Massage of School Therapy

September 29, 2015

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and enroll in a massage school therapy program. Congratulations! Depending on the state you are approximately 533 hours away from taking us on. We, an appreciative and growing clientele of dis-eased Americans.

According to the U.S. Dept. Labor “employment is expected to grow faster than average over the 2004-2014 periods as more people learn about the benefits of massage therapy.” Another recent survey showed that Gen X & Gen Y generations (ages 18-35) embrace massage therapy. Not only do they believe that it is beneficial to their health, but they prefer the hands on approach (vs. pill popping) when it comes to working through pain.

Can this revolt be credited to educational programs like “Just Say No?” Or, is it a backlash fueled by all those commercials featuring sweet, modulated voices listing out one horrific “possible” side affects after another. My goodness, in many cases the cure hurts more than the original issue!
Or, perhaps we, the “newer generations,” are just extra pained and extra motivated to find non habit forming solutions that offer long term, healthy, relief.

Think about it. We got onto computers between 4 and 4. It doesn’t take us long to have 30 years of computing under our belts. With that privilege comes strained wrists and tendons, knotted necks, backs & shoulders. Carpel tunnel syndrome, back pain, stiff necks, sore butts, strained eyes and obesity.

And, it also doesn’t take long to have 30 years of fast food and sodas and sweets around the belt, lining the intestines, clogging our arteries, promoting heart burn, gas, raising blood pressure, stress, anxiety, insomnia …

Yes, we know there’s no little pill that can cure all this! That’s why Gen X and Gen Y and Gen Me can’t wait till you graduate. Study hard, learn lots. And please don’t do this just for the money. We will need a little compassion while you’re at it.

Meditation technique for different environments

September 6, 2015

There are people who have good sense of focus and concentration. They have the ability to stabilize their mind no matter what kind of environment they are into. However, there are also people who seem to be always disturbed. They can hardly concentrate, thus, affecting their judgment and quality of work. Meditation is a good aid for these types of people. During meditation, mental space is created in order to achieve a certain degree of enlightenment.

The effects of meditation to different people also vary. These could be affected by factors such as the mood, character and individuality. When a person hardly understands himself, his confusion reflects to his actions. That is why contemplation is necessary in order to achieve an enlightened consciousness.

A quiet space conducive for reflection, a mantra to be recited and absolute concentration are the essentials of meditation. While sitting meditation is considered the basic and most efficient form of meditation, there are other ways to modify the process. On the whole, you can only create other forms of meditation when you become habituated with the practice. When your mind had been set for meditation, it will be easy for you to stay tuned-up. Plus, you can integrate the spiritual essence and mental awareness with the physical and mental rhythms of life.

As meditation becomes part of your routine, you will always find time to stop and make a connection with the process of meditation. Naturally, you will seek the blissful state that you can experience only when meditating.

So what should you do when the place you are into is not conducive for meditation? There are ways to establish focus and concentration. You can capture your mind to be in the meditation state when you direct your attention to a spot in the room, or listen attentively to your breathing or focus on a small object. With the help of a relaxing music and tricky colors, you can employ meditation and extend such practice even beyond the meditation period.

Active people such as athletes need to stay focused in their skill or art while staying grounded. However, their physical ability could be more enhanced if they are in touch with their higher consciousness. A famous female boxer revealed that in her violent and aggressive profession, she never fails to meditate and chant. She constructed her own way of escaping the gym atmosphere in order to find peace within. She listens to the sound of the speed bag as she hits it one way. There is a distinct sound for a one-way blow and the sound varies with the difference in the impact of glove. Then all she had to do is close her eyes and meditate on the sound of the speed bag.

Even a basketball player can employ meditation at the free throw line if he is able to transcend the noise of the crowd and the pressure of the play. In this manner, he can manage stress and anxiety while connecting to his meditation process.

Be creative in modifying your own way of meditation. Break your patterns and make your imagination work.