Southwest Institute of Healing Arts1100 E. Apache Blvd.
Tempe, Online & On-Campus, AZ 85281
Come learn to touch lives, heal bodies and free souls at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA). We are a State Licensed private college for Holistic Health Care Careers and accredited by Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). We are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to offer Title IV Funding to those who qualify.
Our mission is to help individuals discover their gifts and graces, and support them in taking their skills and talents out into the world in a loving and profitable way. SWIHA embraces individual, community and global healing, and teaches how to "Touch Lives, Heal Bodies & Free Souls."
Degrees Offered: Associate Degree in Holistic Healthcare
Certificates of Excellence and Primary Specialties Offered
Programs ~ Degrees and Diplomas
Advanced Bodywork Practitioner - 600 Hours
The Advanced Bodywork Practitioner program is designed for the individual who is interested in energetic CLOTHED bodywork modalities. The student is able to choose a combination of course studies from a variety of energy-based bodywork systems. The consciousness of energy together with bodywork allows the practitioner to touch the mind, body, and spirit, and promote a greater sense of well-being.
Massage Therapy - 750 or 1000 Hour Professional Massage Practitioner Programs
We are not just another massage school. We are a conscious college-community offering more choices than any other institution in the country. We graduate exceptional massage therapists, who are also gifted healers and entrepreneurs. SWIHA teaches over 20 massage modalities, and our flexible program allows students to select one or two areas of specialization including Therapeutic Massage, Reflexology, Polarity, Reiki and Shiatsu. We are one of the only schools in the country to offer dual-licensing in both massage and natural aesthetics.
Mind Body Wellness Practitioner - 600 Hours On-Campus and Online options available
Wellness is a state of balance and harmony with ourselves and with all of Life. As you become more and more aware of the interconnectedness of body, mind and spirit within your own being, the next natural progression is to become more and more aware of the interconnectedness of all humans and all forms of life. The result –people are feeling a deep inner calling to help make a positive difference in the wellness of others.
The 600-hour Mind-Body Wellness Practitioner diploma program contains an exciting and comprehensive core designed to build knowledge and skill in both the practical and business aspects of your new career:
Mind-Body Wellness Core: Includes introductory level classes in nutrition, aromatherapy, toe reading/soul coaching, and more. In addition, earn your Life Coaching and Hypnotherapy certificates.
Entrepreneur Core: Includes classes in business development, entrepreneurial support, public speaking, writing for publication, and more.
Spa Management and Leadership – 60 Hours
This Degree Program is designed for current spa owners, directors, practitioners, spa employees needing management training, business professionals and entrepreneurs entering the spa industry. Manufacturers and developers of products for the spa industry, wellness and fitness professionals seeking to expand their understanding of the industry and representatives from business, hospitality, and tourism could also benefit from this program. It prepares students for success in the spa and hospitality industry. Students gain specific business and management skills needed for successful day-to-day spa operations, combined with long-range strategies necessary for sustained growth and profitability, employee retention and customer loyalty. Courses cover management, operations, finance, human resources, marketing, products, and customer service.
Western Herbalism - 700 Hour
Western Herbalism Diploma Program or Associate's Degree in Holistic Nutrition & Herbalism
Experience every aspect of plant medicine from seed to sale. The Western Herbalism program emphasizes our spiritual and energetic connection to plants as well as providing a science-based foundation. This hands-on one- or two-year course of study gives the student, skills and experience needed to become a professional herbalist. Choose the diploma program or combine with Holistic Nutrition for an Associate's Degree.
Yoga Teacher Training
The Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) programs offered at SWIHA are designed to support those who wish to deepen their personal spiritual connection while mastering the principles and practice of yoga. Blending the highest intentions of Eastern & Western philosophy and practice, our life-changing and career-elevating programs guide students through a deep exploration of the roots, practice, and development of yoga as a path to self-realization.
Our Yoga Teacher Training program and curriculum are unlike any other in the country! We are one of the very few nationally accredited schools that offers students the option of taking a YTT program independently OR alongside a larger holistic-centered program like Massage Therapy. Our students may be eligible for *Federal financial aid for Yoga-integrated programs and both our 600 & 760 hour YTT diploma programs.
All of our diploma programs, including the 200, 600, and 760 hour Yoga Teacher Training, allow successful graduates to become registered as Yoga teachers through the internationally-recognized Yoga Alliance® Organization.
~ Certificates of Excellence and Primary Specialties Offered ~
On-Campus and Online options available
Learn the actions and appropriate applications of essential oils, fragrances and scents. Understand the various methods of extraction, the difference between true and synthetic substances and how to blend and determine correct selections for desired outcomes.
Cranial unwinding honors the body's own innate healing ability. Subtle, palpatory skills are used to get into harmony, resonance and rapport with the client, while maintaining healthy boundaries. The idea is to develop a relationship that is completely non-invasive and client centered. This grounded, therapeutic modality is perfect for the individual who seeks to connect and harmonize the fluid nature of the body on both the physical and emotional levels.
Holistic Nutrition Specialist
On-Campus and Online options available
The Holistic Nutrition Specialist program covers the basics of human nutrition, dietary therapies, obesity and eating disorders, and a survey of contemporary dietary practices including alternative theories for body detoxification. This certificate prepares you to assist individuals with healthy eating practices, including recommendations for weight management and preventative health.
On-Campus and Online options available
Transpersonal Hypnotherapy bridges the mind, body and spirit. The SWIHA program embraces clinical, spiritual and metaphysical aspects of hypnosis, as well as therapeutic intervention. Take Hypnotherapy as a stand-alone program, or choose it as a specialization within one of the Associate's of Occupational Studies Degrees. Hypnotherapy is officially recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a therapeutic model for healing. Completion qualifies you for certification with the American Board of Hypnotherapy.
On-Campus and Online options available
Life Coaching is an exciting new profession that helps clients discover and achieve their dreams. People need support to survive and thrive in times of transition. Life Coaches support and encourage as they work with the client to create a specific plan to achieve desired results. A great Life Coach is someone who can elicit greatness in another. Begin to coach and build your practice while still in training.
Become an expert in connective tissue evaluation and release, enabling you to assist people who suffer from chronic muscular holding patterns with resulting pain and dysfunction. The term "myofascia" refers to the muscles' connective tissues. By learning to tune into – and work with – the neuronet matrix of the myofascia, you will develop a master's touch.
In this program you will study the advanced techniques of myotherapy along with therapeutic massage. In addition, you will learn energetic acupressure, reflexology, postural analysis, how to find and release trigger points, and so much more.
Associate Polarity Practitioner / Registered Polarity Practitioner
The Polarity model sees the body's imbalances as the final "print-out" of information entered long ago. Polarity serves as the key to unlock the door to the source, allowing for genuinely new choices. Utilizing hands-on contacts, toning, breathing and gentle communication techniques, this work embodies a full holistic health care system, and can be used to empower other modalities as well.
Reflexology and Toe Reading
200 Hours Reflexology Program /100 Classroom Hour Toe Reading Certificate
Reflexology is the third most requested massage modality in major salons and resorts, and SWIHA's Reflexology program is one of the most thorough and eclectic in the country. Classes address the physical and clinical application of reflexology as well as emotional and medical intuitive realms. The program prepares students to sit for ARCB certification.
Toe Reading is taking the country by storm and it all started at SWIHA! Toe Reading is based on the theory that the body holographically records the story of a person's life. Observing someone's toes will tell you a great deal about their past experiences. Using facilitated dialogue and coaching skills, clients can experience transformation. Toe Reading is fun and very profitable. (Toe Reading was even featured on CNN).
Reiki – Traditional / Transformational
The term "Reiki" is a combination of two Japanese characters – Rei which means "spiritual" or "sacred" and Ki which means "energy." In the West, Reiki is most often described as universal life force energy – an unseen force that gives us life and flows through us. Furthermore, it is believed that when this life force energy is low or depleted, we are more likely to suffer stress and dis-ease. When it is high, we are more likely to be joyful and healthy. Reiki is administered by a "laying on of hands" and can have remarkable healing effects. A treatment may feel like a warm, glowing radiance flowing through and around you. Although Reiki training involves learning symbols and techniques, the healing ability itself is not "taught" in the usual sense. It is transferred to the student by a Reiki Master during an "attunement," allowing the student to tap into the unlimited supply of universal life force energy.
"Spa Treatments" refer to a variety of modalities that promote relaxation, pampering, wellness and detoxification. Examples include: Aromatherapy; Ayurvedic Therapies; East Indian Head and Hand Massage; LaStone Therapy; Lymphatic Massage; Salt Glow Massage; Swedish Sedona; and more!
Our Spiritual Studies program is designed for those individuals being "called" to a place of spiritual leadership in their lives and in their own communities. Whether this calling leads them to be an ordained minister, spiritual healer or simply leads to a journey of self-awakening, our nondenominational, non-rhetoric based path of study emphasizes discovery of one's own individual heart-felt path through the discovery and development of one's own spirit given gifts.
A comprehensive full body therapy using techniques developed over 2,000 years ago by the personal physician of Buddha and practiced through the centuries in the temples of Thailand. Thai Massage applies slow deep pressure along energy lines coupled with yoga like stretches. The client wears loose clothing and the massage is practiced on a futon.
Tui Na" is an ancient form of Chinese physical therapy, some 2000 years old. It combines two specific hand techniques used in Chinese medical massage – "Tui" meaning to push and "Na" meaning to pull or to lift and squeeze. This modality uses traction, massage and manipulation in conjunction with stimulation of acupressure points. Based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) modality, Tui Na combines these hand techniques with passive and active stretching to assist in restoring correct anatomical musculoskeletal relationships, neuromuscular patterns, and increasing blood circulation and Qi (or "chi") through the organ meridians to facilitate healing and prevent further injury. As with nearly all holistic health practices, this style of Asian bodywork supports the body's powerful innate ability to heal itself.
True healing involves balancing the flow of life or "chi" to promote physical, structural, mental, emotional and spiritual health. "Zen Shiatsu" is a form of bodywork administered by the thumbs, fingers, palms, elbows, feet and knees. The professional Zen Shiatsu practitioner is trained to feel and intuit the condition of the body, particularly the circulation, by his/her hands in order to find imbalanced areas. The client remains fully clothed during the treatment. No massage oils or lotions are needed because rather than sliding along the body surface, a series of gentle specific presses are given along the meridian pathways.
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Student Centered Learning
At SWIHA, we celebrate the differences in our learners, and teach to different learning styles to help students master the materials. For example, the fundamentals of anatomy are brought to life with use of music, guided imagery, rhythm, dramatization, games and song. We offer more actual classroom and hands-on training than any school in the valley.
All instructors at SWIHA are practicing therapists or Holistic Health Care Practitioners. Our expert instructors are passionate about the subjects they teach. We expose students to the most knowledgeable instructors in the valley and we regularly host international teachers. In addition, we have many experts in the field providing role models and a wide network of contacts.
At SWIHA our instructors are reminded to "teach only love, for that is all there really is," and to question "what good is it for a student to master the material if their soul is battered along the way?"
"Learn to touch lives, heal bodies, and free souls."
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