to pregnant women whose military husbands are overseas in Operation Enduring Freedom. Lauramae Triplett and Julie Huron, certified doulas, created "Operation Doula Care" for pregnant women whose husbands are deployed or deceased as a result of Enduring Freedom.

Doulas provide coaching and companionship to mothers during labor, and also offer pregnancy massage in homes or hospitals. When an expectant mother can't be with their OB/gyn, midwife or doctor, the doula is there.

"Massage helps the whole body to relax and releases endorphins, which can help speed up labor," explained Lauramae, who is certified in pregnancy massage.

For more information on volunteering or receiving free care, call (304) 733-4005.

Rock Stars Prefer ... Aromatherapy?

According to Manchester, England, aromatherapist Diane Nivern, modern celebrities don't necessarily turn to cigarettes and alcohol before and after performances, as many people imagine. On what does she base her opinion? Well, she's been providing aromatherapy and massage to such stars as Robbie Williams, Radiohead, Iron Maiden and the Corrs for the past four years.

"Tours are often grueling and exhausting affairs," explained Diane, a member of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. "But the performers now recognize the benefits of aromatherapy in any touring schedule. They realize they need a more calming approach than, say, the stimulus of too much alcohol or drugs."

She also provides massage and acupressure, and instructs clients on breathing exercises.


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