Holistic Massage School Volunteers Help at OCRA, Orange County Ride for AIDS

OC Ride for AIDS (aka OCRA) is a bike ride that supports AIDS Services Foundation (ASF) in Orange County.   “AIDS Services Foundation Orange County’s (ASF) mission is to prevent the spread of HIV and improve the lives of men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Orange County” 

At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health we pride ourselves in supporting our community, and the people around us.  This is the second time that Healing Hands has been a part of OCRA where students have volunteered their time.  A huge thank you goes out to the following students: Viet Vu, Tara Miali, Ivette Brosz, Maryam Lailabadi, Will Wooten, and Alison Jones.


As  students and graduates alike, your selfless acts of volunteering will push you into the forefront of the massage therapy industry.  These students worked shifts giving Massage Therapy, pain and joint relief to the riders in the event.  Posted at the mid-line and at the finish line, these students helped relieve cramping muscles, helped stabilize overloaded systems, and brought a sense of peace to the otherwise charged and exciting atmosphere.  

The coordinator of the event, Vince Bennet said, “We had amazing feed back from the riders as well as the “OCRA” Orange County Ride for AIDS orgnaizers regarding the exceptional massage team.  Thank you everyone from Healing Hands School of Holistic Health who attended as well as assisting in organizing the massage team.  This was our 5th year and we are thrilled to have Healing Hands as the official Massage Team of OCRA!”

And thank you Vince Bennett for providing our therapists with shade, water, t-shirts, and the opportunity to work with these amazing athletes, mothers, fathers, friends and survivors.  Is was truly an amazing experience.

Holistic Massage School Discusses Strategies to Reduce a Women’s Risk for Breast Cancer

Did you know…..that according to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is second only to lung cancer when accounting for cancer deaths among women in the USA?  In fact, in 2013, an estimated 296,880 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed, with approximately 39,620 women expected to die as a result.  Risk factors for breast cancer include: age, race, ethnicity, genetics, personal & family history of cancer, exposure to estrogen and progesterone, hormone replacement therapy, and a variety of lifestyle factors.

 “Although many of our risk factors for developing bshutterstock_131745701reast cancer are beyond our control”, said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  “there are still many holistic health practices proven to be effective in lowering a woman’s risk.  Below is a list of my top ten”, she continued.

  1. Maintain a Healthy Weight – Postmenopausal women who are overweight or obese have an increased risk of breast cancer, and they have a higher risk of it returning after treatment.
  2. Engage in Daily Physical Activity – Regular exercise helps women maintain a healthy body weight, lowers hormone levels, and causes positive changes in a women’s metabolism and immune factors.
  3. Get Massaged Regularly – Research on massage in people with breast cancer have shown that massage offers both physical and emotional benefits such as: feeling less pain, reduced anxiety, feeling less depressed, increased levels of dopamine which produces feelings  of well-being, and an increase in white blood cells that boost the immune system .
  4. Avoid Hormones – Hormone Replacement Therapy and birth control pills can increase your risk of developing breast cancer.
  5. Reduce Alcohol Consumption – Current research suggests that having more than one to two alcoholic drinks, (including beer & wine) per day raises the risk of breast cancer, as well as recurrence after treatment.
  6. Develop the habit of healthy eating – A diet that includes many fruits and vegetables and fewer animal fats, have proven to provide many health benefits.
  7. Self-care – A routine (bi-monthly) self-exam can help detect lumps, bumps, and other changes to breast tissue, so you can seek a doctor’s care early on as early detection saves lives.
  8. Educate yourself on the role genetics and genetic mutations (ie: BRCA1 and BRCA2) play.
  9. Understand your family history of breast cancer and other cancers that may affect your chances.
  10. Seek preventative care! Mammograms are still considered the best defense against breast cancer as early detection substantially increases survival rates.

shutterstock_133339211At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, you can learn all about Massage, Diet/Nutrition, Herbal remedies and many other Holistic Health practices for optimal health.  For more information about our school or the 80+ holistic health courses we offer, visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com  or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.


Citation: American Cancer Society. Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2013-2014. Atlanta: American Cancer Society, Inc. 2013.)

Angel Hair Pasta with Lemon and Garlic

Holistic Massage School posts Healthy Receipes


1 tsp olive oil

2 tsps. minced fresh garlic

½ cup white cooking wine

¼ cup lemon or lime juice 1 cup chopped tomato (medium size)

¼ cup chopped fresh basil

½ tsp ground black pepper

4 oz. dried spinach angel hair pasta

4 oz. dried semolina angel hair pasta

2 Tbsp. freshly grated parmesan cheese



  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and maintain at boiling
  • Add garlic to a saute pan and cook garlic over medium heat until it begins to brown
  • Remove the pan from the heat and pour in the wine – then return to heat
  • Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until wine is reduced by half. Stir in the lemon or lime juice and tomato, stir then remove from the heat
  • In the mean-time, place the pasta in the boiling water till cooked (1 – 2 minutes).
  • Drain the pasta and place it into a warm serving bowl.
  • Add the basil, Parmesan cheese and black pepper into the wine/tomato mixture and pour over the pasta
  • Toss the pasta to blend all ingredients, serve immediately and enjoy!


Serves 4

4.1 grams fat per serving

291 calories per serving