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!
Earn CEUs and Add Prenatal Massage To Your Toolbox
Additional benefits may include increased circulation which may aid in delivering more oxygen and nutrients to the mother and baby, stabilization of hormones which helps relieve anxiety and depression, increased quality of sleep, and a strengthened immune system.
The Healing Arts Center is offering Pranic Healing Training with Pranic Healing®
Instructor Tom Tessereau on May 14 & 15.
Pranic Healing® is based on the principles that the human body has the ability to heal itself and that the healing process is improved by increasing the available life force. With this healing modality practitioners learn to directly manipulate the subtle life force energy known as prana. This pervasive energy surrounds, interpenetrates and sustains the physical body while also affecting our emotions as well as other aspects of life. As it flows through living beings and the universe around them, prana creates a field of energy around the physical body.
In our Level One Pranic Healing® course initiates are familiarized with how to use prana to help treat a wide spectrum of physical, emotional, and mental ailments. Pranic Healing® consists of removing diseased energy from a patient's energy field and replacing it with fresh prana. Pranic Healing® is done without physically touching the patient, therefore training in the art of Pranic Healing® is available to the public and it requires no special license to practice.
Pranic Healing® is an internationally recognized system of natural healing. It has a very long history extending back many centuries. It is known to be user friendly allowing even new students to produce immediate results that contribute to health and well being. Worldwide, people from all walks of life have learned and benefited from Pranic Healing®.
Reflexology Is Open To Non-licensed and Licensed Therapists
Reflexology is an ancient alternative therapy that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands, which correspond to all of the glands, organs, and parts of the body. Pressure can be applied to these specific areas by massage therapists, physical therapists, and chiropractors, among others, with the idea that pressure applied to these areas will stimulate the body to heal itself utilizing natural energetic pathways. Reflexology can work alongside conventional Western medicine to promote healing as well as to increase vitality and improve well-being.
In addition to boosting the body's natural ability to heal itself, a reflexology treatment can also have the benefit of stimulating circulation, reducing stress, promoting relaxation, and reducing pain. Several studies funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health indicate that reflexology may reduce pain and psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and enhance relaxation and sleep. In addition, the same studies also show that reflexology may have benefits in palliative care of cancer patients. This stimulation of the body's natural ability to heal itself promotes active healing in persons with ill health, and can serve as a type of "preventative maintenance" for healthier individuals.
The lymphatic system is sometimes considered part of the circulatory system (often referred to as a "secondary" circulatory system) and a vital part of the immune system, comprising a network of lymphatic vessels that carry a clear fluid called lymph (from Latin lympha meaning water) directionally towards the heart. Lymph is very similar to blood plasma: it contains lymphocytes and other white blood cells. It also contains waste products and debris of cells together with bacteria and protein. Associated organs composed of lymphoid tissue are the sites of lymphocyte production. Lymphocytes are concentrated in the lymph nodes. The spleen and the thymus are also lymphoid organs of the immune system. Collecting everything from dead cells, waste products, bacteria, viruses, inorganic substances, and fats it is similar to a second circulatory system that keeps our bodies clean and defended against infection. Unlike the circulatory system the lymphatic system has no central “pump” to move lymph fluids throughout. Instead it is moved by smooth muscle tissue, breathing, and muscular contractions related to human activity.
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