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St. Patrick’s Day Smoothie

Posted on: March 17th, 2017

healthy shamrock green smoothieTis the season for St. Patrick’s Day shamrock shakes, but what if there was a healthier smoothie you could whip up that tastes great and is incredibly good for you?! There is! The ingredient that makes this healthy smoothie green is kale. Kale is known as one of those super foods with amazing benefits. What makes kale so great? Keep reading!

Benefits of adding kale to your smoothies

Just one cup of kale contains:

  • 3 grams of protein
  • Vitamins A,B,C & K
  • Minerals including phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and zinc
  • 2.5 grams of fiber
  • Folate, Manganese, Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium
  • Alpha-linolenic acid and omega-3 fatty acid
  • Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which gives kale its dark green color.

Convinced that kale is a superfood yet? Kale is among the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. It is packed with powerful antioxidants help counteract oxidative damage by free radicals in the body. Kale is also much higher in vitamin C than most other vegetables, containing about 4.5 times much as spinach. In honor of everything green, we want to share a healthy green ‘Shamrock’ smoothie recipe.

Healthy ‘Shamrock’ Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or coconut milk
2 hand-fulls of kale
1/4 cup pineapple chunks
1/2 a ripe avocado
1 scoop protein powder
1 cup ice cubes

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend away!

At our nationally accredited Chicago area massage therapy and aesthetics school, nutrition and juicing is an important part of our programs. We believe it is not only important what types of products you use on your skin, but also what you put in your body. It is essential to have good health from the inside out. Our massage therapy classes start April 25th and our Aesthetics classes start April 24th. Learn more about our programs, our financial aid assistance and how to apply here —> Learn How To Enroll 

8 Ways To Fight Wrinkles With Nutrition

Posted on: January 18th, 2017

fight wrinkles with nutritionAccording to the Mayo Clinic, wrinkles are caused by age, exposure to UV light, smoking and repeated facial expressions. What if there are some foods you can eat to help slow down the process and to put proper anti-aging properties back into your skin? There are! At USTA we believe that nutrition is a big part of looking and feeling your best. This is why we incorporate nutrition into both our massage therapy and aesthetic trainings!

8 Ways To Fight Wrinkles With Nutrition

  • Water: Skin cells need plenty of water to keep them hydrated. Drink about half your body weight in ounces of water, and if you work out and sweat you should drink more than that.
  • Salmon: Fish that is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids help keep cell membranes fluid.
  • Green Tea: One word; polyphenols. In the April 2011 edition of “The Journal of Nutrition,” The study measured 60 female volunteers over the course of 12 weeks. The participants were given a beverage that contained green tea polyphenols or that did not contain polyphenols. The participants were measured for skin elasticity, roughness, scaling, density and other factors. After 12 weeks, those who consumed polyphenol-containing beverages experienced greater blood flow and oxygen to the skin. According to the study, women reported experiencing improvements in their overall skin quality.
  • Berries: Strawberries, Blueberries and Raspberries are packed with antioxidants. They work to help fight free radical damage to the skin.
  • Garlic: Add fresh garlic to as many dishes as you can. Garlic is also packed with polyphenols.
  • Olive Oil: Olive oil is packed full of oleic acid, one of the fatty acids that keep cell membranes fluid and make skin supple.
  • Lean Proteins: Skinless chicken, fish, beans, nuts, and other lean protein foods help repair cells that have suffered free radical damage.
  • Beans: The nutrients in all variety of beans help neutralize the damaging compounds that harm your skin and prevent skin damage and signs of aging.

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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!

5 Must Have Foods For Beautiful Skin

Posted on: July 27th, 2016

Did you know that certain foods can work wonders on your skin? The products that you use on your skin make a difference but also the food that you eat! In our USTA aesthetic and massage therapy courses we teach the benefits of nutrition and how it relates to skincare health. We want to share these wonderful foods on the blog so that you can start to incorporate them into your everyday diet to create a radiant, glowing complexion.

5 Must have foods for beautiful skin

  1. kale for glowing skinKale. You have heard the saying “eat your dark leafy greens” right? Kale is one of the best dark greens that you can incorporate into your diet. It’s one of the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that absorb and neutralize the free radicals created by UV light. Just one cup of kale gives you 134% and 133% of your daily value for skin-firming vitamin C and A!
  2. Walnuts. Walnuts are the only type of nut that contains a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which is especially important for vegetarians who are skipping fish. A deficiency in this fatty acid can result in eczema and dry skin.
  3. Kiwi. This tiny, power packed fruit has incredible amounts of Vitamin C. Nearly 120% of your daily Vitamin C intake is in 1 kiwi! This vitamin helps your skin create collagen. Those who have their daily intake of Vitamin C have noticeably less wrinkles.
  4. Carrots. Eating carrots can give you a natural glow. Carrots are loaded with carotenoid which helps fight against aging.
  5. Tomatoes. Tomatoes help keep skin incredible healthy! Packed with lycopene and vitamins A, C and K, tomatoes help shrink pores, treat acne and heal sunburns.

We all know that eating healthy helps us fight diseases but we forget that we should eat healthy to take care of our largest organ!

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