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Massage Therapy School Set Apart From The Rest

Posted on: November 12th, 2017

Here at USTA, we take our massage therapy students through human body systems with a balanced focus on muscular structure and function. We also prepare multiple massage modalities as well as career planning, client retention and preparation to sit and pass the MBLEx Exam. We set our program apart from the rest by incorporating the details below:

 

How our massage school Is Set Apart From The Rest

 

  • – 650 hr Massage Therapy Program
  • – Finish in as little as 9 months
  • – Day and Evening Classes Available
  • – Energy Work Included
  • – Aromatherapy Included
  • – Business Entrepreneurship Courses
  • – Basic Skin Care Training Included
  • – Illinois Licensing Fee Included
  • – Free Massage Table Included
  • – No Prerequisites Required
  • – Internships Available
  • – Financial Aid Available

 

We believe a hands-on teaching approach helps our students learn the appropriate techniques to understand the power between them and their clientele. Here are a few facts about Universal Spa Training Academy: 89% of Title IV students complete the program within 9 months, 82% of program graduates got jobs according to the accreditor job placement rate and the typical graduate leaves with only $5,200 in debt (These disclosures are required by the U.S. Department of Education).

 

Interested in becoming a massage therapist? Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

Easy Winter Makeup Looks

Posted on: November 5th, 2017

Winter makeup can be tricky when it comes to what looks to prepare for holiday parties and celebrations. We have compiled some top looks that are popular this winter season.

 

Winter Makeup Looks

 

  1. Peachy lips and cheeks. A nice peach blush and lip stain will create a soft wintery look.
  2. Inner eye sparkle. In the inner corners of the eyes, add a light touch of silver eyeshadow to sparkle and brighten your eye. Very festive!
  3. Get golden. Gold eyeliner and golden lips are also in season for the holidays.
  4. Black winged eyeliner. Thought that winged eyeliner was ever going to go away? Every year it still is a trend.
  5. Liner flick + red lip. As Dolce and Gabbana has proven, pair a red lip with black winged eyeliner for that perfect kitten look.
  6. Metallic smokey eye. Add some sparkle to the classic smokey eye. Always pair this look with a nude lip.
  7. Copper eye. Smudge copper toned eyeshadow along the top lid. Create a bolder look with flared lashes.
  8. The Rose look. Rosey cheeks, lids and lips create a simple, natural look.
  9. The highlighted cheekbone. Will this trend ever go out of style? Catch the light with with a glossy highlighter, blend upwards on the cheekbones.
  10. Lilac-silver lid. Blend a metallic lilac + silver color on the lid. Complete the look with a glossy, nude lip.

 

As the temperatures drop, the makeup looks don’t have to! Have fun this season and try out a few of the winter makeup looks above. Tag us @universalspatrainingacademy to showcase your look on Facebook and Instagram!

 

Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

 

 

 

Fall Onto A Massage Table At USTA!

Posted on: October 29th, 2017

We are in the full swing of Fall and looking ahead to winter! With cold and flu season approaching, keep in mind the necessary actions that can help boost your immune system. Fall onto a massage table at USTA! We all know the relaxation benefits of receiving a massage, but let’s talk about how beneficial massages are during this time of year.

 

Benefits Of Massages During Fall

  1. Boosts Immune System. Do you ever seem to get a nasty cold during the colder months? A study published in the ‘Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine’ found that a massage increased the presence of the body’s natural killer cells. These cells act as the immune system’s first line of defense, destroying cells that contain tumors and viruses.
  2. Helps With The Winter Blues. Getting a massage increases serotonin and dopamine. Seratonin stabilizes your mood and dopamine battles depression and helps focus.
  3. Relieves Stress. Multiple studies have also shown that participants undergoing massage therapy saw a decrease in the body’s production of cortisol, the stress hormone, and an increase in production of endorphins, your brain’s ‘feel good’ chemical.
  4. Relaxation and Better Sleep. Massages can improve sleep. The increase of Serotonin helps your body produce Melatonin, which in return helps you fall into a deeper sleep.

 

Choose from services like Swedish Massage, Hot Stone Massage, True Pregnancy Massage, Side-Lying Pregnancy Massage. Head to our massage services on our website here. All services performed by students under instructor supervision.

 

Interested in becoming a massage therapist? Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

Why You Should Add Pumpkin To Your Skincare Routine

Posted on: October 20th, 2017

Tis the season for pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin farms, pumpkin candles, well.. pumpkin everything! So why not talk about how to add pumpkin into your skincare routine. Pumpkins are loaded with vitamins that nourish the skin. Incorporate it into either a daily moisturizer to help with dark spots or use the recipe below once a week to hydrate and clear skin with our DIY Pumpkin Mask.

How exactly does pumpkin help?

 

1. Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin.

2. Pumpkin contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin.

3. Contains Zinc will helps control the hormone level and oil production.

4. Helps with healing of the skin which is beneficial for acne sufferers.

5. Pumpkin contains folate which helps to increase circulation and improve cell turnover and renewal.

6. Helps boost collagen production.

7. Prevent signs of aging.

8. Helps relieve dry winter skin.

9. Pumpkin is high in fatty acids and Vitamin E.

 

Here is a DIY pumpkin skincare mask to make at home

1 tablespoon pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon vitamin E oil.

Apply this mixture on a damp face for 30 minutes or until it dries and rinse off with lukewarm water.

 

Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

 

Keep Glow on Your Skin this Fall

Posted on: October 13th, 2017

Humidity, temperature, wind, and sun can have a dramatic effect on the skin all over your body. When you are from Illinois, you are no stranger to extreme weather changes – sometimes in the same day. We have seen the sun, wind, hail, sleet and snow in a 12-hour period. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

tips to maintain glowing skin during fall into winter

Moisturize Skin Daily – Low humidity, heated air and wind can cause further drying of your skin. Avoid long soaks in the tub, don’t let the water get too hot and use a moisturizing soap. Make sure your put plenty of lotion on your skin, feet and face at least once a day.

Wash your face – Use a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser that does not contain alcohol. Wet your face with lukewarm water and use your fingertips in a circular motion to apply cleanser. Using a washcloth, mesh sponge, or anything other than your fingertips can irritate your skin. Resist the temptation to scrub your skin because scrubbing irritates the skin. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft towel. Be gentle when applying any cream around your eyes so you do not pull too hard on this delicate skin. Apply cream to face and neck.

As always stay hydrated – By drinking plenty of fluids your skin will stay moist longer and avoid wrinkles. Drink minimum of 8 glasses of water daily and try to drink a glass before each meal to help the digestion as this will also help as there is less activity outdoors.

The sun not only bares down on you the same all year long but now you can get reflected light from the ground if there is snow or ice.  So be sure to protect your skin well before leaving your home. Remember SPF above 30 also prevents signs of aging.

Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

Glowing skin is happy skin!

Career in Massage Therapy

Posted on: October 5th, 2017

You are considering a career as a medical massage therapist – congratulations! If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, start with the following steps to help get you on your way towards an amazing career:

Steps to a Career in

Massage Therapy

  1. 1. Deciding on the right school – Our 650 hour State licensed massage therapy school curriculum will take students through human body systems with a balanced focus on muscular structure and function, anatomy, multiple massage modalities as well as career planning, client retention and preparation to sit and pass the MBLEx Exam. Beginning classes focus on communication and self awareness. These essential skills are developed through focused activities and exercises, which are the foundation of customer service and a therapists ability to retain clientele and an income.

Understanding this power from within ensures the most effective, well rounded, therapists upon graduation and it is what sets us apart from other massage schools.

Our massage therapy school educators bring years of practical experience in bodywork as well as a holistic and hands-on approach to massage.

2. Become Licensed – Each state has their own requirements, the State of Illinois requires a minimum of 600 hours of training to become licensed. At USTA, our 9 month day or 11 month evening massage therapy programs offer a balanced study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, Eastern energies, Western techniques and professional development. Curriculum includes Trigger point therapy, Neuromuscular techniques, Polarity Therapy, Swedish massage techniques, and Pregnancy massage.

3. Select a Technique to specialize in and begin! In the journey to becoming licensed, you will have found a passion for a particular technique or may have networked with therapists so you are ready to begin as soon as your pass your exam. Our Chicagoland massage therapy school education also provides its students with the business guidance needed to help build a successful private massage therapy practice.

Here at USTA, we look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

  • Teaching Mind..Body..Spirit for the best prepared therapists!

Benefits of a Back Facial

Posted on: September 28th, 2017

You may have treated your face to a facial before – but how about your back?  Many people suffer from acne on their back and most do not know what to do to treat this hard to reach area. It may be a good idea to have one before a special event where you will be showing your back in a plunging dress. It’s common to know the benefits of a regular facial, but your may not be aware that there are similar benefits for treating your back to get taken care of.

 

Benefits of a back facial

Get rid of back acne – A cleansing treatment for the back can help clear-out clogged pore by exfoliation, toning, and nourishment. It is a way of exfoliating an area that you cannot get to on your own. Both men and women enjoy back facial to combat acne. A back facial is good even if you do not suffer from back acne, it will exfoliate the dead skin and moisturize. This facial follows the same steps as a traditional facial. The back is first cleansed and exfoliated deeply. The second step removes impurities and imperfection from beneath the skins surface. Then a mask is applied. The final step involves moisturizing the back to hydrate with a light massaging.

Ease tension to back muscles. Like other facials, having a back facial is relaxing. Because the treatment works directly on your back, your muscles will feel tension releasing. Areas like your neck, shoulders, and mid-section of your back, will benefit from the treatment’s massaging motions.

Heal dry skin on the back. Added nutrients from the treatment can help heal any cracked, dry, and itching skin on the back. Treatment usually include essential oils that moisturize and softens your skin.

 

A back facial may be used in an overall wellness regime. One month have a regular facial the next work on the back. This will reduce acne and make you look and feel great not to mention the benefits of a little time to truly relax and unwind. It is great for acne, skin bumps and pustules as well as back acne, pimples and zits that arise from exercise, eating the wrong foods or just about any other condition.The overall result will leave your back feeling smooth and looking clear so that you can confidently wear backless tops, swimsuits, and low-cut back garments. continual care and treatment for your back will help diminish blemishes, scars, and dark spots.

 

Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

Your back will thank you for scheduling it’s facial today!

Differences between Chair and Table Massages

Posted on: September 21st, 2017

Chair and table massages have their advantages and areas where they are more effective and useful than the other but there are differences. A table massage is generally good for a full body treatment, complete relaxation and de-stressing, allowing the therapist to work through all areas and muscle groups. A chair massage is good for addressing specific conditions related to back area, arms, shoulders and neck,

working in shorter sessions and being less time constraining than a table massage.

 

Differences between chair and table massages

 

Benefits – Chair massages focus primarily on relaxing tense muscles in the shoulders and back, while providing a brief relaxation and boost of energy to deal with the rest of the day. Table massages is to provide the entire body with a full and in depth relaxation while addressing tensions and chronic problems.

 

Areas Focused – When receiving a chair massage it is primarily focusing on the back, shoulders, neck and arms . The seated position allows for easy and effective access to these areas. Seated massage is not effective for a comfortable massage of the legs, feet, hips and chest due to the position the client sits in. During a table massage, the whole body is treated. The therapist has easily access to all muscle groups, and can address the tensions and soreness effectively.

 

Techniques – Due to the nature of seated massages where the client is fully clothed, kneading

and pressure are the two techniques used most often, combined with stretching and tapping. Due to the clothing it is not easy to work on an entire muscle at once. Table massages can use a wide number of techniques depending on which method is used during a session. Long soft strokes, deep kneading, pressure, rubbing and stretching are the techniques most commonly used. During a table massage the therapist can easily work on an entire muscle at once with long deep strokes, or work on isolated spots as she pleases.

 

Location and Time – Chair massages are very flexible in regards to locations and can be done practically everywhere and can last from 10 minutes to 40 minutes, although typical length is 15-20 minutes. This allows the therapist to effectively address the issues in the back area. A table massage usually takes place in a clinic, spa or at the client’s location. Ideal table massages typically lasts one to one and a half hours, though some offer shorter session specifically aimed at one area of the body.

 

Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

 

Schedule a massage today!

2017 Fall Makeup Trends

Posted on: September 17th, 2017

One week until fall is officially here, which means let’s talk fall makeup trends for 2017. There are some gorgeous new trends for lips, cheeks and eyes that you don’t want to miss!

 

Fall Makeup Trends for 2017

  1. The two toned lips – This looks best with a stain, for that worn-for-a-while, more natural finish. Most of the trend is being seen with the lighter lip on top and darker on the bottom.

2. Feathery Lashes – Full, false lashes on your top lash line will make your eyes appear larger and more awake. Keep the rest of your makeup palette neutral for a look that’s modern.

3. The brown/nude lip – Like many other looks this fall, yes the 90’s are definitely back with this one! That means shades of chestnut brown are a must-have for lips this fall.

4. Wishbone winged eye liner – You’ll want to cat eye line the length of the upper lid before whipping out.

5. The jewel-toned smokey eye – Make sure you go with a blocky look applying the jewel tones, and if you really want to be in trend, go with a sapphire blue!

6. The bold/highlighted cheek – Subtle blush is a year-round must, but the fall season on the cheeks is to look as though it’s a little cold outside! Add an extra layer of blush to your cheeks in the same color they turn when it’s chilly outside.

7. Dramatic lower lashes – You will definitely want to apply a waterproof and smudge proof mascara when going for this look especially since you will be applying quite a bit to achieve the dramatic look.

8. Bold Lips and Cheeks – Make sure you go subtle on the eyes if you are living it up on the lips and cheeks, especially with the darker browns on the lips.

 

Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

May you step into fall looking and feeling gorgeous!

The Mind/Body Connection

Posted on: September 7th, 2017

mind/body connectionThe mind/body connection is so important when it comes to managing a balanced life. This means that our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes can positively or negatively affect our biological functioning. In other words, our minds can affect how healthy our bodies are! On the other hand, what we do with our physical body (what we eat, how much we exercise, even our posture) can impact our mental state either positively or negatively. This results in a complex interrelationship between our minds and bodies.

According to Dr. James Gordon (founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine) “The brain and peripheral nervous system, the endocrine and immune systems, and indeed, all the organs of our body and all the emotional responses we have, share a common chemical language and are constantly communicating with one another.”

Here are some ways you can have a strong mind/body connection:

  1. Mediation
  2. Prayer
  3. Creative Arts
  4. Yoga
  5. Relaxation
  6. Support Groups
  7. Eat healthy
  8. Daily exercise
  9. Get enough sleep
  10. Laugh

Ways like meditation brings us home to the peace of present moment awareness and gives us an experience of  relaxation that eliminates fatigue and long-standing stresses. When you calm your mind, you can connect to your body. In return, taking care of your body can help feel your best from the outside in. Exercise not only helps keep the body young, but it also keeps the mind vital and promotes emotional wellbeing.

For all of our massage therapy and aesthetics students at USTA, we offer FREE meditation and yoga studio to stay focused on what is truly important in life. This is available to those who want to take advantage during and after their tenure. Call us for more information at 630.968.6800 or fill out an online application here.. Apply online today!

We look forward to hearing from you and for choosing USTA!