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 Transformative Course in Sacred Hawaiian Massage

Lomi Lomi bodywork originated in the South Pacific and has been passed down among Hawaiians from generation to generation.  At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (Healing Hands), Instructor Jennifer Peterson teaches Lomi Ka Ala Hoku, a form developed in ancient Temples and delivered only by Kahunas (Master Healers) as a ‘Rite of Passage’ ceremony.  Its intention is for the recipient to develop a strong sense of social and family responsibility and gain an expanded awareness and spiritual empowerment.

When asked about her most recent class, held at the Laguna Hills classroom, Jennifer said “It was a wonderful Hawaiian learning experience full of ‘Aloha’ (which means Love, Peace & Compassion) and I am happy to send another talented group of Lomi Ka’Ala Hoku Therapists out into the world to do their healing!”

Considered a transformational massage and healing system, this therapeutic modality provides a holistic approach to healing by balancing the body-mind and Spirit. ​In this course, Students learn how to deliver the traditional, full-body Lomi Lomi massage.  Jennifer also teaches advanced strokes and unique ways Students can use their hands, palms, knuckles and forearms to apply soft and deep tissue massage.  

The practice of ‘pule’ or ‘prayer-full intention’ is also key to the Lomi Lomi healing experience and something Jennifer highly encourages. Before beginning each massage session, the student is directed to consciously release all prejudice, ego, and judgement of their clients. They are encouraged to turn their attention to their client’s uniqueness, focus on positive attributes, and say a prayer for their health and healing.

Hawaiian music enhances the Lomi Lomi experience as the practitioner attunes the flow of the massage with the music to harmonize energies within the body.  When observing this sacred massage modality, it appears the Practitioner is dancing around the table.  The rhythmic, steady pressure of long, fluid strokes make Lomi Lomi a powerful healing modality with affects that can be felt long after a session. 

The physiological and emotional benefits of Lomi Lomi include but are not limited to:

  • Improving the health of the body’s Systems: lymphatic, immune, circulatory, respiratory and digestive
  • Facilitating deep relaxation and a sense of peace
  • The release of deeply held neuro-muscular tension
  • Speeds the healing process, increases flexibility, boosts energy flow
  • Physically rejuvenating and energizing – boosts mood and outlook
  • Can act as a catalyst to help one release fear, anger, guilt and grief
  • Provides an opportunity to let go negative beliefs, self-criticism and forgive/transcend the effects traumatic experiences
  • Brings clarity and confidence, and increases trust and open-heartedness
  • Creates opportunities for introspection, increased self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-love.
  • Generates an overall sense of joy, empowerment, vitality, balance, and love of life

Jennifer Peterson brings an innate talent for bodywork and nearly twenty years of experience to her position at Healing Hands and teaches at all three classroom locations.  Her next Lomi Lomi class starts on August 4th at the Escondido campus located at 125 West Mission.

In addition to teaching Lomi Lomi,  Ayurvedic Massage, and Aromatherpy for Healing Hands, Jennifer practices massage, body-work and integrative Spa therapies at select high-end Spas in the San Diego area.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from UCLA and received her Holistic Health Practitioner training from Mueller College of Holistic Studies.  For more information on Lomi Lomi or to contact Jennifer directly, e-mail her at: Jennyp8@live.com.

Healing Hands has been serving residents in SoCal for over 26 years.  To date, our top-notch Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers in Massage Therapy and can do the same for you! To find out more about Lomi Lomi, or any of the other 80+ classes offered, please visit us at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 / Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 / Escondido, or (858)0505-1100 / San Diego.