The Importance of Clinical Education for Massage Therapy Students

Clinical education, such as the one required at New York College, is becoming increasingly important for Massage Therapy students. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of massage therapists is expected to grow by 20% from 2010 – 2020 due to continued demand. As the demand for licensed professionals increases, employers are giving preference to well educated and well-trained massage therapists.

Healthy Comfort Foods That Relieve Anxiety

When anxiety strikes, many of us look for comfort food. While Ben & Jerry’s may have an immediate calming effect, it will most likely end up causing further anxiety when we think about the calories. But not to worry, chocolate is one of the foods that, in proper amounts, will provide a prolonged relief of your anxiety and stress. Below are 5 foods that will help you calm down:

Chocolate – Dark chocolate, in particular, will help reduce cortisol – the stress hormone that causes anxiety symptoms. Try to stay away from milk chocolate with added sugars.

Almonds – This power food contains B12, zinc, and healthy fats, all of which are necessary in maintaining a balanced mood. These are also easy to carry with you and snack on when you start feeling hungry. Remember, being hungry will cause your body and mind to lack the energy necessary for the tasks you have planned, causing further, unnecessary stress.

Whole Grain Foods – Whole grain foods will help keep hunger at bay while releasing tryptophan, which becomes serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter. Additionally, whole grain will provide you with the magnesium necessary to prevent anxiety.

Blueberries – Antioxidants, which blueberries are rich in, help keep the body healthy and functioning properly. The best way to keep away anxiety is to keep your body healthy and your mind will follow suit. Blueberries are a great superfood!

Acai Berries – Another superfood, acai berries have made headlines in the recent years as a weight loss berry. While those claims may not have held up, acai berries are full of antioxidants (more than blueberries) and can help keep your body healthy and happy.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Methods to Defy Aging Naturally

From magazines to TV commercials to email blasts, age-defying products and strategies are many. April L. Schulte-Barclay, DAOM, Lac explains that halting aging starts with the health of our lungs. She states that from a TCM prospective, the skin is an outcropping of the lungs. By keeping our lungs healthy, we are boosting our immune system, channeling the energy to be active and supporting the healthy look and feel of our skin. To keep our lungs healthy, Dr. Schulte-Barclay suggests ingesting broccoli, carrots and kale and keeping away from wheat, dairy, alcohol and sugar, which encourages phlegm and dampness.