Shiatsu Massage: Restoring Health and Balance

Shiatsu Massage: Restoring Health and Balance

When it comes to delivering a balanced massage to the body and soul, many people turn to Shiatsu. Shiatsu is a form of massage that originated in Japan and traditional Chinese medicine. It uses a caring touch to aid in self-healing and also uses gentle stretching and manipulation techniques. Shiatsu, meaning “finger pressure,” creates pressure with the thumbs, hands, elbows, or knees on various pressure points of the body.

We recently invited the public to attend a Shiatsu massage workshop. While our students were able to practice and fine-tune their skills with this form of massage therapy, their patients were provided with a soothing and healing massage. Here are three benefits someone receives after getting treated with shiatsu:


Restore and Maintain The Body’s Energy

In Shiatsu, physical touch is used to assess the distribution of “qi” throughout the body and correct any imbalances. Qi, pronounced “chee,” is the harmony of the body. By stimulating the person’s immune system, Shiatsu can treat the body as a whole and help to restore physical functions of the nervous and circulatory systems, musculoskeletal structures, and internal organs. Whether someone has experienced an external or internal trauma – such as an injury or depression/stress – Shiatsu can help ease those pains and bring everything back into balance.


Reduces Problems With Stiff Neck, Shoulders, and Back

From working at a desk all day to performing labor-intensive tasks, our body undergoes various types of stress throughout the day. While we’re able to do little things to help relieve this stress, our muscles and joints will eventually show signs of ailment. With a shiatsu massage, your massage therapist will be able to work the tension and spasms out of your muscles by pressing on acupressure points that release tension.


Promotes Healing From Sprains and Similar Injuries

Since a shiatsu massage focuses heavily on gently, yet effectively, rubbing and massaging the skin, it naturally helps stimulate circulation in capillaries of the skin’s soft tissue. This increased blood flow is what aids in healing sprains, strains, and other similar types of injuries. This is due to the increased blood flow bringing oxygen and nutrients to the injured area. The massage also serves to stimulate the sebaceous glands and keeps skin moist and smooth.

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been helping men and women satisfy their passion for learning and building a successful career in massage therapy for more than 25 years. We have programs, including financial aid available for qualified students. If you are interested in career in massage therapy, you can make an appointment and learn more about our massage therapy or holistic health program. Click HERE or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or, (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.


Holistic Massage School Illuminates A Career Path for Single Parents


Aboce: Rose and Staff Instructor Harmony Curtiss performing Shiatsu massage

Kim Bridges, who goes by the nick-name, Rose, is well on their way to a rewarding career as a Professional Massage Therapist.  Although only 500 hours of training are required for State licensure, Rose chose Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands) to enhance their Massage Therapist education with integrative, holistic health practices.  By the end of January, Rose will have successfully completed over 830 hours of education and training.  These courses include: Circulatory (Swedish) Massage, Anatomy, Herbal Healing, Sports, Therapeutic Stretching, Trigger Point Therapy, plus several Eastern and Western Massage modalities. 

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Rose chose one of today’s most in-demand careers with job growth projected to continue at a rate of 22% (vs the average 7%) through 2023! When asked who inspired them to enroll at Healing Hands, they replied, “My sister, Becky, who currently works as a Professional Massage Therapist at, Montage Hotel and Resort.”  Rose went on to explain that Becky knew of their interest in holistic health,  and heard the Instructors at Healing Hands were exceptional, encouraging them to check it out.  Rose said it wasn’t until after Becky gave them that first massage, that they realized how powerful the Healing Arts were, and their potential to transform lives. It was then that Rose made the conscious decision to enroll at Healing Hands and empower them-self to help others in the same way.

Rose performing a Shiatsu Massage during Public Day

A parent to a 2 year old child, Love,  Rose said a career as a Professional Massage Therapist will afford financial independence and a flexible work schedule, two important considerations for a young, single parent. When asked about their future career aspirations, Rose revealed plans to move North with life- partner, Rusty. There, the two hoped to invest in a home with enough surrounding property to establish a Holistic Healing Center.  Rose says that in addition to providing therapeutic massage, they want to create an Apothecary of Herbal Preparations known to treat many common illnesses and ailments.  Rose’s Holistic Healing Center will offer these integrative therapies to positively impact clients’ health, healing and Mind/Body wellness in meaningful ways.  

Founded by Paula and Neha Curtiss, Healing Hands’ goal is to provide a challenging yet compassionate educational experience that enables Graduates to realize their potential as professional Healers. With a curriculum that boasts over 80 Massage Therapy and Holistic Health classes, Healing Hands’ Graduates are well-prepared to enter the field with a broad range of specialized skills and knowledge. Offering a heart-centered approach to education, Healing Hands has successfully prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers and can do the same for you!  To learn more, go online to or call us in San Diego at (858) 505-1100, in Escondido at (760) 746-9364, or in Laguna Hills at (949) 305-2722.                             

Holistic Health: Healing Patients The Way Nature Intended

Are you thinking of pursuing a path where you can make a positive impact on somebody’s life? By practicing holistic health, you’ll be able to help heal someone’s mind and body by utilizing natural healing methods. Here are two main benefits you’ll provide people by performing holistic health treatments:


Healthier Living Environment


Our bodies are constantly exposed to new compounds – from chemicals in household cleaning products to various medicines and food additives. More often than not, these compounds negatively impact our health and can limit our ability to lead a fulfilling lifestyle. By taking a holistic approach to healing, a person’s whole being – his physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual wellness – is taken into account. It focuses on the root cause of a person’s ailment and strives to eliminate it by encouraging the person to strive for wholeness and healthy living. With this type of treatment, our bodies are less exposed to synthetic substances and more exposed to natural medicines, herbs, and vitamins. This allows the body to be cleansed and able to restore itself properly.


Greater Overall Health


When treated holistically, people experience an overwhelming sense of health. This is because a holistic treatment uses natural remedies, such as proper nutrition, exercise, or detoxification, which creates additional benefits aside from correcting the person’s main ailment. For example, one of the side benefits of holistic treatment is the improvement of eye health particularly for those suffering from glaucoma. Their treatment would focus on natural medicines combined with eye exercises, healthy eating habits, natural vitamin supplements and stress relieving exercises like yoga and meditation. This type of treatment enables our bodies to live an overall healthier and happier lifestyle.


To make an appointment and learn more about our holistic health program click HERE or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or, (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.






Holistic Massage School: Shannon Gonzalez, Teacher of the Year!

Above: Shannon Gonzalez honored with ‘Teacher of the Year’ award from Healing Hands’ Director, Neha Curtiss.

Each year, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health’s (Healing Hands) Founding Directors, Paula and Neha Curtiss, select one Instructor from their exceptional Faculty to be honored as Teacher of the Year.  The decision is made by looking at the cumulative contribution each teacher makes and this year, the honor went to Dr. Shannon Gonzales, a Certified Acupuncturist, Energy Practitioner and multi-modality Massage Therapist and Instructor. 

“To describe Shannon is to describe a woman of great inner strength and deep faith in the healing process”, said Paula Curtiss.  “Shannon’s thirst for understanding healing led her to study Traditional Oriental Medicine.  It is this dedication to understanding the power of inner healing and Shannon’s faith in the healing process, that brings a wellspring of inspiration to her students.  It has been truly wonderful to watch Shannon’s growth from a beginning student into the Master Instructor she has become.  Please join me in congratulating Shannon as Healing Hands ‘Teacher of the Year’ for 2017”, she added.

Dr. Shannon Gonzalez

Shannon was selected to teach at Healing Hands in 2006, about one year after completing the 1,000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program. As a student, Shannon demonstrated a sincere interest in and talent for the Holistic Healing Arts and shared the Faculty’s heart-centered  approach to education. Shannon lives her life consciously through the practice of self-awareness, and eagerly shares her philosophy, skills, and knowledge with students. 

Striving to creating a safe and compassionate learning environment, Shannon teaches Tui Na (Acupressure), Clinical Acupressure (Advanced Acupressure), Energetic Bodywork, Traditional Oriental Clinical Techniques, and Chair Massage for all three Healing Hands locations.  When Shannon is not teaching, you’ll find her providing energetic bodywork sessions to private clients, gardening, or simply enjoying the solitude of country living. 

Founded in 1992, and now boasting more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses plus two Certification Programs, Healing Hands is considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health education in Southern California.  To date, our exceptional Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers as Massage Therapists and Holistic Health Practitioners and can do the same for YOU! To find out if a career in the Healing Arts resonates with you, go on-line to or call our friendly Admissions team at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills,

Programs and Benefits: Offerings As Unique As You

Part of pursuing your passion is enjoying the experience along the way. At Healing Hands, we strive to create a friendly yet educational environment that will help you succeed in a career as a massage therapist or holistic health practitioner. Here are a few unique benefits that we offer:


Customizable & Flexible Schedules

In order to allow you to explore your interests and passions to their fullest extent, we offer the chance to customize your own schedule and create a program that best fits you. Our courses range from sports massage and yoga therapy to holistic nutrition and chakra balancing. No matter your interest, you’ll be able to choose the classes that will benefit you the most on your educational journey. Our programs, both massage therapy and holistic health, also offer full time and part time enrollment in order to give you more flexibility.


Veterans Benefits

“You were driven to protect and serve us in the military, and now Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is driven to help you succeed in civilian life.” – Paula Curtiss

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, under SAA, to process Veterans Benefits including Title IX and Post 9/11, chapter 30, 31, 33, and 35. From assistance with tuition to a monthly stipend for books and supplies, each chapter provides unique benefits for qualified candidates.



One of our goals is to allow you to worry less and learn more. We offer financial aid and WIOA as a way to alleviate any financial stress that you may be experiencing.

Financial Aid is a term that describes a funding package that assists you with costs of tuition, housing, and other fees. The components making up this aid package include federal grants and loans.  Grants are forms of awards that do not need to be paid back. Loans at low interest rates are part of the aid package, which have to be paid back once you’re no longer attending college.  

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) can also prove beneficial to qualified candidates. WIOA is part of the California Training Benefits Program for people who are unemployed or can prove need.  The Employment Development Department (EDD) helps to determine your eligibility and assigns a type of training you are authorized for.  Healing Hands participates in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which can provide a grant towards your Massage Therapist or Holistic Health Practitioner tuition. 

To make an appointment and learn more about our student clinics click HERE or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or, (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.





Benefits of Healing Hands Student Clinic

Whether you’re giving or receiving a massage, our student clinics will provide you with a relaxing environment and multiple learning opportunities. When we’re able to connect and help another human being, we immediately feel the benefits of both our mind and body.


For Students

If you’re currently enrolled in one of our programs, participating in our student clinic is one of the best ways to get hands-on experience outside of the classroom. By practicing massage therapy on strangers, you’ll be able to fine-tune your skills and learn how to interact with various types of therapeutic needs. This type of opportunity will also prepare you for after graduation when you’re applying for jobs. More often than not, you’ll have to perform a massage as part of your application process for the position you’re applying for. Having performed massages on people many times before, due to our student clinic, you’ll be prepared and ready to show a business how your skills can benefit them.


For Prospective Students

If you’re not currently enrolled but are looking into massage therapy and holistic health, this is a great opportunity for you to experience what you would be doing in this field of study. You’ll be able to interact with our students, experience the benefits of massage therapy, and learn about what our school offers. Since our student clinics are open during office hours, you’ll also be more than welcome to ask our staff questions or sign up for a tour (San Diego, Escondido, Laguna Hills locations).


For Customers

If you have an injury, stiff muscles, or simply want to take care of your body, our student clinic is just what you need. Our students are very professional and are highly skilled in massage therapy. For $45, you’ll receive TWO 60-minute massages that will help heal your body and relax your mind.

To make an appointment and learn more about our student clinics click HERE or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or, (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.

Massage Therapy: Touching Hearts, Changing Lives

Massage therapy is increasingly growing in demand and popularity. With its non-invasive approach, massage therapy is a powerful treatment that aids in the healing the entire body. By providing this service for someone, you’ll help improve both their health and happiness. Here are four major benefits of massage therapy:


Promotes Relaxation

When our body is under a lot of stress, it produces unhealthy levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, which creates adverse effects on our mental and physical health; anything from weight gain and sleep deprivation to digestive issues and headaches. However, a massage can prevent these negative reactions by drastically decreasing levels of stress and anxiety. When someone receives a massage, their body is able to relax, recover, and rejuvenate. This also plays a role in lowering diastolic and systolic blood pressure.


Strengthens Immune System

When our body is under any type of stress, it’s extremely susceptible to illnesses and injuries. Since massage therapy aids in decreasing stress, like discussed above, it also plays a role in strengthening the immune system. While the best results generally come from receiving massage treatments on a regular basis, even a few sessions can increase the cytotoxic capacity – the activity level of the body’s natural ‘killer cells’ – and enhance the body’s ability to deliver nourishment. This enables you to help keep someone’s body strong, resilient, and healthy.


Improves Circulation

The use of hands-on pressure during each massage moves the blood throughout the body and targets damaged or congested areas. This promotes a healthy healing process and can aid in a speedy recovery for an injured area. Moreover, the motions and techniques of massage therapy help remove lactic acid from the muscle tissues. This results in lymph fluid circulation, which carries metabolic waste products away from internal organs and muscles leading to an improved overall body function.


Improves Posture

From sitting at a desk all day to having a labor-intensive position, people’s necks, backs, glutes, and joints take a beating throughout the day. Massage therapy helps bring the body back to alignment by releasing tension in these common areas. By releasing these muscles from their tense state, due to bad posture or poor lifting form, the body is able to heal and move back to its proper position. The patient will experience greater mobility and flexibility, which will help prevent future injuries; especially if they receive treatment on a consistent basis.

Healing Hands has equipped many graduates with the skills needed to provide successful treatment to their patients. For more information, visit us HERE or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or, (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.


A Popular Choice for WIOA Clients Seeking Re-training

Healing Hands Massage Therapist Training Program –

A Popular Choice for WIOA Clients Seeking Re-training


If you are a WIOA client seeking an in-demand career,  please check out the top ten reasons WIOA Clients choose Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands): 

  1. ETPL Approved School: Healing Hands is listed on the EDD’s Eligibility Training Providers’ List and is approved to provide Massage Therapist training and accept educational funding for students participating in retraining through the WIOA. Please see, Program Name: Massage Therapist.
  2. National Accreditation: Healing Hands is nationally accredited making all class credits earned fully transferrable to other accredited vocational schools or colleges of massage in the US.
  3. Job Security: Massage Therapy is considered an “in-demand” profession by the US Department of Labor (DOL) with an expectation of 30,000 new jobs opening by 2022.
  4. US News reported in 2016 that Massage Therapists rank #50 in The 100 Best Jobs and, #8 in Best Health Care Support Jobs. This ranking was based on 6 important measurements which include: Job Prospects, Stress Levels, Employment Rate, Median Salary, 10-Year Growth Volume & Percentage, and Work-Life Balance.
  5. Annual Income: In 2015, the US Department of Labor reported that the average annual income for Massage Therapists was $38,040 with the top 10% earning more than $74,860
  6. Flexibility: Massage Therapists can work full-time or part-time during the day-time, evenings and on weekends.  This allows stay at home moms/dads or those with full-time jobs, to meet their commitments while training for a new career.
  7. Reputation for Excellence: Founded in 1992, Healing Hands has successfully graduated more than 7,000 competent and caring students whose employers return to us time and again for their recruiting needs.  
  8. Curriculum: Healing Hands offers an unparalleled number of classes. Each of the 80+ Massage and related Holistic Health Courses are taught by Instructors who specialize in their subjects.
  9. Employment Opportunities: Healing Hands School receives more job opportunities each month than we graduates to fill them!  Our Career Services team assists students and Alumni with resume preparation and by distributing job opportunities via e-mail.
  10. Personal/Professional Growth & Development: Even if becoming a Professional Massage Therapist isn’t your ultimate career goal, a Healing Hands education will inspire and nurture your personal and professional growth. In addition to learning volumes about your body, holistic health practices, and the benefits of therapeutic touch, you’ll gain valuable skills that will allow you to facilitate health, healing, and relaxation for clients, friends and family for years to come!

Healing Hands has prepared dozens of WIOA clients for successful careers as Professional Massage Therapists, and can do the same for you!  To learn more, visit us online at  or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or, (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.