Holistic Massage School – Fall Schedule Newsletter

Hello Healers,

In Fall’s magnificent abundance, we explore concepts of grace. What it is to be graceful? What it is to be grateful? We ask each student, each healer, at the beginning of every healing session, take a breath. Inhale this exquisite knowledge: by allowing you to practice the craft of massage therapy on their body, your client, your fellow student, your friend, your loved one, has given you the most sublime gift a person can give another. Trust. They trust you. Inhale this trust. When you exhale, exhale gratitude for this most wonderful gift. The gift they give you by allowing you to work with them.

 

When we hear the term ‘by grace of God’, we take that to mean that God is being generous to us. Gracias, graceful, grateful, gracious, is to be appreciative, to be thankful. When a person is graceful, they are at ease. They are pleasant to be with, easy on the eye, at ease in the world.

 

We thank you, the students, the teachers, the staff and all the helpers that make Healing Hands School happen. We thank the core instructors who gracefully blend the very best of inspiration, academics, body awareness, and class room structure. This ensures the students’ experience will accomplish the goal of learning a new skill, while the student simultaneously experiences receiving healing the student is seeking to facilitate in others.

 

Let us also recognize that for students to be in the classroom, our office angels diligently guide the student. From their first contact with Healing Hands, the perspective student is graciously welcomed. Over the next year, we advise on how to schedule their life, how to fund their tuition, how to schedule their family. The office angels help the student feel at ease before they have taken their first class and through out their time with us. How to help if the student gets sick? How to help Veterans receive the benefits they paid into? How to combine funding sources the students are entitled to? One of Healing Hands’ unique qualities is our office angels are, or were, Healing Hands students. We deeply know the students experience and are committed to gracefully guiding the student through the process to accomplish their goal of becoming professional healers.

 

Some of the many Fall courses we are grateful for include two new courses, two offered by a mentor and master, and two that bring us connection to the community around us. Claudia Baben presents ‘Table Thai’ which transfers some of the matt work of Thai Massage, to working on a massage table. Claudia also teaches the new course ‘Yoga Massage’. Learn to apply Yoga positioning and breathing techniques to release tension and open the recipient to greater flexibility and functionality. Talk about graceful! Guest instructor and author, Seymour Koblin, will lead us in Zen Touch and Body Reading.

 

In school Director Paula Curtiss’ Community Service Internship Program, Paula meets with our group of interns each week to guide the internship process.   Students elect to do their Clinical hours with specific population groups in our community. We have student healers working with professional athletes, in the spa industry, with chiropractors, in Sharp Hospitals Integrative Medicine Program, in the Free Integrative Wellness events each Thursday at AltHealthNet. Our student healers work with the most compromised of humanity in several hospice care environments, in skilled nursing facilities, with veterans recuperating from hospitalization, and with people recovering from alcohol and drug use. Paula is proud of the generous nature of student healers and looks forward to working with you.

 

Please join us as we congratulate our most recent Holistic Health Practitioner Graduates. Lauren Blackstone, Justin Cuevas, Jessica Dimarco, Christina Geno, Austin Healy, Marquita Hopkins-Carter, Alex Jenks, Maya Roche Landa, Leslie McClellan, Dominick McGriff-Dunk, Lyric Mendez, Danielle Mitchell, Angeline Pesca, Kelly Shott, and Leila White. You came to Healing Hands from various backgrounds, with some of life most difficult challenges. You have each worked diligently to graduate. We thank you that you choose Healing Hands School, that you trusted us. Your communities, your friends and families, your new work await you healing hands. We wish you the greatest of luck as you go out and heal the world!

 

We wish to deeply thank a long time Healing Hands School ally, Jeff Wise. Jeff and wife, Susan donated 12 brand new massage table to Healing Hands! This will allow us to use the older table at sporting events and keep the new tables protected from the outside environment. Graceful generosity at work. Jeff and Susan, we thank you for most kind and generous gift.

 

In Peace and Healing,

Paula & Neha

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All of Us at Healing Hands

 

 

3 Reasons Pre-Natal Massage is Valuable

Pregnancy is a life-changing event that affects a woman’s physical body in many ways. Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, and relieve muscle aches and joint pain. This bodywork can also improve labor outcomes and newborn health through therapeutic movement.

Benefits of massage for pregnant women:

Decreased Stress and Anxiety

The journey of pregnancy is a beautiful process, but it can also be a stressful time. Especially for a first time mommy-to-be, anxious feelings of uncertainty can be overpowering and affect her health and that of the baby. Receiving massage during pregnancy not only affects the physical body, but the emotional health of the recipient as well. Massage therapy releases endorphins and helps reduce stress levels by soothing the nervous system. Therapeutic bodywork encourages relaxation by increasing levels of serotonin and dopamine, leaving both mom and baby feeling at ease.

 

Pain Relief

Most women experience different levels of pain during their nine months of pregnancy. As the baby grows and the body changes, women can experience discomfort in their muscles and joints. Massage therapy stretches the muscles and decreases the levels of discomfort as it allows for more movement in the body. This is a natural pain-reliever that even carries into labor and delivery.

 

Better Sleep

Sleep is crucial for the health of both mom and baby. Getting the right amount of rest every night before the baby comes is crucial, as many women get less sleep once the baby is born. Pre-natal massage promotes good quality sleep, which strengthens the immune system. This bodywork induces calm feelings, allowing the recipient to rest. Giving the body a break through massage therapy helps moms refocus and develop good sleeping habits.

 

Every pregnancy experience varies, but massage therapy can benefit all. The feelings pregnant women experience may transfer to the baby, so taking care of their physical and mental state will positively affect those nine months of constant change and growth.

 

Want to serve pregnant women in your practice?

Our class, Pre-Natal Massage, focuses on how to work with the rapidly changing female body during the nine months of pregnancy. In this course, students will be given guidelines for positioning the pregnant client, and learn how to address contraindicated areas. Through lecture, demonstration and lots of hands-on practice, students will gain the knowledge to facilitate a completely safe and deeply therapeutic pregnancy massage.

We strive to give our students the education and experience needed to heal any type of client. Explore our variety of courses here

 

 

 

 

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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Healing Hands: A Unique School Experience

Becoming a massage therapist at Healing Hands means more than practicing bodywork and learning anatomy. We strive to make your time with us meaningful as you join our community of healers.

As a student here, you will be supported in every way possible on your journey towards getting your certification.

Our support reaches beyond the classroom and into the personal lives of our students. The holistic compassion each instructor possesses reflects our devotion to each student discovering their potential as professional healers.

CFO and Co-Director, Paula, explains what a student can expect as a result of beginning their journey with us:

“So when you become certified as a Massage Therapist, you go out into the field, and you make a living doing a job you love.”

“Waking up in the morning and thinking ‘I wonder who I’m going to work on today. I wonder if it’s going to be a day where I’m going to have a lot of bad left knees to work on. That pregnant woman I worked on last week- I wonder how she’s feeling today.”

Massage therapists experience something different every time they work. No days are ever the same, which is what makes the career so exciting. By implementing genuine care for each patient, the job holds great meaning and value for each person.

Paula adds, “And you have that care for the job you’re doing, but it’s because you actually care for the people that you’re working on. And that really starts here. It starts by the care that a person coming to Healing Hands who’s just looking at us for the first time- we always want to take care of you.”

By showing compassion to our students, we hope that they can provide that same care for their clients.

“You are our customer; you’re our student –but we’re going to be with you for a year. You’re going to be experiencing what it’s like for fellow students to work on your body, as well as listening to what’s going on in your challenges in your life. Your instructors have many, many years of experience guiding you through what it’s going to be like to be a student here at Healing Hands.”

Healing Hands offers a unique experience for students, a holistic approach to learning.

“And we hope that when you leave the school, you never really leave. You continue to come back.”

Our Healing Hands community does not just include our current students, but also alumni that have been involved as far back as when the school began 20+ years ago.

The support you receive from instructors and peers does not stop when you graduate. We are constantly helping one another by posting job openings and any other opportunities that someone could benefit from. It’s a lifelong relationship that is special to only our school.

 

Learn more information about our Massage Therapy Program here

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 Applauds ‘Food Is Medicine’ Initiative for Californians

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (Healing Hands), commends the efforts of California State Senator, Ben Allen and Assembly members, Richard Bloom and Blanca Rubio”, said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director. “On Friday, May 4, they initiated a pilot Program named: “Food is Medicine” to deliver free meals to Medi-Cal recipients in need of a specific diet to manage their medical condition.  As a school of the Holistic Healing Arts, we’re extremely pleased that California Doctors are now recognizing and prescribing food as Medicine”, she continued. 

The Food is Medicine initiative was based off recent research published by MANNA, a non-profit organization that delivers nourishing food to chronically ill people in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The study revealed that customized meals reduced the number of patient trips to the hospital and the need for long term care after a hospital stay, by 23%.  These meals not only enhanced patient quality of life, they facilitated a major reduction in hospital costs as well. 

Customized meals are being distributed by the Food is Medicine Coalition, comprised of dozens of nutrition service providers, like MANNA.  These providers are dedicated to providing nutritional services to individuals with serious and/or chronic illnesses within their communities.  The Coalition also promotes nutrition education, research on health outcomes, and research on cost of care for individuals receiving medically customized meals.

Medically customized meals are designed by a Registered dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and reflect proven nutritional guidelines for specific medical conditions.  Factors taken into consideration during meal creation include the patient’s illness, medications, allergies and tolerances.  Patients with cancer for example, are instructed to eat high-calorie meals.  Patients with Diabetes, on the other hand, need meals low in sugar and processed carbs.  Individuals suffering from cardiovascular disease require low cholesterol & low sodium diets. Though requirements may differ, one thing’s for sure, what a patient eats has a major impact on their mood, and health outcomes.

The Faculty at Healing Hands believes that while customized nutrition may be key to improving outcomes for those struggling with disease, holistic nutrition is key to preventing it in the first place!  Accordingly, the school offers an exceptionally popular course, ‘Holistic Nutrition, taught by Herbal Medicine and Nutrition Educator, Shana Lipner-Grover. Holistic Nutrition starts August 24th at the Escondido campus (Register by Aug. 10th). In Shana’s class, students examine the basic nutrients in food and how they affect the mind and body. Students are introduced to healthy recipes and develop a customized nutrition plan.  What students learn in ‘Holistic Nutrition’ helps them build a strong foundation for their own and their clients’ long-term health.

A trail-blazer for Massage and Holistic Health education in SoCal, Healing Hands has prepared more than 7,000 Graduates for success as Professional Massage Therapist and Holistic Health Practitioners. Boasting more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health classes, you can learn everything you need to know about the Holistic Healing Arts at Healing Hands.  Check us out online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 946-9364 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego. Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts”, since 1992.

Healing Hands School: Building Careers and Lifelong Relationships

 

We pride ourselves on our dedicated staff, which average many years with our schools. Their passion for massage and holistic healing resonates not only with our team but also with the students that enroll at Healing Hands School. Some of our staff members were our students once upon a time!

We want to share a post with you that Pilar Chandler posted on her Instagram recently.

Chandler posted her Teacher of the Year honor from April 2011 with this note, “Found this today… sweet memories! I taught massage therapy at Healing Hands School for about 10 years! Right before I left on sabbatical, they awarded me teach of the year! I fell in love with the school the day I walked in. I sat down in the classroom and then made it a part of my life for the next decade! It was such a wonderful environment for growth and learning and healing, (I am) forever grateful for my time and experiences there. I found my calling and my voice and so much more!”

We couldn’t have been more touched by Pilar’s words.

Paul Curtiss responded, “Awww, Pilar it was wonderful to teach you, then to watch you become a teacher, and now to think of how many you have touched. Your healing work is an inspiration to all of us!”

Tera Ratinoff then shared her experience, “I finished my Holistic Healing Practitioner over eight years ago, and she’s still my favorite teacher.”

Michal Ettinger also shared her sentiments, “A special school indeed. And you were definitely worth of teacher of the year.”

Jess Dyrenforth, ART, HHP, shared her experiences with Healing Hands School and Pilar Chandler. “You were my sports massage teacher. So grateful to have had the experience, and tap into your vast knowledge.”

The common thing is that we all had a love for holistic healing. What is also important is that we walked away with these lasting friendships.

People come to our school searching for a better way to give back to the universe, and we are fortunate to guide these people through the techniques and to help set them up for a successful and enriching career in massage therapy and holistic healing.

Are you considering a career change? Are you looking to start a new life with a new purpose? We can help.

We help students every day with financial aid options to cover the costs of tuition. Once they’ve completed the coursework, we can help place them with some of the top spas and massage therapy practices in Southern California.

Thank you, Pilar, for celebrating your honor and your passion for what you do.

Do you have stories or memories you’d like to share?   We’d love to hear your experiences.  Tag us on social using the hashtag #healinghandsschool.

If you’d like to learn more about our programs, please contact us.