Understanding Mindfulness

Healing Hands teaches every student how to recognize the connection between the mind, body, and spirit.  At times, the mind can be the most challenging to balance. Mindfulness is about self-awareness and the appreciation of living in the present.

Being mindful is an important part of living a holistic life. We utilize the powerful effects of mindfulness to create balance and health within ourselves.

 

What it means to be a mindful person:

 

Setting Intentions

When you are absent from your mind, you live your life in autopilot. Mindfulness places intention on your actions. Intention differs from goals because it is about the present time. Thinking with intent is not about what you can do long term, it is about what your situation is right now.  Unlike goals, intention is rooted in reality. Whether it is in your yoga practice or at work, doing things with positive intent will improve your mental approach.

Intention helps you find a connection with your desires and your current situation. It brings your focus to what is important. This focus can help you shift your mood and accomplish tasks throughout the day with meaning.

 

Practice Acceptance

Throughout our day, we experience different emotions depending on our circumstances. Our reactions to these circumstances reflect our emotions and actions. Acceptance is the key to mindful living. Recognizing the emotions you feel and letting them exist, then pass, helps bring balance and clarity.

This type of thinking decreases stress, anxiety, and distractions while improving intuition, cognitive flexibility, and memory. When we let our emotions go, we find ourselves to be happier and more compassionate.

 

Mindfulness At Healing Hands

We believe that healthy living requires a holistic approach. We incorporate mindfulness in our teaching so students can learn how they can utilize it in their careers. Our Spiritual Healing course supplies students with tools and practices that bring our awareness to our energetic system and the guidance and information that is offered there. Other classes like Chakra Balancing also train students how to use mindful practices to balance the body’s energy centers.

When we carry deeper peace, grace and conscious alignment with our spiritual source, our presence naturally supports healing and truth.

 

Our Holistic Health Practitioner Program helps equip students towards living a mindful life. This program offers classes both during the weekdays, as well as nights and weekends, to accommodate any student.  Our fall courses are beginning! Check out what classes are still available and enroll here.

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health Celebrates Bosses Day 2018 “Happy Bosses Day…Paula, Neha, Harmony and Teo, We Appreciate You!

Boss’s Day, established in 1958, is observed annually on October 16th or the closest business day to it. Intended to strengthen employee/employer relations, Boss’s Day gives employees an opportunity to  show appreciation for their boss or bosses. 

Today, the Faculty and Staff at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, want to acknowledge four exceptional Bosses; Paula, Neha, Harmony and Teo Curtiss.  Credited with creating the first Massage Therapy Program for Community Colleges in SoCal, Neha and Paula (husband and wife) are considered trail-blazers in education of the Holistic Healing Arts.  In 1992, they founded Healing Hands with a vision of providing the most comprehensive holistic health education and training available.

Paula Curtiss serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Co-Director for the school.  She is a Certified Massage Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner, and Master Instructor adept in a variety of massage modalities. In addition to developing much of Healing Hands’ course-work and instructional materials, Paula can teach nearly every course the school offers.  She ensures that the school maintains the Instructional standards required for operation and works diligently to maintain eligibility for Government funding on behalf of students.  This funding includes: Federal Student Financial Aid, Veterans Administration Educational Benefits, Vocational Rehab, and Education Benefits for the Unemployed.

Day to day, Paula handles a myriad of Operational duties for the Escondido and San Diego classrooms. In addition to selecting quarterly classes for each of her three locations, Paula manages the Administrative team and works closely with her Faculty and Guest Instructors on scheduling and other teaching issues.   

 

Neha Curtiss is the School’s Co-Director, Director of Education, a Licensed Massage Therapist and Staff Instructor for Healing Hands’ .  Neha became a strong advocate for the Holistic Healing Arts having witnessed and experienced the physical and emotional awareness gained through bodywork therapies.  His education included Native American healing traditions, East Indian techniques, Western systems of structurally balancing the body, as well as compassionate communication skills.

As the Director of Education for Healing Hands, Neha is instrumental in shaping the curricula and teaching processes. He also provides guidance to the teachers, school administrators and support staff. As a Massage and Bodywork Practitioner, Neha is dedicated to ‘Holistic Health’ that integrates the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of an individual.  As an Instructor, Neha encourages students to take this same ‘whole person’ approach.  Although he often works quietly behind the scenes, Neha can step into the role of Instructor at a moment’s notice.

 

Harmony Curtiss, Paula and Neha’s daughter, has been active behind the scenes for Healing Hands since she was in high-school.  Long before taking responsibility for the Laguna Hills classroom in 2012, Harmony assisted her parents with important Administrative and Operational needs.  She helped to develop new school policies, establish office procedures, launch the school’s new website, provide Employee Training, Manage Special Funding, and facilitate Career Placement for our Graduates.

Surrounded by Massage and Bodywork enthusiasts her entire life, Harmony’s passion for the Healing Arts grew naturally and flourished quickly. A talented Massage Therapist in her own right, Harmony completed the 1000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program in 2011. She then opened a modest private practice to gain experience before training to become a Staff Instructor.  Today, in addition to Directing Operations for the Laguna Hills location, Harmony teaches two of the school’s most popular 100-hour courses, Circulatory Massage and Shiatsu

Teodora (Teo) Valdez – Curtiss is the Branch Manager for the Escondido Campus of Healing Hands School.  Teo is Paula and Neha’s daughter-in-law, married to their oldest son, Blue Ray. Teo earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with emphasis on Entrepreneurship and Marketing. She has worked in the field of higher education administration since 2001. Teo also achieved a minor in Psychology from the University of Southern California and completed Healing Hands’ Holistic Health Practitioner Program in March of 2008.

Teo brought a wide range of knowledge and skills to the table when she started working for Healing Hands in June of 2007.  Since then her responsibilities have progressively increased and she’s met every challenge! Today, in addition to serving as a Branch Manager, Teo is also the Director of Financial Aid, and Director of International Student Affairs.   As such, she provides guidance, resources, and information to international students and those utilizing Federal Student Aid.  Teo’s contribution to the school has paved the way for thousands of Healing Hands Graduates to pursue an empowering education and career as a Professional Massage Therapist. 

 

Through the years the Curtiss’ took a heart-centered approach to education and training and have mentored many aspiring Instructors to do the same. The school’s curriculum includes both Eastern and Western Massage Modalities plus related ‘holistic health’ courses like Diet & Nutrition and Herbal Preparations.  In the process they cultivated an exceptional team of Instructors, developed an unsurpassed curriculum, and continue to innovate with new courses regularly. 

Together, Paula, Neha,  Harmony and Teo’s efforts are responsible for the employment of over two dozen Faculty and Staff members, and the successful preparation of over 7,000 Healers.   Today, we, the faculty and staff of Healing Hands want to thank all four of our wonderful Bosses for being kind, fair, and supportive of our efforts throughout the year. Paula, Neha, Harmony and Teo, please know that we are proud to be on your team and working toward the unified goal of “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts”.   

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health offers two Certification Programs and over 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses.  With classrooms in San Diego, Escondido, and Laguna Hills, Healing Hands’ offers comprehensive, professional Massage Therapy training in a safe, professional environment.  To learn more, go online to www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido,

Holistic Massage School Shares Strategies to Increase Happiness

At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, we’re all about our Student’s happiness.  Defined as “the experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense that one’s life is good, meaningful, and worthwhile”, happiness is something we all seek more of.  Toward that end, the Faculty at Healing Hands offers these suggestions to Students seeking to create more joy in their lives.

Massage releases endorphins, the feel good hormones that reduce pain and increase happiness!

Modify Your Lifestyle! Even small positive changes like: healthier dietary choices, drinking water instead of soft-drinks, getting 7 hours of restful sleep, and walking in nature each day can make a big impact on one’s health and sense of happiness. As you incorporate small changes you will enjoy the satisfaction and self-empowerment that comes from new accomplishments.

Keep a Gratitude Journal!  Did you know that by contemplating those things you are grateful for, (the love of family, the laughter of your children, the camaraderie of friends, the beauty of nature, the comfort of a therapeutic massage, a delicious meal, etc.) you will happiness, and appreciation paves the way for more to come!

Get a Massage: Massage Therapy has been shown to increase focus, energy, immunity, circulation and feelings of well-being while reducing pain, anxiety, stress and risk factors for disease.  Even just a one- hour massage has been clinically proven to increase Endorphins (good feeling hormones) by 30-40% while also reducing Cortisol (stress hormones) by 30-40%, which is why Massage feels so good.

Exercise!  Exercise is essential to health and happiness. All forms of exercise release ‘happy hormones’ which elevate your mood and increase happiness.  Just ½ hour of brisk walking daily can substantially reduce many health risk factors.  Find something that brings you happiness, and make it a part of your regular routine, every System in your body will thank you!    

A good belly laugh increases happiness!

Have a Good Laugh!  Who doesn’t love a good belly laugh?  It’s one of the best feelings in the world and offers many substantial benefits. These include improving cardio-vascular-health, boosting T-cells (immunity), lowering blood pressure, reducing stress-hormones, exercising your abs, reduces pain by releasing endorphins (natural pain killers) and creates a general sense of happiness!

Focus on the Positive!  So often we think and talk about everything that goes wrong in our day, and literally fill our bodies with stress hormones that can lead to anxiety, depression and illness. Alternatively, when we make a habit of observing our positive interactions and the positive happenings and conditions around us, we release ‘good-feeling’ hormones into our body.  They reduce pain, enhance focus, and increase energy levels and happiness.

Dedicate yourself to Happiness! Recognize that when it comes to your holistic (whole) health, you really can’t afford the luxury of negative thoughts.  Negative thoughts and worry facilitate the release of stress hormones that wreak havoc on our physical and emotional health.  Unfortunately, resisting them only holds them closer.  The best course of action is to recognize and accept your negative thoughts, then consciously turn your attention to something more pleasing, moving in the direction of joy and happiness.

Aromatherapy!  The practice of using infused aromatic oils as a mood enhancer has been around for centuries, it was re-discovered and popularized in the West by French surgeon, Jean Valnet.  Dr. Valnet used Aromatherapy during World War II, proving its medicinal benefits. Today it is commonly used as an Integrative Holistic Practice to facilitate both physical healing and emotional balance. 

Inspire Yourself!  Read inspirational books, attend inspirational conferences, watch inspirational videos on YouTube, surround yourself with inspiring people, and challenge yourself with inspirational goals. Life is to be lived…don’t spend it on the side lines, create your own happiness by inspiring yourself and being an inspiration to others.

Listen to Music!  One of the fastest ways to change your body’s vibration and alter your mood is to listen to music that moves you.  Find out what music resonates with you and makes you fell happy.  Keep it handy for the moments when you need a little pick-me-up. 

Established in 1992, Healing Hands boasts two Certification Programs and 80+ Massage and related Holistic Health classes. To date, we’ve prepared more than 7,000 Graduates for rewarding careers as Professional Massage Therapists and can do the same for you.  Find out more online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (959) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.

Massage Therapists Now in High-demand Among Hospitals and Medical Environments

The demand for Massage Therapy in a Hospital Setting is steadily rising, making it a value-added skill for Nurses.

“With growing awareness of the benefits of Massage, Massage Therapist are aggressively targeted by recruiters from a variety of medical settings”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, Laguna Hills (Healing Hands).   “Today, our career placement department receives dozens of job opportunities monthly from Doctors’ Offices, Hospitals, Medical/Wellness Centers, Sports Clinics, Chiropractors,  and others. If you or someone you know wants a rewarding career working in a Medical Environment, Healing Hands can help you make it happen!”, she added.

According to a nationwide survey  by the American Hospital Association in 2010, the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) within hospitals is on the rise. Forty-two percent of hospitals that responded to the survey confirmed that they provide CAM in the form of massage therapy, guided imagery and aromatherapy. That’s an increase of nearly 30% since 2000, and that number is still growing. Therapeutic Massage has been proven to reduce pain and anxiety and can relax patients anticipating a stressful surgery or medical procedure.  It can also comfort the patient, boost their mood and speed recovery after treatments or surgery.

For massage therapists who choose to work in of a medical setting, they’ll need to learn to interact with a variety of health care workers as patients are cared for by a team. They may also need to learn some medical terminology and adjust to a noisier, faster pace environment that may include interruptions.  Working in a Hospital or Medical Center offers the rewards of an educational environment where the massage practitioner can expand their knowledge, skills and abilities. Interacting with a large staff of health care workers can also add to the Practitioner’s sense of purpose and community. 

As more hospitals and patients learn about the health benefit of massage, opportunities for certified massage therapists in medical settings will continue to increase.  While getting used to a medical environment may require an adjustment, the opportunities to positively impact your patients’ lives are many.  Licensed massage therapists who enter the hospital setting gain valuable experience while raising awareness of massage and holistic health in our communities.

Established in 1992, Healing Hands is considered a trail-blazer for education in Massage and the Holistic Healing Arts. Boasting two Certification Programs and 80+ Massage and related Holistic Health classes, no other school offers a better probability of success than Healing Hands.  To date, we’ve prepared more than 7,000 Graduates for rewarding careers and can do the same for you.  Find out more online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (959) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.

Holistic Massage School Offers a Preview of Upcoming Classes (Part 2 of 2)

Circulatory Massage – also referred to as Swedish massage, Circulatory Massage involves lubricating the skin with massage oil and performing a variety of strokes to increase circulation and smooth muscle knots. In a Circulatory Massage the Practitioner will use strokes such as gliding (Effleurage), kneading (Petrissage), and cross- fiber friction (Fanning). Just a 1-hour massage substantially promotes relaxation, lowers blood pressure, detoxifies the system, relieves pain and facilitates many other mind/body health benefits.

Sports Massage– This type of massage offers a full-body structural assessment as well as corrective treatment for a variety of health issues and sports injuries.  Sports Massage techniques help speed healing, reduce scar tissue and can effectively address various soft tissue sprains, strains and common injuries.  These include rotator cuff tears, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, entrapped nerves, reduced blood flow (ischemia) and others.

Shiatsu – a popular Japanese massage technique involving energy meridians and acupressure points manipulated by the Practitioner. The intent of Shiatsu is to enhance overall health, increase blood and lymph circulation, heal injuries and balance the energies of the body, mind, and Spirit. Treatments are given on a mat with the client fully clothed and without the use of oil.

Table-Thai Massage – as the name suggests, Table Thai takes traditional Thai Massage principals and movements to a table environment.  As with Thai massage the Practitioner gently guides the client through a sequence of moves that include rhythmic rocking with progressively deeper stretches. The benefits include enhanced flexibility, increased energy, enhanced posture, and lasting feelings of well-being. With Table-Thai massage,

Energetic Bodywork – Energetic Bodywork is a gentle, spiritual, healing practice that has been shown to relieve pain, alleviate chronic illness, and accelerate the healing process after any type of medical or holistic treatment.  It does not involve physical touch or manipulation; instead, it works with the subtle vibrational field surrounding and penetrating the body. 

Established in 1992, the Faculty and Staff at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health are dedicated to providing a comprehensive, high-quality education in the Holistic Healing Arts. With more than 80 Massage and related Holistic Health Classes to offer, Healing Hands has prepared more than 7,000 Graduates for rewarding careers and can do the same for YOU!  Learn more online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (858) 5-05-1100 in San Diego, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.

Note: Click here to review Healing Hands’ Preview… (Part 1 of 2)

Holistic Massage School Offers a Preview of Upcoming Classes – (Part 1 of 2)

“At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, we strive to deliver a comprehensive and well-rounded education in the Holistic Healing Arts”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for the Laguna Hills campus. “We are dedicated to helping students realize their potential as professional healers and to providing a safe, respectful learning environment conducive to individual growth and professional development.  Below are descriptions of just 10 of the 80+ amazing Massage and Holistic Health courses we’re proud to offer”, she added.

Pre-Natal (Pregnancy) Massage offers Benefits for Mother and Infant

 

Pre-Natal (Pregnancy) Massage – In a Pregnancy Massage the Practitioner takes special care in positioning the pregnant client and has specialized knowledge about how to address contraindicated areas. Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy greatly reduces anxiety and decrease symptoms of depression for the mother-to-be. It has also been shown to relieve muscle and joint pain, improve labor outcomes and the newborn baby’s health

Clinical Acupressure – An integration of the basic principles of Traditional Oriental Medicine, Acupressure, and other massage practices, Clinical Acupressure involves touching specific points along the 12 Primary Meridians (energy pathways) of the body.   Clinical Acupressure has been shown to facilitate emotional balance, relief from Insomnia, strengthen the Immune System, calms Indigestion, reduces arthritic pain, and helps the immune system fight Colds and Flu’s.

Zen-touch – An innovative approach to assessing one’s health and delivering therapeutic protocols to balance, restore and invigorate the body and body’s Systems.  Zen Touch involves a sequencing flow of movements that deeply relax clients, improve circulation, reduce stiffness, enhance joint mobility and increase feelings of wellbeing.

 

 

 

 

Lymph Drainage Therapy – Within each of us is a silent healing partner, the Lymph System, which works in conjunction with the Immune System to keep us healthy, vibrant and strong. In a Lymph Massage the Practitioner will implement specific techniques for draining lymph fluid from the legs, arms, torso and face. Lymph Drainage can significantly increase Immune System function which enhances over-all health.

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Holistic Massage School Offers a Preview of Upcoming Classes – (Part 2 of 2)

MBLEX UPDATE

Dear Students and Graduates,

California recently passed legislature, Senate Bill No. 1480, that suspends the need to pass the MBLEx, or any other Examination in order to become CAMTC Certified. This legislature came into effect on September 30th, 2018.

If you apply for CAMTC BEFORE January 1st, 2019 you will still be required to take and pass the MBLEx.

If you apply AFTER January 1st, 2019 you will not be required to pass the MBLEx.

This means, that if you have already applied for CAMTC, you HAVE TO PASS THE MBLEX. If you have NOT applied for CAMTC, you do not have to pass the MBLEx as long as you WAIT TO APPLY after January 1st, 2019.

CAMTC stands for California Massage Therapy Council

FSMTB stands for Federation State of Massage Therapy Board

FSMTB are the ones who own the MBLEx. If you applied for FSMTB to take the MBLEx, you have not applied for CAMTC.

Graduates and students who apply before January 1st, 2019 and are required to take the MBLEx, will be processed before those who wait after January 1st, 2019.

Anyone who applies after January 1st, 2021 will have to take the MBLEx. This is limited two year window.

Please note: That if you move to almost (almost!) any other state you will still need to pass the MBLEx.