Holistic Massage School Hosts Holistic Health Workshops

Imagine how wonderful life would be if each day everyone awakened with tons of energy, a strong, pain-free body, a clear thinking mind and an arsenal of strategies to combat stress and optimize health! Toward that end, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH) designed a special two-hour, interactive Holistic Health Workshop for our Massage Partners, and other interested groups and organizations within San Diego and Orange Counties.

Paula Curtiss, Founding Director of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, is credited with developing the first Massage Training Programs for community colleges within the state of California.  Drawing inspiration from over 30 years of practical experience, she teaches attendees about easy life-style changes and self-care exercises they can begin today to enhance their energy, health and zest for life tomorrow.  shutterstock_133339211

In this workshop Paula demonstrates simple yet powerful holistic practices to increase the body’s energy, strength, flexibility and overall health.  Attendees will learn about the body’s most common problem areas, and specific massage techniques to relieve pain and increase flexibility.  Also discussed are proven Mind/Body strategies to help manage stress and promote deep relaxation.  The workshop touches on the physical (exercise, nutrition, massage therapy) as well as mental (emotions, attitudes, expectations) and spiritual (meditation, prayer, service, self-nurturing) components of Holistic Health and is designed to empower attendees of all ages.

Workshops can be held at your facility or at one of Healing Hands classrooms in Laguna Hills or Escondido.  Dates are provided upon request and interested parties may inquire or schedule a workshop by calling Harmony Curtiss at (949) 305-2722 or viae-mail to contactlaguna@healinghandsschool.com – Subject line: “Holistic Health Workshop”.

If you are an Alumni, Current, or Interested student and would like to see a particular type of workshop held, please comment your ideas!  The purpose of these Workshops is to help you!

Holistic Massage School Supports The Massage Therapy Reform Act of 2014

On April 23, 2014 city officials throughout California participated in a news conference with Assembly Members Susan Bonilla (D-Concord), Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) and Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) to announce the Massage Therapy Act of 2014.  The Act, which makes substantial changes to the Massage Therapy Act of 2008, was approved on June 23, 2014 by the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development.  The law is seen as an important step toward eliminating the human trafficking and prostitution associated with the Massage industry within the State of California and will go into affect on January 1st, 2015.

After hearing of the Act’s approval, Ms. Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH), commented, “With the Massage Therapists’ job rate growing at a rate of 23%, the CAMTC ‘s (California Massage Therapy Council) role is more important than ever.  Massage establishments that engage in illicit activities exploit women and negatively impact the industry’s reputation.   Now, the CAMTC’s new standards of operation will be more enforceable, weeding out offenders. ”

shutterstock_124152457The CAMTC is a non-profit organization tasked in 2008 with licensing of massage therapists and regulating the industry statewide.  In addition to providing more enforceable standards of professional operation, the 2014 law empowers local law enforcement to shut down places where there is a threat to health and safety or where illegal activities take place.    The CAMTC is also empowered to “punish” clinics and certificate holders that engage in sexually suggestive advertising to discourage such practices.

Other changes enacted by the law include raising professional standards for Massage Therapists, requiring them to attain a minimum of 500 hours of massage education before being eligible for state certification.  This means phasing out the previous 250-hour Massage Practitioner Certification.  The new standards also require certificate holders to obtain Continuing Educational Credits (CEUs) for certification renewal.

With over 80 Massage Therapy and Holistic Health courses to offer, HHSHH is in a great position to help therapists meet the new CAMTC standards”, said Harmony Curtiss, Classroom Manager HHSHH Laguna Hills.  “In most cases, applicants can transfer credit hours from a previous massage school to HHSHH’s 500-hour Massage Therapy or 1000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program.   As a year-round school, students with the previous minimum of 250 massage hours can become eligible for State Certification in as little as 3 months!  Our classes qualify for CEU’s as well so student/graduates can return annually to take enriching classes while satisfying CAMTC requirements,” she added.  To learn more about HHSHH classes, Programs or Financial Aid options, call 949.305.2722 or go to www.HealingHandsSchool.com .