Holistic Massage School Shares Holistic Wellness Plan for Spring

Spring is a time of new beginnings and a reminder of nature’s awesome beauty and resilience.  This Spring, the faculty at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, is encouraging students to begin anew as well.  Known as trail-blazers for Holistic Health Education in Southern California, they are urging students to experience the benefits of holistic self-care first-hand by adopting a program designed with equal emphasis on the Body, Mind and Spirit.   It offers simple, natural strategies to address different aspects of our lives that affect our health and well-being.

Mental/Emotional

·       Regular, routine sleep schedule (7-8 hrs)

·       Deep breathing to reduce stress

·       Mindfulness practice to relieve anxiety

·       Think like an Optimist, focus on what you want

·       Practice self-compassion & forgiveness

·       Replace negative mind-chatter with thoughts of  possibility

·       Spend time in nature

·       Stress reduction techniques (bio-feedback, yoga, Tai Chi)

·       Time Management to reduce stress

·       Chart your moods for increased self-awareness

·       Feel your feelings (don’t numb them with alcohol or drugs)

·       Heal family of origin issues

·       Work through grief

·       Psychotherapy/Medication as needed

 

 

Physical Self-care

·       Balanced nutrition, healthy eating

·       Watch water intake

·       Routine Medical & Dental Exams

·       Daily exercise (minimum ½ hour)

·       Supplements and herbal remedies

·       Time for beauty & hygiene

·       Acupuncture/Acupressure

·       Breathing Exercises

·       Therapeutic Massage

·       Natural light/time in nature

·       Relaxation

·       Limit caffeine

·       Alcohol in moderation

·       Engage in pleasurable activities

 

 

Social Support

·       Reach out to friends and family regularly

·       Explore opportunities to meet  like-minded people

·       Plan a Girls/Guys night out to re-connect with friends 

·       Draw clear boundaries for how you’re treated 

·       Psychiatrist/therapist/support groups

·       Minister/Rabbi/Life Coach

·       Volunteer work

·       Spend time with pets and animal friends

 

 

Spiritual Connection

·       Daily Meditation or Yoga Practice

·       Prayer

·       Practice Forgiveness

·       Become part of a Spiritual Community

·       Find a sense of purpose

·       Read inspirational texts

·       Surround yourself with people who interact respectfully

·       Practice daily Gratitude sessions

·       Give up being a ‘People Pleaser’, be your authentic self

·       Hold your own well-being sacred 

 

 

 

Work/Career

·       Seek out fulfilling work that provides a sense of purpose

·       Set and achieve professional goals to bolster self-confidence

·       Achieve financial independence to empower yourself

·       Reaching team goals  enhances a sense of community

·       Make a meaningful contribution to others

·       Go beyond your comfort zone to reveal unique skills 

 

 

Creative Self-Expression

·       Seek out and make time for activities you enjoy

·       Draft a “Bucket-List” then achieve your list’s goals.

·       Humor – Laughter is the best medicine

·       Take up a musical instrument or start singing

·       Let yourself dance, free-style or with a partner

·       Write poetry, prose or start a book

·       Practice a Martial Art like: Tai Chi or Karate

·       Learn to Ski, Skateboard or Snowboard

·       Take a class in  Massage, Nutrition,  etc. 

·       Travel to a new destination or foreign land

·       Go camping with friends

·       Try sketching, painting, beading,  or crafting

·       Take a cooking class

.       Try a dance class, Tai chi class, or the “Flow Arts”

 

 

Holistic Health Practitioners strive to restore the innate harmony and balance of the individual through therapeutic massage and education of holistic health practices that not only treat and prevent disease, but enhance a person’s overall health, longevity, personal happiness and vitality as well. Learn more about Healing Hands by going online to: www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call (949) 305-2722 for Laguna Hills, (858) 505-1100 for San Diego or (760) 746-9364 for Escondido.

 

 

Holistic Massage School is… Making Our World a Healthier Place… …One Massage at a Time!”

At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (Healing Hands) our Graduates don’t just become Professional Massage Therapists, they become lifelong Healers and Holistic Health Advocates”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands – Laguna Hills campus.  “What students learn about the body, mind, and holistic therapies will not only serve their clients, it will positively impact their friends and loved ones for years to come.  Through the delivery of Therapeutic Massage, Practitioners can demonstrate the immediate benefits while educating others about the long-term gains of holistic self-care.  It is our Faculty’s intention that Healing Hands Graduates make our world a healthier place, one massage client at a time!”, she added.

So, what exactly is Holistic Health?  According to the American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) “Holistic Health is an ancient approach to healing that considers the whole person, emphasizing the connection of Mind, Body, and Spirit”.  Rather than prescribe drugs to treat symptoms, Holistic Health Practitioners look for the underlying cause.  This includes exploring their clients’ perceptions, beliefs, interpretation of events, response to stressors, habits and lifestyle choices.   By looking at their own posture, behavior and thoughts, clients can become active, empowered partners in the holistic healing process.

Holistic Health is also defined by Practitioners as “more than the absence of disease, it is a state of physical and emotional balance and wellbeing”.  Science has shown us that the body can not heal when it is in the ‘Fight or Flight’ mode. Assisting the client in achieving a state of relaxation is key to affecting positive change.  Many believe the role of the Holistic Massage Therapist / Practitioner is simply to create an environment of trust, safety, and relaxation that enables the clients innate healing system to kick-in.

Holistic Health includes helping clients grasp the reality that both positive and negative thoughts release chemicals that create physical reactions in their bodies.  By understanding the body’s neuro-chemistry, clients are more likely to make healthier choices.  Holistic Health Practitioners also believe that while all healing traditions from around the world offer valuable tools, the optimal treatment involves an integrative, holistic approach.  The Practitioner’s goal is to inspire an expanded awareness that opens their clients up to enhanced self-awareness, self-care, ease, joy and creative self-expression.

Considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health education in SoCal, Healing Hands’ 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, the 80+ Massage Therapy and Holistic Health courses offered, please visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.

Holistic Massage School Students Share: Top 10 Reasons to Choose Healing Hands

“With Spring just around the corner, our Faculty and Staff  are busy preparing for another exceptional enrollment season”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands) in Laguna Hills.  When asked about her optimistic outlook, she explained, “Thanks to greater public awareness of the therapeutic benefits of Massage, our society is experiencing a renewed interest in Holistic Self-care.  This trend is creating an increased demand for Massage Therapy which is positively impacting our school’s enrollment. With over 80 Massage and Holistic Health classes plus two Certification Programs , no other school of Massage offers Graduates a better probability of success than Healing Hands”, she added. 

With so many massage schools in SoCal, we wanted to know why our students picked Healing Hands.  Below are the top ten reasons our Graduates gave for choosing Healing Hands over other schools for their Massage Therapy education.

  1. Financial Aid: Healing Hands is Nationally Accredited and eligible to accept Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA, Veterans Benefits, WIA Funding, etc.) on behalf of students who qualify. In addition, we offer three in-house plans, so an education in Massage Therapy is available to virtually anyone.
  2. Employment Opportunities: Healing Hands receives more job opportunities each month than we have graduates to fill them.  Our Career Services team assists students with resume preparation and job opportunities.
  3. Low Cost /High Quality Education: Healing Hands offers a high-quality education while keeping enrollment costs low.  In fact, our 600-hour Massage Therapist Program offers one of the lowest tuition rates among Massage schools in Southern California.
  4. Job Security: Massage Therapy is considered an “in-demand” profession by the US Department of Employment which expects job growth to continue at a rate of 23% (vs 7% average) through 2023 – faster than any other job sector!
  5. Financial Independence: Massage Therapists earn on average $25 to $45 per hour making it a self-supporting career choice.
  6. Flexible Scheduling: Healing Hands offers day-time, evening and weekend classes.  This allows stay at home moms/dads or those with full or part-time jobs to meet their commitments while learning a new career.
  7. Programs for Seeing Impaired: Healing Hands has acquired new technologies and adapted our Massage Therapy classes to accommodate visually impaired students who desire an education in the Holistic Healing Arts.
  8. Unparalleled Education –With more than 80 classes to offer, no other school offers a more comprehensive Holistic Health curriculum than Healing Hands. Request a copy of our Annual Class Catalog (listing all class descriptions) by calling Harmony at (949) 305-2722.
  9. Longevity of Service: Healing Hands’ Faculty stresses the importance of proper body-mechanics when delivering a massage.  As a result, our Massage Therapist/graduates endure less on-the-job injuries, and a longer than average longevity of service than students educated elsewhere.
  10. An Exceptional Faculty: All Healing Hands Massage and Holistic Health Courses are taught by Instructors who are specialists in their respective subjects and take a heart-centered approach to education.

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health education in Southern California.  To date, the school’s top-notch Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 students for successful careers in Massage Therapy and can do the same for you! To find out more about the educational programs or financial aid available at Healing Hands please visit us 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. 

 

Holistic Massage School Asks… Why is Now the Best Time to Consider a Career as a Professional Massage Therapist?

Working as a Massage Therapist is a profession you can be proud of, and no other Massage Therapy school offers a higher probability of success than Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (Healing Hands).  With more than 80 Massage and Holistic health classes to choose from, students are able to co-design their Program and select classes based on their areas of greatest interest, ie: Sports, Relaxation, Energy-work, etc.

Healing Hands’ Students often express great appreciation for their educational experience, saying it facilitates a profound personal, physical, and professional transformation. From enrollment through graduation and beyond, the Staff and Faculty work diligently to educate, guide and set students on a path toward success in the Holistic Healing Arts.

As human beings rediscover the healing power of touch, we are seeing the demand for Massage Therapists continue to grow at alarming rates. In 2014, the Dept. of Labor predicted the addition of  36,500 more professionals to the field by 2023. With a median annual income of $37,180 and the top 10% earning over $70,000, or more, the profession of Massage Therapist is a financially viable career for both men and women.

In 2016, the US News ranked the profession of Massage Therapist in the top 50 Best Jobs! The ranking was based on the employment criteria that matters most to Practitioners. These include: a stress-free work environment, career fulfillment, advancement opportunities, flexibility, industry growth, and sense of purpose!

To learn more call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego or go online to www.HealingHandsSchool.com and you’ll find helpful information about our accredited 600-hour Massage Therapist Program and our 1000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program. You may also review Course Descriptions, Schedules, Admission requirements, Tuition Costs, and Financial Aid Options.

 

Holistic Massage School Shares… Why Laughter Heals

“Did you know, infants begin smiling within their first few weeks of life and begin laughing just months after birth” says Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health in Laguna Hills.  “Innate to the human Spirit, laughing offers a wide range of holistic health benefits. Though medical doctors instinctively used humor to distract patients from pain for centuries, today there is measurable data that documents its therapeutic value.  Below is a list of just some of the research findings that support the belief that ‘Laughter IS the Best Medicine!”, she added.   

  • A good laugh relaxes muscle tension throughout the body
  • Laughing increases oxygen intake and exercises the heart & lungs
  • Laughter has been found to improve sleep
  • Laughter triggers the release of the body’s natural pain-killers (Endorphins)
  • One cannot be anxious, angry or sad when laughing, therefore it naturally boosts our mood
  • Laughter helps us shift our perspective, allowing us to view situations differently
  • Laughter allows us to take ourselves less seriously and increases our self-compassion
  • Laughter produces a general sense of well-being and empowerment
  • Laughter promotes mental alertness
  • Laughter increases memory and creativity
  • Laughing can increase physical energy
  • When we laugh, we reduce stress-related hormones (Cortisol)
  • Laughter also has been found to boost the immune system
  • Laughter, and the stomach contractions it creates, can relieve stomach aches
  • Studies show laughter helps balance blood pressure
  • Laughter is contagious, and people enjoy being others who have a good sense of humor.

Laughing is an important holistic health practice that can help you to feel better about yourself and the world around you.  Just a few minutes of laughter daily can help you to relax and recharge, relieving pain while lifting our spirits, energy and mental capacities.  Best of all, laughter is available to all of us, at all times, and in almost any situation we may find ourselves. 

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been serving residents in SoCal for over 25 years.  With more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses plus two Certification Programs to offer, we’ve prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers in Massage Therapy and can do the same for You! To find out more, please visit us on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.

Citations: 1) The University of Maryland, Laughter’s Effect on Cardiac Health, presented by the American College of Cardiology.  2) The New England Journal of Medicine, Norman Cousins and his findings as published in the book, Anatomy of an Illness.

Holistic Massage School Offers Exceptional Career Path for Veterans & Their Spouses

Did you know… Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is a debilitating psychiatric disorder that affects 30 to 50 percent of US Veterans who spent time in a war zone”, asked Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  “Until recently, treatments for the disorder were limited to psychotherapy and medication, so recuperation was often slow at best.  Fortunately, today’s medical technologies make it possible to measure biochemical changes following different therapies.  Multiple studies revealed that even a 1-hour therapeutic massage session was enough to reduce many of the primary symptoms of PTSD, so we want to spread the word”, she added.

The symptoms of PTSD include: chronic muscle tension, irritability, physical pain, anxiety, hyper-vigilance, insomnia, and depression.  Studies performed at Touch Institute at the University of Miami revealed that “Biochemical changes from therapeutic massage include: an increase in Serotonin and Dopamine, which increase feelings of well-being, reduce feelings of anxiety and relieve involuntarily contracted muscles that cause pain and range of motion issues.  Studies also showed that therapeutic massage decreases Cortisol levels (stress hormones) which reduces the feeling of hyper-arousal and super-vigilance which contribute to another common symptom, Insomnia.

While an education in Massage Therapies and the Holistic Healing Arts can greatly enhance emotional and physical recovery for Veterans, it also provides an exceptional career-path for Veterans in transition.  A financially viable choice, Veterans often choose Massage Therapy to support themselves while they travel, explore their passions, or pursue a higher education. 

As a Veteran and Professional Massage Therapist you’ll be uniquely qualified to specialize in Massage for Veterans and become a Healer for life in the process. Imagine how rewarding it could be to positively impact the lives of those you served beside.  In addition to providing physical pain relief you’ll help to restore the Veteran’s most fundamental needs of safety, trust, optimism, belonging, and self-love.   

Recognized by the Dept. of Education, Healing Hands is authorized to receive VA Benefits (Title ix and Post 9/11) and My CAA (for spouses of Military personnel) funding on behalf of qualifying students.  As part of Healing Hands on going Internship Programs, our student/volunteers provide free massage to Vets at Job Fairs, Recuperative Care Centers, Wounded Warrior Clinics, Stand-Down Events and other commemorative occasions. As a result, they have inspired countless Veterans to enroll in our Massage Therapist or Holistic Health Practitioner Program. With starting salaries for Massage Therapists ranging from $25 to $40 an hour and the top 10% earning $80K + annually, Healing Hands offers an exceptional career path for transitioning Veterans and their Spouses.

To learn more about VA Educational Benefits and why over 7,000 Graduates choose Healing Hands for their Massage Therapy education, please go online to: 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.

 

Attention Professional Nurses…. Unleash Your Inner Healer! Learn How Massage Therapist Training Boosts Your Value & Earnings!

Are you aware that Therapeutic Massage is a beneficial nursing intervention that has proven to relieve stress, promote relaxation and alleviate muscle pain and emotional anxiety in hospitalized patients?  Have you ever considered adding the nurturing and curative benefits of touch to your healthcare profession?  Are you interested in pursuing new goals for professional development and supplemental income? Do you need continuing educational requirements, (CEUs), to renew your Nursing license? 

If  you answered Yes to any of these questions, then it’s time to learn more about Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands).  Founded in 1992, Healing Hands is considered a trail-blazer for Massage and Holistic Health education in Southern California.  With locations in San Diego, Escondido and Laguna Hills, Healing Hands has successfully prepared more than 7,000 students, dozens of whom were Nursing professionals, for rewarding careers in the Holistic Healing Arts.  Offering more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses plus two Certification Programs, no Massage School offers a better probability of success than Healing Hands

Recognition of Nurse Massage Therapy as a nursing specialty, has boosted massage and body-work therapies into main- stream health care.  In fact, the Department of Labor predicts that the employment rate for Professional Massage Therapists will continue to grow at a rate of 23% (vs. 7% average) through 2023 making it an ‘in-demand’ career.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median annual wage for Massage Therapists was $39,860 in 2016 with the top 10 percent earning upwards of $74,870.  So, whether you learn Massage to enhance your Nursing skills or as a supplemental source of income, Healing Hands can help; It’s been the school of choice for RNs, LPNs, LVNs, CRRNs, and ARNPs for over 26 years!

To understand why Healing Hands is so popular among Nurses, we asked.  Their responses included the fact that all Healing Hands courses are written and delivered by subject matter experts and approved for CEU’s.  The curriculum is unparalleled and includes classes in Herbal Studies, Nutrition and other important holistic therapies you won’t find at other Massage schools.  Another important reason, Healing Hands classes are offered during the day, evening and on weekends to accommodate Nurses schedules. The #1 reason given was Healing Hands reputation.    Nurses knew that Healing Hands Graduates have paved the way with area employers.  They’ve earned a reputation for competence and caring which translates to an abundance of job opportunities for Graduates!

Nurses interested in ‘Unleashing Your Inner Healer’ are invited to meet with Healing Hands friendly admissions team for a private tour of our classroom and introduction to Staff and Faculty.  We are confident you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the unparalleled number of courses to choose from as well as the heart-centered approach to education for which our Instructors are known.  Learn more online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.

Holistic Massage School Shares Why Forgiveness is a Healthy Practice

“Multiple long-term studies on  forgiveness and human physiology reveal:  forgiving is not only good for our health, its essential to our holistic self-care”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Laguna Hills. “Forgiveness is defined as: a  process in which one consciously decides to let go of feelings of anger, revenge and/or resentment towards someone .  Forgiving does not mean you condone the behavior, or forget that the offense occurred. It simply means that you let go negative thoughts and emotions, so they no longer affect your emotional and physical state”, she added.

To truly forgive another, Psychologists suggest replacing negative thoughts and feelings about the offense or motivation of the offender with more positive thoughts and feelings. Thoughts evoke feelings, and feelings release neuro-chemicals in the brain.  Good thoughts and feelings evoke happy brain chemistry (Serotonin and Endorphins) which contribute to good health.  Negative feelings evoke stressful brain chemistry (Cortisol) which negatively impacts one’s physical and emotional health. Holding on to and re-living negative events and their associated feelings, contributes to higher stress levels, hostility, and chronic anxiety which negatively impacts one’s heart, circulatory and immune systems.

No Apology Required!

In one ground-breaking study, Psychologist, Loren Toussaint and colleagues at Luther College showed that individuals who would only forgive others on conditional terms, died earlier than those who forgave unconditionally.  The study found that individuals who made conditional demands for forgiveness continued to experience negative feelings such as resentment, anger, victimization, or anxiety caused by expecting an apology that may never come.

Fortunately, the same study also showed that individuals who forgave their wrong-doer without the need for an apology began the emotional healing process earlier and were better able to move forward with their lives.  These ‘forgiving’ individuals experienced emotional benefits of higher self-esteem, renewed hope, and feelings of empowerment.   The increased psychological and Spiritual well-being also led to healthier relationships in general.

Forgiving Heals!

You Deserve Peace!

Another medical study on forgiveness done at East Carolina University showed physical health benefits such as:  lower blood pressure, lower heart rate, lower levels of “LDL” and “HDL” cholesterol, and lower levels of perceived anxiety, stress, and depression.  The decreased stress reactions also facilitated a better night’s sleep.  In contrast, they found that holding on to a grudge or  resentment led to insomnia, hypertension and other chronic stress related issues including Coronary Heart Disease.

The moral to this story – holding a grudge can literally make you sick!  So, give yourself the gift of forgiveness.  Let go of any anger and resentment you’re holding and know that your reward will be a healthier more empowered you with a greater sense of peace and well-being ensuring a longer, more enjoyable life experience.

 

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been serving residents in SoCal for over 26 years.  With more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses plus two Certification Programs to offer, we’re considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health education in Southern California.  To date, we’ve prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers in Massage Therapy and can do the same for you. To find out more visit us 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.

 

Citations:

The Journal of Behavioral Medicine – www.sbm.org › Publications

Journal of Bio-behavioral Sciences – Benefits of Forgiveness

University of California at San Diego – www.ucsd.edu/learn/research/

New York University- www.nyu.edu/

 

 

Holistic Massage School’s Student Clinic …. An Insiders Experience

Healing Hands Student Massage Clinic is open to the Public by appointment only, 6 days a week, Mondays through Saturdays.  Click here to purchase your coupon and make an appointment online! Anyone over the age of 18 may purchase a coupon to receive two, 1-hour massages for $45. 

As I approach the top of the stairway at the entrance of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands), I announce, “Hello,  my name’s Andrea, I’m here for a Massage in the Student Clinic.  The pretty young woman I’m looking at smiles, walks towards me and extends her hand warmly, “Hello I’m Heidi, I’ll be your Massage Therapist today”, she said.

After shaking hands, she invites me to sit down, reaches for a clipboard with a two-sided form, and politely asks for me to complete the front side.  The form asks for my name and any health conditions I have that may be contraindicated for therapeutic massage. Once completed, she leads me into one of two private Massage Therapy treatment rooms, closes the door and a brief discussion ensues. “Where are you holding tension in your body… are there specific areas of your body you would like me to focus on today….”, Heidi asked.  I relayed my problem areas as she listened carefully, then she excused herself so I could undress and get on the massage table.

Get your Buy One Get One Free Massage!!!

Moments later, I hear a tap at the door and Heidi’s soft voice asking if I’m ready. I reply yes, she enters the room and the lights are dimmed as soft Spa music begins playing.  Heidi arranges and smoothes the sheet and blankets covering me, then starts palpating my shoulders, neck, back, thighs, etc.  I feel her applying soft compressions and stretches across my entire back to loosen things up before taking aim at my right shoulder.

 I can feel Heidi’s pressure adjusting intuitively as it encounters taught muscles, allowing my body a chance to respond to her touch rather than repel it.  I can tell she already has a good understanding of Anatomy as evidenced by her ability to follow a line of tension and feel her way around my body.  Her pace is slow and steady as she methodically moves down my neck and back applying the perfect pressure and following through to the end of each muscle or muscle group. 

About 20 minutes into the massage now, I find my need to chat diminishing as my mind starts to unwind in response to Heidi’s therapeutic touch.  She’s moved on to my legs, and I’m feeling muscle tightness I didn’t know I had.  As I focus on her touch, I become increasingly conscious of all bodily sensations.   The softness of her palms, the release of tension from a specific muscle, the urge to take deep breaths and long exhalations in concert with Heidi’s muscle work…releasing layers and layers of tension, and lulling me into a deep sense of relaxation. 

I’m 40 minutes into the massage now and drifting into that ‘in-between awake and sleep’ state…feeling more relaxed than I have in weeks.  Her steady, rhythmic strokes are releasing tension in my arms and shoulders now…. and I’m feeling a sense of gratitude for her kindness and expertise.  Just when I think it can’t get any better, I feel her soothing the tight muscles in my neck and then those that run across my head.  Wow, I’m always amazed by how much tension my head can hold! 

Ultimately, that dreaded soft touch on the shoulders came… and Heidi leaned over and in a gentle Spa voice informed me …”Well  Andrea, thank you for receiving for me today. I hope I have restored some rejuvenation to your body.  Here is a cup of water before you get up.  Thanks for the valuable feedback. I’ll step out of the room to allow you some privacy while you get dressed and meet you back outside”, she then turned and quietly left the room.

I lay there dazed, feeling all the benefits of relaxation and the release of positive neuro-chemicals in my brain and body.  As I rise from the table I’m feeling completely relaxed, my body feeling lighter, pain-free, nurtured, grateful and happy! Heidi greets me as I leave the Massage Room,  graciously accepts my deluge of verbal appreciation, then  directs me to the desk where the clipboard and questionnaire await. I record my positive feedback on Heidi’s technical and interactive skills and hand Heidi a $20 tip, to underscore my appreciation. 

Healing Hands has been serving residents throughout Southern California for over 25 years.  Boasting more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses plus two Certification Programs, Healing Hands is considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health education in Southern California. To learn more about Healing Hands Student Clinic, classes,  or Programs available at Healing Hands, please visit us 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.

 

Holistic Massage School’s Student Spotlight: Heidi J.

Heidi Johnson, Aspiring Massage Therapist and Holistic Health Practitioner

Heidi – Welcome to Massage Therapy!

Heidi J. is currently a student at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (Healing Hands),  where she is pursuing an education in Massage Therapies and the Holistic Healing Arts.  So far, Heidi has completed 500 hours of study in her 1000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program. To date, she’s mastered several Eastern and Western Massage modalities that include: Circulatory Massage, Ayurvedic (Ancient Indian Massage), Japanese Shiatsu, and Advanced Circulatory and Sports Massage Therapies.  Next semester she will take on a 100-hour course called Deep Tissue Manipulations along with 100 hours of TuiNa (Chinese Acupressure).

When Heidi was asked what led her to Healing Hands, she said, timing.  At 21 years old, Heidi had already worked as a Nanny and then as a care-giver.  She knew she wanted to do something to help others that was meaningful, but until she discovered the Holistic Healing Arts as a path to personal development and financial independence, she lacked the drive to take action.  All that changed in when three different friends told her about Healing Hands within weeks of each other, which was synchronistic and prompted her to take action. 

After giving it consideration, Heidi realized she was naturally drawn to the Healing Arts, always the first to offer a healing hand to any child hurt on the

Heidi – Working the Student Clinic! Buy one get one free Massage!

playground.  Heidi confides that she has always been very empathic.  As both a child and as an adult she has provided healing touch to friends and family even before any formal education.  Imagining what she might be capable of if she went to school to become a Professional Massage Therapist, Heidi became further inspired and visited the Laguna Hills campus to check it out. In July of 2017 she formally enrolled and began her journey.

 “I’ve had a wonderful education here at Healing Hands”, said Heidi.  “I think the school’s Staff is really helpful, the Faculty is amazing, I love my Instructors and I’ve learned so, so much!”, she exclaimed when asked about her educational experience.   As for Heidi’s plan after Graduation, she said, “I’ll be taking a Massage Therapist position at the Massage Clinic where I’m currently working at the front desk.  I’ve already given the Owner a ‘Practical’ (hands-on Massage) so she could assess my potential.  I must have passed, because I got the job waiting once I’m Certified, and in the mean-time, I’m learning important administrative skills I’ll need to operate my own business”, she added. 

When asked about her future, Heidi relayed that short-term she plans to complete her Program and pass the National Exam so she has the freedom to work anywhere within the US.   Heidi’s long-term goal is to become a Solo-practitioner and reach out to potential clients at a variety of work places, gyms and medical facilities in her local community.  Heidi looks forward to using her knowledge and skills to facilitate healing for clients while enjoying the freedom of a flexible schedule to accommodate life on her own terms.   

Much like the 7,000 Healing Hands graduates before her, Heidi recognizes the benefits offered by an in-demand career as a Professional Massage Therapist.  She now feels aligned with her sense of purpose and is excited about what her future holds. 

Healing Hands been serving residents in Southern California for over 25 years, and opened their new San Diego location just last year.  With over 80 Massage Therapy and related Holistic Health Courses, plus a reputation for excellence among Massage Therapist Employers, no other School offers a higher probability of success than Healing Hands.  To learn more, go online  www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 / Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 / Escondido, or (858)505-1100 / San Diego.