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Aid the ‘Root’ of Your Immune System With These 3 Common Ingredients

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 7/17/20 10:25 AM

We all know our body possesses natural defenses against sickness—our immune system, a dynamic and ever-learning mechanism to keep us healthy and fight off infection. However (and especially with the emergence of the novel Corona Virus) you may be looking to boost that ability alongside the other precautionary measures you’re taking. In holistic healing, we believe in addressing the ‘root’ of mind-body-spirit health, so today we’ll be doing exactly that—with three roots that are excellent ways to support your immune health!

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Topics: western herbalism, Recipe of the Week, Recipe, Natural Healing, Holistic health, Plant Medicine, Immune System

Holistic Health Gathering:  Yoga Classes, Local Vendors, and Massage Championship

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 10/21/19 3:00 PM

This Saturday, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts is holding a celebration of Mind, Body and Spirit on the greenbelt next our campuses. This will be the twenty-third year that SWIHA has hosted the Holistic Health Gathering, and will also mark one year at our main campus’ new location! There is no charge to attend and this event is open to the public.

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Topics: Massage, Holistic health, yoga, SWIHA Events, Gathering, Entrepreneurs

30 Inspiring Quotes from SWIHA Graduates Who Began Coaching Businesses

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/31/19 8:00 AM

In January, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts celebrates the art and business of Life Coaching. 

As interest in holistic modalities grow, people from all walks of life are increasingly seeking out this powerful modality to create major positive change in their lives. SWIHA is so proud of the many talented coaches our program has guided! Our graduates work hard to identify their niche and style, cultivate a toolbox of proven techniques, and build a profitable private practice.

Here are thirty of our favorite quotes from SWIHA Life Coaches!

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, holistic entrepreneur, Holistic health, national life coaching month

Get Out Of Your Own Way: Mitch Rustad Helps Others Break Negative Patterns and Find Happiness

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 1/9/19 8:00 AM

Mitch Rustad’s journey to becoming a Life Coach was a natural evolution of his passion for personal development and transformation. After a profound experience helping a close friend navigate a severe life crisis, he was inspired to take his interest a step further and pursue an education at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.

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Topics: Great Graduates, Life Coaching, Holistic wellness, Holistic health, national life coaching month, Positive Thinking

Why Wait for the New Year? Take SWIHA's 12 Days of Wellness Challenge!

Posted by Taylor Jablonowski on 12/13/18 2:00 PM

Many of us have the goal of making wellness a priority in 2019...but why not start today?

The Holiday season is busy with travel, shopping and plenty of get-togethers. We're often giving so much of our energy, that we may not even notice when our reserves are low until we're exhausted, foggy-brained and sometimes even sick. By remembering self-care, you can be more present (no pun intended!) for your loved ones and let the Universe know that we're ready and open to receive the good that's in store for the new year.

We created a 12-day challenge based on some of the programs here at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. If you decide to embark on this journey with us, let us know how it's going by using #SWIHAWellnessChallenge on social media! (Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see posts from our commUNITY!)

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Topics: wellness, Massage, Aesthetics, yoga, Meditation, Reiki, Nutrition, Holistic health, aromatherapy, Holidays, Wellness Challenge

So, You Don't Know Jack about Jackfruit?

Posted by JD Cowdell on 4/2/18 2:00 PM

Odds are that unless you have been eating a plant-based diet for an extended period of time, you have probably never heard of Jackfruit. Don’t worry—you are not alone! The good news is that this multifaceted member of the breadfruit family is becoming increasingly well-loved in American households and can serve as a great alternative to meat if you’re looking to try out vegetarian and vegan-friendly options in your S.O.U.L. foods or holistic nutrition diet!

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Topics: Vegetarian, Holistic Nutrition, Recipe, Holistic health, Vegan, Jackfruit, Alternative Living, Meatless

Encouraging Others to Be Soulistically Happy

Posted by Kerry Burki on 11/11/16 10:13 AM

Kara Schaal had been feeling led to go back to school and she knew she wanted to do something holistic. She just wasn’t sure exactly what path to take. A friend recommended checking out the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA). After researching different programs and talking to one of the guidance counselors, Kara felt that SWIHA was the best fit for her to begin her journey!

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Topics: holistic practitioner, Life Coaching, holistic, Holistic Nutrition, healing, energy healing, Reiki, Holistic wellness, Life Coaching Program, Holistic health, Holistic Program, Soulistically happy

Blessed and Blissed on a Holistic Health Journey: A Survivor’s Story

Posted by Anthony Scarpulla on 10/28/16 8:15 AM

From an early age, Kimberlie Faybik was blessed with the ability to communicate with Spirit in a myriad of forms. She could communicate with an individual’s higher self, their guides, connect with deceased loved ones, and tap into experiences of their past lives. Her journey to Southwest Institute of Healing Arts wasn’t easy, as she battled through Merkel cell carcinoma over seven years ago.

“Multiple surgeries and dozens of radiation treatments later, I was fortunate enough to beat it,” said Kimberlie. “Afterwards, I decided to take a more natural and holistic approach to my health.  I became a Reiki Master, which opened the doors to meet more like-minded people, one of which told me about SWIHA.”

After working in the healthcare field for over twenty years, coupled with her own personal experience as a cancer survivor, Kimberlie knew deep down that there was a better healing environment than the “cold and impersonal” healthcare system that currently exists as the status quo. Regarding the current healthcare system, Kimberlie shared how she felt like “just another patient or just another employee.”

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Topics: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Holistic health, healing arts

Learn Holistic Support for Detoxing Your Body

Posted by Ravynn Rohner on 10/10/16 9:10 AM

One of the most understudied and least understood system of the body is the lymphatic system. Most people recognize the kidneys as the primary organ to filter out toxins for elimination, yet the network of tissues and the lymph fluid itself— which is a white-blood cell, infection-fighting, clear, colorless fluid— is what moves harmful ingredients such as cancer cells or chemicals found in our food, air, and water to the kidneys to excrete. Fascinatingly, the lymph journey runs twice as long as the blood  supply system! The body has between 501-700 lymph nodes, however the spleen is the major organ of the system. 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the spleen is paired with the stomach, and not just for digestion of food, but information and stimulus as well. The spleen becomes weakened by negative thought patterns, over-analyzing, worry, and a lack of nature and silence in our lives.

We weaken the kidneys by weakening the lymphatic system. Without supporting the body in healthy detoxification— meaning, a lack of exercise, eating the SAD diet without holistic nutrition implementation, eating too quickly, and not drinking enough water— we are creating the perfect storm for disease, pain, and illness. Emotionally, repetitive feelings of self-criticism, disappointment, failure, and shame will contribute to nephrological problems.

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Topics: holistic, Holistic health, Detox, Lymphatic System

The Beginner’s Holistic Guide: 3 Tips to Whole Food Nutrition

Posted by Kimberly Weaver on 7/18/16 9:47 AM

Let's start with the “SAD” facts of our Standard American Diet and lifestyle. The effects of the Standard American Diet affect us more as we age. Health studies show that obesity is becoming an epidemic in women over the age of 40. Thirty-five percent of women over 40 are obese (a body mass index of over 30) and 65% are overweight (BMI of 25-29.9). That is alarming! We live in a world of fast (fat food) and packaged (not live) food, and it is considered the norm. One minute we are inundated with commercials for unhealthy food and then the next, we’re being told about weight loss surgery being a lunch time procedure. The mixed messages are making us sick. Over the last five years, I have tried to find a solution for these mixed messages for myself and for other women over 40 who are sick of being sick. I have discovered that holistic nutrition is the solution.

In starting my own health journey, I was like many women and had no idea what my nutrition, or lack thereof, was doing to me. So I found out what is in our food and its effects on our body as we age. In our 20’s, we think we are invincible, and I was the same way. I knew I felt terrible, was sick, and overweight. However, I had no clue that I was poisoning myself with every bite. I know it sounds dramatic and even silly, however it couldn’t be more accurate. I believe strongly in holistic nutrition, shopping organic and local, and walking (moving) instead of a diet. After losing 85 pounds, being very sick, and coming out of it with my Holistic Wellness diploma, there were many things I learned and I'd like to share them with women who feel like they have no way out of their unhealthy lifestyles. I feel I have the “Beginner’s Holistic Guide”.

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Topics: holistic, Holistic Healing, Kimberly Weaver, S.A.D., Holistic wellness, Holistic health

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