SWIHA Blog Hannah Roen: A Holistic Healer Who Learned to "Heal Thyself First"
Hannah Roen was in need of significant healing. Over the course of eight years, she suffered from two brain tumors, a liver tumor, severe acid reflux, pancreatitis, ovarian and breast cysts, pleurisy, and some other emotional conditions as well.
At the time, Hannah was living in Puerto Rico and suffering with serious health conditions when she met a holistic healer who taught at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona. He spoke to her of the self-healing power of Ancient Chinese Medicine and a specific technique called Tui Na. The term Tui Na (pronounced "twee na”)—which literally means "pinch and pull”—refers to a wide range of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), therapeutic massage, and body work. Tui Na is not generally used for pleasure and relaxation; rather, it serves as a treatment to address specific patterns of disharmony in the body.

Joel Seigneur, a longtime instructor at SWIHA, encouraged Hannah to travel to Arizona to take the initial Chinese Five Element Theory course, which provides a model for understanding causes and solutions for health problems and explains the basic tenants of how human health works. Her instructor became her mentor, and they committed to a routine of one-on-one mentoring for many years, which added up to countless hours of going over case studies from his private practice. The herbs he recommended and distance healings he offered were the foundation of Hannah’s healing.
Eventually, Hannah came to the self-realization that she would not be able to fully heal myself unless she left her unhealthy marriage of 20-years. When she did, she decided to re-locate to Phoenix precisely to be near SWIHA! A few years later, she graduated in 2006 with two diplomas—one from the Ancient Chinese Medicine program and the other from the massage program with a specialization in Tui Na and 200-hours of Cranio-Sacral Unwinding.
As if reporting on a miracle, Hannah celebrates what she learned as a student. With a deep sense of reverance she says, “I healed myself with 100% NATURAL METHODS— with absolutely no conventional medicine.” Reflecting on her current professional success as a holistic healer, Hannah shares, “Together with the academic and experiential learning at SWIHA, I was able to collect a number of healing techniques that have enabled me to help others and to have a large scope of practice. With the knowledge that I gained, I have been able to keep myself healthy for years, and I never needed to bring my kids to the doctor while they were growing up— I was their ‘doctor.’”
In addition, Hannah explains, “I appreciate that SWIHA taught me about the emotional and spiritual roots of illnesses. Each illness or dysfunction that we experience has symbolic meaning. As we go through the healing process, we are able to access the gifts of wisdom and personal growth that are contained within each challenge.”
Hannah is now living in the Holy Land— in the amazing city of Jerusalem. She describes her practice this way: “I help people to heal from chronic and acute health conditions, so-called medically incurable conditions, past life challenges, physical and emotional trauma, and auto-immune conditions. I have also gained substantial experience in treating all types of fertility problems and children’s conditions, such as learning disabilities, ADD, slow growth and development, among others.”
Being careful to stay within her scope of practice, Hannah further explains, “Often, people come to me with one-of-a-kind mystery illnesses. I find it very exciting to use the skills I learned at SWIHA to determine the source of the problem and then to create a healing plan. It is such a joy to help people to regain a normal life.”
From a place of deep introspection, Hannah reveals, “I feel that it is our responsibility to HEAL our health problems and then help others to do the same. The greatest lesson that I learned at SWIHA was the importance of doing my own healing, in order to be a clearer vessel to help others.”
Another piece of advice Hannah offered is to keep collecting new healing techniques and keep evolving the ones that you already use. With humility, she shares, “I have developed a way of using Cranio-Sacral techniques that I learned at SWIHA directly on the acupuncture meridians that I have continued to study and understand. It’s been very powerful!”

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About the Author KC Miller

KC Miller is the founder of Southwest Institute of Healing Arts celebrating its 25th year anniversary of helping people to discover their Gifts and Graces. Over the years KC has received many designations and won numerous awards. While these are milestones in life worth celebrating, her greatest joy and accomplishment, in her mind, is that her 'Life Light' has been used to help illuminate others 'light' and life purpose! Her personal life motto has become the healing model for SWIHA ~ Let me be an instrument in the peace and healing of others as we seek to touch lives, heal bodies and free souls!
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