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We Need to Talk: Sexual Misconduct by Spiritual Practitioners

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 7/8/19 3:00 PM

Usually the SWIHA blog is full of inspiring stories, tips for holistic living and exciting updates about our programs. Today, I want to shift the dialogue a bit and talk about a topic that is emotional for many: violation of boundaries by a practitioner, spiritual leader or advisor.

We believe the way to empower survivors of abuse is through open, honest conversations, so we will be having one today. If you are sensitive to the topic of sexual abuse or harassment, please proceed reading mindfully.

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Topics: healing, Sexual Misconduct, Trauma-Aware, Survivors

Charlotte MacDonald Connects To The Divine Through Written Word

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 7/1/19 3:00 PM

Charlotte MacDonald describes her life before SWIHA as a pile of scattered puzzle pieces which she struggled to fit together.

“Being a queer teen and a missionary forced me to reconcile with my spirituality. As I allowed it to evolve and grow, I sought out a career path that would allow me to feel fulfilled as I left my evangelical roots behind,” says Charlotte.

She went on to discover the Spiritual Studies certificate offered at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and decided to pursue the Mind-Body Wellness Practitioner program. She tells us: “When I got here, I discovered so much more than I bargained for and began sorting through my story and opening to my healing process.”

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Topics: Great Graduates, spiritual Studies, Diploma Program, Creative Writing

Toe Reader Janell Erickson Helps Others Discover Happiness Within

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 6/27/19 3:00 PM

“My life truly is my very own happy place,” Janell Erickson tells us, “I have found healing and health through holistic and inspirational living.”

Janell is a transformational coach, using an array of modalities to facilitate major shifts in the lives of her clients. Her path to SWIHA, however, was full of twists and turns!

“I had a totally different lifestyle,” Janell explains, “I was married, raised two step-sons, lived by the Colorado River, worked as a human resource manager, as well as owned a thriving ice cream truck business and eventually a steakhouse. And then the low tide of life swept in and set me up for the next part of my journey.  I survived an alcoholic husband, bankruptcy and finally divorce.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, Toe Reading, Reflexology, SWIHA Staff

Three Ways To Center Yourself Before Speaking to a Crowd

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 6/24/19 3:00 PM

Maybe you dream of giving your own Ted Talk, motivating others to follow their dreams, or speaking at a professional convention about your area of expertise. There’s one inevitable piece of the puzzle for those with a message to share: public speaking.

The thought strikes fear in to many, and it’s understandable! However, once you become comfortable talking in front of larger groups, you will more easily connect to smaller groups and within your personal relationships. Public speaking will help uncover a deeper part of yourself, making you more authentic and interesting on and off stage.

If you make a point to center yourself before stepping on stage, you may just have the time of your life!

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Topics: Gifts and Graces, Public Speaking, SWIHA Events, Holistic Entrepreneurship, Centering

From the Marines to Massage Therapy: Rudy Frame Follows His Heart

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 6/20/19 3:00 PM

Rudy Frame is a Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher and currently pursuing the 700-hour Western Herbalism program at SWIHA. He’s been a SWIHA student since 2005, when he took a course on Gua Sha while working in a chiropractor's office.

He tells us: “I took a different route of service for six years in the United States Marine Corps, traveled the world and completed a Bachelor’s degree. However, government work was no longer appealing to me. Like a light bulb it hit me: go back to SWIHA and work on my own healing journey from my short time of intense service in the Corps.”

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Topics: Great Graduates, western herbalism, Massage Therapy, yoga, massage therapist, SWIHA Staff

Three Reasons You Should Consider Becoming a Licensed Massage Therapist

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 6/17/19 3:00 PM

Healing arts are more popular than ever, and one of the most accessible (and versatile) modalities is Massage Therapy. In addition to being a relaxing spa experience, it is now widely used in medical settings for pain management, stress reduction, and in conjunction with traditional treatments. Sessions can be both preventative and restorative, which means that no one doesn’t need a massage!

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts began as a humble massage school in Arizona. In honor of those roots, we’ll look at three reasons you’ll absolutely love a career in Massage Therapy:

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Topics: Massage, Massage School, Massage program, massage therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist, Master Massage Practitioner

Naturally Sweet: A Guide to White Sugar Alternatives for Baking

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 6/13/19 3:00 PM

Many health-conscious eaters seek to eliminate most added sugars from their diet. However, sometimes you need a sweet treat! Today, we’ll be looking at substitutes for refined, white sugar and how to use them in baked goods.

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Natural Lifestyle, Conscious Eating, Eating Healthy, Holistic Recipes

Vegan, Gluten-Free Pizza Crust: A Three Ingredient Base To Make Your Own

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 6/10/19 3:00 PM

It’s likely you know someone who’s chosen to follow a gluten-free diet, whether it’s due to Celiac’s disease, a wheat sensitivity or just in an effort to live a little healthier. There are many reasons to consider reducing or removing gluten from your menu, including:

  • Wheat is a common allergy, and a sensitivity to it may go undetected for years.
  • Gluten rapidly converts to glucose in the body, which can spike insulin levels.
  • Wheat has little-to-no nutritional value, due to it’s highly processed nature.
  • Gluten may reduce the production of digestive enzymes needed for nutrient absorption.

Today, we’ll be looking at how to make a universally-loved food gluten-free and vegan: Pizza!

This recipe can be modified in many ways to fulfill any craving. It’ll surely be love at first bite!

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Topics: Holistic Nutrition, Healthy Eating, Vegan, Plant-based Foods, Gluten-free

Stephen Crawford Helps Others Find Their Voice, Literally & Spiritually

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 6/6/19 3:00 PM

“When I forget Spirit he/she taps me on the head, or hammers at me.” Stephen Crawford says with a laugh, “Then I know I need to be reminded that I am a spiritual being having a physical experience. And I get active again in thought, word and deed.”

Stephen Crawford is a man of many talents: He is a Reiki Master, a member of the International Association of Coaches, a Transpersonal Hypnotherapist and a member of The American Board of Hypnotherapy. Stephen is also a graduate of Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, having completed the Reiki, Life Coaching and Hypnotherapy certificates. The list doesn’t end there, however: He’s also a voice coach with forty-seven years of experience!

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What Kind of ‘Water’ Hydrates the Best? Educate Yourself About Popular Options

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 6/3/19 3:00 PM

We’ve all seen the numerous water options available in stores now, touting various health benefits and promising to deliver results with regular consumption. How do they stack up to just plain, old water? And should you shell out the extra cash? Today, we look at some popular options and dive in to the science of their benefits.

Alkaline Water

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Topics: Motivational Monday, Holistic Nutrition, healthy lifestyle, Wellness Education

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