School of Holistic Health Explores WHY Massage is Good for Every Body!

We all know that Massage is good for us, but do you know exactly Why?  Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has a passion for educating students about the Why of all things related to massage and the body.  No class better demonstrates this passion than our comprehensive, 100 Hour Anatomy for Body-workers course.  In this class students are given a deeper look into the fascinating world of the human body.  The instructor presents a detailed exploration of the body’s many Systems, their function, how they serve the ‘whole body’, and how they are affected by massage.  Below are a few “fun facts” shared in class……shutterstock_130090013

Digestive System:  This system is quick to respond to stress.  Something unexpected comes up, throwing off our thoughtfully planned day and immediately we feel “knots in our stomachs” as our anxiety level sores.  Fortunately, regular massage has a regulating effect on the digestive system.  In addition to inspiring tight stomach muscles and intestines to relax, properly applied, a stomach massage helps to mobilize food through the digestive system, aiding in the assimilation of nutrients and facilitating elimination.  It also reduces symptoms such as flatulence and constipation.

The Nervous System: The nervous system is a highly complex network that relays messages from the brain to the rest of the body.  The part of the nervous system which regulates many physiological functions leaves the brain at the base of the skull and runs down the spinal cord.  Millions of nerve endings run throughout the body controlling much of the way it functions.  Depending on the depth of the massage movements used, the nerve endings can be stimulated or soothed.

The Integumentary System (The Skin!):  Massage helps to exfoliate superficial dead skin cells of the body which increases circulation and facilitates cell renewal.  Massage also helps maintain the collagen fibers in your skin which give it elasticity and strength (tone) and can help keep wrinkles at bay.

shutterstock_116241661The Muscular System: Massage creates an increase in blood flow, thus allowing the bloods vital nutrients to circulate more efficiently.  Massage is popular among sports enthusiasts because it can improve muscle tone, restore mobility, optimize performance and ensure the elimination of waste products.  Massage before exercise, can help loosen and warm up muscles.  After exercise massage can ease soreness, relieve leg cramps, relax stiff muscles, increase range of motion, and help strains and sprains to heal more quickly. shutterstock_109907030

Circulatory System:  By dilating the blood vessels, Massage increases the bloods circulation throughout the body.  A good circulatory system means that an sufficient supply of the blood’s nutrients and oxygen reach the billions of individual cells in the body.  This is vital for the healthy functioning of the whole body, from the muscles to internal organs such as the kidneys and liver.

Lymphatic System:  The lymph system absorbs and eliminates waste substances within the body.  Unlike blood circulation, which has the heart to pump it around, the lymphatic system has no pump of its own and is dependent on muscular action to get its work done.  The increase in blood circulation caused by Massage helps to accelerate the Lymphatic System.  Massage speeds the flow of lymph, encouraging a more effective filtering and elimination of waste throughout the body.  An efficient lymphatic system provides the body with a strong immune system to fight against infections and disease.

At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, you can learn all about these and other body systems in our 100-hour Anatomy for Body-workers class.  For more information call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or visit us online at .

Holistic Massage School Recipe for MamaMina Veggie Pasta!

This recipe was used at the Holistic Living Retreat and I know many folks who raved about it and wanted to know how to make it… so here it is!  Thank you to Mina Robinson for this recipe!


  • GF Brown rice noodles
  • Jar or Pasta Sauce I used Dave’s Gourmet Tomato Heirloom GF  Sauce
  • Yellow Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Green bell peppers ( you can add red and yellow as well)
  • Mushrooms
  • Yellow Onion Chopped
  • Spinach
  • Fresh Garlic Cloves Chopped
  • Fresh Basil
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Fresh oregano
  • Italian seasoningshutterstock_42600829shutterstock_42600829shutterstock_126150977


  1. Cook pasta noodles and set aside.
  2. Wash and Slice all veggies.
  3. Saute sliced onions into pan of 1 tbsp. olive oil for about 5-8 mins.
  4. Add all other veggies and cook for about 10-15 mins.
  5. Add in fresh herbs, garlic and Italian seasoning with the veggies, add more or less for flavoring. I love Herbs so I add a lot!  Dry Italian seasoning is much stronger than fresh herbs so if you have both use them!
  6. Then add the pasta sauce and cook for another 5-10 mins until you bring it to a boil.
  7. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired
  8. If you like some spice add some roasted red pepper flakes 🙂



Holistic Massage School has Jobs Jobs Jobs – Get Trained and Get Working Now!

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” –Stephen Covey If you have been searching for a rewarding career that offers flexibility, a variety of work environments, and a starting salary of $15 to $45 an hour, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH) may be just what you have been searching for! Our Massage Therapy and Holistic Health Practitioner programs teach the knowledge, skills, and professional ethics you need to successfully practice as a massage therapist in any number of health care settings. Best of all, the Dept. of Labor predicts that continued growth in the demand for massage will lead to 30,000 new job openings between 2012 and 2022. Shop for jobs Providing exceptional massage therapy education for over 20 years, HHSHH offers both full and part-time training programs to prepare you for this exciting career. With classrooms in both Escondido and Laguna Hills, we offer day time, evening and weekend classes to accommodate individual schedules. So whether you are currently employed but looking to make a career change, or unemployed and seeking a financially viable career with a sense of purpose, HHSHH can get you trained, certified and working in as little as seven months. We also offer a variety of Internship opportunities to help you decide upon the massage environment best suited to your personality and interests. Students choose HHSHH because of our convenient location, top-notch instructors, well-rounded curriculum, low cost/high quality education, and unsurpassed job placement opportunities. In fact, last month alone, HHSHH received nearly 50 job opportunities from local venues eager to hire our graduates. These job opportunities come from some of the finest Massage Clinics, Spas, Resorts, Hospitals, Medical Practices, Chiropractic Offices, Rehab Centers, in the SoCal area. Accordingly, we’re encouraging our graduates from Oceanside, (especially Veterans and their wives) to consider driving to South Orange County where the demand for Massage Therapists can result in immediate job placement!shutterstock_100116671 One reason HHSHH graduates are in such high demand is because of our instructors’ emphasis on body-mechanics. All students must learn Tai Chi movements which have been proven to help them avoid injury and increase their longevity of service. Another reason our graduates are so desirable is because we offer over 80 courses and allow students to customize their education to an area of special interest. These include Physical Therapy/Sports Massage, Spa/Resort Massage, Medical /Clinical Massage. We also offer courses that focus on related health topics such as Holistic Nutrition and Herbal Preparations, which are seen as “added-value” to many employers. Last but not least, we offer classes to prepare students for the professional world such as: Community Service Internship, Effective Communications, and Massage as a Business. shutterstock_7556224So, if you are looking for a career that offers the satisfaction of helping people and a work environment that is positive and life-enhancing, consider a career in massage therapy. Whether you choose to attend full-time or part-time, day-time, evenings, or weekends, the massage therapy courses at HHSHH will provide you with the high-quality education you need to get the job you want. At HHSHH we don’t just help you succeed in massage school, we help you build a satisfying and rewarding career. Start preparing today, call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or visit us online at .