Massage School Reports Changes to CAMTC Certification & State Licensing Requirements

Hello Healing Hands,
The California Massage Therapy Council has made significant changes to state certification requirements.
I. As of January 1, 2014, no more 250 hour Massage Therapy Certification
  1. If you have completed 250 hours and your application is received by CAMTC by December 31,2014, you may still receive a 250 Massage Practitioner Certificationshutterstock_152680601
II. As of January 1, 2015 all applicants are required to have 500 hours and pass an approved exam
  1. You may upgrade from CMP to CMT without taking exam if you do so before December  31, 2014
  2.  CAMTC approves of the following exams: Massage and Bodywork Licensing Exam [MBLEx]; the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage [NCETM]; and National Certification Exam of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork [NCETMB]
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Holistic Massage School Supports CalWORKs Career Training and Educational Events

Mental Health Systems (MHS) is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 to provide innovative and cost-effective mental health services to California residents state-wide.  MHS operates more than 80 community-based programs throughout California including ‘CalWORKs’ which is designed to transition people from welfare dependency to self-sufficiency through employment.  Toward that end, MHS provides a wide variety of training, professional development seminars and community outreach events year-round. Their training’s and courses are taught by a staff of highly trained, expert behavioral health professionals and their conferences include nationally recognized speakers and trainers. The events are designed to provide a unique interactive learning environment as well as provide networking opportunities for clients.shutterstock_124152457

On Monday, September 8th, 2014, Harmony Curtiss, Director of Special Funding for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH) was invited to speak at one such event in Oceanside, California.  “All welfare to work participants receive an appraisal of their education and employment background as well as assistance in finding a job or obtaining the education and training necessary to become financially self-sufficient” said Ms. Curtiss. “Healing Hands was invited because we care about our students and we help them through the process of enrollment to employment.  We deeply respect the training and physical work it takes to be a long-lasting massage therapist and we are always here to help our students as well as graduates succeed in their chosen field.  In addition to our ability to help students from all walks of life achieve their dreams, we are a nationally accredited school and listed on California’s Eligible Training Provider List which allows us to provide vocational training to CalWORKs clients.  Another reason we were targeted is because the field of Massage Therapist is considered an ‘in-demand’ career with job growth at 23%, higher than any other industry segment.  Just as importantly, our training can be completed in as little as a year and starting salaries range between $20 and $45 an hour making it a  ‘financially viable’ career as well”, she added.

shutterstock_34840459CalWORKs services are offered through Social Services as well as several Multi-Service Centers where employment related activities take place.  These include: vocational assessment, employment readiness and job appraisal, education and job training services, referrals to community services, and ongoing employment goals coaching.  CalWORKs clients must be either a recipient of assistance through San Diego County’s California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) or enrolled in the Welfare-to-Work Initiative.  CalWORKs clients are referred by Welfare-to-Work Employment Case Managers. They also work with referrals through other community-based organizations to secure necessary Employment Case Manager referrals.  For more information about CalWORKs call (858) 573-2600.

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been serving residents through two regional campuses located in Escondido and Laguna Hills for over 22 years.  With more than 80 Holistic Health courses and two Certification Programs to offer, HHSHH is considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health Education in Southern California.  To date, HHSHH has prepared more than 6,000 students for successful and rewarding careers in Massage Therapy and Holistic Health. To find out more about the educational programs or financial aid available at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health please visit us on-line at or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.

Holistic Massage School Reveals Top 5 Holistic Health Remedies for PMS

Premenstrual syndrome, characterized by a collection of 150+ symptoms that can occur the week before a woman’s menstrual cycle, is due to an imbalance in estrogen and progesterone levels.  Just a few of the undesirable symptoms include:  irritability, migraine headaches, mood swings, bloating, food cravings, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and water retention.  Factors that intensify the hormonal imbalance of PMS include: sleep deprivation, chronic stress, unhealthy eating habits, and inactivity.shutterstock_42359824

“Statistics on PMS reveal that it is a widespread condition affecting approximately 85% of American women”, says Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.   “Studies show that about 5% of those affected become temporarily disabled due to severe PMS symptoms and, the suicide rate for PMS patients with depression is substantially higher prior to their menstrual cycle.  While PMS presents a difficult challenge for many women, there are a number of natural remedies that have been proven to substantially reduce if not eliminate PMS symptoms.  Below is a list of our faculty’s top 5,”  she continued.


A recent study by Touch Research Institute (TRI) in Miami showed promising results in the use of massage to reduce symptoms of anxiety, pain, water retention and depressed mood in women diagnosed with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PDD), a more severe form of PMS.  By promoting circulation and lymphatic drainage, Massage addresses the circulatory changes (water retention) triggered by altered hormone production.  It also reduces the body’s stress hormone Cortisol (by 30 to 40%) and increases Serotonin and Dopamine levels (30 to 40%) thereby enhancing mood, reducing pain and facilitating better sleep. 


Though not exactly sure how it works, Western physicians believe that Acupressure increases circulation and elevates endorphin levels in the brain.  Endorphins are the body’s natural pain fighters and mood enhancers.   As a treatment for PMS, studies showed Acupressure on specific points of the body substantially diminished cramps, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, and nausea on about 78% of patients tested.   


The Chaste Berry may stimulate your endocrine system so your body can manufacture more natural progesterone, decreases bloating, irritability, and reducing achy breasts.  Also, Evening Primrose may help alleviate anxiety and cramps, while Valerian Root, works as a muscle relaxer and sleep aid.


A Calcium-rich diet (1,300 mg daily) —one full of leafy greens, almonds, and yogurt—may help prevent many PMS symptoms. Aim for about 15 milligrams of E Vitamin E and 500 mg of Omega-3 per day (essential fatty acids) such as those found in a fish-oil capsule.

shutterstock_125340167Mild Exercise and Stretching:

Mild exercise such as walking or Yoga, has been shown to positively impact dozens of PMS symptoms like cramping, tension headaches, water retention, and irritability.  Even a mild work-out increases circulation and signals the body to release Endorphins (which reduce pain), Dopamine (the body’s natural source of pleasure) and Serotonin (which reduces depression and anxiety while enhancing sleep).    Also, hip and back stretches that increase blood flow to the uterine, abdominal, and lower-back muscles can substantially ease the tension that leads to cramping.  Yoga moves such as child’s pose or happy baby during the week before your period have also proven to have a similar affect.

To learn more about the 80+ holistic health courses offered at HHSHH, call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or visit us online at .