Holistic Massage School Offers a Live, On-line course: Anatomy for Bodyworkers

Faculty members at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands) share a passion for educating students about the human body. No class demonstrates this better than Healing Hands’ 100-hour Anatomy for Bodyworkers course.  T, functions of the body’s systems, and how it benefits from massage therapies.

In this class Students are lead in a detailed exploration of the body and it’s various Systems. They are taught the individual functions of these Systems and how they work together to serve the whole body. They examine the body’s structure, learning the names and locations of muscles and bones. This greatly increases their fluency with anatomical terms, allowing them to better communicate with the medical community.

Below is a brief description of each System and how they benefit from therapeutic touch.

Explore the Human Body with ‘Anatomy for Bodyworkers’.

The Nervous System: The nervous system is a highly complex network that relays messages from the brain to the rest of the body.  The part of the nervous system which regulates many physiological functions leaves the brain at the base of the skull and runs down the spinal cord.  Millions of nerve endings run throughout the body controlling much of the way it functions.  Depending on the depth of the massage techniques the nerve endings can be stimulated or soothed.

The Muscular System: Massage increases blood flow to our muscles. By allowing the vital nutrients and oxygen to circulate more efficiently, it supports wellness.  Massage is popular because it nourishes and relaxes muscles, improves muscle tone, restores range of motion, and aids in the elimination of waste.  Massage before exercise helps loosen and warm up muscles.  After exercise massage eases soreness, relieves leg cramps, relaxes stiff muscles, increases range of motion, and speeds healing.

The Integumentary System (The Skin!):  Massage helps to exfoliate superficial dead skin cells of the body.  It increases circulation and facilitates cell renewal.  Massage also helps nourish the collagen fibers which give your skin elasticity and strength (tone). Accordingly, facial massage helps fight wrinkles.

Digestive System

Digestive System:  This system is quick to respond to stress.  Something unexpected arises and we experience “knots in our stomachs” as our anxiety level soars.  Fortunately, Massage has a regulating effect on the Digestive System.  In addition to the release of Serotonin, a feel-good hormone, massage reduces Cortisol, the stress hormone.  These hormonal changes along with therapeutic touch help relax tight stomach muscles and intestines.  Massage targeting a client’s Digestive System aids in the assimilation of nutrients and helps reduce symptoms such as flatulence, cramping and constipation.

Circulatory System:  Massage increases the bloods circulation throughout the body.  A strong circulatory system moves an essential supply of nutrients and oxygen through the body.  As important as the air we breathe, a strong Circulatory System is vital for the healthy functioning of our bodies.  Circulation is necessary for the maintenance and repair of every bone, muscle, organ, and tissue in the body.

Lymphatic System:  The lymph system absorbs and eliminates waste within the body.  Unlike blood circulation, which has the heart to pump it around, the lymphatic system is dependent on muscular action to get its work done.  The increase in blood circulation caused by Massage helps accelerate the Lymphatic System.  Massage speeds the flow of lymph, encouraging more effective filtering and elimination of waste throughout the body.  An efficient lymphatic system is correlated with a strong immune system able to fight and heal from infections and disease.

At Healing Hands, you can learn all about the body in our 100-hour Anatomy for Body-workers class.  For more information visit us online at www.hhs.edu. For a classroom tour, call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego/Kearny Mesa.