Our Staff

The Team at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health


Management


Neha Curtiss
School Co-Director
Director of Education
Staff Instructor Massage Therapist Program & Holistic Health Practitioner Program

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Neha is a Licensed Holistic Health Practitioner, graduated from the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing, San Diego, CA, as a certified Holistic Health Practitioner in 1988.  He is founding Co-Director of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health. Neha’s life-long examination of the human condition led him to explore the realm of the Healing Arts, including Native American healing traditions, East Indian techniques, Western systems of structurally balancing the body, and the exploration of compassionate communication skills.

Neha has both witnessed and experienced for himself the awesome power of physical and emotional awareness gained through bodywork therapy. As a bodywork practitioner, he is dedicated to bringing his healing touch to integrate the physical, emotional, and spiritual selves of the whole person. As a teacher, he brings this same whole person dedication to every class.


Paula Curtiss
Chief Financial Officer and Co- Director
Staff Instructor Massage Therapist Program & Holistic Health Practitioner Program

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Paula is a licensed Holistic Health Practitioner and Founding Co-Director of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health. Since 1978, Paula has studied a myriad of healing traditions which can be the catalyst for the body’s quest to ever obtain homeostasis, or balance in health.  Paula has a fascination for the human being’s awesome power to heal itself, including studying anatomy, physiology, yoga, nutrition, meditation, visualization, and Oriental healing techniques.  Paula received Certification in Acupressure from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Certification in Zen Shiatsu from the School of Healing Arts in Shiatsu and a Certification in Massage Therapy from the Institute of Psycho Structural Balancing. Paula received her Holistic Health Practitioner certificate from Healing Hands School of Holistic Health in Escondido, CA in 1993.

Paula brings to her practice and her classes a keen interest in the body and a fascination with the incredible resiliency of the human spirit. She sees her role as a Holistic Health Practitioner as helping to provide the missing link in her client’s own self-healing process. In teaching others how to provide this link, Paula feels that she is able to contribute to the increased well-being of all mankind.


Directors Note:

Paula and Neha have taught locally since 1988. They developed and led the first Circulatory Massage Training Programs to be held at any Community College in the state of California at Mira Costa Community College and Irvine Valley Community College, as Paula and Neha see the need for healing in all levels of our society. The Healing Hands School grew out of their dedication to make healing arts available and affordable in a hands-on, practical skills approach.

The school is easily accessible to residents of North and South San Diego County and South Orange County communities. Healing Hands School classes offer comprehensive, professional training in a unique atmosphere of warmth and caring, which is integral to the healing process.


Harmony Curtiss, BA, CMT
Director of Laguna Hills non-main campus
Director of Special Funding &
Certifying Official for Veterans Benefits
Director of Accounts Receivable
Student Clinic Director for Laguna Hills
Financial Aid Assistant
Web Presence Administrator
Student Adviser
Staff Instructor Massage Therapist Program & Holistic Health Practitioner Program

Length of Service: Since September 2006

Harmony Curtiss

Harmony Curtiss is the Director for our Laguna Hills Campus, Financial Aid Assistant and Student Adviser. She is also our newest Instructor at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health. With a legacy of massage to support her work, she is excited to teach massage principles and train students in their dreams. After many years of working in the Healing Hands School office, speaking with employers, graduates, teachers and massage therapists, she has a unique outlook for her students to learn from.

Harmony received her certificate in Massage Therapy from Healing Hands School of Holistic Health in Laguna Hills, CA in 2008. She worked in a busy chiropractor’s office as a Massage Therapist, as well as at a variety of spas when she traveled in New Zealand. Now she enjoys a modest private practice, though her focus is devoted to the school and students. Harmony believes that Massage Therapists enjoy a unique perspective on health and preventative health care and is excited to share that vision.  She believes that through the healing touch of massage, energy work, and holistic health, graduates are equipped to change lives and facilitate healing in the world.

Harmony received her Bachelors of the Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine in 2010 and loves to use her skills for organization to help students benefit from the Healing Hands curriculum of the study of Holistic Health.

Harmony teaches courses in Circulatory Massage and Shiatsu Massage.


Teodora Valdez Curtiss, BS, HHP, CMT
Escondido Branch Manager
Director Institutional Compliance
Director of Financial Aid
Director of International Student Affairs
Registrar
Student Adviser

Length of Service: Since June 2007.

Teodora Valdez Curtiss

Teodora administers International Student Services and the Title IV Federal Student Aid (FSA) program for Healing Hands School. She provides guidance, resources, and information for international students and to those utilizing FSA.  Teodora also serves as the Manager of the Escondido Campus.

She has worked in the field of higher education administration since 2001. Teodora holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (emphases in Business Entrepreneurship and Marketing) and a minor in Psychology from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1995. She earned her Holistic Health Practitioner certificate from Healing Hands School of Holistic Healh, Escondido, CA in March 2008.


 Administrative Staff


Amanda Gleason, MS
Financial Aid Adviser
Student Adviser
Receptionist

Length of service since July, 2017

Amanda is currently a Massage Therapy student here at Healing Hands School. She is fascinated with the brain and has studied behavior, human development, and personality for most of her adult life. She earned a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, San Diego in May, 2014. Her interest in the mind-body connection became apparent to her after she gave birth to twins in 2014 and went through a personal body transformation. Through the power of yoga, meditation, massage, and acupressure, Amanda became open minded to the concept of helping the physical body heal through more natural and holistic approaches. She fell in love with her Massage Therapy Program after the first class, and shortly after began working in the office as a Student Financial Aid Adviser. She previously worked as a Financial Aid Counselor (since 2010) and absolutely loved the process of assisting students from start to finish throughout their programs. “I love watching students meet their educational goals by utilizing resources such as grants and scholarships, and I love helping them understand the process of financial aid. These tools allow the students the opportunity to take control of their future! My objective is to help everyone, on a case by case basis, to achieve their professional or personal goals.”  She is thrilled to join the Healing Hands School of Holistic Health and apply those same objectives here.


 Jeremy Juareguy, HHP, CMT
Veterans Adviser
Student Adviser
Receptionist –Escondido

Length of Service since August 2014

Jeremy

Born and raised in San Diego, California, Jeremy Jaureguy is a former US Marine who became a State Certified Massage Therapist and Holistic Health Practitioner at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, Escondido, CA in June of 2014.  Jeremy is currently a solo practitioner whose expertise includes: Tui Na (Acupressure), Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Somatics and Structural Integration.  A self-proclaimed holistic health advocate, in addition to the healing arts, Jeremy’s has interests in the martial arts; sustainable agriculture; meditation and the mind/body connection; as well as active living.  Sharing an aligned vision with the HHSHH staff/family, Jeremy brings a wealth of insight, knowledge, and inspiration to his position as a Student Adviser/Receptionist at the Escondido campus.


Vanessa Leal
Admissions – Laguna Hills
Student Adviser
Accounts Receivable
Receptionist

Length of service since December 2016

Vanessa Leal received her certificate as a Holistic Health Practitioner from Healing Hands School of Holistic Health in Laguna Hills, CA in December 2014. Vanessa is a Certified Massage Therapist and is qualified to assist students with course planning, registration, and all manner of academic advising. Vanessa’s position is centered to help students realize their educational goals and is a student’s primary contact for academic issues that may impact educational progress. Vanessa is available via phone, email or by appointment to assist students and coordinate school resources on their behalf. Born in Laguna Beach, CA she 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 Student Adviser for Healing Hands School.


Andrea Pinsonneault, MTP, CMT
Marketing Coordinator

Length of service since November 2012

A holistic health enthusiast, with over 20 years of marketing/ communications and event planning experience, Andrea Pinsonneault brings a wealth of knowledge to her position as Marketing Coordinator for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  

An on-going Student at Healing Hands School. She received her Certificate in Massage Therapy at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, in Laguna Hills, CA in 2013.  Andrea is familiar with both Eastern and Western massage modalities. Her expertise includes Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, Tui Na (Acu-Pressure), and Reiki.

Andrea’s mission is to raise awareness of holistic health practices, while striving to nurture, heal and facilitate increased health and well-being in her clients through integrated massage and body-work.


Richard (Trey) Powell, HHP, CMT
Admissions – Laguna Hills
Clinic Director
Graduate Services
Student Adviser
Receptionist

Length of service since December 2016

Richard [Trey] Powell received his certificate as a Holistic Health Practitioner from Healing Hands School of Holistic Health in Laguna Hills, CA in July 2016. Trey is a Certified Massage Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner and the newest Academic Adviser for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH). Possessing strong interpersonal skills, Trey strives to establish a rapport with each 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 assists in achieving gainful employment. Trey says he chose a career as a Massage Therapist so he could learn more about his own body and become educated in various holistic health practices. Additionally, Trey states 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.


Mina Robinson, HHP, CMT
Financial Aid Adviser
Student Adviser
Receptionist

Length of service: Since August 2013

Mina

Mina is a Certified Massage Therapist. She opened her eyes to the world of healing in 2007 and in 2012 she decided to dedicate a year of her life to becoming a Holistic Health Practitioner and earned her certificate from Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, Escondido, CA in 2013. After graduation an opportunity at the Healing Hands office opened up, she currently works as a full time Financial Aid Adviser, as she too used the FSA tools to work her way through her Holistic Health Practitioner program. With a healing heart and and a as former Financial student, she thoroughly understands how to facilitate students and guide them along the way through Healing Hands programs. She utilizes her time away from the office to work on as many clients as she can to enhance the lives of others physically, emotionally and mentally as well as sharpen her skills and keep her connected to her true passion of healing others.

 


Erickmhar Valdez, CMT, HHP
Student Adviser
Receptionist

Length of service since February 2017

Born in San Francisco and currently residing in Escondido, California, Erick Valdez is a valued Staff member at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH).  A dedicated employee who wears multiple hats, Erick serves as a Student Adviser,  and Receptionist

Erick received his certificate as a Holistic Health Practitioner from Healing Hands School of Holistic Health in Escondido, CA in April, 2015.  Erick’s familiarity with the school’s Curriculum, Instructors and Program requirements make him an effective adviser for HH students. Just as importantly, Erick exemplifies HH’s values of Empathy, Respect, Excellence, and a ‘Heart-centered Approach’ to education in the Holistic Healing Arts. A self-proclaimed Philosopher and Seeker of Wisdom and Knowledge, Erick says he sought employment at HH because he “Loved the Community and the Energy” and wanted to learn all he could about Holistic Health.  Possessing a great passion for the Holistic Healing Arts, he says the most rewarding part of his job is meeting prospective students and introducing them to what he considers to be an empowering and important career. 

 


Michelle Vonn, Ph.D, CMT
Additional Classroom Manager – San Diego
Admissions – Escondido 
Clinic Director
Placement Director
Student Adviser

Length of service since May 2016

Michelle VonnA compassionate and dedicated Natural Health Professional, Michelle Vonn, Ph.D. brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her position as Student Adviser for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH).  Originally from Washington State, Michelle relocated to California in 1987.  She earned 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

Michelle became a Certified Massage Therapist from Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, Escondido, CA in 2016.   Michelle says she chose her profession because she loves helping people heal through natural, holistic therapies.  Michelle is also a Master Herbalist, Tai Chi Instructor, Certified Resonance Practitioner, Counselor and Educator. 

Prior to her employ with HH, Michelle conducted individual and group classes about natural health strategies to facilitate healing.  For more than 15 years, she has helped clients find relief from anxiety, depression and emotional mood swings.  Having inspired enhanced self-awareness and emotional and physical well-being for countless clients, Michelle is now helping students of Massage Therapy and Holistic Health explore similar career paths.

A highly motivated and valued team player, Michelle is instrumental to the daily Operations of HH’s Escondido Campus.  Possessing strong interpersonal skills coupled with an extensive natural health background, Michelle is well qualified to help students select the educational courses needed to achieve their career goals.  In addition to providing student guidance and support services, Michelle also coordinates scheduling for HH’s Student Massage Clinic and provides Administrative support to the Management and Faculty at HH’s Escondido campus.


Additional Office Staff


Sarahi Cambero
Student Adviser
Receptionist

 

Peregrine Curtiss
Receptionist

 

Vivianna McCormick
Assistant Registrar
Receptionist

 


Faculty


Shaunna Avila McClure, HHP, CMT
Staff Instructor Massage Therapist Program & Holistic Health Practitioner Program

Length of Tenure: Since April 2005 (Part-time)

Shauna Avila Mcclure

Shaunna is a Certified Massage Therapist, and received her certificate as a Holistic Health Practitioner at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, Escondido, CA in 2010. She has been a Massage Therapist since 2000. Shaunna began studying massage in 1996 and has had 10 working years experience in different venues with an emphasis on facilitating clients to integrate their experience with massage to help themselves to heal and grow. 

Shaunna teaches courses in Circulatory Massage, Anatomy for Bodyworkers, and Deep Tissue Manipulations.  


Sandra Christie, MA, HHP 

Program Director
Staff Instructor Massage Therapist Program & Holistic Health Practitioner Program

Length of service: Since October 2001 (Part-time)

Sandra Christy

Sandra received her Holistic Health Practitioner certificate training in 2001 at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, in Escondido, CA, and is a Licensed Holistic Health Practitioner.  Her educational background includes a Masters Degree in Education from California State University San Bernardino, CA, 1988; Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art, from Ricker College, Holton, Maine, in 1976; and, a California Teaching Certificate in Art.

She brings her love of communication and teaching to the Circulatory Massage  course. A yoga enthusiast, Sandra is a student of the Yoga Instructor Training, bringing balance of the physical and spiritual into her massage work and classes.

Sandra teaches courses in Circulatory Massage and Hatha Yoga.  


Raina Colvin, HHP, CMT
Staff Instructor Massage Therapist Program & Holistic Health Practitioner Program

Length of service: Since April 1997 (Part-time)

Raina Colvin

Raina Colvin is a talented Fine Artist, multi-modality Massage Therapist and Licensed Holistic Health Practitioner. She received her Holistic Health Practitioner certificate at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, Escondido, CA in 1997 and has been a valued Instructor and Faculty member ever since.  Raina possesses a gift for blending insightful observation with powerful, targeted hands-on body-work. Though she’s been practicing and teaching massage for
over 16 years, she maintains a child-like sense of wonder about the human form and all its amazing capabilities. Seeing bodywork as a gateway for personal growth and a medium for nurturing, Raina brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and the joy of doing to Healing Hands School.

Raina teaches courses in Chair Massage, Tui Na Acupressure, Shiatsu, Circulatory Massage, Advanced Circulatory, and Sports Massage.


Denise Fultz, CCH, HHP
Staff Instructor Massage Therapist Program & Holistic Health Practitioner Program

Length of service: Since May 1996 (Part-time)

Denise Fultz

Denise received her certificate as a Holistic Health Practitioner from Healing Hands School of Holistic health, Escondido, CA in 1997.  Her strong desire to teach brought her to the teacher training program at Healing Hands where she became qualified to teach Circulatory Massage, Anatomy for Body-Workers and Geriatric Massage. Her many years as a Hospice volunteer in patient care led her to specialize in massage for the terminally ill. She has since developed and supervises the Massage Intern Program for Hospice of the North Coast. Interested Healing Hands students have the opportunity to intern with this specialized community under Denise’s supervision.

In 2006, a long awaited dream came true and Denise began her journey to become a Homeopathic Practitioner, graduating from Homeopathic Academy, Carlsbad, CA in 2009.  In 2014, she was granted her CCH, National Certification in Homeopathy. She has since added Homeopathic First Aid to her list of classes she teaches. Working with chronic and terminally ill patients led to a deeper study of the Immune and Lymphatic System and the development of the current Lymph Drainage class.

Denise has been in private practice since 1998 in Vista, Inner Wellness: Massage and Homeopathy. Valued for her compassion and humor, she encourages her students to assimilate the effects of massage at deeper levels, to see the possibility of healing in all clients and to really love and appreciate what an honor it is to be in the field of Holistic Health.

Denise teaches courses in Anatomy for Body Workers, Geriatric Massage, Reflexology, Homeopathic First Aid, Lymph Drainage, Circulatory Massage


Dr. Shannon Gonzales, DOAM, HHP
Staff Instructor Massage Therapist Program & Holistic Health Practitioner Program

Length of service: Since March 2006 (Part-time)

Shannon Gonzales

Dr. Shannon Gonzales is a Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, she received her doctoral from South Baylo University, Anaheim, CA in December of 2015.  Before Shannon became a doctor, she received her certificate as a Holistic Health Practitioner from Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, Escondido, CA in 2005 and is also Certified Energy Practitioner. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge on how to live life from a heartfelt place through more self-awareness. She offers her knowledge on energy work and strives to create a safe and compassionate atmosphere. She currently maintains a private energetic bodywork practice, loves gardening and the solitude of country living.

Shannon teaches courses in  Tui Na Acupressure, Clinical Acupressure, Energetic Bodywork, Traditional Oriental Clinical Techniques, and Chair Massage


Tai J. Guo, BS, CMT
Staff Instructor Massage Therapist Program & Holistic Health Practitioner Program

Length of service: Since April 2017 (Part-time)

Tai is a Certified Massage Therapist and earned his Massage Therapist certificate at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, Escondido, CA in August, 2016.  Born in Escondido, California, Tai earned a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from California State University San Marcos, CA in May, 2017.  He became interested in Kinesiology, after a profound experience with self-rehabilitation.  Fascinated by holistic methods used to prevent injury, speed recovery, and optimize health, Tai’s professional goal is to teach others about massage and other proven self-care practices, to make a positive difference in the world.

Tai enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for the Holistic Healing Arts with students and says teaching Massage Therapy never gets boring.  Approached about teaching after demonstrating advanced skill, technique and competence as a Teacher’s Assistant, Tai accepted the position because of the Faculty’s reputation for excellence and heart-centered approach to education.  Though new to Instructing, Tai is quickly becoming a student favorite, and is establishing himself as a valued member of the Healing Hands’ Faculty and community of Healers.

Tai teaches Circulatory Massage.


Jeni Hartung, CMT
Staff Instructor Massage Therapist Program & Holistic Health Practitioner Program

Length of Service: Since October 2009 – September 2011; January 2013 – current (Part-time)

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Jeni is a Certified Massage Therapist and earned her Massage Therapy certificate from Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, Laguna Hills, CA in 2005. It was there that she became highly trained in the Healing Arts, learning modalities that include Tui Na (Acupressure), Deep Tissue Manipulation, Circulatory Massage, and Advanced Circulatory and Sports Massage.

Since graduation she has practiced massage at Montage Resort and Spa where she received a certificate in Spa Therapies from the American Spa Therapies Education and Certification Council (ASTECC)Dana Point, CA in 2010. These certifications include: Hydrotherapy, Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Chemical Elements, Hot and Cold Stone Massage, Dr. Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), and Connective Tissue Massage.

Fascinated with the ocean and its healing properties, Jeni incorporates ocean-inspired therapies into her body-work. As a caregiver in the Massage industry, Jeni enjoys her career. She says that practicing these modalities and teaching them to others on a regular basis has given her great personal satisfaction and reward. Though Jeni loves teaching the Introductory Circulatory Massage class. Jeni believes that it is through giving that we truly receive, and that it is through teaching that we truly learn.

Jeni teaches Circulatory Massage. 


Daniel Martin, HHP, CMT
Staff Instructor Massage Therapist Program & Holistic Health Practitioner Program

Length of service: Since September 2011 (Part-time)

Daniel Martin

Daniel is a Certified Massage Therapist, and received his certificate as a Massage Therapist from Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, Laguna Hills, CA in 2010. He continued on to complete and graduate as a Holistic Health Practitioner from Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, Laguna Hills, CA in 2013.

Daniel and his wife created a very successful Skin Care and Massage practice in Lake Forest. Daniel finds his one-on-one work with his clients very fulfilling, and he is humbled to be able to pass on his knowledge and experience to students at Healing Hands. Daniel’s classroom is full of creativity, engaging all senses and passion for learning. He truly loves Healing Hands and its positive and nurturing environment.

Daniel teaches Circulatory Massage.


Christopher Morgan, HHP, CMT
Staff Instructor Massage Therapist Program & Holistic Health Practitioner Program

Length of tenure: Since August 2016 (Part-time)

Christopher (Chris) Morgan received his certificate as a Holistic Health Practitioner from Healing Hands School of Holistic Health in Laguna Hills, CA in January 2016. Chris is a Certified Massage Therapist whose focus is clinical sports massage therapies and soft tissue injury rehabilitation with an exceptional grasp of Anatomy and Physiology.

Born in LA, Chris is naturally athletic and enjoys practicing Movement Arts like Prop Manipulation, and Acrobatics. Prior to pursuing an education in Massage Therapy, Chris served as a Customer Support Analyst and Corporate Trainer, using strong analytical, customer service and communication skills to do his job.  After completing HH’s 1000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program, Chris re-purposed those skills to train students, establish rapport, investigate the causes of pain, and customize treatment plans to address core issues.  Chris uses strong communication and analytical skills to establish client rapport, discern the cause of his client’s pain, and customize a treatment plan.  Chris takes great pride in teaching his students to facilitate that same kind of therapeutic healing.

Chris teaches Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage.


J.R. Price, HHP, CMT
Staff Instructor Massage Therapist Program & Holistic Health Practitioner Program

Length of service: Since September 2006 (Part-time)

J.R. Price

J.R. is a Certified Massage Therapist and San Diego native who earned his Holistic Health Practitioner certificate from Healing Hands School of Holistic health, Escondido, CA in 2007. He has a successful bodywork practice focusing on injury rehabilitation and chronic pain. His own personal experience with spinal injury led him away from custom-home construction, into the field of Holistic Health and more specifically, Deep Tissue/Myofascial Therapies. Working along side a local chiropractor, J.R. marveled at the amazing healing capacity of the human body and at the effectiveness of compassionate, intuitive bodywork.  J.R. believes in uncovering the core dysfunctions in the body and not just addressing the more obvious symptoms.

With reverence and awe for the profound mind/body connection, J.R. presents a compelling and dynamic approach to doing bodywork.  An athlete all his life, J.R. is a record holder for several track events, an avid mountain biker and rock climber, and a practicing yogi. Through his athletic and bodywork experience, J.R. also teaches ways to become a balanced bodyworker to help practitioners ensure a long, productive career. J.R. believes in creating a sacred space in his classes where honesty and open communication prevail and where no one is left behind.

J.R. teaches courses in Deep Tissue Manipulations, Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage, Therapeutic Stretching, and MyoFascial Meridians for Pain Relief.