Holistic Massage School Students Share – How Sound Makes Art!

“It’s nearing the end of the Winter Semester at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, which means it’s time for students of our Anatomy for Bodyworkers class to take their finals and give their last, live team presentation” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands – Laguna Hills.  “Our Anatomy class presentations are often the high-light for student practitioners.  It gives them an opportunity to show-case newly acquired knowledge in a creative, fun and interactive way.  In addition to team building, these group presentations provide students with an excellent public speaking opportunity which further develops their self-confidence and professionalism” she added.

This semester’s Anatomy for Bodyworkers class at the Laguna Hills campus, was taught by Staff Instructors Denise Fultz and Shaunna Avila-McClure. Students were separated into five groups and tasked with creating a group presentation on each of the five human senses. 

One of the students’ presentations on ‘Hearing’ incorporated all the basics on how the human ear receives, and processes sound, then introduced an especially interesting pictures and new concepts.  One such concept came from a You-Tube video that demonstrated how vibration and frequency organize matter into geometric forms.

The ‘Resonance Experiment’ as students named it, showed the surface of a speaker topped with fine grains of sand.  As music played through it, its sound resonance vibrates.  As a result, the areas of maximum and minimum displacement are made visible, creating exquisite geometric shapes.  Different patterns emerged depending on the frequency of the sound.

The photos on the left show just a few of the geometric shapes resulting from the vibration and resonance of sound. 

You can learn everything you need to know about Anatomy and the body’s five senses at Healing Hands. Considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health education in Southern California, Healing Hands has a reputation for excellence among Massage Therapist employers in the SoCal area. To date, the school’s top-notch Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 students for successful careers in Massage Therapy and can do the same for you!

To learn more, visit us on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call to schedule a personal tour at any one of our three locations.  Call (949) 305-2722 for Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 for Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 for our San Diego location. Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts, since 1992”. 

 

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Attention Professional Nurses…. Unleash Your Inner Healer! Learn How Massage Therapist Training Boosts Your Value & Earnings!

Are you aware that Therapeutic Massage is a beneficial nursing intervention that has proven to relieve stress, promote relaxation and alleviate muscle pain and emotional anxiety in hospitalized patients?  Have you ever considered adding the nurturing and curative benefits of touch to your healthcare profession?  Are you interested in pursuing new goals for professional development and supplemental income? Do you need continuing educational requirements, (CEUs), to renew your Nursing license? 

If  you answered Yes to any of these questions, then it’s time to learn more about Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands).  Founded in 1992, Healing Hands is considered a trail-blazer for Massage and Holistic Health education in Southern California.  With locations in San Diego, Escondido and Laguna Hills, Healing Hands has successfully prepared more than 7,000 students, dozens of whom were Nursing professionals, for rewarding careers in the Holistic Healing Arts.  Offering more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses plus two Certification Programs, no Massage School offers a better probability of success than Healing Hands

Recognition of Nurse Massage Therapy as a nursing specialty, has boosted massage and body-work therapies into main- stream health care.  In fact, the Department of Labor predicts that the employment rate for Professional Massage Therapists will continue to grow at a rate of 23% (vs. 7% average) through 2023 making it an ‘in-demand’ career.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median annual wage for Massage Therapists was $39,860 in 2016 with the top 10 percent earning upwards of $74,870.  So, whether you learn Massage to enhance your Nursing skills or as a supplemental source of income, Healing Hands can help; It’s been the school of choice for RNs, LPNs, LVNs, CRRNs, and ARNPs for over 26 years!

To understand why Healing Hands is so popular among Nurses, we asked.  Their responses included the fact that all Healing Hands courses are written and delivered by subject matter experts and approved for CEU’s.  The curriculum is unparalleled and includes classes in Herbal Studies, Nutrition and other important holistic therapies you won’t find at other Massage schools.  Another important reason, Healing Hands classes are offered during the day, evening and on weekends to accommodate Nurses schedules. The #1 reason given was Healing Hands reputation.    Nurses knew that Healing Hands Graduates have paved the way with area employers.  They’ve earned a reputation for competence and caring which translates to an abundance of job opportunities for Graduates!

Nurses interested in ‘Unleashing Your Inner Healer’ are invited to meet with Healing Hands friendly admissions team for a private tour of our classroom and introduction to Staff and Faculty.  We are confident you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the unparalleled number of courses to choose from as well as the heart-centered approach to education for which our Instructors are known.  Learn more 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.

Holistic Massage School’s Student Clinic …. An Insiders Experience

Healing Hands Student Massage Clinic is open to the Public by appointment only, 6 days a week, Mondays through Saturdays.  Click here to purchase your coupon and make an appointment online! Anyone over the age of 18 may purchase a coupon to receive two, 1-hour massages for $45. 

As I approach the top of the stairway at the entrance of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands), I announce, “Hello,  my name’s Andrea, I’m here for a Massage in the Student Clinic.  The pretty young woman I’m looking at smiles, walks towards me and extends her hand warmly, “Hello I’m Heidi, I’ll be your Massage Therapist today”, she said.

After shaking hands, she invites me to sit down, reaches for a clipboard with a two-sided form, and politely asks for me to complete the front side.  The form asks for my name and any health conditions I have that may be contraindicated for therapeutic massage. Once completed, she leads me into one of two private Massage Therapy treatment rooms, closes the door and a brief discussion ensues. “Where are you holding tension in your body… are there specific areas of your body you would like me to focus on today….”, Heidi asked.  I relayed my problem areas as she listened carefully, then she excused herself so I could undress and get on the massage table.

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Moments later, I hear a tap at the door and Heidi’s soft voice asking if I’m ready. I reply yes, she enters the room and the lights are dimmed as soft Spa music begins playing.  Heidi arranges and smoothes the sheet and blankets covering me, then starts palpating my shoulders, neck, back, thighs, etc.  I feel her applying soft compressions and stretches across my entire back to loosen things up before taking aim at my right shoulder.

 I can feel Heidi’s pressure adjusting intuitively as it encounters taught muscles, allowing my body a chance to respond to her touch rather than repel it.  I can tell she already has a good understanding of Anatomy as evidenced by her ability to follow a line of tension and feel her way around my body.  Her pace is slow and steady as she methodically moves down my neck and back applying the perfect pressure and following through to the end of each muscle or muscle group. 

About 20 minutes into the massage now, I find my need to chat diminishing as my mind starts to unwind in response to Heidi’s therapeutic touch.  She’s moved on to my legs, and I’m feeling muscle tightness I didn’t know I had.  As I focus on her touch, I become increasingly conscious of all bodily sensations.   The softness of her palms, the release of tension from a specific muscle, the urge to take deep breaths and long exhalations in concert with Heidi’s muscle work…releasing layers and layers of tension, and lulling me into a deep sense of relaxation. 

I’m 40 minutes into the massage now and drifting into that ‘in-between awake and sleep’ state…feeling more relaxed than I have in weeks.  Her steady, rhythmic strokes are releasing tension in my arms and shoulders now…. and I’m feeling a sense of gratitude for her kindness and expertise.  Just when I think it can’t get any better, I feel her soothing the tight muscles in my neck and then those that run across my head.  Wow, I’m always amazed by how much tension my head can hold! 

Ultimately, that dreaded soft touch on the shoulders came… and Heidi leaned over and in a gentle Spa voice informed me …”Well  Andrea, thank you for receiving for me today. I hope I have restored some rejuvenation to your body.  Here is a cup of water before you get up.  Thanks for the valuable feedback. I’ll step out of the room to allow you some privacy while you get dressed and meet you back outside”, she then turned and quietly left the room.

I lay there dazed, feeling all the benefits of relaxation and the release of positive neuro-chemicals in my brain and body.  As I rise from the table I’m feeling completely relaxed, my body feeling lighter, pain-free, nurtured, grateful and happy! Heidi greets me as I leave the Massage Room,  graciously accepts my deluge of verbal appreciation, then  directs me to the desk where the clipboard and questionnaire await. I record my positive feedback on Heidi’s technical and interactive skills and hand Heidi a $20 tip, to underscore my appreciation. 

Healing Hands has been serving residents throughout Southern California for over 25 years.  Boasting more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses plus two Certification Programs, Healing Hands is considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health education in Southern California. To learn more about Healing Hands Student Clinic, classes,  or Programs available at Healing Hands, please visit us 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.

 

Holistic Massage School Supports National Sleep Awareness Week

“Sleep is essential to feeling rested and refreshed, and is an crucial contributor to holistic wellness”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands) – Laguna Hills.  “The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that “insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic conditions and diseases ranging from Obesity and Depression to Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease”. With more than 10% of our population experiencing Insomnia and over 25% falling short of the recommended 7 to 8 hours, we’re happy to educate students about natural, holistic remedies that can make all the difference!  In honor of National Sleep Awareness Week (March 11 to 17) we’re offering the followingWellness Reminder’ for our students, Alumni and our Healing Arts community”, she added.

HOLISTIC STRATEGIES TO GET THE SLEEP YOU NEED! 

Use your body a couple hours before bed

(and Enjoy it’s Many Healthful Benefits)

Move Your Body! –Multiple clinical studies have confirmed what active folks have known for years, people who are physically active during the day fall asleep faster and experience a better quality of sleep than those who remain sedentary.  So, whether you choose a 30 minute nature walk, or a challenging 60minute Aerobics or Zumba class, getting your body moving every day is one of the best ways to ensure a better night’s sleep.  So get out and exercise, daily! 

Reduce Your Intake of Caffeine – Avoid caffeine boosted energy or sports drinks, and coffee especially after 5pm.  Substitute herbal teas such as Siberian Ginseng, Chamomile, Hawthorne, or Passionflower, which are known to help the body relax.

Be comfortable!

Get Comfy – An old, uncomfortable bed or pillow can hinder a good night’s sleep so be sure your mattress isn’t too hard, soft or lumpy, and replace your pillows annually or as soon as they lose their shape.

Treat Your-self to a Therapeutic Massage – After just one hour of massage, the Cortisol (stress) hormones that keep us awake are reduced by 30-40%, while raising Serotonin by 30-40% which supports a better night’s sleep.  Effects of therapeutic massage have also been found to be cumulative, meaning that the more you receive massage, the more it can positively effects your mind/body.

Create a Nurturing Bed-Time Routine – Try sipping a cup of calming Herbal tea while relaxing in a hot bath with Epsom Salt to promote muscle relaxation.

Drink some relaxing tea!

Try Sleep-Friendly Herbs – Natural sleep aids like Valerian and Melatonin are available in most health food stores,  and pharmacies.  Taking 1-2 capsules of the sedative herb, Valerian, plus .3 mg of the sleep-regulating hormone Melatonin, a half hour before bedtime, has been used effectively to improve sleep for centuries.  And of course, always check with your doctor if you are unsure about an herb.

Learn and Use Relaxation Techniques – Bio-feedback, Yoga, Tai Chi and many forms of meditation are helpful in reducing stress and anxiety and promoting a better night’s sleep. 

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been serving residents in SoCal for over 24 years.  With more than 80 Holistic Health courses and two Certification Programs to offer, Healing Hands is considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health education in Southern California.  To date, the school’s top-notch Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 students for successful careers in Massage Therapy and can do the same for you! To find out more about the educational programs or financial aid available at Healing Hands please visit us 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. 

 

Citations:

  1. Andrew Weil, M.D.. DrWeil.com/drw/u/ART02037/sleep-aid
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). Sleep and Sleep Disorders. Retrieved on January 9, 2012 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/sleep/.

Holistic Massage School Hosts TuiNa (Acupressure) Public Day For Massage Enthusiasts

Welcome to Public Day!!!

“At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands), our nationally accredited programs ensure students are given a strong foundation in Anatomy and physiology, plus access to a variety of massage modalities and complementary holistic health courses” said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director.  “Our 100 hour TuiNa (Acupressure) class teaches a massage modality based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. This modality involves stimulation of acupressure points to affect the flow and balance of “chi”, (life energy) through “meridians” or pathways in the body”, she explained. 

 

On February 5th, Healing Hands Escondido campus hosted “TuiNa Public Day”,

Practicing the Tui Na Technique of Rolling

directed by Staff Instructor, Raina Colvin.  Public Day is part of Healing Hands student evaluation process and is mandatory for a passing grade in any massage class.  On TuiNa Public Day, students were required to perform TuiNa massage on several public volunteers tasked with evaluating the student’s therapeutic performance and communication skills. 

In Raina’s class students learned dozens of manipulation techniques to move chi through ill and injured areas of the body where blockages tend to occur. They practiced specific treatments to address chronic pain and disorders of the spine and joints, such as Rotator Cuff problems of the shoulder or Sciatica which can send pain across the hip and down the leg. Through hands-on demonstration and hours of practice, students learned to  master oscillating techniques to increase energy, as well as the traditional compressions and pulls characteristic of Tui Na. Benefits of this traditional modality include:

  • Chair Massage basics


    Increased blood flow thru the body.
  • Reduces muscle stiffness and pain.
  • The warming of stiff muscles, tendons & ligaments which greatly reduce the potential for injury.
  • Increases range of motion and flexibility.
  • Positively impacts the nervous system by reducing stress hormones (Cortisol) and increasing pleasure hormones (Endorphins).
  • Helps speed healing of injured muscles and body tissues.
  • Speeds muscle recovery from over-use.
  • Calms the nervous systems and encourages relaxation.
  • Improves circulation of blood and lymph flow to the massaged area.

 

Raina Colvin – Tui Na Acupressure Instructor

Raina Colvin is a National Board Certified Massage Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner and has been a Staff Instructor for Healing Hands for over 20 years.  A multi-modality Massage Instructor, Raina teaches both Eastern and Western modalities including:  Circulatory Massage, Massage, Tui Na Acupressure, Shiatsu, and Chair Massage. Recognized for her exceptional knowledge, engaging sense of humor and skillful therapeutic body-work, Raina is one of Healing Hands most beloved Instructors.   

To learn more about Healing Hands,  TuiNa (Acupressure) Massage, upcoming Public Days, or any of the 80+ courses offered, please visit us on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.