Holistic Massage School Compares Advantages of Massage School VS Traditional College

Cost:  “Over the last few decades, the cost of a college degree has tripled, completely out of proportion to standard inflation”, said Paula Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands).  According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition for a 4 year college education in 2016–2017 was $33,480 at private colleges and $9,650 for public colleges. With the average college debt at $30,000 it’s easy to understand why many millennials are turning to vocational training as a practical alternative”, added Paula.

The US college debt crisis affecting the majority of millennials, has left them struggling to pay off their student loans.  With Vocational schools, such as Healing Hands, costs for an education are substantially lower and the duration of the Program usually under two years.  At Healing Hands, for example, the 500-hour Massage Therapist Program takes about 7 months and costs approximately $6,000 and the 1000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program takes about 12 months and costs about $12,000.  These tuition figures reduce student debt by an average of two thirds and get them into a new career in less than 1 year. 


Paula isn’t alone in her notion that vocational schools are gaining popularity.  The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center suggest that college-enrollment rates have actually decreased for the fourth straight year.  They also revealed that more than 75% of our nation’s workforce hold ‘middle skill’ jobs that do not even require a Bachelor’s degree.  In fact, jobs that require a 2-year education and on-the job training, make up more than 42% of that 75% total.  

At a vocational school, like Healing Hands, students are engaged through contextual learning. Instructors focus on the specific knowledge and skills needed for students to pursue a chosen occupation or career field.  In this way, they can complete a Program and get working fast. Instead of a Bachelor’s Degree, a Massage Therapist receives certifications that qualify them to pursue State Certification. Currently, the State requires Massage Therapists to take a minimum of 500 hours. The entire education to certification process takes less than a year allowing graduates to get working fast and reduce a manageable debt quickly, so they can move on with the joy of living.

Employment Opportunity:

Anthony Carnevale, Director and Research Professor at Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, was recently quoted as saying “approximately 2.8 million university school graduates entered the workforce with Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in 2015 yet data showed 13.8 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds were unemployed.  Their unemployment rate much higher than our national average 5.4 %.  That means thousands of millennials are facing an enormous debt incurred by an education that promised a future it could not deliver.  All this struggle when in fact, a lot of people might be much happier working at a skilled profession as opposed to corporate career anyway.  In other words, traditional college really isn’t for everyone. 

In contrast, the US Department of Labor reports the average annual income for Massage Therapists in 2015 was $38,040 with the highest 10 percent earning more than $74,860.  The employment outlook and job growth potential for Massage Therapists is especially strong qualifying Massage Therapists as an “in-demand” profession.  With employment expected to continue at a rate of 22 percent (vs. 7% average), the industry will be adding 30,000 new jobs before 2024.  

Life Satisfaction:

According to US News, Massage Therapists rank #50 in The 100 Best Jobs and, #8 in Best Health Care Support Jobs based on 6 important measurements.  These include: Median Salary, Employment Rate, 10-Year Growth Volume & Percentage, Job Prospects, Stress Level and Work-Life Balance.  When it comes to vocational careers, ‘health care’ is leading the charge. Eight of the country’s 20 fastest growing occupations are in health care.  The occupation of Massage Therapist is one of these eight.

Healing Hands has been serving residents through two regional campuses located in Escondido and Laguna Hills for over 24 years and is still going strong.  To date, HH has prepared more than 7,000 students for successful careers in Massage Therapy and Holistic Health and can do the same for you! To learn more about HH or to explore if a career in Massage is 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. 

Holistic Massage School Explores Benefits of Laughter

We’re all familiar with the saying ‘laughter is the best medicine’ and now scientific research has proven that laughter can help you live longer and healthier too” said Paula Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH).“We have all experienced the relief laughter brings when we’re feeling stressed or anxious, but until recently, doctors and researchers were unaware of the multitude of ways it positively affects our holistic health.  Below are just some of the exciting new findings that support the notion of laughter as good medicine”, she added.

Emotional Benefits: Studies support the idea that laughter acoustics facilitate a positive emotional response in listeners. Anyone who has heard a baby’s uncontrolled laughter can attest to its infectious nature.  Also, the emotions generated by humor and laughter can help people cope with the stressors of daily living more effectively. Studies show laughter can also improve functioning for those experiencing grief or heart-ache, or women dealing with the angst of breast cancer.

Social Benefits:  Laughter has been found to enhance the quality of both our social interactions and conversations.  It is believed that shared laughter helps people feel closer to each other.

Muscular System: Laughter initiates repeated short contractions of the diaphragm, chest and abdomen which exercise these muscles.  As a result, laughter is an easy and natural way to reduce bodily tension.

Cardiovascular System: Laughter activates the cardiovascular system, increasing blood flow to our heart, lungs and other internal organs.

Circulatory System: Laughter boosts our circulatory system, and has also been found to lower blood pressure and positively impact endurance.  The forced respiration that accompanies laughter also ensures that our circulating blood is well oxygenated. 

Immune System – More recent studies are suggesting that laughter positively affects the immune system by reducing the production of hormones associated with stress.  It has also been found that when we laugh, our immune systems produce more T-cells which help us fight cancers and other diseases.

Endocrine system – Laughter stimulates the pituitary gland and endocrine system which produce hormones.  Specifically, laughter stimulates the release of natural pain kills, Endorphins and Enkephalins.  These “happy hormones” not only reduce our sensitivity to pain, but boost pleasurable sensations in the body as well.  Likewise, laughter also contributes to a reduction in the production of stress hormones such as Cortisol.

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been serving residents through two regional campuses located in Escondido and Laguna Hills for over 24 years.  Considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health Education in Southern California, HH has prepared more than 7,000 students for successful and rewarding careers in Massage Therapy and Holistic Health and can do the same for you! To learn more about HH, 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. 


Dr. Lee S. Berk, at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and Public Health in California, and endocrinologist, Dr. Stanley Tan.

Silvia Cardoso, Behavioral Biologist at the State University of Campinas, Brazil.

Laughter: A Scientific Investigation. Robert Provine

Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is an international scientific society dedicated to generating, disseminating and promoting the knowledge of acoustics 

Holisitic Massage School

Holistic Massage School Shares

Techniques and Benefits of Sports Massage

“At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH), we strive to provide students with a well-rounded education”, said Chris Morgan, Staff Instructor at HH.    “Our nationally accredited programs ensure students are given a strong foundation in Anatomy, and access to a variety of massage modalities, advanced techniques, and dozens of complementary holistic health courses.  The Advanced Circulatory and Sports class focuses on the application of passive joint movement, conditioning stretches, and massage techniques designed to enhance athletic performance and speed recovery”, he added.

Most Athletes, Coaches and Trainers agree that Sports Massage gives athletes an extra edge in competition.  As a result, we’re seeing Sports Massage offered at Marathons, Cycling Tours, Triathlons and sports events everywhere, including the 2016 Olympics!  The pre-sports event massage should not last for no more than 10 to 15 minutes, and is best when provided to the athlete between 15 to 45 minutes before the event.  Benefits of the Pre-event Massage include:

  • Increased blood flow to the body (and body part), preparing it for activity.
  • The warming of stiff muscles, tendons & ligaments prior to the event will greatly reduce the potential for injury during the event.
  • Improves range of motion and flexibility making it optimal for the event.
  • Massage, especially quick, light strokes, induce a sense of readiness by exciting the body’s nervous system.

A common ‘recipe’ of massage strokes and techniques for a Pre-event Massage sequence would go as follows:

  1. Passive Joint Movement of arms, shoulder, torso (rocking) and legs to assist the recipient in letting go of muscular control.
  2. Assisted stretches to the arms, hands, legs, back, neck and any other tight areas of the body to encourage maximize range of motion and performance.
  3. Quick light massage strokes to increase circulation and warm muscles.  Strokes include those using the palm, knuckles, fingers, thumbs and forearm…working progressively deeper as the tissue begins to release.
  4. Combination of passive joint movement with assisted stretches
  5. Invigorating tapping with finger tips and jostling (irregular movement) to all pertinent areas of the body.

Many new studies are showing that massage therapy also benefits Athletes after the event, helping their muscles to recover more quickly.  Post-event Massage should be given within an hour or two of the event to reduce the common tightening or cramping of muscles.  Although deeper than a Pre-event Massage, the Post-event Massage should never be painful.  Benefits of post-event massage include:

  • Reducing muscle fatigue when there are repeated bouts of competition.
  • Reducing Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)
  • Can help with muscle power and endurance when playing multiple matches.
  • Boosts Neutrophil count, which are white blood cells and key components in our body’s defense against infection.
  • Calms the nervous systems and encourages relaxation.
  • Improves circulation of blood and lymph flow to the massaged area.
  • Increases the Athletes pain threshold after exertion.


A standard Post-event Massage sequence would include the following:


  1. Passive Joint Movement of arms, legs, feet, shoulders, torso, etc., to facilitate relaxation of the Athlete.
  2. Compression of body parts used during the event.
  3. Slow, deeper, longer strokes to increase circulation and facilitate relaxation.
  4. Petrissage (back and forth strokes) to further soften over-worked muscles.
  5. Combination of passive joint movement with long, relaxing strokes.
  6. Invigorating tapping with finger tips.
  7. Finish by rocking and jostling (irregular movement) the body.


Just as important as Pre and Post-event Massages, Maintenance Massages are a must for all competitive Athletes and should be sought regularly between events.  This massage work requires a Massage Therapist to work a little deeper, but all techniques used for Maintenance Massage are therapeutic with benefits that include:


  • Healing injured muscles and body tissues.
  • Speeding muscle recovery from over-use or injury.
  • Increasing range of motion and flexibility.
  • Reducing muscle stiffness and pain.
  • Removing trigger points that refer pain.
  • Reducing scar tissue to improve mobility.

To learn more about Advanced Circulatory and Sports Massage, or any of our other 80+ courses we offer, please visit us on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com  or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or at (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.                                                                         


Holistic Massage School Announces Expansion into San Diego


“It is with great pleasure that my husband, Neha and I announce our plans to expand our Massage Therapy and Holistic Health educational Programs to a new location in the San Diego area,” said Paula Curtiss, Co-Founder/Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  Our decision came shortly after we learned of the International Professional School of Bodywork’s (IPSB) decision to close the school and discontinue enrollment as of the start of the Winter Quarter,” she continued.


Founded in 1977, as the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing, (IPSB) earned the reputation of being an innovative college devoted to the art and science of contemporary bodywork and massage therapy. The founders envisioned a way to teach massage therapy by combining body mechanics and movement with consciousness-raising techniques to touch the mind, body and spirit of the individual. For 40 years, the IPSB commitment to excellence brought the highest level of holistic health education to our culture. The school’s name changed to the International Professional School of Bodywork reflecting IPSB’s distinction as world renown. One of the oldest and most respected massage therapy and holistic health schools in the country, IPSB was at the forefront of the massage therapy and holistic health and wellness movement.


IPSB’s announcement to close the school was made on December 13th by the school’s President, Mr. Edward Maupin. Though the official school closure date is yet to be determined, students have since been scrambling to find an accredited Massage Therapy School that will accept transferrable credits.  Fortunately for them, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is able to offer a clear path toward graduation and beyond.


Healing Hands Directors Paula and Neha Curtiss, are graduates of IPSB and wish to thank IPSB founders and faculty Ed Maupin, Carol Osborne-Sheets, and the many dedicated healers at IPSB for being the inspiration for heart-centered holistic health education which lives on today at Healing Hands. Begun in 1992, Healing Hands offers more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses plus two Certification Programs.  To date, their top-notch faculty has successfully prepared more than 7,000 students for successful careers and looks forward to helping IPSB students do the same. 


With established campus locations in both Escondido and Laguna Hills, the school’s expansion into a new San Diego location will occur prior to the start of the Spring Quarter.  As of April 3, 2017, Healing Hands will be accepting applications from IPSB transfer students and others seeking an education in Massage or Holistic Health.  Courses to be offered will include: a 100 hour Circulatory Massage, a 100 hour Tui Na (Acupressure) course, plus 100 hours of Neuro-Muscular Training. 

All Programs and courses offered at Healing Hands are Nationally Accredited and CEU approved.  Accordingly, the school is approved to accept educational funds provided by Federal Financial Aid [FAFSA], Veterans Administration [VA], the US Educational Development Department and Workforce Investment Opportunity Act to students who qualify.  For students who don’t qualify, the school offers several In-house Payment Plans ensuring an education in the Healing Arts is available to all who desire it.


The Faculty and Staff at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health are ready and eager to help you start a new journey, or continue on your current path to becoming a Healer, both inside yourself and as demonstrated in your profession. To learn more about the art of healing and all that Healing Hands has to offer, 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 Offers Classes in Energy-work

A trail blazer for education in Massage and Holistic Health in Southern California, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH) will offer a number of Energy-work classes for bodyworkers in 2017.  Several of these classes will be featured during the Winter Semester that begins January 1st and ends on March 31st.  These classes include:

Reiki I,  a 16 hour course that begins on January 7th, Reiki II, a 32-hour course that begins on January 15thSpiritual Healing, a 16 hour course that begins January 12th, Chakra Balancing, a 24 hour course that begins on March 6th, plus Energywork for Bodyworkers, a 32 hour course that begins March 27.   All these courses are a hands-on body/mind therapies that address healing the whole person on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.

Reiki I discusses principles while Reiki II takes the discussion and energy practices to a higher level. The modality does not involve physical manipulation, but instead works on the vibrational field surrounding and penetrating the client, its reach is virtually unlimited. In this course, students already familiar with this spiritual, healing practice will focus on techniques to “flow” loving energy through their hands and hearts out to their client, even at a distance! A simple to perform, yet powerful treatment, Reiki can relieve pain, alleviate chronic illness, and accelerate the healing process after any type of medical or holistic treatment.

Chakra Balancing introduces students to the energy system of the body and its energy centers referred to as “Chakras”. Students learn various techniques for balancing their own chakras as well as those of their clients’. Through lecture, demonstration and guided hands-on practice, students will learn how to use crystals, sound and color therapy, visualization meditations, and hands-on energy work to facilitate healthy energy flow. By learning how to balance these energy centers, students facilitate an unimpeded flow of “life-force energy”.  They also gain valuable new “tools” for maintaining a spiritual, mental, emotional and physical balance for themselves and their clients.

Spiritual Healing, is a gentle yet profound therapy defined as the channeling of healing energy from its spiritual source (ie: God) to someone in need. Spiritual healing therefore requires a recognition and acceptance of a “God” with powers greater than our own, by the practitioner. It does not, however, depend on specific religious or spiritual beliefs of therecipient. In this course students are taught to see the body, mind and Spirit of an individual as one unit that must be harmonized for optimal health to manifest. Students learn techniques for deepening their connection to “God”, and practice serving as a conduit for this powerful healing energy. With practice, patience and intent, students learn to facilitate the release of negative patterns that create stress and disease in their clients’ bodies.

In Energywork for Bodyworkers, students learn how blockages at any of these levels can affect the human energy field. Discussions include how the ‘health’ of one’s energy field relates to the potential for disease within their body. Students learn energetic grounding techniques, and discover their unique way of receiving information energetically. Through a deeper understanding of the emotional and spiritual aspects of healing,the student greatly enhances their skills of perception which differentiate them from less sensitive body-workers. The skills learned in Energetic Bodywork enable the student to create better health and balance for their clients as well as themselves.

HH has been serving residents from campuses in Escondido and Laguna Hills since 1992.  To date, they have prepared more than 6,700 students for successful careers as Massage Therapists and Holistic Health Practitioners and can do the same for you!  To learn more about HH or the 80+ Massage and Holistic Health 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.

Healing Hands Expands to San Diego!

Healing Hands Expands to San Diego!

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health brings Massage Therapy and HHP programs to IPSB location and students!

Come meet us at IPSB Sunday, Jan 8 at 7 pm!

We accept FAFSA. Begun in 1992, we provide heart centered holistic health education.

Check out: healinghandsschool.com and come and see us this Sunday!

9025 Balboa #130, San Diego, CA 92123

Holistic Massage School: Structural Integration

Holistic Massage School Offers Advanced Courses in Structural Integration

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH) offers a 1000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program that gives students a well-rounded, broad range of specialized skills and knowledge in the Holistic Healing Arts.  Going beyond HH’s 500 hours Massage Therapy Program, which is necessary to become State Certified, students who enrolled in the Holistic Health Practitioner Program (HHP) chose to take their knowledge and skills to the next level.  By selecting the HHP Program, these students gained access to more than 80 massage and related holistic health classes. Many of which are advanced techniques and complimentary classes such as: Neuro-muscular and Trigger Point therapies, Myofacial Meridians, Nutritional Superfoods, and Advanced Herbal Preparations. 

HH’s Holistic Health Practitioners are uniquely qualified to promote the benefits of natural health in our communities.  While many bring their expertise to Spa or Massage Clinic settings, others enjoy the challenge of working with Athletes, Physical Therapists, Doctors and Chiropractors who require they have advanced knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology. 

A trail-blazer when it comes to holistic education in Southern California, HH is one of the few massage schools in the state that offers 156 hours of Structural Integration. According to the school’s course Instructor, Ken Smith, “Structural Integration aligns and balances the body by lengthening and repositioning the fascia. (Fascia surrounds the muscles, bones and organs in the body and gives muscles shape and the body its structure.) Through massage, the fascia is lengthened, allowing muscles to move more freely and efficiently. In Structural Integration, the therapist applies pressure to the body systematically to release restricted fascia so the body can return to its optimal position.”

Principals of Structural Integration is a prerequisite for the 10 Sessions of Structural Integration and is a 36 hours course.  Principals of Structural Integration teaches students how the continuing pull of gravity and stress of daily activities and physical injuries can pull the body out of alignment. The body’s fascia gradually shortens, tightens and adjusts to accommodate misalignment resulting in body aches, pain, stiffness, and diminished energy. In this class students learn how gravity can be a negative or positive force, and how to apply geometry to balance structure and improve posture. They gain a clear understanding of the role connective tissue plays in our bodies and learn how interactive movement with the client can achieve longer lasting results. This course emphasizes how to touch our clients’ awareness, not just their bodies. 

In HH’s 10 Sessions of Structural Integration course, students learn Ida Rolf’s original 10 session series. This is a systematic approach for taking the human frame apart and reorganizing it with a more balanced and efficient one. Each of the 10 sessions is not a series of techniques, but rather a series of goals that students and clients work together to achieve. Through lecture, dialogue, demonstration, and hands-on practice, students are able to experience being both the giver and receiver of a new progression in the series of 10 each week. When a body is aligned through Structural Integration, it is able to move with greater ease making good posture effortless, breathing easier, and requiring less energy to function. As the body becomes more flexible and coordinated, everyday function and performance improves.

To learn more about HH’s upcoming Principals of Structural Integration and 10 Session of Structural Integration courses, please visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (746) 760-9364 in Escondido.