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Register for the NCEA Business Meeting and NETT Conference
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NCEA Business Meeting Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Convention Center — Friday, Oct. 26

Followed by the

NETT Conference – Saturday, Oct. 27
International Congress of Esthetics & Spa — Sunday & Monday
Philadelphia Convention Center — Room 116

Registration for NCEA Business Meeting* must be done through NCEA
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Registration for NETT Conference* must be done through ICES
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Registration for Long Beach Hotels (Renaissance, Courtyard or Holiday Inn)
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*Complimentary records verification of your NCEA Certified Candidate Application will be done on both Friday & Saturday when you are registered for either of these events.

 What's the Latest?

Understanding the difference between clinical and spa massage
Massage Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As most of us in the massage profession recognize of late, we are splitting into two fairly divergent, yet equally important industries. The most prominent and popular industry is the personal services massage industry. The second and more recently emerging industry is "clinical" (or medical) massage therapy. These and other terms get thrown around a lot, and can cause a tremendous amount of confusion for massage therapists, but more importantly, for consumers. More

Skin care in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Every few months a new beauty trend, treatment or potion is revealed — the latest skin-tightening laser, an age-defying ingredient or a longer-lasting filler. But should a fresh-faced 20-year-old be using retinol creams? And when is the right time to consider Botox? In the day of instant gratification, where do we draw the line between too soon and too late? We asked some experts for advice. More

The therapeutic experience of being suspended by your skin
The Atlantic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A woman lies face down on a massage table. She is tended to by five men wearing surgical masks and gloves. They insert large fishhooks under the woman's skin: in her calves, thighs, and lower, middle, and upper back. They work quickly and with practiced efficiency, grabbing a good sized piece of skin, pushing the hook into the skin until it slides in and out the other side. There is no blood. The men position the hook's bend around the freshly pierced hunk of flesh before moving onto another piercing. More

7 reasons why autumn is good for you
The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The sun rises just a little bit later and sets just a little bit earlier; there's a tell-tale chill in the air, enough to merit a light sweater. There's no question about it: Fall is here. Autumn officially started Sept. 22, and we're excited about all the health opportunities the new season brings — from a different range of fitness opportunities, to an excuse to really get into a daily routine. More

 Tuesday 'Toon

 Business Briefs

18 tips for success from Richard Branson
Business Insider    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
He's the only entrepreneur to have built eight separate billion-dollar companies in eight different industries — and he did it all without a degree in business. "Had I pursued my education long enough to learn all the conventional dos and don'ts of starting a business I often wonder how different my life and career might have been," he writes in his new book. We’ve compiled some of the best tips from his book here. More

Things to do after work that can help your career
CBS MoneyWatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The last thing you probably want to do after work is more work, or think about work. But, Amy Levin-Epstein, a freelance writer, is not suggesting you take work home. Here are five things you can do after work that will make you better at your day job — without any work at all. More

 Marketing 101

How to get your employees and customers to market for you
Entrepreneur    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some of the best grassroots marketing tactics are comprised of ideas that can be done on site. The obvious advantage to these types of promotion is that you have total control over their implementation, since you are not promoting in conjunction with another merchant or organization. Here are two easy-to-implement, on-site marketing tactics that use your best assets: your employees and your customers. More

Truly reaching green consumers
GCI Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With niche market players and mass market brands vying for shelf space at every turn, beauty brands that differentiate their products with an understanding of the needs of natural-leaning consumers are gaining a significant edge on their competition. A few years ago, organic and natural enthusiasts who really studied ingredients and sought out authentic products could only be found at Whole Foods or Pharmacas in major cities. More

 Teaching Tips

New education report cites ways to improve teacher training
Gazettes    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A group of education leaders from across California released a comprehensive report last week called, "Greatness By Design," which showed the need for sweeping improvements to how teachers are trained, mentored and recruited. "This is the most comprehensive look our state has taken at California's most important profession — teaching — in a generation," Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in a statement. The report closely examines how to provide a career development framework that promotes leadership and growth for teachers. More

Should students be tracked with radio frequency ID tags?
Center for Digital Education    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The same technology that is known for tracking packages in the mail; automobiles during the production progress; and clothes, shoes and other products to ensure efficient supply chain management also has been tracking students' whereabouts on K-12 campuses — for at least seven years. While radio frequency identification tags (RFID) have been around for a while, their use hasn't been widespread in school districts. But as state budgets continue to shrink, some districts in Texas have turned to these tags to bring in more revenue. And privacy experts think they're a bad idea. More

 Spa Clinicals

The benefits of giving a massage on the mental state of massage therapists: A randomized, controlled trial
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine via PubMed    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Objectives: The objective of this study was to determine whether giving a massage had an impact of the mental state of the massage therapist.

Selection criteria: This study was conducted at an accredited school of therapeutic massage in Dallas. The study comprised healthy female and male final-term massage students between ages 18 and 65 years. The participants were randomized into two groups: (1) the experimental group who gave a one-hour Swedish massage to a massage client (massage group), or (2) the control group who sat in a room doing normal, daily activities (control group). Both these activities were a normal part of the daily routine for these massage students.

Results: Twenty-two (22) participants were randomized in this trial. The baseline characteristics were comparable between the two groups. A statistically significant advantage for the massage group was found relative to the control group in subjective anxiety (DASS Anxiety Subscale, p=0.014). There were no significant differences between the groups with regard to total DASS score (p=0.540), subjective depressive symptoms (DASS Depression Subscale, p=0.472) and subjective stress-related symptoms (DASS Stress Subscale, p=0.919). There were no adverse events reported by any participant.

Conclusions: This study shows that massage therapists themselves may benefit from giving a therapeutic massage by experiencing less subjective anxiety following the giving of a massage.

 COA-Approved Continuing Education

Income potential: What does this mean to your students?
Presented by Ken Cassidy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Learn 90 percent of what owners and managers don’t do, that may set your students to not be as successful in the beginning of their careers. Every teacher will have the opportunity to help create success for their students by passing on the information that they learn in this class.

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

  • Explain how to analyze job opportunities and determine the benefits
  • Demonstrate the integration of prospective employee goals and student expectations
  • Establish a timeline of benefits that a student should expect from their employer
  • Clarify what training and compensation to expect when hired

    To begin the webinar, click here.

    Download the registration form right here.

    View other COA-approved CE webinars.

  •  Political Advocacy Position

    Medical Spa Definition
    NCEA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It is the position of the NCEA that a medical spa is a facility that during all hours of business shall operate under the on-site supervision of a licensed health care professional operating within their scope of practice, with a staff that operates within their scope of practice as defined by their individual licensing board if licensure is required. The facility may offer traditional, complimentary, and alternative health practices and treatments in a spa-like setting.

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

     Quotable Quote

    Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.

    — Norman Vincent Peale


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