Kansas City, MO August 27, 2009 — Earlier this month, MTTI-WellSpring, one of the Midwest’s oldest and most respected natural health and wellness schools, welcomed students from the Midwest Institute of Natural Healing (MINH), a North Kansas City school specializing in Somatic Therapies. MINH recently announced they would be closing their doors effective July 31, 2009, and MTTI-WellSpring is pleased to adopt the Somatic Therapies program, in its entirety, to help MINH’s students continue their massage therapy studies.
Students currently enrolled at MINH will be able to complete their program, without interruption, at the MTTI-WellSpring campus at 92nd and Ward Parkway in South Kansas City, beginning with the September trimester.
Body Somatics is a specific modality of massage therapy that works directly with the cause of structural body problems through the systematic release of constricted muscle.
“It’s about restructuring, realigning and re-educating our bodies in order to bring about healing and wholeness. Body Somatics clears the body, removes pain and restores natural movement and balance as well as energy flow,” says Mr. Don Farquharson, CEO of MTTI-WellSpring. “The addition of the Somatic Therapies Program from MINH is a natural extension of our current vision to enter the top tier of career training institutions, with a distinctive and deepening commitment to helping people achieve optimal health and well-being.”
Additionally, the adopted program complements MTTI-WellSpring’s mission to train its students for employment in a variety of settings, including medical and rehabilitation centers.
“Massage is now being recognized as a scientifically sound therapy option in the medical community, and medical massage is really where the industry is going,” says Ms. Jennipher Walters, the company’s Director of Marketing. “This not only completes our mission to train graduates for specific wellness careers, but it also gives students broad exposure to all the drivers of health and wellness, so that they can guide their clients in a far more comprehensive way.”
For more than 20-years, MTTI-WellSpring has trained massage therapists, personal fitness trainers and wellness practitioners for positions in health clubs, hospitals, doctors’ offices, day spas, corporate wellness programs and private practice.
MTTI-WellSpring’s programs provide a comprehensive foundation in science, technique, wellness and business practices. Graduates are eligible to become nationally certified via certification exams provided by National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), or the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).
The need for programs of this kind is growing. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that massage therapists are expected to see a 20 percent increase in job opportunities over the next six years. Job growth for personal trainers is expected to grow by 27 percent over this same period. In addition, the number of Americans receiving massage, or seeing a personal trainer have tripled since the mid-90s, and the numbers continue to climb. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, consumers spent between $4 and $6 billion on visits to massage therapists in 2004. It’s estimated that consumers will spend more than $11 billion this year on massage therapy.
This demand for wellness practitioners of all kinds is driven by an increasingly health conscious population, who understands the positive benefits of preventative medicine. Baby boomers are embracing the many benefits of being physically fit, and increasingly see massage and working out as complementary disciplines. At the recent Olympic Games, evidence of this linkage was particularly prominent, as swimmer Dara Torres credited regular massage and focused workouts to her success as a 41-year-old Olympian. And physicians, who have long known the benefits of remaining physically active, now recommend massage therapy as a complementary medical treatment, not just for its stress-reducing effects, but also to help manage a wide range of chronic ailments like lower back pain, Parkinsons Disease, Fibromyalgia and arthritis.
For more about MTTI-WellSpring, please call 816-523-9140 for information about our Kansas City campus at 9140 Ward Parkway, Suite 100, or 785-856-3903 for information regarding our Lawrence campus, at 947 New Hampshire. Additional information can be found on our Web site at www.MTTI.net.