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‘Dreams Still Coming True in Asheville!’

The Center for Massage & Natural Health’s Education Center is moving back to Downtown Asheville!

Owner, Peggy Huff, made a landmark decision to move her Massage School and Continuing Education Center from Weaverville to historic Eagle Street. Now, her center will be along side the landmark Massage Therapy Center and Clinic, which has been a mainstay in the downtown community for over 12 years.

Ms. Huff is thrilled to be able to offer even greater savings – assisting those who long to achieve their dreams through massage education by lessening both travel and attendance costs.

“I want to make it as easy as pie for our students to attend our program with the least possible costs to them.  Lowering our tuition and subsequent attendance costs, as well as, eliminating the commute to Weaverville will help them tremendously, as will our continued ability to offer Federal Financial Aid to qualifying students.”

The Center for Massage & Natural Health was the first massage school approved by the North Carolina Board of Massage  - literally school No. 1 – and remains the only COMTA Accredited massage school in Western North Carolina.

“We are incredibly grateful to be celebrating our 14th year in business! We are especially looking forward to becoming more accessible and involved within our tremendous community and offering continued value to our amazingly gifted students. ”



Peggy Huff


CE Retreat Vacations-The New Way to Get Your Continuing Education

Many of us put-off taking our required continuing education workshops to fulfill our State Board and National Certification requirements. It is time consuming, costs us money and there are usually slim-pickins’ for workshops close to home. And if we are lucky to find a workshop that really interests us, it usually involves traveling some distance, and probably going to a city or town that is less than appealing. Then there are the hotel reservations to consider, and the workshop space itself.

I remember going to a Cranio-Sacral therapy workshop in Charlotte, NC one year, and it was held in cheap hotel conference room. The massage tables were fashioned out of conference tables with swimming pool inflatable mats on top that we actually had to blow up ourselves. The rooms at the hotel were uninspiring and smelled bad, and there were no restaurants within walking distance, let alone in the hotel itself. While the workshop material proved to be interesting, like so many of us, I waited to the last minute to register for “something” and the overall experience was grueling, to say the least, costing me more than $1200 overall, with workshop fees, hotel accommodations, meals and a souvenir massage tool or two.

I started a massage school back in 1998. One of my visions in creating an Education Center was to change the CE experience into one that would be much more appealing and all-inclusive. I thought about what would be important to me in attending a required workshop. Well, how about one that is like an educational vacation? One where I could show up and have all of my needs taken care of, and one where the setting was extraordinarily beautiful? And located in a city of great culture and interest? That was it. That was what would make taking CE’s something to look forward to, rather than dread and resent. A continuing education retreat vacation, located somewhere fabulous. And that is exactly what I created.

Our Education Center is in Asheville, North Carolina, named the #1 Adventure Town by National Geographic, and one of the top 10 places to live in the world, according to many critics. The campus is located on a private 24-acre campus in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Education Center itself is beautiful, spacious and shiny new, and there is a Holistic Retreat Center on campus, all with the most stunning mountain views. The Retreat Center hosts anyone interested in a holistic retreat vacation or health retreat package, and is also home to our student housing for our 6-Month Massage Therapy Certification Program.

Having the perfect location, facilities, workshops and abilities, I created my dream CE scenario. An all-inclusive CE Retreat Vacation. For much less than it cost me for my CST workshop experience in Charlotte, one can come to this oasis and take a wonderful vacation while taking care of your education. The package includes a 22-hour NCBTMB Approved CE workshop, a free 3-hour Professional Ethics class, 2-nights’ accommodations (Friday and Saturday) and all meals, beginning with lunch on Friday afternoon and ending with lunch on Sunday. And all of it for $595 per person for shared accommodations or $695 for private accommodations.

There are generally 24 CE weekend workshops scheduled each year, ranging from Thai Massage to Hot Stone Massage and Spa Therapies. All here, in one exquisite place, and it is grand. Just like I dreamed it could be.

If you are interested in a whole new CE experience, and one that doesn’t drain your wallet like all the a la carte options do, this is an option that you will definitely want to check out.

For more information, contact the Center for Massage & Natural Health, 16 Eagle Street, Asheville, NC 28801, call (828) 658-0814 email info@centerformassage.com or visit the website at http://www.centerformassage.com .

About the author: Peggy M. Huff is the owner and Executive Director of the Center for Massage & Natural Health in Asheville, North Carolina. This COMTA accredited school is celebrating its 10th year of educational excellence and innovation in continuing education experiences.

Benefits of Hot Stone Massage

Although stone massage is not necessarily a new form of massage therapy, its use in spas and massage therapy centers has certainly increased over the last several years. The popularity of this particular form of massage therapy can be attributed to several factors and the benefits they have on the overall well-being of the client or patient in question. Some of these benefits will be explored in this article.

Stone massage involves the use of basalt stones that vary in size, weight, and shape so that they can be used to target specific areas in need of attention by the client. The stones are heated in water at roughly 120-130 degrees Fahrenheit and are used in two ways regarding the client. The first is to place the stones under the client, with a sheet or other layer of fabric between the stones and the client; the second is to place the stones directly on top of the client’s body in specifically targeted areas.

The benefits of stone massage are similar to that of other massage, which includes increased circulation, mobility and range of motion, decreased pain and discomfort, and increase oxygen-rich blood flow to the areas where the client is experiencing discomfort. However, there are inherent advantages that stone massage therapy has other over form of massage that benefits both the client and the therapist.

For the client, using the hot stones in massage allows multiple areas to be targeted, stimulated, and adjusted simultaneously. Due to the varying sizes of the stones, smaller more specific areas can be treated with more accuracy. The heat from the stones themselves adds even more therapeutic value, as the heat helps muscles to relax with more facility, helps to ease pain, and stimulates blood flow even more so than traditional massage therapy.

For the therapist, the strength used and strain on the hands is reduced due to the fact that the stones are being used as a vehicle of delivery for the therapy. Creating increased or decreased pressure is also facilitated by the use of the stones, which benefits both client and therapist alike. Treating deeper tissues is made easier by the use of stones in massage as well.

Due to the evolving nature of clients’ wishes regarding massage therapy, it is important for spas to add to their offerings and provide what is requested by their client base. Many spas are doing just that, and stone massage is another way to meet the demands of clients.

This post was contributed by Kelly Kilpatrick, who writes on the subject of massage therapy. She invites your feedback at kellykilpatrick24@gmail.com

Nontraditional Massage in the Spa Environment

Traditionally, the term ‘massage’ to the general public indicates a relaxation massage. With increasing popularity massage therapy is now viewed as a healing practice. Spa visitors are often receiving massage on a regular basis at home for health benefits. Today’s spa clients look for massage treatments that are beyond the norm as they explore new modalities of healing in their retreat and spa vacations.

Therapies such as hot stone and deep tissue massage are now popular. Less common modalities are being requested and therefore added to many spa menus. Here are just a few nontraditional massage therapies to consider adding to your repertoire:

Ayurvedic massage, based on the underlying principles of ayurvedic medicine, focuses on manipulation of marma points, or energy points, on the body and corresponding techniques appropriate for the individuals body type, or dosha. Abhyanga is the traditional daily massage. Other bodywork offerings include dry brushing or garshana and rituals such as Shirodhara, a treatment that entails warm oil being poured over the third eye in a constant stream.

Shiatsu massage works with acupressure points along the energetic meridians to balance chi. Shiatsu literally translates to ‘finger pressure.’

Thai massage is a combination of yoga and massage that is done while clothed. It involves working on pressure points and energy lines through stretching and movement exercises. Thai massage is wonderful to market to athletes to increase range of movement.

Watsu is a stretching massage done in a warm water pool. Watsu practitioners cradle their clients while gently stretching muscles. This is truly a massage that invites spa clients to experience a nearly weightless massage.

Lomi lomi massage is rooted in the Huna tradition of Hawaii with the universal need for love as its premise. It involves a deep connection between the massage practitioner and the client as most of the work involves intuitive responsiveness of the therapist to return the client to balance.

Craniosacral massage involves the manipulation of the fluid and membrane system of the body that supports the brain and spinal column. Craniosacral work typically involves massage of the skull, spinal cord and sacrum. It is indicated for chronic pain, headache and tension, but there are contraindications of which therapists need to be aware.

Lymphatic massage may be gaining popularity as spa clients look for treatments to detox from daily exposure to toxins. Lymphatic massage works by stimulating the lymph glands to improve lymph circulation. An additional benefit is the potential for improved immune functioning.

For practicing massage therapists adding unique massage treatments is a great way to draw in new clients and become more marketable within the spa industry. Another benefit to being skilled in these nontraditional methods, even if you are not working in a spa environment, is that spa clients will seek out these therapies when returning to their home regions, so the ability to draw in a greater clientele is increased.

Specialized training in these modalities can be found in a variety of settings and lengths. As with all bodywork, the more intensely a modality is practiced and applied, the greater the skill development will become. These different modalities also have grounding in other healing and treatment systems in which practitioners may choose to further develop their practices.

Many of these massage modalities are offered at the Center for Massage & Natural Health’s Holistic Retreat Center, and the practitioners are graduates of their Massage Therapy Certification Program. As massage therapy clients from all walks of life become more familiar with the wide range of services offered, they will be requesting a more eclectic treatment session, and massage therapists should be educated in many of these modalities if they hope to keep their clientele coming back.

If you are interested learning some of these popular massage therapy modalities, please, contact the Center for Massage & Natural Health, 16 Eagle Street, Asheville, NC 28801, call (828) 658-0814 email info@centerformassage.com or visit the website at http://www.centerformassage.com.