Healing Hands School: Building Careers and Lifelong Relationships

 

We pride ourselves on our dedicated staff, which average many years with our schools. Their passion for massage and holistic healing resonates not only with our team but also with the students that enroll at Healing Hands School. Some of our staff members were our students once upon a time!

We want to share a post with you that Pilar Chandler posted on her Instagram recently.

Chandler posted her Teacher of the Year honor from April 2011 with this note, “Found this today… sweet memories! I taught massage therapy at Healing Hands School for about 10 years! Right before I left on sabbatical, they awarded me teach of the year! I fell in love with the school the day I walked in. I sat down in the classroom and then made it a part of my life for the next decade! It was such a wonderful environment for growth and learning and healing, (I am) forever grateful for my time and experiences there. I found my calling and my voice and so much more!”

We couldn’t have been more touched by Pilar’s words.

Paul Curtiss responded, “Awww, Pilar it was wonderful to teach you, then to watch you become a teacher, and now to think of how many you have touched. Your healing work is an inspiration to all of us!”

Tera Ratinoff then shared her experience, “I finished my Holistic Healing Practitioner over eight years ago, and she’s still my favorite teacher.”

Michal Ettinger also shared her sentiments, “A special school indeed. And you were definitely worth of teacher of the year.”

Jess Dyrenforth, ART, HHP, shared her experiences with Healing Hands School and Pilar Chandler. “You were my sports massage teacher. So grateful to have had the experience, and tap into your vast knowledge.”

The common thing is that we all had a love for holistic healing. What is also important is that we walked away with these lasting friendships.

People come to our school searching for a better way to give back to the universe, and we are fortunate to guide these people through the techniques and to help set them up for a successful and enriching career in massage therapy and holistic healing.

Are you considering a career change? Are you looking to start a new life with a new purpose? We can help.

We help students every day with financial aid options to cover the costs of tuition. Once they’ve completed the coursework, we can help place them with some of the top spas and massage therapy practices in Southern California.

Thank you, Pilar, for celebrating your honor and your passion for what you do.

Do you have stories or memories you’d like to share?   We’d love to hear your experiences.  Tag us on social using the hashtag #healinghandsschool.

If you’d like to learn more about our programs, please contact us.

Newsletter: Summer Session and Successful Students!

We want to share our most recent newsletter from Paula and Neha with our fellow Healers out there regarding the summer session and Healing Hands School!

First off: We are so excited! Our expansion to the city of San Diego is 1 year old, and our school there is growing by the minute!

Check out our Summer 2018 classes!

Most people think of massageas pushing tissue. However, the masters of the craft know we manipulate tissue to help fibers move freely and to help create a softer gel-like state.

 

Here are three:

  • Dynamic Cupping: we learn to use suction to lift and pull tissue.
  • Body Reading: we welcome our guest world-renowned Zen Shiatsu practitioner, author and teacher, Seymour Koblin.
  • Chris Morgan and Harmony Curtiss’ Professional Practices course, we refine and hone our academic information to prepare us for the state board exam in Massage Therapy.

Summer Schedules 

Please see the full schedule of courses.

Our wonderful staff of dedicated instructors continues to inspire and teach the best and most comprehensive massage therapy and holistic health courses in southern California!

This Summer, we congratulate our most recent Holistic Health Practitioner graduates: Daniel Aguirre, Cindy Allbright, Corita Victoria Cazares, Jennifer Chagnon, Cutter Curtiss, Mary Dema-Ala, Alexa Nicole Esqueda, Christina Geno, Susanne Marie Haugen, Karen Holton-Braley, Maya Roche Landa, Jeremiah Layman, Diana Torres Lopez, William MacDonald III, Leslie McClellan, Mihaela Nedejde, Jaclyn Patio Durfee, Ashley Peak, William Pham, Melissa Pulido, Sydney Purvis, Miki Taylor, Mishele Wurth, Hayden Wyndhamsmith, and Gabriel Yanez.

Some of you came to us at our new San Diego location; some came to us from miles away.  

You all came from a myriad of life experiences and backgrounds. You each have had unique challenges to overcome and you each brought your unique healing energy to us. We are honored to have learned and shared with you. We wish you the very best of luck as you pursue your craft of healing the world around us.

In Peace and Healing,

Paula and Neha and all of Us at Healing Hands School

 

 

See how your summer schedule would work with our class sessions right here.

Still have questions? Our team would love to provide you with the answers.  Click here to let us know your nameand which facility you are looking to enroll in, and the appropriate Healing Hands team member will be in touch.  

Lost Your Job? Financial Aid Could Help Pay For Your Massage School Tuition at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health

Losing a job can be downright terrifying. 

While some may be able to bounce back quickly, others can face hardship. They also may end up asking themselves, “Is it possible that it is time for a change?”

We work with people nearly every day that have come out of a job loss. Those people now look forward to the future with a fulfilling career of massage therapy and holistic health.   They likely felt what you might be going through now. However, they were determined to seek a rewarding career. 

One of the programs that help fund tuition for students like you is the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  

WIOA is a program that provides comprehensive retraining of the nation’s workforce development programs.   This includes people recently laid off.  It can also include adults over the 18 years of age who qualify as low-income.

Each case is different, but you won’t know whether or not if you qualify unless you talk to a member of our team at one of our locations in Southern California.

The WIOA program helps provide both grant and loan funding to qualified candidates, and you may find that the money can pay for some or even all of your tuition!

With a Healing Hands School of Holistic Health certification, you will find yourself immediately in high demand.  Imagine hand picking your next position at the top spas, sports medicine therapy, and elder care facilities in the State of California.

If you have ever dreamed about working in a field that is rewarding, has flexible schedules, and most importantly fun, now is the time to contact us to find out what you may be eligible for in financial aid.

See If You Qualify Today

We have tremendous experience placing people just like you in one of our programs.  Would you like to see what the Healing Hands School of Holistic Health family is like?   We invite you to check out our Facebook page and see what we are all about. 

Want immediate information on your financial aid eligibility, click here and fill out the form with your details.   A Healing Hands team member will get you the information immediately. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is a circulatory massage – and what are the benefits?

Massage therapy has many various techniques that promote wellness and improved lifestyles. There are many different strokes and techniques that all deliver diverse results.

While it isn’t the first phrase that pops into people’s heads when they think of massage therapy, circulatory massage is one of the most common healing methods used to help restore proper blood flow to the bodies muscles. 

Originally developed and perfected in Sweden, this specific massage helps relieve stress from the body and muscles, and can help improve a person’s overall mental and physical health. Using a variation of five different strokes, this therapeutic massage involves applying pressure (medium to deep), tension, vibration or motion to the different parts of the body either with hand, arms or electronic massage devices.

When applied with expertise, this massage technique has several benefits. It not only helps by increasing oxygen to flow to the bloodstream and relaxing tense muscles, but also expelling harmful toxins from the body by boosting the lymphatic system’s ability to cleanse lactic acid, uric acid, and metabolic waste. This results in better bodily function and can lower blood pressure.

If someone also suffers from chronic headaches, mobility issues, or joint pain (such as osteoarthritis) these massages can improve or resolve these issues long-term (with regular treatment).

Combined with the right diet and an exercise routine tailored to meet your needs, a circulatory massage can yield potentially life-changing results! With stress reduction and the ability to soothe sore muscles or painful joints, the benefits of circulatory massage can help almost anyone more fully enjoy their lives – and you can learn the skills necessary to empower the lives of others through the power of massage therapy!

Healing Hands School offers hands-on classes and instruction on circulatory massages as a part of our comprehensive massage therapy education. If you’re seeking to open a new career path in massage therapy, learning the five strokes and care involved in circulatory massage will serve as laying the foundation in a lasting career helping others.

Laying the foundation in Eastern Massage Therapy: Tui Na Acupressure Massage

Fine-tuned from over 5,000 years of practice and application in China, Tui Na is an intensive holistic method of massage therapy that can help treat a variety of conditions.

About Tui Na

Using a combination of healing herbs, ointments, heat application, acupuncture, and finger/hand massage strokes both relaxed and energized those it treats. The primary benefit of Tui Na massage is that it concentrates on the specific problem areas – whether it may be a sharp or a chronic pain located in the joints or locked in tense muscles. This technique is extremely beneficial for reducing aches and pains associated with neck and shoulders, hips, back, and ankle disorders. It is a very effective therapy for anyone suffering from arthritis, sciatica, or muscle spasms. 

Tui Na Benefits

The most beneficial advantage of Tui Na is that it focuses on maintaining overall balance with both mental and physical health. Anyone who wishes to bypass any drug side effects or chemical-based treatments may do so by adopting this effective and holistic massage technique to alleviate their pain.

Tui Na VS. Western Massage

While Tui Na may be the form of Eastern massage that is the most similar in technique to Western massage (as both emphasize the kneading of muscles to rid the body of toxins), there are a few drastic differences that separate them. However, Tui Na, like most Eastern forms of massage and healing, tend to be more “rigorous” than Western, addressing specific concerns via diagnosis.

Meanwhile, Western massage uses more broad strokes and focuses on relieving tension and stress throughout the entire body as a whole and tends to have a medium pressure intensity (as compared to Tu Na’s more vigorous technique).

However, don’t let the variety and differences between the two confuse you – both methods of massage therapy can help benefit anyone! It all depends on the individual’s needs.

Where to learn Tui Na

Healing Hands School provides hands-on classes in Tui Na with instructors who have implemented this extremely effective healing technique in the field. Learning the skills to help others through Tui Na’s focused methods not only empowers you but can access new career opportunities for anyone seeking a new path in massage therapy!

Ayurvedic Massage: Mother Of All Holistic Healing

ayurvedic massage“Ayurveda,” which means “Science of Life” in Sanskrit, is an ancient self-care healing system developed over 5,000 years ago. It is considered the “mother of all healing,” and is a beautiful art of balancing the mind and body through the medium of oil massage. Here are three main benefits you can provide someone by performing this peaceful practice:

Decrease Stress

Your body was not meant to undergo stress each day – especially stress that doesn’t receive a proper release, such as exercising – and eventually, it begins to show physical and mental signs of this. From muscle pains and headaches to poor digestion and low energy levels, stress can lead to a multitude of health problems. However, ayurvedic massage therapy can help keep these problems at bay by relaxing your mind and body. Naturally, this leads to decreasing your blood pressure and heart rate, which results in lowering your risk of heart disease and strokes.

Promotes Better Sleep

This benefit is derived from ayurvedic’s ability to decrease your stress, as mentioned above. Stress can cause you to be extremely restless and prevent you from getting the proper amount of sleep you need to keep your mind and body healthy. Unfortunately, this can lead to insominia and depression if it’s not taken care of. With ayurvedic massage therapy, your mind will be able to think clearer and rest easier, which will enable your body to heal and restore itself.

Relieves Chronic Back Pain And Migraines

The gentle pressure that’s provided through ayurvedic massage can have a powerful effect beyond the physical touch. When it’s applied to the face, it will increase the blood circulation in that particular area which can relieve the pain that’s felt from a migraine. It can also help relieve chronic back pain by increasing blood flow and relieving the tension.

Our ayurvedic massage course is an introduction to Ayurvedic principles and practices. It includes an overall view of Ayurvedic healing and Panchakarma including hands-on instruction of three different bodywork modalities based on the Ayurvedic constitutional types or Doshas: Abhyanga, Vishesh, and Udvartana massages. Students will become familiar with the three Doshas (distinct combinations of physical, mental and emotional characteristics: Vata, Pitta and Kapha ), three qualities of mind ( Sattva, Rajas and Tamas ), and three qualities of energy ( Prana, Tejas and Ojas ). In addition, they will learn hands-on the “marmas” (pressure points ), Shirodhara ( “thread of oil on the forehead” ) and Indian Head Massage. These practices restore balance, boost immunity and enhance the quality and duration of life for themselves and their clients.

We have equipped many graduates with the skills needed to provide successful treatment to their patients. To learn more about our programs, visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com  or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or, (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.

 

 

Yoga Therapy: Relaxing The Mind, Healing The Body

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Just like any other language, you have to learn what your body is saying. It speaks to you on a daily basis, but you have to be willing to hear what it’s trying to tell you. If your body is telling you that it’s in need of a little extra TLC, always listen and pursue a holistic healing method, like yoga therapy, which can increase your health.

Yoga Therapy is an adaptation of yoga techniques and practices that are personalized to help individuals with specific health challenges. It uses yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and guided imagery to improve mental and physical health. The holistic focus of yoga therapy encourages the integration of mind, body, and spirit.

Here are two ways it can help get your health back on track:

Mental Relaxation

When your mind is calm and free, your body will follow suit. Yoga therapy allows you to slow down and take note of the present moment. Whether you’re focused on your breath or healing a part of your body, this type of holistic treatment can help reduce anxiety, depression and even Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Allowing yourself to heal your mind is generally the first step in healing your body.

Physical Rehabilitation

Yoga therapy can often resemble physical therapy. Its yoga techniques are utilized in the delivery of the massage in order to bring a healing and soothing aspect to the rehabilitation process. These techniques teach you to relax, breathe, and de-stress. Just by doing one yoga therapy session, you’ll begin to notice a big difference in how your body operates. If you maintain a steady practice of this form of yoga, you’ll be able to feel improvements in your organ functions, digestion, and nervous system. Unlike standard yoga classes, yoga therapy sessions are typically conducted in one-on-one or small group settings. Yoga therapy can be paired with other forms of therapy, or it can be used to directly treat a specific issue.

Our introductory Yoga Therapy class will address topics that you can take and use as tools for your massage or personal yoga practice. It will include yoga sequences, meditation techniques and breathe-work for various ailments. We will explore how certain poses can create space between the vertebrae, within the joints, and around the internal organs; other poses feel like they lift the heart and open space between the neck and shoulders. By improving circulation and reducing muscle tension, Yoga Therapy can become a valuable addition to any therapist’s practice.

We have equipped many graduates with the skills needed to provide successful treatment to their patients. To learn more about our programs, visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com  or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or, (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.

 

Aromatherapy: Holistic Healing Of The Mind, Body, And Soul

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“Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Stress has, unfortunately, become a common denominator in many people’s lives but it doesn’t have to be. When you realize that stress only has power if you give it power then you will have opened your world to a whole new set of possibilities. One of the best ways to help your mind see this perspective is by utilizing aromatherapy practices.

Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy that uses essential oils from plants to positively affect an individual’s mental, physical and spiritual well-being. When inhaled or applied to the skin, essential oils have proven to help people overcome a variety of health problems with their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory medicinal properties. For over 5,000 years, aromatherapy has been a trusted practice among cultures all over the world. However, while aromatherapy can help improve your physical health, it can also make a large impact on your mental health as well. Some of the most common reasons that people use aromatherapy are to help improve sleep quality, reduce stress, and overcome depression.

Oftentimes, aromatherapy involves diffusing a combination of essential oils into the air in order to provide a relaxing atmosphere for an individual. Depending on the individual’s preferences though, it can also be inhaled through the nose, soaked in an oil-infused bath, or used as an oil during a massage. By combining massage therapy and aromatherapy, you’ll experience the most rewarding and euphoric feeling that will heal both the mind and body. You’ll notice that your stress levels will have lowered, your mind will feel clearer, and your body will feel lighter and rejuvenated.

Our aromatherapy course explores how 30 different essential oils can affect us on physical, emotional and energetic levels. Class discussions will include the history of aromatherapy, intrinsic oil qualities, extraction and blending techniques, and safe consulting practices. Through lecture, demonstration and hands-on experience students will learn how to formulate and use essential oil blends to treat a variety of disorders and stress-related problems for their clients.

We have equipped many graduates with the skills needed to provide successful treatment to their patients. To learn more about our programs, visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com  or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or, (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.

 

 

Spring Cleaning: 3 Ways To Clear Your Mind & Set New Intentions

intention settingOne of the few things that are constant in this world is change and, much like the weather, we all go through various seasons of life. These ebbs and flows are what make us who we are and guide us down the path we were meant to take. In honor of this season of change – both in weather and in life – try these three techniques for clearing your mind and setting new intentions for the path ahead.

 

Yoga and Meditation

Even if you don’t realize it, your mind is constantly thinking about a multitude of things at once. Whether you’re worrying, planning, or stressing, your mental health can take a toll if you don’t provide it with the rest and relaxation it needs to function properly. By practicing yoga and meditation, you can help slow these thoughts down and learn to clear your mind of unnecessary noise. When your mind is still and at ease, you can access the peace that resides within you and channel that energy throughout your entire body. Breathing techniques are also a very important part of yoga and meditation. Since your breathing is directly linked to the state of your mind, you can create a large shift in your overall health when you learn how to control your breathing. For example, when your mind is happy and clear, your breath is long and easy, but when your mind is filled with anxious thoughts your breath becomes shorter and shallower. Whether you’re thinking about making a career change or a personal change, keeping your mind and body relaxed and in sync will help you have a clearer vision for the path you should pursue.

 

Positive Affirmations

How we speak to ourselves is just as important as how we speak to others. When we fill our mind with positive thoughts, we naturally become happier and more inspired. However, positive affirmations are much more than self-help statements. They can make a significant impact on the quality of your life and can help you be more in tune with your daily thoughts. Depending on where you are on your journey, it can be hard to practice self-encouragement. Start small by beginning each day with one positive thought. You’ll be surprised at how refreshing it will feel to begin the process and even more surprised at how quickly you’ll fall in love with it. Your mind, body, and soul will be thanking you every day.

 

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a non-invasive practice and is a powerful treatment that aids in healing the entire body. When you’re under a lot of stress, your body produces unhealthy levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, which creates adverse effects on your mental and physical health; anything from weight gain and sleep deprivation to digestive issues and headaches. However, a massage can prevent these negative reactions by drastically decreasing levels of stress and anxiety. When you receive a massage, your body is able to relax, recover, and rejuvenate. This also plays a role in lowering your diastolic and systolic blood pressure.

Whether you’d like to make an appointment to receive a massage or schedule a tour to have a hands-on experience with a potential new career path, Healing Hands is here to provide you with the support you need.

We have equipped many graduates with the skills needed to provide successful treatment to their patients. To learn more about our programs, visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com  or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or, (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.

 

Energetic Bodywork: Healing Your Body, Healing Your Mind

energetic bodyworkIn every season of life, we encounter days where we feel less energized, less motivated, and more stressed. Instead of giving yourself a hard time about feeling this way, remind yourself that these symptoms are a sign that your mind and body are in need of a simple rejuvenation. When we’re relaxed and stress-free, we are able to restore our natural ability to heal which, in turn, enables us to fight off health-related issues. Not only does this positive energy aid our health, but it also manifests itself as confidence and outward harmony in dealing with everyday events.

 

Energetic Bodywork, previously known as Energywork for Bodyworkers, is a hands-on body/mind therapy that addresses healing on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. It helps clear any mental or physical roadblocks you may be experiencing. These disruptions in your “life force energy” can lead to critical emotional or health problems if left untended. Whether this imbalance is caused by an emotional situation, physical trauma, or negative thoughts and feelings (worry, doubt, anger, anxiety), energy healing treatments help relieve these emotions by reducing stress and promoting relaxation. This triggers the body’s natural healing abilities and improves and maintains your overall health.

 

The healing benefits from this type of treatment can be dramatic, but are often quite subtle and tend to show up later – after the healing session is long over. Often the “results” happen at the level that will provide the most profound benefits. For example, the main benefit of a healing session might come in the form of an insight or change in attitude that results in a change of behavior that leads to a long-lasting improvement in physical health, emotional health, and/or quality of life.

 

In our Energetic Bodywork course, students learn how physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual blockages can affect the human energy field. Discussions include how the ‘health’ of this field relates to the potential for disease within the body. Students will also learn energetic grounding techniques and discover their unique way of receiving information energetically. Through a deeper understanding of the emotional and spiritual aspects of healing, the student greatly enhances their perception skills often differentiating themselves from less sensitive body-workers. The skills learned in Energetic Bodywork enable our students to create better health and balance for their clients as well as themselves.

 

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been helping men and women satisfy their passion for learning and building a successful career in massage therapy for more than 25 years. We have programs, including financial aid, available for qualified students. If you are interested in a career in massage therapy, you can make an appointment and learn more about our massage therapy or holistic health program. Click HERE or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or, (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.