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. 

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, 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.     

 

Healing Hands will be offering our Herbal Healing & Massage class in Laguna Hills from July 31 – August 21, 2016.   This class will teach students the specific healing effects of different herbs and how to incorporate them into a collections of advanced therapeutic practices.  Other areas covered in the class will include herbal medicine and nutrition to reduce inflammation, relax muscles, reduce spasms, and much more.

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

Holistic Massage School Celebrates National Men’s Health Week

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the top five leading causes of death among men in the United states are:  Heart disease, Cancer, Unintentional Injuries, Diabetes and, Stroke,” said Paula Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH).  “In celebration of National Men’s Health Week, June 13-19, 2016, we are asking all HHSHH students to encourage the men and boys in their life to make their health a greater priority.  Toward that end our Faculty offers the following self-care strategies men can adopt to reduce their risk of cardio-vascular and other chronic diseases that can shorten their lives”, she added.

 

Holistic Self-Care Strategies for Men

#1 – Get Physical!  At a minimum, adult men need 2.5 hours of moderate to intense aerobic activity each week.  In addition, they should include muscle strengthening activities two or more days a week to keep all major muscle groups strong, healthy and flexible.  Regular exercise can substantially reduce the risk of cardio-vascular and other chronic diseases that can cut a man’s life-span short.  You don’t have to do it all at once either.  In fact, just a ½ hour walk daily can reduce one’s risk of obesity by 50 % and positively impact one’s physical health and sense of emotional wellbeing. 

#2 – Eat to Live!  A healthy diet is one that provides essential nutrients from nutrient-dense foods, contains food from all the basic food groups, and focuses on balancing calories-eaten with calories-burned to help you maintain a healthy weight.  Limit food items that are high in sugar, salt, fat, alcohol and calories.  Choose fresh, un-processed foods such as green leafy vegetables, colorful fruits, whole grain products and lean protein such as Chicken, Tofu or Fish. To learn more about recommended guidelines visit: http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/.

#3 – Manage Stress! – A prolonged bout of stress can not only affect your health, it can affect your emotional wellbeing also.  To keep your problems in perspective and keep stress at bay, make it a point to take good care of yourself.  Eat well, get plenty of sleep, and consider treating yourself to a therapeutic massage regularly.  Even just one hour of massage can reduce the stress hormone Cortisol by up to 40% and increase “happy hormones” like Serotonin and Endorphins by 30-40%.  Other ways to reduce stress are to seek support from a partner or friend, avoid drugs and alcohol, stay active and stay connected socially.  

#4 – Know Your Numbers! Keep track of important numbers such as your LDL & LDH Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar levels and Body Mass Index (BMI).  If any of these numbers are higher than normal, ask your doctor for suggested life-style changes to get them into a healthier range.  

#5 – Practice Safe Sex!  With HIV/Aids and so many Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) out there, ie: HPV, Herpes, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis etc., preventing sexually transmitted diseases is an essential self-care activity for men who are sexually active. Making sure to use a prophylactic (condom) can greatly reduce chances of getting or spreading a STD.  Other effective strategies for reducing your risk include: a reduction in sex partners, mutual monogamy, and vaccination (for Hepatitis B & HPV).  If you suspect you may have contracted an STD, don’t wait, see a doctor for treatment immediately.

#6 – Pay Attention to How You Feel!  See your doctor for regular health check-ups and any medical screening tests you feel may be needed.  Pay attention to signs and symptoms of disease such as: shortness of breath, pain in the chest, arms, shoulder, neck, jaw, or back.  Notice if you experience excessive thirst, feeling weak, light-headed or faint.  If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, don’t wait; seek medical care from your doctor or neighborhood urgent care facility immediately. 

#7 – Stop Smoking!  Smoking raises your risk of serious illnesses and conditions including: Heart Disease, Stroke, Lung Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Blindness, Cataracts, and many types of Cancers.   If you smoke, do your health a huge favor…seek support to help you stop.  For more information go online to: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/quit-smoking/.

#8 – Get Sufficient Sleep!  Adult men need a minimum of 7 to 8 hours of sleep nightly.  Simple strategies to help men get the sleep they need include: keeping the same bed-time and morning wake schedules; turning off computers, TVs and electronic gadgets that emit sleep inhibiting blue-light; sleep in a dark, quiet, relaxing environment that’s temperature controlled; and avoid large meals or exercise right before bed-time.

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH) has been serving residents through two regional campuses for over 24 years.  Boasting more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses and two Certification Programs, HHSHH is considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health education in Southern California.  To date, HHSHH has prepared more than 6,500 students for rewarding careers as Massage Therapists and Holistic Health Practitioners. To find out more about the classes or Programs 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. 

Holistic Massage School Shares 10 Foods That Boost Nutrition in Stir-fry Meals

 

sesame seeds

 

Sesame seeds, which contain the anti-inflammatory trace mineral, Copper, may help reduce the pain and swelling of Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Sprinkle atop any Stir-fry combination to reduce inflammation.

 

broccolini

 

Broccolini (a cross between Broccoli and Chinese Kale), is brimming with Vitamin C, supplying 130 % of your recommended daily allowance.  Cut into bite-sized pieces and add to stir-fry to boost over-all health.

 

shrimp

 

Surprisingly, Shrimp are a source of Vitamin D which is beneficial for bone health and protects against different Cancers.  Shell and de-vein shrimp before adding to the Stir-fry.

 

chili pepper

 

Hot Chile peppers, which contain Capsaicin, can easily be added to Stir-fry meals to add flavor and rev-up your metabolism to burn fat at the same time.

 

 

tropical fruit

A delicious tropical fruit, Pineapple offers a storehouse of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.  These include Potassium, Copper, Manganese, Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin-C, Beta-carotene, Thiamin, B6, Folate and fiber. The medicinal benefits of pineapple include enhanced respiratory and heart health, improved digestion, eye health, ability to lose weight and fight off infections.  Pineapple can also help to strengthen bones, reduce inflammation, prevent cancers and increase circulation.

walnuts

 

 

According to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a diet high in Walnuts may be more effective at lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol that consuming the traditional Mediterranean diet.

 

soy

 

Including Soy proteins such as Edamame or Tofu to your Stir-fry is a great way to boost fiber while reducing saturated fats – both strategies that can cut your risk of Diabetes. 

 

 

bok choyBok Choy, which contains Glucosinolates, provide powerful protection against various cancers as studies have shown they inhibit the formation of tumors.  Chop or cut into strips and add to Stir-fry meals to reduce cancer risk and increase energy.

 

 

spinachSpinach offers a well-spring of nutrients such as Carotenoids, which protect your eyes from the risk of age-related macular degeneration; B vitamins which promote heart health, and Vitamin K which contributes to bone health and blood clotting.  Cut into strips and add generously to Stir-fry meals.

 

 

carrots

Carrots, a good source of beta carotene are also rich in vitamins and minerals like A, B8, C, K, Folate, Potassium, Iron, Copper, and manganese. The health benefits include, reduced cholesterol, increased cardiovascular health and a decreased risk of heart attacks and certain cancers.  Carrots can also improve vision and skin health, boost your immune system, improve digestion, detoxify the body, and boost oral health.  Slice on the diagonal to release optimal flavor into Stir-fry meals and reap the many health benefits.

 

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH) has been serving residents through two regional campuses for over 24 years.  Delivering more than 80 Massage and related Holistic Health courses annually, HHSHH’s is proud to announce an upcoming student favorite entitled:  Health & Dietary Practices.  This 16 hour course will be taught by HHSHH Guest Instructor, Ms. Shana Lipner-Grover on Monday evenings from 6pm to 10pm.  The Registration deadline for Health & Dietary Practices is May 9th with classes starting on May 23rd and running through June 19th.   To learn more about the classes or educational programs 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.

Grapefruit Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Here’s a delicious treat of a salad. Give it a try!

Grapefruit Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
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Citrusy, savory, amazing!!! Try this recipe out or feel free to get creative and take out some ingredients and add others, that's the beauty of making salads. Let you mind wander and taste-buds go on that journey of health and happiness.
Servings Prep Time
2 People 10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 People 10 Minutes
Grapefruit Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Print Recipe
Citrusy, savory, amazing!!! Try this recipe out or feel free to get creative and take out some ingredients and add others, that's the beauty of making salads. Let you mind wander and taste-buds go on that journey of health and happiness.
Servings Prep Time
2 People 10 Minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 People 10 Minutes
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. • Place equal portions of lettuce on 4 plate
  2. • Top lettuce with Grapefruit sections and Radish slices
  3. • Sprinkle 1 oz. crumbled Feta cheese and ¼ of almonds onto each plate
  4. Then for the Dressing: • Place reserved grapefruit juice in small bowl
  5. • Add Olive Oil, Dijon Mustard, and Lemon juice and whisk until mixed
  6. • Add in Basil, Salt and Pepper and mix thoroughly – chill until ready to serve
  7. • Pour dressing over salad and Enjoy!
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Holistic Massage School Celebrates National Nurses Week 2016

 

“Today, in observance of National Nurses Week, May 6 thru May 12th, I would like to acknowledge and commend the 2.8 million Nurses in America who play an essential role in today’s health care system”, said Paula Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health. “Not only do Nurses provide compassionate medical care and emotional support, they also educate patients about health conditions and pro-active ways to improve their own health.  Like the Massage Therapists and Holistic Health Practitioners we train, Nurses facilitate healing, which is why we made sure all HH courses are CEU Certified by the California Board of Registered Nursing”, she added.

If you are a RN, LPN, LVN, CRRN, or ARNP looking for a Nationally Accredited School to help you earn the CEU’s needed for license renewal, take a look at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH).   Founded by Paula and Neha Curtiss in 1992, HHSHH boasts two academic Programs and 80+ Massage and related Holistic Health classes developed and delivered by subject matter experts.   With two campus locations (Escondido and Laguna Hills), year round classes, and daytime, evening and weekend class schedules, it’s no wonder that HHSHH has earned a reputation as the school of choice for Nurses seeking CEU’s in SoCal.

Nurses Week

Through the years, HHSHH Faculty has come to recognize Nurse Massage Therapy as the nursing specialty which boosted Massage Therapies into the arena of main-stream health care.  Thanks to Nurse Massage Therapists, therapeutic massage is now considered an essential part of any rehabilitative or wellness program making it an ‘in- demand’ career with 30,000 new Massage Therapist jobs expected by 2022.

Many Nurses who come to HHSHH for CEU’s return at a later date to add the therapeutic benefits of massage to their healthcare practice.  In these cases the Nurses may enroll in the 500 – hour Massage Therapy Program (MTP), to obtain State Certification in a hurry.  Once completed, these graduates may upgrade to the 1000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program (HHP) and choose another 500 hours of advanced therapies and complementary classes to boost their area of expertise.     

Whether you are a Nurse in need of just a few CEU’s to maintain licensure, or are considering a career change to Nurse Massage Therapist, let the friendly admissions team at HHSHH help.  To learn more, go online to www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us to schedule a no hassle tour at (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills and Unleash Your Inner Healer today!

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. 

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’ Laguna Hills Campus will be featuring Traditional Oriental Clinical Techniques and Herbal Healing & Massage for Summer 2016.  These classes will incorporate the use of Herbal medicine as a part of Holistic Healing.  Registration for the Summer 2016 quarter is open now!   

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, 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

Holistic Massage School Announces A Mother’s Day Wish for Mom

 

Moms Day

 

Imagine how delightful each day could be if we awakened with a clear mind, pain-free body and tons of energy and optimism to meet daily challenges with ease.   That is the Mother’s Day wish Ms. Paula Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, is wishing for Moms everywhere this Mother’s Day!  “As a school of Holistic Health, we can introduce Mom to dozens of holistic health courses she can enroll in today, to increase her energy, over-all health, focus and zest for life tomorrow,” said Paula.  “In addition to an unparalleled collection of Massage classes, HHSHH offers dozens of Holistic Health classes such as Holistic Nutrition, Therapeutic Stretching, Nutritional Super-foods, Yoga, Homeopathic First Aid, Herbal Healing and more!”, she added.

 

Credited with developing and teaching the first Massage Training Programs for community colleges within the state of California, Paula and husband, Neha, opened HHSHH in 1992 and have been going strong ever since.  Paula draws inspiration from over 30 years of practical teaching experience to maintain a leading-edge curriculum, delivered by subject specialists with an effective blend of lecture, demonstration and hands-on interaction. 

 

HHSHH can offer Mom an interactive, fun education about simple yet powerful holistic practices she can adopt to increase her body’s energy, strength, flexibility and overall health.  At HHSHH Mom can learn about the body’s most common problem areas, and the role her posture and exercises play in relieving pain and increasing flexibility in these areas.  HHSHH also offers proven Mind/Body classes and strategies to help Mom reduce stress and promote deep relaxation so she’s less anxious and sleeps better.

 

Many of our classes, regardless of the subject, will touch on the physical (exercise, nutrition) as well as mental (emotions, expectations) and spiritual (meditation, self-nurturing) components of Holistic Health. The goal of all classes is to empower students with holistic health knowledge and practices to create immediate, cumulative and profound health benefits.  Course durations may be as short as 16 hours or as long as 120 hours depending on the subject matter.  Classes are offered during the day, evenings or on weekends to accommodate almost any schedule! Although HHSHH offers two Nationally Accredited Programs, classes can always be taken a-la-carte with flexible tuition plans to help with financing.

 

Considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health Education in Southern California, to date, HHSHH has prepared more than 6,500 students for rewarding careers with hundreds more attending just for pleasure. Serving residents through two regional campuses located in Escondido and Laguna Hills, treating Mom to a tuition-paid course at HHSHH is an excellent way to show how much you care this Mother’s Day!

 

For more information, go online to www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call our friendly admissions team to schedule a no hassle tour at (949)305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.

Holistic Massage School Reveals a Holistic Approach to Treating Osteoarthritis

Commonly referred to as “wear & tear” arthritis, Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease that affects an estimated 27 million Americans.  The condition occurs when joint cartilage loses elasticity and deteriorates.  Without cartilage to reduce joint friction and absorb shock, one’s ligaments and tendons are over-stretched and bones may rub together causing symptoms such as pain, swelling, stiffness, bone spurs and restricted motion.

Risk factors for OA include: joint injury, over-use, obesity, and other diseases that affect joints like rheumatoid arthritis.  Early diagnosis and treatment can help stop or at least slow the progression of most forms of arthritis. There are a variety of medical treatments for arthritis.  These include medicine to reduce inflammation and pain, injections to reduce friction and improve function and sometimes, surgery to repair damage and/or optimize function of a joint.   

More recently, therapies that focuses on improving a patient’s over-all emotional and psychological well-being are proving most effective in reducing pain and increasing range of motion in joints affected by arthritis.  These therapies include: physical activity to strengthen muscles; weight management to avoid over-burdening joints; stretching and massage to keep muscles flexible, and cognitive/behavioral modification such as creative visualization (imaging), creative problem solving, and relaxation techniques such as breath work, yoga, and meditation. 

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health offers a variety of classes that teach effective strategies to manage the pain and symptoms of Osteoarthritis.  These include:

Somatics – a holistic practice that engages a patients thinking, emotions, commitments, visions and actions;

Therapeutic Mobilizations – a highly effective method for treating joint pain and restrictions within the joints;

Therapeutic Stretching – an advanced stretching modality that involves passive stretching and contraction of targeted muscles to optimize joint movement and diminish pain;

Tui Na (Acuppressure) – that involves stimulation of acupressure points to diminish pain and balance the energy running through injured areas of the body;  

Yoga – exercises and poses, meditation techniques and breathe-work to create space between the vertebrae, within the joints, and around the internal organs to create more balance and ease in the body.

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.