Holistic Massage School Asks….. Could Sports Massage be the Right Career for YOU?

Did you know….. Healing Hands School of Holistic Health can give you the competitive edge when it comes to a career as a Sports Massage Therapist!   With dozens of advanced sports related classes to offer, Healing Hands receives more job opportunities for Sports Massage Therapists than we have graduates to fill them! 


Traditionally, Sports Massage Therapists provided treatments to athletes on-site before competitions to improve flexibility and afterwards to alleviate tightness.  Today, you’ll find they have expanded into private health care practices, athletic facilities, and sports clinics. In addition to working for sports teams, Sports Massage Therapists today provide therapeutic sports massage to light-exercise enthusiasts as well as competitive athletes. 


A Sports Massage Therapist will need to know techniques to address all four types of Sports Massage:


  • The Pre-event Sports Massage – Given before an event, the pre-event massage is done on the body parts most involved in exertion. The therapist provides short, stimulating massage strokes and therapeutic stretches to warm and ready muscles for action.


  • The Post-event Sports Massage is given after the event to help the athletes body return to normal. Properly done it will reduce post-event stress, muscle tightening, cramping and post-event soreness.


  • The Restorative Sports Massage, given during the training period, facilitates more rigorous training with a reduced chance of injury.


  • The Rehabilitative Sports Massage is given to those with active injuries to alleviate pain and restore optimal health. Restorative techniques like Trigger Point Therapy and MyoFascial Release techniques dissolve muscle knots, relieve referred pain and reduce scar tissue. Sometimes, Structural Integration techniques are taught to correct postural issues and optimize range of motion.


The Benefits of Sports Massage include: increased flexibility, blood flow and lymph circulation. Athletes enjoy a reduction in blood pressure, muscle spasms and pain, and a reduced stress response.  Just as importantly, Sports Massage improves recovery time from sports events, competitions, and workouts. It also facilitates a faster rehabilitation of injured joints, muscles and soft tissues.


Healing Hands offers numerous classes for the serious Sports Massage Therapist. During the 2018/2019 Winter Semester, the Sports-related classes being offered will include:


  • Advanced Circulatory and Sports Massage  – Coming in January to our Escondido campus and Laguna Hills campus in February
  • Cranio-Sacral Therapy – Coming to Escondido in January
  • Principals of Structural Integration – Coming to Laguna Hills in January  
  • Advanced Circulatory and Sports Massage  – Coming to Laguna Hills in February
  • Deep Tissue Manipulation – Coming to Laguna Hills and Kearny Mesa/San Diego in February
  • 10 Sessions of Structural IntegrationComing to Laguna Hills in February
  • Neuromuscular Trigger Point – Coming to Escondido in February
  • MyoFascial Release –Coming to Kearny Mesa/San Diego in February
  • Dynamic Cupping –Coming to Kearny Mesa/San Diego in February


Note: Additional Sports related classes coming in 2019.  Please check out ‘Course Descriptions’ online for more about these and the 80+ classes offered at Healing Hands.


Students interested in pursuing a career as a Professional Sports Massage Therapist must have an excellent understanding of Anatomy and Physiology.  They will also need physical strength, endurance and knowledge of therapeutic stretching and strength-building exercises.  Effective communication skills are also a must as they are essential to a providing a safe, restorative massage.   

Fortunately, everything you need to know to become a successful Sports Massage Therapist, you can learn at Healing Hands!

To find out if a career as a Sports Massage Therapist is right for you,  please visit us on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or, call us to arrange a classroom tour.  In Laguna Hills call (949) 305-2722, or call (760) 746-9364 for Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 for Kearny Mesa/San Diego.



Introduction to Yoga Massage

As we continue to grow our community of healers, we are always looking for new opportunities to expand the education of our students. One of the ways we accomplish this is by adding new courses for our students to take. The wide variety of classes we offer gives students the chance to specialize in the bodywork styles and modalities that best fit their interests.

One of the newest courses we are offering at Healing Hands is Yoga Massage. This type of massage therapy is a combination of yoga and Thai massage. The Yoga Massage course applies guided breathing, stretches, and postures of yoga along with the rhythmic compressions, pulls, and stretches of Thai Massage.


Understanding Yoga Massage

Thai Massage techniques enhance flexibility, energy, posture, and well-being. Yoga postures condition the body and concentrate awareness through muscular contractions and breathing. Yoga usually pits one group of muscles against the other, exerting many times the force of gravity. By combining these two modalities, the massage therapist is able to heal clients through physical touch and mental focus.

In this form of eastern therapy, the massage therapist becomes pure, gentle energy. They are the facilitator of a soft stretch, movement through breathing and the pressure of gravity. Students will learn to combine massage and yoga techniques with gentle joint mobilization as an integrated, adaptive and assisted flow.


Yoga Massage As A Therapist

On completion of the course, students should be able to incorporate, adapt and apply different massage techniques with Yoga. The course includes some massage fundamentals such as draping as well.

The Yoga Massage course teaches students how to be a guide. By assisting through stretches, postures and focused breathing, the massage therapist helps the client move towards a unique state of physical and inner balance attaining whole body awareness.

While there are plenty of massage therapy techniques to be used, Yoga Massage is quite unique. The massage therapist moves with the client to mobilize joints, reduces muscle stiffness, balance hormones, and much more.


Interested in signing up for this class? Our Escondido location will be teaching this course starting December 15th!

Our classes for the Fall are filling up, be sure to sign up quickly. Check here to see what courses are available for registration. 


Attention San Diego Job Seekers – Are You Pursuing a Purpose Driven Life?

Medical Science now confirms with what Massage Therapists have known for centuries, Massage Therapy heals, enhances health and improves lives!  Working as a Professional Massage Therapist offers a sense of purpose and pride that comes from helping others. Considered an in-demand career, an education in the Holistic Healing Arts can prepare you for a variety of employment opportunities. 

Founded over 26 years ago, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (Healing Hands) is Nationally Accredited and approved by the California Massage Therapy Council.  Healing Hands has met rigorous standards to qualify for educational funding on behalf of students who qualify.  These include Federal Student Financial Aid, WIOA, Vocational Rehab, and Veterans & Military Members Educational Benefits.

Whether you are just entering the workforce, seeking a career change, or transitioning from Military service, pursuing a career as a Professional Massage Therapist is a great choice.  In less than 1 year, you’ll learn everything you’ll need to contribute to Humanity in meaningful ways – one massage client at a time!

The unprecedented number of classes Healing Hands offers is just one of the reasons they’ve become the school of choice for aspiring Massage Therapists. Other reasons include an expert faculty, interesting coursework, a safe learning environment, and an unrivaled number of job opportunities!  Most importantly, Healing Hands continues to innovate and expand its curriculum to cover new, emerging modalities and techniques.


At Healing Hands, Students can choose from two Certification Programs. A 600-hour Massage Therapy Program (MT) that’s required for licensure, or the 1,000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program (HHP) that offers a variety of integrative electives. Some students choose the ‘Fast-track’, enrolling in the MT Program so they can get working as soon as possible.  Others invest the year necessary to complete the HHP Program enhancing their value among Employers. Healing Hands also transfer credits from the MT Program to the HHP Program for Graduates who return to take their skills to the next level.

As a Healing Hands student, you’ll be referred to as the ‘Healer’ you are in the process of becoming. Through lecture, demonstration, hands-on practice as well as a variety of intern/externships experiences, Healing Hands students get to fine-tune their craft long before accepting their first client. By the time they Graduate, they’ll be well prepared with the essential knowledge and skills necessary for State Certification and a rewarding career.  

To date, the Healing Hands faculty has prepared more than 7,000 graduates to be competent and caring Massage Therapists and can do the same for YOU! Learn more online 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.