Thursday, November 15, 2012

Attending to the Stress Left by Sandy


One might wonder what a massage therapist could do in a devastated neighborhood like the post-Sandy Rockaways. But there was Cate, calmly stirring her tuning bowl; Shing at his table, easing someone’s shoulder muscles; Susan over at her table stretching a receiver’s cramped leg; Fred and Rich at massage chairs, leaning into backs that were tight from days in cold, damp homes. The small group of therapists was focused and mostly silent as they worked, a unique presence in a warming tent near St. Francis Church.

Out in Belle Harbor, where Swedish Institute alumni volunteers will be offering massage for a few days, the ocean met the bay during the storm surge, covering the streets that crisscross the narrow channel of land. That night, many residents lost life as they knew it.

Helpers have descended: Trucks carry away mountains of sand and debris, electricians inspect homes before power can be restored, volunteers distribute stuff like food, clothing and supplies. But it is heart wrenching to realize that all of the “stuff” in the world will not be enough to heal Rockaway residents. Yes, there is rebuilding and replacing that needs to be done, but there are inner lives that need to be tended to as well. That’s where the massage therapists come in.

What massage therapists have to offer may not fill a material need, but has value because it can wordlessly encourage a receiver to be “at home” in his or her own body. Mindful rhythmic touch resonates with homeostasis, that innate sense of balance. If muscles can relax a bit, circulation and immune response may improve. People get up from the table and for the moment they can smile.

After a disaster, communities need an ocean of helpers. Massage therapists can play a vital role by attending to participant’s physical and emotional stress. One of our alumni volunteers, Fred Kinnard, suggested that community teams need to be trained and in place before disaster strikes. In fact, the AMTA New Jersey chapter just alerted members that the next meeting will offer a program for preparing leaders for emergency deployment.

If you want to volunteer:

Alumni volunteers are coordinated by Meg Darnell, Dean of Alumni Services. For opportunities and updates, email her at [email protected], or go to either the Swedish Institute Alumni Volunteer page on Facebook, or to the Alumni Network (swedishgrad.com). See some of Meg’s photos from the Rockaways.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Message from the president

This has been a difficult time.  Most of you are suffering from the aftermath of Sandy or have someone close to you who is.  All of us at Swedish Institute are wishing you a swift return to normalcy.
Your education is one of your most valuable assets and Swedish faculty and staff are fully committed to helping you progress through this Fall term and maintain your path to graduation and employment.  With classes resuming on Monday, November 5th, here's what you need to know:
  • Canceled classes (10/29-11/2) will be made up, through assignments or rescheduling, so that the Fall term will be completed and all material covered.  This will be handled on a class-by-class basis
  • Tutorial classes will be made available for those requesting it and instructors will provide extra flexibility for handing in assignments and rescheduling or retaking exams. 
  • Students who are late due to difficult travel circumstances will be allowed in class and be credited for the day's attendance.
  • Students who have lost books or supplies will be provided chapter copies or loaners.
For those of you who can help, Swedish Institute is continuing its long tradition of community service through a food and clothing drive to help victims of Sandy and through organizing outreach efforts for students, alumni and staff.  Please look for the donation stations next week or check with Jess Ferrante, Director of Student Services or the reception desks at both buildings.  Check our Facebook page and website for announcements.

Rest assured that we will do everything possible to keep you on track.  Your instructors and deans will be communicating with you directly and you can respond to this email, or call the college, if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Peter Neigler
President
Swedish Institute

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

All Classes Cancelled 11/1/2012 & 11/2/2012


All Swedish classes and off-sites are cancelled for tomorrow Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2.

Staff should report to work at noon on Thursday, if possible. All staff should return on Friday.

Note, due to an area-wide outage with our ISP email, text alerts, phone greeting and main website are down, therefore subsequent notifications will be done through this page and our Facebook page.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

All Classes Cancelled 10/31/12

As NYC Public Schools continue to be closed, all Swedish classes and off-sites are cancelled for tomorrow Wednesday, October 31. A separate message will be posted tomorrow evening regarding Wednesday classes.

Note, due to an area-wide outage with our ISP email, text alerts, phone greeting and main website are down, therefore subsequent notifications will be done through this website and our facebook page.

Monday, October 29, 2012

School Closing

As NYC Public Schools continue to be closed, all Swedish classes and off-sites are cancelled for tomorrow Tuesday, October 30. A separate message will be posted tomorrow evening regarding Wednesday classes.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Why We Have a President Instead of a King



Which of our six founding fathers was a president of the United States? Was it:

  • George Washington
  • James Madison
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • John Adams
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Alexander Hamilton

Actually, the first four were all presidents. Benjamin Franklin became Minister to France and Alexander Hamilton became Treasury Secretary.
These remarkable people were also among the framers of our Constitution, considered by some to be the most important legal document ever created.
Observe Constitution Day (September 17)!  Take a look at the original and review its remarkable declarations by going to the U.S. archive of documents.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Massage Therapy and Advanced Personal Training Scholarship Applications are now available


Please note that a correction has been made to the Massage Therapy scholarship application, reducing the number of credited required to apply from 15 to 12.5!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Sports Massage at the Finish Line

Students from Swedish Institute’s Massage Therapy program provide sports massage at various sporting events in New York City, including the recent Aquaphor® NYC Triathlon. Under the supervision of faculty and working alongside licensed practitioners from Pegasus Wellness Alliance, the team helps close to 500 athletes recover from the competition.  Here’s a look at some of the highlights of the day.
Our next event will be at the finish line of the Ironman® Championship in August, followed by the ING NYC Marathon in November.

New Tools of Assessment & Treatment Instructional Videos Available


Mark Proctor, Chair of Western Massage, has produced a new series of instructional video for students.

View the videos by logging into your Moodle account and going to Western Massage-->Tools of Assessment & Treatment.

  • Biceps Femoris
  • Gluteus Maximus
  • Gracilis
  • Hamstrings
  • Pectineus
  • Rectus Femoris - Ely's Test
  • Semimembranosus
  • Tapotement

Friday, June 22, 2012

Summer Shape-Up Series


An ongoing series of FREE health-fitness oriented informational sessions that include lectures and some participation for those who wish to participate.  All sessions are presented by the Swedish Institute Advanced Personal Training Faculty.  The sessions will take place at the Advanced Personal Training Functional Training Facility (151 West 26th Street, ground floor) on Wednesday nights this summer from 6pm-7pm.  ALL ARE WELCOME to attend.  The presentations are suitable for all persons interested in health and fitness, from the novice to advanced exerciser, and from the fitness or health professional to those wishing to become fitness/health professionals. 

Schedule and Topics:

June 27:  Back to Basics

Back pain affects 8 of 10 people at some point in their lives.  Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low back pain, the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work.  Back pain occurs most often between ages 30 and 50, due in part to the aging process but also as a result of sedentary life styles with too little (sometimes punctuated by too much) exercise.  What factors influence load on the low back and how can a well-balanced exercise program help reduce your risk of suffering low back pain.

July 11:  The Truth About Stretching

This presentation introduces the many different forms of stretching (passive, assisted, active, dynamic, ballistic) and discusses the pros and cons of each as well as criteria for inclusion in a fitness program.  How to get the most out of the different techniques by proper timing, application, and alignment with program goals.

July 18:  Fat or Fiction?  The Truth About Fat and Fat Loss

What really works for weight and fat loss seems to be a controversial issue in today’s fitness industry.  Things that used to work don’t seem to work anymore and people find themselves frustrated and ready to give up.  What does the research about weight and fat loss tell us and how can we find the right information for our age, gender and body-type?.  Does one size fit all for fat-loss or is a customized program the answer?  Find out how to maximize your efforts.

July 25:  Is Exercise Medicine?  Prevention or Treatment?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Failing to plan is like planning to fail.  What can exercise do to help decrease the risk of disease and dysfunction?  When is exercise too much of a good thing and is it ever really too late to start?  Find out what exercise can do for you and how to decrease your risk of disease through structured physical activity.

August 1:  Is Any Exercise Better Than No Exercise?

There are so many different ways to exercise and so many over-the-top advertisements and products that promise a ‘silver-bullet’ approach to getting fit.  What works and what doesn’t and is it really effective to do the minimum and expect the maximum benefit from exercise?  What exercises are contraindicated and are there really ‘bad’ exercises or just exercises that are more advanced?  How can you hedge your bets and get the most return on your investment of time and effort in the gym?

August 8:  What is Fitness and Physical Culture?

You may remember taking the “President’s Physical Fitness Test” in school as a child.  Where and how was this test developed?  How is First Lady Michelle Obama’s current fitness initiative an extension of this?  What other national initiatives have succeeded and failed in helping create and sustain an American Physical Culture?  Is America’s physical culture or lack thereof partly responsible for the current obesity epidemic, rise of metabolic syndrome, and increased incidence of musculoskeletal problems and low-back pain?  Learn the history and help change the culture!!!

Friday, June 15, 2012

OS II Outriggers Event


Saturday 6/23 11am-2pm:
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park, 1 Main St, Brooklyn. NY.
(On the water front, Brooklyn side, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges)

Bring weather gear, hats and sunblock.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Wireless Network

A new wireless network has been installed at Swedish Institute.
Information to access the new wireless network can be found in the library, student lounge or at reception.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Spring 2012 Professional Development & Ethics Classes


DATE: Spring 2012
To All Massage Therapy Students:

A reminder that if you have missed any Professional Development classes from last semester (or any previous semester) you must make them up this semester. Attendance for all PDE classes is mandatory. **If the Incomplete is not resolved by the end of this semester, the ENTIRE PDE COURSE from that level will have to be repeated, at full tuition. In this case you will be re-scheduled to take all classes from that course (PDE-I, PDE-II, PDE-III or PDE-IV). If you have any questions about which PDE classes you have missed you can email Ellen Krueger, Chair of the Professional Dev. Dept. at [email protected] or call (212) 924-5900 ext. 316 and please leave your student ID #.

In-Class Make-Ups:
Get a make-up form from the receptionist on the 5th floor before you go into class. The fee is $25. Have the instructor enter your name in the roll book, sign your form and hand the make-up form back in to the receptionist so you will receive credit for the class.
A schedule of professional development classes for the current term is available in the Student Lounge or on our website (docs.theswede.me).

Tutorials:
It is always preferable to do the make-up in class to receive maximum benefit from the small group activities and class discussions, which are an integral part of learning. If you cannot attend the missed class this semester, you are allowed ONE TUTORIAL make-up for all of PD 1, 2 and 3 level classes combined and ONE TUTORIAL make-up for all PD 4 classes. The tutorial fee is $40. for 1½ hrs. and is paid directly to the tutorial instructor. A list of tutorial teachers and contact numbers is at the 5th fl. receptionist office. Get a Tutorial Make-Up Form from the reception area, have your instructor sign it and return the form to the receptionist for credit.

4th Level Students:
Students who have not completed all PD classes (Levels 1-3) before the final exam (7th or 8th week of PDE-IV) will not be eligible to sit for the exam until they have done so and will need to schedule a make-up test date for a fee of $25.

Students currently in Swedish II:
Make sure to sign up for the upcoming Business II class at the 5th floor receptionist’s desk. Classes begin the week of May 20th.

If you have any questions or concerns contact Ellen Krueger, Chair of the Professional Dev. Dept. at Ext. 316 or at [email protected]

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Swedish I: Petrissage Instructional Video Available


Mark Proctor, Chair of Western Massage, has produced a new instructional video for students.

View the whole video by logging into your Moodle account and going to Western Massage-->Swedish I and click on the "Petrissage" link.

Swedish I: Friction Instructional Video Available


Mark Proctor, Chair of Western Massage, has produced a new instructional video for students.

View the whole video by logging into your Moodle account and going to Western Massage-->Swedish I and click on the "Friction" link.

Swedish I: Range of Motion Instructional Video Available


Mark Proctor, Chair of Western Massage, has produced a new instructional video for students.

View the whole video by logging into your Moodle account and going to Western Massage-->Swedish I and click on the "Range of Motion" link.


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Swedish I: Full-body Massage Part 2 Instructional Video Available


Mark Proctor, Chair of Western Massage, has produced a new instructional video for students.

View the whole video by logging into your Moodle account and going to Western Massage-->Swedish I and click on the "Full-body Massage Part 2" link.


Swedish I: Full-body Massage Part 1 Instructional Video Available


Mark Proctor, Chair of Western Massage, has produced a new instructional video for students.

View the whole video by logging into your Moodle account and going to Western Massage-->Swedish I and click on the "Full-body Massage Part 1" link.


Swedish I: The Back Instructional Video Available


Mark Proctor, Chair of Western Massage, has produced a new instructional video for students.

View the whole video by logging into your Moodle account and going to Western Massage-->Swedish I and click on the "The Back" link.


Swedish I: Anterior Lower Extremity Instructional Video Available


Mark Proctor, Chair of Western Massage, has produced a new instructional video for students.

View the whole video by logging into your Moodle account and going to Western Massage-->Swedish I and click on the "Anterior Lower Extremity" link.


Swedish I:Chest Instructional Video Available


Mark Proctor, Chair of Western Massage, has produced a new instructional video for students.

View the whole video by logging into your Moodle account and going to Western Massage-->Swedish I and click on the "Chest" link.


Swedish I: Draping Instructional Video Available


Mark Proctor, Chair of Western Massage, has produced a new instructional video for students.

View the whole video by logging into your Moodle account and going to Western Massage-->Swedish I and click on the "Draping" link.

Friday, March 23, 2012

A Focus on Hands


Some of the students in the Surgical Technologist Program in class at 151 West 26th Street.
Good hand-washing technique is the number one method for preventing the spread of infection.  Important not only for professionals, but for all of us as we go through the flu season and travel in crowded subways.

Students in the Surgical Technologist and Medical Assistant programs at Swedish Institute were recently inspired to pay attention to hand washing and other barriers that protect both patients and health care workers. Guest lecturer Pamela Werner, RN, BSN, MBA, described the correct use of hand-washing and offered different methods for remembering key points—the lecture itself, a summary poster published by the World Health Organization, or for those more kinetic learners, a lively video.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Swedish I: Head, Neck & Face Instructional Video Available


Mark Proctor, Chair of Western Massage, has produced a new instructional video for students.

View the whole video by logging into your Moodle account and going to Western Massage-->Swedish I and click on the "Head, Neck & Face" link.

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Swedish I: Upper Extremity Instructional Video Available


Mark Proctor, Chair of Western Massage, has produced a new instructional video for students.

View the whole video by logging into your Moodle account and going to Western Massage-->Swedish I and click on the "VIDEO - UPPER EXTREMITY" link.

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Swedish I: Posterior Lower Extremity Instructional Video Available


Mark Proctor, Chair of Western Massage, has produced a new instructional video for students.

View the whole video by logging into your Moodle account and going to Western Massage-->Swedish I and click on the "VIDEO - POSTERIOR LOWER EXTREMITY" link
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Swedish I: Abdomen Instructional Video Available

Mark Proctor, Chair of Western Massage, has produced a new instructional video for students.

View the whole video by logging into your Moodle account and going to Western Massage-->Swedish I and click on the "VIDEO - ABDOMEN" link.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Swedish I: Effleurage Instructional Video Available


Mark Proctor, Chair of Western Massage, has produced a new instructional video for students.

View the whole video by logging into your Moodle account and going to Western Massage-->Swedish I and click on the "VIDEO - EFFLEURAGE" link.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Faculty Profile: Ushasi Thompson


Ushasi Thompson
Students come to higher education seeking knowledge from teachers and books, but often find that true understanding comes from within themselves. With massage therapy faculty member Ushasi Thompson, they meet a teacher with a keen sense of both the outer and inner sources of wisdom.

Ms. Thompson teaches pathology, neurology, anatomy and physiology, and has a passion for making these subjects relevant. “The sciences can seem especially difficult for some people,” she said. “I try to unravel complicated material in a step-by-step way so it is accessible instead of a mystery. I love the light bulb moments that occur when a student ‘gets it’, especially when they didn’t think they could.”
Focusing on Student Support
As Director of Academic Support Services for the Massage Therapy Program, Ms. Thompson also leads seminars in study skills and learning styles, connects students to peer tutors, and is available on a one-on-one basis to talk to students when they need help. In addition to being a licensed massage therapist, she also holds a master’s degree in theological and pastoral studies. Her background in education, counseling and massage all inform her work as a teacher and advisor.

“Twenty years experience in practicing meditation as part of a formal and disciplined meditation path, combined with the sense of focus developed by being a bodyworker, helps me to be present for people in distress,” she said. Her expertise in the sciences as well as her meditative discipline, are evident in the classroom and provide an optimal environment for learning. “I aim to facilitate a culture of respect and openness towards students in the classroom. I believe that the more inner work I do for myself, the more open and compassionate environment I can foster for others.”

Inspired teachers, along with academic support, can help students persist in their education despite obstacles, often with results that can transform their lives.

If life has problems,
Even so,
Light has solutions.
- Sri Chinmoy

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

In the News: Massage as Medicine


The March 13 issue of The Wall Street Journal features as its top health story, “Don’t Call it Pampering: Massage Wants to be Medicine.”
The article reports that massage is now recommended by physicians for back pain and knee pain, and is being studied by the government’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) to the tune of $2.7 million dollars. Jack Killen, the NCCAM’s deputy director, says in the article that "There is emerging evidence that [massage] can make contributions in treating things like pain, where conventional medicine doesn't have all the answers."
Reporter Andrea Petersen cites evidence that massage is gaining in popularity: “About 8.3% of American adults used massage in 2007, up from 5% in 2002, according to a National Health Statistics report that surveyed 23,393 adults in 2007 and 31,044 adults in 2002, the latest such data available. Massage was expected to be a $10 billion to $11 billion industry in 2011 in the U.S., according to estimates by the American Massage Therapy Association, a nonprofit professional organization.” Read the article, including comments which debate whether or not massage should be covered by insurance.

Friday, March 9, 2012

First Class in the New Nursing Skills Lab



The Nursing Skills Lab was used for the first time for a continuing education course--MassageTherapy for Chronic and Terminal Illness--taught by Nursing Program dean Niamh van Meines. Joining her as instructors on March 3-4 were massage therapists Sharon Houlihan,  Barbara Goldschmidt and Cody Landis, as well as Susan Thrane, a nurse and Reiki practitioner. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Caren Messing Performs with “The Shirts” on March 8


Faculty member Caren Messing's band The Shirts will perform at a benefit for the American Heart Association this week. Join them for Bill Popp's "26th Annual Daddy Tapes Benefit" on

Thursday, March 8th
9:00 pm
Kenny's Castaways
157 Bleeker Street
$10 Suggested Donation

This year’s performers in order of appearance (starting at 6:30 pm) will be:

SOUNDS OF IRELAND (traditional Irish music)
DAVE McKEON
ANNE HUSICK
LENNY KAYE
THE SHIRTS
BILL POPP AND THE TAPES
SEA MONSTER
KING BEE AND THE STINGERS
The Shirts, with Caren Messing (Massage Therapy Program faculty member) in the middle in the brown boots

Friday, February 10, 2012

Congratulations Graduates!


The Massage Therapy Program honored graduates of the class of December 2011 at a ceremony and reception on Monday, February 6. Nearly 100 men and women were handed diplomas awarding them an Associate in Occupational Studies degree.
After welcoming remarks by faculty member Thom Paul, Institute President William C. Ehrhardt spoke, enjoining graduates to “communicate through your heart and your hands and be happy!”
Speakers included faculty member Denise Lowe, graduating student Brandy Pinder (selected, as is the tradition, by members of her class), and Lucy Liben, Dean for Massage Therapy.
After the ceremony, held in the beautiful hall at Community Church of New York on East 35th Street in Manhattan, graduates, family members and friends were treated to a reception. Here, the taking of photographs continued, accompanied by food, laughter and many hugs.
Congratulations to graduates of the class of December 2011 and best wishes on the next part of your journey. Next stop: create a listing for the Locate a Practitioner directory on our website!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Student Grade Sheets

Students should begin  receiving the course grade sheets for hands-on classes from Fall 2011 semester during the week of January 23. Due to unanticipated delays caused by the start-up of a new database, these grade sheets are being mailed later than usual. We appreciate your understanding and patience.