Holistic Massage School Shares Holiday Gift Ideas for Health & Sports Enthusiasts

Looking for the perfect gift for the Health Enthusiasts in your life?  Then come visit Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands).  Healing Hands offers two Certification Programs and more than 80 massage and holistic health classes.  Whether you’re interested in learning about different massage modalities, Holistic Nutrition, Medicinal Herbs or Aroma-therapies, there is something for everyone at Healing Hands.

In addition to massage and holistic health classes, Healing Hands offers a variety of professional massage equipment, study-guides, and self-care products.  The list of items below not only support the needs of our students, they support countless sports and health enthusiasts within our communities.

Santa Says…..Stop by Healing Hands for

Unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else this Holiday Season!


Note: Bookstore hours are: 9am to 5:30pm Mondays through Fridays and 9am to 2pm Saturdays

Visa and Discovery Cards accepted



Price Range

Introductory Circulatory Massage Class




Two for One – Massage Coupon for Healing Hands Student Clinic




Instructors, Denise Fultz and Raina Colvin’s

$15.00 + tax

Instructor, Shana Lipner’s Sage Country Herbs Products

Deoderant / Room Deodorizer / Energetic Clearing Spray

Deluxe Massage Oil

Therapeutic Pain Spray

Sore Muscle Salve

Lip Balm








2 oz $5 / 4 oz $10

2 oz $7 / 4 oz $11

2 oz $18 / 4 oz $33

1 oz $9 / 4 oz $24


(Prices do not include tax)




(A Must-Have Self-Acupressure Tool

for Massage Therapists and Sports Enthusiasts)




La Crosse Balls (for Deep Tissue and





Massage Chair Package






Massage Therapists Holster (for oil)








Massage Oils, Lotions, Creams & Gels





$6.47 –  $22.73 (8 oz)

$45.95 (1/2 Gallon)

$71.95 (1 Gallon)







Disposable Face Cradle Covers (bulk – 100 pack)






Massage Tables




$290.52 Standard Plus Pkg.

$430.92 Classic Deluxe Pkg.

$430.92 Versalite Pro Pkg.

$484.92 Prima Table Pkg.



Massage Table Sheet sets






Leg/ankle Bolsters



$31.86 (Full round)

$30.24 (half round



Basic Fleece Pad Set







Deluxe Fleece Pad Set





Basic Table Warmer


Anatomy Study Guides 


Anatomy Flash Cards


Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage Study guide/folder


Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage Study Flash Cards





Founded in 1992, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is considered a trail-blazer for education in the Holistic Healing Arts.  To date, the Healing Hands Faculty has successfully prepared more than 7,000 Graduates for rewarding careers as Professional Massage Therapists and can do the same for you! To explore if a career in massage therapy may be right for you, please visit us online at www.healinghandsschool.com .  You can also call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego (Kearny Mesa). 

Holistic Massage School Shares: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Massage Therapists

The book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the most influential books ever written. Authored by Stephen R. Covey it has inspired millions of professionals to transform their lives for the better.  For nearly 30 years the best-seller has offered compelling advice that remains as relevant today as ever before.

In this book, Stephen focuses on the immutable principles of honesty, fairness, equality and human dignity.  All 7 habits offer empowering lessons for personal and career success. Below is an adaptation created by  the Faculty at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  It was re-written specifically for our students who are aspiring Massage Therapists and Holistic Health professionals.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Massage Therapists

Be Proactive –

Solo-Practitioners don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan. Successful Massage Therapists understand the need to be proactive in building their business.  They are proactive in letting others know who they are and what they offer. They seek creative ways to bring people in (workshops, holiday specials, co-operative events).  They also take time to nurture loyalty (referrals, service packages, membership perks).

Begin with the End in Mind 

Get clear about what you want to achieve. Ask yourself questions like: “Where is my practice going? Where do I want to be in 1 year or 5 years? What is the goal of this client’s treatment?  What treatment plan is best to achieve desired results? 

Put First Things First

No matter how skilled you may be as a Massage Therapist you can’t help others unless you are strong and healthy yourself. That’s why maintaining a healthy work/life balance is essential to becoming a highly successful Massage Therapist. You’ll need to decide how you define success and then prioritize your time accordingly.  Scheduling time to re-charge yourself and connect with others ensures your ability to continue to care for others.


Think Win-Win 

A Win-Win scenario is based on cooperation and a belief that there is plenty for everyone. It’s a mentality of “we can do more when we work together”.  It requires we look for and create opportunities for mutual benefit with clients.  For example, you may want to offer a client a free massage (or credit toward a massage) for every client they refer. 


Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood  

You must first understand your client’s needs before you can design their treatment plan. Do you ask appropriate questions and pay attention to the answers during intake? Do you check in with your client during therapy to ensure their comfort?  Do you regulate your pressure to accommodate their body part’s unique condition?  As Professional Massage Therapists you’ll need to be aware of both the verbal and non-verbal ques.



Work cooperatively with others! Synergy is all about open-minded teamwork to bring in fresh ideas and new solutions.  Networking with other Massage Therapists, Physical Therapists or Chiropractors, for example, can be mutually beneficial.  Not only can you exchange and refer clients, it’s a great way to boost your knowledge.


Sharpen the Saw

An old saying that refers to growth, change and evolution. Sharpening the Saw for some Massage Therapist may mean learning new or advanced techniques.  For others it may be, mastering integrative therapies, like Herbs and Nutrition.  Some may just need to try a new creative or recreational endeavor, to renew their energy and enthusiasm.


Healing Hands offers two Certification Programs and more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses.  Considered a trail-blazer in education of the Holistic Healing Arts, Healing Hands offers classes year-round during the day, evenings and on weekends. Learn more online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (858) 505-1100 in San Diego, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.  


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.

Holistic Massage School Reveals Why Thanksgiving is Good for Your Health

“The word gratitude means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context)”, said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  “Gratitude means we acknowledge and appreciate the good in our lives. Wisdom practices such as expressing gratitude, sharing, and giving, are integral to many indigenous cultures. Setting aside time to give thanks for one’s blessings, has been scientifically proven to positively effect our holistic health.  Below are just a few of the health benefits enjoyed by those who nurture an attitude of gratitude”, she added.

  1. Your Physical Health – People who practice gratitude regularly report feeling more energetic and healthier than those who don’t. They also experience fewer minor aches and pains and are more proactive about self-care. This includes eating healthfully, getting regular doctor checkups, and exercising.
  2. Your Psychological Health – Taking time to focus on those things/people/events we are grateful for, can help us release negative emotions. Gratitude effectively increases our level of happiness and boosts our sense of well-being.
  3. Enhances Your Self-esteem – The practice of gratitude can increase athlete’s self-esteem, which is essential to optimal performance. Gratitude reduces the need to compare yourself to others. It allows you to be happy for another’s good fortune and/or accomplishments.
  4. New Relationships – Most people respond positively to acknowledgement and appreciation. It makes them more likely to want an ongoing relationship. Acknowledging and appreciating other people’s contributions, strengths, skills, talent, or intellect can lead to new friendships and opportunities. 
  5. Increases Emotional/Mental Strength – Focusing on all you have to be thankful for, is one of the simplest ways to boost your mood. Being able to recognize our blessings even in the face of extreme adversity or loss, builds emotional strength and resilience.
  6. Improves Sleep – A 2011 study found that people who took just 15 minutes nightly to acknowledge some of the things they are grateful for, enjoyed a better night’s sleep. These individuals also reported sleeping longer and feeling more rested than those who did not practice gratitude.
  7. Increases Empathy – People with an attitude of gratitude are more sensitive and empathetic toward others. They are more likely to express kindness, even when others behave unkindly. They are also less likely to retaliate if treated unfairly.
  8. Gratitude Helps to Evolve Our Personality. Studies reveal that individuals who express gratitude frequently experience more optimism, Spirituality and higher self-esteem. They also were found to be less self-centered and materialistic than those who were less appreciative.

Healing Hands offers two Certification Programs and more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses.  Considered a trail-blazer in education of the Holistic Healing Arts, Healing Hands boasts three SoCal locations with day, evening and weekend classes. Learn more online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (858) 505-1100 in (Kearny Mesa) San Diego, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.  


2014 study published in Emotion

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher,

2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences

2012 study by the University of Kentucky.

2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being

2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology


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.

Massage Therapist Training and Community Service: A Healthy Win/Win for All!

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health’s Community Service /Career Development class is taught by the school’s founding Director, Ms. Paula Curtiss. Designed to expose students to different clients and massage environments, it has benefited many within our communities.  In addition to helping those with medical conditions, the class helps students develop compassion and tolerance.


Therapeutic Massage Environments

Students learn what is expected of Practitioners working for a Doctor, Chiropractor Hospital, Rehab Center, or outdoor event.  Just as importantly, students discuss thought-provoking topics.  These include the intangible rewards of working with Veterans, cancer patients, trauma victims or recovering addicts.  The Community Service/Career Development Course boosts students’ self-respect, self-confidence, professionalism and sense of purpose.


Healing Hands’ Partners/Community Service Providers

Since 1992, Healing Hands has enjoyed Partnerships with a variety of Community Service Providers.  These include: Recuperative Care Services [Veterans released from hospitalization]; San Diego Spine and Rehabilitation; Southern California Perinatal Services; and Valle Vista Skilled Nursing Facility.


Sporting Events

Another way Healing Hands’ Students provide Community Service is to donate their time and expertise to special events.  These include Job/Career Fairs and events such as “Stand Down” for homeless Veterans struggling with their transition to Civilian life.     

Students interested in working on Athletes, such as participants of the LA or Rock & Roll Marathons, are encouraged to take “Advanced Circulatory and Sports Massage”.  Taught by Staff Instructor, Chris Morgan, students learn techniques to work on moderately active sports enthusiasts as well as competitive athletes.  They address acute injuries and learn how to speed healing.  They practice techniques to release scar tissue, increase joint mobility and prepare muscles for competitive events.  They also learn massage strokes to relax muscles and speed recovery after events.


“The main objective of our Community Service Internship Program is simple but powerful; To give students real-world experience in diverse Massage scenarios”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands – Laguna Hills.  “Through exposure to a variety of demographic groups and therapeutic issues, students are better able to target their ‘ideal client’ and a compatible work environment.


Healing Hands offers two Certification Programs and more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses.  Considered a trail-blazer in education of the Holistic Healing Arts, Healing Hands offers  day, evenings and  weekend classes. Learn more online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (858) 505-1100 in San Diego, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.  


Holistic Massage School Shares Characteristics of Healthy Self-Respect

Holistic Health Benefits of Self-Respect

“When you have healthy self-respect, it positively impacts your holistic (Mind, Body & Spiritual) health”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Laguna Hills.  “When we respect ourselves we’re better able to handle stress and more resilient when facing setbacks. That means you’re less likely to experience anxiety, depression, muscular tension, illness and other negative side-effects associated with chronic stress” she continued. 

Modeling Healthy Self-Respect

For over 26 years, the Faculty at Healing Hands has modeled and encouraged healthy self-respect among students.  They do this by empowering students with knowledge and skills to affect positive change in their lives and careers. They are also eager to point out and acknowledge their student’s unique strengths and talents.  Their validation helps students overcome feelings of worthlessness, guilt or shame which negatively impact our emotions and physiology. Most importantly, health self-respect enables us to attract caring, honest relationships and avoid those that are abusive, manipulative and unhealthy. 

Respect Yourself

Respecting yourself is essential to maintaining a positive self-image.  Self-respect allows you to feel good about who you are right now, and excited about the person you are becoming. Below is a list of characteristics of healthy self-respect.  How many do you possess?


Characteristics of Healthy Self-Respect

  • You like and respect the person you are. You feel you’re a worthy individual, deserving of love and respect from others.
  • Healthy self-respect requires an awareness of your values and beliefs, and your personal ‘Right’ not to compromise them.
  • You realize that you can’t please everyone all the time and you have no obligation to do so. You respect your time, and manage it efficiently based on your own priorities.
  • You recognize that no-one’s feelings, difficulties or experiences are more important than your own. You have an ability to set boundaries and to enforce them. 
  • You take responsibility for your life, and refrain from playing the ‘Victim’. You recognize that only you can change your life-circumstances.  If you’re tired of the same old story, you are willing to turn some pages!
  • You are accountable for your actions. When you make mistakes, you own them, apologize and learn from them. You can admit that: you lied, you were inconsiderate, you were dismissive, you lashed out in anger, etc.   Then, you do your best to make amends and avoid repeating your mistake.
  • You refuse to compare yourself with others. You don’t need to criticize others to feel better about yourself. You don’t feel jealous when others shine.  Instead, you acknowledge and appreciate your own unique skills, talents, knowledge and contribution.
  • You can say NO without feeling guilty! You put aside any false sense of obligation or fear of retribution. Instead, you can easily ask for more information or time to make your decision.  If your answer is ‘no’ you can say so, without the need to defend or apologize for your decision. 
  • You allow others, especially close friends and family, to be responsible for their own happiness. You refuse to accept blame-shifting, guilt-bombing or manipulation.
  • You are in-charge of yourself and your own happiness. You understand your wants, needs and feelings and can communicate them clearly. You know it is your right and responsibility to pursue happiness.
  • You know what your values and goals are, and you make them a priority in your life. You don’t accept guilt for pursuing a fulfilling life for yourself.  It is your birth-right.
  • You have a sense of purpose that motivates you and provides an incentive for growth and development. Personal growth naturally enhance your self-respect and self-esteem.
  • You don’t need others to approve of you to feel OK. You have the ability for ‘emotion regulation’. ‘Emotion regulation’ gives you the ability to listen to others’ criticism without internalizing or over-reacting to it. 
  • You trust yourself to make decisions that are in your best interest. You combine your knowledge, intuition, and insight when discerning a course of action. When/if you fail or make a mistake, you turn it into a life lesson and continue to move forward.

Healing Hands offers two Certification Programs and more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses.  Considered a trail-blazer in education of the Holistic Healing Arts, Healing Hands boasts three SoCal locations offers classes year-round during the day, evenings and on weekends. Learn more online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (858) 505-1100 in San Diego, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.  

Holistic Massage School Shares Foods That Fight Inflammation

Our bodies create inflammation as a defense mechanism against harmful stimuli. It is how the immune system removes the stimuli and begins the healing process.

Acute Inflammation

Acute inflammation comes on rapidly, becomes severe in a short time and may last for a several days. Often the result of trauma, microbial invasion, or toxic compounds.

Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is inflammation that has continued for several months or more. Usually the effects vary with the severity of the trauma and the body’s ability to repair the damage.


Inflammation causes noticeable symptoms, such as pain, redness and swelling.  Other symptoms are subtle, such as fatigue, fever, pain and digestive disorders.

Suggested Anti-inflammatory Foods for Optimal Holistic Nutrition



·       Salmon

·       Blueberries

·       Atlantic Mackerel

·       Cherries

·       Lake Trout

·       Apple (peels)

·       Herring

·       Grapes

·       Sardines

·       Avocados

·       Anchovy

·       Papayas

·       Sablefish / Black Cod

·       Strawberries

·       Albacore Tuna

·       Blackberries


·       Oranges


·       Grapefruits

.       Beetroot


.       Soybeans


.       Kale

·       Walnuts

.       Spinach

·       Almonds

.       Broccoli

·       Pumpkin Seeds

.       Brussel Sprouts

·       Hemp Seeds

.       Collard Greens

·       Flaxseeds

.       Swiss Chard

·       Chia Seeds

.       Green Leafy Lettuces




Whole Grains

·       Olive oil

·       Oatmeal

·       Avocado oil

·       Brown or Wild Rice

·       Walnut oil

·       Whole Grain Cereals

·       Safflower oil


Would YOU like to learn more about holistic health and natural remedies to reduce Inflammation? If so, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health can help.  Boasting more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses, we are SoCal’s leader in education in the Holistic Healing Arts.  Learn more online at www.HealingHandsSschool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 /Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 / Escondido or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego. “touching Lives Touching Hearts, Since 1992”



Introduction to Yoga Massage

As we continue to grow our community of healers, we are always looking for new opportunities to expand the education of our students. One of the ways we accomplish this is by adding new courses for our students to take. The wide variety of classes we offer gives students the chance to specialize in the bodywork styles and modalities that best fit their interests.

One of the newest courses we are offering at Healing Hands is Yoga Massage. This type of massage therapy is a combination of yoga and Thai massage. The Yoga Massage course applies guided breathing, stretches, and postures of yoga along with the rhythmic compressions, pulls, and stretches of Thai Massage.


Understanding Yoga Massage

Thai Massage techniques enhance flexibility, energy, posture, and well-being. Yoga postures condition the body and concentrate awareness through muscular contractions and breathing. Yoga usually pits one group of muscles against the other, exerting many times the force of gravity. By combining these two modalities, the massage therapist is able to heal clients through physical touch and mental focus.

In this form of eastern therapy, the massage therapist becomes pure, gentle energy. They are the facilitator of a soft stretch, movement through breathing and the pressure of gravity. Students will learn to combine massage and yoga techniques with gentle joint mobilization as an integrated, adaptive and assisted flow.


Yoga Massage As A Therapist

On completion of the course, students should be able to incorporate, adapt and apply different massage techniques with Yoga. The course includes some massage fundamentals such as draping as well.

The Yoga Massage course teaches students how to be a guide. By assisting through stretches, postures and focused breathing, the massage therapist helps the client move towards a unique state of physical and inner balance attaining whole body awareness.

While there are plenty of massage therapy techniques to be used, Yoga Massage is quite unique. The massage therapist moves with the client to mobilize joints, reduces muscle stiffness, balance hormones, and much more.


Interested in signing up for this class? Our Escondido location will be teaching this course starting December 15th!

Our classes for the Fall are filling up, be sure to sign up quickly. Check here to see what courses are available for registration. 


Holistic Massage School Shares the Health Benefits of Dance!

“Did you know…???  Dancing for just a half hour, four times a week can provide immediate and long-term health benefits regardless of your age”, asked Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Laguna Hills.   “As a dancer myself, I can attest to the wide range of health benefits dance provides.  Below are just some of holistic benefits you can expect when you make dance a part of your self-care program”, she added:

Figure 1 – Above:  Graphic Created by ‘Chandigarh Bytes’

Physically – 

Dance offers many physical benefits that include improving balance, posture, flexibility and ease of motion.  It also strengthens and tones muscles and helps regulate your weight. Dancing, which requires controlled inhalation and exhalation, enhances cardio-pulmonary health.

Harmony Curtiss – fire dancing with Hayley Hawthorn (Sunshine)


Emotionally – Dancing is an activity that is fun, thus boosting one’s mood and relieving anxiety and depression.  We learn among a group of beginners, which makes it easier to accept learning mistakes.  As we become more proficient, our self-confidence soars.  The neuro-transmitters it releases ensure that we feel a sense of joy .

Mentally –

Dancing is exercise that has proven to be very good for your Brain.  Dance increases mental skills regardless of your age.  It requires focused attention, coordination, and memory.  With continued practices enhances all three while decreasing the risk for dementia.

Spiritually –

Moving your body in rhythm to the beat of music can be a stimulating, liberating and empowering experience.  It requires a letting go of the fear of judgement.  Dancing reconnects us to the care-free ‘Inner-Child’ which reminds us of our shared humanity.

Socially –

Dancing is usually done with a partner or in a group setting. It ensures opportunities to meet a variety of people.  Learning how to dance can help shy individuals socialize more easily.  Dancer communities often gather at for special events, offering a ready-made social life.

Established in 1992, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health 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.  ###