7 Ways to De-Stress the Holidays

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It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but more often than not the holiday season feels incredibly stressful. We want to enjoy special moments with family and friends, but busyness overwhelms us and leaves us wishing the holidays would hurry up already so we can get back to normal.

It doesn’t have to be that way, though. This year, before the holidays hit in full force, try some of these wellness tips to de-stress the season. Who knows? You might actually find yourself filled with comfort and joy this time around.

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Beauty Schools on YouTube

When it comes to learning more about beauty and wellness, a quick search on YouTube does not disappoint. Today’s adventure: a journey through some of the most informative and engaging beauty school videos around. Grab some popcorn and come along for the ride…

Massage Therapy School

Experience relaxation just by watching this video from Angela Lind, a mobile massage therapist in South Florida. Enjoy soothing music and images while you learn about the benefits of therapeutic massage and neuromuscular therapy and the importance of posture. You’ll also gain insight into what massage can accomplish that chiropractics cannot. And don’t be surprised if you get turned on to in-home massage – an appealing concept for therapists and clients alike!

Beauty School

This news segment explores how the beauty industry has been affected by the changing economy, with reports of sky-high beauty school enrollment. Watch interviews with laid-off workers getting a “career makeover” as cosmetology students at Empire Beauty School in Indianapolis. It’s truly a recession-proof industry – everyone needs a haircut, right? The video also highlights the trend of customers frequenting beauty schools for haircuts, facials, and waxing services.

Hair Design

Tune into Fox 35 News in Orlando for some fabulous makeovers done by celebrity stylist Ted Gibson of TLC’s “What Not to Wear” fame. Check out the before and after shots of the two cosmetology students as well as Ted’s tips on making hair shiny, sexy, and smooth. You can also learn a bit about Beauty Changes Lives, a nonprofit initiative designed to raise awareness of how careers in the hair, beauty, and wellness industry transform lives.

Esthetics / Skin Care

If you have any inclination toward a career in esthetics, watch this interview with Tara Sissel, an aesthetics and laser expert and instructor at National Laser Institute. She talks about how she got into the field, and how her income almost quadrupled when she began offering laser services like photofacials to her clients. She also discusses the importance of solid esthetics training to become truly confident and competent in a skin care career.

Holistic Health

Given all the people now looking outside the mainstream for help with their medical problems – reportedly, nearly half of all Americans are using some form of alternative medicine – this PBS Nightly Business Report highlights the booming field of complementary and alternative medicine. The boom is drawing the attention of federal researchers, which, in turn, is bringing more mainstream acceptance to the field. If ever there was a time to explore a career in holistic medicine, this is it.

Cosmetology School

This video, presented by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools, offers a quick look at the many opportunities available in the beauty industry, from esthetics to makeup to hair design. Listen to current students talk about their experiences in cosmetology school and their career aspirations, and get inspired to go to beauty school and pursue your passion.

-Robyn Tellefsen

Natural Careers Through Holistic Health

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Holistic health careers are becoming more and more popular these days. But what does a holistic career actually entail?

Holistic health professionals look at the whole picture with their patients. It is not just about a physical condition, but also about the mental and social situations that a person faces each day. Additionally, holistic professions tend to treat patients with more natural means in order to cure their ailments. Some of the alternative methods holistic health professionals use include acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, and herbology. There are a variety of professions that can be considered holistic and it is a good idea to become certified in a holistic health career in order to ensure that you have the best knowledge and holistic health training possible. Check out some of these cool holistic health careers…

Holistic Skin Care – there’s a lot involved with properly caring for your skin and holistic skin care professionals know it all. Being that your skin is the largest organ in your body and your pores allow for absorption from the outside world, it’s important to treat your skin the right way. Holistic skin care professionals treat skin conditions, such as acne, sun damage, rosacea, the natural aging process, and more.

Herbal Medicine – the prescriptions that we take can certainly be dangerous and dependent on many factors. With herbal medicine, holistic health care professionals attempt to use a more natural approach to curing your ailments. Some important aspects of an herbal medicine education include aromatherapy, Chinese medicine, herbal pharmacy and more.

Chiropractic Schools – work out any kinks in your career by getting a chiropractic education. Within this holistic career, professionals are able to help patients who have physical ailments with more natural means than prescribing a painkiller. Those who enter chiropractic schools will face a very intense program in order to ensure they have the best holistic training possible to help others.

For additional information on holistic health careers, visit the American Holistic Health Association.

-Amanda Fornecker

Meniere’s Disease and CAM Practitioners

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After doing a presentation recently on Meniere’s Disease, I found out a few interesting tidbits regarding complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Meniere’s Disease is a disorder of the inner ear, whose cause is unknown. Symptoms include tinnitus (a ringing in the ears), hearing loss, vertigo, and aural fullness (a sensation that you have cotton in your ears). There is no cure for Meniere’s Disease, but there are some treatments that may help alleviate these bothersome symptoms. Some include the use of ototoxic drugs (which can really only be used in patients who have a severe hearing loss, as these drugs tend to worsen hearing and cause permanent damage); others have begun to turn to alternative medicine methods, like CAM.

Meniere’s Disease patients who seek CAM treatment for relief have found significant betterment of their symptoms. CAM includes treatments such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, naturopathy, hypnosis, and many other treatments. A CAM practitioner is one who is skilled in alternative medicine practices and treatments. They have received their licensure after completing a prescribed course of CAM school study and can legally practice on clients. Some CAM practitioners may specialize in a particular type of CAM treatment, but all have a pretty generalized knowledge of the scope of the field.

The benefits of CAM treatment on Meniere’s Disease patients are becoming more widely studied, as many patients are willing to try this natural method in order to alleviate their symptoms. Although it’s not a specific cure, CAM could be a helpful way for these patients to cope with their disease, which can actually cause an increase in demand for CAM practitioners.

Read up on some holistic health stories here.

-Amanda Fornecker

Breaking Down the Spa Industry, Again

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Below, you’ll find part two of the cool spa careers I’ve been exploring. Check each of them out and see what they’re about!

Reiki – this natural healing technique uses energy to create a more positive and balanced lifestyle, free of stress. Using a laying on of hands, Reiki promotes relaxation of the body, mind, and spirit. There are a variety of levels of training so getting certified may take some time, but will definitely be worth it, as Reiki is on the rise.

Rubenfeld Synergy Method – to cleanse its clients of negative energies, the Rubenfeld Synergy Method uses gentle touch massage and more to promote healthy living. You may become certified in this holistic practice or specialize in it within a broader field of natural healing.

Trager Approach – for an improved lifestyle in both the physical and emotional sense, the Trager Approach is a method in which a practitioner works with a client. It is not formally recognized in the medical community, but it is possible to earn certification within a six-month time period form the United States Trager Association.

Tui Na – to balance the body and achieve natural chi, this Chinese technique uses a variety of massages to manipulate the joints in a healthy manner. Tui na generally can be learned at massage schools, resulting in certification.

Zero Balancing – through massage, zero balancing connects the body’s energy fields and brings them to harmony. Certification is possible for those interested in zero balancing, however you must be a licensed health care professional in order to practice this massage technique on clients.

-Amanda Fornecker