How Massage Therapy Training Boosts Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence

“Self-confidence and self-esteem aren’t qualities we’re born with” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands)- Laguna Hills.  “The belief that you are good and worthy of respect from others (self-esteem), and a belief in your ability to meet challenges (self-confidence) is an ongoing process. Fortunately, much can be done to change both for the better. Below is a list of concrete ways our Massage Therapy Training Programs help students gain a sense of competence, enhances their self-image and boosts their self-confidence”, she added.   

Promote Health- Be Excellent to Yourself!  As a leader of education in the Holistic Healing Arts, Healing Hands is in the business of advocating for whole health, mind, body and Spirit.  By educating students about Anatomy, Physiology, Massage, and Body-work techniques, Healing Hands’ Instructors empower them to facilitate healing and promote optimal health for themselves and clients.  Through lecture, demonstration, and lots of individual guidance, Healing Hands Instructors help students develop a sense of competency.

Try something New!  Sometimes the familiar path gets a little too comfortable and we can fall into a mindless routine.  Learning a new skill, like Massage Therapy can be invigorating.  Learning massage with a group of like-minded people can make you feel alive and enthusiastic again.  Knowing how to provide immediate therapeutic relief from stress, pain and injury is a skill Students can be proud of.  Massage Therapists experience a a gratifying sense of purpose. Professional pride and a sense of purpose boost self-confidence.

Move Your Body!  The physiological effects of joint movement, muscle exercises, whole-body stretching, Tai Chi and Yoga practice are  beneficial at any age.  Regular workouts boost your sense of well-being. They also contribute to self-esteem as you feel a sense of accomplishment. Students can count on getting plenty of exercise at Healing Hands.  In addition to the full-body work-out they get when giving a massage, all class includes an instructor led, full-body warm-up segment. 

Celebrate All Successes!  Rather than wait to celebrate only big successes, acknowledging small accomplishments can be very satisfying, reaffirming and prepare you for even greater challenges.  At Healing Hands, our Instructors provide the guidance that allows students to master basic skills before progressing to those more challenging.  By encouraging students to build on their successes, students move beyond their comfort zones, gaining confidence in the process. 

Groom Yourself and Dress for Success!  These are two strategies that can instantly, enhance your self-image, boost confidence and brighten your mood.  Taking time to groom yourself and address your personal hygiene is a must for all Massage Therapists in training. Working closely with others, requires conscientious attention to their breath, body-odor, hair-style, nails, and cleanliness/neatness of their clothes and over-all appearance.

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. Think you might be interested in becoming a Massage Therapist?  Give us a call  and let us set up a personal tour and discuss this amazing career and the opportunities it can bring!  Learn more about 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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Part 2 of 2 – Holistic Massage School Asks,… …Which Massage Therapy Style Resonates with You?

This is a continuation of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health’s recent blog on the three most popular types of massage .  Review each to discover which style of Massage Therapy resonates most with you. (Request more info here.)

Sports Massage – Focuses include: Event Preparation & Recovery, Injury Prevention & Treatment

Sports Massage Therapists help athletes perform their best and recover from injury more quickly   Sports massage is designed to keep the Athlete strong, flexible,  and competition ready!  Techniques  include therapeutic stretching, deep-tissue manipulations and heat, ice, or hydro-therapies. Sports Therapist combine advanced Trigger-point Therapy to release muscle knots, Cross-fiber techniques to reduce scar tissue, and Neuro-muscular manipulations to release ‘entrapped’ nerves. 

Sports Therapists are usually in excellent physical condition themselves as the work they perform can be physically challenging.  Sports Therapists may work as part of a medical team, dedicated to a specific sports team, or in Physical Therapy or Rehab Center. Some operate as Solo-Practitioners working part-time with a variety of Professional, Amateur or Recreational Athletes.

Clinical Massage – Focus on Health and Healing

Clinical work treats the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments and facia) of the body.  It includes myofascial release and trigger point therapies. It may also integrate Swedish massage, stretches, and hydro-therapies.  The goal is to relax connective tissues and muscles, increase strength and restore optimal function. 

Clinical massage is used as a treatment for trauma, injuries and for chronic health conditions.  These include Arthritis, Cancer, Headaches,  Fibromyalgia and more.  Clinical massage usually requires several sessions to stabilize or resolve an issue.  It may involve interactive and advanced techniques to enhance range of motion and ease discomfort.

Approximately 60% of Clinical massage therapists are self-employed and work on clients referred  by a doctor. Others may seek employment at hospitals,  wellness centers, or Sports clinics where Massage is prescribed as part of a Holistic Health Regimen. 

Offering more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses, Healing Hands is a favorite among SoCal Massage Therapist Employers.  No other massage school offers more opportunities for success as a Professional Massage Therapist. Learn more 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.  Healing Hands School of Holistic Health “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts” since 1992”.

Holistic Massage School Suggests Great Gift Ideas for the Special Dad in Your Life!

“Dads can make such a huge difference in our lives” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands).  “They are devoted to our well-being, provide wisdom, guidance and teach us volumes about the world we live in.  To remind the special Dad in your life just how loved and appreciated he is, consider one of these creative gift ideas from Healing Hands”, she added.

Suggestion #1Easy to arrange and inexpensive to purchase, give Dad a gift that’s sure to reduce his stress and enhance his well-being! Healing Hands’ on-site Student Massage Clinic offers two, hour-long massages for only $45.00!  Click here to book an appointment. 

 Suggestion #2Is Dad experiencing an acute or chronic medical condition?  As a school of the Holistic Healing Arts, in addition to educating aspiring Massage Therapists, many individuals interested in Holistic Health also enroll. All Healing Hands classes can be taken ‘a-la-carte’, or as part of a formal Program.  Students can attend full or part-time, during the day, evenings or on weekends. Either Mom or Dad can complete a Circulatory Massage Class in as little as one month and gain the knowledge and skills to deliver therapeutic massage for a life-time! Click here to view Course Descriptions. 

Suggestion # 3Herbal Products prepared by Herbal Instructor, Shana Lipner-Grover are available at all Healing Hands campus bookstores. All products are hand-blended and include Body/Massage Oils, Deoderant, Therapeutic Pain Solutions, Sore Muscle Salves and soothing Lip Balms.  Bookstores are open daily from 9am to 5:30 pm and products range from just $3.23 to $21.55, making them affordable for all Dad’s fans!

Suggestion #4 – Theracane. A versatile and portable massage tool, the Theracane features six massaging trigger-point balls on one strategically angled device. When a Massage Therapy session just isn’t an option, the Theracane is an effective tool one can use on themselves for precision compression therapy on nagging knots and muscle pain. Consistent use helps reduce the risk of future inflammation and injuries. 

Suggestion #5 – Reflexology Hand and Food Chart. A quick-reference guide, this unique, hand-painted chart includes a stand-up design, and displays the orientation of the feet and hands as they would appear during a treatment. Reflexology involves the application of pressure on specific areas of the feet and hands to positively impacts the endocrine, immune, circulatory, respiratory, and neuropeptide systems of the body. 

Serving residents through three regional campuses in Southern California, Healing Hands’ Faculty has successfully prepared more than 7,000 Graduates for rewarding careers and hundreds more who took classes for their own personal growth.  To learn more about Healing Hands and the 80+ Massage and Holistic Health classes offered, go 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.  Click here to let us know your name and which location you’re interested in, and we will be in touch.