Here is what some of our graduates have to say about attending our 600-hour certification program..

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Elisabeth Lorbeer

Eggenfelden, Germany

International Student
Class of Fall Intensive 2015


It’s already been more than a year since I finished my course and it could not have been any better. Words can not describe how thankful I am, about what I’ve learned from all of you guys and how well you prepared us for the healing work outside the school. I’ve found a wonderful and inspiring job as a Spa Manager on a resort in the Maldives and I’m working with therapists from Bali, India, and Thailand. It’s been such a great journey and I was also able to learn new things as well as deepen my knowledge. A big, big thank to the while Hawaii Healing Arts College team!
— Elisabeth

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Laura Owen, LMT


Island of O'ahu, Hawai'i

Class of Summer Intensive 2015

I just wanted to thank you for getting me involved in massage therapy and doing such a good job of recruiting me as a prospective student. Although the program was not without its difficulties, I am so happy to be a massage therapist!

I took the test early and then started my own business, as well as maintaining a network of clinics that need coverage when I’m available. As I anticipated, I specialize in sports massage but I’m also working on orthopedic certification, because it’s so helpful for athletes and for many other people who have specific chronic issues or injuries. I love it, although it’s sometimes scary because people come expecting to be “fixed”. At this point, the majority of my clients are non-athletes who find orthopedic massage helpful in keeping them active. I found office spaces in Hawai’i Kai and in town, and they are both great, supportive environments. Perhaps returning to New York at some point is in the stars, but for now I’m focusing on building my business here.

I just wanted to let you know, so you can tell other prospective students, that I’m very, very happy with my choice, and that the massage therapy profession seems endless in its applications and learning opportunities. I feel completely different than I ever have before, to have an enjoyable profession, make great money and work totally independently. And to be appreciated by the people I work with!

Mahalo nui loa! I’m always trying to get up there to get a student massage. No one does skin rolling like your students :)
— Laura

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Reeta Meana, LMT


Waipahu, O'ahu

Class of Winter Intensive 2014

My journey with HHAC began with a simple tour of the school in 2002, but did not come to full fruition until 2014 because I was serving in the U.S. Air Force. It took a combined 12 years as an Air Force officer and civil servant to make my dream come true. My pursuit for massage therapy became another ‘calling’ to serve others; a pathway to becoming a professional massage therapist. Fortunately, I was able to use my Post-9/11 GI Bill Veteran Educational Benefits to attend this vocational school; graduated within 8 months through the intensive program; and have been in practice for the last three years.

Since being licensed, I have been able to bridge the gap between my background in kinesiology, business management, and rehabilitation counseling; more specifically, apply my knowledge, skills, and abilities by merging technique, science and art to provide professional and positive client experiences. Massage continues to be one of my pathways to wellness, personal growth, and self-discovery; and as I continue to serve, I offer the same opportunity, alternative, and avenue for wellness to the members of our communities.
— Reeta

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Jocelyn Chinen, LMT

Kaneohe, O'ahu

Class of Spring Part-Time 2014

Before I decided to attend Hawaii Healing Arts College as a student, I already knew about the massage clinic as one of the greatest places to get a massage! I used to get a massage from the interns, advanced interns, and sometimes from the licensed massage therapists. All of them were very knowledgeable on how to help me with my pain, especially the irritating knots from my shoulder blades to my neck and the pain in my lower back. My body aches and pains were due to my work as a nurse and of course stress. I was so happy just to get a massage once a month.

One day I decided to learn how to do it. I thought to myself, maybe if I learn how to massage I can help some of my co- workers who were suffering like me. So, that’s I what I did. I enrolled as a student in the part-time program. In the beginning it was fun, especially because when we go to school we get to massage each other, but as the program progressed, It started getting harder for me to balance my full time job, family, school, and making sure to get the hours I needed to graduate. With the help of everybody at school, especially the HHAC instructors, I did it! After I passed my state licensure exam, they offered me a job to work with them and I was so happy! Of course I said yes, and now I’m one of the Licensed Massage Therapists working in this place that I still consider one of the best places to work, the best school for massage therapy, and the best place to rejuvenate and get a massage.
— Jocelyn
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Sian Howells, LMT

Laie, O'ahu

Class of Fall Intensive 2011

I’ve always been inspired by holistic health and healing and always dreamt about being able to help people in a positive way and working in a peaceful environment. As soon as I stepped in to Hawaii Healing Arts College, I knew that was where I wanted to study to become a massage therapist. The clinic and classroom settings are so inviting and beautiful. During my course, I fell even more in love with the pathway I was beginning. I enjoyed every aspect of the program from human anatomy, business classes, and to the overall professionalism to a wide range of hands on techniques from amazing and knowledgeable instructors all specializing in different modalities.

I can proudly say that I have landed my dream job at Nalu Kinetic Spa at Turtle Bay Resort because of all the experience and knowledge Hawaii Healing Arts College gave me. I used to surf every day looking up at the spa wishing I could work in such a beautiful setting overlooking the ocean. Now I work there watching the ocean everyday, whales jumping, sunsets, turtles and waves. I use all the techniques I learned from HHAC to give people from all over the world and all walks of life a massage and the chance to feel better for people on vacation and the local community.
— Sian

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Stacey Ikaika Perbera, LMT

Hau'ula, O'ahu

Class of Winter Intensive 2011

Aloha. Being a massage therapist and helping other people were callings of mine. So, I went on a journey to find the right school. During this time, I checked out a variety of massage schools. Hawaii
Healing Arts College was the third place I visited. I was impressed. During the tour, I felt an immediate sense of belonging. I liked that it focused solely on massage therapy and that it had a nice energy and vibe. The staff were super friendly and genuine. I knew THIS was the school I wanted to attend.

The school has an internship program, which gives students an opportunity to practice with the public and massage members of the community. We got the chance to work on lots of different types of bodies. Many of these clients come back time and again, which gives students an even better opportunity to hone their craft. The school also grooms students to get their first job after graduation. It especially prepared me with the tools and information I needed to start my own business.

As a wonderful side benefit, I developed a long term bond with both staff and my classmates, who are now like my extended family. After graduation, I continued my studies in the healing arts, specifically Lomilomi and decided to work for myself. I created Ho’opono Healing Massage (“Let the healing begin!”). I currently have 43 yelp reviews, all five stars. It’s been a humbling journey and I am truly grateful for all that Hawaii Healing Arts College has done for me. If you are thinking about becoming a massage therapist, I very highly recommend Hawaii Healing Arts College! Mahalo!
— Stacey


Nomi Greenman, LMT

New Jersey

Class of Fall Intensive 2010

I graduated in 2011, and I must say I wouldn’t be the Massage Therapist I am today, both mentally and physically, without the amazing teachers and staff that were provided. They truly care about their students during internships and really prepare them for the real world. I absolutely love the clinic, so much that I worked there after I graduated as a LMT and receptionist for almost 2 years. Now, I own my own business called Welcome Back Massage in New Jersey which is located within a strength and conditioning facility for athletes. It’s a great feeling to have my clients tell me the energy they feel when I give a massage, and I truly believe it is the “aloha spirit” that this school has provided me. Thank you for everything!
— Nomi