Massage Therapy School Adds Self-Mastery Course to Holistic Training Curriculum

“Holistic problems require holistic solutions”, said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  “That’s why we are so excited to add a class that focuses on thoughts and feelings and their substantial effect on our body’s health.  This new class, Natural Behavioral Techniques, will be making its debut at Healing Hands Escondido campus this summer on Monday, June 19th and at our Laguna Hills campus this fall, so mark your calendars”, she added.

Guest Instructor, Michelle Vonn, possesses a Bachelor of Science – Master Herbalist degree from Global College of Natural Medicine and a Ph.D. in Holistic Natural Health and Healing from the University of Natural Health.  For more than 16 years, Michelle has conducted individual and group classes about natural health strategies to facilitate healing with great success.  During that time she inspired enhanced self-awareness for countless clients.  By helping them find relief from fear, anxiety, depression and emotional mood swings, her clients enjoyed a level of health and wellbeing previously unknown, enriching their lives for years to come.   

Michelle’s class, “Natural Behavioral Techniques”, promises to do the same for Healing Hands students and their clients.  This 16-hour class introduces students to natural wellness modalities that will help them identify and explore the sources of their own psychological struggles.  Through the education and application of proven cognitive/behavioral practices, Michelle will empower students to master negative emotions that adversely impact their mood, relationships, finances, and more.

Through, lecture, demonstration, and guided practice, in “Natural Behavioral Techniques” students learn how to identify and over-come personal emotional issues. “When the root of the problem is identified, the student will learn how it can be transmuted by positive modalities” said Michelle. The personal mastery techniques taught are intended to facilitate a better emotional integration and in turn, create better physical and emotional health for both the massage therapy students and their clients.

Serving residents through two campuses and three classrooms located in San Diego, Escondido and Laguna Hills, Healing Hands is considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health Education in Southern California.  Boasting two Certification Programs and more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health classes, Healing Hands has prepared more than 7,000 students for successful careers and can do the same for you! To find out if a career in Massage Therapy may be right for you, visit us online at  or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido (and for San Diego’s classroom).        

Holistic Massage School Presents: Healthy and Delicious Breakfast Quiche

Holistic Massage School Presents: Healthy and Delicious Breakfast Quiche
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Holistic Massage School Presents: Healthy and Delicious Breakfast Quiche
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Coat a medium size skillet with Pam cooking spray over medium heat;
  3. Add in chopped onion, red bell-pepper and zucchini and cook until tender, 5 to 10 minutes.
  4. Place broccoli to a microwave-safe bowl, add water and cook in microwave until tender, about 3 minutes.
  5. Drain water and set broccoli aside
  6. In a medium sized bowl, whisk egg whites, garlic powder, salt, and pepper until thoroughly mixed
  7. Add zucchini/onion mixture, broccoli, and cheddar cheese
  8. Pour egg white mixture into a 10-in round pie pan and bake for 25 minutes (or until quiche is set in the middle).  Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
  9. Serve alongside a few strawberries and grapes for a delicious and nutritious breakfast.  Enjoy!
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Holistic Massage School Celebrates 25 Years!

Holistic Massage School Celebrates 25th Anniversary


Founded by Paula and Neha Curtiss in 1992, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH) celebrated its twenty-fifth Anniversary on Wednesday February 8th, 2017.  The school, which has classrooms in San Diego, Escondido, and Laguna Hills, boasts a 500-hour Massage Therapy and 1000-hour Holistic Health Program plus over 80 of today’s most popular massage and holistic health classes.  


Nationally accredited and state approved by the CAMTC, HH is considered a path-blazer in Holistic Health Education in Southern California. Over the past 25 years the school has earned a reputation for turning out some of the area’s most exceptional Massage Therapists, putting HH graduates in high-demand among employers. To date, the school has prepared over 7,000 students for successful careers in the Massage industry and is still going strong.


Working as Massage Therapists while raising a young family, Paula and Neha believed that Massage Therapy is a Healing Art as well as a Science.  Their vision was: To teach therapeutic bodywork so that the massage student not only learns the techniques, but is inspired by the art and craft of the work.  Toward that end, they developed curriculum that required students to experience both sides of the massage.  They strived to give students a comprehensive understanding of the structure and function of the body, while providing ample opportunity for them to gain hands-on experience.  Just as importantly, they would do so by creating a classroom environment conducive to trust, respect and joyful discovery.


When acknowledging the school’s 25th anniversary, Paula said, ““We’re very proud to have attracted Massage Therapy and Holistic Health educators who specialize in their subjects and have a tremendous respect for the Healing Arts.  They have been the driving force behind our success, not only imparting their knowledge and skills, but also by modeling the sensitivity and awareness necessary to become a solid practitioner.”  


If you have a passion for promoting holistic health and self-care, yet crave the autonomy of an ‘in-demand’ profession you can take anywhere, then consider the highly gratifying career of a Massage Therapist or Holistic Health Practitioner. For more on HH and our programs, please visit us online at or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.



Holistic Massage School Welcomes New Academic Advisor, Vanessa Leal

                                                                       “As a student, Vanessa demonstrated a sharp intellect, tremendous respect for holistic health practices, and great enthusiasm for our educational process”, said Harmony Curtiss, Manager for the Laguna Hills campus of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH). “In addition to being a quick learner, Vanessa possesses a friendly, cooperative manner, personal initiative and problem solving skills that make her an ideal candidate for our Academic Advisor’s position.  Please join us in welcoming Vanessa Leal as the latest addition to the Healing Hands team”, she added.

Vanessa Leal is a Certified Massage Therapist and Holistic Health Practitioner who is qualified to assist students with course planning, registration, and all manner of academic counseling.  Vanessa job, in short, is to help students realize their educational goals. A student’s primary contact for academic issues that impact educational progress, Vanessa is now available via phone, email or by appointment to assist students and coordinate school resources on their behalf.

Born in Laguna Beach, Vanessa currently resides in San Jan Capistrano where she operates her own a mobile massage practice.  Vanessa also works part-time for Massage Envy Spa in Dana Point.  Prior to pursuing an education in Massage Therapy, Vanessa served as a Receptionist/Administrative Assistant for a Home Owners Association.  A detail-oriented and driven multi-tasker, Vanessa brings strong interpersonal, problem solving and administrative skills to her position as Academic Advisor for HH.

Watching Vanessa navigate a major life change, it was her sister, Marissa, who recommended she consider a career in Massage Therapy.  Fascinated by Medicinal herbs, Homeopathy, and Energy Massage, Vanessa acted on her advice. From the moment she stepped through HH doors she just ‘knew’ that enrolling was the right next step.  A year later she graduated and began what she considers a very rewarding career facilitating immediate and positive change for clients through the Healing Arts. 

Vanessa combines a variety of modalities to customize bodywork for clients. Her scope of practice includes both Eastern and Western modalities such as Circulatory (Swedish), Deep Tissue, and Neuromuscular as well as Traditional Oriental Therapies, Chakra Balancing and Energy-work. A true ‘holistic’ practitioner, Vanessa’s curriculum choices included Homeopathic 1st aid, Herbal Preparations, Aromatherapies, and just as importantly, Spiritual Healing.

Positively transformed by her educational experience, Vanessa takes great pride in introducing others to the nurturing environment, amazing Instructors, and leading edge curriculum Healing Hands School provides.    Down the road, Vanessa hopes to employ her knowledge, therapeutic skills and calming energy as a Mid-wife, assisting women during the child-birthing process.

Holistic Massage Therapy School Welcomes New Academic Advisor, Trey Powell

“Trey Powell is a Certified Massage Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner and the newest Academic Advisor for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH)” said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director.  “A HH graduate, Trey is equipped with the information and resources to provide guidance and support to students from registration through graduation and beyond.  Please join us in welcoming Trey to the HH family”, she added.  

Possessing strong interpersonal skills, Trey strives to establish a rapport with each HH student so he may effectively assist them with goal setting, course selection and school resources. He engages students, promotes their academic success, and fosters their personal, ethical, and intellectual growth which carries over to their roles as Professional Massage Therapists.  At graduation, Trey provides guidance to help students obtain State Certification, create a winning resume, and achieve gainful employment.

Born in Nederland Texas, Trey is a sports enthusiast who enjoys Cycling, ‘Flow’ Artistry, Parkour, Juggling, Camping and electronic music. He relocated to California in 2006 to join the Marine Corps’ Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He served as an Infantry Rifleman stationed at 29 Palms, California through the completion of his active duty.  He then served as a Bank Teller, Office Administrator and Customer Service Representative for civilian corporations before choosing an education in Massage Therapy and Holistic Health.

Trey says he chose a career as a Massage Therapists so he could learn more about his own body and become educated in various holistic health practices. Trey says that what he likes best about practicing massage is the connection it allows him to make with his own body, and the awareness he brings to others about theirs.

After completing HH’s Holistic Health Practitioner Program in January of 2016, Trey amassed hundreds of hours of experience working for Elements Massage and operating his own mobile practice serving Beach city residents in Orange County.   Gravitating toward Sports Massage, Structural Integration and Neuro-muscular therapies, clients say they enjoy Trey’s bodywork, find it very therapeutic and appreciate the helpful information he imparts in the process. 

Trey has completed over 1000 hours of Massage Therapy and Holistic Health training.  The massage modalities he specializes in include: Circulatory (Swedish), Deep Tissue, Thai, Thai Foot, Shiatsu, Trigger Point, Structural Integration and Reflexology Massage Therapies.  Trey is also knowledgeable of Anatomy/Physiology and familiar with integrative holistic practices including: Homeopathic first aid, Aromatherapy and Therapeutic Stretching.

Going forward, Trey intends to open his own Holistic Health Practice adding adjunctive therapies to his arsenal of bodywork modalities and techniques.  Until then, he plans to grow his massage practice, learn more about the massage industry as a whole, and support student success as an Academic Advisor for HH.