Collaboration – an important aspect in Massage Therapy

col·lab·o·rate  (k-lb-rt)intr.v. col·lab·o·rat·ed, col·lab·o·rat·ing, col·lab·o·rates

1. To work together, especially in a joint intellectual effort.

Collaboration with friends, adjunct members in health care, or within a team, is beneficial to us all. 

No one is an island, no one knows all of the answers.

ASIS wishes you all success in developing your community, and increasing your effectiveness with a little help from your friends.

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Social scientists build case for ‘survival of the kindest’ –

As we at massage school know, acceptance, & kindness, coupled

with awareness is a great tool to navigate this complex existence.

Maybe these concepts are actually good for our species survival.

Social scientists build case for ‘survival of the kindest’

By Yasmin Anwar, Media Relations | 08 December 2009

BERKELEY — Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, are challenging long-held beliefs that human beings are wired to be selfish. In a wide range of studies, social scientists are amassing a growing body of evidence to show we are evolving to become more compassionate and collaborative in our quest to survive and thrive.

Adult and child hands(Photo illustration by Jonathan Payne)

In contrast to “every man for himself” interpretations of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection, Dacher Keltner, a UC Berkeley psychologist and author of “Born to be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life,” and his fellow social scientists are building the case that humans are successful as a species precisely because of our nurturing, altruistic and compassionate traits.

They call it “survival of the kindest.”

Empathy in our genes

Keltner’s team is looking into how the human capacity to care and cooperate is wired into particular regions of the brain and nervous system. One recent study found compelling evidence that many of us are genetically predisposed to be empathetic.

The study, led by UC Berkeley graduate student Laura Saslow and Sarina Rodrigues of Oregon State University, found that people with a particular variation of the oxytocin gene receptor are more adept at reading the emotional state of others, and get less stressed out under tense circumstances.

Informally known as the “cuddle hormone,” oxytocin is secreted into the bloodstream and the brain, where it promotes social interaction, nurturing and romantic love, among other functions.

“The tendency to be more empathetic may be influenced by a single gene,” Rodrigues said.

The more you give, the more respect you get

While studies show that bonding and making social connections can make for a healthier, more meaningful life, the larger question some UC Berkeley researchers are asking is, “How do these traits ensure our survival and raise our status among our peers?”


Kindness crew passes out muffins to strangers(Photo illustration by Nick Stanger)

One answer, according to UC Berkeley social psychologist and sociologist Robb Willer is that the more generous we are, the more respect and influence we wield. In one recent study, Willer and his team gave participants each a modest amount of cash and directed them to play games of varying complexity that would benefit the “public good.” The results, published in the journal American Sociological Review, showed that participants who acted more generously received more gifts, respect and cooperation from their peers and wielded more influence over them.

“The findings suggest that anyone who acts only in his or her narrow self-interest will be shunned, disrespected, even hated,” Willer said. “But those who behave generously with others are held in high esteem by their peers and thus rise in status.”

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ASIS programs develop mission statements

Mission Statement

Definition: A sentence describing a company’s function, markets and competitive advantages; a short written statement of your business goals and philosophies

A mission statement defines what an organization is, why it exists, its reason for being.

If you don’t have a mission statement, create one by writing down in one sentence what the purpose of your business is. Ask two or three of the key people in the company to do the same thing. Then discuss the statements and come up with one sentence everyone agrees with. Once you have finalized your mission statement, communicate it to everyone in the company.

It’s more important to communicate the mission statement to employees than to customers. Your mission statement doesn’t have to be clever or catchy–just accurate to the cause.

This summer at ASIS, we had teams of teachers define their mission to help guide them within the context of their work at ASIS.

The A&P, Kinesiology & Therapeutic Process instructors came up with:

ASIS Sciences’ Mission Statement

The Science Department builds a strong foundation by creating a dynamic environment that integrates the fundamental sciences and conditions of the body with a solid understanding health, and a practical application in massage and body work. 

Where as, the clinic coordinators came up with:


The mission of ASIS Student Clinic is to provide a safe, supportive environment through practical education with dynamic learning and growth for students, incorporating supervised massage and bodywork in the community.


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ASIS Alumni making a difference in a tough economy

Hello Everyone,
On Friday, October 28th from 4:00-8:00pm Amanda Barnett (owner) and Jill Hays, both alumni of ASIS, are celebrating and hosting an Open House for their Grand Re-Opening, to welcome the public and fellow body workers to tour their expanded facilities, and share with you all the new and exciting services being offered.  A Valley of Vitality is located at 126 N. Marina St., Ste #5, near Hassayampa Inn in Prescott.  Please join them for appetizers and beverages while you tour the facility.  Services offered include: Full-Body Massage, Reflexology, all natural and organic aromatherapy, Hypnotherapy, Reiki and Theta healing just to name a few.  Plus a brand new Far-Infrared Sauna!
Find more information about A Valley of Vitality, its services, and its mission to the public.   I would like to thank you all for your time & efforts in making life a more wonderful existence, and hope that you are all having a wonderful day!

Lymphatic System & Immunity: Know the science in Massage Therapy


Macrophages (monocytes) are large phagocytes that move around in connective tissue picking up routine trash.
Whenever a microbe is encountered they sound a sort of chemical alarm by secreting a protein called interleukin.

Interleukins land on receptor proteins of mast cells (basophils) and signal the release of histamines.

Histamines dilate local arterioles, increase the permeability of capillary walls, and have a chemotaxic effect on macrophages (neutrophils and eosinophils) and lymphocytes.

B-lymphocytes secrete antibody proteins that bond to antigen sites on microbial proteins in a lock and key relationship. The antibodies form a lattice across the surface of the microbe that enables microphages to recognize and attach themselves for phagocytosis.
This is the basis for immunizations!

There are Four Categories of T-lymphocytes:

Killer T cells secrete complement proteins that may act in a variety of ways. They may complete or add a layer to the antibody lattice enabling more efficient attachment by phagocytes, have a chemotaxic effect on phagocytes, or have a direct lysing effect on microbial membranes.

Helper T cells coordinate the activities of killer cells, B-lymphocytes, and microphages.

Memory T cells log the combined strategies & direct the helper cells if repeated exposure occurs.

Suppressor T cells turn off the activity of killer cells after the microbe has removed.
Failure to suppress killer cells results in auto-immune diseases!

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Lymphatic System: Know the science in Massage Therapy


A watery, bodily fluid carried by the lymphatic system, that consists mainly of white blood cells. It is essentially the interstitial fluid found between the cells.   This clear fluid derived from blood plasma eventually returns to the blood circulation.

Lymphatic System

 The interconnected system of spaces and vessels between body tissues and organs by which lymph circulates throughout the body.


The lymphatic system is a network of conduits that carry a clear fluid called lymph. It also includes the lymphoid tissue through which the lymph travels.

Lymphoid tissue is found in many organs, particularly the lymph nodes, and in the lymphoid follicles associated with the digestive system such as the tonsils.

The system also includes all the structures dedicated to the circulation and production of lymphocytes, which includes the spleen, thymus, bone marrow and the lymphoid tissue associated with the digestive system.

Hippocrates was the first person to mention the lymphatic system in fifth century BC.

The lymphatic system has three functions.

1)  Removes interstitial fluid from tissues.

2)  Absorbs and transports fatty acids and fats as chyle to the circulatory system.

 3)  Transport of antigen presenting cells, such as dendritic cells, to the lymph nodes where an immune response is stimulated.

Lymphatics empty into enlargements of the lymphatic vessels called lymph nodes, which are in turn drained by larger lymphatics.
The largest lymphatics empty into lymph ducts, which return the fluid to the circulatory system.

Nodes perform two functions: filtration and production of immune cells.

Reticulum cells that line the tucks and folds of the inner surface of the node phagocytose bacteria and foreign proteins, effectively filtering them from lymph as it oozes through the node.

When foreign proteins are detected, a chain of events is initiated that ends in the production of antibodies and special killer lymphocytes to combat the invasion.

Tonsils: Lymph nodes imbedded in the mucous membranes posterior to the nasal and oral cavities.

Spleen: Large mass of lymphatic tissue between the stomach and diaphragm. It functions both as a collective system of lymph nodes and as a reservoir for blood in emergency situations.    It is composed of two different types of tissue.

1) Makes and stores lymphocytes, the cells of the immune system.

2) Destroys worn out red blood cells, breaking down the hemoglobin into iron, which is recycled.

Thymus: Lymphatic tissue between sternum trachea. It has an important function processing lymphocytes so they are capable of recognizing and attacking foreign invaders.

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To R.I.C.E. or to I.C.E. during massage rehab.

A Rubber Twist On Treating Tennis Elbow Pain

Larry Holzman — avid mountain-biker, skier and guitarist in a band — plays hard. And he didn’t want to give it all up due to a “spot of pain” in his elbow. “This wasn’t a traumatic injury,” explains Holzman. It came on gradually and escalated from annoying to excruciating over the course of a couple months.

His physical therapist quickly diagnosed it as tennis elbow.

“If you’re having pain on the elbow on the outside of your elbow when you grip a coffee mug or pick something up with your hands — that is almost always tennis elbow,” says Barton Bishop, a physical therapist at Sport & Spine Rehab in Rockville, Md.

Pain from repetitive overuse of the tendons and muscle that run from the wrist to the elbow can come from all sorts of activities. It usually happens when people grip things too hard or too long.

In addition to tennis players, Bishop sees the injury in gardeners with their shovels and trowels; painters with brushes; and golfers with clubs. In Larry’s case, it was a combination of all his hobbies: from squeezing the handlebars on his bike, to lifting weights and playing in a band.

“Gripping guitars and base drums … can really affect people’s elbows,” says Bishop.

When Holzman came to Sport & Spine for help, Bishop put him through a series of traditional treatments including ultrasound, strengthening and stretching exercises, cross-friction massage, heat and ice.

He also added a series of eccentric wrist exercises using a rubber bar called the Thera-Band FlexBar — ideal for the injured muscle in tennis elbow. The exercises enable the muscle to lengthen and contract simultaneously. And the FlexBar makes it simple to do this kind of stretch.

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