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.

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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.

 

Swedish Massage: Increasing Circulation, Decreasing Pain

massage therapy Sometimes our bodies need a little extra TLC. From long work commutes to playing sports, our muscles and joints experience wear and tear in a variety of ways. To keep your muscles healthy and free of tension, you’ll want to regularly treat yourself to a Swedish massage.

 

This type of treatment is among the most commonly requested massages in spas. It’s the perfect way for anyone who is overworked and stressed out to relax his or her mind and body. A Swedish massage is performed in a soothing environment where the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil or lotion and performs various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue and gradually break up muscle “knots,” called adhesions. In order to achieve this, the technique that is used for this type of massage is very focused on muscle relaxation by targeting superficial muscles – rather than the connective tissues targeted in deep-tissue massages. While the strokes of the massage relax individual muscles, the overall experience eliminates mental stress. In turn, this helps reduce/eliminate tension headaches, increase energy levels, and allows you to get a better night’s sleep.

 

Since many of the massage’s movements also involve stroking the hands toward the heart, it naturally increases blood flow and drains toxins from the limbs of your body. This means that your muscles are getting more nutrients and oxygen and that your body is removing toxins more efficiently. This benefit is what makes a Swedish massage good for treating minor, sports-related injuries. It soothes and alleviates the inflamed area and increasing blood flow to that particular spot of your body.

 

Our circulatory massage class involves learning the technique of performing a Swedish massage. It involves lubricating the skin with massage oil and performing a variety of strokes to increase circulation and smooth muscle knots. Through lecture, group discussion, and supervised hands-on practice this course teaches students how to give a full- body Swedish-style massage. Techniques learned include gliding (Effleurage), kneading (Petrissage), and cross-fiber friction (Fanning). Special focus is given to the body’s anatomy, and proper body mechanics used by professionals. Also, students will learn “draping” techniques for assuring their client’s privacy. By the end of this course, the student will be able to deliver a full-body Swedish massage that promotes relaxation, lowers blood pressure, detoxifies the system, relieves pain and facilitates many other health benefits. 

 

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.

 

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.    

Holistic Massage School Supports National Sleep Awareness Week

“Sleep is essential to feeling rested and refreshed, and is an crucial contributor to holistic wellness”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands) – Laguna Hills.  “The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that “insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic conditions and diseases ranging from Obesity and Depression to Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease”. With more than 10% of our population experiencing Insomnia and over 25% falling short of the recommended 7 to 8 hours, we’re happy to educate students about natural, holistic remedies that can make all the difference!  In honor of National Sleep Awareness Week (March 11 to 17) we’re offering the followingWellness Reminder’ for our students, Alumni and our Healing Arts community”, she added.

HOLISTIC STRATEGIES TO GET THE SLEEP YOU NEED! 

Use your body a couple hours before bed

(and Enjoy it’s Many Healthful Benefits)

Move Your Body! –Multiple clinical studies have confirmed what active folks have known for years, people who are physically active during the day fall asleep faster and experience a better quality of sleep than those who remain sedentary.  So, whether you choose a 30 minute nature walk, or a challenging 60minute Aerobics or Zumba class, getting your body moving every day is one of the best ways to ensure a better night’s sleep.  So get out and exercise, daily! 

Reduce Your Intake of Caffeine – Avoid caffeine boosted energy or sports drinks, and coffee especially after 5pm.  Substitute herbal teas such as Siberian Ginseng, Chamomile, Hawthorne, or Passionflower, which are known to help the body relax.

Be comfortable!

Get Comfy – An old, uncomfortable bed or pillow can hinder a good night’s sleep so be sure your mattress isn’t too hard, soft or lumpy, and replace your pillows annually or as soon as they lose their shape.

Treat Your-self to a Therapeutic Massage – After just one hour of massage, the Cortisol (stress) hormones that keep us awake are reduced by 30-40%, while raising Serotonin by 30-40% which supports a better night’s sleep.  Effects of therapeutic massage have also been found to be cumulative, meaning that the more you receive massage, the more it can positively effects your mind/body.

Create a Nurturing Bed-Time Routine – Try sipping a cup of calming Herbal tea while relaxing in a hot bath with Epsom Salt to promote muscle relaxation.

Drink some relaxing tea!

Try Sleep-Friendly Herbs – Natural sleep aids like Valerian and Melatonin are available in most health food stores,  and pharmacies.  Taking 1-2 capsules of the sedative herb, Valerian, plus .3 mg of the sleep-regulating hormone Melatonin, a half hour before bedtime, has been used effectively to improve sleep for centuries.  And of course, always check with your doctor if you are unsure about an herb.

Learn and Use Relaxation Techniques – Bio-feedback, Yoga, Tai Chi and many forms of meditation are helpful in reducing stress and anxiety and promoting a better night’s sleep. 

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been serving residents in SoCal for over 24 years.  With more than 80 Holistic Health courses and two Certification Programs to offer, Healing Hands 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. 

 

Citations:

  1. Andrew Weil, M.D.. DrWeil.com/drw/u/ART02037/sleep-aid
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). Sleep and Sleep Disorders. Retrieved on January 9, 2012 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/sleep/.

Deep Tissue Manipulation: Getting To The Root Of An Injury

When we’re not obviously in pain, we’re often unaware of the small ways we’re injuring ourselves over time. From looking at screens to doing physical labor, our body goes through a lot of strain throughout the day. These small “injuries” can lead to scar tissue adhesions accumulating in your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. When this problem goes unaddressed, the result is pain, discomfort, and lack of mobility.

 

To remedy this, a deep tissue manipulation, or deep tissue massage, invigorates and manipulates the deep layers of tissue within the body, including the fascia and other supportive tissue that make up the muscles and joints. Compared to other massage techniques — such as the Swedish massage or acupressure, which tend to be lighter in pressure and can involve moving the body into certain positions — deep tissue massage is generally slower and firmer. This is due to deep tissue massages being meant for therapy and rehabilitation as opposed to relaxation.

 

Due to the intense nature of this massage, some pain may be experienced. However, as long as the pain isn’t unbearable, remember that this is a sign that your injury is being taken care of at the core. The pain can also be from the massage’s movements against the muscles rather than moving with them. The benefits of deep tissue massages include dramatic improvement in your posture, flexibility, range of motion, and energy level, while at the same time providing relief from tension, aches, pains and stiffness.

 

In our Deep Tissue Manipulation course, students will discover the Deep Tissue techniques of Muscle Sculpting and Structural Organization as pioneered by Ida Rolf. Students will learn how to manipulate “fascia” (the collagen web-like network that permeates the entire body) to create more balance (as it relates to gravity) and ease of movement in the body. This work requires client participation, and special emphasis is given to the mind-body connection. Students are taught effective communication skills to facilitate the emotional awareness associated with this kind of deep bodywork.

 

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.

 

Holistic Massage School Hosts TuiNa (Acupressure) Public Day For Massage Enthusiasts

Welcome to Public Day!!!

“At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands), our nationally accredited programs ensure students are given a strong foundation in Anatomy and physiology, plus access to a variety of massage modalities and complementary holistic health courses” said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director.  “Our 100 hour TuiNa (Acupressure) class teaches a massage modality based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. This modality involves stimulation of acupressure points to affect the flow and balance of “chi”, (life energy) through “meridians” or pathways in the body”, she explained. 

 

On February 5th, Healing Hands Escondido campus hosted “TuiNa Public Day”,

Practicing the Tui Na Technique of Rolling

directed by Staff Instructor, Raina Colvin.  Public Day is part of Healing Hands student evaluation process and is mandatory for a passing grade in any massage class.  On TuiNa Public Day, students were required to perform TuiNa massage on several public volunteers tasked with evaluating the student’s therapeutic performance and communication skills. 

In Raina’s class students learned dozens of manipulation techniques to move chi through ill and injured areas of the body where blockages tend to occur. They practiced specific treatments to address chronic pain and disorders of the spine and joints, such as Rotator Cuff problems of the shoulder or Sciatica which can send pain across the hip and down the leg. Through hands-on demonstration and hours of practice, students learned to  master oscillating techniques to increase energy, as well as the traditional compressions and pulls characteristic of Tui Na. Benefits of this traditional modality include:

  • Chair Massage basics


    Increased blood flow thru the body.
  • Reduces muscle stiffness and pain.
  • The warming of stiff muscles, tendons & ligaments which greatly reduce the potential for injury.
  • Increases range of motion and flexibility.
  • Positively impacts the nervous system by reducing stress hormones (Cortisol) and increasing pleasure hormones (Endorphins).
  • Helps speed healing of injured muscles and body tissues.
  • Speeds muscle recovery from over-use.
  • Calms the nervous systems and encourages relaxation.
  • Improves circulation of blood and lymph flow to the massaged area.

 

Raina Colvin – Tui Na Acupressure Instructor

Raina Colvin is a National Board Certified Massage Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner and has been a Staff Instructor for Healing Hands for over 20 years.  A multi-modality Massage Instructor, Raina teaches both Eastern and Western modalities including:  Circulatory Massage, Massage, Tui Na Acupressure, Shiatsu, and Chair Massage. Recognized for her exceptional knowledge, engaging sense of humor and skillful therapeutic body-work, Raina is one of Healing Hands most beloved Instructors.   

To learn more about Healing Hands,  TuiNa (Acupressure) Massage, upcoming Public Days, or any of the 80+ courses offered, please visit us on-line 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. 

Three Benefits of Sports Massage Therapy

sports massage LA marathonPhysical exercise is essential for keeping your body happy and healthy. However, if you’re an athlete who is working out more than the average person, your body undergoes an immense amount of stress. To keep your body in peak condition all year round, consider investing in sports massage therapy sessions. These soothing yet effective massages will provide you with these three main benefits:

 

Alleviate Muscle Tension

Heavily exercised muscles tend to lose their capacity to relax. This causes chronically tight muscles and loss of flexibility, which predisposes athletes to injuries; especially muscle pulls and tears. Since blood flow through tight muscles is very poor, excess pain can occur in the athlete’s injury. Since massage therapists can specifically target tender or tight areas, the pain is alleviated much quicker than if you left it untreated. When pressure and massage techniques are applied to an injured area, it signals the mind and body to relax and increases your overall range of motion.

  

Stress and Pain Reduction

Part of the alleviation that someone experiences during a massage is due to the release of endorphins. Endorphins are morphine-like chemicals produced by the body that help diminish pain while triggering positive feelings. They’re often referred to as the brain’s “feel-good” chemicals and are the body’s natural painkillers. These help decrease anxiety, provide pain relief, improve your mood, and enhance a person’s state of well-being. Whether an athlete receives a pre or post-event massage, this euphoric state of mind benefits them in both situations.

  

Improve Recovery

When an athlete is injured, it’s a tremendous setback for their career. However, massage therapy sessions can speed up their recovery time by increasing circulation to injured muscles, which helps eliminate toxic debris and enables the muscle to have a healthy healing process.

Our Advanced Circulatory Massage class introduces students to new ways of using their thumbs, fingers, and palms as well as their elbows and knuckles, taking Circulatory Massage to new healing heights. The Sports Massage portion of the class teaches techniques to treat a variety of clients ranging from the moderately active to the serious, competitive athlete. We also provide our students with knowledge about deep, invigorating massage techniques to enhance the performance of athletes at athletic events or prior to weight training. Special focus is given to cross-fiber techniques that release old adhesions and scar tissue thereby promoting better performance and faster healing. This class equips the student with a whole new range of Massage techniques that enhance their bodywork and its impact on their clients.

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.

Holistic Nutrition: Healthier Food For A Healthier You

holistic nutrition

Photo Credit: @halfbakedharvest

Often we forget that what we put into our body is just as important as what we don’t. By supplying your body with rich nutrients, unprocessed foods, and healthy meals, you’ll begin to see a huge difference in how you feel, how you think, and how you go about your day-to-day life. Here are a few benefits of maintaining a holistic nutrition plan:

 

Food Tailored To You

The overall goal of holistic nutrition is to facilitate a healthy nutrition plan as well as build a strong foundation for long-term health and wellbeing. Essentially, it’s all about healing with whole, natural foods. The best thing about this is that you’re able to craft a specific food plan based on your likes, lifestyle, and allergies. Generally, many people turn to traditional doctors when they’re having digestion, or other related, health issues. However, when you work with a holistic nutritionist, you’ll be able to walk away with a tailored food plan and personal health coach instead of another bottle of medication.

 

Increased Energy and Focus

The more you feed your body foods that aren’t processed, the more you’re fueling your muscles, bones, and organs with healthy nutrients, which gives you more energy. Foods that aren’t altered, stripped, or refined in any way are better for our digestion and overall health. Our bodies recognize these foods as natural and from the Earth and know how to break them down to utilize them for maximum energy and potential. You’ll feel your body become lighter and more energized while your mind becomes clearer and more awake.

 

Strengthens The Body and Heals The Mind

Since you’re feeding your body clean foods, you’ll be giving your immune system a much-needed boost. Not only does this help prevent diseases, but it also plays a role in strengthening your bones and muscles and rejuvenating your heart, liver, stomach, and intestines. Following a holistic nutrition plan also helps heal your mind by enabling you to relieve stress, overcome memory loss, and aid in a variety of other mental conditions.

In our Holistic Nutrition course, students examine the basic nutrients in food including carbohydrates, vitamins, enzymes, fatty acids, and amino acids and how food affects the mind/body connection. Discussions include how food choices impact our health and how the energy of food ingested affects our own energy. Students also explore the process of digestion to gain a better understanding of the breakdown and utilization of our food. A portion of this class includes demonstration, preparation, and the sharing of delicious and healthy recipes that the students can incorporate into their own unique nutrition program.

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.

 

Holistic Massage School Hosts Public Day for Shiatsu Students

Shiatsu Public Day – getting started

As the students of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands) are busy finishing up their semester classes, for many it marks the end of the Program and beginning of a new chapter of life.  In addition to a solid understanding of  Anatomy, Physiology, and hands-on massage therapies, the lessons  learned at Healing Hands, empower students to choose from a multitude of career paths in the Holistic Healing Arts. 

Use the full weight of your body to give massage

During the final weeks of each course, students prepare for mandatory written exams and what the Healing Hands’ Faculty calls “Public Day”.  It requires they perform 1.5 hour massages to two complete strangers.  The massage is given to a public volunteer who is tasked with evaluating the student’s newly acquired skills.  Despite the students initial reservations, they almost always report that Public Day was an experience they truly enjoyed and won’t soon forget.

One of the classes hosting a “Public Day” this January was Shiatsu, taught by Staff Instructor, Harmony Curtiss.  Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shiatsu had been used throughout Asia for thousands of years before gaining popularity in the US.  Designed to improve the flow of qi (energy) in the body, Shiatsu helps restore balance in mind and body while activating the body’s innate healing system.  Rather than fluid strokes, Shiatsu Practitioners will use a variety of compression techniques and manipulations to effect the 12 energetic pathways of the body called “Meridians”.

Learn how to use your whole body!

Shiatsu is performed on a floor mat with the patient dressed in loose work-out clothing so his/her body can be moved and manipulated by the Therapist.   Many students start a Shiatsu massage by “crawling the body” before applying finger and palm pressure along the different Meridians.  Meridians can be found on their patient’s back, neck and shoulders, torso, arms, legs and feet, so it is also a therapeutic full-body massage.

While working, students reflected on Harmony’s pre-event words.  She reinforced that Holistic Health is all about creating a space for the ‘letting-go’ experience that facilitates all healing.  The therapeutic and holistic effects of Shiatsu include:  a reduction in muscle stiffness, anxiety, and stress; improved circulation and range of motion; plus an enhanced sense of well-being. 

Cobra Stretch

A career as a Professional Massage Therapist offers financial independence, a strong job outlook, flexible hours, a variety of work environments and opportunity to make a positive difference. The educational experience offered at Healing Hands exposes one to both Eastern and Western modalities and dozens of Holistic Health practices,  often serving as a catalyst for the students own personal growth, healing, enhanced self-confidence and sense of purpose.  To learn 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.