Holistic Massage School Acknowledges 22nd Anniversary

Founded by Paula and Neha Curtiss in 1992, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH) celebrated its twenty-second Anniversary on Saturday, February 8th, 2014.  The school, which has classrooms in both Escondido and Laguna Hills, California, boasts two Massage Therapy and Holistic Health Programs and over 80 electives/modalities for students to choose from. 

Nationally accredited and approved for Government funding via Federal Student Aid, Veterans Benefits, and the Workforce Investment Act, HHSHH is considered a path-blazer in Holistic Health Education.  Over the past 22 years the school has earned a reputation for turning out exceptional Massage Therapists and Practitioners, putting graduates in high-demand throughout San Diego and Orange counties.  To date, the school has prepared over 6,000 students for successful careers in the industry and is still going strong.


Earning their living as Massage Therapists, while raising a young family, Paula and Neha knew back in 1992 that they had something more to offer.   Believing that Massage Therapy is a Healing Art as well as a Science, after much discussion and meditation on the subject, the couple identified an aligned vision: To teach therapeutic bodywork so that the massage student not only learns the techniques, but is inspired by the art and craft of the work.  

After identifying their vision, the couple turned their attention to answering the question: How can we teach hands-on massage skills while engendering deep respect for the body and compassion for each other.  Looking to past instructors, Western Science and the disciplines of Eastern philosophy, they found their answer.  They would develop curriculum that required the student to experience both sides of the massage, give them a comprehensive understanding of the structure and function of the body, and provide ample opportunity for them to gain practical experience.  Most importantly, they would do so by creating a classroom environment of trust, respect and joyful discovery.

When acknowledging the school’s 22nd anniversary, Paula said, “I want to thank our, dedicated students, exceptional Faculty and hard-working Staff for our school’s many accomplishments.  If not for them and the 6,000 graduates who believed in our mission, our vision would not have become a reality”.  Neha, the school’s Director of Education added:  “We’re very fortunate to have attracted Massage Therapy and Holistic Health educators who specialize in their subjects and have a tremendous respect for the Healing Arts.  They have been the driving force behind our success, not only imparting their knowledge and skills, but also by modeling the sensitivity and awareness necessary to become a solid practitioner.”

Currently, HHSHH has more than 350 students interested in pursuing a career the  US Department of Labor reports as being the fastest growing in the Nation. The reason; new technologies can now confirm the therapeutic benefits of Massage making it a fully accepted adjunct to mainstream medicine.  Now, in addition to traditional settings like Day Spas, Gyms and Resorts, Massage therapy is also being offered at Doctors’ and Chiropractic offices, Physical Therapy Clinics, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Rehab Centers, and even in Corporate settings.  With the average starting salary between $15 and $45 an hour, it not only offers variety, it allows practitioners to achieve financial independence. 

Paula and Neha Curtiss believe that becoming a true Healer, requires a balance of academic and technical knowledge, clinical skills, manual dexterity, sensitivity and awareness.  If you have a passion for promoting health and self-care, yet crave autonomy and a profession you can take anywhere, then it may be time to consider the highly gratifying career of a Massage Therapist or Holistic Health Practitioner. For more on HHSHH and our programs, please call us at (949) 305-2722, or visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com.

Holistic Massage School – Nutty about Nutrition!

The “Holistic” concept in health-care means taking all aspects of a person’s life and circumstances into account when assessing their overall health and well-being.  These include life-style and the physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of a person’s life.   Holistic Nutrition is an essential part of any Holistic health program.  Food not only provides the energy we need to move our bodies, it provides the nutrients essential to building and repairing bone, muscle, fat, blood and all other body tissues.  The goal of Holistic Nutrition is to give the body what it needs to recover from injury or illness while also building a strong foundation for long-term optimal health.   



At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH), our Faculty understands the importance of good nutrition and offers several classes on the topic.  These include: Health & Dietary Practices, that teaches how dietary practices can increase or diminish an individual’s nutrition and health.  Another popular class is Wholistic Nutrition, which examines how food affects the mind/body connection, and reviews the basic nutrients in food such as: carbohydrates, vitamins, enzymes, fatty acids, amino acids.  And finally, a student favorite called Nutritional Super-foods.   In this class the instructor introduces students to a variety of Super-food groups and explores how these foods fight disease and promote wellness. 

All our nutrition classes touch on food trends and recent research; such as how combining certain super-foods can unlock more nutritional value than eating those foods alone.  Next blog will have a few examples of recipes that combine these super-food duos to give you more nutritional bang for each bite!


Holistic Massage School – Healing Hands Newsletter!

Hello Healers,

Each year, Paula and Neha select one instructor to be honored as the Healing Hands Teacher of the Year. We review not only what qualities make a good teacher, but also what qualities make a great Healing Hands teacher.  Our past Teachers of the Years were: Denise Fultz 2003, Raina Colvin 2004, Sandra Christie 2005, Daniel Shultz 2006, Jennifer Sanchez 2007, Danielle Weaver 2008, JR Price 2009, Annie Heffner 2010, Pilar Chandler 2011, Shaunna Avila McClure 2012, and Dan Martin 2013.  This list reflects the caliber of the Healing Hands teaching staff. All are great teachers, continually learning their subject and consistently striving to learn better ways to communicate. All are instructors who respond to the needs of their students. All are able teach the basic building blocks of their subject matter clearly, and yet teach complex areas with confidence, without pretention. Yet, what makes a great Healing Hands teacher? A Healing Hands teacher is primarily a healer. They are able to extend their healing skills to every student in their class. At the same time they are teaching a skill set to students, they are envisioning their own healing skills to be facilitated through every student in the room.

Our 2014 Teacher of the Year is Claudia Baben. Claudia came to Healing Hands as a student with extensive training in Thai Massage. She is citizen of the world, having lived in South Africa, England and Ireland, and traveled throughout world. Very early in her time at Healing Hands, Claudia became quite enamored with her master teachers, and was soon Classroom Assisting every chance she got. Because of Claudia’s commitment to Thai healing techniques, she not only became the Thai Massage teacher for the 100 hour Thai Massage course, but she also expanded our Thai bodywork courses to include Thai Foot Massage and Herbal Thai Massage. Claudia joined Jeni  Hartung and Dan Martin in Laguna Hills to teach Circulatory Massage. Claudia loves being a professional healer. Her enthusiasm for massage therapy and her precise communication skills make her classes as vibrant and full of knowledge as she is. Congratulations Claudia! And Thank you for sharing your healing work with us all.

We also congratulate our latest Holistic Health Practitioner graduates: Katherine Andrews, Krystal Avery, Claudia Baben, Kimberlynn Bernard, Ian Borck, Amber Brittian, Jonathan Cracchiolo, Kelsy Getchell, Cammy Grajek, Jenny Hanson, Katrina Karnes, Sarah Keck, Hanna Martinek, Faith McCready, Melissa Mendoza, Oliver O’Mara, Tanya Owen, Krassimire Ouzounov, Shelby Prewitt, Catherine Roth, Hayley Simon, Gerome Templeton, and Viet Ha The Vu. You all came to Healing Hands from different backgrounds, different life experiences. Some of you were just beginning your path as healers, others brought years of training and expertise with you. We wish you well in your career and look forward to hearing of your success.

We invite all to share Springtime Camping and Healing at the 2014 Healing Hands Holistic Living Retreat! Come splash in the creek; meditate under the oaks; learn new techniques of healers others and self; and celebrate Spring together!

In Peace & Health,

Paula and Neha and All of Us at Healing Hands