Yoga: Benefits Beyond Your Mat

Most people who are not familiar with yoga assume that it consists of simple meditation and a few poses. But this way of exercise is strenuous, and it requires collaboration from your mind, body, and soul.

We are passionate about giving our students every opportunity to live holistically. Yoga is a great way to relax your mind, strengthen your body, and fill your soul. One way we incorporate yoga is through our Yoga Massage course. This class applies guided breathing, stretches, and postures from Thai Yoga along with the rhythmic compressions, pulls, and stretches of Thai Massage.

 

Discover what you could gain from a regular yoga practice:

 

You Learn The Power Of Your Breath

Of course, any type of exercise will naturally boost your mood as you release endorphins, but yoga brings a different sense of peace to your body. Even through difficult poses, you are trained to breathe through your movement. This type of breathing calms your tense muscles, helping them stretch further and further every time.

Yoga also trains your breathing from the inside out, forcing you to think about the way you breathe. Because breathing is such a mindless act, this is something all yogis must constantly be working at.

 

Mindfulness Stays With You After Your Practice

Yoga demands your full attention. In order to progress, you must give it your complete focus within your body, mind, and soul. One of the main reasons many people practice yoga is because of its ability to tune out the worries of the outside world and truly pay attention to just yourself.

Any experienced yogi will agree that the mindfulness practiced on your mat does not stop there. Prioritizing the present moment helps us recenter ourselves and avoid being overwhelmed by what is surrounding us.

 

Your Intentions Can Align With Life Goals

Before the start of every yoga practice, it is important to set an intention for your practice. Setting an intention is the most powerful way to incorporate yoga into your lifestyle. Doing this brings awareness to the values you wish to manifest both on and off your mat.

When you pay close attention to the intention of your practice, you can use it to help guide the rest of your day. The positive energy that is cultivated during your practice gets carried with you far after the practice has ended.

 

Next time you step on your mat, use the power of yoga to your advantage. Not only is it beneficial to your body, but it heals your soul and trains your mind to become resilient and peaceful.

Our Escondido campus is offering a course in Yoga Massage this Winter Session!

 

By the end of this course, students are able to combine massage and yoga-like stretches with gentle joint mobilization as an integrated, adapted, and assisted flow.

 

The classes run December 15, 17, and 22nd.

 

Mondays 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. and Saturdays 6:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.

 

Register here.

 

How Meditation Can Help You Commit To Your New Year’s Resolution

The start of a new year can bring new changes, challenges, and purpose into your life. It is a great time to start fresh and set new goals for yourself.

 

For many of us, it can be difficult maintaining a resolution after a few weeks into January. One way to stay focused on your future plans is through meditation. Practicing meditation daily brings you peace of mind and allows you to set clear intentions for your future.

 

One of the most compelling abilities we have as human beings is the power to manifest our dreams into action. The strength of the mind allows you to visualize your goals and understand how to make them your reality. When life’s situations and distractions get in the way, meditation helps up stay centered.

 

Regardless of what your resolution may be, meditation can be the most important element into ensuring you reach your goals.

 

Here’s how meditation can help you stay on track:

 

It Creates Space For Self Acceptance

In order for you to achieve anything you desire in life, you not only have to believe in the goal but believe that you can do it yourself. Your goals are individual to you; nobody else can  accomplish them for you. Meditation produces positive intent that with time, allows you to gain self-acceptance.

 

It Helps You Stay Grounded

When you are meditating, you are balancing the energies around you to get rid of feelings of uneasiness. Meditation brings your focus back to what is important at that moment. When you set an intention for your meditation practice, you create an environment full of awareness.

 

It Clears Your Mind

One of the most beneficial aspects of meditation is being able to calm your thoughts and open up space for clarity. When you feel your mind start to wander, let your thoughts pass and refocus on your intention. With practice and experience, these thoughts will not come as often.

 

By choosing to take a few moments of your day to meditate, you are creating a mindset for success that will carry with you outside of your practice.

At Healing Hands, we believe that overall wellness is achieved by balancing the mind, body, and soul. Our class in Spiritual Healing teaches our students how to bring awareness into our energetic system through meditation.

 

We are offering this course in both San Diego and Orange County at our Escondido and Laguna Hills locations this winter session!

Escondido

April 5th – 9th

Fridays & Mondays from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

Laguna Hills

February 4th – March 4th

Mondays from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

Sign up here to enroll.

 

What Meditation Can Do For Your Overall Health

While there are countless ways to promote your health and wellness, people often overlook the importance of meditation. If there is one thing you should be doing daily to remain healthy and happy, it is meditation. The power of your mindset depicts your outlook on life. So why aren’t we trying harder to train our ways of thinking through meditation?

One of our main priorities at Healing Hands is teaching our students how to maintain a balanced and healthy life. An essential piece of this balance is a healthy mind. We teach meditation practices to our students so they can create mindfulness for themselves. Because this type of practice can influence one’s life so heavily in a positive way, they are shown the importance of meditation in their courses and are encouraged to practice outside of the classroom.

We believe meditation has the ability to heal your mind, body, and soul- here are a few reasons how:

Reduce Your Anxiety 

Anxiety is no simple struggle, and everyone experiences it in some manner. It leaves our minds and bodies feeling chaotic, confused, and exhausted. One of the best ways to eliminate this feeling is through meditation. Mindful practices will give you the ability to control your thoughts, even in ways as simple as breathing. By activating and training the area in your brain that regulates your thinking and emotions, the feelings of worry begin to diminish. Let yourself truly live in the moment by meditating to feel your anxiety fade away.

Elevate Your Mood

You may believe the only way to get those “feel-good” chemicals in your body flowing is through exercise, but that’s not the case. Meditation practices increase the levels of serotonin and endorphins in your brain, leaving you feeling happier than you began. It allows you to transform your mindset in order to get rid of those negative emotions, giving you more room for lasting positivity in your life. Once you tune into this way of thinking, you’ll notice your ability to make rational decisions will become easier, and you will be happier.

Gain Self Control

Do you ever feel as if you have no willpower? Meditation might be a good way to retrain that! It activates your anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortex; which are the parts of your brain that are connected to self-control. Disciplining your mental weaknesses requires practice, and meditation is the perfect way to train your brain. Meditating will give you the strength to resist those negative thoughts or temptations you may be facing.

Decrease Your Stress

Meditation lowers the amount of Cortisol- the stress hormone- in your body. If you ever feel that the pressures you are facing are too much to cope with, allow meditation to clear up space in your mind. This will give you the opportunity to prioritize your tasks and calm your nerves. Being able to organize your thoughts through self-reflection practices will bring clarity and peace. If you want to discover more ways to reduce your daily stress, check out this blog post

 

When you begin to put your walls down and let healing energy in, you will notice a positive shift in your mood and thoughts. Meditation is something everyone should incorporate into their lifestyle, and it’s so easy to start! You will be surprised at how just a simple 5-minute practice can enhance your life.

Our Holistic Health Practitioner Program trains students to recognize the connection between the body, mind, and soul through practices such as meditation. Learn more about this program here.  

Newsletter: Summer Session and Successful Students!

We want to share our most recent newsletter from Paula and Neha with our fellow Healers out there regarding the summer session and Healing Hands School!

First off: We are so excited! Our expansion to the city of San Diego is 1 year old, and our school there is growing by the minute!

Check out our Summer 2018 classes!

Most people think of massageas pushing tissue. However, the masters of the craft know we manipulate tissue to help fibers move freely and to help create a softer gel-like state.

 

Here are three:

  • Dynamic Cupping: we learn to use suction to lift and pull tissue.
  • Body Reading: we welcome our guest world-renowned Zen Shiatsu practitioner, author and teacher, Seymour Koblin.
  • Chris Morgan and Harmony Curtiss’ Professional Practices course, we refine and hone our academic information to prepare us for the state board exam in Massage Therapy.

Summer Schedules 

Please see the full schedule of courses.

Our wonderful staff of dedicated instructors continues to inspire and teach the best and most comprehensive massage therapy and holistic health courses in southern California!

This Summer, we congratulate our most recent Holistic Health Practitioner graduates: Daniel Aguirre, Cindy Allbright, Corita Victoria Cazares, Jennifer Chagnon, Cutter Curtiss, Mary Dema-Ala, Alexa Nicole Esqueda, Christina Geno, Susanne Marie Haugen, Karen Holton-Braley, Maya Roche Landa, Jeremiah Layman, Diana Torres Lopez, William MacDonald III, Leslie McClellan, Mihaela Nedejde, Jaclyn Patio Durfee, Ashley Peak, William Pham, Melissa Pulido, Sydney Purvis, Miki Taylor, Mishele Wurth, Hayden Wyndhamsmith, and Gabriel Yanez.

Some of you came to us at our new San Diego location; some came to us from miles away.  

You all came from a myriad of life experiences and backgrounds. You each have had unique challenges to overcome and you each brought your unique healing energy to us. We are honored to have learned and shared with you. We wish you the very best of luck as you pursue your craft of healing the world around us.

In Peace and Healing,

Paula and Neha and all of Us at Healing Hands School

 

 

See how your summer schedule would work with our class sessions right here.

Still have questions? Our team would love to provide you with the answers.  Click here to let us know your nameand which facility you are looking to enroll in, and the appropriate Healing Hands team member will be in touch.  

Holistic Massage School Spotlights The Benefits of Meditation

 “Studies have shown that meditating for just 20 minutes daily is enough to  experience the many benefits Meditation provides” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Laguna Hills (Healing Hands).  “Thanks to new technologies such as MRIs and EEGs, researchers now know that daily meditation creates positive changes in  our physical bodies and brains.  As Holistic Health Advocates and Professional Massage Therapists, we want everyone to understand that daily Meditation is easy, instantly available, and an essential strategy for holistic self-care,” she added.

meditationThe effects of Meditation have been studied so frequently it has become a growing sub-field of neurological research.  New technologies enable Scientists to measure a variety of immediate and long-term benefits.  Research showed that regardless of the Meditation method used, daily can dramatically enhance one’s quality of life.  Meditation facilitates a sense of calm and balance that benefits overall health.  Studies also found that these benefits are cumulative and continue long after your meditation session has ended.

By clearing away the information overload that contributes to daily stress, Meditation increases self-awareness, and helps one gain a new perspective. It also reduces negative emotions, increases patience and tolerance and helps one develop coping skills for dealing with stress. Daily meditation has also been found to boost imagination, creativity, energy and inspiration.

Meditation has been shown to help people manage chronic symptoms and conditions such as: Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression, Headaches, and Asthma.  Research also suggests that regular meditation can positively impact Cancer, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, lower blood pressure and reduce risk factors of Heart disease.

Healing Hands owners, Paula and Neha Curtiss, are considered trail-blazers for Massage and Holistic Health education in SoCal.  They developed the first Massage Therapist Training Program for Community Colleges in the South land before starting Healing Hands more than 26 years ago.  Since then, their top-notch Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 Graduates, for ‘Living Wage’ careers and is still going strong! 

With day, evening and weekend classes offered from classrooms in San Diego, Escondido, and Laguna Hills; 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.

Citations: Time Magazine, American Heart Association, American Psychosomatic Medicine Journal, Journal of International Society of Psycho-neuro Endocrinology