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What Is Craniosacral Therapy?

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Craniosacral therapy is a revolutionary therapy that can help

In the past fifty to sixty years, the professional massage industry has expanded tremendously, widening its reach with the development of unique new therapies and other forms of alternative treatment.

One such innovative therapy is known as Craniosacral therapy, and it was developed in the 1970s by an osteopath by the name of John E. Upledger. After many years of research and clinical testing at Michigan State University, the therapy was more or less solidified and pioneered.

While the effectiveness of Craniosacral therapy has been largely debated over the past couple of decades, there are many who have benefited tremendously through its practice, and for this reason, it is still conducted by a multitude of certified professional massage therapists.

In this article, we will focus on explaining what Craniosacral therapy is all about, in addition to its considered benefits. This hopefully can serve as a resource for those interested in potentially getting certified as Craniosacral therapists, or for someone who would like to either integrate the practice into their life or into their career.

While we don’t specifically offer courses to get certified as a practitioner of Craniosacral therapy at ICOHS College, we do have a Professional Massage Therapist program, designed to provide students with hands-on training and the advanced skills needed to pursue a career in this highly rewarding and giving field.

What Is Craniosacral Therapy?

Typically utilized by chiropractors, osteopaths, and certified massage practitioners, Craniosacral therapy is an alternative massage practice and a form of cranial osteopathy that involves the use of gentle touch. These gentle movements manipulate various parts of the skull or cranium, spine, and pelvis, primarily adjusting the joints.

These light manipulations are said by some practitioners to help manage a variety of diseases and medical conditions. However, as with many alternative practices, Craniosacral therapy is susceptible to much criticism and skepticism, hence why there are plenty of people who do not believe in its benefits.

For those who do support Craniosacral therapy’s uses, it is an ideal form of management for the process is non-invasive and treats the body very delicately, making it suitable for even those with extreme pain or discomfort.

The Upledger Institute describes the touch of Craniosacral therapy as “a soft touch which is generally no greater than 5 grams – about the weight of a nickel”.

Considered more of a preventative health measure that helps increase the body’s ability to manage and deal with disease and various ailments, these mild manipulations function in the sense that they improve the circulation of the cerebrospinal fluid, along with freeing restrictions throughout the central nervous system, predominantly throughout the soft tissues that surround it.

Since the craniosacral system heavily influences the central nervous system, both of these connect closely and influence one another. The gentle manipulations of these regions encourage equilibrium around the spinal cord and brain, which in turn helps the body to naturally correct itself and prevent the furthering of a variety of dysfunctions and ailments.

Osteopaths often will prescribe treatments of CST (Craniosacral therapy) alongside other forms of therapies, but sometimes Craniosacral therapy is also used in a stand-alone way depending on the individual needs of the patient.

Craniosacral Therapy: The Benefits

Practitioners of CST have utilized the therapy for a number of ailments and conditions. While few studies have been conducted to prove Craniosacral therapy’s efficacy for illness, the Upledger Institute does list a number of conditions that CST has addressed including:

● Chronic fatigue
● Spinal cord and brain injuries
● TMJ syndrome
● Fibromyalgia
● ADD/ADHD
● PTSD
● Headaches and migraines
● Traumatic brain injury and concussion
● Chronic pain, especially throughout the back and neck regions
● Scoliosis
● CNS disorders
● Orthopedic conditions

While this list is fairly comprehensive, if you are considering receiving CST, be sure to speak with a qualified, trained Craniosacral therapy professional who can devise a course of action for the specific needs of your circumstances.

Understanding Craniosacral Therapy: Final Thoughts

Now that the practice of Craniosacral therapy has been presented, you can hopefully decide better if this is the right therapy or even career choice for you. As with all things in life, Craniosacral therapy is not a one shoe fits all solution.

For some, Craniosacral therapy is immensely helpful, healing, and restorative. Yet, there is not an extensive amount of comprehensive research available to strongly scientifically back up claims made of its effectiveness.

In all reality, CST is not a practice that is of benefit to everyone, so it is important to decide for yourself how you feel about it and commit to further in-depth research on the topic. The advantage here is that there is very low risk involved in receiving Craniosacral therapy, so the positive effects could far outweigh the negatives or any potential hazards.

If you are located in the San Diego area and are interested in studying to become a Professional Massage Therapist, at ICOHS College we offer this exact program designed for prospective students to learn the advanced skills and gain the practical training needed to pursue this career path.

Our Professional Massage Therapist program goes far beyond the standards set by the California Massage Therapy Council. While we don’t offer training on Craniosacral therapy specifically, we do have a number of other educational and exciting classes available, including:

● Energy Channels & Acupoints – Tui Na
● Shiatsu – Zen Touch
● Kinesiology
● Client Assessment
● Physiology/Pathology
● Business Practices
● Special Populations
● Communications, Ethics and Career Prep
● MBLEx Preparation
● Practicum – Clinic & Community Outreach
● Fundamentals of Holistic Health
● Anatomy and Massage
● Strategies for Success
● Touch Anatomy
● Circulatory Massage
● Deep Tissue Massage
● Passive Joint Mobilization
● Anatomy with Manikins
● Eastern Perspectives
● Chi Integrated Exercises

These courses prepare students to pursue careers as entrepreneurs and massage business owners, along with careers in settings such as doctor’s offices, chiropractor’s offices, nursing homes, hospitals, holistic health clinics, cruise ships, spas and resorts, massage therapy clinics, and health clubs/fitness centers.

Our dedicated educators are passionate about seeing their students succeed and fully pursue their professional goals.

Does this sound like the right next step for you in your education path? Reach out to us today and request more information about our Professional Massage Therapist program.

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Can Your Wi-Fi Spy on You?

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Be aware of Wi-Fi security measures

As technology continues to dominate our lives, many people have begun to question some of the negatives that are associated with it. But, this isn’t modern anxiety at all. Even in the 1920s, Western culture was identifying these worries in different creative mediums. Films like Metropolis were concerned with the control that technology could pose in our everyday life, especially in the form of surveillance. And, there’s no arguing with the fact that in a hundred years we have taken many substantial technological leaps. But how concerned should we be?
Almost every home is now equipped with a Wi-Fi router, a necessary source for all of our internet habits. But many of us are unaware of how these types of machines truly work, and unfortunately, it’s common to hear a lot of misinformation. In this article, we hope to give you a clearer picture of the ways in which Wi-Fi can be much smarter than many of us thought and what the implications of these intelligent devices are in our daily life.

Detecting Language

Language is one of the most important tools we have to communicate with. We don’t only use it to convey the things we have done physically but also how we feel mentally and emotionally. The words spoken in our house have the potential to be extremely personal and intimate. How would you feel if a machine in your home had access to all these conversations? We promise this isn’t an episode of black mirror.
While a Wi-Fi device may not be able to hear audio, it’s possible that it can instead ‘see’ the movements of a human’s mouth. One study that attempted to show this was Guanhua Wang et al. in their essay “We Can Hear You with WiFi!” They found that Wi-Fi signals can be used to detect changes in the environment, and this includes mouth movements. In essence, the device can lip-read using Channel State Information (CSI), a ‘waveform-based human identification’. There’s even evidence to suggest that signal changes can be detected through walls, so this doesn’t only affect a single room but potentially the house.
 

Browser History 

Another way your Wi-Fi can access information about you is through your browser history. While you are connected to your Wi-Fi, your broadband provider is able to see every website you visit and how frequently you visit it. Not only this, but if you visit unencrypted websites, the network admin can even discover your personal data such as passwords, by using a packet sniffer. That’s why it is essential to use caution when connecting to public networks while you are inputting personal data.
Your browser history can provide a lot of details about your lifestyle, likes, dislikes, and personal data. Not many people find this level of intrusion acceptable. If you don’t feel comfortable with your provider being able to access this information, then you do have a few options. It’s not enough to delete your history, or even clear the cookies and cache, but you can choose to purchase a VPN.
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, can protect your privacy on public networks by using both data encryption and IP address change. When you change your IP address, you are changing your virtual location, one which your network provider does that have access to. Therefore they won’t be able to obtain data information from your online activity. Another benefit is that by using a VPN, you may be able to access websites that your internet provider may have blocked or disallowed permission.
 

Physical Presence

How much time do you spend in the kitchen? What time of day do you get home? These may be only a few questions that your Wi-Fi could answer. Researchers tested the theory that a Wi-Fi device could accurately identify when someone walks into the room. Tong Xin et al., in their paper “FreeSense: Indoor Human Identification with WiFi Signals” found that when the system is trained to identify a particular body shape with FreeSense, that the system could identify this individual 95 percent of the time.
 
Similar systems have been introduced in other countries with even better results, believing in the future Wi-Fi should be able to detect one individual in a group of ten. The inspiration behind the project is safety; they think that it could potentially identify intruders and be a force for positive. But others are still skeptical about giving companies so much information about their daily schedule and habits.
Another system called WiKey has been built to identify what letter or symbols a person was pressing on a keyboard by using finger movement. The system worked almost flawlessly and had a 93.5% success rate at guessing the correct movement. Systems like this are surprisingly easy to create with an available router, meaning we could see even more built in the future.
 

Final Thoughts on How Your Wi-Fi Can Spy on You

How much of our intimate lives have been hijacked by the pervasive nature of technology? There is no doubt that surveillance has increased in our everyday life, but it’s still debatable if it will improve the efficiency of our daily routines. Perhaps it is entirely subjective.
At least for now, the information that our Wi-Fi’s collect shouldn’t be accessible to third-party companies. This opinion has been reiterated by Kamran Ali, one of the scientists behind WiKey. He wrote that “it is not a big privacy concern for now”. However, our dependence on technology will ultimately lead us to ask even more ethically questions about our privacy. Our Orwellian future still remains ambiguous.
If you are interested in achieving a tighter grasp on technology, a good option could be to study at a computer training school.
At ICOHS College, we offer a range of computer networking certifications, so if you need CompTIA training or what to learn how to get into cybersecurity, you can do so with us. With information technology courses such as IT Network Specialist and Computer Network Technician, you can gain the essential knowledge you need to launch into the IT job market. 85% of ICOHS students are getting certified and we offer both industry experience and job placement assistance.
If you want to learn more about the information technology courses we offer and how to apply, you can visit our website here.
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The Benefits of Using Massage Oils

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What are massage oils for?

Massage oils are products that help us to perform this activity more easily, since, in addition to allowing our hands to slide more easily, they also hydrate and treat the skin and also allow us to choose from a large list of aromas and essences that promote certain sensations and help to calm body or mood ailments. Massage oils are a great help in all aspects.

Benefits of massage oils

The benefits that oils provide us for massages range from the fact that the touch allows us to better perform the massages, passing through the aromas that it transmits and the sensation they provide, among many other things.

They facilitate the movements

It would be almost impossible to perform a massage with dry hands, as well as it is difficult to perform them with normal moisturizer since the touch is never the same as with oils. Therefore, we know that nothing helps the hands to slide on the skin in the same way that occurs with oils to perform massages.

Aromatize

Each essential oil has a different aroma and each of them helps us to cause some sensations in our body. Depending on each case, it can help us to relax, to release stress, to motivate us, to be happier, to improve our self-esteem. In cases where the aromas are excessively strong or the person undergoing the massage is very sensitive to certain aromas, there is the possibility of making a mixture of the essential oil chosen with a neutral or natural one that reduces the smell and reduces its intensity, thus the massage will be more comfortable and pleasant.

The oils relieve pain and tensions

Massages with oils not only help us to relax the person who receives it, but it also serves to relieve certain pain. And it is that most massages are performed in areas such as the neck, back or legs, areas that suffer from ailments due to sports injuries, poor postures when walking or bad postures when sleeping or working. Massages with oils help us to eliminate these tensions and for the body to recover its previous health.

Great benefits at low prices

Another of the great benefits that oils have for massages compared to other products is the fact that they are truly economical. Apart from being natural and having many properties, it is a product that can be purchased at truly reasonable prices.

The oils care and nourish the skin

Apart from achieving lasting and effective benefits thanks to a muscle massage with oils, these also allow us to enjoy a feeling of hydration and softness in our skin that remains for a long time. And, in addition to moisturizing it, the oil helps to eliminate skin scars, to reduce stretch marks and to cure eczema that often appears due to dermatitis or any other problem that derives from the skin.

What oils can be used for a massage?

Aloe Vera massage oil

Aloe Vera is a healing and therapeutic ingredient for almost any medical condition. The moisturizing oil made with aloe Vera can also be used to perform massages, so we will improve the appearance and elasticity of our skin while improving it internally and externally.

Chamomile oil

If we are going to do a massage to cure some type of ailment caused by an excess of exercise, the best treatment is with chamomile oil, which also defeats insomnia, helping to better sleep, as well as improving the state of the nerves.

Orchid oil for massages

The aroma of orchids is special to perform any type of massage, as well as the relaxation that can transmit in people. In times of high stress, the best treatment that can be performed is a massage with this essential oil of orchids, since it almost immediately improves the accumulated nerves and tension.

Lemon oil

If we want the massage to also provide aphrodisiac properties, the best oil with which we can perform it is, without a doubt, a citrus one, such as lemon oil. This massage oil helps eliminate bad energies completely transforming them into good feelings.

Lavender essential oil for muscle aches

Often, due to the bad postures we adopt sleeping, walking or working, we can capture tension and pain in some areas of the body such as the back or neck. To solve these problems with a massage the best option is lavender oil, which will help improve the elasticity of these areas and eliminate tension and help them relax thanks to their therapeutic aroma.

Eucalyptus oil

Another of the oils with a long list of properties is eucalyptus oil, and this aromatic oil is able to eliminate muscle problems, in addition to not only being perfect for use in the body, but also suitable for Massages on the face (careful with the eyes), being perfect to relieve tensions.

Almond oil massages

When we talk about oils, we cannot leave aside that of almonds, since it has many properties, not forgetting that of being able to perform massages with it. And, while helping to eliminate tensions, almond oil provides a lot of nutrients and vitamins to the skin and helps the skin stay constantly hydrated, sporting a spectacular brightness and luminosity.

Foot massages with mint

One of the oils that often fall into oblivion is pepper oil, which mixed with the essential oil of peppermint is totally recommended for use in foot massages, as it brings relief and freshness.
Massages are necessary for day to day to help eliminate tensions, but it is also necessary to use the right oil for every need or medical condition because thanks to them we can help to improve the condition of the skin and of the muscles.
There are different ways to classify massage oils, since they do not all provide the same properties, nor do they serve the same purposes or have the same fluidity. That is why we can classify them in different ways to know what massage oil we are buying or which one we need.
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Therapeutic Herbal Poultice Treatments

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A glance at this unique ancient massage technique

In this fast-moving world, everything is always changing – and what seems like lightning speed. This is especially true for trends. Spa trends are no different, however, some seem to latch on for longer periods of time than others.

One steadily increasing trend in the bodywork field is known as therapeutic herbal poultice treatments. These treatments complement massage practices, and while they have only started trending over the course of the past few years, this technique actually originates from ancient times hailing from the practices of various indigenous groups.

One of the best-known origins is 14th century Thailand, where a similar hot pack was applied to war-soldiers that were coming back from battle. The combination of the heat, along with medicinal herbs, made it a promising solution for those in pain and discomfort, and also caused its more modern version, the herbal poultice treatment, to become an integral part of Thai medicine.

What Are Therapeutic Herbal Poultice Treatments?

At ICOHS College, we offer a comprehensive Professional Massage Therapist program that is crafted with each student’s goals and intentions in mind. For those who are passionate about massage and are interested in becoming licensed massage therapists, learning more about the therapeutic herbal poultice treatment is potentially useful information.

These steamed pouches are then stamped, rocked, and kneaded along the body utilizing a specialized technique that is designed to optimize the therapeutic benefits of the practice.

The ingredients that fill these poultice sacks can vary from region to region and are dependent upon where the treatment is conducted, but it is common for lemongrass, turmeric, camphor, ginger, and Kaffir lime to be a part of the mix. In some places, rice or sand are also added for additional stimulation and further impact.

In reality, however, a number of herbal combinations can be utilized to fill up these poultice pouches. Aside from the ingredients we just mentioned, ground peppercorns, dried rosemary, crushed bay leaves, sage, sandalwood, coriander, cloves, and a variety of essential oils are often selected.

This large variety of herbs can produce effects such as the stimulation of the lymphatic system, the regeneration of connective tissue, the toning of the skin, the easing of muscle spasms and aches, the aiding of the reduction of inflammation, the boosting of the immune system, and the stimulation of the central nervous system.

Who Can Benefit from Therapeutic Herbal Poultice Treatments?

While traditional massage practices do work their way deep into the body’s muscles and tissues, therapeutic herbal poultice treatments allow for an even more intense level of stimulation which supports lymphatic drainage and encourages better circulation.

While there is limited medical, peer-reviewed evidence as to the actual benefits of therapeutic herbal poultice treatments, those who regularly receive the technique comment on its abilities to improve a number of aspects.

Practitioners of herbal poultice treatments typically recommend this practice to those who are hoping to better manage muscle pain or hormonal imbalances, along with those recovering from illness or suspect they will soon be ill. Finally, this treatment is said to be especially beneficial for those experiencing feelings of lethargy and jet lag, for it has a naturally rejuvenating ability.

Final Thoughts: Therapeutic Herbal Poultice Treatments

When it comes to massage and bodywork, there are many techniques and practices available that can complement this therapy and improve wellness. It is vital to know your options and to select what you think might be best for you.

If you are unsure of where to start, get in touch with a licensed massage therapist who can advise you on what they believe may be best for your own unique needs. As bodywork professionals, massage therapists are happy to work closely with their clients and devise a system or program that is ideal for each person.

While herbal poultice treatments are certainly a preferred option by some, they are not suited to everyone. For this reason, the information above offers some core knowledge about this technique so that one can create an informed decision.

If you are interested in becoming a professional massage therapist and are located in the San Diego area, ICOHS College is a non-profit vocational college offering a program for this exact career path. We offer a comprehensive Professional Massage Therapist program that is crafted with each student’s goals and intentions in mind. For those who are passionate about massage and are interested in becoming licensed massage therapists, learning more about the therapeutic herbal poultice treatment is potentially useful information.

The courses we offer in our Professional Massage Therapist program includes:

● Energy Channels & Acupoints – Tui Na
● Shiatsu – Zen Touch
● Kinesiology
● Client Assessment
● Physiology/Pathology
● Business Practices
● Special Populations
● Communications, Ethics and Career Prep
● MBLEx Preparation
● Practicum – Clinic & Community Outreach
● Fundamentals of Holistic Health
● Anatomy and Massage
● Strategies for Success
● Touch Anatomy
● Circulatory Massage
● Deep Tissue Massage
● Passive Joint Mobilization
● Anatomy with Manikins
● Eastern Perspectives
● Chi Integrated Exercises

Studying professional massage therapy can actually prepare you for a budding career in a number of different environments including spas and resorts, nursing homes, chiropractic offices, hospitals, doctor’s offices, entrepreneurship opportunities, cruise ships, holistic health clinics, health clubs and fitness centers, and massage therapy clinics. Depending on the desired environment, additional training may be required as per an employer’s request, but our program offers the foundational and most vital first step in this education path.

Our Professional Massage Therapist program far exceeds the California Massage Therapy Council’s standards for massage therapists in the state of California, and both hands-on training and advanced education are offered to students so that they can also gain practical experience.

With so many options to choose from and the support of our passionate team of educators, ICOHS College gets you prepared for a fruitful career path in professional massage therapy. Reach out to us today to start your path to a new career.

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A Short Lesson in Aromatherapy

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What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is a holistic healing treatment that uses natural plant extracts to promote health and well-being. Sometimes it’s called essential oil therapy. Aromatherapy uses aromatic essential oils medicinally to improve the health of the body, mind, and spirit. It enhances both physical and emotional health.

Does Aromatherapy Really Work?

Aromatherapy is thought of as both an art and a science. Recently, aromatherapy has gained more recognition in the fields of science and medicine.
Today we are going to talk about some garden plants that you may already have or might be inspired to get after this blog. We will start with the elders of the garden. The first flower we have is a yellow flower together with berries from the elder tree. The tree is called mother elder and there are rumors that her spirit was either a goddess or a dryad or a wish that could heal all different kinds of things. In the past, the word witch meant either holy or knowledge or wisdom. The wise woman had a lot of healing to give to other people. The word has a different meaning today. Over time, the elder tree that grows in the canyons can now be used as medicine! The botanical name of the flower is Sambucus Mexicana. Although, other trees that are also called elder, are not suitable for any kind of healing. As a result, it is very important to know the exact botanical name, genus and species of a plant before using them for healing or essential oils. The elder is a very flexible plant. You can use its berries for is elderberry syrup and its flowers for tea. The syrup is particularly helpful for a facial wash while the tea can help with the fever.

Another interesting flower is this sage plant also known as “salvia officinalis”. “Salvia” means to save and the plant is also considered a healer with many different uses. The second part “officinalis’ refers to the plant’s medicinal use. In former times, people would go to the monk’s office to get their medicine.
The garden sage is related to the white sage which is often burned to create a sacred space in many different cultures. It has the same genus but belongs to a different species. Its botanical name is salvia alba.

Sage, once again, is used for many things. It is not only a warming herb but also a drying herb. Latter is really good for colds, flu or even a runny nose because it dries up extra flam.
Additionally, Sage is also used for wisdom, more specifically to help increase brain activity and health. You can also use Salvia Rosmarinus or rosemary. Rosmarinus stands for a rose by the sea and is also an officinalis. It has many purposes such as facial washes or as a hair product. Old indigenous people used to take long pieces of rosemary and comb their hair with it. Rosemary can also act as a vasodilator which means it widens the blood vessels which in turn increases the oxygen flow to the brain. Many tests and studies have been done to prove that rosemary does indeed stimulate brain activity. The plant appears in different forms depending on where it grows which has an effect on the chemotype. If it has the cineole chemotype, it’s great to expand the lungs, circulation, and respiratory system

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What is Holistic Health?

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Holistic Health 101: An Alternative Approach to Western medicine

When Western medicine and convenient means of treatment just don’t seem to be doing the trick, it often becomes time to look for alternative options. In a world where Western medicine is very much the norm in many societies, especially the United States of America, it can be challenging for some to feel that they could trust alternative approaches.
While this is completely understandable, the truth is, many holistic health practitioners have given their patients hope when all other doctors had already given up. For this reason, holistic health is an incredibly valuable practice, and for those who are not keen on the ways of Western medicine, it is a precious and respected solution.
In this article, we will explain the primary concepts of holistic health and its practices, along with an overview of the holistic health courses that we offer at ICOHS for those interested in becoming holistic health practitioners.

An Introduction to Holistic Health

If you are interested in pursuing a career path in holistic health, chances are you are already familiar with some of the major aspects and fundamentals of this alternative to conventional medical treatments. For those who are not aware of the ins and outs of what holistic health is, in this section, we present essentially a brief holistic health 101.

What Is Holistic Health?

Holistic health is a form of healing the body and self by addressing all aspects with a wholesome, fully inclusive approach. This means that not only are symptoms in the body addressed – holistic health examines imbalances throughout the emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental realms as well. By recognizing present imbalances, awareness can be brought and a plan devised.
Holistic health practitioners work with their patients to once again restore that equilibrium through a diverse use of various methods and practices. In the practice of holistic health, patients are not viewed or labeled as their diseases; they are instead treated as individuals and welcomed with grace, kindness, and acceptance.
Holistic health, however, certainly is not a one-pill-fixes-all sort of approach. Instead of merely covering up frustrating symptoms with a bandaid, this work dives deep into the inner workings of an individual on all levels, which means that the patient needs to be committed to delving into self and confronting whatever surfaces.
By approaching the emotions that arise with acceptance and love and viewing them as gifts and messengers, further healing is facilitated – the type of healing that lasts because it is actually addressing the root of an issue and dissolving that layer so the next one can appear for further healing.
In this sense, a holistic health practitioner serves very much as a guide and carrier of support. They facilitate this healing with their expertise, but ultimately the patient commits to the practices, recommended methodologies, and treatments.
For many, the concept of healing in such an out-of-the-box manner may seem unreasonable and impossible. But for those who have been failed time and time again by Western medicine systems and how found significant healing and relief with the practices of holistic medicine, these approaches are simply put – phenomenal.

A Brief Overview of Holistic Health Treatments

It is difficult to pinpoint holistic health onto one or two practices and treatment methods, for this route is especially personal and encompasses a broad variety of options. There are, however, some common holistic health modes of treatment that are utilized by many practitioners.
A focus upon lifestyle change and taking care of self on a mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual level is typical of a holistic health care routine. This could involve meditation and mindfulness, specialized diets, counseling and hypnotherapy, exercise, psychotherapy, and many other possibilities.
Some holistic health practitioners also take a more physical approach by complementing the above practices with alternative therapies such as massage, acupuncture, homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, and more.
Finally, some holistic health practitioners take more Western approaches to further facilitate healing, suggesting various surgical procedures and conventional medications alongside the more alternative routes to healing.
In all, holistic health therapies are well-rounded and take into account the entirety of a patient’s medical needs and history, along with the requirements for healing on a deeper, less physical level.

Holistic Health Programs at ICOHS College

At ICOHS College, we offer a tailored-to-you holistic health practitioner program that allows students to pursue an HHP permit for the city of San Diego or become better versed in a plethora of advanced techniques as one sees fit.
All of our courses are professional and designed to provide students with the highest level of certification recognized by bodywork, massage, and holistic health professionals in the United States.
Pursuing the holistic health practitioner path with us opens up a world of career opportunities and possible professional pursuits. Just to name a few, you will become qualified to pursue the following modes of employment:
● Certified Massage Therapist
● Holistic Health Practitioner
● Employment at Spas & Resorts
● Employment at Wellness Centers
● Employment at Health Clubs
● Employment at Chiropractic Offices
● Employment at Hospitals
● Employment at Doctor’s Offices
● Entrepreneurship
● Advanced Massage Techniques
● Yoga Teacher Training
● Herbology and Nutrition
Our holistic health practitioner program is a diverse collection of applicable courses that span across a wide range of topics and practices so that you can tailor your education to your interests and professional goals. The courses we offer for this program are as follows:
● Fundamentals of Holistic Health
● Anatomy and Massage
● Strategies for Success
● Touch Anatomy
● Circulatory Massage
● Deep Tissue Massage
● Passive Joint Mobilization
● Anatomy with Manikins
● Eastern Perspectives
● Chi Integrated Exercises
● Energy Channels & Acupoints – Tui Na
● Shiatsu – Zen Touch
● Kinesiology
● Client Assessment
● Physiology/Pathology
● Business Practices
● Special Populations
● Communications, Ethics and Career Prep
● MBLEx Preparation
● Practicum – Clinic & Community Outreach
For those who desire a stronger focus upon massage and its related practices, ICOHS also offers a professional massage therapy program to further concentrate on this aspect of holistic health.

Our Final Thoughts on Holistic Health 101

While opting to pursue a career in holistic health is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, a profession in this field is incredibly rewarding and giving, particularly for those who are passionate about helping others using the power of nature and a well-rounded approach.
Here at ICOHS, our dedicated team of educators wants to see their students succeed, which is why our programs are tailored to each student’s needs, goals, and pursuits. We are a non-profit vocational school and we offer a range of benefits to veterans, active-duty military, and their families.
If you are interested in studying holistic health to become a holistic health practitioner, reach out to us today and request more information about our program.
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A Holistic Approach to Pain Management

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Listen When Pain Speaks

Sitting in pain is never a good feeling, however, we do not have to stay in pain. Sometimes we feel it and we are unable or unwilling to move because of the fear of more pain. It is important to recognize that our bodies are made to heal themselves and if we are unable to facilitate the movements that are necessary to help to alleviate our pain, we have options. Those options help us to feel better and to move us in the direction of not only feeling physically better but being calm of mind and more focused.

A large portion of us tends to walk around in our sympathetic expression of the fight, flight or freeze. This protective defense keeps us on guard. We do not even realize it, because it is something that we do naturally. From our first fear holding on to keeping our guard up as we walk through the world defending against physical & emotional predators, or simply life’s displeasures. This tension built up in our body tends to maintain itself in our every waking moment. This tension gets to a point where it restricts the circulatory conductivity that promotes functionality, and consequently, resulting in pain and physical restrictions. As a result, avoidance becomes a habit, “Don’t touch me, that hurts”, avoid that area, avoid that person, avoid, avoid, avoid. Avoidance becomes a way of life. We avoid not only the physical sensation of pain but also, all the emotional and mental aspects of things that cause us pain. There are solutions when we feel pain. First, our perception of pain must change. Pain is our friend, it alerts us that something is wrong, something needs attention. Pain says to us, “breath, I am stuck”, it says, “drink water, I am dehydrated”. Pain also says, “movement with proper breath & hydration is required”. “I need to rub this area”, “I need to relax and breathe”. Pain sometimes says, “I am hungry”, but overall, pain is a call to action, not the inaction that we do to avoid pain.

What You Can Do to Alleviate Pain

1) Hydrate properly:

Hold alkaline water in your mouth three times for 10 to 30 seconds before swallowing

2) Breath properly:

Take a deep, exaggerated breath three times (you can exhale with a “haw” sound)

3) Move or Get a Massage:

Exercise, get a massage, or some kind of bodywork. Bodywork or massage are forms of care that aid movement in body & muscles when you are unable or unwilling to do the movement necessary for keeping healthy actions. Bodywork helps in many aspects of the body’s needs to stay in better functionality. This form of care helps to repel stagnations and increases the body’s circulation in a way that most other forms of care cannot. It helps with balancing the structure, it helps to strengthen the muscles, tendons & sinews. It helps to nourish the whole body’s system, strengthens the mind and its ability to push forward despite the challenges. It helps to soothe the soul and free tension in the body. It gives hope to the pain-filled individual.

Most forms of holistic health care contribute to the betterment and wellness of the individual. There are many benefits gained simply by adding massages to your personal self-care plan. Thereby reducing our sympathetic expression that adds to our pain and declining functionality. If massage or bodywork is missing from your healthcare package or self-care package, I recommend at a minimum that you get a massage or some bodywork weekly or once a month. If you can receive bodywork or massage weekly, you will notice that it will improve how you function in this world.

Learn more about massage and holistic health programs at ICOHS College today!

 

 

 

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How Can a Network Certification Kickstart Your Career?

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What Is a Network Certification?

Navigating a job in the information and technology industry isn’t always a simple task. While there are plenty of roles to select, there are also plenty of employees to choose from, making it harder than ever to stand out from the competition.

It’s an industry that has seen exponential growth in the last few years, and this growth has attracted an array of job-seekers, all of whom have a variety of skills and experience. If you want to become a desirable candidate for the job of your dreams, then a computer network certification might be valuable to you.

If you are not entirely sure what a network certification is, then carry on reading to learn what skills you can develop, which jobs value the accreditation, and where you can study.

Ten years ago, it wasn’t always necessary to displace evidence of basic technology skills. However, as the IT industry has continued to expand, it has become essential to demonstrate aspects of IT you are and are not comfortable with practicing; not just for future employers who want to be sure that you can satisfy the role but also as a confidence boost for yourself.

The network plus certifications are one way to show your level of computer knowledge at a foundation level, and this is why it can be a great way to develop your technical skills. But what skills can you specifically learn?

  • Implementing basic design principles
  • Managing network security and performance
  • Implementing standards for network configurations
  • Troubleshooting a variety of network issues
  • Identifying the benefits and setbacks of existing networks

Many network certificates have been developed and distributed by one of the world’s leading companies in the technology industry, CompTIA. As a non-profit trade association, they amass 60 million dollars globally and continue to establish strong educational ties around the world, something which is reflected in their company motto:

“Advancing the Global IT Industry”

Their stellar reputation means that CompTIA certifications are recognized internationally, giving you confidence that your investment into the certificate is not jeopardized even if you plan on relocating.

What Careers Could a Network Certification Benefit?

If you have ever considered a career in information technology, then working towards a network certification could be a great entryway into the industry. Potential jobs after completing a network certification are:

Trainee Network Technician: Once you have your qualifications, there is nothing stopping you from diving into a trainee position with a network technician. Having learned all the essential basics, it’s all about gaining experience until you can become a fully qualified network technician.

Network Engineer: This role involves a variety of different responsibilities, including updating firmware releases, monitoring network performance, reporting anomalies to specialists, and configuring firewalls. You’ll also find that you will get to work with a range of other positions if you work within a company, with the opportunity for promotions on the horizon.

Security Specialist: One of the biggest worries in a world with so much reliance on technology is security. You can be confident that there will be plenty of opportunities for jobs in this field, and it can be satisfying as a career choice. The role will involve securing a network with appropriate firewalls and maintaining a high level of protection against bugs.

Teaching: While many people complete the certifications to progress into specific areas of technology, that doesn’t have to be the case. Teaching in this sector be a very fulfilling job, especially if you enjoy both technology and working with people.

IT Consultant: While a single network certification may not be enough on its own to start as an IT consultant, it can often lead to this role. It’s a great social job as you will work with a variety of different businesses and complete tasks with varying difficulty. If you like a position that is typically project-based, then this might be the right choice for you.

It’s not only your career that can benefit, but these certifications can also be used to forward your education. For instance, if your goal is to achieve Microsoft network certifications such as Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA), then a network certification would be an essential stepping stone to begin with. In fact, it has become an important foundation for many other programs supported by large corporate giants such as HP or Novell, that you might wish to study later in your academic career,

Where to Find a Network Certification Course?

You can find many computer training schools supplying network courses; the problem won’t be finding them but choosing between the vast array. If you don’t want to study in a general direction, you can focus on a specific area of technology. For example, if you have an interest in learning cybersecurity, you can search for that area specifically: cybersecurity courses.

If you live on the West Coast in the US, you can find plenty of technical schools in San Diego, such as ICOHS. We offer extensive CompTIA network+ training from a range of different programs including, Computer Network Technician and IT Network Specialist. We provide you with the building blocks to develop new skills as well as improving those you may already have.

We are also a tech school that supports the WIOA (Work and Innovation Act) because obtaining training and education shouldn’t cost you a fortune. On top of that, 85% of our students are getting certified and we offer both job placement assistance and industry experience.

One positive aspect of network certification courses is that they don’t necessarily rely on a physical location in order for them to be taught. You can find plenty of courses that are able to be completed online, giving you complete freedom.

Final Thoughts on Network Certifications

Whether you have been working in the information technology industry for years, or are only just working out how to achieve the first step on the career ladder, a network plus certification could be an important consideration for your future success.

Not only will it give your resume a boost making it more attractive to potential employers, but it will equip you with all the essential skills you need to compete with other industry insiders.

You can find more information on ICOHS and the courses that we provide here.

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10 Tips to Improve Your Emotional Well-Being

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Emotional Well being is an important part of your health. People who are emotionally healthy have control of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors are able to face the challenges of life. They can put problems in perspective and recover from setbacks. They feel good about themselves and have good relationships.

Being emotionally healthy does not mean being happy all the time. It means that one is aware of their emotions. That one can deal with them, whether positive or negative. Emotionally healthy people also feel stress, anger, and sadness. But they know how to handle their negative feelings. They can distinguish when a problem exceeds what they can handle on their own. They also know when to seek help from their doctor.

Emotional health is an important part of your life. It allows you to develop your full potential. You can work productively and cope with the stresses of everyday life. It helps you work with other people and contribute to society.

Research has shown a relationship between an optimistic mental state and lower blood pressure, a lower risk of heart disease, a healthier weight, better blood sugar levels, and a longer life, says the agency.

The smile is the facial expression associated with feelings such as joy, satisfaction or happiness. It is characterized in that the corners of the lips are lifted so that they form a U-shaped curve. When the smile is spontaneous, the muscles of the sides of the eyes also move.

The smile is a beautiful gesture that always transmits light, positive energy and contributes to the good physical and mental state of people. With a smile, we can change our mood, increase our attractiveness, improve our health and reduce stress. In addition, there will also be positive effects in our environment, it helps us to relate to others.

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The smile conveys part of our happiness and well-being to those around us. Smiling has many health benefits. Smiling rejuvenates, oxygenates, cleanses, eliminates stress and improves relationships with others. Smiling increases confidence, balances mood, improves digestion and makes you live longer. Laughter helps overcome many situations such as depression, anxiety or stress. When we laugh, we feel much better because it cleans and ventilates our lungs. Laughing regulates the heart rate. Laughing relaxes the muscles and is a good breathing technique.

Accompanying our words with a smile is the best gift we give each other.

The smile corresponds to the feelings, the laugh corresponds to the emotions.

Emotions are difficult to define because they arise when evaluating any previous event that affects memory, subjective experience, thought, etc. Faced with positive emotions, feeling joy, hope, fun we smile and laugh, the contrary to negative emotions such as fear, anger, anger, sadness, we express different facial gestures because they are unpleasant.

Laughter and a sense of humor are protagonists in our well-being and positive energy. And they are the most important strengths of people. The smile evolves into an emotional, mental and even spiritual behavior.

The smile and laughter work a positive attitude, causing a rapid effect of contagion towards others that is very pleasant to share. Exercise more than advisable to live with a sense of humor. Laughing is a biological function necessary to maintain physical and mental well-being. It is ideal to achieve relaxation and open our ability to feel and love.

10 Tips to improve your emotional well-being

1. Don’t think, feel
2. Don’t judge yourself, it flows
3. Do not deny, accept
4. Don’t look back, look here and now
5. Don’t expect to be loved, love yourself
6. Smile every day, practicing smiles is very healthy
7. Feel the positive force of laughter inside you
8. Contagious and let yourself be smiled
9. Give many smiles, you will heal your soul and sow joy
10. Smile and enjoy life

 

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You know now that smile and laughter are natural functions that you have, and it is only up to you to articulate your muscles to live with health and joy.

Remember that being emotionally well is more than just managing stress. It also means being attentive to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, whether positive or negative. Emotional well-being implies the ability to be aware of and accept our feelings, rather than deny them, have an optimistic approach to life and enjoy life despite their occasional disappointments and frustrations.

Read more about more ways to improve your well-being by reading the first article in our blog series “The 3 Neglected Needs”.

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The Top 5 Benefits of Getting an IT Certification

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What can Information Technology Certifications Do For You?

When undertaking education in information technology, one has to consider which direction they intend to progress in. There are many paths to choose from and in order to stay on course, certain certifications may need to be acquired.
Information technology certifications are not exactly a necessity in order to have a career in IT, but they certainly do seem to help tremendously. From increasing your chances of scoring that dream job with a higher starting salary, to improving skills and boosting your resume, there are reasons why so many IT professionals opt for the acquisition of official certifications.
In this article, we explain what IT certifications are, along with some of the most common certs. Additionally, we dive into the five top benefits of getting an IT certification.
 

What Are IT Certifications?

IT certifications are essentially documents that confirm an individual’s competency or even expertise of a specific tech-related skill. It is possible to get far more than just one certification, and they are typically only acquired after a series of reviews, education, and finally examination or assessment.
Information technology certifications are not easy to obtain and do truly require a solid understanding of the presented curriculum, which is part of why they are so credible when placed on a resume for employers to view.
There has been a long debate as to whether certifications or experience are more important, but while experience can certain go a long way, it takes time to build which not everyone has collected especially at the beginning of a career in information technology.
For this reason, certifications are often a beneficial way for budding professionals to prove their skills. There are other benefits of getting certified as well, which we will soon explain in further depth.
 

What Are Some Common IT Certifications?

While there are a multitude of IT-related certifications to choose from, there are some that are more discussed throughout the industry and have become well-recognized standards.

Microsoft Office Certifications

While these aren’t specifically IT-related, Microsoft Office certifications are useful for a number of applications, including information technology.
Microsoft Office certifications are available in two groups:
●       Microsoft Office 365 and Office 2019 certifications
●       Microsoft Office Specialist 2016
If you would like to read more about the benefits and breakdowns of Microsoft Office certifications, this article explains your options in greater depth.

Cisco Certifications

Official certifications offered by the well-known American tech company Cisco, there are a number of ways these can boost your career. With five paths to choose from, Cisco certifications have become a popular way to prove skill sets in the IT industry.
Cisco certification paths that are available include:
●       Cisco Entry
●       Cisco Associate
●       Cisco Professional
●       Cisco Expert
●       Cisco Architect
If you would like to learn more about the advantages and details of the Cisco certifications, this article will present what you need to know.

CompTIA Certifications

CompTIA is a trade organization based out of Chicago. On top of being highly reputable in the IT industry, the organization is also a non-profit, meaning that it keeps a lower bias. They intend to primarily educate specialists and professionals throughout the IT industry, and part of the way they do so is by issuing certifications.
There is a variety of certifications that can be obtained from CompTIA, some of which include:
●       CompTIA Security+
●       IT Fundamentals+
●       CompTIA A+
●       CompTIA Network+
●       Cybersecurity specific certifications
●       Infrastructure specific certifications
While this description only skims the surface of what CompTIA certifications are all about, this article goes into greater depth about these useful qualifications and which career paths they can benefit from.
 

What Are the Benefits of IT Certifications?

Now that you have a general overview of what IT certifications are, along with knowledge of some of the most prominent options available in the industry, it is important to take a gander at how these certifications can be of benefit to your career, or future career, in information technology.

1. Improve Your Resume

While many individuals have impressive skills written on their resumes, it is possible to fake abilities when they are written on paper without proof to back up any claims. Certifications are especially legitimate and it is difficult to falsify the possession of certs. That is because it is possible for employers to ask for proof and check for their legitimacy.
When an employer sees certain official certifications on a resume, they can rest assured knowing that you are actually capable of the claims you make. If two equally as experienced job applicants were to apply for the same position, chances are the ones with the right certifications would be more likely to score the work.
Obtaining certifications is an especially wise choice for those who are new to the IT industry and do not have much prior work experience. While work experience requires previous employment and time to acquire, certifications are examination, skills, and knowledge-based, so even those who have not been employed in information technology for long can express their professional abilities and impress employers.

2. Boost Your Employability

Employers are often delighted to hire employees that are already highly qualified for a specific position because this implies less initial training so that the individual can be brought up to speed with the ins and outs of the position. Those who are able to pass the examinations for a variety of IT-related certifications are certainly qualified for many information technology positions.

3. Gain Access to a Larger Variety of Potential Careers and Positions

While it is possible to acquire a variety of positions with an educational background in information technology, getting certified amplifies your employment possibilities. Some jobs altogether will not hire employees if they do not possess certain certifications. These positions are predominantly government and military I.T. careers, where certain skill sets must be proven.

4. Score a Higher Starting Salary

While salaries for jobs in information technology are already oftentimes reasonable and at other times substantial, teksystems.com reports that those who have added at least one certification to their resume are looking at an increase in 15%.
If you apply for your first information technology job and have some certifications under your belt, you are looking at an impressive starting salary, which is also a wonderful way to get your foot in the door with a career that is not only internally fulfilling but financially as well.

5. Unlock New Skills and Enhance Your Knowledge

There are so many directions one can go in when it comes to information technology, sometimes it is challenging to know which skills and knowledge would be best for employability. Certifications narrow down the knowledge a bit more, allowing you to focus upon some aspect of IT in more detail, which increases expertise and enhances skill sets.
 

5 Benefits of Getting an IT Certification: Our Final Thoughts

Have you decided yet whether or not obtaining an IT certification is right for you? If you have not quite made up your mind, worry not. The beauty of IT certifications is that you can secure them at any point during your career in information technology.
As this article portrays, there are many benefits of opting for further development of information technology skills and knowledge, but at the end of the day, you must decide what is in your best interest and what will best progress your career in the direction of choosing.
Are you searching for IT schools in San Diego or for an affordable IT school?
At ICOHS College our team of dedicated educators is passionate about seeing their students succeed. We are a non-profit vocational college in the heart of San Diego offering four information technology tailored programs for study. These include Computer Network Technician, IT Network Specialist, and IT Systems Administrator, along with a Continuing Education program in Information Technology.
Does one of these options seem intriguing to you? Reach out to us today and request more information.