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Wisconsin School of Massage Therapy

Januay 9, 2012
Message from the Director - Mary McCluskey
Homemade Yogurt, Fascial Yielding, New Classes!


Happy New Year! I have been hearing some grumbling about my lack of new messages for the last 2 months. It’s good to know someone is looking for them! I have made no resolutions, so I won’t guarantee anything about my 2012 production, but I will give you this today.
Homemade yogurt. Wow. Not just the yogurt, but then the straining of the whey to make thick, luscious, amazing yogurt! It’s really, really good and you can make it too! It’s not hard, just some simple steps you complete while doing other things. Give it a try, you might surprise yourself. Now, this isn’t a resolution, but I am planning on trying to make homemade pasta soon. I will report my progress to you!

Yogurt
Buy yogurt starter or a small carton of Stony Field plain yogurt. Fill a kettle about ½ full with any kind of milk. Heat milk on low or medium to 180 degrees. Pour in more cold milk to fill container and measure temperature. It should be 90-110, if not wait until it is. (If you put the culture in when it is too warm it will kill the culture and yogurt won’t form.) Stir in the plain yogurt or yogurt starter. Cover and keep warm for 8 hours. I use a heating pad which will stay on (the newer ones have automatic shut-off, so you might have to hunt around or get older ones from ebay, etc.) You can also try wrapping in towels to keep warm. Some people put it in the oven with the light on and that works. You have to find a place where it will stay about 110 degrees for the 8 hours. It can’t be a lot warmer or you will kill the culture. When complete put in the refrigerator.

For Super Creamy Yogurt
Get plain cotton muslin from the fabric store. Rinse a square of it in hot, hot water and let dry. Get a strainer and line it with the muslin. Place strainer over a bowl. Fill strainer with yogurt and cover with any type of cover you have on hand. Put the whole thing in the refrigerator for 4-24 hours. The longer it strains the thicker the yogurt becomes. The whey that drains off has uses. See The Prairie Homestead website.
The muslin is reusable, just rinse a lot in hot, hot water and dry between uses.  I like my thick yogurt with fruit, homemade vanilla, and stevia. Yum!

We will be offering Fascial Yielding Lower Body Techniques here at WSMT soon.  MTs, why not join us and expand your skills?  

Our next professional training classes will begin soon.  We have room in both classes for you!  See our calendars so you can find the schedule which works best with you.  We offer a complete basic program in 10 or 14 months!  You will be amazed at how fast you can have an exciting new career (or lucrative side-job!)
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Or maybe you are not quite ready.  You don't feel that you have enough information.  Then maybe you want to join one of our Introduction classes.   Try your hand at real massage work, coached by a real expert...me!  I would love to meet you and show you the ropes!
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Januay 20, 2012
Message from the Director - Mary McCluskey
Chair Massage & Our Excellent Instructors


Today I offer some pictures I took the other day at school. Our current day class is practicing chair massage. What a great looking group! Chair massage is a nice alternative to working on a massage table. Clients typically receive their massage fully clothed and for a brief 5-15 minutes. Often they are at work and the chair massage provides a welcome break to relax or attend to their physical challenges. Chair massage in the workplace has been shown to help relieve the effects of carpal tunnel syndrome, headache, and backache. For some individuals it can be more cost-effective for employers than more aggressive medical interventions. For the therapist, chair massage can be a great way to get out of the office, do short promotional massage to introduce themselves to prospective clients, or volunteer at a variety of events.

I also include a nice snap of Robin, one of our instructors working away in our reception area. I consistently hear strong positives from our students and graduates about all of our instructors. Recently a graduate said she was impressed that she was the only therapist hired at her facility who didn’t need additional training to get up to speed and ready to work with clients. The other new hires had to go through some additional training which wasn’t necessary for her. She attributed her ample preparation to our excellent staff. That’s no surprise to me! 


Our next professional training classes will begin soon.  We have room in both classes for you!  See our calendars so you can find the schedule which works best with you.  We offer a complete basic program in 10 or 14 months!  You will be amazed at how fast you can have an exciting new career (or lucrative side-job!)
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Or maybe you are not quite ready.  You don't feel that you have enough information.  Then maybe you want to join one of our Introduction classes.   Try your hand at real massage work, coached by a real expert...me!  I would love to meet you and show you the ropes!
Januay 29, 2012
Message from the Director - Mary McCluskey
Fascial Yielding Continuing Education Class


Last weekend a great group of graduates got together at WSMT for a continuing education class: Fascial Yielding: Lower Body Techniques. We had a blast! The MTs learned to change their pace to extremely slow, waiting for the thixotropy to happen to the fascia. And yes, they also learned the meaning of that word, thixotopy! Everyone enjoyed receiving this work which feels deep even though it isn’t very taxing on the therapist. They are looking forward to incorporating these techniques into deep relaxing massages as well as specific therapeutic work. Several participants hadn’t caught the Upper Body Techniques class we held in August so they talked me into providing that class again in March. See our continuing ed page for details about this upcoming class. Anyone visiting this website who graduated from another school, please feel welcome to join us!

Our next professional training classes will begin soon.  We have room in both classes for you!  See our calendars so you can find the schedule which works best with you.  We offer a complete basic program in 10 or 14 months!  You will be amazed at how fast you can have an exciting new career (or lucrative side-job!)
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Or maybe you are not quite ready.  You don't feel that you have enough information.  Then maybe you want to join one of our Introduction classes.   Try your hand at real massage work, coached by a real expert...me!  I would love to meet you and show you the ropes!
February 8, 2012
Message from the Director - Mary McCluskey
Battle of the Bulge


Today I have a book review and update on my ongoing battle of the bulge. They are related! It has been a little more than 2 years since I lost 35 pounds. I have been logging my food, water, and fitness on a free website, “Sparkpeople.com.” It provided a great way to keep myself on track. It gave me great feedback on my daily, weekly, and even yearly progress. It connected me to an online community of like-minded people to offer encouragement and information. I thought I would log on everyday forever and, with minor ups and downs, stay successful at maintenance.

Well, around November I started losing the momentum of logging on daily. I began to wonder if I really needed to keep myself so tightly controlled. Hadn’t I learned to eat properly by now? I did keep logging on, but I didn’t like the time it took each and every day. The holidays hit and some extra weight came on – ok, 10 pounds to be exact! I had learned to weather this kind of holiday or travel fluctuation before. But January came and those pounds didn’t want to budge.

One day I found myself in the bookstore and I thought I’d just check the diet book section to see if anything looked like it could offer something different. The title, “I Can Make You Thin” by Paul McKenna sure jumped out at me. A quick look-through seemed promising so I bought it. This book and accompanying hypnosis CD has proven to be just what I needed! Mr. McKenna explains 4 simple eating principles to live by gleaned from studying naturally thin people. The hypnosis CD gets the principles into the subconscious in a relaxing way that seems to correct the unnatural relationship to food that we overeaters have adopted. I have been practicing this method for over 3 weeks now and I must say it has truly been the easiest pounds I have ever lost. My clothes are back to fitting well. At the 2 week mark I had lost 4 pounds and I’m sure it’s more by now. (One of the behaviors of naturally thin people is they rarely weigh themselves, so now I only weigh in, at the most, every 2 weeks.) Maybe I have turned a corner in this battle. Time will tell. If you try this method please let me know how it is working for you!

Our next professional training class will begin soon.  We have room in this class for you!  See our calendars so you can find the schedule which works best with you.  We offer a complete basic program in 10 or 14 months!  You will be amazed at how fast you can have an exciting new career (or lucrative side-job!)
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Or maybe you are not quite ready.  You don't feel that you have enough information.  Then maybe you want to join one of our Introduction classes.  Check out the information at the right and below.  Try your hand at real massage work, coached by a real expert...me!  I would love to meet you and show you the ropes!
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February 24, 2012
Message from the Director - Mary McCluskey
Smile:  It's Good for You!


Did you know that smiling is actually good for you?  There is new evidence that your emotions will match your facial expression.  If you feel blue, slap a smile on your face and you'll have a sunny disposition in no time!  So, stop being a sad-sack and look at these 8 great reasons to smile for your health:

1. Smiling Makes Us More Attractive
 When you smile you become nicer looking.  Who doesn't want to look good?

2. Smiling Is Contagious
 It's good for you and it's catchy:  cool!

2. Smiling Makes You Happy
 Your mood will match your face.  Fix that face!

4. Smiling Releases Stress
 If you smile in spite of stress you will function better in the situation.

5. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System
 Sick of getting every bug that floats your way?  Smile more and the relaxed state it puts you in actually enhances your immune system.  Kill those bugs with your sunny smile!

6. Smiling Makes You Look Younger
 Rather than paying a lot of money and suffering through elective surgery, just smile.  It's the natural way to appear younger for free and with no pain!  Just think, you'll never have a bizarre looking nose this way!

7. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure
 Your whole body smiles.  How great is that!?

8. Smiling is a Natural Drug
 Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin, helping to keep us sane and in a good mood!  And your drug test will still turn out clean!

An Auntie of mine once told me that no matter what is happening, no matter what bad thing someone is tell you, just smile and say, "That's nice."  This way you can never get in trouble, she said.  What a paragon of wisdom!

Our next professional training class will begin soon.  We have room in this class for you!  See our calendars so you can find the schedule which works best with you.  We offer a complete basic program in 10 or 14 months!  You will be amazed at how fast you can have an exciting new career (or lucrative side-job!)
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Or maybe you are not quite ready.  You don't feel that you have enough information.  Then maybe you want to join one of our Introduction classes.  Check out the information at the right and below.  Try your hand at real massage work, coached by a real expert...me!  I would love to meet you and show you the ropes!
March 2, 2012
Message from the Director - Mary McCluskey
The Staycation:  What a Great Concept!


Today I am doing last minute preparations for our weekend workshop, “Fascial Yielding: Upper Body Techniques.” It has been a whirlwind week! Here are some of the things I’ve had to accomplish:

Getting the Fascial Yielding guidebooks printed and bound.  
Sending confirmations to all the participants.  
Going back to get more guidebooks printed and bound when more people signed up (happy problem)!
Buying the goodies (I always bring surprises to my CE classes, food, fun massage tools, etc.)
Printing up the certificates of completion.
Printing up the exit surveys.
Reviewing the powerpoint presentation.
Checking the technology (projector, laptop, backup saving devices).
Sending emails about the snow expected tonight and tomorrow morning (!)

This doesn’t, of course, tell you all the other things for the school I’ve had to do this week like cover a class for a vacationing instructor, order materials for the new class starting Monday, payroll, and on and on.

So this brings me to our topic for the day.  I have worked very hard this week and it will continue right through the weekend. Therefore, I’m taking a staycation one day next week. Do you know about this concept? It is a vacation without going out of town. I think it’s great. Since I’m not paying for transportation, hotel, and all meals I can do something different on a staycation for less money! So, my plan is to have a luxuriant lunch and the Lake Park Bistro in Milwaukee, one of our truly fine dining restaurants. It’s one of those places where the portions are small, but so excellent that you don’t mind because you are completely satisfied by the gorgeous flavors, presentation, service and view (big windows looking out on Lake Michigan). It will be my personal payment to myself (and my husband) for a long week of constant work.


March 10, 2012
Message from the Director - Mary McCluskey
Fascial Yielding Weekend Seminar


Last weekend I had the pleasure of working through a 16 hour continuing education class with 7 massage therapists coming to WSMT to add some new tools to their toolbox of skills. During some of the practice sessions I wandered around and captured some of them practicing and experiencing this work. You will notice it is S-L-O-W as the fascia, or connective tissue, is our focus and this tissue takes a minimum of 15 seconds to undergo thixotropy. That is, the changing from a more stiff and solid state to a more flexible and fluid one.

In addition, you’ll notice the direction of movement is lateral, not down into tissue and the client on the table may be moving to enhance the stretch. All the participants said they greatly enjoyed learning these skills to add to their massage work. We will be offering the 2 weekends again in fall. Maybe you’ll want to join us then!  Click on the picture at the right to view video clips of the weekend.

Our next professional training class will begin soon.  We have room in this class for you!  See our calendars so you can find the schedule which works best with you.  We offer a complete basic program in 10 or 14 months!  You will be amazed at how fast you can have an exciting new career (or lucrative side-job!)
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Or maybe you are not quite ready.  You don't feel that you have enough information.  Then maybe you want to join one of our Introduction classes.  Check out the information at the right and below.  Try your hand at real massage work, coached by a real expert...me!  I would love to meet you and show you the ropes!
Click on the photo above to view the video.
March 23, 2012
Message from the Director - Mary McCluskey
Guest Speakers


Two of our classes are graduating soon and near the end of the program we invite professionals from adjunct healing therapies to come and introduce themselves and their profession. This gives the students some background in areas such as physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, naturopathy and aromatherapy. Our students can then better refer their clients to appropriate professionals as necessary after graduation.

Last week Angela Parker from Towering Pines Acupuncture in Slinger, Wisconsin came to speak. She graciously allowed the students to experience acupuncture as part of her talk. The students were surprised at how there was little or no pain when the needles were inserted. They learned that acupuncture needles are different than needles we are accustomed to which administer medication. Acupuncture needles are solid, very thin, and very sharp. They go in by just separating tissue and they point the body in the right healing direction. My nagging low back discomfort was gone!  

These kinds of experiences make for a well-rounded massage education. Why not join in this exciting field? Our next professional training classes will begin in fall.  We still have some room in these classes for you!  See our calendars so you can find the schedule which works best for you.  We offer a complete basic program in 10 or 14 months!  You will be amazed at how fast you can have an exciting new career (or lucrative side-job!)
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Or maybe you are not quite ready.  You don't feel that you have enough information.  Then maybe you want to join one of our Introduction classes.  Check out the information at the right.  Try your hand at real massage work, coached by a real expert...me!  I would love to meet you and show you the ropes!
April 4, 2012
Message from the Director - Mary McCluskey
Precision Neuromuscular Therapy (PNMT)

Some of the WSMT staff spent this past weekend at the AMTA-WI Chapter’s Spring Conference where we participated in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy for the Upper Extremities. We have been singing the praises of the AMTA-WI Chapter for years because they consistently bring the highest quality educational experiences to their membership year after year for very low cost. This weekend was no exception to that long history.

And our gushing over the greatness continues with Douglas Nelson and PNMT. I have personally taken many, many weekend classes over the 17 years I have been in Massage Therapy and I can easily say this series of classes has been the most enjoyable, useful, and career-changing. I always marvel at how I somewhat dread a weekend workshop because it is such an interruption to my normal life. It is usually physically and mentally draining and it is difficult to get back into the swing of work the following week. But as usual, this workshop was nothing but fun and energizing. Doug Nelson is one of the best teachers I have ever worked with and the knowledge and skills I gain every time I work with him completely revamp my massage practice.  

Our staff is now committed to rewriting our therapeutic curriculum (again) and beginning the process of becoming certified in PNMT. Already clients with shoulder problems will be benefitting this week. We are gearing up to do case studies with some of them which is part of the certification requirements.  

If you are an MT looking for the best therapeutic continuing education out there sign up for the next AMTA-sponsored PNMT workshop with Doug Nelson in November. 

These kinds of experiences make for a well-rounded massage education. Why not join in this exciting field? Our next professional training classes will begin in fall.  We still have some room in these classes for you!  See our calendars so you can find the schedule which works best for you.  We offer a complete basic program in 10 or 14 months!  You will be amazed at how fast you can have an exciting new career (or lucrative side-job!)
​ 
Or maybe you are not quite ready.  You don't feel that you have enough information.  Then maybe you want to join one of our Introduction classes.  Check out the information at the right.  Try your hand at real massage work, coached by a real expert...me!  I would love to meet you and show you the ropes!