Holistic Massage School Shares Strategies to Get Lean in 2016!



Research shows that swapping animal protein for plant protein can positively impact heart health by reducing saturated fat and bad cholesterol and boosting vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants that help fight heart disease. 


Tips:food pyramid

Limit red meat (beef, pork) to once a week

Enjoy poultry twice a week (make it skinless)

Incorporate two to three meals that feature vegetable protein ie: black beans, tofu, split peas or lentils

Add a minimum of 6 oz of omega-3 rich fish (ie: Halibut, Talapia, Salmon)



According to the Cleveland Clinic, only 3 percent of Americans eat the recommended daily allowance of fruits, vegetables and legumes recommended by health professionals.  To boost your intake of heart-healthy antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, dietary protein and fiber you’ll need to consume seven to nine servings of fruit and vegetables daily.



food heartDaily Plan on consuming at least 4 servings of fruits (ie: 1 medium sized fresh fruit, or ½ cup of juice)

and, 4 servings of vegetables (1/2 cup cooked vegetables or 1 cup raw or leafy vegetables), and one ounce of un-salted nuts (to boost protective nutrients like zinc, iron, vitamin E, protein, dietary fiber, monounsaturated fats and omega 2 fatty acids).

Weekly – Be sure to consume at least ½ cup of beans four times a week to get important protein, fiber, iron and B vitamins.


A diet that is high in dietary fiber delivers health benefits that go well beyond cholesterol control.  Recommended daily allowances of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber (approximately 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men) can help to stabilize blood sugar, aid weight loss, promote regularity and prevent many gastrointestinal diseases.  While the best sources of dietary fiber will come from fruits and vegetables.



Replace enriched, white pasta, bread, rice and other refined foods with whole-grain products will boost dietary fiber and help stabilize blood sugar. Stable blood sugar helps prevent cravings for sweets which aids in weight control.




Understanding how much of a certain kind of food is considered a serving, will be key to following an eating plan designed for healthy weight loss.  To help put things in perspective, the table below offers a few examples:


Food / Amount

Serving Size

3 ounces cooked meat

3 protein

1/2 cup cooked pasta or rice

1 starch

1 cup raw vegetables or fruit

1 vegetable or fruit

1 slice bread

1 starch

1 ounce low-fat cheese

1 medium-fat protein

3 ounces tofu

1 protein

½ cup cooked vegetables or fruit

1 vegetable or fruit

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 fat



Since it’s opening in 1992, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has successfully prepared more than 6,000 students for satisfying and rewarding careers as Massage Therapists or Holistic Health Practitioners.  To learn more about upcoming classes on  ‘Holistic Nutrition’,  ‘Nutritional Superfoods’, or any of the other 80+ massage therapy and holistic health courses offered at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, please visit us at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or at (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.     

Lemony-Sweet, Turkey for Two!

Whether you got some leftover Turkey from that delicious Holiday meal or you got a hankering for a delicious meal, this is the perfect recipe to satisfy your taste buds and tummy. Also, if you can’t get your hands on a turkey other poultry or vegetarian meat alternatives work too!

Tender slices of white breast Turkey tenderloins, drizzled with a sweet and tangy lemon-honey sauce makes a tasty holiday feast in as little as an hour, with this time saving recipe… 




  1. ½ cup Lemon juice
    lemony sweet turkey

    Nom Nom Nom!!!

  2. ½ cup Honey
  3. ½ tsp Red Pepper flakes
  4. 2 tsp dried, crushed Rosemary
  5. ½ tsp Garlic powder
  6. 1 tsp Onion powder
  7. 2 Turkey Breast Tenderloins (12 oz each)
  8. 2 tsp Cornstarch
  9. 2 tsp water
  10. ½ tsp browning sauce
  11. Pam non-stick cooking spray
  12. 1/2 cup white wine
  13. 2 sprigs of dill-weed
  14. 2 slices of orange




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Place rinsed tenderloins in a shallow baking dish and coat with cooking spray
  • Combine the first 6 ingredients in a small mixing bowl to make lemon sauce
  • Pour ½ of the lemon sauce over the turkey tenderloins
  • Add cooking wine to baking dish and bake tenderloins uncovered for 40-45 minutes, basting every 15 minutes with remaining lemon sauce
  • Remove from oven and transfer turkey to a serving plate and keep warm
  • Mix cornstarch and water in a cup until smooth
  • Empty drippings into a small saucepan and cook over medium heat
  • Add cornstarch mixture to drippings in saucepan bring mixture to a boil
  • Reduce heat and stir for 1-2 minutes until thickened
  • Stir in browning sauce and mix until blended
  • Pour sauce over turkey, adorn with dill-weed and orange slices
  • Serve and enjoy!


Note:  For a ‘super-food’ side-dish, try mixing a bag of steamed Spinach with a cup of grilled Cherry-Tomatoes!

Zyto Scans and Make & Take Workshop!


FREE Zyto Scan (Biofeedback) to determine which oils are best for your body/mind.
FREE information on the properties & uses of Essential Oils.
If you want to make and take a roller bottle or spritzer.
Please Bring $5-$20 materials fee depending which oils you use!

Contact info: Melanie Price
(619) 592-0308

2 Events!!!

Monday, January 4, 2016 at 7pm, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – 23022 La Cadena, Suite 205, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 7pm, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – 125 W. Mission, Suite 212, Escondido, CA 92025

Holistic Massage School Presents: Letters of Gratitude, a Graduates Journey


Recently, Burke Williams Spa of Mission Viejo invited the Healing Hands’ staff to a night in their spa to thank them for their participation in the partnership program.  It was a wonderful night where the lead therapist, managers, and other Burke Williams’ representatives were able to talk with Healing Hands about their experience working for Burke Williams and about Burke Williams’ mission for their therapists and clients.  Big Thanks to Burke Williams for the experience and continued partnership with Healing School of Holistic Health.

One of the incredible highlights of the night was when some Healing Hands graduates, and current Burke Williams Massage Therapists, presented the Healing Hands’ staff with some incredible letters about their experience of being students at Healing Hands.  The letters are all beautifully written and heartfelt. We are so appreciative to have had such wonderful students and so grateful that they could share these letters with us. Check them out below!

cheering woman open arms to sunrise at sea

Dear Neha and Paula Curtiss, and everyone at Healing Hands,
             Thank you from the depths of my soul. Your school equipped me to begin doing the most satisfying and fulfilling work I’ve ever done. It has been challenging physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually and the learning never stops. 
             Paula, you taught me that massage is sacred and it is as though you and Nehaand the Healing Hands teachers are working with me still. I’ve written you letters of thanks in the past and I wrote you a review on Yelp, but no matter how I try, words can’t embody the fullness and the riches of life you and your school have given me.  When a client comes back to me and says, ‘You helped me so much,” as one did last Tuesday, or writes on a tip envelope ‘You changed everything for me,” they remind me that those are the words I am to say to you. Just finding my people, my tribe, when I had given up hope at age 43 and had resigned myself to being alone in this world, thinking I must be the only one – what an immeasurable gift. Thank you for providing the place and the space.  Thank you for setting the bar so very high for what a massage school and a business can do in this world. Thank you for being a bright light where we are able to find ourselves.
            I pray Healing Hands will continue forever to share with our world what has been shared with me, to the highest good all ways, through the Christ, Amen.
            With love and gratitude

 -Ardith Bergeron, LMT

My education experience at Healing Hands was extremely positive. I was able to finish my program in a timely fashion and secure employment even before I was completely finished. The journey after Healing Hands has led me to a 16 year relationship with Burke Williams as a therapist and a manager.  I also enjoyed work on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean due to my massage training. And becoming a licensed acupuncturist is a direct result of my initial exposure to alternative therapies at your school. Thank you Healing Hands!”

 -Richard Bishop, LMT,LAc


I began attending Healing Hands in 2011, which proved to be a very pivotal year in my life. Like most therapists, I had decided to go back to school to embrace and strengthen my abilities being a healer for others, but in this time I was the one who needed healing the most.  Just a year prior, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that wreaked havoc on my personal life. I was in and out of the hospital for recurrent surgeries while attending HH. The instructors I had were so helpful in not only educating me as a quality therapist, but also in educating me in self healing practices so I didn’t lose my resolve. All of my instructors were so crying and compassionate, I often look back to how much they had been beacons of light for me in a time of darkness – and for that I am extremely grateful.

 -Orange County, CA

         I am grateful for Healing Hands which prepared me with a solid foundation on the skills and attitude to build my massage therapy career. Besides the classes, I loved the down to earth atmosphere, sitting and learning on the floor, Tai Chi and Chi Gong exercises and frequent visits to Baja Fish Tacos 🙂
           I loved the variety of classes offered which is helping me get more $$. I recently gave my 3,000th massage at the spa.  When I work on clients I always remember what Paula said: ‘you are not just massaging the body; you are massaging entire history of the person.’ It makes me grateful and appreciative of the opportunity with a stranger in the most vulnerable form.
           Call me anytime you need bodies for the clinic. I need massage the most!

 -Yasuko Kawamura, LMT  


At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, students can get a quality education in massage therapy and start a new lucrative and rewarding career in just a few months.  For more information about Healing Hands School or the 80+ Massage and Holistic Health courses offered, please visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com  or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.



Tomato and Spinach Linguine

Here’s a tasty dish to warm up your soul on the cold winter days!

Spinach, which is rich in Antioxidants, B Vitamins, Minerals, Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin K, has more documented health benefits than almost any other vegetable studied.  Tomatoes, contain a wide variety of nutrients including potassium, niacin, vitamin B6 and folate, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese and zinc.  Additionally, tomatoes are low in calories, high in fiber and a rich source of the antioxidant lycopene believed to offer protection from various cancers and heart disease.  This recipe that combines the benefits of both, takes 10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook making it a quick and easy recipe that packs quite the nutritional punch!


  • 1 (8 oz) box linguine
    linguine spinach tomate


  • 1 ½ cups of cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 package (10 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • ¼ cup fresh Basil leaves
  • ½ cup of sweet onion (diced)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1 pkg crumbled feta cheese (approx. 4 oz)


  1. Cook linguine per package directions
  2. Add olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and oregano to a large non-stick skillet over low heat
  3. Add fresh spinach, basil, tomatoes and onions and stir to mix
  4. Saute ingredients until onions are clear and tomatoes and spinach soften
  5. Add in the feta cheese and stir mixture until heated
  6. Drain linguine and pour into a shallow serving dish
  7. Add the tomato and spinach mixture to the linguini and toss until mixed thoroughly
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Holistic Massage School: Benefits of Meditation

The Benefits of Meditation

“Today’s Scientists are discovering a wide range of immediate and long-term benefits that can be derived from regular meditation practice”, said Paula Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH).  “Recent studies have shown that meditating for just 20 minutes a day for even a few weeks is enough for subjects to begin experiencing the many benefits meditation provides. That’s why the faculty at HHSHH encourages students to include the practice of meditation as an essential part of their holistic self-care program,” she added.

No one knows the exact date of meditation’s origin, however, Archaeologists and Scholars agree that it dates back about 5,000 years.  Since the 1950s there have been hundreds of studies on the effects of meditation, which has become a growing subfield of neurological research.  Technologies such as MRIs and EEGs are used to discern what happens in the body when one meditates, and how their bodies and brains change after meditating on a regular basis. 

Body AwarenessAlthough there are hundreds of types of meditation, most fall into one of two categories.  The first, Focused Attention Meditation, is when an individual focuses his/her attention on something specific for the duration of the meditation session.  This ‘something’ may be their breath, a mantra, visualization, part of the body or object such as a crystal or flower.  Examples are: Buddhist Meditation, Chakra Meditation and Sound Meditation.

The second category, Open Monitoring Meditation, is a process of non-reactive observation of one’s moment to moment experience of their thoughts, feelings, memories, sounds, smells, surroundings, etc.  Examples of Open Monitoring Meditation include Mindfulness Meditation, Vipassana, as well as some Taoist Meditations.

Regardless of the style, meditation provides numerous benefits to one’s Mind, Body and Emotional Wellbeing.  As you’ll see from the lists below, just 20 minutes of meditation a day can make substantial changes that can dramatically improve your quality of life.  (Note: These lists represent some but not all of the benefits with sources provided at the end of this post.)

Benefits to your Mind:

  • Enhances cognitive skills
  • Positively impacts creative thinking
  • Better decision making and problem solving skills
  • Increases memory retention and recall
  • Improves mental focus
  • Quicker information processing
  • Diminishes effects of ADHD
  • Helps you ignore distractions
    Hayley Simon, a student practicing in the park

    Hayley Simon, a student practicing in the park

Benefits to your Body:

  • Improves immune system function
  • Helps prevent Arthritis, Fibromyalgia & HIV
  • Lessens inflammatory disorders
  • Reduces premenstrual and menopausal syndromes
  • Increases energy levels
  • Improves breathing and heart rates
  • Reduces recurrence of Asthma
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Improves longevity
  • Increases relaxation

Benefits to Emotional Well-being:

  • Enhances one’s self-esteem and self-acceptance
  • Increases optimism and awareness
  • Improves your mood
  • Enhances emotional intelligence
  • Helps develop positive social connections
  • Reduces feelings of depression and loneliness
  • Lessens feelings of anxiety & impulsivity
  • Reduces fear and worry
  • Helps prevent emotional over-eating or smoking

Up-coming Meditation Classes:

  • Spiritual Healing with Faun Parliman
  • Chakra Balancing with Perla Pintado
  • Healing through Kundalini Yoga with Alex Young
  • Holistic Living Retreat with Paula & Neha Curtiss

This classes can be found on our schedule located here: http://healinghandsschool.com/schedule-massage-therapy.php

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been serving residents in Escondido and Laguna Hills for over 23 years.  Offering day, evening and weekend classes, HHSHH’s staff of highly qualified Instructors have prepared more than 6,000 students for successful and rewarding careers as Massage Therapists and Holistic Health Practitioners.  To learn more about HHSHH or the 80 + classes offered, please visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.



Time Magazine, American Heart Association, HealthCentral, Bloomberg, NCBI, American Psychosomatic Medicine Journal, Journal of International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology, The Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, NPR News, ScienceDirect (1), ScienceDirect (2), ScienceDirect (3), Medical News Today, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, HealthCentral, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics Journal., ScienceDaily, NCBI, PLOS One, Stanford School of Medicine, Sage Journals.

Holistic Massage School Suggests Holiday Gift Ideas for Massage Therapists & Sports Enthusiasts

Looking for the perfect gift for the aspiring Massage Therapist or Sports Enthusiast in your life?  Then come visit Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH) at 125 W. Mission Avenue in Escondido OR 23022 La Cadena in Laguna Hills. Offering two Programs and more than 80 a-la-carte massage and holistic health classes like Circulatory Massage, Nutritional Superfoods, Herbal Preparations and Aromatherapy, there is something for everyone at HHSHH.  In addition to a diverse list of classes, HHSHH also offers a variety of professional massage equipment, study-guides, and self-care products to support the needs of our students from enrollment through job placement and beyond! 

santa saysSanta Says…..Stop by HHSHH Laguna Hills or Escondido campus to select the

 Perfect Gift from a unique collection you won’t find anywhere else this Holiday Season!


Note: Bookstore hours are: 9am to 5:30pm Mondays through Fridays –Visa and Discovery Cards accepted



Price Range

Introductory Circulatory Massage Class


Massage Therapists Holster (for oil)

bottle n holster






Massage Oils, Lotions, Creams & GelsSE cream






$6.47 –  $22.73 (8 oz)

$45.95 (1/2 Gallon)

$71.95 (1 Gallon)

Instructor, Shana Lipner’s Sage Country Herbs Products


Delux Massage Oil

Therapeutic Pain Solution (small/large)

Sore Muscle Salve

Lip Balm

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(A Must-Have Self-Acupressure Tool

for Massage Therapists and Sports Enthusiasts)


La Crosse Balls (for Deep Tissue alacrosse ballsnd




Knobble (made from fine mahogany) knobble


Disposable Face Cradle Covers (bulk – 100 pack)facecradle cover





Massage Tablesmassage table





$290.52 Standard Plus Pkg.

$430.92 Classic Deluxe Pkg.

$430.92 Versalite Pro Pkg.

$484.92 Prima Table Pkg.

Massage Chair Packagemassage chair


Massage Table Sheet setstowels





Leg/ankle Bolstersfull bolster




$31.86 (Full round)

$30.24 (half round

Basic Fleece Pad SetFleece pad set





Deluxe Fleece Pad Setdeluxe fleece pad set





Basic Table Warmerbasic table warmer


Anatomy Study Guides 


Anatomy Flash Cards


Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage Study guide/folder


Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage Study Flash Cards


Reflexology Charts


Healing Hands T-shirt


Healing Hands Women’s V-neck blouse


Healing Hands Professional Polo



Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been serving residents through two regional campuses located in Escondido and Laguna Hills for over 23 years.  Considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health Education in Southern California, HHSHH has prepared more than 6,000 students for successful and rewarding careers in Massage Therapy and Holistic Health. To learn more about Healing Hands, or to explore if a career in massage therapy may be right for you, please visit us online at www.healinghandsschool.com  or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.