Loving Hands has been in Fortuna for over 30 years (Eureka location relocating back to Fortuna at the end of March 2018!! The School and massage business will remain open in Fortuna)
With a solid reputation in this wonderful community, we look forward to sharing our knowledge and services with all different types of people from various backgrounds. We are proud to announce that as of March 2017, we are the only state approved (private) Massage School in Humboldt County!!!,We also have a public practice in Fortuna.
Loving Hands Massage students learn in a pyramid style. They gain a basic foundation and understanding of all the basic massage moves, which apply to all all body types from head to toe. We believe that it is important to build a solid foundation and teach a full body routine, which is then adjusted to meet and exceed each clients needs. We do not teach students to be robots and our program is far from "standard"! Each client is unique, so we offer students a Holistic approach to get to know their clients and to gain an understanding of what type of massage style, touch, and pressure they either enjoy or may need. A large part of a therapists job is client education. For example, Swedish/Relaxing massage is not always light pressure, Deep Tissue is not always deep or painful. Students are taught how and when they should only use one modality versus when to combine several modalities together. All of our students learn flexibility, touch sensitivity, and how to be creative with or without a routine. We offer 7 core courses and several continuing educations seminars. A true therapists education is never really "over", it is a continuous life journey. We also offer spiritual retreats and seminars for those who are interested in learning to teach, counsel and facilitate healing circles, or simply work on their own spiritual path, based upon METAPHYSICS, HOLISTIC HEALTH EDUCATION and the SACRED TREE TEACHINGS of the Medicine Wheel.
A great analogy is massage being similar to basketball or karate: you need to know the basics of passing, shooting, dribbling or kicking, punching etc. so you can achieve different levels of skills advancement and be able to work with different populations. This is why we start with basic Swedish massage and then move forward through other advanced modalities. Our Swedish massage course literally teaches you how to massage every part of the body, while the client is professionally draped, from head to toe, including the face, fingers/toes and abdomen (and of course the feet, legs, arms, back, and, neck!) We then add new skills to each level of the students "pyramid" so they can reach their full potential!!
DR. ROSALIND SKYHAWK OJALA (11/12/1945 to 03/17/2015)
Founder of Loving Hands Institute. She was an Interdenominational Minister and Sacred Pipe Carrier of Native American and European Ancestry and Principal Chief of the Pan American Indian Association Thunderbird Clan of Redwood River Lodge. Skyhawk was been an ABMP certified Massage Therapist since 1974 and has taught and facilitated classes in the Advanced Healing Arts and Holistic Health Education since 1969. She has held a California State Authorized Teaching Credential in Massage Therapy since 1982.
In 1976, she helped open and was Head Supervisor of the Massage Therapy Staff and a Physical Therapy Aide at the Physical Therapy Center in Mill Valley, CA, where she worked in association with Donald Stutzman, R.P.T., a Registered Physical Therapist. Skyhawk also worked as a Physical Therapy Aide with Don Stutzman at Rafael Convalescent Hospital in San Rafael, CA, from 1976 through 1979 in the Physical Therapy Department.
Ramona Ojala CMT#27825- OWNER/Administrative Director and Instructor
Skyhawk's daughter, Ramona Ojala, is now the owner of Loving Hands. Ramona has been practicing massage since 1999 and teaching since 2012. She has her Masters degree in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Sport Psychology, from CSU Long Beach and is a graduate of Humboldt State University.
1. Licensed to Operate School #1200261 (Bureau Private Post Secondary Education), Since 1989. "Licensed to operate means compliance with state standards as set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009"
2. Approved by the California Massage Therapy Council, School # SCH0011 ** www.camtc.org
3. NATIONAL CERTIFICATION BOARD FOR THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE AND BODY WORK
Approved Continuing Education Provider #022364-00