Holistic Massage School, Healing Hands, Commemorates February American Heart Month

Empowerment of Touch“In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued a proclamation declaring February American Heart Month”, said Harmony Morgan, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands).   “It’s intention is to raise awareness of heart disease, which continues to be the leading cause of death worldwide!

As a school of Massage and Holistic Health, we need our students to understand the risk factors for heart disease.  Toward that end, we offer a 100-hour ‘Anatomy for Bodyworkers’ course takes a deep look into the human body. It includes a detailed exploration of the Cardio-vascular and other Systems of the body. Students learn all about their heart, lungs and circulatory systems, including how to keep them healthy.  At Healing Hands students become proactive about their own self-care. As graduates they become  Professional Massage Therapists who advocate for their clients, contributing to a healthier community”, she added.

Heart Disease Statistics:

According to the American Heart Association’s Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics, over 650,000 Americans die from heart disease each year. The most common form is coronary heart disease, where the arteries of the heart can’t deliver enough oxygen-rich blood to the heart. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that someone in the United States has a heart attack every 42 seconds. The financial impact of heart medications, health care services, and lost wages due to heart disease amounts to about $207 billion each year.

How to Protect Yourself from Cardiovascular disease?

  • Meet with your doctor and get to know your numbers. Learn your blood pressure, cholesterol and A1C levels, and take action to keep them in the healthy range.
  • Stop Smoking it’s one of the top 3 cardio-vascular risk factors.
  • Reduce sodium in your diet to lower your blood pressure.
  • Eat Breakfast and maintain a healthy diet with lots of fresh fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and whole grains in your diet. The Heart Association research team found that individuals who do not eat breakfast are far less likely to get enough vitamins and minerals than those who do.
  • Limit sugar intake, it boosts inflammation and can exacerbate many existing health conditions.
  • Keep Diabetes under control with proper monitoring and treatment.
  • Avoid excessive use of Alcohol and/or recreational drugs that may zap nutrients and negatively impact your liver.
  • Move your body! A sedentary lifestyle  has been shown to negatively impact your heart and blood vessels. If you are a desk-bound worker, get up and move a little bit every hour.
  • Target a goal of a minimum of 30 minutes a day of moderate exercise. Brisk walking, for example, can enhance cardio-vascular circulation.  It also lubricates joints, and brings blood, oxygen and nutrients to the bones and muscles.

To learn more about February Heart Month click here.  Want to learn more about Anatomy for Bodyworkers or any of our other 80+ Massage and Holistic Health courses, visit us online at www.HHS.edu. To schedule a tour of our classroom, call us at (949) 305-2722/Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364/Escondido, (858) 505-1100/San Diego (Kearny Mesa).