Try to think back when you were a child and you fell down. What was the first thing you did?
Most of us would grab the area and start whimpering or making some kind of sound to express we were in pain. We would call attention to the fact that something was wrong and we wanted someone to come and help; that someone was usually a parent; or a close friend; and they would lay their hands on the area of pain and start rubbing it. They would ask – is that feeling better – and most of the time we would say yes and go continue to play.
That is massage at its essence!
– A personal perspective. Ralph Casciato, NCBTMB, LMT, Medical Massage
In spring 2005, after working for the same company for 23 years, I quit my job as project manager, and took the summer off to decide what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I was 51, too young to retire, and I didn’t want the last 20 years of my work life to be spent dreading coming to work. I figured I would give massage school a shot. I enrolled in Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies in September, 2005.
Within the first week or two of massage classes, I was hooked. This was what I wanted to do. The bodywork itself was fascinating, the quality of instruction was top-notch, and it was much more thorough and structured than I expected it to be – the anatomy and physiology, the kinesiology, pathology – it was all college level instruction – and the bodywork was pure heaven. The idea that I could help someone feel better, and fully enjoy the process, was powerful. Read more…
Yoga is a way of life that enables us to truly inhabit our bodies, mind and spirit. It brings compassion and meaning to our relationships to others and to the world around us. An ancient Eastern practice, yoga today can still transform our lives, connecting us to our inner selves and bringing us into a state of profound well-being.
Lourdes Yoga Teacher Training programs are the longest running programs in this region. Our diverse faculty has years of experience in practice and teaching. We have found yoga from varied backgrounds and cultures, and we truly embrace the Lourdes Health System’s mission statement of a diverse community committed to service, healing and collaboration. We teach a wholistic yoga practice. It includes the physical poses with a foundation of evidence-based benefits of cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and immune health. Perhaps even more importantly, it includes the deeper yoga practices of breath work and meditation that are increasingly gaining respect in the medical community through research of yoga’s beneficial influence in areas such as depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorders, and post traumatic stress syndrome.
For those considering attending a Massage School to become a Massage Therapist, you may be asking yourself, “What are the benefits of being a massage therapist?” For most the answer is simple and straight forward, such as being able to provide a better life for yourself and your family, to having a great sense of wellbeing through healing others.
Here are 7 reasons!
Our instructors love what they do! They are passionate, motivating and extremely well versed in their craft. They are actively practicing therapists with the experience and expertise to provide college level education in a hospital based setting.
Here are 6 steps to get you started…
Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies is one of the leading reflexology schools in the area. We stand behind our reflexology training and reflexology certification curriculum as being one of the most well rounded available. We hope this information helps guide your choice to join one of the best reflexology schools in the region. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us or request to speak to an instructor!
What is Reflexology?
My adventure on my new healing path began with Sister Mary Em McGlone, a Medical Mission Sister and a passionate nurse…
She taught me reflexology in the 1980’s at Rosemont College’s Health Perspectives Program. Sister Mary Em McGlone taught us Reflexology, Touch for Health, and Therapeutic Touch.
It was life-changing.
It’s been a while since I shared progress on my post 50 journey to become a yoga instructor. Through my education at Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, I’m gaining a new perspective on the union between the body and the mind.
Our Amazing Bodies
In prior posts, I told you about my deepening knowledge of anatomy and physiology. This spring, I decided to re-audit A+P. Our bodies are very complex with so many muscles, bones, limbs, joints, and organs – it’s truly amazing how everything works together, or sometimes doesn’t work together when you don’t take care of yourself. It’s been said that a consistent yoga practice can help resolve “the issues in the tissues.”
Module III – Sanskrit Study
Date: Saturday & Sunday, 4/16 – 4/17
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructor: Erik Marrero
Description: Perfectly refined, Sanskrit is the language of yoga. Anyone can resonate with Sanskrit’s timeless sounds and connect to words and ideas incredibly beautiful and profound. Rewards are many for those who take the time to see, hear and feel the power and elegance of Sanskrit. Those interested in yoga philosophy particularly benefit from this study. This workshop will give you intimate familiarity with the unique points of resonance in your own palate that support Sanskrit’s sacred sounds and you’ll be firmly grounded in proper pronunciation of this ancient language. Along the way, you’ll learn the alphabet, itself a lovely chant, and you’ll receive the tools you need to explore your favorite sutras and chants in the beautiful script of Sanskrit, Devanāgarī. ASI’s teaching method, developed over many years by Vyaas Houston, makes learning Sanskrit stress-free and fun.
About the Instructor:
Erik Marrero, E-RYT50
(Module III – Sanskrit Study)
Erik Marrero began his study of Sanskrit in 2008 in a Sanskrit Immersion Weekend with Zoe Mai of the American Sanskrit Institute. He was amazed that by the end of the second day, he was able to read Sanskrit words. The American Sanskrit Institute learning model made that possible. In July 2011, with Zoe as his teacher, Erik joined Trishula Yoga’s weekly Sanskrit study group focusing on chanting and studying the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and other texts, as well as chanting the Sanskrit alphabet and Maheshvara Sutras. In July 2013, Erik participated in ASI’s Sanskrit Level I Teacher Training with Zoe. Erik has been teaching yoga since graduating from a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program in 2009. He currently teaches Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and is a mentor for the yoga program at Fairton Federal Correctional Institution in the Millville, NJ area. In addition, he is a Cancer Exercise Specialist who teaches a weekly Breast Cancer Survivor yoga class.
“Welcome to yoga training Methods & Techniques I,” said my instructor B as she addressed our first weekend class at Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies in Camden, NJ. “We come together as strangers, but we leave as a tight-knit community. These are your sisters.”
There are five women, or should I say five yoginis (female yoga practitioners are called yogini, male are yogi), in the YTT200 program this year and by May 2016, after 200 hours of training, we will be eligible for our first yoga teacher certificate from Yoga Alliance.
Discovering My True Self
I was excited and anxious to begin training. I started practicing yoga about seven years ago, after my husband passed away. It helped me heal my “mind, body, and spirit” and work through my grief. It continues to provide an outlet for “letting go” and “slowing down” – which is an on-going challenge for me since retiring from my fast-paced full-time job.
“Explore your own creative expression as a yoga teacher, ” said B. “Don’t worry about anything. I’m looking at your growth during this training.”
Many of you have come to me asking “why don’t many people respect or understand holistic healthcare in the way that they should”. Well to be honest, it’s because not many people want to.
As many of you know, people want the quick fix. In and out, no waiting, no hassle, no time wasted. Unfortunately holistic health care doesn’t work that way. It’s a lifelong process, which takes continued knowledge of various modalities along with continued growth from within to allow yourself to open your minds and hearts to new ways of thinking and feeling.
I have patients that want me to “fix” them immediately. Sore shoulder, bad knee, messed up elbow, whatever it is….fix it now. I do my best with all my patients, but fixing is only a fifteen minute process, healing takes much longer. What people don’t seem to understand is that healing comes from within. It’s that something inside you that allows you to accept a limitation or to motivate you to try to overcome those limitations. Whatever it is… it needs to come from you. Yes you can get a pill to help ease the pain or have a massage to relax your stress, but what is it that you do in those other times.
Holistic health care is within all of us, that is the beauty of it. When you fall and bang your knee – your first instinct is to grab it with your hand and start rubbing it – well that’s the massage therapist in you. You’re stressed out from a long day at work – you get home and lay down to listen to your favorite music – well that’s the relaxation therapist in you. You have a frustrating conversation with a friend or loved one and you call someone to vent those frustrations – well that’s the healthy relationship counselor in you. What I am saying is that we all practice some kind of holistic healthcare. Gardeners, people into cars, people into sports, and people into collecting, people into anything….all of you are practicing what we call spiritual wellness. Simply defined as… what gives you meaning and purpose in life. Probably the most key component to all wellness and holistic health care.
People need to understand the healing begins with you. Understand that your everyday practices are exactly what you make fun of others doing when they are looking for holistic healthcare. I have said and I will repeat it again, we all do it, every single person in this world practices some kind of holistic healthcare, and when people truly can accept that is when Holistic Healthcare will get the greater respect it deserves.
Frank Pileggi, Ph.D., RHP, Dean
Dr. Pileggi is the Dean of Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies and Massage Therapy School. He received his Masters Degree in Holistic Health Sciences and his Doctorate in Holistic Arts and Practices and is a nationally Registered Holistic Practitioner specializing in Advanced Bodywork and Somatic Therapies. He is the founder of Corrective Muscle Therapy®, holding certificates in over 20 modalities and Athletic Training. In addition to his studies, Dr. Pileggi spent five honored years training with the Shamans of the Abenaki American Indians in Northern Vermont. Along with his duties as Dean of LIWS, Dr. Pileggi has a Corrective Muscle Therapy practice in Burlington County as part of Lourdes Heath System.
There are many types of allergies, including those caused by foods, pollens, chemicals and environmental factors. The following recommendations are for hay-fever-type allergies that affect sinuses and have cold like symptoms.
If you know you are allergic to something, obviously try to stay away from it. This applies to foods, dust, mold, cat or dog hair, synthetic fabrics and chemicals such as those found in cleaning supplies. When the pollen count is high try to stay indoors and use an air conditioner that has a clean filter. Also I recommend you get tested for allergies at least once every five years.
Easy Quick Relief Methods:
Acupressure – Use the following sequence of pressure points around your nose, eyes and forehead to relieve sinus headaches, pressure and congestion.
- Press at various points around the eye sockets, using your thumbs for the upper points and your middle fingers for the lower points. Do not press hard around the eyes. You will find several natural depressions that help locate the points for you. Press both sides simultaneously for three to five seconds, release, and repeat twice.
- Press along the bottom edge of the cheekbones. Press with three-finger pressure on both sides. Again, press for three to five seconds, release and repeat twice.
- Use three fingers to press on the temples, in a straight line from the corner of the eye toward the ear. Use medium pressure at most, pressing and releasing.
Aromatherapy – Essential oils for allergies include eucalyptus, pine, rosemary, mint, chamomile, and lavender. Tea tree oil is also effective. The easiest way to use these oils is with a diffuser. Read labels of oils for details on how they should be used as their concentrations vary.
Herbs – the following herbs are good for hay fever: sage, ginger, mint, burdock, and green plantain leaf. To use any of these herbs, make a tea infusion using about ½ teaspoon of the herb per cup of boiling water, and drink two or three times a day while symptoms last.
Hydrotherapy – I always say simple is better. Many look puzzled when I tell them just standing a while in a hot shower is very effective when dealing with allergies. One it washes any allergen that may be on you away and second the steam produced clears your nasal passages.
Obviously there are many more in-depth ways of dealing with allergies, but hopefully these four simple measures will help you effectively deal with those annoying flare ups we all suffer from time to time. Remember the importance to get testes at least once every five years, as we sometimes build an immunity to old allergies and find out we have new ones that we never knew of.