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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!

Massage Therapy School Focusing on MIND, BODY and SPIRIT

Posted on: January 11th, 2017

Here at USTA our nationally accredited massage therapy school program not only teaches how to address the body but we also incorporate the mind and spirit as well. After taking our program, students are well versed in the energies of Eastern approach with techniques from the West. Our massage therapy school educators bring years of practical experience in bodywork as well as a holistic and hands-on approach to massage. In this post, we want to break down our curriculum to show the mind, body and spirit categories and the classes associated with them.


  • Anatomy
  • Contraindications
  • CPR Certification
  • Client Documentation
  • Massage Ethics
  • History & Application
  • Kinesiology
  • Marketing & Business
  • Neuromuscular Therapy
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pathology
  • Physiology
  • Sanitation
  • Nutrition & Juicing


  • Aryurvedia
  • Body Mechanics
  • Chair Massage
  • Clinical Massage
  • Cupping
  • Deep Tissue
  • Hot Stone
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Lymph Drainage
  • Elderly Massage
  • Disability Massage
  • Pregnancy & Prenatal
  • Reflexology
  • Spa Body Treatments
  • Swedish Massage
  • Sports Massage


  • Aromatherapy
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • Meditation
  • Polarity Therapy
  • Reiki
  • Yoga

As a Chicago area massage therapy school, we believe that true effectiveness and profitability for a massage therapist begins with self discovery, personal growth and understanding the power of touch between therapist and client. Students should expect a great return on investment when choosing USTA for their education! Tuition includes the initial massage therapy licensing fee for Illinois and massage table! The classes listed above are included in the tuition along with our popular business and aromatherapy classes. It is our upmost importance to not only offer a great experience while you are a student here, but also prepare you for a career after school.

Our massage therapy classes start January 24th! Day classes (9 month program) and Evening classes (11 month program) are available. Contact us to speak to an admissions representative at 630-968-6800, option 1 or fill out the online contact form here. We look forward to having you start your career with us!

Popular Beauty Trends For 2017

Posted on: December 28th, 2016

As we are getting ready to ring in the new year, we have been on the hunt to find popular beauty trends for 2017! This past year some popular beauty trends included major contouring, the dark lippy, triangular french manicures and braided ponytails. Even though these trends shaped 2016, we are excited to see the beauty trends that will shape the New Year.

Popular Beauty Trends for 2017

  • The Baby Face– The contouring fad is almost on it’s way out according to the connoisseurs at A lighter version of the heavy chiseled and bronzed contour look will be more of a “plumped cheek”. This look includes full lashes, pearly pink lips, and of course a rose colored blush or light dusting of copper on the cheeks. A Rosey highlight on the upper cheek bones will complete this fresh skin look.
  • Light Mauve Or Pink Shade Lips. These lighter shades are not only perfect for spring/summer, but these colors will stay popular and fresh all year round.
  • Soft, Uneven Curls. The classic beachy waves are definitely making a come back! In 2016 this look was definitely on the popular rise.
  • Say Hello To High-Gloss. Matte lipsticks and shadows are looking to make its way out. Even though these products are still popular, it is all about the high gloss lipsticks and shimmery shadows in 2017.
  • Pastel and Chrome Nails (oh my!) Solid pastel colors as well as chrome nails will be a beauty trend.
  • Cut-Crease Eye Makeup. If you haven’t seen this look, the best way to explain it is contouring for your eyelids.

Here at USTA, we not only stay up to date with popular trends in aesthetics but with massage therapy as well. Our nationally accredited programs resume in January 2017! Whether you are looking to start a career in massage therapy or aesthetics, our focus is to train and guide you into a successful career. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative. Happy New Year!