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.