Holistic Massage School Offers Courses in Healing Herbs and Homeopathic Remedies

“While ancient Chinese and Egyptian writings describe medicinal uses for plants as early as 3,000 BC , there is evidence of plants being used as medicine that predates recorded history”, said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director and Staff Instructor for Healing Hands School of Holistic health.  “Recently, the World Health Organization estimated that 80% of the world’s population rely on medicinal herbs as their primary form of health care treatment.  With herbal remedies proving as effective as prescribed medicines, with fewer side effects, it’s no wonder that there is a renewed interest in this ancient healing practice” she continued.

Herbal medicines are effective in treating a multitude of conditions ranging from Cancer, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Alzheimer’s to chronic allergies, fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis and other health nuisances.
Below is a table of six of the more popular medicinal herbs and the common health conditions they may improve. 

Here’s a list of some herbs and their know benefits: herbs

Echinacea (Echinacea Purpurea) is used primarily to strengthen your immune system. A review of 14 clinical studies examining the effect of Echinacea on the incidence of the common cold found that Echinacea reduced the odds of getting a cold by 58%.  In assessing the duration of a cold when using Echinacea, researchers found it shortened a cold by an average of 1.4 days.

St. John’s wort (Hypericum Perforatum) has been well known for its mood enhancing effects. Studies have shown that St. John’s Wort may be an effective treatment for mild to moderate depression, and has fewer side effects than most popular antidepressants currently prescribed by doctors.

Valerian (Valeriana Officinalis) is a safe and gentle alternative to commonly prescribed sleep medications.  Unlike prescription sleep aids, Valerian users enjoy less morning drowsiness and other side effects commonly experienced when taking prescription medications.

Ginkgo (Ginkgo Bloba) has been used to treat circulatory disorders, enhance memory in older adults and is especially effective in treating Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of Dementia.  It also improves blood circulation by dilating blood vessels and reducing the stickiness of blood platelets.

Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) Though still being debated, a number of studies suggest that the herb is effective for treating symptoms of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH).  These symptoms include frequent urination, having trouble starting or maintaining urination, and needing to urinate during the night.  As a result, Saw Palmetto is currently used by more than 2 million men in the United States for treatment of BPH.

Kava Kava (Piper methysticum) – Several studies have found that Kava may be useful in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, and related nervous disorders. Considered a mood elevator, Kava Kava has been known to help enhance one’s sense of wellbeing.

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been serving residents in Escondido and Laguna Hills for over 23 years.  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 Herbal Studies & Applications, Homeopathic Remedies  or any of the other 80+ massage and holistic health classes available at HHSHH , visit us on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722/Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.     

Source: Herbal medicine | University of Maryland Medical Center http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/treatment/herbal-medicine#ixzz3e2BRKswI

What Massage Modality is Best For Me?

With massage clinics, day spas and wellness centers now located in neighborhood strip malls and shopping plazas, most of today’s consumers are well aware of the therapeutic benefits of massage.  What many don’t know however, is which modality is best for their unique needs and physiological condition. To help answer the question, Ms. Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, offers the following table listing today’s most popular massage modalities and the clients most likely to benefit from each;

Name of Modality


Who Does It Benefit?

Swedish (Circulatory) Massage

The most commonly requested massage, a Swedish massage involves lubricating the skin with massage oil and performing a variety of strokes to increase circulation and smooth muscle knots.

Great for clients who want to deeply relax, those with high-blood pressure, insomnia, fibromyalgia or scoliosis.  Swedish massage uses medium to light pressure and is terrific for soothing the nervous system diminishing anxiety, stress and pain while boosting happy hormones like Serotonin and Dopamine.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue is a type of massage therapy that focuses on the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue using techniques such as Muscle Sculpting and Structural Organization. Its intent is to manipulate “connective tissue” (the collagen web-like network that supports and binds other tissues in the body) to create more space, balance and ease of movement in the body.

Great for a variety of clients ranging from the moderately active to the serious, competitive athlete.  It corrects and balances postural issues such as sway back or rounded shoulders and promotes optimal function of the muscles & bones of the body.  Benefits of a deep tissue massage include a dramatic improvement in the client’s posture, flexibility, range of motion, and energy level.  It also diminishes pain and stiffness by relaxing muscle knots and reducing inflammation due to over-stretched muscles.

Sports Massage

A therapeutic Sports Massage uses deep, invigorating Massage techniques to enhance the performance of athletes at athletic events or prior to weight training. In a sports massage the therapist focuses on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and /or aggressive movements.  Special focus is given to cross-fiber techniques that release old adhesion’s and scar tissue thereby promoting better performance and faster healing.

Great for sports enthusiasts and competitors whose work-outs are extreme and often result in muscle strain and/or overuse injuries.  Sports massage targets muscle-tendon junctions and joints.  It promotes flexibility, reduces muscle fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries, speeds healing and prepares the body and mind for optimal performance.

Thai Massage

Thai Massage is an ancient healing system that combines acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures to impact both the physical and energetic systems of the body. It is performed on a floor-mat with the client wearing loose, comfortable clothing. The therapist leads you through a sequence of yoga-like motions and combines rhythmic rocking with progressively deeper stretches to help you deeply relax. In contrast to other massage modalities, Thai massage encourages the recipient to become engaged and mindful of their body’s reaction to each of the poses for optimal results. 


Great for almost anyone regardless of age or physical condition.  Thai massage works by touching points along the body’s 10 major “sen” (energy) lines to clear energetic blockages.  The benefits of a Thai massage include relief from asthma, migraine headaches, muscle sprains, bruises, and anxiety.  Clients also experience a reduction in physical and emotional tension, improved sleep, reduced stress, improved flexibility, and a greater awareness of their bodies as well as their thoughts and expectations.



Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been serving residents through two regional campuses located in Escondido and Laguna Hills for over 23 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 HHSHH please visit us on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.     

Healing Hands School Of Holistic Health – Opening Doors of Opportunity


Tired of Scraping By with a Minimum Wage Income?

Are you a high-school graduate in need of a self-supporting career? Do you require a head-of-household income, but only have skills for minimum wage jobs?  Are you considering a vocation, but not sure what’s right for you? 

If you answered YES to any of the above questions it may be time for you to consider a career as a Massage Therapist or Holistic Health Practitioner.

Therapeutic massage is a beneficial wellness intervention proven to promote relaxation and positively impact every systems of the body. As a result, the U.S. Dept. of Labor predicts “Jobs for Massage Therapists will continue to grow at a rate of 23% through 2022” (faster than any other industry) and “the average starting salary for Massage Therapist is $35 an hour” – That’s an expected 30,000 new Massage Therapist jobs, making it an ‘in-demand’ and financially viable career for years to come!

Founded by Neha and Paula Curtiss in 1992, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH) is nationally accredited, and approved by the State’s massage governing body, the California Massage Therapy Council.  HHSHH has earned a reputation for excellence, offering a low-cost, high quality education with graduates in high-demand for their expertise and longevity of service.

With locations in Escondido and Laguna Hills, HHSHH has successfully prepared more than 6,000 students for CAMTC certification and can do the same for you!   Boasting two academic Programs and 80+ Massage & Holistic Health classes offered during the day, evenings and on weekends, HHSHH can set you on a path to a satisfying and rewarding career in less than a year!  Call us at 760.746.9364 in Escondido or 949.305.2722 in Laguna Hills and we’ll help you get started today!

Holistic Massage School: Thank You Massage Volunteers!

Check out what these Rock-Star students and graduates have accomplished this month!

Memorial Day

Mia Taylor & Kathleen Kortz Volunteering at Veterans Hospital for Memorial Day Event

Meet: Mia Taylor and Kathleen Kortz
Where: Veterans Hospital

Mia and Kathy jumped on a wonderful opportunity to volunteer at a Veterans Hospital on Memorial Day, the event was set up by Odyssey Experience.  Mia is a graduate of the Holistic Health Practitioner Program and Kathy is currently a student of the Holistic Health Practitioner Program.  This two wonderful people volunteered their time to honor our troupes and our veterans.  They performed chair massage and table massage for 4 hours!  We are proud to have such uplifting individuals as part of the Healing Hands Family, and we know that these two people will have rewarding careers in holistic health. 



Harmony Curtiss & Adam Van Bovenkamp performing Chair Massage at IVC

Meet: Harmony Curtiss & Adam Van Bovenkamp
Where: Irvine Valley College Finals Week

For the second year in a row, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been asked to massage stressed college students during finals week at IVC.  Every year we go to promote our Student Clinic ($45 for 2 one hour massages!) and to help out students pursue their chosen careers.



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Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage Class at Rock ‘N Roll Marathon

Meet: Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage Class
Where: Rock ‘n Roll Marathon, San Diego

Every year our Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage (Sports) class goes to the Rock ‘N Roll Marathon in San Diego.  Our classes have participated in this event since Rock ‘N Roll’s first marathon in 1998!  Wow, talk about a long tradition! 🙂   At this event, our students massage athletes and gain real world experience in alleviating cramps, pains, and helping the runners back into a healthy body after completing 26.2 miles! Congratulations to all Sports students for participating in a Healing Hands Family Legacy!



Alison Scola, Sal Torres, Alora Ashlie & Lauren Rose at Xterra Triathlon

Meet: Alison Scola, Sal Torres, Alora Ashlie & Lauren Rose
Where: Xterra Triathlon, Laguna Beach

These exemplary students participated in the XTerra Laguna Beach Triathlon by volunteering massage therapy to the athletes who participated in the event.  We thank them for their time and commitment to helping athletes recover from the event.   Students like these will go far in their careers!