By Francis Ameyibor, GNA
Accra, Nov. 7, GNA – The Management of Spa Body N Beyond Institute, has rolled out free comprehensive professional stress management tutelage for Corporate Executives to reduce the incidence of heart-related health challenges among the middle and upper class professionals.
The Corporate Executive free stress management session, seeks to help ease the burden of leadership across the professional field that are daily engaged in strenuous and sometimes hazardous work with little relaxation of the brain and body.
Ms Hettie Mercer-Ricketts, Chief Executive Officer of the Spa Body N Beyond Institute, told the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Accra on Tuesday that the Institute seeks to offer free professional advice on stress management and other related health issues.
She said the nature of working lives puts too much pressure on the brains, but unfortunately “these officers failed to adhere to basic health practices, thereby endangering their life.
“Most corporate leaders do not eat well during lunch time, seats in air-condition cars and offices beyond acceptable body temperature, and worse of no or little exercises”.
Ms Mercer-Ricketts explained that the Institute would also help the corporate leaders to understand the anatomy, physiology, touch, and body mechanics, to bridge the gap in the body care.
She noted that massage therapy was more than just a massage, and that about 90 per cent of the diseases that affected people were as a result of stress.
“Massage therapy also has a number of documented clinical benefits. Some medical conditions that massage therapy can help with are bronchitis, anxiety, stress, arthritis, asthma, circulatory problems among others,” she said.
She said massage therapy provided increased relaxation, pain reduction, better posture and more flexibility as some of the long-lasting benefits provided by a therapist well trained in deep tissue massage.
Ms Mercer-Ricketts noted that Spa Body N Beyond Institute has also rolled-out a programme to provide professionals with all the tools and capacity building platform for exceptional massage therapy practice in the country.
She said, the Institute, also equips students with modern trend and knowledge in the world of the massage therapist as Ghana gradually accept the role of the professional massage therapist in health promotion.
On career possibilities for professional massage, therapist Ms Mercer-Ricketts, noted that Spa Body N Beyond Institute created employment opportunities for working in a health club, destination or day spa, sports facility, holistic health centre, on a cruise ship, in a psychology or social work office, with a chiropractor, with athletes or in private practice.
Ms Mercer-Ricketts called on the large unemployed graduates to venture into massage therapy, as it provided huge employment opportunities, whilst urging operators of massage centres to upgrade staff skills with modern knowledge to elevate the body care services industry to international standards.
The Spa Body N Beyond Institute is offering skills development in deep tissue massage course, which focuses on deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue.
Deep Tissue is also a more focused type of massage, as the therapist works to release chronic muscle tension or knots (also known as “adhesions.”)
Spa Therapy Course focuses on spa treatment sessions, and also covers spa history, theories, and therapeutic benefits.
Ms Mercer-Ricketts said: “You will learn to operate and care for spa equipment, develop treatment plans, and practice creating custom treatments and corresponding spa menus”.
The spa therapy course includes hands-on labs conducted in teaching clinic and is designed to train students in a comprehensive selection of body treatments.
“You will review indications, contraindications, therapeutic effectiveness, and treatment protocols,” she said.
Others include: Exfoliation- Body Polish/Salt Glow; Body Wrap; Back Treatment; Aroma Wrap; Spa Therapy Training; Reflexology; Thai Massage Course; and Hot Stone MassageGNA