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    Supreme Court considering a collaborative Wellness Care system?!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    The Supreme Court is going to issue a decision this June on the Patient Protection  & Affordable Care Act (ACA). There are serious differences of opinion on the constitutionality of the new law as well as its effect on the cost of health care, the cost of health insurance, and society in general. However you view the law, there are three mandates in the ACA that I personally hope survive the Supreme Court decision, or re-emerge in a new law, if the entire ACA is struck down.

    The ACA mandates that conventional practitioners (MDs, nurses, Dos, PTs, etc.) collaborate with CAM practitioners (MTs, DCs, LACs, NDs and Midwives). How many times have you wished that your health care practitioners were coordinating their care with each other? Or that they were all in the same location? The ACA requires that the entire health care system move in the direction of collaboration.                                          

    There are many people in this country who only see conventional practitioners. Conversely, there are many others who scrupulously try to avoid conventional practitioners and only see CAM practitioners. Personally, I believe we need everyone’s expertise at some point. Last year I had my gall bladder surgically (laparoscopic) removed. While I think medicine and surgery should be utilized as a last resort in general, they move to the top of the list in emergencies and certain critical cases. But, once people are symptom free what can medicine and surgery do for them? CAM practitioners are the key players in wellness care that moves folks closer to optimal health by creating comprehensive balance (structural, biochemical/organic, bioenergetic, emotional, mental, spiritual). The usefulness of therapeutic massage (and most CAM professions) spans the full range of states of well being. Massage helps with preventative care, illness care and wellness care.

    The ACA mandates that the health care system shift from a focus on illness care to a focus on wellness. Of course, illness will still be treated. But, wellness is to become the goal of the system overall. Surprisingly to some, academic medicine has embraced the new mandates for wellness and collaboration. Over 50 of the leading medical schools have already embraced wellness as their goal. These schools understand that conventional practitioners will need to incorporate health educators and CAM practitioners to achieve optimal health for their patients.

    A third mandate in the Affordable Care Act is that health practitioners’ compensation will be based on health outcomes. Doctors will make more money if their patients are healthier- needing fewer surgeries, taking fewer medications and developing fewer chronic illnesses. This mandate reminds me of the old Chinese practice of paying the doctor when you are well and not paying when you are sick.

    I like it.

    To summarize: the three mandates of collaboration, wellness and compensation based on health outcomes need to survive no matter what happens with the Supreme Court’s ruling on the ACA.

    How does Acupuncture work?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    This traditional practice has been used to heal for thousands of years. The longevity of its use speaks to its ability to effectively heal and treat a wide variety of conditions. This technique is so effective due to its ability to correct imbalances in the human body's energy or Qi flow. This Qi flows through subtle pathways in our bodies known as meridians. If this energy flow is disrupted, and an imbalance is created, it can be the root of corresponding health issues. In order to treat an imbalance of this sort, an acupuncturist will use small needles stimulate the Qi flow through small anatomical locations usually referred to as acupuncture points. This is an effective way of healing diseases, treating symptoms, relieving pain and stress, and promoting optimal health. The authentic healing powers of acupuncture will ensure its place in the medicine of the future, hopefully as much as the medicine of the past!

    Acupuncture is now available in the Wellness Center at ASHA School of Massage. We also offer Oriental Medicine, Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Nutrition and much more to help you achieve your goal of optimal health.

    To schedule an appointment please call 770-368-2661

    If you are interested in oriental medicine you are welcome to our OPEN HOUSE on the 10th of May, at 6:30 at ASHA where experienced Doctors of Oriental Medicine will be discussing our Asian Bodywork Program.


    Interested in Massage Therapy as a Career? Check out these stats!

    Last updated 2 years ago

    The American Massage Therapy Association(AMTA) presents this information: The Massage Therapy Profession

    • In 2005, massage therapy was projected to be a $6 to $11 billion a year industry.
    • AMTA estimates that in 2010, massage therapy was a $12-17 billion industry. Because of the economic situation in the country and some discounting among massage therapists to cope with the economy, in 2011, AMTA estimates massage therapy was a $10 to $11 billion industry.
    • It is estimated that there are 280,000 to 320,000 massage therapists and massage school students in the United States.
    • According to the U.S. Department of Labor in 2010, employment for massage therapists is expected to increase 19 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than average for all occupations. However, this is one percentage point lower than their forecast in 2006.
    • Between July 2010nd July 2011 roughly 38 million adult Americans (18 percent) had a massage at least once.

    There is projected growth in the field, and we know first hand; our Career Services Department has received over 30 inquiries in April alone by employers seeking to hire our graduates in the Atlanta area. If Massage Therapy is interesting to you, or if you wold like to learn more about it feel free to attend our OPENHOUSE Thursday May 10th at 6:30 For more information call 770-368-2661 or visit


    Understanding the Princliples of Reiki as an Energy Modality

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Reiki is a powerful tool in alternative medicine that facilitates a patientâ??s own healing ability through the transfer of energy. It is an ancient healing practice that originated in Japan, and it is now becoming more common in American medicine and massage. How Does Reiki Work? Reiki is based on the belief of universal energy that promotes the bodyâ??s natural healing capabilities. This energy can be accessed by trained practitioners who use their hands to allow the energy to flow through various parts of a patientâ??s body. There are twelve basic hand positions used in a Reiki session, but they may be altered depending on the needs of each patient. The practitioner can feel the flow of energy into the body by a tingling or warmth in the hands. After a session, patients may feel relaxed, sleepy, or even energized. Clinical studies have shown boosted immunity and better circulation to be results of Reiki. Reiki Energy The word Reiki is composed of two Japanese words: rei-universal and ki-energy. This name represents the principles behind the practice. The hands are simply a medium for transferring this energy, which may be used on or near oneself or on others. Highly skilled Reiki practitioners can even give a session when the patient is at a distance because they are using non-physical energy believed to animate all living things. Therefore, this energy is all around no matter where you are. Although Reiki energy is not tangible in the traditional sense, it does yield positive effects in patients, including increased relaxation, stress reduction, and chronic pain relief. If you are interested in the healing power of Reiki, then visit ASHA. We are a massage school, wellness center, and community of holistic health pioneers and offer Reiki in our Wellness Center, as well as the opportunity to learn this energy modality in our Continuing Education Classes. To learn more about ASHA, visit our website or call (678) 436-5368.

    Transform your life today!... or Thursday the 10th at 6:30 to be specific

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Do you like helping people? Working with your hands? Setting your own hours? Would you like to join a career field with room to grow and more job opportunities than professionals to fill them? Then Massage Therapy might be just right for you. ASHA School of Massage is proud to be one of the best educators of Massage Therapists the US, providing high quality professionals to employers around the world. The market for Massage Therapy is expected to grow, and currently we can't meet the employer demand for ASHA graduates. We are associated with dozens of organizations, businesses, and employers in and around Atlanta. Be sure to ask about our Career Services Department dedicated to getting you the best job for you! Also be sure to inquire about our new Asian Bodywork Therapist program which will more than qualify graduates to work alongside Acupuncturists and Doctors of Oriental Medicine. SO if you want to transform your life and grow to your full potential, donâ??t miss ASHAâ??s next Open House Thursday, May 10th from 6:30 to 9:30pm. This event is not just an Open House, but an introductory class as well! You will have the opportunity to learn basic training modalities, interact with students, learn about our school, programs, and yes, get a free chair massage! Refreshments will be provided as well. See you there! For more details and information call 770-368-2661 or visit

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