What Meditation Can Do For Your Overall Health

While there are countless ways to promote your health and wellness, people often overlook the importance of meditation. If there is one thing you should be doing daily to remain healthy and happy, it is meditation. The power of your mindset depicts your outlook on life. So why aren’t we trying harder to train our ways of thinking through meditation?

One of our main priorities at Healing Hands is teaching our students how to maintain a balanced and healthy life. An essential piece of this balance is a healthy mind. We teach meditation practices to our students so they can create mindfulness for themselves. Because this type of practice can influence one’s life so heavily in a positive way, they are shown the importance of meditation in their courses and are encouraged to practice outside of the classroom.

We believe meditation has the ability to heal your mind, body, and soul- here are a few reasons how:

Reduce Your Anxiety 

Anxiety is no simple struggle, and everyone experiences it in some manner. It leaves our minds and bodies feeling chaotic, confused, and exhausted. One of the best ways to eliminate this feeling is through meditation. Mindful practices will give you the ability to control your thoughts, even in ways as simple as breathing. By activating and training the area in your brain that regulates your thinking and emotions, the feelings of worry begin to diminish. Let yourself truly live in the moment by meditating to feel your anxiety fade away.

Elevate Your Mood

You may believe the only way to get those “feel-good” chemicals in your body flowing is through exercise, but that’s not the case. Meditation practices increase the levels of serotonin and endorphins in your brain, leaving you feeling happier than you began. It allows you to transform your mindset in order to get rid of those negative emotions, giving you more room for lasting positivity in your life. Once you tune into this way of thinking, you’ll notice your ability to make rational decisions will become easier, and you will be happier.

Gain Self Control

Do you ever feel as if you have no willpower? Meditation might be a good way to retrain that! It activates your anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortex; which are the parts of your brain that are connected to self-control. Disciplining your mental weaknesses requires practice, and meditation is the perfect way to train your brain. Meditating will give you the strength to resist those negative thoughts or temptations you may be facing.

Decrease Your Stress

Meditation lowers the amount of Cortisol- the stress hormone- in your body. If you ever feel that the pressures you are facing are too much to cope with, allow meditation to clear up space in your mind. This will give you the opportunity to prioritize your tasks and calm your nerves. Being able to organize your thoughts through self-reflection practices will bring clarity and peace. If you want to discover more ways to reduce your daily stress, check out this blog post

 

When you begin to put your walls down and let healing energy in, you will notice a positive shift in your mood and thoughts. Meditation is something everyone should incorporate into their lifestyle, and it’s so easy to start! You will be surprised at how just a simple 5-minute practice can enhance your life.

Our Holistic Health Practitioner Program trains students to recognize the connection between the body, mind, and soul through practices such as meditation. Learn more about this program here.  

Massage Therapist Instructor, Denise Fultz, Promotes Benefits of Reflexology

We couldn’t be happier for Staff Instructor, Denise Fultz, whose article “Reflexology” was recently featured in the Spring 2018 Issue of California Current” said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands).  Denise is a dear friend and a talented, multi-subject Instructor who has been with us for more than 20 years.  To have her expertise recognized by the American Massage Therapy Association, is well-earned honor and an occasion to celebrate.  Congratulations Denise! Thank you for your dedication, and for your advocacy of the Holistic Healing Arts“, she added.

The article Paula is referring to shares a brief history about Reflexology and specifics about how it works.  It outlines the general health benefits of the modality, like its effectiveness in reducing tension and inducing relaxation. Denise also shares anecdotal stories of her experiences using Reflexology in class, with students as well as with Hospice and Palliative Care patients.

Reflexology’s goal is to remove energy blockages in our body’s system, increasing circulation and re-establishing homeostasis (a state of balance within the body/mind).  It can be used as an integrative therapy, stand-alone therapy, and as an effective technique to soothe anxious clients. 

Known to diminish pain and speed healing in areas that cannot be directly manipulated, it’s effective for treating broken bones, cancers, Organ and digestive disorders to name a few.  To read Denise’s full Reflexology article, click here (http://ca.wp.amtamassage.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/55/2018/06/Final-California-Currents-Spring-2018.pdf

A Certified Massage Therapist and talented Practitioner, while teaching for Healing Hands, Denise also worked as a Massage and Energy Therapist for Hospice in San Diego.  There, she was credited with developing, organizing and directing the first Massage Therapy Program for Hospice patients. Her team of Professional Massage Therapists provided therapeutic massage and natural therapies to enhance patient care and comfort. The Program was so well received, it inspired Denise to author her first book; “Comfort Care: Natural Symptom Solutions for Palliative and Hospice Care, which she hopes to publish next year. 

The seven classes Denise teaches for Healing Hands include:  Homeopathic First Aid, Anatomy for Bodyworkers, Geriatric Massage, Circulatory Massage, Tui Na (Acupressure), Manual Lymph Drainage, and Reflexology.  To learn more about Denise, visit her website: www.InnerWellness.org, or E-mail her at  denisehhp@cox.net.  For bookings, or to speak with Denise directly call 760-594-2473.

Healing Hands has been serving residents in SoCal since 1992.  To date our top-notch faculty has prepared more than 7,000 students for successful careers as Professional Massage Therapists and can do the same for YOU! To learn more about Healing Hands, and the 80 + Massage and Holistic Health courses offered, please visit us at www.HealingHandsSchool.com , or call us at (949) 305-2722 / Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 / Escondido or at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts” since 1992.

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Holistic Massage School Shares the Benefits of ‘Sun Salutation’ for Aspiring Massage Therapists

As a school of Massage and the Holistic Healing Arts, the Instructors at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands) consider exercise as an essential holistic practice.  In fact, most of the 80+ classes include an exercise segment designed to warm up the student’s muscles in preparation for delivering Massage.  These segments may include Tai Chi, Yoga, Chi Gong, Therapeutic Stretching, and a variety of “flow” movement sequences.

“Our bodies work best when in motion”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands – Laguna Hills. “It only takes about 30 minutes of continuous exercise daily to make a substantial impact on our long-term health.  Below is a 12-step Yoga flow series known as “Sun Salutation”. Practicing this flow daily increases the fluidity of the body’s fascia (gel like substance that surrounds body structures) which lubricates joints and facilitates greater range of motion. A strength exercise as well, it prompts the body to build muscle, so it’s a great way to get your daily dose of exercise”, she added.

(Photo Credit – ‘The Monday Campaigns’, backed by John Hopkins, Columbia and Syracuse Universities, that dedicate the first day of every week to health.)

The Sun Salutation, as the translation indicates, is a gesture of respect to the Sun.  Today’s practitioners often dedicate each round of this flow series to something they are grateful for. Many claim it uplifts their Spirit and mood.  Additional physiological benefits of Sun Salutation include:

  1. It lengthens and tones your muscles
  2. It immediately Increase your energy level
  3. It increases lymph movement which cleanses and repairs body tissue
  4. It increases our respiratory function, exercising our heart and lungs
  5. It increases blood circulation which delivers oxygen and nutrients to our muscles and organs
  6. It helps stabilize blood sugar and blood pressure
  7. Is a way to experience moving meditation, which enhance emotional wellbeing
  8. It focuses you on the positive so you start your day centered and grateful

A trail-blazer for Massage and Holistic Health education in SoCal, Healing Hands has prepared more than 7,000 Graduates for success as Professional Massage Therapist and Holistic Health Practitioners. Boasting more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health classes, you can learn everything you need to know about the Holistic Healing Arts at Healing Hands.  Check us out online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 946-9364 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego. Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts”, since 1992.

 

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Attention High School Grads! Summer-time is a Great Time to Plan for Your Career!

“At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands) our Summer semester is finally here, and our Faculty can’t wait to introduce new students to Massage and the Holistic Healing Arts”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands in Laguna Hills. “Summer-time is a great time for High-school Grads to start considering career options. For those who are health or sports enthusiasts, like helping others, or need a living-wage income, consider becoming a Professional Massage Therapists.  Certified Massage Therapist are in high-demand, and Healing Hands can get you there in less than 1 year”, she added.

Dedicated to their Graduate’s success as Professional Massage Therapists, school Founders Paula and Neha Curtiss, created a curriculum with an unparalleled number of Massage and related Holistic Health classes.  By offering a variety of modalities, complementary therapies, and advanced body-work techniques, Graduates can pursue a personal ‘Specialty’, giving them a competitive edge.

Healing Hands’ Career guidance starts day one, helping students understand options, plan for their future, and by providing resources and support during academic challenges.  That support continues through Graduation and beyond with assistance in resume preparation and the interview process.  From your first Massage Therapy position to the last of your Massage career, Healing Hands will be here to help you succeed.

Why Choose Healing Hands?

  • Graduate in as little as 7 Months
  • Unparalleled Job Opportunities by Area Employers
  • A high-quality education at an affordable price
  • An unrivaled variety of interesting Massage & Holistic Health Classes
  • Flexible Payment Plans and Financial Aid are available to those who qualify
  • Attend school on your terms, choose from day, evening and weekend schedules
  • Choose from 3 convenient locations (San Diego, Escondido and Laguna Hills!)
  • All Faculty and Guest Instructors are specialists in their subjects
  • Experts in education of the Holistic Healing Arts for over 26 years and still going strong!
  • A heart-centered approach to education that’s earned a reputation for success

Why Choose a Career as a Professional Massage Therapist?

  • Massage Therapists’ earn a living wage income
  • Starting salary is between $25 to $45 an hour and the top 10% earn $80K or more!
  • A valuable skill, Massage provides immediate relief from pain, stress, injury and illness
  • Work Where you choose – Day Spas, Hospitals, Cruise ships, Resort Spas, Medical Offices, Chiropractic & Wellness Centers, Gyms, Sports Medicine Clinics, Casinos and more!
  • Work When you choose – day-time, evening, weekend or combined shifts
  • A specialized skill and profession you can take anywhere!
  • A satisfying career while you travel or pursue an advanced education
  • As a Massage Therapist you become an advocate for health and wellness
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to heal injury, optimize your own health & live your best life!

If you’re curious about a career as a Professional Massage Therapist, let us know, we can help! Visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com, or, call us at (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills and (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.   Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts”.

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Ways To Relieve Your Daily Stress

Every day we are faced with challenges that bring on stress. Too much stress can take a toll on your physical and mental wellbeing. When these pressures become repetitive, we begin to experience some real problems.

 

Our students are trained to understand their client’s stress through assessments and clear communication. Dealing with an extensive amount of tension and worry can cause insomnia, muscle tension, a weakened immune system and more. Mentally, stress increases feelings of depression and anger along with a lack of motivation.

 

While there are so many reasons to be stressing out, we need to learn how to overcome those mental blocks in order to sustain a well-rounded and healthy lifestyle. We can achieve this by making small mindful changes throughout our day.  

 

Begin the day with yourself.

Mornings can be a hassle when you already have a long to-do list in your head the minute you wake up. Before you begin your hectic day, set the tone by taking 5-10 minutes to yourself. Try to think about circumstances in which you are thankful. Practicing gratitude can put your worries into perspective, helping you realize how small they actually are. Incorporating positive thinking will establish your mood and start you off feeling good.

 

De-clutter your space.

Waking up to a messy room affects your mindset more than you may think. Whether you begin in your house or at the office; cleaning the clutter in your physical spaces will help clear the clutter in your mind. Having an organized space to work or relax in gives your brain a break from focusing on too many things at once.

 

Drink water.

Hydration is one of the most important factors in having a healthy lifestyle. Not drinking enough water causes us not to think clearly and makes us feel drained. The amount of daily water intake depends on each person. But generally speaking, women should be drinking around 12 cups a day, while men need about 16 cups. Water will help give you the clarity and energy you need to thrive during your day.

 

Focus on one task at a time.

Many times when we find ourselves stressed out it is because we have too many tasks on our plate and not enough time in the day to complete them. Bring your attention to one need and let everything else go. Once that task is done, you can switch your attention to the next. Worrying about multiple duties at once serves no purpose other than stress. There will always be more to do, don’t let that cloud your mindset.

 

 

By creating small, healthy habits you can include in your life; you will see a noticeable difference in your mentality. Taking the time to practice positive thinking will help you see and feel better. Our Massage Therapy Program educates students on how to relieve stress in ways our clients cannot do on their own. To learn more about this program, click here.

 

 

Part 2 of 2 – Holistic Massage School Asks,… …Which Massage Therapy Style Resonates with You?

This is a continuation of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health’s recent blog on the three most popular types of massage .  Review each to discover which style of Massage Therapy resonates most with you. (Request more info here.)

Sports Massage – Focuses include: Event Preparation & Recovery, Injury Prevention & Treatment

Sports Massage Therapists help athletes perform their best and recover from injury more quickly   Sports massage is designed to keep the Athlete strong, flexible,  and competition ready!  Techniques  include therapeutic stretching, deep-tissue manipulations and heat, ice, or hydro-therapies. Sports Therapist combine advanced Trigger-point Therapy to release muscle knots, Cross-fiber techniques to reduce scar tissue, and Neuro-muscular manipulations to release ‘entrapped’ nerves. 

Sports Therapists are usually in excellent physical condition themselves as the work they perform can be physically challenging.  Sports Therapists may work as part of a medical team, dedicated to a specific sports team, or in Physical Therapy or Rehab Center. Some operate as Solo-Practitioners working part-time with a variety of Professional, Amateur or Recreational Athletes.

Clinical Massage – Focus on Health and Healing

Clinical work treats the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments and facia) of the body.  It includes myofascial release and trigger point therapies. It may also integrate Swedish massage, stretches, and hydro-therapies.  The goal is to relax connective tissues and muscles, increase strength and restore optimal function. 

Clinical massage is used as a treatment for trauma, injuries and for chronic health conditions.  These include Arthritis, Cancer, Headaches,  Fibromyalgia and more.  Clinical massage usually requires several sessions to stabilize or resolve an issue.  It may involve interactive and advanced techniques to enhance range of motion and ease discomfort.

Approximately 60% of Clinical massage therapists are self-employed and work on clients referred  by a doctor. Others may seek employment at hospitals,  wellness centers, or Sports clinics where Massage is prescribed as part of a Holistic Health Regimen. 

Offering more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses, Healing Hands is a favorite among SoCal Massage Therapist Employers.  No other massage school offers more opportunities for success as a Professional Massage Therapist. Learn more on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.  Healing Hands School of Holistic Health “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts” since 1992”.