How Massage Therapy Training Boosts Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence

“Self-confidence and self-esteem aren’t qualities we’re born with” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands)- Laguna Hills.  “The belief that you are good and worthy of respect from others (self-esteem), and a belief in your ability to meet challenges (self-confidence) is an ongoing process. Fortunately, much can be done to change both for the better. Below is a list of concrete ways our Massage Therapy Training Programs help students gain a sense of competence, enhances their self-image and boosts their self-confidence”, she added.   

Promote Health- Be Excellent to Yourself!  As a leader of education in the Holistic Healing Arts, Healing Hands is in the business of advocating for whole health, mind, body and Spirit.  By educating students about Anatomy, Physiology, Massage, and Body-work techniques, Healing Hands’ Instructors empower them to facilitate healing and promote optimal health for themselves and clients.  Through lecture, demonstration, and lots of individual guidance, Healing Hands Instructors help students develop a sense of competency.

Try something New!  Sometimes the familiar path gets a little too comfortable and we can fall into a mindless routine.  Learning a new skill, like Massage Therapy can be invigorating.  Learning massage with a group of like-minded people can make you feel alive and enthusiastic again.  Knowing how to provide immediate therapeutic relief from stress, pain and injury is a skill Students can be proud of.  Massage Therapists experience a a gratifying sense of purpose. Professional pride and a sense of purpose boost self-confidence.

Move Your Body!  The physiological effects of joint movement, muscle exercises, whole-body stretching, Tai Chi and Yoga practice are  beneficial at any age.  Regular workouts boost your sense of well-being. They also contribute to self-esteem as you feel a sense of accomplishment. Students can count on getting plenty of exercise at Healing Hands.  In addition to the full-body work-out they get when giving a massage, all class includes an instructor led, full-body warm-up segment. 

Celebrate All Successes!  Rather than wait to celebrate only big successes, acknowledging small accomplishments can be very satisfying, reaffirming and prepare you for even greater challenges.  At Healing Hands, our Instructors provide the guidance that allows students to master basic skills before progressing to those more challenging.  By encouraging students to build on their successes, students move beyond their comfort zones, gaining confidence in the process. 

Groom Yourself and Dress for Success!  These are two strategies that can instantly, enhance your self-image, boost confidence and brighten your mood.  Taking time to groom yourself and address your personal hygiene is a must for all Massage Therapists in training. Working closely with others, requires conscientious attention to their breath, body-odor, hair-style, nails, and cleanliness/neatness of their clothes and over-all appearance.

Healing Hands has been serving residents in SoCal for over 26 years.  Boasting more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses and two Certification Programs, Healing Hands has prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers. Think you might be interested in becoming a Massage Therapist?  Give us a call  and let us set up a personal tour and discuss this amazing career and the opportunities it can bring!  Learn more about Healing Hands classes and Programs on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, (858) 505-1100 in San Diego. 

 

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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 asks…. When Will Your Career Move Begin?

Working as a Professional Massage Therapist offers students a living wage career that inspires the most positive expertise”, says Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (Healing Hands).  “Our Faculty is proud to have prepared more than 7,000 graduates to do this powerful healing work in our communities”, she added.

Paula has good reason to be proud. She and husband, Neha, have been providing education in the Holistic Healing Arts for more than 30 years! Together, they developed the first Massage Therapy Program for community colleges in SoCal before starting Healing Hands in 1992.  Since then they’ve grown to three locations and offer an unparalleled 80+ Massage and Holistic Health courses. Their vision and advocacy of the Holistic Healing Arts has impacted the lives of so many and is still going strong!

Must-know details about Healing Hands include that it has earned National Accreditation qualifying them to accept Federal Financial Aid, VA, and WIOA educational benefits on behalf of students.  Also, as a school of Holistic Health, Healing Hands’ curriculum goes beyond basic Massage techniques to adjunctive Holistic therapies that give Graduates a competitive edge. Please see the full schedule of courses.

Healing Hands’ Management and Faculty empower students to complete their Program of choice on their own terms.  The school remains open year-round and offers day, evening and weekend courses. Students can attend full or part-time and are given multiple start dates quarterly, ensuring a rapid path to independence.  At Healing Hands students select from two career-oriented Programs.  Both can get them ready for Certification in as little as one year. 

All courses are hands-on and designed so students learn and develop professional interaction and communication skills. Classes like ‘Clinical Practicum’ give students opportunities to reinforce newly acquired skills and boost their self- confidence. 

Whether Graduates choose to work at Spas, Gyms, Hospitals, Physical Therapy Clinics, or Wellness Centers, Healing Hands can help! Over the past 26 years, Graduates have earned a reputation for excellence among area employers. As a result, job placement opportunities, including tuition reimbursement, are in abundance for Healing Hands graduates.

Thinking about a positive career change?  Consider an education in the Holistic Healing Arts offered at Healing Hands and begin YOUR career move NOW! Check out our Summer 2018 classes! Learn more on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9634 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.

Healing Hands is NOT your Average Massage Therapy School … …And Why That’s Great News for Aspiring Massage Professionals!

According to Graduates, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands) isn’t your average school of Massage Therapy, and they’re absolutely right!  Through the years students have characterized Healing Hands as a place where tremendous personal healing, professional growth and spiritual transformation takes place.  Their appreciation of the Staff and Faculty for their heart-centered approach to education is evidenced by the hundreds of graduate-referred students who enroll annually.

“Many of the Students who are drawn to Healing Hands, are Sports and Health enthusiasts attracted initially to information that can help them optimize their own health and performance”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Laguna Hills campus.  It isn’t until they begin gaining the knowledge and skills to positively impact others through therapeutic touch, that they become truly excited about their career potential,” she added.

School Director, Paula Curtiss is passionate about Holistic Health and considered a true trail-blazer for Holistic education.  She and husband Neha created the first Massage Therapist Training Program for Community Colleges in the OC before launching Healing Hands in 1992.  Since then, they have added two Certification Programs and offer more than 80 Massage and related Holistic Health courses. 

Healing Hands Mission Statements includes: “… making an education in the Holistic Healing Arts available to all who seek one”.  Toward that end, Paula worked tirelessly to qualify for ‘National Accreditation’ making the school eligible to receive Federal Funding on behalf of students.  This includes Financial Aid for Students, Veterans,  WIOA clients and those who are Unemployed and qualify for retraining.  

Healing Hands’ 600-hour Massage Therapist Program (MT) delves deeply into Anatomy offering 100 hours of study on just the muscles, bones and body systems alone.  In addition, students receive 50 hours of Business & Professional Practices, 50 hours of clinic work, plus 400 hours of hands-on practice in both Eastern and Western massage modalities.  Healing Hands MT Program empowers students with everything they’ll need to become State certified and embark on their new career as a Professional Massage Therapist.   To date, Healing Hands Faculty has facilitated that reality for more than 7,000 Graduates!

For students whose aspirations go above and beyond attaining State Certification, Healing Hands also offers a 1000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program (HHP).  It allows students access to more than 80 Massage Therapy and related Holistic Health courses. These “elective” classes, are often advanced classes that give students a deeper understanding of our Mind/Body, and how to stimulate their clients’ innate healing system.  These include: Structural Integration, Neuro-Muscular,  Trigger Point, Energy-work, Therapeutic Stretching and dozens more.

Healing Hands wouldn’t be a school of Holistic Health without hundreds of educational hours dedicated to  Herbal Studies and Applications, Holistic Nutrition, and Superfoods.  These important holistic classes are led by Instructor, Shana Lipner-Grover who is a Clinical Herbalist, Field Botanist, and Herbal Medicine Maker, adding volumes to our students’ understanding of Holistic Health.

Many HHP graduates go on to become small business owners who choose to provide massage services from their own homes, via a mobile service, or invest in small offices or Wellness Clinics.  These Graduates often expand their services to include some form of holistic education, (ie: nutrition counseling), or natural remedies (ie: Aromatherapy, Herbal Remedies, Homeopathy).

Whatever your goals, if you are an aspiring Massage Therapist, rest assured that an education at Healing Hands will empower you with valuable knowledge and skills that can be your doorway to independence and a meaningful career you can take anywhere! To learn go more online at www.HealingHands.com or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.