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A Washington Post article stated “…Work is a marathon, it’s not a sprint. You really have to be there for a long period of time, and to do that, you have to take care of yourself.”

Wellness programs continue to blossom in all types of businesses and the payoff is of value to many employers. This same article states “Although companies benefit from wellness programs — studies show that companies save $3 for every $1 they invest in health programs — places that offer co-working can’t reap the same rewards. Still, the return on investment comes in other ways, such as retaining members.” I would bet that most would take those odds to increase their productivity and improve their health of their employees which results in fewer sick days and a “healthier” bottom line.

“Whether it’s building meditation and yoga into the workday or providing a quiet room for a massage, full-service work spaces aim to make sure work isn’t the only focus, but when it is, it’s laser-sharp.”

In addition to wellness programs, there are several action items which help to maximize your productivity in the office.  Here is a short list which is easy to manage!

  • Add plants to bring in nature from the outside
  • Bring in a desk lamp to add more light
  • Change your office chair to allow for better ergonomics and posture
  • Add additional storage space for better organization
  • Making a slight change to the position and angle of your computer monitor can make a HUGE difference with neck and eye strain

Think about the satisfaction of all those amenities – yoga, relaxation rooms, on-site chair massage, etc. all in one place along with increased productivity.  Like many others, I say “Yes, please!”

Blog by Janet Constantino
CEO, Massage Kneads

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  • What is your name?
    • Jeff Reiber
  • How long have you known that you wanted to be a massage therapist?  
    • Since I was 19
  • How did you first get your toes wet in the massage field?   
    • Went to a few massage schools and learned more about it.
  • Where did you go to school for massage?  
    • Atlanta GA  , Cappelli Learning Center
  • How long have you been an instructor/working at Atlanta School of Massage?  
    • Since August 2015
  • What is your favorite class/module and why?   
    • I love them all, but intro is probably my favorite
  • What is your favorite aspect of being an instructor?
    •  Watching the students growth through the program.
  • What was the best advice you ever received when you were in school?
    • Make Sure Your Knowledge Of Anatomy Is GREAT.
  • What do you think is the most important thing for students going into the massage industry to remember today?  
    • TO Always Be Humble And Grateful For Each Client. There are more work possibilities for massage therapists today than ever before .
  • Why do you think ASM is the place for people seriously considering going into the massage industry to get their foundation?  
    • ASM is one of the best schools in the country. We teach 750 hours when the state of Georgia only requires 500.
  • What makes you passionate about this field?   
    • Helping people who are in pain . Educating my clients to help them know what is going on with their body..
  • What is the most important thing for massage therapists to remember even after they are licensed and certified?  
    • To always keep learning after you get out of school & to be grateful for each and every client you have.
  • What is one common misconception about the field?   
    • That massage therapists don’t have knowledge of the human anatomy. Massage therapists can help with preventive health problems.
  • Is there anything else you want to share?
    • I’ve been a massage therapist for 22 years; I’ve traveled all over the world, owned three homes,  eight classic cars and motorcycles. Now I have two children and am happily married; I’ve made a good living for my family & I love what I do!
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  • What is your name?
    • Margaret Sharenko
  • How long have you known that you wanted to be a massage therapist?
    • Since I was 16
  • How did you first get your toes wet in the massage field?
    • I used to massage my family starting at 10
  • Where did you go to school for massage?
    • Atlanta School of Massage
  • How long have you been an instructor/working at Atlanta School of Massage?
    • 5 years
  • What is your favorite class/module and why?
    • Orthopedics, I love observing the biomechanics of the human body.
  • What is your favorite aspect of being an instructor?
    • I love sharing my passion and excitement for massage with my students. My favorite part is the ah-ha moment that students have when they finally understand a concept in their own time.
  • What was the best advice you ever received when you were in school?
    • You cannot help others if you do not take care of yourself first.
  • What do you think is the most important thing for students going into the massage industry to remember today?
    • Massage is a rewarding career. It is also a physically demanding profession. You can have a long and prosperous career as a MT by taking care of yourself on a consistent basis.
  • Why do you think ASM is the place for people seriously considering going into the massage industry to get their foundation?
    • I personally, chose ASM as my school of choice 2 different times in my life. The first time was for massage in 2005 and the second was for the personal trainer program in 2014. Some of my favorites memories and experiences took place at this school and I honestly believe I would not be where I am today in my career without the support I received during my time at ASM. That probably explains why I came back to teach and now have the pleasure of serving our students and graduates as the director.
  • What makes you passionate about this field?
    • The advancements in the field of massage are endless. With our partnership with Emory University we are seeing and publishing the positive biological effects massage has on populations. I am excited about the future of Massage Therapy and Research!
  • What is the most important thing for massage therapists to remember even after they are licensed and certified?
    • Get massages regularly. Trading out with colleagues is good but when you need to make sure you take care of yourself consistently set up a time weekly or biweekly and pay to receive massage services. It creates a healthy boundary for you. Attend GA Massage board meetings. Become active in the profession!
  • What is one common misconception about the field?
    • That massage is a luxury. Massage is a necessity for ones self care routine. Massage Therapists are here to support your wellness goals-the clients have to be ready to put themselves first!
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  • What is your name?
    • Samantha Snair Yancey
  • How long have you known that you wanted to be a massage therapist?
    • Since I was about 7, I massaged my mom.
  • How did you first get your toes wet in the massage field?
    • When I was 18, I received my first professional massage at a resort spa. My therapist was an older gentleman, who went WAY too deep massaging my glutes. Although looking back, I realize that I needed the work, but without much explanation, I was left thinking “If this is what massage really is, I want no part of it”
  • Where did you go to school for massage?
    • ASM – 2003
  • How long have you been an instructor/working at Atlanta School of Massage?
    • Since 2006
  • What is your favorite class/module and why?
    • Aromatherapy has my heart, but I also love teaching musculoskeletal anatomy.
  • Who was your favorite instructor and why?
    • There have been a few that have truly impacted my career. Carol Venclick was not only my instructor during Massage and Aesthetics school, but I also considered her a mentor during my first few years teaching at ASM. Geoff West was an instructor when I first begin teaching. The way he communicated and taught, spoke to me. It was very intentional and almost gentle in a sense. I can only aspire to be as thoughtful in my communication as he was. Aaron Gunn worked with me for 12 years until he moved out of state two years ago. Aaron blended humor and storytelling to get his educational points across. I admit I still think of his stories when I’m teaching certain subjects. And finally, Lovelace Linares. Lovelace made such an impact on my teaching career. I can honestly say without a shadow of a doubt, I would not be the hard-working, knowledgeable and passionate teacher with an above average work ethic without him as my director during my formative years as a massage teacher.
  • What is your favorite aspect of being an instructor?
    • I love seeing the excitement and passion ignite in students. Especially when they begin to connect dots and see how everything works together. I also greatly love being part of the legacy that ASM leaves to potential students to come. I can only hope that I make the impact on the lives of my students, as my instructors made on mine.
  • What was the best advice you ever received when you were in school?
    • Body Mechanics, Grounding myself & its ok to not be perfect.
  • What do you think is the most important thing for students going into the massage industry to remember today?
    • Massage the easiest part, most of the battle is fighting with your own ego and adopting  better communications habits with yourself and the client.
  • Why do you think ASM is the place for people seriously considering going into the massage industry to get their foundation?
    • You can go to any school and learn massage. You can go to any school and learn deep tissue and NMT. But ASM will teach you how to be a respectful, ethical, communicative, emotionally literate,  highly skilled and extremely knowledgeable massage therapist. A massage therapist that can not only provide a wonderful massage, but who’s clients feel safe, comfortable and at ease in their presence.
  • What makes you passionate about this field?
    • I love every aspect of wellness. Massage to me is just one portion of the entire wellness industry. Which means there is always something to learn, there is always a tool or technique that can be used. I never feel stagnate or stuck.
  • What is the most important thing for massage therapists to remember even after they are licensed and certified?
    • Don’t allow yourself to get lazy- study your muscles and keep your body mechanics in check. Don’t allow yourself to get complacent- grow and keep learning. Always keep your ego in check, no matter how awesome you think your massage is, there will always be someone who disagrees.
  • What is one common misconception about the field?
    • We don’t FIX anyone. A good massage therapist who has their ego in check, knows that we manipulate the client’s tissues to facilitate their own body’s physiological healing processes. Massage therapists are not magic, all knowing or have hands from God. We use our experience in the industry, knowledge of the anatomy and assessment of the client’s posture, all which help us to be able to feel for very subtle shifts in the body. Then our hands go where the palpatory findings lead them.
  • Is there anything else you want to share?
    • If you decide to come to ASM, prepare to have your world turned upside down in the best ways possible. The amount of inner growth that you will experience far outweighs the physical and kinesthetic growth you can visually see. True, you learn massage. But that’s just scraping the surface. What you really learn is a beautiful, sometimes messy deep dive of who you really are. More importantly, this makes way for you to be your best self, at your highest calling.
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Healthy habits can be elusive when you have a busy schedule or when you’re living with a disability or mental health issue. It can be difficult to think about making big changes to your lifestyle when you’re having a hard time balancing everything, but those changes can actually do you a world of good. Whether it’s introducing a supplement that will help you get to a healthy weight or finding a way to boost your mood, there are plenty of ways to raise your overall wellness that won’t add stress or anxiety to your already busy life.

Think of your body as a puzzle. With so many pieces that have to fit together, how will you connect them in a way that makes sense for you? For instance, individuals who are living with diabetes can often find relief from their symptoms by controlling their diet and maintaining a healthy weight, which can, in turn, help boost mood, improve sleep quality, and relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. By taking action in one section of your life, you’ll actually create a series of positive changes in other areas as well.

Consider these tips when you’re looking to make some healthy changes in your life:

Check your air filters

The air inside your home can be a hub for pollutants including pollen, dust, dander, smoke, and mold. Exposure to these pollutants can cause fatigue, irritate the eyes and nose, and aggravate asthma. Even if you don’t experience any symptoms, it’s important to clean the air to reduce the risk of health problems. Better air quality is possible when you change your air filters regularly. Consider replacing your old filters with MERV 11 ones, which get rid of 95 percent of harmful airborne particles. Also, try to match the filter brand to the manufacturer of your unit (if you own a Lennox unit, for instance, purchase Lennox filters).

Try a Supplement

With so many supplements on the market, it can be hard to know which ones are legitimate and which ones will leave you feeling frustrated. The key to finding the right help — especially when it comes to losing weight — is to read reviews and narrow down your options by how well they work for men or women specifically. Some have a thermogenic effect, which helps to burn fat more quickly than if you were doing it all alone, but it’s important to combine the supplement with a healthy diet and exercise routine.

If you’re looking for a supplement to help you relax and lower your stress and anxiety, many people have found success with CBD oil. The best part about CBD oil is that it helps to give your body some much-needed cannabinoid without the “high” associated with marijuana. Again, like weight-loss supplements, finding the right brand can often prove difficult, which is why it’s helpful to use guides that highlight the many products currently on the market, which range from gummies and edibles to tinctures.

Declutter

Many people don’t realize just how much the clutter in their home can affect them overall. In fact, having lots of belongings around you all the time can be detrimental to your mental health and can leave you feeling anxious or even depressed. Remember that spring cleaning doesn’t just have to come once a year; if your home is overflowing with stuff, take a weekend to go through things and pare them down. If it hasn’t been used or worn in six months or more and isn’t a strictly seasonal item, it may be time to get rid of it.

Rest Your Aching Feet… and Your Back

Depending on what type of job you have, you may be on your feet all day, only to come home to face making dinner, helping the kids with their nightly routine, and taking care of all the chores you didn’t get to over the weekend. You may not even realize how much your feet hurt until you finally sit down, and since your feet and legs can have an impact on your spine, your back is probably taking daily hits, too. Pamper yourself a bit with a pedicure and leg massage, or invest in a good foot bath that will give your aching tootsies a rest after a long day.

Listen to Your Gut

Your gut health is important for several reasons; not only does it contribute to your metabolism and overall physical wellness, but it can also have an effect on your mental health. Because certain essential bacteria live and thrive in your gut, you’ll want to keep them as healthy as possible by eating the right foods. Anything with live cultures, such as certain types of yogurt, or foods that are fermented, such as sauerkraut, will work wonders for your gut.

Finding healthy strategies for yourself can take some time, so don’t be afraid to try a few new things until you find one that really sticks. Talk to your doctor before making any major changes, especially if you have an existing health condition, and be patient as you go through the process. Chances are, you’ll be feeling great in no time!

By:

Jennifer McGuire

PublicHealthLibrary.org

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I am Lee Buckton originally from Cape Town, South Africa. Currently studying massage at Atlanta School of Massage. Knowing the power of human touch has been an intrinsic part of me. So much is communicated via touch; in the past I’ve massaged people when they seemed distressed, not really knowing what I was doing.  Realizing now, with the knowledge I’ve gained, by placing my hands on someone with the intent to alleviate their present problems does wonders. I love the idea of healing through touch, without adverse side effects and naturally without pharmaceuticals.

After moving to the USA, I decided I needed a career change to accompany my change of location. I was looking for something that felt more aligned with the gifts I had to offer to the Universe. I had done months of intense introspection; I found massage and was certain that this work was connected to me on a deeper level.

I’m generally the Dr. Phil or Oprah Winfrey of my family and friends. I’ve always had a deep empathy for people, therefore I knew that my career needed to be people-centric. People have always come to me in a vulnerable state, and together we’ll communicate and raise them above whatever scenario, to their optimal state of being where the individual can practice gratitude and as a direct extension experience joy again.

Initially, I had as aspirations to finish my degree in Sociology and become a counselor. However, after much reflection, I went back to the drawing board and focused deeply on my intentions and motivations in life. I realized that, it feels more natural for me to heal someone’s body through touch. What is interesting, is that it is still “therapy” hence massage therapy. Through massage therapy, I can relieve people from their traumas and worries in life, through my education in massage therapy I ’ve learnt often times people harbor stress in their muscles. Through massage you can physically release their stress, leaving the client feeling as though a weight has been lifted off their shoulders. It’s greatly fulfilling to witness someone completely relieved of pain or stress once they get off my massage table. Some people come in unable to walk properly and after a massage they’re skipping!

I’ve always known massage was great, however since becoming a massage student, I’ve come to the realization massage is not just a one hour rub down. You can actually improve posture, circulation, release tension, flush their bodies of toxins and vast array of other benefits. I’ve found that touch with a healing intention can change someone’s life for the better.

I was in search of purpose and my internal GPS lead me to “Atlanta School of Massage.”

I am forever grateful for the knowledge and the connections I have made thus far.

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Escaping from the facade of high-end, luxury, unaffordable for your average American status, massage is quickly becoming considered an integral part of the basic wellness lifestyle. Riding on the crest of the same wave of energy that brought yoga to the West, opened our eyes to the dangers of GMOs and artificial food dyes, and made a household term out of mindfulness meditation, the integration of massage therapy into the healthcare paradigm has reached a crescendo. Although still generally classified under the caveat of ‘alternative healing,’ massage therapy’s inertia towards the mainstream medical model is undeniable.

Recent data published by the American Massage Therapy Association illustrates this trend. According to consumer surveys, fifty percent of Americans last year who received massage did so for medical reasons. Furthermore, of the fifty-one million Americans surveyed who discussed massage with their healthcare providers (including physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists), 63% were recommended to massage therapists for treatment. Most often those surveyed were referred to massage for specific concerns such as pain management, but a good portion (28%) received massage for relaxation and stress reduction.*

The widespread realization of the significant impacts of stress on the integrity of the human body is opening doors to a growing body of research on historically marginalized modalities, massage therapy included. While the mechanical effects of massage on muscle tension and blood flow are widely recognized and accepted, further research into the neurological effects of massage, and the medical implications thereof, will demonstrate the potential for massage therapy applications for both the prevention and treatment of disease.

By continuing to strive for the recognition of massage therapy as a tool for a balanced and holistic lifestyle, we can look forward to a future in which optimal wellness is the standard, not the exception.

Author: Sally Berger

Future Graduate of Atlanta School of Massage

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The typical office worker sits at a desk all day long, hunching over computers because it’s his or her job. The worker types away, calling clients, organizing paperwork, selling products—all to help bring in the big bucks to his company, big or small. All the while, their head weighs down on the neck. The posture crumbles down through his or her spine. The fingers, curved over his keyboard, ache, while his or her wrists are threatened by carpal tunnel day in and day out. He’s tired, sore and hungry for a little more attention from the company he’s [quite literally] breaking his back for. He or she is overworked and typically stressed for a majority of the day. Does this sound familiar?

In reading studies online from the Project: Time Off, this organization notes that “Americans forfeited 212 million days, which is the equivalent to $62.2 billion in lost benefits. That means employees donated an individual average of $561 in work time to their employer in 2017.”

Shocking as it reads, it is probably common to all as the typical office worker is tied to emails, conference calls, and projects through the ease and use of modern-day technologies with high-speed internet.  

Topping off the list of reasons why vacation was taken included the lack of coverage, scheduling, the cost of a vacation and the corporate culture of taking and scheduling vacation.

Those that travel have the excitement of planning the trip along with the actual travel which creates a win-win! Does your corporate culture support some “kneaded” time away from the office? Happiness increases with job duties, personal relationships, physical and mental well-being to name a few.

One suggestion is to “ease” into vacation plans and use up those days by planning long weekends including Fridays and Mondays out of the office.

Can’t get away for a vacation? Why “knot” include some of these ideas into your corporate culture to enhance and create stress-relief in your office environment?

Is your business environment in need of some stress-relief, wellness, AND productivity? Optimize health in your office and bring Massage Kneads into your office for some “kneaded” stress-relief.

For more information on how we can best meet your “kneads”, have your HR Department contact CEO Janet Constantino through the contact us link on our website at www.CorporateMassageKneads.com for more information.

Request your quote today!

Escape. Experience. Enjoy.

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If you work for a company, you already know about something that isn’t talked about very commonly, vacation days. These are days getting time away from the office can be not only tricky but time consuming when planning to take a relaxing trip. Some even save those days up for a maybe a week to themselves, relaxing and rejuvenating in the comfort of their own home for a “staycation.”  According to recent studies, it seems that many working full time are not using vacation but  constantly “saving” vacation days.

You may think to yourself, maybe these people are actually saving these days for a month long vacation in Hawaii or some other exotic trip. The fact of the matter is, when asked, these people claim that they feel more productive by not using up the vacation time they have. This may seem like a bizarre thing to comprehend, as it was to me when I first read up on it. It does, however, make quite a bit of sense once you put it into perspective using the work industry.

In order to seem like you’re always on task and ahead of the game, you need to go to work as often as possible. By working often and keeping up with all of the information, you will seem very productive. I know for a fact I feel very productive and up to date with all of the latest news when I work often. It’s a feeling you gain from the rush of work and the ability to get through it at a decent time. Just because you are doing all of these things to get your work in on time, doesn’t mean you are actually at your full level of productivity. This is the part where all of those extra vacation days you’ve been “saving” will come in.

Once you realize that vacation time is actually implemented to help keep your levels of productivity at a high, you might reconsider saving those days forever. A vacation allows for you to clear your mind and bring yourself to a state with no stress. This can be any type of vacation!  If you plan on spending it with your friends, your family, or alone. By surrounding yourself in a comfortable or exciting environment, you are able to bring your mind away from the workplace and give yourself some time.

Any effort to reduce your stress levels can actually help your productivity levels. Maybe use a vacation day and go to a spa with the girls or even spend a weekend with your family in the mountains. It doesn’t have to be something big and spectacular, just something to take you somewhere else for a little while.

One could also make small minor lifestyle improvements throughout the day to bring stress levels down. Lighting some nice scented candles and drinking a cup of tea by the fireplace is an easy solution as well, if you still plan to “save” those vacation days.

The quickest way to stress reduction is to target the source of the stress in your body. This can be achieved by a licensed, trained and experienced massage therapist with Massage Kneads. This type of wellness program on-site can often “hit the spot” just right and offer stress-relief in order to keep productivity levels up.

This is what one client said about his recent mobile chair massage!

5 stars!
Excellent and Attentive
“Janet always does a good job and is very attentive to specific problem areas. She listens and adapts to each client’s preferences.”

Have your HR department contact Massage Kneads to schedule your next in-office wellness program with a chair massage program! We can be reached at info@corporatemassagekneads.com or by calling Janet Constantino at (404) 664-3221.

Escape. Experience. Enjoy.

Janet Constantino, CEO, Massage Kneads

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A common issue I have seen throughout the last couple of years are distractions interfering with productivity and focus. These distractions can range from a wide variety of different things in your life, some of those things are in your control and some are out of your control. Fear not, I have found a few useful techniques to help you keep those distractions out of your life. Some of these techniques I have used in the past and some of them are suggestions from other individuals out there with the same struggles.

Put that phone down!

I’m ripping the band-aid  off, right off the bat, with this topic. If you’re working for a company or a business, you most likely have a cellphone. They’re a great way to contact your boss and your coworkers with ease. They can speed up your productivity alot, because emailing can become a drag. These devices that we have become so dependent on over the years can help us in many different situations, however, they can be our worst enemy in terms of distractions. Not only do phones these days allow for music and videos, but also games and other constant things that just keep out notifications going off.

I know you don’t want to miss that tweet from your favorite celebrity, neither do I, but when it comes to work, once you’re checking your phone it’s hard to stop. I know most of us cannot turn off our phones in fear of missing a conference call, but there’s other ways around that. You can switch off notifications for certain apps during work hours and put them back on when the day is done. This will keep you on task and hard at work, without making you miss an important update!

There’s a time and place for that new episode.

I know we all have our guilty pleasures when it comes to television shows. Some of us can’t wait to see who gets eliminated or what happens next. It happens to everyone, and that’s mainly the point of television, to get you hooked. It’s okay to watch these shows, cause lets face it, we all do. I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help you out if you’re struggling with this issue too.

You come home from a long day of work and you still have the giant pile of paperwork to finish up, but your show is on in 10 minutes. The solution to this common problem is actually a lot more simple than it may seem. You can add the show to your DVR and allow for the episode to record so you can watch it at your own convenience when you’re through with all of your work. I don’t know about you, but when I get to sit down and watch my favorite program after all my work is finished, it’s much more satisfying. But wait, your show is about to start and you’re not home! Have no fear, many of your shows are available via app on your phone so you can watch them whenever. The app is almost always included with your service, you just have to log in.

Relax!

With these new tricks on your mind, you’ll be able to work through the workday without distraction. Meeting deadlines and finishing projects will come much easier once you spend less time doing other tasks. These two methods work hand in hand with each other. If you’re on your phone less and work harder throughout the day, you might be able to go home without extra things to do. It may then be possible to catch that episode at 8!
You’ll notice you have more time to yourself to do things you want to do outside of work. You might just realize you have more stress than you’ve known. Working those long days at the office definitely puts a damper on your emotional and physical health. A relaxing massage from Massage Kneads has been known to help out with stress and increase productivity during the workday. So take a break from the big things in your life and schedule a massage today!

5 Stars! A break worth taking!

“The waterfall provides a naturally relaxing background for an excellent stress reliever! Prompt, professional, thorough and just the right amount of pressure to provide real relief and relaxation. Expect to add this to my routine every couple weeks.”

Blog By: Janel Constantino, Massage Kneads

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