The Healing Arts Center bids a fond and loving farewell to Rocela Ginther as she becomes the Assistant Director of MBA Recruitment at the Olin School of Business at Washington University.
Over the past three years, no one has entered the student body at The Healing Arts Center without the help and encouragement of Rocela Ginther. Not only has she been part of a management team that has increased enrollment at HAC by nearly 31% since 2014, she has greeted prospective students with openness and ease, allowing them to find an educational path that fits them. The Healing Arts Center does not "sell" its education. Because its unique and highly transformative program requires students to be ready and willing to learn and change, it is important that students find and choose HAC rather than the other way around. The school has a long standing policy of refraining from talking prospective students into enrollment. Rocela is well known among our students for giving them the space and the encouragement that they needed to choose and begin a life-changing journey.
Needless to say, finding someone to fill Rocela's shoes could have been a daunting task, but it just so happened that the perfect candidate already worked for the school. Brittney Atkinson has a bachelor's degree in psychology and is a graduate of The Healing Arts Center's Massage Therapy Training Program and Advanced Energy Medicine Master Track. As a student, she was inducted into the Order of Twin Hearts, HAC's honor society. She is a licensed massage therapist who is also a member of the clinical staff at HAC's Professional Wellness Clinic. Needless to say, she is passionate about massage therapy as a healing modality and about HAC as a source of transformational education.
Brittney brings the same friendly and encouraging mindset to the Admissions Office as Rocela Ginther did. Rocela has pointed out that Brittney has a significant advantage over her in the admissions role in that she has not only been through the program, but has flourished into exactly the type of graduate that HAC hopes to produce. This in-depth, deeply personal knowledge of HAC culture and educational principles will undoubtedly be a great benefit to prospective students who are looking for more than just a technically sound education.
As our hundreds of graduates know, HAC is not a vocational school and does not teach in a vocational school format. The Healing Arts Center emphasizes a model of wellness that starts with consciousness first. This means that it is impossible to bring wellness to a muscle or any other tissue without treating the whole being. At HAC, our emphasis is healing and while our education works exceedingly well in the spa industry, it is designed to cause and be mentally, physically and spiritually restorative so as to bring a client to a sense of wholeness in their experience of themselves.
At The Healing Arts Center, all of the holistic modalities that are taught are based on one very important principle: only the body can heal itself. The same can be said for the mind. In other words, a human being is designed with the capacity to restore itself to wholeness and health. Medicines, surgery and other treatments for injury and disease merely facilitate the body's own healing power. A surgeon can suture a laceration together, but the sutures only facilitate the tissues as they heal themselves. It is the inherent power of the human mind and body to restore itself that is the one and only true source of healing.
Healing, in this sense, requires a special kind of person to act as a healer. A healer, in the first place, must be motivated by compassion because compassion by itself possesses an essential restorative power. A healer must be clear-minded and focused so as to avoid bringing one's own negativity to bear on the person who is receiving care. Thirdly, a healer must be knowledgeable in the many ways by which the body and mind can be encouraged to heal themselves. While anyone of an open mind and heart can learn to do this, it is only those who are willing will step onto the path who enroll in this program. It is this sense of willingness that HAC is looking for.
For this reason, HAC engages prospective students with encouragement to find their path, wherever that might be, rather than sell them on the HAC transformational process. Transformation can only occur in an open mind that is ready to learn. The people who seek admission into the school, typically find us after having a friend who has attended HAC share their own transformational experience. Some find us through the internet and our message presented on our website and Facebook page speaks to them. In this way, it is the spirit of HAC that draws like-minded beings to the school and it helps the school ensure that the student is ready for a life-altering educational experience.
In a sick world, there are countless people looking for healing, looking for wholeness and looking to create wholeness in the world around them. If they are ready to get serious about causing health and wellness, HAC will resonate with them and they will stop by to find out more. And when they do, they will meet Brittney Atkinson and the other members of HAC's Core Management Group and they will be encouraged, assisted and nurtured because that is what this school is about.