Monday, August 22, 2016

Gold Medals All Around!

Like many of you, I really enjoyed watching the Olympics. There is always something inspiring when you see an individual who has dedicated their whole being to a single purpose be rewarded for their efforts. Even the athletes who haven’t medaled are spectacular and amazing people just by having the opportunity to compete on such a grand stage. As the closing ceremony finishes I am struck by the life changing atmosphere for each and every athlete.

At AMI we have the honor to work with people who dedicate their lives to making other lives better. In each session we welcome a new group of students. Many have the same scared and apprehensive face of our children on the first day of school. We see the anxiety, but know that soon their excitement will grow and their confidence rise. It is a wonderful honor to be part of this growth.

Helping Others through Massage Therapy

Amanda's Certificate Massage and Bodywork Licensing ExamWhen the idea first came up to open the Aspen Massage Institute we focused our efforts on creating opportunities for everyone who wanted to improve their lives. We knew that massage therapy was, and still is one of the most rapidly growing segments of health services, and has the ability to literally touch and change so many lives.

We have taught and become close friends with so many students over the past years and have been privileged to see the results of dedication and hard work. Our students come from everywhere. They all have different jobs, lives and backgrounds. Some come from Aspen, others from around the U.S. and even the world. Their diversity gives us hope and reminds us everyone deserves a chance to succeed.

All Our Students Came in First

It’s hard to judge success sometimes. The 2016 Olympics showed us it is more than just winning gold medals; it’s also about caring for those around you and sharing in the hard work. We love working alongside our students, getting to know them, their challenges and strengths. We love seeing the “ah-ha” moments, and sharing the joy of success.

Every Student Passed the MBLEx Colorado State Test!

Graduation day is special for us. Before us stand people that are ready for a new career. Once anxious and doubtful our students are confident and prepared. Their eyes gleam with hope. They face one last hurdle, the licensing test. The MBLEx (Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam) for Colorado is not easy. It puts the skills and knowledge of each applicant to the test. Many fail. Our students did not. In fact, every student from our last session passed. I’m proud of them and of our instructors.

Get Your Gold Medal

Andree shows off her Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam CertificateAs we prepare for the next session of our Certified Massage Therapist training in January we are already thinking about the new students we will meet. Some will have health backgrounds; some will be waiters and bartenders, moms and dads, young and old. We look forward to watching them accomplish their goals. We look forward to meeting their families and support groups. We look forward to watching them succeed.

If you are looking for a change, a career that helps others and financially rewarding, we urge you to give us a call. If you know someone that says over and over how much they hate their job and they just want to help people, give them our number. We want everyone to get their Gold Medal.

To contact Aspen Massage Institute call 970-300-4644 or click here. We can't wait to talk with you.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Who Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

The end of the school year brings memories of graduations and life changes. As we begin to prepare for our Fall Session at AMI we are also looking towards the future and how we can help more people. While we love teaching people how to love and succeed in a career in massage therapy, we also know that it takes someone special to truly become a great therapist.

Who do YOU want to beI Don’t Know What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

Are you that person? Someone who wants to make a difference, but doesn’t know what is the right path for you? Are you still trying to figure it out?

Earlier in life I received some great advice on how to find out what I was meant to do and it has stuck with me. Hopefully it helps you too.

  • What drives you? This question isn’t about what you’re good at, or really even your skills. It’s about what makes you get up in the morning. Is there something you do that you can’t wait to do again the next day? There is no right or wrong answer. It may be solving problems in machine code, fixing cars, growing companies, or simply just helping others. What would you do if you could do anything? Simply, what do you love to do?

  • What are your greatest accomplishments? Don’t look at your medals or trophies, degrees, or keys to the city. Look inside. What have you done that made you feel the best about who you are? Did you save a company millions, develop a new marketing strategy, or help someone that was feeling down. This is about how you feel, not the awards you’ve received. 

  • What do you hate doing? This is a big one. I once had a friend who really wanted to do sales but hated talking to people. Quite the dilemma, and believe it or not the sales career never took off. Be specific, don’t just say, “I hate my job!” Determine exactly what you “hate” about it. Knowing what you don’t like to do can be very enlightening.

  • What are your goals? You knew at some point it would come to this, but this part is important. If your goal is financial freedom, you need to define what that means both monetarily and with work/life balance. If you goal is to get a degree, then which degree, and why? What are your family goals? Knowing and setting these goals will give you someplace to shoot for.

  • How hard are you willing to work? Everyone has dreams, but only the ones who make a plan and work hard reach them. What are you willing to give up to make your dream come true? For some it may be working a few years in a job they don’t like to learn a career they do. Some may forego a new car to invest in their future. Others give up their spare time, to create a better life. Your diligence not only affects your future, it can create it.

The Bottom Line

We love helping people discover how fulfilling and life changing a career in massage therapy can be. Our past and current students come from all walks of life, all ages, and from all over the world. They have one thing in common; they want to make a difference in their lives and those around them. They are determined to work hard to learn a career that allows them to help people feel better and healthier. We understand that this is not for everyone. It takes someone willing to test their limits, who want to be in control of their life, and is ready to reach their goals.

It’s About WHO you want to Be

Find Your Happy Place
As you start summer we encourage you to take some time and reflect on who you want to be. Obviously, Aspen is an awesome place to walk and meditate on the future, but wherever you are reading this, take some time and consider how your life could look different than it does today.

Our next session starts in the fall, and we would love to see you there. Until then, become who you truly are.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Paradise at 7,900 feet

Every month we try to explain more about our Massage Therapy Certification Program and share helpful information with people looking to make a positive change in their life. Recently I was talking with a potential client who asked, “Why Aspen?” I must admit, as someone who lives here my first comment might have been, “Because it’s Aspen!”, but at the same time I realized many of our students come from all over and perhaps a little info might be a good thing.

Beauty Everywhere

Aspen Colorado Nature's Paradise
Welcome to nature’s playground. The beauty of the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains is exemplified in the city of Aspen, Colorado. While it is well known for the wonderful aspen trees so prevalent in the area, it is also home to a wide variety of natural wonders. For those who love the outdoors this is a great place to visit or even better, call home.

The spring and summer offer the adventure of hiking, biking, fishing or just plain walking and marveling at surroundings. The winter is home to every winter sport imaginable and home of many professional skiing events and a regular stop for the X-Games. Aspen is paradise for anyone who loves the mountains and being active year round.

Art, Relaxation and Fun

Aspen Art Museum
Aspen is also very well known for art and culture. You can enjoy exhibits at the Aspen Art Museum or at one of the many events held in this city known for its creativity. While full of activity this city maintains its mountain town feel. Full of great restaurants, unique Colorado stores and wonderful nightlife destinations, it still has the closeness and community so many towns have lost. It is no wonder that celebrities and people from around the world come here to get away from the bustle of life.


Why Aspen?

So, in retrospect to the question, “Why Aspen?”, and although I’m trying hard to be humble, the answer is truly, “It’s simply the best place in the world to change your life and love where you live at the same time.” I welcome you to come join us and discover the wonder of this community. Click here to learn more about our town, since there is no way I can share it all here.  When in town, stop by and I will gladly share how AMI can help you find a career you will love every day.  For a sneak preview click around our site.  We look forward to seeing you around town.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

7 out of 10 People Don't Like their Job

That's one headline that crushes my soul. According to some recent statistics, over 70% of people don't like their jobs. That means over one half of the people you work with everyday don't want to be there. They aren't happy, they aren't fulfilled and they definitely don't feel like they are making a difference. Personally, I think that is a horrible way to live.

A Little Soap Box Talk

I surround myself with people that want to help other people succeed. Whether it is living a healthy lifestyle, supporting the community or empowering people to meet their goals, I am honored to call these people friends. I talk with many people throughout the week who have dreams that remain unfulfilled because they aren’t willing to create change or are afraid to try.

Twice a year we are allowed to meet a group of people committed to creating the life they desire. They are getting out of the box and doing something that is meaningful, fulfilling and will change their life forever. A month ago another set of great students walked into the Aspen Massage Institute with hope in their eyes and dreams in their hearts. I know I'm waxing philosophical a bit here, but there is no other way to describe what we see every time a new class walks in the first day.

Our Students Love Their Jobs

Our instructors make it their goal to ensure that our students are in the top 30% of the people who love their jobs and look forward to each day. Becoming a massage therapist is much more than back rubs and essential oils. It is about making a difference in everyone's life you touch and in your own. I’m reminded of this at every graduation when students share their stories and the excitement of a new career.

What do You Want?

I realize that this career isn’t for everyone, and now I’m focusing more on those of you who dream of going to massage school and changing your life. You can do it. We have the people and programs in place to help you succeed. We’ve created payment plans which will allow you to pay for your program and we offer the course at times that can work around virtually any schedule and family. Click around our site or give us call: 970-300-4644.

Chase Your Dreams

In closing I ask you to take a few minutes and watch the video below. I ran across it one day on Facebook and it moved me. I hope you see that today, you have the opportunity to create the future you always wanted.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Never Had a Massage? It's Time.

Aspen Massage InstituteNormally, we spend most of our time on this blog discussing the benefits and richness of a career in massage therapy, but even if you are not ready to begin today, there are great benefits for you in Aspen.

Reap the Benefits of the Aspen Massage Institute

Our program is structured to provide our students much more than just book learning. In fact one of the key components our students’ growth is literally hands-on training. As they progress they often work on each other but as they learn we also offer student massages for the great people of Aspen. The rates are lower and you get to spend an hour being pampered. Truly a win-win. The best way to find out when they are is to Like us on Facebook and watch our posts.

Never Had a Massage?

That’s ok, but you have no idea what you are missing. Massage therapy is well known for stress relief, helping sore muscles and providing a great sense of relaxation. Here are a few answers to the most common questions.

Do I have to get naked?

No you don’t. We want you to be comfortable. If the therapist finds an article of clothing that prohibits what they are doing they may ask you to slide it down out of the way. Once you are comfortable with getting massages you will probably find it is more comfortable without any clothing, but you are always covered in a discrete manner.

Does it hurt?

The intensity of the therapist is also up to you. Some people love soft and gentle massages while others prefer deep tissue treatments to relieve sore muscles and knots. Talk to your therapist before you begin so they can understand what you need. You also can direct them during the massage.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for a massage?

We also recommend being fully hydrated as we will work on muscles which often times releases trapped toxins. Hydration helps move these out of your system. In addition we recommend a light meal a few hours before your appointment. You don’t want to be full, but an empty stomach is not recommended either.

What should I do after my massage?

First and foremost drink plenty of water. You need to stay hydrated to allow your muscles to recover and to move toxins out of your body. You should also pay close attention to your body. Deep tissue treatments can leave you a little sore, but is you stretch and take it easy afterwards the effects are lessened. The best choice is to take it easy and relax in the afterglow of a wonderful massage.

Feeling Good and Helping Others

I will have to admit after getting your first massage you most likely will be hooked. It is one of the best feelings in the world. In fact, some people decide afterwards that they would love to learn how to do it themselves. One of the greatest benefits of being a massage therapist is being able to help people feel better. If you’re curious feel free to visit our website: Until then, we look forward to talking to you after your first massage.

Monday, December 7, 2015

A Gift that Lasts a Lifetime

As the holiday season comes upon us we welcome the happiness and pure joy that comes from celebrating this fantastic time of year. Here in Aspen, Colorado, the streets, buildings and homes are beautifully decorated and with the lights flickering off the snow it is hard to feel anything but cheerfulness.

I Hate My Job

Massage Therapist SchoolUnfortunately, there are some other emotions that bubble to the surface at this time of year. It is amazing how many are associated with work and money, or the lack thereof. I speak to so many people that truly hate what they do for a living. Some are bored, others over worked, but most just seem to be dissatisfied with what they are doing and the money they make to do it.

What’s Your Story?

I remember talking with a young woman who was incredibly brilliant, talented and working over 50 hours a week to take care of her family. It was amazing the dedication she had to her children and her employer, but she knew she could do more. I hear stories like this every day. “If I could only…” or “If only I had a chance to…” Sadly many people I talk with know if they try they can change their lives, but don’t have the courage or perseverance to step out and do it.

Aspen Massage Institute

I understand this post may sound like a commercial, but it is more truth than marketing. I’ve been fortunate enough to see people completely change their lives and their families by being brave enough to try something new and discover a career they love. Some wanted the freedom to set their schedule and get paid more than minimum wage. Some desired a profession that could help people and allow them to be their own boss. All discovered that the possibilities are endless.

The Best Gift Ever

Aspen Massage Institute - A Career You Love
Our next Certified Massage Therapist program begins January 4th and runs until August 12th, 2016.  In a little under eight months you or someone you love, will get all the training needed to start a new career, and have the opportunity to become part of one of the fastest growing health services in the country. In addition, this session will run nightly Monday-Thursday, 5:30 – 9:30 pm, so you are able to work during the day, take care of kids, or just enjoy the Aspen days.

We want everyone to love what they do as much as we do. There is something special about helping people feel better and live the lives they always wanted. If this sounds like a career you are interested in or if you think this would make a great gift for someone close to you or yourself, please call us today at 970-300-4644. Or click here to get more information about our program.

There are only a few spots left so call soon. We look forward to talking with you. Until then, Happy Holidays.

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Best Massage Ever

I write blogs for the Aspen Massage Institute because I believe in what they do and how they do it. I remember the first time touring the training facilities and being completely awestruck. I had many friends around the US who became massage therapists and after hearing their schooling stories I know they would have loved being in the massage school in Aspen. However, this story isn't about them or really directly about AMI. It's about the opportunity to do something wonderful.

What Massage Therapy Means to Me

More than Massage Skills at AMI
I love a good massage. Who doesn't? It is amazing how in just an hour, weeks of stress quickly melt away and body and spirit once again feel young. I always understood the therapeutic effects and read the medical studies, but as a relatively young man, I continue to tell myself that I get a massage to relax not heal, even though I know better. Recently, the way I view massage therapy has radically changed.

My Mom

My mom’s health has steadily declined over the past few years. Although she has lived far beyond any expectations, the effects of multiple heart attacks and strokes have left her scarred and not able to fully live life. I noticed about five years ago the tell-tale signs of the onset of dementia and now at 80 she struggles to remember events and daily activities.

My mom is now under hospice care. She tries to rest, but pain and itching from psoriasis keep her in a perpetual state of discomfort. The doctors in their infinite wisdom apply more salve and administer morphine in hopes of bringing “peace’. As her child, I find their attempts futile and even at times, cruel. I’m frustrated and trying to find reason and hope within this situation so familiar to so many families. There simply has to be a better way.

The Therapist

I was pleased to discover that the hospice care company my dad found brings in a massage therapist once a week for a 60 minute session. My dad is a bit old-school and generally skeptical of such things, but at this point he is open for anything than can help. I wasn’t there when the massage therapist arrived and I only heard the results from my dad. “It was the first time she has had peace for months,” he told me through tear filled eyes. “She smiled, laid flat and it reminded me of when we were young. Then she slept. She hasn’t slept for so long.” The way he spoke penetrated my soul even more than his words. He was so thankful for even a moment of peace.

As we talked more I realized what wonderful comfort had been given to my mom, my dad and all my siblings. As I write this I know that today she received her weekly massage and once again she had a few moments of peace. What an amazing gift this unassuming therapist has, what an extraordinary job.

So Why Write About it?

I meet so many people every day who are looking for their dream, whatever that may be. I talk with individuals that have huge goals and some who simply want to make people’s lives better. My friends at AMI love what they do. I’ve always been so impressed not only with the quality and diligence in how they instruct students, but also in the manner in which they teach them how to care about everyone they touch. They understand that beyond the money, this career is about life and nothing can make you feel better than helping someone else.

If you have ever considered becoming a massage therapist then I encourage you to visit the Aspen Massage Institute site or call them and talk. I cannot stress enough how much you will change your life for the better, as well as improve the lives so many people around you. Few people get the opportunity to do a job they love, let alone, one that makes such an extraordinary impact. Trust me, my mom approves.






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