Category Archives: Holistic Health

Swiha Specialty Clinics

If you or someone you know have been curious as to what we offer, come visit us at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and experience the serenity of our college community through any of our specialty clinics.  This way you can experience it first hand!  Our mission is to help people discover their Gifts and Graces and learn to serve in the world in a loving way.  As part of our training, we offer Specialty Clinics to the public!  Receive sessions in Asian Therapy, Cranial Unwinding, Hypnotherapy, Reiki, Reflexology, Life Coaching and Polarity, with students completing the programs.

You are Invited to Swihas Upcoming Clinics

Upcoming Holistic Healing Clinics will be held Sept 19 – Sept 29, 2011 @ Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. SEPTEMBER CLINICS Include… Hypnotherapy Clinic (Complimentary): The Hypnotherapy clinic is designed as a capstone experience preparing students to begin the practice of Hypnotherapy. Students hypnotize volunteer clients for the purpose of deep relaxation, stress and anxiety reduction, easing fears and phobias, and addiction abatement including smoking cessation and weight management. Some students are trained to do basic past life regression sessions. The sessions are done under the supervision of an instructor.

How To Stop Time

We know winter brings shorter daylight hours and longer nights, but does it seem to anyone else out there like the days speed by in a blur this time of year? An hour goes by in a minute, and it feels like the first morning cup of coffee is barely swallowed down and suddenly it is time to make dinner. Is anybody else looking into the setting sun and checking another box off the calendar while asking themselves, “What happened to this day?”

With this going on, it seems impossible to take some time for oneself for a treat like an hour massage or other healing therapy such as Reflexology, Shiatsu or Hypnotherapy. However, if you consider the idea of stopping the spinning time machine and blocking one hour out of the day for yourself, you will in effect be stopping the clock from consuming your day with work, errands, chores, more work, and finally, exhaustion. A little bit of holistic healing therapy goes a long way when it comes to fighting the potential physical and emotional effects of these chilly temperatures and shortened sunlight hours. That’s my spin on it, anyway, and I’m sticking to it.

An exceptional place to take that break is at the Specialty Clinics at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. Here you can enjoy extreme discount prices from students who are completing their coursework in holistic healthcare practices. The session prices range from complimentary to $15 per session. In addition, there is now a ‘Specialty Clinic Frequent User Card’ which is essentially a punch card-style discount plan, most of which give you a free session after a certain number of purchases. The sessions are supervised by an instructor and generally take place in a classroom at SWIHA’s serene college community.

Some examples of SWIHA’s Specialty Clinics:

Asian Therapy Clinic

Students practice interview, assessment and application skills using their individual Asian art modalities; including Shiatsu, Jin Shin Jyutsu® Physio-Philosophy Seminar, or Tui Na Bodywork for the purpose of client feedback and results. The treatments are done fully clothed under the supervision of an instructor.

Hypnotherapy Clinic

The Hypnotherapy Clinic is a capstone to preparing students for the practice of Hypnotherapy. Students hypnotize clients to assist them with relaxation, stress and anxiety reduction, easing fears and phobias, and for addiction abatement including smoking cessation and weight management. Some students are trained to do basic past life regression sessions. The sessions are done under the supervision of an instructor.

Reflexology Clinic

Reflexology is a hands-on modality based on the principle that reflex areas exist in the feet, hands and ears. When these areas are stimulated, they improve relaxation and healing of the glands, organs, nervous and digestive systems and other body areas. The treatments are done fully clothed under the supervision of an instructor.

Reiki Clinic

Reiki is an energy therapy system of holistic healing where spiritually directed life force energy is directed to various parts of a client’s body for the purpose of deep relaxation, relief of physical and emotional concerns and spiritual clarity. Reiki balances energy on a spiritual, mental, emotional & physical plane. It helps resolve problems, achieve goals & connect higher consciousness & spiritual purpose. The treatments are done fully clothed under the supervision of an instructor.


A full holistic care system combining hands-on contact, toning, breathing and gentle techniques which encourage the body in emotional and mental releases through facilitated dialogue.

Life Coaching

Life Coaches support and encourage you to find your answers within for questions about work, personal life, goals and spirituality. Our coaching sessions are complimentary as a way for SWIHA to give back to the community.

Dates and times vary by month, but SWIHA’s Specialty Clinics are currently taking bookings for the following dates in December:


Tuesday Dec 7p, 730p

Thursday Dec 9, 645p, 815p

Tuesday Dec 14 645p, 815p

Thursday, Dec 16 645p, 815p


Wednesday, Dec 8, 8p-Pathology-Skeletal, Musculature and Structural

Wednesday, Dec 15, 8p-Pathology-Digestive

Please only request an appointment if you have the specific pathology being reviewed that week. Please specify the exact pathology you would be working on.


Tuesday Dec 14, 7p


Thursday Dec 16, 630p, 8p

ASIAN THERAPY CLINICS: Shiatsu, Barefoot Shiatsu, Tui Na, JinShin

Please let us know which Therapy you prefer.

Dec 7, Tuesday: 530p, 7p, 830p



– 9:30am – 11:00am – 1:30pm – 3:00pm –

POLARITY/CRANIAL-Second Sunday of every month-

– 12:00pm – 1:30pm – 3:00pm –

To book your appointment:


Phone: 480.393.1411

When contacting us please be ready to give SWIHA:

  1. Name of clinic
  2. Your first/last name
  3. Your phone number
  4. First/second choice of time/date for your session

So take an hour back from the day for yourself. Call or email SWIHA’s Specialty Clinics and enjoy wielding a little power over the spinning hands of time while doing something extraordinary for the wellness of your body, mind and spirit.

~Merry L.




Experience a Transformational Education Online with Southwest Institute of Healing Arts

As a co-sponsor of Celebrate Your Life Conference 2011, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts recognizes an amazing opportunity to gift one person a FULL, ONLINE SCHOLARSHIP – it could be YOU!  The catch is – there’s no catch, AND the best part is, you don’t even need to attend Celebrate Your Life to enter!  ANYONE can enter the drawing to have a chance at being selected to win a full, online scholarship with SWIHA, allowing you to earn a holistic diploma or degree in the area of your choice! Imagine getting a diploma or degree online, using the same inspirational textbooks as those featured at Celebrate Your Life!

APSA Scholarships Awarded To SWIHA Students

The Arizona Private School Association’s (APSA) 45th Annual Conference was recently held on May 18, 2012 at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix.  Many amazing speakers presented this year.  Keynote Speaker KC Miller, Owner Southwest Institute of Healing Arts shared “We All Leave a Teaching Legacy- What Are YOU Teaching?

The Exciting Announcement SWIHA would like to share is the winners of the Lifetime Learning Scholarship!  Congratulations to Kathy Butcher, Daniele Lomahaftewa (who will be starting the Massage Therapy program), as well as Terra Stone (not able to make it to the luncheon).

More About APSA Scholarships:

Each Spring the Arizona Private School Association awards $1,000 Scholarships to every public, private and charter High School in Arizona.  The Arizona Private School Association has awarded 150+ scholarships yearly to local High Schools.  Scholarships are for graduating students from Arizona and the High School determines the recipients of the Awards.  Applications for Scholarships are available through the High School counseling office each Spring.  Scholarship deadline is always April 30th.  Counselors for additional applications and certificates contact the APSA office at 602-254-5199.

About APSA:

The Arizona Private School Association (APSA) is the oldest and largest association of private postsecondary schools in Arizona, with over 56 member schools, and over 40 Associate Members who provide valuable products and services to the private postsecondary sector. APSA has received national acclaim as the 1997 Outstanding State Association. Since its foundation in 1967, APSA has worked closely with state administrations, the legislature, and its regulatory bodies. Member schools offer general education, two and four-year degrees, and vocational certificate programs to over 230, 000 students in any given year.

SWIHA is blessed to be connected to such a wonderful organization!

The APSA 45th Annual Conference also included informational Breakout Groups:

•       Government/ AZ Workforce Development- “Occupational & Employer Demands in Arizona”
Panel discussion to be moderated by Donna Pettigrew, Arizona College of Allied Health
Panel Members: Cynthia Spell-Tweh, Deputy Community & Economic Development Director,  City of Phoenix Workforce Connection Division – Rosalyn Boxer, Vice President/Workforce Development, Arizona Commerce Authority, Patrick Burkhart, Assistant Director, Human Service Department, Workforce Development Division
•       Regulatory- “Presentation on 90/10 Cash Program” – Daniel Jones, National Program Director, Pearson Workforce Education
•       Compliance- “Workforce Skills Reality Check”  – Dr. Al Gray, Executive Director, ACICS
•       Admissions/Compliance & Disclosures-  “Don’t Blink” – this session examines recent regulatory changes that impact school operations – Jamie Morley, Ph.D. and Spring Zutes, Education Consulting Solutions
•       Admissions- “Where Have All the Prospects Gone and What Do I Say When I Reach Them?” – Pam T. Jones, Lightpoint Consulting and Training
•       Compliance- “ Integrating & Enhancing Management of CDR’s and GE Measurement” – Mary Lyn Hammer, President & CEO, Champion College Services
•       Career Services- “Does Your Career Center Speak #Hashtag? How to Leverage Social Media”  – Robert Stark, Vice President of Learning Initiatives, MaxKnowledge, Inc.
•       Regulatory- Speaker TBD “Washington Update”
•       Education- Fred Lockhart
•       Retention- Brandyn Bolte “Teaching Skills and Retention”
•       Education- Lori Ebert, Ph.D.

The Connection to Natural Birthing

The health of a child starts from the very day it is alive, in the mother’s womb. The overall wellness of a mother is crucial for the health of her child. The mother and the child are ONE, connected by the umbilical cord. Following a holistic approach is the approach to wellness in all natural areas of the soul; emotional, physical and spiritual. The holistic approach focuses on diet and exercise using various therapy techniques and practices. Holistic approach to birthing and the birthing experience alone are connected because the birthing experience is a natural occurrence and so is the holistic approach. Studies show that using drugs legal or illegal during pregnancy has a direct impact on the fetus so you’re not only putting your own life on the line, but you are risking the health of your unborn baby.

You are faced with many things that you should take precautions with when considering doing what majority of women do in the United States, which is birthing in hospitals, using technology, medications such as epidurals, Pitcon, Cesarian c-section. All of these procedures and medications have been proven to cause serious problems in birthing such as infections, injuries, prolonged pain or healing and even risk of death. When you’re in an environment such as a hospital that advocates to treat you and your child with drugs, with the general focus of skipping your overall nutritional wellness this can be the major influence for how you begin to treat yourselves for the rest of your life.

natural-childbirthThings like Pitcon. Epidurals and c-sections, have side effects, and it is proven that Epidurals statistically lengthen the birth process cause a large amount of stress on the mother, which will of course also cause stress on the baby; remember, they are one. However a mother feels mentally, physically and spiritually, so will the child. That overall experience of actually giving birth to the child affects the mother a great deal… For instance, if she had a long process to release the baby, was crying and feeling stresses, she won’t be able to be there for the child right after giving birth. After a stressful birth and feeling the side effects of the medication, the mother will need her rest; if she’s too exhausted she won’t be able to feed the child, which now has led the child to drinking formula. This can start a chain of events, and repercussions can last for years. Let’s not get into how formulas will affect the child with nutrition, but let alone the lack of bonding through natural breastfeeding, might be lost forever.

Being that pregnancy affects the mind, body and spirit we should consider our health and consider getting support while going through this transformational time of birthing. There are many programs offered that help the mind, body and spirit such as holistic health programs such asyoga, nutrition, reiki, homeopathy, aromatherapy, life coaching,homeopathic remedies, acupuncture and eastern medicine, and spiritual support groups. In life this will not only make for the mother’s experience a more personal one – the child will benefit a a great deal as well, as the mother is fully in tune with her conscious and body. There are holistic practitioners such as professional certified Doulas who can help the pregnant mother for before, during or postpartum of the birth; she helps you with mental, physical and emotional support. Allow your experience to be created by you. With this holistic support, she can give you the needed information for this special time of your lives (the entire family).

child birthAs far back as we can go, women were giving birth where there were no hospitals; the beauty of it is, they are still doing this today. Now days we want to sort of cheat our way out of the pain in birthing and get it over with so to say, but in the end we only are cheating ourselves and possibly, our babies. We can find that birthing in hospitals now is a business; it is not necessary to be medicated unless you have a serious health issue. The insurance companies are making tons of money through birthing. We are so full of fear of the pain and the unknown experience that we automatically go with what society may say is safe.

As Lipton said it, “Nature created this entire birthing process, and every step of the way is instrumental and effective in creating a natural, normal development of a human. When we try to bypass the process or interfere with the use of chemicals and drugs, we are diverting a very natural process of evolution.” It can be rewarding when going through an all-natural birth. Learning to trust your body and respecting nature will give you and the baby a great gift of a blissful beginning to a new life for the both/all of you. We need to empower women more to trust their instinctsrather than let fear and scare tactics, rob us of our instincts.

Read more about natural childbirth:

Guest Author:  Janet Pinto lives in Connecticut and is currently attending school online with SWIHA.  She finds herself on a wonderful journey and life path leading her to holistic wellness. She is most passionate about universal awareness through health. While learning about and helping others to explore the wonders of the mind, body and spirit, she seeks to inspire others through life coaching, nutritional workshops and group retreats. Being connected to nature through the holistic approach has brought her closer to the Earth and her Higher Purpose.


“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” ~Thomas Edison Homeopathy is a form of Alternative Medicine that is Holistic, scientifically based, practiced as a profession since the 1800’s, and in the United States since 1820.  It is the second most common form of Alternative Medicine in the America’s today. There is thought to be approximately 10,000 homeopathic practitioners in the United States, and there has been an explosion of interest in alternative medicine in the last ten years.

2012 Natural Choice Awards for Holistic Business of the Year & Yoga Studio

A special congratulations to Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA) for receiving the 2012 Natural Choice Award for “Holistic Business of the Year” as well as SWIHA’s Yoga Studio & Educational Facility, Spirit of Yoga (SOY), for receiving the 2012 Natural Choice Award for “Yoga Studio!”

“THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO VOTED FOR US ~ We are Humbled and Honored!”

Sponsored by Natural Awakenings magazine, the Natural Choice Awards provides readers the opportunity to select individuals and businesses across the Valley each year that deserve recognition for their efforts in health and wellness, and green living.  The winners are based on popular vote from online ballot submissions at, from April 1 to June 10, 2012.

Wayne Hoffman and Tara Celaya had the pleasure of attending the Holistic Chamber of Commerce and Natural Awakenings mixer, an award gathering Tuesday evening.  It was their honor to accept these awards on behalf of SWIHA and SOY.  At this event, it was their pleasure to gift two 5-class yoga studio packages away, as well as to meet an entire room of amazing healers!  THEY ARE PASSIONATE AND IT SHOWS!

From KC Miller ~ Founder of SWIHA, SWINA and SOY:

Thank YOU, the Holistic Chamber of Commerce and Natural Awakenings  for the honor of  being receiving the 2012 Natural Choice Award for ‘Holistic Business of the Year’ and for Spirit of Yoga receiving the 2012 Natural Choice Award for ‘Yoga Studio.’   We are both humbled and honored.

Wayne Hoffman, Director of Operations of Spirit of Yoga and Tara Celaya, Education Manager for Spirit of Yoga reported  the event was beyond lovely.  It is very appropriate that the team members who have had a BIG part of doing the work that won the award were present to accept the honor.

Words seem inadequate to express our appreciation.  Thank YOU! ~ Blessings

“When Work Works” – SWIHA Receives the Sloan Award

It’s official – 26 recipients were awarded the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award this morning, November 2, 2011.  Each of them have distingished themselves as leading practitioners of workplace flexibility in Arizona and across the nation.  The Arizona award ceremony was held at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler, Arizona this morning, hosted by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce.

Arizona Recipients of the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award:

  • Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Foundation
  • Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCS)
  • Autohaus Arizona, Inc.
  • Children’s Dental Village
  • Clifton Gunderson LLP
  • Custom Accounting & Tax
  • Deloitte
  • Henry & Horne, LLP
  • Infincom
  • Intel Corporation
  • Keats, Connelly and Associates LLC
  • McGladrey
  • Microchip Technology Inc.
  • Omega Legal System, Inc.
  • Point B
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Rio Salado College
  • Ryan, LLC
  • Scottsdale Healthcare
  • Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
  • Verede Valley Sanctuary
  • Wist Office Products
  • Neonatology Associates, Ltd. (Honorable Mention)
  • Valassis (Honorable Mention)

The Sloan Awards are unique for their rigorous, two-step selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices, and a confidential employee survey.  Terri Kimble, President and CEO of Chandler Chamber of Commerce says:

“We highly commend these companies for their use of flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase their business success and benefit their employees.  Not only are they excellent  examples for other businesses wanting to remain competitive in today’s rapidly changing marketplace, but they are also leading the way in making Arizona a great place to live and work.”

The Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Of Excellence in Workplace Flexibility are part of When Work Works, a national project to educate the business community on the value of workplace effectiveness and flexibility.  It is an ongoing initiative of Families and Work Institute (FWI) first funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  For more info on the When Work Works project and the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for  Business Of Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, visit

About Southwest Institute of Healing Arts

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts is a nationally accredited (ACCET) private college and community-healing center for Holistic Healthcare careers and continuing education, on-campus and online. ”We are highly honored to accept this award” says KC Miller, founder and CEO of SWIHA.  ”I feel very blessed to receive this honor again.”  It just so happens that the aesthetics branch of the school, Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics has previously won this award.

‘Inspire Your Heart With Art’-Art With Heart

Today is January 31, 2012, nationally recognized as ‘Inspire Your Heart with Art Day!’  What better way to honor this day than with a highlight and update of a beautiful program and unique outlet for emerging and juried artists alike?  Southwest Institute of Healing Arts is filled with healing light and loving energy.  Yes, it is an accredited college providing holistic education, but it is so much more than that.  This Spirit-guided campus thrives with compassion, support, acceptance and Love.   Adayre Miller, the caring ‘curator’ of Art With Heart is thrilled to be of service, helping new and old artists embrace their value as they share their expressions and insights in this pure way, through the creation of ART! Art With Heart…