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