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 What's the Latest?

Shining a light on skin brightening
GCI Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recently, there have been some very exciting advances in skin care science, particularly targeting hyperpigmentation, and it is important for beauty brands to understand how hyperpigmentation occurs, what ingredients to avoid and what technology is available to successfully treat it. More

6 bizarre health treatments from around the world (and where to get them) (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Health treatments from around the globe vary from the mundane to the extreme, as different cultures look at health and well-being from very different angles. While an American might think it's strange that someone in Malaysia would stick their head in a fish aquarium so the fish could nibble off dead skin, a Malaysian might think it odd that Americans take 10 nondescript white pills a day in order to stay healthy. Here are six of the most bizarre health treatments around the world. More

After Hurricane Sandy, massage therapists reach out
Massage Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, massage therapists are already beginning to offer healing touch to disaster workers and others in need. Massage therapists have, over the past decade, developed teams and procedures for deploying to disaster-stricken areas. In the wake of floods, storms, fires, earthquakes and other events, therapists can be found providing massage to disaster-aid workers, including firefighters, police officers, search-and-rescue teams and others. More

Watsu: Massage therapy in the water?
Voxxi    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Watsu massage is not necessarily one of the more well-known massage modalities, like Reiki or hot stone massage, but it is finding popularity due to its combined use of shiatsu techniques, muscle stretching, joint mobilization, dance and other gentle massage strokes — all while the therapist and the client are submerged in water. More

Q&A on aromatherapy, healing gift of nature    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Aromatherapy uses essential oils or the pure essence of plants to promote good health in a person through the sense of smell. For therapeutic value, it is important that synthetic chemicals or artificial ingredients are not used to bring about the aroma. Aromatherapist Blossom Kochhar, founder of Aroma Magic range of products, speaks to MedIndia on the benefits of aromatherapy. More

 Member Benefit

American Health Care Academy — 15% discount on courses
Offers adult, child and infant CPR/AED and First Aid online courses. NCEA Members receive 15 percent discount: Use this link and enter "NCEA15" at checkout under "Coupon Code" and then click "Apply."

Please note: To meet the CPR/AED/First Aid requirements on the NCEA Certified Candidate's Application and Recertification Candidate's Application, candidates are required to attend an in-person class once every five years. For more information on becoming NCEA Certified or the Recertification Application process go to Please check to see if your state regulatory board requirements accept online CPR/AED/First Aid courses prior to taking advantage of this offer.

 Business Briefs

How to overcome your fears and move your business forward
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tom Bandy knows all about the fears of the entrepreneur. Having built two companies from the ground up, he has experienced the fear of spending investors' money and the fear of making payroll. Worse, he has known the dread of having to fire an employee. But he also knows he's not alone. "Every entrepreneur talks about waking up at 3 o'clock in the morning with the thing that scares him to death," he says. More

9 daily habits that will make you happier
Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Happiness is the only true measure of personal success. Making other people happy is the highest expression of success, but it's almost impossible to make others happy if you're not happy yourself. With that in mind, here are nine small changes that you can make to your daily routine that, if you're like most people, will immediately increase the amount of happiness in your life. More

 Marketing 101

4 steps to creating buzz on a shoestring budget
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A lot of business owners ask Jeff Lamb from Young Entrepreneur about effective marketing, in terms of cost and result. He often get the sense that they want him to offer a one-size-fits-all formula. Unfortunately, it's just not that simple. When figuring out your marketing plan, you shouldn't just find a list of tips and employ all of them, or blindly try what worked for someone else. Here, he outlines a four-step process for discovering what will work best for your business. More

Spa branding: The crucial defining element
Hotel Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Simply put, a spa brand that is remarkable and relevant to the hotel/resort's market and clearly executed in operations will attract the hotel's guests, add to their pleasure and build repeat and expanded business for the property. Your spa's brand is the conversation you have with your guests that sparks their interest and sets expectations. More

 Teaching Tips

Should student effort count?
Faculty Focus    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We've all had conversations with students who want effort counted in their grade, but the question is, should effort count? Less commonly asked, however, is whether it should count in both directions. Students want effort to count when they try hard but their performance doesn't show it. But what about when an excellent performance results without much effort? Should this lack of effort lower the grade? Using survey research, a faculty team explored these questions. More

How will classrooms change with the use of computers?
MindShift    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
By now, most would agree that technology has the potential to be a useful tool for learning. Many schools have invested in some form of technology, whether it's in computer labs, tablets or a laptop for every student, depending on their budget. But for many schools, finding a way to integrate the use of tech in a traditional setting is proving to be a challenge. More

 Tuesday 'Toon

 Spa Clinicals

Effectiveness of sports massage for recovery of skeletal muscle from strenuous exercise
Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine via PubMed    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sport massage, a manual therapy for muscle and soft tissue pain and weakness, is a popular and widely used modality for recovery after intense exercise. Our objective is to determine the effectiveness of sport massage for improving recovery after strenuous exercise.

Study Selections
Study inclusion criteria required that subjects (1) were humans, (2) performed strenuous exercise, (3) received massage, and (4) were assessed for muscle recovery and performance. Ultimately, 27 studies met inclusion criteria.

Data from 17 case series revealed inconsistent results. Most studies evaluating post-exercise function suggest that massage is not effective, whereas studies that also evaluated the symptoms of DOMS did show some benefit. Data from 10 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) do, however, provide moderate evidence for the efficacy of massage therapy. The search identified no trend between type and timing of massage and any specific outcome measures investigated.

Case series provide little support for the use of massage to aid muscle recovery or performance after intense exercise. In contrast, RCTs provide moderate data supporting its use to facilitate recovery from repetitive muscular contractions. Further investigation using standardized protocols measuring similar outcome variables is necessary to more conclusively determine the efficacy of sport massage and the optimal strategy for its implementation to enhance recovery following intense exercise.

 COA-Approved Continuing Education

Preparing yourself to teach advanced classes
Presented by Judy Culp    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This presentation will you give you the confidence to teach your students about aromatherapy and its applications in the treatment room. At the conclusion of this class you will be able discuss how professional essential oils are made and how to compare and contrast singled notes vs. blended oils.

At the conclusion of the presentation the teacher will be able to:

  • Identify the origins of essential oils and recognize individuals who made significant contributions in the field of aromatherapy
  • Apply the use of essential oils in their practice
  • Discuss how essential oils are produced, and explain purity and chemical variations
  • Differentiate methods of application in the treatment room and be able to select the correct choice for the best outcome

    To begin the webinar, click here.

    Download the registration form right here.

    View other COA-approved CE webinars.

  •  Political Advocacy Position

    Esthetician Job Task — 600 Hours
    NCEA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It is NCEA's position that an esthetician upon completion of a 600 hour program should be able to perform and/or know the following job tasks.

  • Disinfection and Infection Control
  • Human Physiology and Anatomy
  • Skin Histology
  • Skin Diseases and Disorders
  • Hair and its Growth Cycle
  • Basic Chemistry
  • Cosmetic Ingredients
  • Factors that Affect the Skin
  • Skin Analysis and Procedures related to Consultation, Documentation and Treatment
  • Cleansing Procedures
  • Towel Steaming Procedures
  • Exfoliation Methods
  • Safe and Proper Methods of Extractions
  • Massage Movements and their Effects
  • Contraindications for Massage
  • Masks
  • Electricity and Use of Electrical Equipment
  • Methods of Hair Removal
  • Color Theory and Makeup Application
  • Advanced Sciences
  • Scope of Practice/Regulatory Rules

    Disclaimer: The NCEA recommends that estheticians abide by federal, state and local regulations.

    Download complimentary powerpoint entitled, "Advocating for your Profession."

  •  Quotable Quote

    Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.

    — Mary Kay Ash


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