In honor of Veterans Day, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH) attended a job fair organized by Vet Ready, in San Diego. Vet Ready is a non-profit corporation that organizes Resource and Career Fairs designed for personnel leaving the service, as well as Veterans who have already transitioned but are seeking a career change. The event was well-attended by providers of Veterans’ Services as well as local businesses offering job opportunities.
Though HHSHH was the only Massage Therapy school at the event, our booth was among the most popular. Director of Special Funding & VA Certifying Official, Ms. Harmony Curtiss, and Student Intern Larry Miranda, gave free Chair -massage to Veterans and their families. Thanks to the therapeutic body-work being done, we attracted a steady stream of Veterans throughout the day.
While Healing Hands students consistently provide massages to deserving Veterans; that was just one objective for sponsoring this event. Another was to inform Vets of how the Massage Therapy industry has exploded into many new arenas putting Massage Therapists in high demand. We shared a US Department of Labor Statistics report that predicted Massage Therapy jobs will continue to grow at a rate of 19% nation-wide through 2018 (faster than any other industry).
We explained that HHSHH is a nationally accredited school, recognized by the Dept. of Education and authorized to receive VA Benefits (Title ix and Post 9/11) and My CAA (for spouses of Military personnel). We also shared testimony from Veteran Graduates who said our Holistic Health Program not only provided them with an enriching education, it prepared them for a meaningful career and a starting salary of $25 to $40 an hour, all in less than a year!
Due to our school’s on-going Internship Programs at Veterans’ Recuperative Care Centers and with Wounded Warriors, we have another objective for working with our veteran community which we find most rewarding. We are very interested in the study of how and why Massage Therapy seems to reduce several primary symptoms of Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder, PTSD, including: Insomnia, irritability, physical pain, muscle tension, Anxiety and Depression. (For those of you unfamiliar with PTSD, it is a debilitating psychiatric disorder that affects 30 to 50 percent of the men and women who have spent time in a war zone.)
Until now, psychotherapy and medication have been the traditional treatments for PTSD. New technologies, however, are making it possible to measure changes in biochemistry following massage therapy. These include: a decrease in Cortisol levels (stress hormones) which reduce the feelings of hyper-arousal and super-vigilance; and an increase in Serotonin and Dopamine, which increase feelings of well-being, reduce feelings of anxiety and involuntarily contracted muscles that can contribute to pain, reduced range of motion and Insomnia. By Healing Hands School attending the career fair for veterans, we are able to open up dialogue with veterans who may want to learn about the potential of holistic healing for their own lives.
With PTSD numbers are on the rise as more and more troops return home; imagine how rewarding it could be to specialize in Massage for Vets. More than just offering immediate relief, you can help to restore their most basic and fundamental needs of trust, control, safety, self-love, belonging, hope and optimism.
To thank Veterans for their sacrifice and service to our country, HHSHH is offering complimentary, therapeutic massages at either of our School’s Student Massage Clinics from December 16 – January 3. To schedule your massage with a Healing Hands Healer, call Hayley in Laguna Hills (949) 305-2722 or Brandon in Escondido at (760) 746-9364.