Attention San Diego Job Seekers – Are You Pursuing a Purpose Driven Life?

Medical Science now confirms with what Massage Therapists have known for centuries, Massage Therapy heals, enhances health and improves lives!  Working as a Professional Massage Therapist offers a sense of purpose and pride that comes from helping others. Considered an in-demand career, an education in the Holistic Healing Arts can prepare you for a variety of employment opportunities. 

Founded over 26 years ago, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (Healing Hands) is Nationally Accredited and approved by the California Massage Therapy Council.  Healing Hands has met rigorous standards to qualify for educational funding on behalf of students who qualify.  These include Federal Student Financial Aid, WIOA, Vocational Rehab, and Veterans & Military Members Educational Benefits.

Whether you are just entering the workforce, seeking a career change, or transitioning from Military service, pursuing a career as a Professional Massage Therapist is a great choice.  In less than 1 year, you’ll learn everything you’ll need to contribute to Humanity in meaningful ways – one massage client at a time!

The unprecedented number of classes Healing Hands offers is just one of the reasons they’ve become the school of choice for aspiring Massage Therapists. Other reasons include an expert faculty, interesting coursework, a safe learning environment, and an unrivaled number of job opportunities!  Most importantly, Healing Hands continues to innovate and expand its curriculum to cover new, emerging modalities and techniques.

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At Healing Hands, Students can choose from two Certification Programs. A 600-hour Massage Therapy Program (MT) that’s required for licensure, or the 1,000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program (HHP) that offers a variety of integrative electives. Some students choose the ‘Fast-track’, enrolling in the MT Program so they can get working as soon as possible.  Others invest the year necessary to complete the HHP Program enhancing their value among Employers. Healing Hands also transfer credits from the MT Program to the HHP Program for Graduates who return to take their skills to the next level.

As a Healing Hands student, you’ll be referred to as the ‘Healer’ you are in the process of becoming. Through lecture, demonstration, hands-on practice as well as a variety of intern/externships experiences, Healing Hands students get to fine-tune their craft long before accepting their first client. By the time they Graduate, they’ll be well prepared with the essential knowledge and skills necessary for State Certification and a rewarding career.  

To date, the Healing Hands faculty has prepared more than 7,000 graduates to be competent and caring Massage Therapists and can do the same for YOU! Learn more 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.

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Attention San Diego Job Seekers…. Holistic Massage School Offers a Future So Bright…. You’ll Need to Wear Shades!

 

Why is Massage Therapy becoming such a popular career choice? With a growing acceptance of holistic therapies and the merging of Eastern therapies with Western medicine, skilled Massage Therapists are in high demand! According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job growth and outlook for Massage Therapists is extraordinarily positive. Currently at 26% (vs the average 7%) the industry is expected to add more than 42,000 new jobs between 2016 and 2026. In addition, the BLS reports the median income for Massage Therapists is just under $40K with the top 10% earning as much as $75K.  As a Professional Massage Therapist, your employment future is so bright, you’ll need to wear shades!

Bureau of Labor Statistics Summary: 

(The following info can be found online at: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.html)

 

Quick Facts: Massage Therapists

2017 Median Pay

$39,990 per year 
$19.23 per hour

Typical Entry-Level Education

Postsecondary nondegree award

Number of Jobs, 2016

160,300

Job Outlook, 2016-26

26% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2016-26

42,100

 

“Working as a Professional Massage Therapist offers a sense of purpose, a variety of work environments, flexible schedules and unlimited ways to differentiate yourself in the Industry”, says Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands).  “Job opportunities may include traditional Circulatory Massage as well as ‘Specialty’ work, and Healing Hands offers both.  For example, San Diego’s upcoming courses include Circulatory Massage plus several integrative therapies such as: Herbal Thai Massage, Pre-natal Massage, Clinical Acupressure, Zen Touch, Shiatsu and Superfoods & Dietary Practices” she added.

Work environments for Professional Massage Therapists may vary from traditional Massage Clinics and Day Spas to Luxury Resorts and Cruise Ships. Our Career Placement Department also receives job opportunities from Hospitals, Chiropractor and Doctor Offices, and Physical Therapy Clinics. As awareness of Massage’s un-deniable therapeutic benefits continues to spread, we expect the variety of work environments to expand also.

Healing Hands has been an educational leader in Massage and the Holistic Healing Arts for over 26 years.  In addition to giving Students a valuable Holistic Health education, our ‘elective’ classes empower them to choose their own unique path as a Professional Massage Therapists and Healer. 

Healing Hands’ has a long list of Employers eagerly awaiting our graduates. Not only do they need Practitioners immediately, they want Healing Hands Graduates.  Since 1992, our Grads have proven that Healing Hands produces highly competent and caring Massage Therapists. Accordingly, Recruiters provide on-site recruiting presentations and job fairs to students before they graduate!  Many Graduates have the pleasure of leaving Healing Hands with the promise of a new job once they are licensed.   Some Employers even offer our students tuition reimbursement, evidence of their confidence in our capable Graduates.

With two Certification Programs to offer, Healing Hands has met rigorous standards to qualify for Federal Student Financial Aid, WIOA, VA and other educational funding benefits for enrollees who qualify. Learn more about our 80+ Massage and Holistic Health courses 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.

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Labor Day 2018 – Holistic Massage School Celebrates The Valuable Contributions of Massage Therapy Professionals

“This Labor Day, I want to acknowledge the 7,000 + students who have graduated and moved on to pursue their dreams of becoming Professional Massage Therapists”, said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (Healing Hands). “Collectively, they deliver therapeutic touch to reduce pain, increase mobility, heal injury and positively affect the health and wellness of thousands in our communities. Individually, they have grown in awareness, compassion, self-confidence and valuable life-skills.  This Labor Day, our Faculty, Staff and Management want to express our pride and appreciation for each of you.  Thank you Graduates, for your hard work and dedication to the Holistic Healing Arts.  Know that you are literally changing lives for the better, one client at a time, and we couldn’t be prouder”, she added.

LaborDay, considered a “working person’s holiday”, is a tribute to the strength, Spirit, and socio-economic achievements of the American worker.  First celebrated on September 5, 1882, traditional Labor Day observances brought workers together with family to relax, picnic and enjoy recreational activities. Through the years, the nature of the Labor Day celebration has shifted to an emphasis on the economic and civic significance of the holiday.  Today observance includes the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement as well. 

As Massage Therapists and Holistic Health Practitioners, our graduates raise awareness of the physiological and emotional benefits of massage and natural, holistic practices.  In less than one year, you too can be fully prepared for an in-demand, living-wage career that contributes to humanity. Most importantly, Massage Therapists gain valuable knowledge and powerful skills to optimize their own health and that of their loved ones and clients which provides great personal satisfaction.

By helping raise awareness of the therapeutic benefits of massage, Healing Hand’s Graduates offer clients an alternative to the prescription pain meds and surgeries often prescribed by Western medicine.  Practitioners trained at Healing Hands strive to identify the cause of symptoms rather than just randomly massage muscles. Instructors’ focus is on the structure and function of the body and students receive training on multiple modalities and advanced techniques to ensure their ability to effectively address client concerns  

Healing Hands Faculty has proudly prepared thousands of students for a rewarding career in the Holistic Healing Arts and can do the same for YOU!   Learn more about Healing Hands, our Faculty, and 80+ Massage and Holistic Health courses offered at www.HealingHandsSchool.com .  To speak with an Admissions Rep. or arrange a classroom tour call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego. “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts” since 1992.

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Holistic Massage School’s Instructor Spot-light: Jennifer Peterson, Master Therapist and Staff Instructor

Jennifer Peterson is a Certified Massage Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Master Therapist and Multi-modality Educator with decades of experience”, says Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health. “Jennifer has made valuable contributions to our Faculty and students for over 12 years.  In today’s ‘Spot-light’ we’re proud to feature Jennifer and acknowledge her hard work and dedication to our Healing Hands community”, she added. 

Jennifer Peterson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA and worked as an Interior Designer before being called to the world of Natural Healing.  In 1998, Jennifer pursued her Holistic Health Practitioner Certification from Mueller College and has never looked back!

Jennifer’s progressive Massage Therapy career includes working at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club as a Professional Massage Therapist before progressing to Supervisor, Lead Therapist and Manager at The Gaia Day Spa.  Jennifer then took a position as the head of the Spa and Massage Department at the Beauty Kliniek Aromatherapy Day Spa and Wellness Center.  There, she was responsible for training over a dozen Massages Therapists in more than 40 different spa therapies from around the world!

A strong and effective communicator, Jennifer’s teaching career didn’t stop there.  A Master Therapist with ASTECC, (Advanced Spa Training Executive Certification Council), Jennifer creates curriculum as well as teaching it.  Among her many credits was the development and facilitation of an 80-hour Spa Program at the Natural Healing Institute of Naturopathy. Other Instructor/Training positions include teaching massage and body-work for Vitality College of Healing Arts, Meridian International School of Health Sciences, and the School of Healing Arts.

For the past twelve years Jennifer has taught Hawaiian Temple Bodywork (Lomi, Lomi), Ayurvedic Bodywork and Aromatherapy at all Healing Hands locations.  Considered a valuable team player and held in the highest regard by the Founders, Faculty and Staff at Healing Hands, Jennifer is as talented an Instructor as she is Practitioner.  Her passion for the Holistic Healing Arts is contagious and her teaching techniques, simple and effective, making her a favorite among Students as well.

When Jennifer is not teaching, she can be found at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar Resort Spa where she practices and holds the position of Lead Massage Therapist.  Equipped with nearly 20 years of knowledge and expertise, Jennifer delivers an exceptional classroom experience to students interested in the Art and Science of Therapeutic Massage.  

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Holistic Massage School Offers Dynamic Course in Pre-Natal (Pregnancy) Massage – Coming Soon to San Diego!

 

Pre-Natal Massage is a therapeutic massage modality that is gaining popularity among pregnant women over the past several years, and with good reason”, said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  “Studies show that in addition to improving the health of the mother-to-be, it can improve labor outcomes and the health of the newborn infant.  To ensure that our Graduates are well prepared to provide therapeutic massage to expectant mothers at all stages of the pregnancy, we offer a 30-hour course at all three Healing Hands locations”, she added. 

 

Healing Hands next Pre-Natal Massage class will be held at the San Diego classroom located at 9025 Balboa Avenue Suite # 103, from October 2nd through October 21st with registration in September. Led by Guest Instructor, Dave Garza, the Pre-Natal Massage course focuses on how to work with the rapidly changing female body during pregnancy.  Students learn about precautions for working with pregnant women and addresses contraindicated areas they need to avoid.  They also learn how to position the client using pillows, breast wedges and bolsters to meet their individual needs. Through lecture, demonstration and lots of hands-on practice, students gain the knowledge and experience needed to facilitate a completely safe and deeply therapeutic pregnancy massage. 


 

Benefits of Pre-Natal Massage:

Improved health of mother and newborn.

  • “Stress Hormones” such as Nor-Epinephrine and Cortisol were reduced by as much as 30 to 40%
  • “Happy Hormones” such as Dopamine and Serotonin levels were increased by 30 – 40%
  • Improved circulation
  • Enhanced cardiovascular health
  • Fewer complications for the newborn during and after birth (ie: low birth weight)
  • A significant reduction in the nerve pain often associated with late pregnancy
  • Improved labor outcomes
  • Relief of muscle aches and joint pain
  • Releases fluids in swollen joints caused by increased pressure during pregnancy
  • Increases oxygenation of muscles and faster repair of body tissue
  • Reduction in anxiety and depression
  • Enhanced mood and mood regulation
  • Increased lymphatic drainage and detoxification

 

Contraindications for Prenatal Massage:

Women with the following conditions should consult a health care provider prior to receiving a massage:

 

  • A high risk pregnancy
  • Women who experienced a pre-term labor
  • Women with severe swelling
  • Pregnancy induced hyper-tension (PIH)
  • Women with preeclampsia (a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to organ systems, often the kidneys)
  • High blood pressure and/or sudden, severe headaches
  • Women who recently gave birth

 

Founded in 1992, Healing Hands is considered a trail-blazer for education in the Holistic Healing Arts.  To date we’ve prepared more than 7,000 graduates for successful careers and can do the same for you!  To learn more about Pre-Natal Massage or any of the other 80+ Massage and Holistic Health courses offered 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 Explains the Benefits of Circulatory Massage

Circulatory Massage is an excellent integrative therapy that offers numerous health benefits”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, Laguna Hills (Healing Hands). “Massage Therapists can provide a very therapeutic and nurturing experience.  Circulatory Massage helps enhance circulation and the functioning of all Body Systems while reducing pain and discomfort”, she added. 

Harmony is a Certified Massage Therapist and Holistic Health Practitioner with years of experience as a multi-modality Massage Therapist and Staff Instructor.  She understands first-hand how therapeutic touch delivered with focused intention can provide substantial relief to patients of all ages including infants and the elderly.

In Circulatory Massage class, Healing Hands Instructors provide lecture, demonstration, and dozens of hours of hands-on practice.  In addition to learning about all the bones and muscles in the body, students learn to master body draping and a variety of massage strokes and techniques.  By the end of the course, students are empowered to deliver a full-body Circulatory Massage that addresses therapeutic concerns while promoting deep relaxation and well-being.

Circulatory Massage facilitates the release of neuro-chemicals that reduce stress and alleviate pain.  With regular Circulatory Massage, clients can enjoy a reduction in pain medications which often come with negative side-effects.  In addition to a long list of physical benefits, Circulatory Massage delivers many significant psycho-social benefits as well.  These may include but are not limited to, enhanced mood, an increase in energy and mental focus, balanced emotions and increased self-esteem.

Harmony shares the reality of this work with students, explaining how working with a variety of different clients can present challenges, but also offers many rewards. Although it requires a willingness to acknowledge and be sensitive to the emotional vulnerability of clients, it also can facilitate profound personal and professional growth for the Massage Therapist. 

Considered a trail-blazer for education in the Holistic Healing Arts, Healing Hands has prepared more than 7,000 students for successful careers and can do the same for you! To learn more about Circulatory Massage or any of the other 80+ classes offered, 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.

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Holistic Massage School – Fall Schedule Newsletter

Hello Healers,

In Fall’s magnificent abundance, we explore concepts of grace. What it is to be graceful? What it is to be grateful? We ask each student, each healer, at the beginning of every healing session, take a breath. Inhale this exquisite knowledge: by allowing you to practice the craft of massage therapy on their body, your client, your fellow student, your friend, your loved one, has given you the most sublime gift a person can give another. Trust. They trust you. Inhale this trust. When you exhale, exhale gratitude for this most wonderful gift. The gift they give you by allowing you to work with them.

 

When we hear the term ‘by grace of God’, we take that to mean that God is being generous to us. Gracias, graceful, grateful, gracious, is to be appreciative, to be thankful. When a person is graceful, they are at ease. They are pleasant to be with, easy on the eye, at ease in the world.

 

We thank you, the students, the teachers, the staff and all the helpers that make Healing Hands School happen. We thank the core instructors who gracefully blend the very best of inspiration, academics, body awareness, and class room structure. This ensures the students’ experience will accomplish the goal of learning a new skill, while the student simultaneously experiences receiving healing the student is seeking to facilitate in others.

 

Let us also recognize that for students to be in the classroom, our office angels diligently guide the student. From their first contact with Healing Hands, the perspective student is graciously welcomed. Over the next year, we advise on how to schedule their life, how to fund their tuition, how to schedule their family. The office angels help the student feel at ease before they have taken their first class and through out their time with us. How to help if the student gets sick? How to help Veterans receive the benefits they paid into? How to combine funding sources the students are entitled to? One of Healing Hands’ unique qualities is our office angels are, or were, Healing Hands students. We deeply know the students experience and are committed to gracefully guiding the student through the process to accomplish their goal of becoming professional healers.

 

Some of the many Fall courses we are grateful for include two new courses, two offered by a mentor and master, and two that bring us connection to the community around us. Claudia Baben presents ‘Table Thai’ which transfers some of the matt work of Thai Massage, to working on a massage table. Claudia also teaches the new course ‘Yoga Massage’. Learn to apply Yoga positioning and breathing techniques to release tension and open the recipient to greater flexibility and functionality. Talk about graceful! Guest instructor and author, Seymour Koblin, will lead us in Zen Touch and Body Reading.

 

In school Director Paula Curtiss’ Community Service Internship Program, Paula meets with our group of interns each week to guide the internship process.   Students elect to do their Clinical hours with specific population groups in our community. We have student healers working with professional athletes, in the spa industry, with chiropractors, in Sharp Hospitals Integrative Medicine Program, in the Free Integrative Wellness events each Thursday at AltHealthNet. Our student healers work with the most compromised of humanity in several hospice care environments, in skilled nursing facilities, with veterans recuperating from hospitalization, and with people recovering from alcohol and drug use. Paula is proud of the generous nature of student healers and looks forward to working with you.

 

Please join us as we congratulate our most recent Holistic Health Practitioner Graduates. Lauren Blackstone, Justin Cuevas, Jessica Dimarco, Christina Geno, Austin Healy, Marquita Hopkins-Carter, Alex Jenks, Maya Roche Landa, Leslie McClellan, Dominick McGriff-Dunk, Lyric Mendez, Danielle Mitchell, Angeline Pesca, Kelly Shott, and Leila White. You came to Healing Hands from various backgrounds, with some of life most difficult challenges. You have each worked diligently to graduate. We thank you that you choose Healing Hands School, that you trusted us. Your communities, your friends and families, your new work await you healing hands. We wish you the greatest of luck as you go out and heal the world!

 

We wish to deeply thank a long time Healing Hands School ally, Jeff Wise. Jeff and wife, Susan donated 12 brand new massage table to Healing Hands! This will allow us to use the older table at sporting events and keep the new tables protected from the outside environment. Graceful generosity at work. Jeff and Susan, we thank you for most kind and generous gift.

 

In Peace and Healing,

Paula & Neha

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All of Us at Healing Hands

 

 

Holistic Massage School Asks… Can You Recognize the Characteristics of an Abusive Relationship?

As Holistic Health Practitioners, the Faculty at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health understands the negative impact toxic relationships can have on one’s health.  By employing a heart-centered approach to education, Healing Hands Instructors model healthy interactions and set firm limits on acceptable classroom behavior.  By creating a safe, respectful environment, they ensure that all students are empowered to learn, make mistakes, and grow throughout their educational journey. 

Being subjected to repeated stress, fear, arguments, unkind criticism and manipulation can dramatically impact one’s emotional health. Although psychological abuse is often considered less severe than physical, all forms of abuse can have devastating physical and emotional effects. In addition to injuries from physical assault, abuse victims may suffer from chronic stress, tension, pain, gastric disorders, eating problems and psychosomatic issues.  Abuse is also tied to mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, addictions, and post traumatic stress disorders.

So, what happens to Students outside the classroom?  How can they learn to recognize abusive behavior and set boundaries before victimization can occur?  At Healing Hands, we believe the answer is education and awareness.  Click here to read our recent Blog – How to Nurture Healthy Relationships, and read on to familiarize yourself with several common characteristics of abusive relationships:

  1. Physical violence. When someone uses force to get his or her way such as hitting, slapping, grabbing, shoving or blocking you from leaving.
  2. Dishonesty. Withholding information, lying and gaslighting (changing stories) to keep information from being shared. Dishonesty also includes when one person steals from another.
  3. Intimidation. Trying to control aspects of the other person’s life by making threats, or through menacing comments or behavior.  This includes attempt to keep his or her partner from friends and family by threatening violence or a break-up.
  4. Disrespect. When someone makes fun of the opinions and interests of the other person or destroys something that belongs to and is valued by the person.
  5. Hostility. One person vents their anger on another, picking fights or antagonizes another. This may lead to one person changing his or her behavior to avoid upsetting the other.
  6. Control. One person makes all the decisions and tells the other what to do, what to wear, or with whom they may spend time. Unreasonably jealousy, and/or attempts to isolate the other person from his or her friends and family.
  7. Humiliation. – Yelling or screaming at you in public is a ploy intended to make you submissive and to control you in front of others. This is not acceptable under any circumstance and should be recognized as abusive.
  8. Verbal Insults – While it’s natural to occasionally loose our temper in an argument, that never excuses the use of foul language or name calling. Verbal abuse ranges from insulting one’s looks, job or intelligence to blasting one’s competence, or value. Verbal abuse is often accompanied by foul language, but its intention is to diminish one’s self-esteem so they become compliant and reliant on the abuser.
  9. Manipulation – Abusers are skilled manipulators who often succeed at convincing another that their physical or verbal outbursts are the result of misbehavior on their part. The aim is to make one doubt their own self-worth. That’s why most victims continue to excuse or forgive this kind of behavior.
  10. Calculated Outbursts When a person only demeans you, yells at you, or hits you in private. Although they may attempt to convince you that they have no control over their abusive outbursts, they never lose control in front of others or in public. Calculated outbursts are just another of the Abusers tools for manipulation and should not be tolerated.  Let the abuser know you won’t be spoken to in that manner and leave the scene immediately whenever possible.

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been serving residents in SoCal for over 26 years.  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 at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.

 

Massage School Students are Nutty about Holistic Nutrition!

At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands), our Faculty understands the importance of good nutrition and offers several classes on the topic.  Among these is Holistic Nutrition, taught by multi-course Instructor, Shana Lipner-Grover.   “The Holistic approach to health-care means taking all aspects of a person’s life into account when assessing their overall health”, said Shana.  “These include the physical, psychological, social, and Spiritual.  This course highlights how food provides the energy we need to move our bodies, and the nutrients essential for its growth, maintenance and repair.  If you want a positive attitude, healthy muscles and bones, and an abundance of energy, it is essential to understand Holistic Nutrition”, she added.

The goal of Holistic Nutrition is to help Students create healthy nutritional plans to build a strong foundation for long term health and wellness.  Students can use these plans for themselves, their families and their clients. In Shana’s course, students examine the basic nutrients in food including: vitamins, carbohydrates, fatty acids, enzymes, and amino acids. They explores how the energy of food ingested affects our own energy, and how food choices can impact the mind/body connection and over-all health. Students study the Digestive System and gain an understanding of how food is processed and utilized within the body. The course also includes the preparation and sharing of delicious, healthy recipes.  Upon completion Students will be equipped with the knowledge to customize the optimal nutrition program for themselves and their clients.

Holistic Nutrition is a 60-hour course that Shana teaches at all three Healing Hands classroom locations.  Her next course will be held at the Escondido campus (125 W Mission Ave #212) from 6pm to 10pm starting August 24th and running through October 12th.  The Registration deadline for Holistic Nutrition is August 10, 2018.

Course Instructor, Shana, shown here receiving a “Teacher of the Year” award from Healing Hands Founding Director Mrs. Paula Curtiss. A health educator, clinical herbalist, field botanist, and self-proclaimed ‘student of life’, Shana possesses a passion for teaching. Her classes at Healing Hands include: Holistic Nutrition, Superfoods & Dietary Practices, Herbal Studies & Applications, and more!

When not teaching, Shana manages a private Clinical Practice and a high-quality herbal product line called Sage Country Herbs.  An accomplished Speaker, Shana also lectures at a variety of Symposiums, Conferences and Institutes of higher learning in the SoCal area. To learn more, e-mail Shana at: shanalipner@gmail.com.

Healing Hands has been serving residents in SoCal for over 26 years.  Boasting more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses and two Certification Programs, Healing Hands has prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers as Massage Therapists and can do the same for you. Interested in learning more? Check out Healing Hands classes and Programs on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, (858) 505-1100 in San Diego. 

 

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3 Reasons Pre-Natal Massage is Valuable

Pregnancy is a life-changing event that affects a woman’s physical body in many ways. Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, and relieve muscle aches and joint pain. This bodywork can also improve labor outcomes and newborn health through therapeutic movement.

Benefits of massage for pregnant women:

Decreased Stress and Anxiety

The journey of pregnancy is a beautiful process, but it can also be a stressful time. Especially for a first time mommy-to-be, anxious feelings of uncertainty can be overpowering and affect her health and that of the baby. Receiving massage during pregnancy not only affects the physical body, but the emotional health of the recipient as well. Massage therapy releases endorphins and helps reduce stress levels by soothing the nervous system. Therapeutic bodywork encourages relaxation by increasing levels of serotonin and dopamine, leaving both mom and baby feeling at ease.

 

Pain Relief

Most women experience different levels of pain during their nine months of pregnancy. As the baby grows and the body changes, women can experience discomfort in their muscles and joints. Massage therapy stretches the muscles and decreases the levels of discomfort as it allows for more movement in the body. This is a natural pain-reliever that even carries into labor and delivery.

 

Better Sleep

Sleep is crucial for the health of both mom and baby. Getting the right amount of rest every night before the baby comes is crucial, as many women get less sleep once the baby is born. Pre-natal massage promotes good quality sleep, which strengthens the immune system. This bodywork induces calm feelings, allowing the recipient to rest. Giving the body a break through massage therapy helps moms refocus and develop good sleeping habits.

 

Every pregnancy experience varies, but massage therapy can benefit all. The feelings pregnant women experience may transfer to the baby, so taking care of their physical and mental state will positively affect those nine months of constant change and growth.

 

Want to serve pregnant women in your practice?

Our class, Pre-Natal Massage, focuses on how to work with the rapidly changing female body during the nine months of pregnancy. In this course, students will be given guidelines for positioning the pregnant client, and learn how to address contraindicated areas. Through lecture, demonstration and lots of hands-on practice, students will gain the knowledge to facilitate a completely safe and deeply therapeutic pregnancy massage.

We strive to give our students the education and experience needed to heal any type of client. Explore our variety of courses here