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An Accredited College Graduating the Future of the Wellness Industry [business spotlight]

by Taylor Jablonowski

“If there is one message we want everyone to understand, it’s that there are no extra people in this world,” says KC Miller, founder and chief spiritual director of Southwest Institute of Healing Arts (SWIHA). “We believe if you’re here on Earth, there’s a reason.”

As SWIHA celebrated its 27th anniversary on September 15, that sentiment holds stronger than ever. What humbly began in 1992 as a two-room massage school with eight employees has now reached its latest evolution on Southern and McClintock, in Tempe, as a 26,000-square-foot main campus, with a clinic offering an array of healing modalities, a yoga studio and training center (Spirit of Yoga), and a state-of-the-art aesthetics facility and student spa (Southwest Institute of Natural Aesthetics).

SWIHA is a nationally accredited college employing 108 staff members as well as many long-time committed instructors, some of whom travel across the world to come teach the transformational classes the college has built its reputation upon. Additionally, the school is honored to be affiliated with respected organizations such as the National Academy for Sports Medicine, the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, and the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners. True to its massage roots, SWIHA is one of the largest providers of continuing education units for massage therapists in Arizona.

The offerings include certificates, diplomas and degrees encompassing modalities such as holistic nutrition, life coaching, natural aesthetics, reflexology, reiki, Western herbalism, and yoga teacher training, and with the opportunity to combine many of them in SWIHA’s larger programs to truly fulfill each individual's unique vision for their future. The curriculum provides the opportunity to learn business development, transpersonal psychology, resiliency building and more, as well as abundant opportunities for practice sessions, which instill a level of confidence in graduates that is unmistakable.

The college’s reach is worldwide; SWIHA offers online education with dedicated instructors, engaging coursework, and community discussion forums. The online student population is equal to the on-campus population in size, importance and success. Students enroll from all across the country—many of whom have visited the campus and lovingly refer to it as “home.”

It is impossible not to be transformed simply by walking through the doors at SWIHA. You will find entrepreneurs hard at work on computers in the Success Center, students lining the halls excitedly buzzing about their latest breakthrough in class, and a staff and faculty from all backgrounds bringing their own unique experience and insight. Everyone has a fascinating story to share, as well as an open heart and an eager ear for those seeking acceptance and purpose.

SWIHA graduates have become wellness experts, successful coaches, public speakers, authors, retail shop owners, and so much more. The staff and faculty at SWIHA can’t emphasize enough how proud they are of every soul who has been called to the college’s doors and moved through their fears to truly step into their soul’s purpose.

SWIHA would like to invite you for a campus tour, a complimentary four-hour guest pass to a class, or to join its monthly Gifts & Graces event on the first Friday of each month where SWIHA hosts inspirational speakers and gives its student practitioners a chance to practice their modalities at no cost to you. As you walk through the college’s doors, you’ll be greeted by the scent of essential oils and tea from the bookstore, Healing Pages, and a community full of love, grace and service to others.

As Miller would say, “I see you!” It is SWIHA’s commitment to see each person’s individual gifts and support them in becoming instruments in the peace and healing of others.

Taylor Jablonowski, marketing specialist at SWIHA, can be reached at [email protected]. For more information on classes or events, call 480-994-9244 or visit