Injury Recovery Massage Toolkit - July 21 & 22, 2018
by Terrie Yardley-Nohr, LMT
Massage therapists are faced with clients every day that have been injured in some way and are seeking help from pain and dysfunction. A therapist is faced with figuring out what is wrong and what to do about it. One of the biggest challenges for new therapists in the field is how to address the client’s needs and provide relief. This boils down to two specific skills: assessment and appropriate therapeutic response. Obviously, skills are developed over time and through experience. Additional training, however, can radically accelerate the development of a skill set.
HAC Invites Potential Energy Healers To "Energy Essentials" - A Preview Of The Advanced Energy Medicine Master Track, July 21
The HAC Vision of Wellness: An Energy Healer in Every Household
by Terrie Yardley-Nohr, LMT
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.
body via an electromagnetic field meaning that it is the BEMER signal and not the electromagnetic field that acts as the “agent” that stimulates the circulatory response. BEMER is designed to improve circulation thereby supporting the body’s natural self-regulating processes. Blood is the body’s universal means of transport. Oxygen, nutrients, chemical messengers (e.g., hormones) and immune cells are all transported through our blood. When our body’s cells, tissues and organs are adequately nourished and metabolic waste products are removed, our bodies become healthy and function properly. The optimal regulation of circulation is a prerequisite for ensuring good levels of health and fitness.
BEMER is not a disease-specific application. Its effect on the circulation and the resulting improvements to the supply and removal of substances to/from the body’s cells allows these cells to produce and supply increasing amounts of energy, and therefore carry out their tasks (production) in a more functional manner.
Training In A Spectrum Of Holistic Healing Techniques Can Make All The Difference Between Having A Job As A Wellness Worker And Creating A Wellness Practice
of Myofascial Release, one of the most useful massage modalities for injury recovery, scar rehabilitation and sports recovery. Our students start clinical practice after their first term in school. HAC is nothing if not a “learning by doing” school. Our students will spend the better part of a year working on the public so that when they graduate they are as comfortable with clients as they are with their friends. Like most massage therapists nation-wide, roughly 60% of our graduates will wind up running their own independent wellness practices.
And this is the new gold standard at HAC: comprehensive wellness practice.
In ancient times lomi would go on for hours or even days. Then the Kahuna, a healer, and the recipient would go to the ocean to be restored by the gods. They would drink herbal remedies, be pounded, pinched, rolled, and sleep on the beach wrapped in kapa cloth(a traditional cloth made from pounded bark). The recipient would then be covered in sand and warm stones and watched over all night by their family. In the morning, there would be more ocean therapy and lomi. The process would continue for three to five days. Upon completion of the ritual, the kahuna would consult with the Spirit of the body. If all was in balance, Spirit would speak to one of the Kahunas and the lomi was "pau” (finished). Huge celebrations would ensue, and all the village would come to witness the re-united body and soul. A luau would mark the recipients complete body and spirit reunification. The reunion of body and Spirit would affect the entire village. One person’s healing was a healing for the entire tribe!
HAC Takes The Plunge Into Combining Breath With Bodywork To Build A Better Wellness Professional
The excitement was palpable at The Healing Arts Center on Thursday, March 16 as one-by-one all twenty-five students took their places in an very large meditation circle. The River Room was packed. Some students had just graduated from HAC's massage therapy training program the week before. One had graduated from The Healing Arts Center in 1997. Some had trained in massage therapy in other schools, while several were not massage therapists at all. As one HAC graduate put it, "you might come to The Healing Arts Center's massage therapy program for vocational training so that you can get a job, but you come to this class because want to go as deep as you can. This class is for the committed." And so it is. Twenty weeks. 100 hours of instruction in a breath process that changes lives and blows consciousness wide open.
For HAC headmaster, Tom Tessereau, this is the culmination of decades of training with some of the pioneers of breathwork like Judith Kravitz. Tom is an avid practitioner of breathwork and considers it to be his most important health practice. In his career, he has taught thousands how to release emotional trauma and gain deep personal insight into parts of consciousness not easily accessible even for accomplished meditators. The health effects are outstanding. As Tom likes to say, "no one ever died from breathing to much." Basic Transformational Breathwork is a required subject in the Advanced Techniques course, part of HAC's legendary massage therapy program.
This quest was the driving desire of Lawrence Woods, the developer of Neural reset Therapy®, (NRT). That is, how could we as therapists cause less pain to our patients and ourselves while achieving even better results? If you do clinical type therapy such as pain reduction (hopefully elimination), recovery from injuries or surgeries, performance enhancement, structural balancing and alignment, etc., or want to, it is only natural that you are always searching for a better way to achieve your treatment goals. Lawrence invested years and thousands of dollars to find a better way and that way is NRT.
As a therapists, for over 30 years, I have studied and used a variety of methods. The first big game changer in my career was Neuromuscular Therapy, St John Method, (NMT.) The second was Active Isolated Stretching, Mattes Method (AIS.). The third was Russian Sports Massage, Kurashova Method. While I have studied many variations on several themes, nothing really new had come along for 20 years. When I was introduced to NRT I was so blown away (and it takes a lot to impress me) that I told Lawrence, “You gotta bottle this.” He did and I became the first instructor to teach NRT (other than Lawrence himself.) I am honored and excited to bring NRT to St Louis at the Healing Arts Center in 2017.
NRT is 100% based in science - anatomy-kinesiology, physiology, and neurology. NRT applies a gentle but confusing stimulus to the nervous system causing it to correct the tonus of a specific muscle, the “Target muscle.” A novel utilization of Sherrington’s Law of Reciprocal Inhibition and Pfleuger’s Law of Symetry, NRT is actually changing the patterns in the Body Maps of the brain, creating rapid changes, almost instant reduction of pain, and results that last, usually much longer, than any other soft tissue therapy.
The Neural Reset Therapy® (NRT) seminars are being received extremely well by all professions. MD’s. DC’s. PT’s. OT’s, Acupuncturists, and of course Massage Therapists have come from as far away as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Kuwait, Mexico, and the UK and have traveled back to take the second and third courses.
The Healing Arts Center's upcoming hot stone course on June 4 & 5 includes hot stones, meridian work, Himalayan salt stones, and more!
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