Become a Massage Therapist in 2015

New Year often begins with renewed focus and direction. If you have been thinking about a new career that is aligned with you and are reading this, massage therapist career may be for you. Denver Integrative Massage School’s 600 hour massage therapist program starts Jan. 6th, 2015.

The 600 hour program is divided into: 300 hours of in-class training in anatomy, physiology, massage application and assessment for both western and Thai; 150 hours of online courses which include anatomy; and 150 hours of hands-on learning.  The online component can be completed from the comfort of your home, eliminating commute time and can more easily fit into your busy schedule.  The practicum hours can either be completed in our community clinic alongside a Licensed Massage Therapist or you may choose to do a one-on-one internship also with a Licensed Massage Therapist.

If the path of being a massage therapist sounds attractive to you, it might be time to answer the calling.  Your newly acquired massage therapist skill combined with compassion can help change lives as you embark on this healing path.

A few spots are left on the Jan. 6th program. Enroll today.

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Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in Denver

Lights, music, presents, delicious food, family – December is upon us, and the holiday spirit is in the air! There is a plethora of activities to celebrate the holidays this year and take full advantage of the winter wonderland Denver becomes.

Downtown Denver Fireworks

The sky will be lit once again this year above the 16th Street Mall with two free fireworks shows at 9 p.m. and midnight on December 31st. Between shows, there will be magicians, balloon artists, stilt walkers, comedians, and more – what better way to bring in the new year?

Southwest Rink

Ice skating: one of winter’s favorite pastimes, and a great way to get active for the holidays. Southwest Rink is a free outdoor ice rink that will be open daily from November 25th-February 16th. For just $2 you can rent a pair of skates (or bring your own), and enjoy spending a little time outdoors this winter. Hours vary and can be found at

Denver Zoo

If you are a fan of light shows, the Denver Zoo puts on a truly amazing show with more than 150 animated animal sculptures and over forty acres of lights. From December 5th-January 4th you and your family can enjoy the spectacular light show, called “Zoo Lights.” Go to for more information.

Colorado Ballet

A holiday tradition for many, “The Nutcracker” will be presented by the Colorado Ballet Orchestra November 29th-December 27th at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Times and tickets vary and information can be found at The Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Ballet Ariel, and Sangre de Cristo Ballet are also putting on the holiday classic.

Denver Pavilions Holiday Carousel

Denver’s 16th Street Mall will be hosting its first holiday carousel daily from December 12th-21st. Rides on the carousel will be $3 a person or free with a nonperishable food donation to Food Bank of the Rockies, a purchase from a Denver Pavilions retailer, or a blood donation during the Bonfils Blood Drive. Check out for information about activities being held around the carousel, including a visit from the mayor, a performance by the a cappella group The Mistletoes, and Santa himself.

Hammond’s Candy Cane Festival

This is a fantastic kid-friendly activity perfect for the holidays, and admission is free! On December 12th and 13th, see Santa and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, a bounce house, cookie decorating, face painting, crafts, mini tours, and holiday shopping. For more details regarding time and location, visit

“A Christmas Carol”

A Christmas classic and great event for the whole family, the musical “A Christmas Carol,” based on a novel by Charles Dickens about Ebenezer Scrooge, will be presented by The Stage Theater November 28th-December 28th. Tickets start at $49; further information about dates and times can be found at

Colorado Hebrew Chorale

On the third night of Chanukah, the Colorado Hebrew Chorale will be presenting “Downtown Festival of Lights!” at 5:30 p.m. The free event will include holiday tales and refreshments. To make a reservation, visit

Cherry Creek Wins Championship Against Valor Christian

Coach Dave Logan gained career title number seven on Saturday, November 29th in a championship game between Cherry Creek and Valor Christian. Cherry Creek rallied against Valor Christian, who had won five consecutive championships, and came out one point on top with a 25-24 win, giving the Bruins their ninth state title and their first since 1996.

Although a fumble in the third quarter at the 1-yard line by Cherry Creek’s running back Milo Hall gave Valor the opportunity to score a 17 point lead, the Cherry Creek Bruins kept their confidence and let their ability to perform under pressure shine through. With 5:49 left on the clock, the Bruins tied the game with a 1-yard run by quarterback Joe Caplis.

Valor Christian didn’t leave without putting up a fight. Danny Rambo of Valor returned the following kickoff 89 yards for the lead, 24-17. Once again, the Bruins pushed forward, letting their trailing score fuel the fire beneath their feet. Milo Hall, who ran for a total of 214 yards and two touchdowns, brought the team within a point on a 24-yard run to 23-24 with 5:09 left.

Enter risk-taking coach Dave Logan; he opted for a 2-point conversion try after a Valor Christian penalty left the ball at the 1-yard line. Logan gambled by taking Hall out of the game and putting in his bruising back, D.J. Luke. Luke, a 215-pound man, plowed ahead and got the team the winning points for a score of 25-24.

The Bruins players put all their trust into their coach, and the conversion risk paid off greatly. Quarterback Caplis commented that Logan “motivates like no one ever could…it’s just so amazing to play for him.” The team and their coach walked away victorious. This is Logan’s seventh state championship at his fourth school.


Professional State Approved Herbalist Program in Denver

Herbalism Roots located in Denver, on Galapago Street, offers a 500-hour Certified Herbalist Program. The next program starts in January 2015. This is the only state approved herbalism program in Denver and will prepare the students to become professional herbalists. As a herbalist you can work in wellness centers, natural health stores, holistic health clinics, yoga studios, health clubs, and in corporate herbalism in your private wellness practices.

The Herbalism Certificate Program involves the study of medicinal herbs in connection with the body systems they affect. Also included in the program are unique classes on wildcrafting, medicine making, herbal intakes and evaluations, working with an herbal apothecary, gardening, therapeutic herbalism session, and even field trips to the mountains. Classes are also offered on topics such as energetic healing, traditional and ancient uses of herbal medicine, and folk, sound, and smoke medicine.

The program also includes over 150 hours of hands-on clinical practice with herbalism clients under the supervision of professional herbalists and instructors.

All of these classes and applied practice create a uniquely structured, innovative course that will leave the graduate with a comprehensive and vast knowledge of terms, definitions, body systems, pathology, therapeutic properties of herbal medicine, plant identification, and gardening work. To top it off, the clinical practice hours in the student clinic offer the opportunity to practice, practice, practice with real clients and get feedback from professional herbalists.

The 500-hour Herbalism Program can be completed in only 6 months with a low tuition of just $3,100.

For more information and to enroll visit Herbalism Roots

The school also offers a Herbal Clinic with herbal consultations and body rituals at highly discounted rates. You can purchase high quality herbs and essential oils from the school’s apothecary.

Denver Attorney Winner of BBB Torch Awards

BBB award VDJ smlBBB’s 2014 Torch Awards for Marketplace Trust were awarded end of October. Culver Van Der Jagt from Van Der Jagt Law Firm in Denver was the winner of a 2014 Torch Award for Marketplace Trust in Special Recognition for a Community Advocate and Van Der Jagt Law Firm was a finalist for the small business category.

Culver Van Der Jagt received the award for his remarkable level of community advocacy with the admirable goal of breaking the cycle of domestic abuse in our community.

Van Der Jagt law firm focuses on family law, divorces, custody and child support and other related family matters in the greater Denver area and throughout Colorado.

This is the 12th year for the BBB Torch Awards. It is a tribute to those who exemplify an outstanding commitment to fair, honest, and ethical practices. Each organization goes through a tedious application process to demonstrate its commitment to ethics and their community leadership. There are several categories for the Torch Awards ranging from small business to non-profit.

“Marketplace trust is more important than ever, and the Denver/Boulder BBB is proud to honor Colorado companies who conduct business with integrity and excellence.” said BBB Board Chair Trish Thomas.

The Van Der Jagt Law Firm and its lawyers have over 60 online reviews, which speak for themselves.  The firm maintains a highly respectable status with the BBB having won this award after winning two BBB Gold Star awards.

Van Der Jagt Law Firm is located on South Pearl Street in Denver.For more information visits

Underserved children flood local charity with requests for presents


Local charity started by moms overwhelmed by need; hopes you’ll be an “elf”

DENVER – The Christmas list of impoverished kids hoping to get presents this holiday is longer than it’s ever been before. It’s three times longer than last year. In 2012, Santa’s Elves: Kids Giving to Kids gave presents to 320 children living in Colorado’s poorest neighborhood. This year, the charity faces helping 1,000.

“We’ve never seen anything like this. We’re inundated with parents around Denver asking for help to get their children Christmas presents this year, “ Stella Castro, one of the moms who founded Santa’s Elves, said. “It’s tempting to say, ‘We can’t help all of you.’ But we’ve decided to go for broke. We’re going to make sure every child who needs one has a gift to open this holiday.”

Because of the demand, the non-profit hopes you and your kids this year will donate or become “elves.”

To be an elf, parents help their children choose, buy and wrap gifts for underprivileged children in Colorado. Unlike most other charities, Santa’s Elves: Kids Giving to Kids, allows your child to be involved and attend a special party in December when they’ll give a gift face-to-face to another child. It’s a chance to learn, make new friends and create a wonderful experience they’ll talk about the rest of the year.

Can you be an elf this year? Please go to our website. This Christmas, give your child an experience.


  • Santa’s Elves works closely with Rude Recreation Center Director James Salinas and Phu Do, Lead Service Coordinator of the Denver Housing Authority, to identify the most underprivileged children in Denver. Those kids often slip through the cracks and are left out of other charitable organizations’ Christmas programs.
  • Majority of the children receiving the gifts live in Colorado’s poorest neighborhood, Sun Valley. Residents here report median annual incomes of $8,000.
  • Santa’s Elves is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity created by three moms in 2010 who wanted to teach their children about giving back early in life.
  • The mission is to inspire life-long giving for all ages; especially children
  • When asked, most children in Sun Valley wanted shoes.For more go to or email us at or contact mom Stella Castro (312) 543-7835 or mom Jennifer Engerman 720.635.9461.

Denver Aesthetican School’s Fall 2013 Programs

The School of Botanical  Medical Aesthetics offers two 600-hr programs starting in the fall of 2013.

The weekend program starts on  Saturday, September 14th and the weekday Immersion starts on  Monday, October 14th.

The weekend classes are every other weekend, Saturday and Sunday, for Six months. The Immersion course includes 200-hours of classes done in 5 weeks Monday through Friday, as well as correspondence work & practicum/clinic hours.

Students can opt to take the weekday Immersion in two separate 2.5 week modules, for example, taking the Facial module for 2.5 weeks in the Fall and then the Waxing and Makeup module for 2.5 weeks in early Spring.  In between the 2.5-week modules students will start earning practicum hours and doing the correspondence work.

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Groundbreaking for 250 Columbine – August 28, 2013 10:30 a.m.

A groundbreaking ceremony and reception for Cherry Creek North’s transformational new development.

Western Development Group is pleased to announce the groundbreaking for 250 Columbine, a $100 million mixed-use development in the heart of Cherry Creek North. The project will include 80,000 square feet of office space, 70 condominium residences, and approximately 30,000 square feet of retail space, all over two levels of underground parking.

Join Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Councilwoman Jeanne Robb City and County of Denver and selected guests from the Denver business community for a groundbreaking ceremony and reception that will launch construction on this the crown jewel of the Cherry Creek North neighborhood.

Groundbreaking Ceremony
August 28, 2013 10:30 a.m.
250 Columbine Development
East side of Columbine between 2nd & 3rd Avenue

11:30 a.m.
Inn at Cherry Creek
A light lunch and refreshments will be served

Please RSVP by August 16, 2013
Call Julia Penland at 303-321-5700 or email

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Anatomy Classes For Yoga Teachers in Denver

science-for-yogis-squareDenver Integrative Massage School is pleased to announce a new signature course called Science for Yogis.  This course is specifically designed for yoga teachers and dedicated yoga practitioners.  Topics will include instruction in foundational anatomy and physiology, pathology, and introduction to kinesiology as it relates to teaching and practicing yoga.

As more people are drawn to yoga teaching and a yoga practice, teachers are seeing a wide range of physical abilities as well as people with a range of physical ailments and conditions.  The purpose of this class is to provide a pathological approach to teaching yoga.  Teachers will leave with a detailed understanding of causes and effects of diseases that affect a yoga practice, as well as an ability to better observe and understand the anatomy, gait, and postural issues of their yoga students.

Students will learn about all introduction aspects to Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, and Kinesiology. Such topics include:  medical terminology, Western and Asian signs and symptoms of disease and disharmony, basic pharmacology, all systems of the body, actions of individual muscles and types of muscle contractions, gait, posture, and assessment.

The Classes start Wed, Oct 2nd, 2013

This course starts every quarter and meets one weekday night per week, 5:30p – 9:00p, for six months.  The course is 100 hours of instruction.

The cost is $700, not including the cost of required textbooks that will help deepen your knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Enrollment is open, so don’t delay!

Facial & Body Waxing in Denver

The School of Botanical and Medical Aesthetics in Denver is pleased to offer a student clinic with waxing services for men and women, including facial and body waxing. The students use a honey wax for the body and face and a milk chocolate wax for highly sensitive facial skin.

“A great waxing session is all about speed.  Our goal is for students to become swift and efficient.”
If you’re new to the waxing world, you’ll soon become addicted! ”Up There to Down There, we wax it ALL!”

The School is conveniently located near Speer Blvd, East of I-25.

1221 Galapago St, Denver, CO 80204

You’ll receive great service at deeply reduced prices. Your first waxing is FREE!

Your Waxing Appointment

Pick one (or more) of  the body areas to be waxed.

Schedule your appointment online.

Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes to your appointment

Waxing Procedure

  • A gel is applied for good wax adhesion
  • An aromatic oil is rubbed in to protect the skin
  • Warm wax is applied to the chosen area(s) to remove hair
  • Wax is quickly removed to reveal hair-free skin
  • Skin redness lasts only a few hours
  • Plan to spend about 30 to 60 minutes at your appointment
  • Enjoy our student clinic prices and save!

Make your appointment today!

Waxing Services

Lip       (15 minutes)  $4.00
Brow   (30 minutes   $6.00
Chin   (15 minutes)  $4.00
Sideburns     (15 minutes ) $4.00
Full Face       (45 minutes)  $14.00
Full Leg         (60 minutes)  $20.00
Half Leg         (30 minutes) $10.00
Full Arm         (60 minutes)  $15.00
Half Arm        (30 minutes)  $8.00
Underarms    (30 minutes)  $10.00
Bikini Area    (30  minutes) $10.00
Back   (60 minutes)  $25.00
Chest (60 minutes)  $20.00

For any questions please call The School of Botanical & Medical Aesthetics: 303-623-3121

P.S. Check out our additional student clinic services including Facials, Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels.