After the Certification: Where Massage Therapists Work

You have reached the end of your Massage Therapy Program – so what’s next?

Massage therapists have a large variety of settings in which they can work in. We offer our students diverse classes so they can discover what types of massage they like best.

One of the most important benefits of being a massage therapist is the amount of work environment options available. Massage therapists can work in any niche field of healing of their choice. Every work setting will provide a different experience as the needs of clients differ.

A few types of environments that massage therapists may work in:

 

Fitness Centers

Massage therapists have the ability to work in fitness centers with athletes of every kind. Sports massage therapy techniques treat a variety of clients ranging from the moderately active to the serious, competitive athlete. Therapists use deep, invigorating massage techniques to enhance the performance of athletes at athletic events or prior to weight training.

Spas

The most common places you will find massage therapists are in spas. Although spas seem relaxing for the client, that is not always the case for massage therapists as it can be a fast-paced environment. Working in spas allows for many types of massage techniques to be utilized depending on the client’s needs. Some places will offer set schedules while others are based off an appointment.

Healthcare

The need for massage therapists within healthcare environments is consistently growing. Whether it is in hospitals or rehabilitation centers, patients can heal much quicker through massages. Working in this environment is different than most settings because you are working with a team to treat patients. Self-employment options are limited when working in healthcare.

 

Although there are so many different environments in which a massage therapist can work in, the ultimate goal for all is to heal their clients. Our Massage Therapy Program allows you to choose your classes based off of preference and convenience, so that you can learn and practice the techniques you enjoy most.

Our fall schedule has been released, see what courses we are offering at each of our locations here.

What Massage Is Right For You?

A common misconception is that all massages are similar. For people who are not familiar with massage therapy terminology, it can be difficult to decipher which one is right for you.

Not sure what massage you need? The first step is to assess why you are getting the massage. Whether it is for a specific need or simply for relaxation, it is helpful to understand the differences in massages in order to get the best results for your body.

 

The diversity of courses available in our Massage Therapy Program allows our graduates to work in many different fields such as athletics, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers.

With so many types of massages to offer, we ensure our students are proficient in every course they take by giving them hands-on practice.

 

Here are some common massages we teach our students:

Swedish Massage

Also known as the circulatory massage, this technique is most commonly used throughout wellness facilities. Muscle knots are smoothed out with oils with a variety of different strokes. This movement in the muscles releases toxins and increases the flow of oxygen. This massage promotes relaxation, lowers blood pressure, detoxifies the system, and relieves pain.

 

Hot Stone Massage

This technique is used to promote deep muscle relaxation and relieve stress through heated stones placed on different parts of the body. By warming up the muscles, therapists are able to reach areas of tension more effectively. These stones also increase blood flow throughout the whole body, helping you sleep better at night and boosting your mood.

 

Thai Massage

This ancient practice is not your typical massage. By using techniques from yoga, the body is energized through movement and stretching. Thai massages are utilized to enhance flexibility, balance and increase energy, improve posture, and create a lasting feeling of well being. Our students are trained to find the energy lines within each client to perform a proper 90-minute Thai massage.

 

The type of massage you should receive will depend on your body and mind’s needs. Our main priority at Healing Hands is to provide comfort and promote wellness to our clients. When our students enroll in our Massage Therapy Program, they are required to take 600 hours of course training that prepares them with all of the essential massage modalities.

 

Be sure to check out our Student Clinic, where you can receive two 60-minute massages for the price of one. 

Understanding your Chakras

Here at Healing Hands, we introduce our students to the energetic system of the body and its energy centers, the Chakras. Balancing your own chakras contributes to restoring health to your entire system. We train our students to balance these energy centers through various methods in order to promote a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their clients.

Keeping the Body in Balance

Your lifestyle habits play a significant role in the health and productivity of your chakras. Physical and emotional distress block your chakras. Each chakra center serves a different purpose in your wellbeing. Although each center is different, striving to sync these energies is what will give you balance.

Chakra Centers and What They Mean

 

Crown Chakra

Also known as Sahasrara, this chakra is located on the head and is the pathway to all other chakras. When your crown chakra is balanced, you feel joy and spiritual enlightenment.

Third Eye Chakra

Connected to inspiration and clarity, the Anja chakra links the mind to the body. This chakra is located between the eyebrows and gives you the ability to organize your life.

Throat Chakra

A balanced throat chakra allows you to speak your truth with compassion and purity. This energy center, named Vishuddhi, is for speaking and listening.

Heart Chakra

The Anahata chakra influences our relationships with one another. This chakra holds the most human emotion- having the ability to emit the most loving pieces of our soul but our most cruel as well.

Solar Plexus Chakra

Manipura is known as the powerhouse of the chakras as it contains your physical energy. Confidence is the biggest factor in keeping this chakra balanced. The manners in which you react to inabilities to control certain areas in your life with affect Manipura.

Sacral Chakra

You can find Sacral under your belly button, and this chakra centers around self-respect and creativity. Formally named Svadhishana, having this energy balanced means that you are fulfilling your desires.

Root Chakra

You can find Muladhara at the base of your spine- the root of the human body. This chakra keeps you grounded and centers on the need to survive.  Each energy center provides different needs in our spiritual and physical lifestyle. By taking time to work on each of our chakras, we can experience our lives to the fullest potential.

We train our students to balance their own chakras through methods such as crystals, sound therapy, visualization meditations, color therapy, and hands-on practice. By actively working towards self-awareness and fulfillment, our students learn how to heal others.

To find out how you can sign up for this class at one of our locations, click here.

Holistic Massage School Asks,… …Which Massage Style Resonates with You? (Part 1 of 2)

“Regardless of their chosen specialty, a good Massage Therapist will master a wide-range of modalities to meet the individual needs of their clients”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands).  “That’s why Healing Hands offers over 80 Massage Therapy and related Holistic Health courses.  Our Mission is to ensure that all our students receive a well-rounded, broad range of specialized skills and knowledge in the Holistic Healing Arts”, she added. 

Before any legitimate therapeutic massage, a client should be given a brief intake questionnaire and range-of-motion movement test.  During the assessment, the Practitioner asks questions and searches for dysfunctional anatomy, physiology or movement.  The process helps identify the source of discomfort, pain, stiffness, referred pain, numbness or tingling and allows the Practitioner to discern the best therapeutic approach.

During the massage, the client can expect to have his body draped with a sheet for privacy and extremities manipulated for access.  A conscientious Massage Therapist will encourage open lines of communication throughout the massage, to ensure the client’s comfort and ease.

After the massage, the Therapist may reassess the client’s range of motion to measure improvement.  He or she may prescribe self-care practices the client can do at home and discuss the goals for future massage therapy sessions.

To help first time ‘Massage Experiencers’ select the best massage for their needs, the Faculty at Healing Hands offers the below summary of three popular types of massage and their therapeutic benefits.  Review each to discover which type of Massage Therapy treatment resonates most with you.

Wellness Massage –  Focus on Relaxation and Stress Reduction. 

As new research supports the fact that stress negatively impacts our emotional and physical health, the demand for Massage Therapy continues to grow.  When your mind perceives the world to be threatening, which occurs frequently in today’s demanding and fast-paced world; your body responds with the ‘Fight or Flight’ response.  This response creates tremendous internal tension. Its impact can be evidenced by clenched fists, tightness in the neck, shallow breathing, stomach distress and headaches.  Worse still, chronic stress adversely impacts blood pressure, de-stabilizes blood sugar, and wreaks havoc on our Cardiovascular, Digestive and Immune systems. 

Modalities such as Swedish Massage and Lomi Lomi (Hawaiian) work especially well to reduce this internal tension.  They offer rhythmic, flowing strokes of varying pressure to encourage deep relaxation.  Benefits include a reduction in Cortisol, (stress hormones) and increase in Dopamine, Serotonin (good feeling hormones) which dissipate tension and allow the body’s natural healing to occur. 

Note: Watch for Part 2 of this Blog –  coming soon!

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Holistic Massage School Shares Holistic Wellness Plan for Spring

Spring is a time of new beginnings and a reminder of nature’s awesome beauty and resilience.  This Spring, the faculty at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, is encouraging students to begin anew as well.  Known as trail-blazers for Holistic Health Education in Southern California, they are urging students to experience the benefits of holistic self-care first-hand by adopting a program designed with equal emphasis on the Body, Mind and Spirit.   It offers simple, natural strategies to address different aspects of our lives that affect our health and well-being.

Mental/Emotional

·       Regular, routine sleep schedule (7-8 hrs)

·       Deep breathing to reduce stress

·       Mindfulness practice to relieve anxiety

·       Think like an Optimist, focus on what you want

·       Practice self-compassion & forgiveness

·       Replace negative mind-chatter with thoughts of  possibility

·       Spend time in nature

·       Stress reduction techniques (bio-feedback, yoga, Tai Chi)

·       Time Management to reduce stress

·       Chart your moods for increased self-awareness

·       Feel your feelings (don’t numb them with alcohol or drugs)

·       Heal family of origin issues

·       Work through grief

·       Psychotherapy/Medication as needed

 

 

Physical Self-care

·       Balanced nutrition, healthy eating

·       Watch water intake

·       Routine Medical & Dental Exams

·       Daily exercise (minimum ½ hour)

·       Supplements and herbal remedies

·       Time for beauty & hygiene

·       Acupuncture/Acupressure

·       Breathing Exercises

·       Therapeutic Massage

·       Natural light/time in nature

·       Relaxation

·       Limit caffeine

·       Alcohol in moderation

·       Engage in pleasurable activities

 

 

Social Support

·       Reach out to friends and family regularly

·       Explore opportunities to meet  like-minded people

·       Plan a Girls/Guys night out to re-connect with friends 

·       Draw clear boundaries for how you’re treated 

·       Psychiatrist/therapist/support groups

·       Minister/Rabbi/Life Coach

·       Volunteer work

·       Spend time with pets and animal friends

 

 

Spiritual Connection

·       Daily Meditation or Yoga Practice

·       Prayer

·       Practice Forgiveness

·       Become part of a Spiritual Community

·       Find a sense of purpose

·       Read inspirational texts

·       Surround yourself with people who interact respectfully

·       Practice daily Gratitude sessions

·       Give up being a ‘People Pleaser’, be your authentic self

·       Hold your own well-being sacred 

 

 

 

Work/Career

·       Seek out fulfilling work that provides a sense of purpose

·       Set and achieve professional goals to bolster self-confidence

·       Achieve financial independence to empower yourself

·       Reaching team goals  enhances a sense of community

·       Make a meaningful contribution to others

·       Go beyond your comfort zone to reveal unique skills 

 

 

Creative Self-Expression

·       Seek out and make time for activities you enjoy

·       Draft a “Bucket-List” then achieve your list’s goals.

·       Humor – Laughter is the best medicine

·       Take up a musical instrument or start singing

·       Let yourself dance, free-style or with a partner

·       Write poetry, prose or start a book

·       Practice a Martial Art like: Tai Chi or Karate

·       Learn to Ski, Skateboard or Snowboard

·       Take a class in  Massage, Nutrition,  etc. 

·       Travel to a new destination or foreign land

·       Go camping with friends

·       Try sketching, painting, beading,  or crafting

·       Take a cooking class

.       Try a dance class, Tai chi class, or the “Flow Arts”

 

 

Holistic Health Practitioners strive to restore the innate harmony and balance of the individual through therapeutic massage and education of holistic health practices that not only treat and prevent disease, but enhance a person’s overall health, longevity, personal happiness and vitality as well. Learn more about Healing Hands by going online to: www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call (949) 305-2722 for Laguna Hills, (858) 505-1100 for San Diego or (760) 746-9364 for Escondido.

 

 

Holistic Massage School is… Making Our World a Healthier Place… …One Massage at a Time!”

At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (Healing Hands) our Graduates don’t just become Professional Massage Therapists, they become lifelong Healers and Holistic Health Advocates”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands – Laguna Hills campus.  “What students learn about the body, mind, and holistic therapies will not only serve their clients, it will positively impact their friends and loved ones for years to come.  Through the delivery of Therapeutic Massage, Practitioners can demonstrate the immediate benefits while educating others about the long-term gains of holistic self-care.  It is our Faculty’s intention that Healing Hands Graduates make our world a healthier place, one massage client at a time!”, she added.

So, what exactly is Holistic Health?  According to the American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) “Holistic Health is an ancient approach to healing that considers the whole person, emphasizing the connection of Mind, Body, and Spirit”.  Rather than prescribe drugs to treat symptoms, Holistic Health Practitioners look for the underlying cause.  This includes exploring their clients’ perceptions, beliefs, interpretation of events, response to stressors, habits and lifestyle choices.   By looking at their own posture, behavior and thoughts, clients can become active, empowered partners in the holistic healing process.

Holistic Health is also defined by Practitioners as “more than the absence of disease, it is a state of physical and emotional balance and wellbeing”.  Science has shown us that the body can not heal when it is in the ‘Fight or Flight’ mode. Assisting the client in achieving a state of relaxation is key to affecting positive change.  Many believe the role of the Holistic Massage Therapist / Practitioner is simply to create an environment of trust, safety, and relaxation that enables the clients innate healing system to kick-in.

Holistic Health includes helping clients grasp the reality that both positive and negative thoughts release chemicals that create physical reactions in their bodies.  By understanding the body’s neuro-chemistry, clients are more likely to make healthier choices.  Holistic Health Practitioners also believe that while all healing traditions from around the world offer valuable tools, the optimal treatment involves an integrative, holistic approach.  The Practitioner’s goal is to inspire an expanded awareness that opens their clients up to enhanced self-awareness, self-care, ease, joy and creative self-expression.

Considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health education in SoCal, Healing Hands’ top-notch Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 students for successful careers as Professional Massage Therapists and can do the same for you! To learn more about Healing Hands, the 80+ Massage Therapy and Holistic Health courses offered, please 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.