At graduation on March 16, HAC will honor four outstanding students by inducting them into the school's honor society.
The nominations are in, and four students are recognized for embodying the ideals of the Healing Arts Center.
On March 16th, 2018 the Healing Arts Center will host the Red Robe Ceremony and present graduation certificates to students who have recently completed the school's Massage Therapy Training Program (MTTP).
The inductees for Winter, 2018 are:
The Order of Twin Hearts (OTH) takes its name from the Meditation on Twin Hearts for World Peace originally taught by Pranic Healing Grand Master Choa Kok Sui. Master Choa was one of the most important teachers of HAC Headmaster, Tom Tessereau. Tom was a member of Master Choa's inner circle of disciples and it is the teaching on Twin Hearts that has become the foundation of the spirit of The Healing Arts Center. The Twin Hearts meditation links the crown and heart chakras (the Twin Hearts) to draw down divine energy into a human being to empower compassion and healing on a global level.
No one walks into HAC, not students, clients, faculty or administrators without receiving assistance from at least one of them. The HAC Reception Services Team is friendly, helpful, and hardworking. Whether they are checking clients in and out for appointments in the holistic wellness clinic, answering questions on the phone, or selling students snacks from the store, the Reception Services Team has one mission: be helpful. And they are, every day of the week, every month of the year.
While everyone in the HAC universe has received contribution from these pleasant compassionate people, not everybody knows who our guardian angels are.
Three Weekends A Year, Three Related Topics, One Comprehensive Skill Set
The Healing Arts Center is launching a new series of workshops designed to provide advanced level training in a format that supports the working therapist. The idea behind Pro Tracks is to broaden the therapeutic reach of massage therapists to expand client wellness services so as to reach a larger client base or improve employability at a higher wage rate.
The Healing Arts Center takes the view that massage therapists are underused in the arena of wellness and promoting health in our culture. HAC does not teach pamper massage, but rather focuses its knowledge, experience and skill toward developing the massage therapist as a "first responder" in the quest for health and wellness. For this reason our primary massage therapy training program is directed on pure healing modalities that alleviate stress and anxiety, treats acute and chronic pain at its source and provides the myriad of other benefits that therapeutic massage is known to provide. In fact, "therapy" is the whole point of this healing art.
For Most HAC Students, The Journey Begins and Ends In the Ocean of Reiki Room
Five years ago, The Healing Arts Center relocated from its former location on Big Bend Boulevard in Maplewood to its current location on Manchester Avenue in Warson Woods. At one time the old location had been a house and had a very homey feel to it, but the property owner sold critical parking space to the City of Maplewood and the building could no longer be used as a school. The new location is centrally located and, while not in the most picturesque building ever seen, has two very important features - it is very quiet and there is plenty of parking.
In preparing the space for the school a great deal of purification work had to be done. Flaming salt bowls were lit. Reiki blessings and Pranic Healing purifications were made. The space had last been used by Missouri College before that school moved to the Hanley Road location that closed last year. Now it was time for The Healing Arts Center to make the space its own.
Transformational Breathwork is a Unique Wellness Modality
Human life itself depends on breath. This sounds obvious, and yet most people in modern society do not understand how poor breathing habits impair their health. The modern stationary lifestyle is dominated by the physical act of sitting. When you sit, the range of motion of your diaphragm becomes very limited. This causes you to pull air only into the top of your lung. As a consequence, there is a smaller amount of air contacting a very limited area of the lung tissue that absorbs oxygen.
By contrast, completely filling the lung when you are able to draw a full deep breath with the complete extension of your diaphragm, dramatically increases the amount of oxygen entering the blood stream. Sitting and shallow breathing reduces the amount of available blood oxygen that we can use to cause healthy metabolism, cell repair and reproduction among a long list of other problems. In short, prolonged shallow breathing can lead to a myriad of health chronic health problems.
Buddha In My Facebook Feed Returns Sunday, February 4 With "Breath, Energy Winds & Chakras - In The Age of Quantum Physics"
Free Class To Explore The Connection Between Consciousness and Physicality This Week, Sunday February 4, 2 pm to 4 pm.
Buddha In My Facebook Feed is a free community course offered by The Healing Arts Center and taught by HAC president, Dave Kenyon. The purpose of the course is to examine the Buddhist ontological model in a non-religious light to explore its relevance in the Digital Age. Kenyon, has been a Buddhist practitioner in the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism for nearly twenty-four years and has received teachings and empowerments from a variety of great masters including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Taught Only Once A Year, The Breathwork Master Track Is Back, But Enrollment Is Limited.
Last year, HAC launched a revolution in wellness care by training twenty-four new certified breathworkers in its first-ever Master Track Program. Breathwork has become a staple wellness modality at The Healing Arts Center in both its workshop programming and professional clinic offerings. HAC considers transformational breathwork to be one of the most powerful and accessible healing modalities available anywhere. This is because of the ability of breathwork to completely release the psychological effects of suppressed emotional obscurations such as trauma, sometimes in a single breath session.
HAC has been advocating that massage therapists should consider diversifying their therapeutic training to include modalities that can be delivered in a group setting. Direct one-on-one therapies have a strictly limited earning potential whereas modalities that can be delivered in a one-to-many classroom distribution can greatly enhance the earning potential of a massage therapy, yoga or other holistic practice.
HAC Is Ready To Welcome Its Family Back On January 8 With A Vision Of Wellness For All In The New Year
2017 is in the past (whew) and it is time to hit the reset button to launch 2018. The Winter Session starts on January 8th which means that our "healers in progress" will be returning and approximately twenty-five new students will be joining this very special community. The administrative team has been in the office all this week preparing to make 2018 the best year at HAC ever.
This Week: The Hamstrings and Quadriceps Femoris, The Group of Three and the Group of Four
Dr. Dan Rovin, DC
is a senior faculty member at The Healing Arts Center in St. Louis, Missouri and at Southwest Illinois College in Belleville, Illinois. He teaches anatomy and physiology in the massage therapy program at HAC. He has helped train more licensed massage therapists in the region than probably anyone. "Dr. Dan" , as his students call him, is known for breaking down the hard science of anatomy and physiology into easy to understand, often humorous presentations to make this essential science memorable.
The English-speaking world calls them the "hamstrings". I refer to them as Biceps Femoris and the Semi Sisters. They work against the muscle group most commonly known as the quadriceps. I teach them as Rectus Femoris and the Vastus Brothers. Together they are the seven muscles that are most responsible for the movements of the knee. More importantly (since we stand, walk, run, and jump), they are the seven muscles most responsible for fixating the knee and preventing falling due to knee instability. Let’s break them down.
Tummo is an ancient Buddhist yoga form that produces internal heat within the body that is caused by a combination of specific exercises and meditation processes. It is sometimes referred to as the yoga of “inner heat”, “psychic heat” or “mystic heat”. It is an essential skill for Vajrayana Buddhist practitioners who are seeking to perfect the “completion stage” of Vajrayana practice. Vajrayana tantric practice, generally speaking, involves a “creation stage” wherein the practitioner develops a vision of a deity, or “yidam” and a “completion stage” wherein the visualization of the deity is disassembled to the naked emptiness of natural mind. This seems simple, but it is actually quite challenging and most Vajrayana practitioners practice their entire lives to develop this skill.
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