"By touching a body, we touch every event it has experienced. For a few brief moments, we hold all of a clients stories in our hands. We witness someone's experience of their own flesh through some of the most powerful means possible, the contact of our hands, the acceptance of the body without judgement and the occasional listening ear.
With these gestures, we reach across the isolation of the human experience and hold another persons legend."
- Tracy Walton LMT MS, "The Health History of a Human Being" Massage Therapy Journal-Winter 1999 (with permission)
Our vision at Maui Academy of Healing Arts is to provide you with the broadest educational content available by the most highly experienced instructors in our field. Many core concepts and practices that have accompanied massage training over the last 30 years have grown and shifted dramatically. The science and art of critical thinking, research/reasoning and their place in pain management is reaching exciting new ground and we are committed to bringing these concepts and the educators who pioneer them into the compassionate classroom of NOW.
Our philosophy is one that supports our students in experiencing the social and psychological aspects of the important work we do. While our hands manifest a mechanical expression of our work, our hearts and minds express a presence of love and healing for our fellow humans. Understanding how the science of massage has caught up to the magic of massage is key in developing ethical and honorable habits for both ourselves and those we serve. If someone said you could see love under a microscope, would you want to look?
Our curriculum provides our students a completely unique cross-training in massage modalities that cultivate a "whole-body, whole-practice" career path. An introduction to Eastern, Western and unique to our program, traditional Hawaiian methodology is blended with exciting new pain experience research and client-centered practice. Additional treatment approaches such as Thai Bodywork and Ashiatsu (barefoot bodywork) ensure that graduates will be strong and successful in long term, multi-faceted employment with private practice, spas, wellness cooperatives and clinical settings both in Hawai'i and across the world.
Our faculty are dedicated, highly qualified professionals. Our local instructors are masters in their field with decades of teaching experience and professional practice. We also provide instruction from internationally renowned practitioners and educators that are built right into the foundational program at no additional cost. These educators create and deliver customized experiences in our unique program that cannot be found in any other massage school in the country. Many schools offer "advanced" training above and beyond the foundation, MAHA customizes the advanced instructor to deliver an integrative experience to the new student that is vastly more beneficial to their learning progression.
Our supervised clinic gives students valuable hands on experience with their developing massage art. Our staff is present during these public clinics and provides hands-on, real-time feedback and support. We also attend sporting events, senior facilities, outdoor festivals and participate in other community outreach that allows students to give back while perfecting their craft.
Our school is located in the highly accessible, historic town of Paia on the island of Maui. Easy walking proximity to restaurants, health services, housing and some of the most beautiful and well known beaches in the world for relaxing and water-sport! Our space is comfortable and professional with climate control and private facilities. We are an NCBTMB Assigned School, members of the AFMTE, ABMP, AMTA and we are licensed by the Hawai'i State Dept. of Education.