Attention San Diego!!! – Holistic Massage School Offers Priceless Course on Super-foods & Dietary Practices

“With so many different dietary practices to choose from, do you find yourself confused about which is right for you, asked Shana Lipner-Grover, Guest Instructor at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  That question was the inspiration for my 40-hour course titled: Super-foods & Dietary Practices.  In it we review diets based on seasonal availability, geographic location, ethical treatment of animals, cultural backgrounds, environmental concerns and other factors. Students learn all about Super-foods and leave class armed with a variety of easy-to-prepare superfoods recipes to cook for themselves and share with family and clients”, she added.

In Super-foods & Dietary Practices, students also learn how different super foods support our nutritional and energetic needs.   Students explore the many benefits of different Super-foods including those that reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, and stabilize blood sugar.  They learn how foods affect our mental state, energy levels and protect against heart disease and Cancers.  Just as important, students learn how to eat to regulate their metabolism and optimize their weight and health.

Super-foods and Dietary Practices is a 40-hour course that is offered at all three Healing Hands locations.  The upcoming, Summer 2018 class will be held at the San Diego classroom located at 9025 Balboa Avenue Ste. #130.  The Registration deadline is August 20th and classes will be held on Sundays from 9am to 5 pm starting September 2nd and ending on the 30th.   

Shana Lipner-Grover is a clinical herbalist, field botanist, herbal medicine maker and health educator.  A holistic health advocate with a love for teaching, Shana provides hundreds of hours of herbal medicine and nutrition class training to Healing Hands Students.  Classes Shana teaches include: Advanced Herbal Formulations, Herbal Preparations, Herbal Studies & Applications, Superfoods & Dietary Practices and Holistic Nutrition.

When Shana’s not teaching she manages a private clinical practice, field based herbal school, and a high-quality herbal product line called Sage Country Herbs. Shana can also be sighted as a featured Speaker at a variety of Symposiums, Conferences and Institutes of higher learning like CSULA and Bastyr University. To find out more about Shana, visit her online at www.sagecountryherbs.com or e-mail her at: shanalipner@gmail.com.

Founded over 26 years ago and considered a trail-blazer in Holistic Health education, Healing Hands offers over 80 Massage and Holistic Health classes plus two Certification Programs.  To date, we’ve prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers as Massage Therapists and can do the same for you.  To find out if Healing Hands is right for you, please visit us at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.

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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.

Attention Professional and Aspiring Massage Therapists… …Check Out These Exciting New Classes from Healing Hands!!!

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES

Student/Graduates need to pass their licensing state exam [MBLEx] so they may enter the field as a Professional Massage Therapist. Professional Practices enhances students’ testing skills by discussing test anxiety, teaching effective study habits, sharing learning tools, and suggesting testing strategies to prepare Students for optimal performance on the exam.

The course also reviews the benefits and contraindications of massage.  It explores how to communicate compassionately yet firmly with clients.  Ethics, Laws, and appropriate Client/Therapist boundaries pertaining to Massage Therapy sessions will also be covered.  

Business topics this course addresses include: career development, budgeting/money management, Operations, Documentation and security issues. Students review clinical terminology as well as Anatomy, Kinesiology and various Pathologies ensuring their preparedness for the challenging MBLEx exam.

BODY-READING

Body-Reading is based on the Traditional Eastern Yin/Yang and 5 Element Models. This course teaches the Massage Therapist how to initiate a health assessment for their clients.  It focuses on the development of the student’s intuition.  Areas of the body to be ‘read’ include: the face, back, abdomen and body structure.  This modality also looks at clients’ birth dates, mannerisms, attitudes, and hands. 

Body reading facilitates the client’s understanding of themselves and deepens their vitality in health, relationships, and their life’s journey. Physical (food and breathing exercises), Emotional (using feelings for healing) and Spiritual (subconscious healing) methods are all integrated in this course.  Intuitive applications are developed with the various maps presented. The Practitioner’s use of these body reading maps can help guide clients toward the necessary steps to fulfill their greatest potential.

DYNAMIC CUPPING

Dynamic Cupping’s is centuries old, dating back to ancient Egyptian, African and Asian cultures.  It uses suction to increase circulation and soften myo-facial and muscular structures of the body. Traditional Asian cupping uses fire to create the suction.  Other styles use hand held pumps, rubber cups, and silicone cups. The course covers the basics, the benefits, and specific contraindications of this modality. Students learn a dynamic cupping protocol to add to existing body work sessions or use as a stand-alone treatment plan.

The skills learned in Dynamic Cupping include how to apply, remove, and incorporate movement to achieve desired outcomes.  Cupping effectively increases circulation, helps with the breakdown of adhesion and muscle knots, and supports relaxation.

If you’re curious about a career as a Professional Massage Therapist, let us know, we can help! To date we’ve prepared more than 7,000 Graduates for rewarding careers as Professional Massage Therapists and can do the same for you!  Find out more; visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com, or, call us at (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills and (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.   Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts”.

 

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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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Ways To Relieve Your Daily Stress

Every day we are faced with challenges that bring on stress. Too much stress can take a toll on your physical and mental wellbeing. When these pressures become repetitive, we begin to experience some real problems.

 

Our students are trained to understand their client’s stress through assessments and clear communication. Dealing with an extensive amount of tension and worry can cause insomnia, muscle tension, a weakened immune system and more. Mentally, stress increases feelings of depression and anger along with a lack of motivation.

 

While there are so many reasons to be stressing out, we need to learn how to overcome those mental blocks in order to sustain a well-rounded and healthy lifestyle. We can achieve this by making small mindful changes throughout our day.  

 

Begin the day with yourself.

Mornings can be a hassle when you already have a long to-do list in your head the minute you wake up. Before you begin your hectic day, set the tone by taking 5-10 minutes to yourself. Try to think about circumstances in which you are thankful. Practicing gratitude can put your worries into perspective, helping you realize how small they actually are. Incorporating positive thinking will establish your mood and start you off feeling good.

 

De-clutter your space.

Waking up to a messy room affects your mindset more than you may think. Whether you begin in your house or at the office; cleaning the clutter in your physical spaces will help clear the clutter in your mind. Having an organized space to work or relax in gives your brain a break from focusing on too many things at once.

 

Drink water.

Hydration is one of the most important factors in having a healthy lifestyle. Not drinking enough water causes us not to think clearly and makes us feel drained. The amount of daily water intake depends on each person. But generally speaking, women should be drinking around 12 cups a day, while men need about 16 cups. Water will help give you the clarity and energy you need to thrive during your day.

 

Focus on one task at a time.

Many times when we find ourselves stressed out it is because we have too many tasks on our plate and not enough time in the day to complete them. Bring your attention to one need and let everything else go. Once that task is done, you can switch your attention to the next. Worrying about multiple duties at once serves no purpose other than stress. There will always be more to do, don’t let that cloud your mindset.

 

 

By creating small, healthy habits you can include in your life; you will see a noticeable difference in your mentality. Taking the time to practice positive thinking will help you see and feel better. Our Massage Therapy Program educates students on how to relieve stress in ways our clients cannot do on their own. To learn more about this program, click here.

 

 

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”.

“Massage Therapist Training is…. …An Exciting Career Path to Independence!”

Do Friends Say You Have Healing Hands?

 Are you curious about the Holistic Healing Arts? Interested in subjects like Therapeutic Massage, Herbal Preparations, Aromatherapies, Nutrition, or Energy Work? Are you a compassionate person who enjoys working one on one with others? Do you want a living wage career that offers the flexibility to live your life on your terms?

If you answered YES to any of these questions it may be time to…

Explore a Career as a Professional Massage Therapist or Holistic Health Practitioner!

 

Hot Stone Massage Therapy                        Herbal Preparations                      Chakra Balancing with Crystals

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands) offers two academic Programs and over 80 Massage & Holistic Health classes. The school’s Mission is to teach Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork so students not only master the techniques, but gain a deep respect for their bodies and each other in the process. Our Instructors do a great job of inspiring excellence as our graduates are in high-demand among area employers

Enrollment at Healing Hands provides a useful, transformative education and rewarding path to independence for Graduates. The Department of Labor reports that the demand for Professional Massage Therapist eclipses all other professions with job growth expected to continue at 23% through 2023. Starting salaries for Professional Massage Therapists range from $25 to $45 per hour, with solo Practitioners earning upwards of $80,000 annually.

 As a School of ‘Holistic Health’, in addition to learning the basic massage modalities like Swedish, Sports and Deep Tissue, Healing Hands offers classes on ancient holistic practices from around the world!  These include Tui Na from China, Shiatsu from Japan, Ayurvedic Massage from India as well as Herbal Studies, Holistic Nutrition, and Homeopathic Remedies.  See the full list of course descriptions here.

If an education in the Holistic Healing Arts resonates with you, call us for a friendly visit and tour.  We make enrollment easy with three So Cal locations and day, evenings and weekend schedules.  Tuition Plans plus FSA, VA and WIA Benefits/Funding are also available to those who qualify.

Healing Hands has prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers and can do the same for you! Call us and explore your path to independence today! Learn more at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at 760.746.9364 in Escondido, 949.305.2722 in Laguna Hills, and 858.505-1100 in San Diego.  Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts”, since 1992.

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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