Holistic Massage School Shares – How To Create a Life Changing Vision Board (Part 2 of 2)


Step Three – Collect Images that inspire and motivate you.

Here’s when it starts getting fun!  You’ll want to explore a variety of different sources for your potential content.  Whatever you choose, make sure the images appeal to you and demand your focus. All words used on your vision board must have a positive, appealing tone, and phrased to reflect present tense, ie: “I enjoy eating healthy, nutritious meals that help me maintain a healthy weight” as opposed to “I will starve myself until I reach my goal weight”. 

Sources may include:

  • Images found on-line via search engines
  • Images shared on Pinterest
  • Topic specific websites or E-magazines
  • Websites for Inspirational Quotes
  • Websites with Positive Affirmations
  • Personal photos, drawings, poems, prayers
  • Print Magazines, newspapers, greeting cards
  • Original affirmations specific to your circumstances

Step Four – Put it all together and Make it Happen!

Keep in mind, this is your Vision Board, so it should reflect your unique personality, preferences and potential.  Let go preconceived limitations and let your Spirit soar!  In addition to the desired end, focus on the process to accomplish your goals.  Above all, keep it positive, inspiring and challenging enough to inspire growth.

Choose colors that reflect the nature and content of your vision board.  Use strong colors like red, yellow and bright green to denote excitement, energy, and achievement. Use soothing colors like light blue, pale pink and soft teals to relay peace, calm and serenity.  Make sure to include plenty of images and inspirational sayings.  Relate them to the specific steps you’ll take to reach your goals.

Look for images that reflect the characteristics you’d like to see in your best Self.  For example, if you’re working on becoming less judgmental, find a picture that symbolizes acceptance of others. If you’d like to feel less fearful, include a picture of a fearless warrior or to feel less anxious, include a photo of a roaring Lion. Find images that are strong, bold and empowering.

Choose images that also reflect your desires, such as a slimmer, healthier, stronger physique. Or a new wardrobe, class in Holistic cooking, a new car, or new career! There is no right or wrong way to create a vision board, so you can’t get it wrong.  And, everyone who takes the time to create one can benefit.  Here’s how….

Benefits of a Vision Board:

  1. Vision Boards help us achieve our goals. They are intended to help you identify and clarify your goals, dreams and aspirations in life. They include the necessary steps to reach our goals, as well as why we are choosing to make them a reality. Knowing what you seek and how to proceed, greatly increases your probability of success.
  2. Vision Boards reconnect us to our inner childhood, like making a list of toys we want for our birthday. They can inspire excitement, creativity and keep us motivated.
  3. Vision Boards can boost our drive and determination. They are a daily reminder that we have a sense of purpose and reason for living and thriving.
  4. Having a vision board helps strengthen our resolve when encountering challenges or obstacles to our goals along the way.
  5. Creating a vision board is an exercise in thinking outside the box. Vision Boards help you move beyond self-imposed limitations and explore your true potential.  You may not think a new home is attainable in your near future, however, a vision board allows you to open yourself to new opportunities that may make your dreams a reality over time.

Founded in 1992, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is considered a trail-blazer in education the Holistic Healing Arts.  To date, the sHealing Hands Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 graduates for successful careers and can do the same for you.  Is a career as a Professional Massage Therapist right for you?  Learn more at www.HealingHandsSchool.com  or call us at: (858) 505-1100 in Kearny Mesa/San Diego, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido and (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.


Achieve Optimal Health in the New Year!

Did you know…..Yoga is a philosophy as a well as a practical science and healthcare system that has been around since ancient times? The word ‘Yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit root word Yuj which means to join. Yoga is a joining of the individual consciousness (Jivatma) with the Universal Consciousness (Paramatma). It includes specific poses combined with breath control and guided meditation.

“Yoga is an exceptional Holistic Health practice that our students at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health are encouraged to engage in daily” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands – Laguna Hills. “Yoga practice, whatever the form, can be used to reduce stress, nurture self-awareness, build muscle strength, increase flexibility, promote relaxation and enhance your overall wellbeing”, she added.

While there are more than 100 different forms of Yoga, most combine strengthening and stretching poses along with deep breathing and guided meditation.  Ashtanga Yoga is just one Yoga style that is physically challenging and extremely therapeutic.  Known as the ‘eight limbs of Yoga’, Ashtanga Yoga addresses all the aspects of the individual.  It is aimed at creating harmony in the internal and external worlds.

The ‘eight limbs of Yoga’ contained within an Ashtanga Yoga practice include:

  1.  Yama helps us harmonize our interactions with our external world. Yama consists in resisting all inclinations toward violence, lying, stealing, sexual activity, and greed.
  2. Niyama helps us maintain self-discipline and control of our internal world. Yamas, are recommended activities and habits for healthy living, spiritual enlightenment and liberated state of existence.  They include 1) Self-Purification; cleanliness, 2) Contentment, delight, happiness, joy.  An experience of acceptance of life, ourselves. 3) self-discipline or any discipline that is willingly and gladly accepted in order to bring about a change of some kind—whether it be improved health, a new habit, better concentration, or a different direction in life. 4) Self Study; an effort to know the Authentic Self (that which shines as the innermost core of your being). 5) A trustful Surrender to God.  Giving ourselves over to a higher purpose.
  3. Asana or yoga poses help us maintaining optimum health of our physical body. Yoga poses can help strengthen muscles, enhance flexibility, massage internal organs and improve our coordination and balance.
  4. Pranayama which includes exercises to control our breath, can improve both our physical as well as mental health.
  5. Pratyahara involves methods to prepare for meditation. Pratyahara is the point where the inner journey begins.
  6. Dharana is the beginning state of all internal visualization techniques. It involves focus and concentration of the mind on an internal object.
  7. Dhyana is when your mind remains focused on the object of meditation for a prolonged period.
  8. Samadhi is when the practitioner goes beyond the sense of individuality when meditating and eventually experiences a oneness with the Cosmic Consciousness.


Learn more about strategies to improve your Holistic Health at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  Founded in 1992, Healing Hands is considered a trail-blazer in education of Massage and the Holistic Healing Arts.  To date, the Healing Hands Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 graduates for successful careers as Massage Therapists and can do the same for YOU!  Find out if a career as a Professional Massage Therapist is right for you. call us at: (858) 505-1100 in Kearny Mesa/San Diego, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido and (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.


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!


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


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