Holistic Massage School Shares Five Strategies for Grocery Shopping for Optimal Nutrition

“We all know that food ordered at a local Diner or Buffet can be filled with empty calories and ingredients that aren’t always the healthiest” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Laguna Hills (Healing Hands).  “By selecting and cooking your own meals, you are empowered to take charge of your nutritional intake which is essential to Holistic Health”, she continued.

According to researchers in Australia who examined the habits of 1, 136 women, food shoppers who made a habit of planning meals made better shopping decisions.  The evidence showed that those who pre-planned and shopped with grocery lists ate more healthfully than those who did not.  Shopping choices for these women included more fruits, vegetables and healthier product options. The study also found that approaching grocery shopping as a holistic practice to nurture yourself (and your family) as opposed to a chore, made a huge difference.

To ensure that your next trip to the grocery store is one you’ll look forward to, the Faculty at Healing Hands has put together five ‘Insider Tips’.  These tips will help you navigate grocery stores and find the best products, so you receive the best return for your nutritional dollar.

Tip #1 – Even those of us who do read labels acknowledge they can be extremely confusing. Fortunately, experts say that as a rule, the fewer the ingredients listed on the label, the healthier the food.  So, the best option is to select the product with the shortest list of ingredients.

Tip #2 – Observe your product’s positioning on the shelf.  Be aware that the big food companies pay “slotting fees” to position their products on the shelves at eye level.  The tactic usually leaves the top and bottom shelves open for healthier, more natural alternatives.   So, be prepared to look high and low for the most nutritious options.

Tip #3 –Shop the circumference of the store to find foods with the best nutritional values.  In most grocery stores, the healthiest food items can be found along the walls, rather than within internal isles.  Fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and fresh meat, poultry and seafood can all be found around the edges of the store. Typically, nutritionally less potent, processed food items are moved to the inner isles, and often can be avoided all together.

Tip #4 – Remember the Nutrition Pyramid and be sure to include your daily requirement of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains and low-fat protein sources when planning meals and creating a shopping list.  The Pyramid model does not take into account dietary restrictions of all individuals, so learning what YOUR individual needs are, is equally important.  Having healthy selections readily available can keep your blood sugar balanced and curb unhealthy food cravings and impulsive eating.

Tip #5 –  Beware of deceptive marketing tactics. Many conglomerate companies use words that sound healthy to ‘spin’ the description of their food product.  For example, the term ‘Whole grains’ ensures the product has not been refined and stripped of most of its nutritional value.  The term ‘Multi-grain’ on the other hand, is deceptive as it may or may not have been refined, so it offers no guarantee of its nutritional value.  Learning differences such as these can help you avoid consuming foods with empty calories.

At Healing Hands, our wonderful Faculty  inspires students with the most comprehensive massage therapy and holistic health courses in southern California! Please see the full schedule of courses. Founded in 1992 Healing Hands has prepared more than 7,000 Graduates for rewarding careers as Professional Massage Therapists and can do the same for you. If you’d like to learn more about our programs, please contact us. 

Holistic Massage School Celebrates International Men’s Health Week

“Led by the Men’s Health Network, International Men’s Health Week, June 11-17, was created to increase awareness of male health issues, and develop policies and health services that meet their specific needs on a global scale”, said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands).  “In support of these endeavors, we are asking all Healing Hands students to encourage the men in their life to be more proactive about their holistic health”, she added.

In support of International Men’s Week, Healing Hands Faculty offers the following self-care strategies for men.  By adopting these 8 holistic health strategies, men can reduce their risk of cardio-vascular and other chronic diseases that can shorten their lives.

Holistic Self-Care Strategies for Men

#1 – Practice Safe Sex!  With HIV/Aids and so many Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) out there, ie: HPV, preventing sexually transmitted diseases is an essential self-care activity for men. Using a condom can greatly reduce chances of getting or spreading a STD.  Other risk reducing strategies include: a reduction in sex partners, mutual monogamy, and Hepatitis B & HPV vaccinations. Get treatment immediately If you suspect you may have contracted an STD.

#2 – Know Your Health Numbers! Keep track of important numbers such as your Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar levels, LDL & LDH Cholesterol, and Body Mass Index (BMI).  If any of these numbers are higher than normal, speak with your doctor for suggested life-style changes.  

#3 – Tune in to How You Feel!  Be sure to get regular health check-ups and any medical screening tests you feel may be needed.  Tune in to yourself and notice signs and symptoms of disease such as: pain in the chest, arms, shoulder, neck, jaw, or back.  Notice if you experience excessive thirst, shortness of breath, feeling light-headed or faint.  If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, don’t wait; seek help from your doctor or neighborhood urgent care facility right away. 

#4 – Say Nighty Night!  Adult men need a minimum of 7 to 8 hours of sleep nightly.  Simple strategies to help men get the sleep they need include: turning off computers and electronic gadgets that emit sleep inhibiting blue-light; adhere to the same bed-time and morning wake schedules; keep the bedroom dark, quiet, and temperature controlled; and avoid large meals or exercise right before bed-time.

#5 – Reduce Stress! – A prolonged bout of stress affects your health as well as your emotional wellbeing.  To keep your worries in perspective and reduce stress, make it a point to take good care of yourself.  Eat well, get plenty of sleep, exercise, laugh, play, and treat yourself to a Therapeutic Massage regularly.  Just one hour of Massage can substantially reduce stress hormones and increase happy hormones positively impacting mood.  

#6 – Let’s Get Physical!  At a minimum, adult men need 2.5 hours of moderate to intense aerobic activity each week.  In addition, muscle strengthening activities two or more days a week will help maintain strong, healthy and flexible muscles and joints.  Regular exercise can substantially reduce the risk of chronic or cardio-vascular diseases that cut a man’s life-span short.  Just a ½ hour walk daily can reduce one’s risk of obesity by 50 % and positively impact one’s physical health and sense of emotional wellbeing. 

#7 – Eat to Thrive!  A healthy diet is one that provides essential nutrients and contains food from all the basic food groups.  There should be a balance between calories-eaten with calories-burned, so daily activity is key to keeping your weight low.  You should also limit high sugar food items or those that are high in salt, fat, alcohol and calories.  Best choices are fresh, un-processed foods such as green leafy vegetables, whole grain products, colorful fruits, and lean protein such as Chicken, Fish, or Pork. To learn more about recommended guidelines visit: http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/.

#8 – Stop Smoking!  Smoking raises your risk of serious illnesses including: Heart Disease, Stroke, Lung Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Blindness, and many types of Cancers.   If you smoke, do your health a huge favor…seek support to stop smoking.  For more information go online to: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/quit-smoking/.

Healing Hands School has been serving residents in SoCal for over 24 years. Learn  more about Healing Hands’ Certifications here.  Boasting more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses and two Certification Programs, no other school offers a better opportunity for success than Healing Hands.   Click here to see all courses offered.  Our top-notch Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers as Professional Massage Therapists and can do the same for you!  Learn more on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or  click here to let us know your name and which location you’re interested in, and we will contact you.  

 

Holistic Massage School Suggests Great Gift Ideas for the Special Dad in Your Life!

“Dads can make such a huge difference in our lives” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands).  “They are devoted to our well-being, provide wisdom, guidance and teach us volumes about the world we live in.  To remind the special Dad in your life just how loved and appreciated he is, consider one of these creative gift ideas from Healing Hands”, she added.

Suggestion #1Easy to arrange and inexpensive to purchase, give Dad a gift that’s sure to reduce his stress and enhance his well-being! Healing Hands’ on-site Student Massage Clinic offers two, hour-long massages for only $45.00!  Click here to book an appointment. 

 Suggestion #2Is Dad experiencing an acute or chronic medical condition?  As a school of the Holistic Healing Arts, in addition to educating aspiring Massage Therapists, many individuals interested in Holistic Health also enroll. All Healing Hands classes can be taken ‘a-la-carte’, or as part of a formal Program.  Students can attend full or part-time, during the day, evenings or on weekends. Either Mom or Dad can complete a Circulatory Massage Class in as little as one month and gain the knowledge and skills to deliver therapeutic massage for a life-time! Click here to view Course Descriptions. 

Suggestion # 3Herbal Products prepared by Herbal Instructor, Shana Lipner-Grover are available at all Healing Hands campus bookstores. All products are hand-blended and include Body/Massage Oils, Deoderant, Therapeutic Pain Solutions, Sore Muscle Salves and soothing Lip Balms.  Bookstores are open daily from 9am to 5:30 pm and products range from just $3.23 to $21.55, making them affordable for all Dad’s fans!

Suggestion #4 – Theracane. A versatile and portable massage tool, the Theracane features six massaging trigger-point balls on one strategically angled device. When a Massage Therapy session just isn’t an option, the Theracane is an effective tool one can use on themselves for precision compression therapy on nagging knots and muscle pain. Consistent use helps reduce the risk of future inflammation and injuries. 

Suggestion #5 – Reflexology Hand and Food Chart. A quick-reference guide, this unique, hand-painted chart includes a stand-up design, and displays the orientation of the feet and hands as they would appear during a treatment. Reflexology involves the application of pressure on specific areas of the feet and hands to positively impacts the endocrine, immune, circulatory, respiratory, and neuropeptide systems of the body. 

Serving residents through three regional campuses in Southern California, Healing Hands’ Faculty has successfully prepared more than 7,000 Graduates for rewarding careers and hundreds more who took classes for their own personal growth.  To learn more about Healing Hands and the 80+ Massage and Holistic Health classes offered, go on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.  Click here to let us know your name and which location you’re interested in, and we will be in touch.  

 

Holistic Massage School asks…. When Will Your Career Move Begin?

Working as a Professional Massage Therapist offers students a living wage career that inspires the most positive expertise”, says Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (Healing Hands).  “Our Faculty is proud to have prepared more than 7,000 graduates to do this powerful healing work in our communities”, she added.

Paula has good reason to be proud. She and husband, Neha, have been providing education in the Holistic Healing Arts for more than 30 years! Together, they developed the first Massage Therapy Program for community colleges in SoCal before starting Healing Hands in 1992.  Since then they’ve grown to three locations and offer an unparalleled 80+ Massage and Holistic Health courses. Their vision and advocacy of the Holistic Healing Arts has impacted the lives of so many and is still going strong!

Must-know details about Healing Hands include that it has earned National Accreditation qualifying them to accept Federal Financial Aid, VA, and WIOA educational benefits on behalf of students.  Also, as a school of Holistic Health, Healing Hands’ curriculum goes beyond basic Massage techniques to adjunctive Holistic therapies that give Graduates a competitive edge. Please see the full schedule of courses.

Healing Hands’ Management and Faculty empower students to complete their Program of choice on their own terms.  The school remains open year-round and offers day, evening and weekend courses. Students can attend full or part-time and are given multiple start dates quarterly, ensuring a rapid path to independence.  At Healing Hands students select from two career-oriented Programs.  Both can get them ready for Certification in as little as one year. 

All courses are hands-on and designed so students learn and develop professional interaction and communication skills. Classes like ‘Clinical Practicum’ give students opportunities to reinforce newly acquired skills and boost their self- confidence. 

Whether Graduates choose to work at Spas, Gyms, Hospitals, Physical Therapy Clinics, or Wellness Centers, Healing Hands can help! Over the past 26 years, Graduates have earned a reputation for excellence among area employers. As a result, job placement opportunities, including tuition reimbursement, are in abundance for Healing Hands graduates.

Thinking about a positive career change?  Consider an education in the Holistic Healing Arts offered at Healing Hands and begin YOUR career move NOW! Check out our Summer 2018 classes! Learn more on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9634 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.

Massage Therapist Training Empowers Natural Healing of Chronic Pain and Inflammation

“Did you know, one of the primary benefits of Massage is its positive affect on inflammation? said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Laguna Hills (Healing Hands).  “Our bodies either resist pain, which takes energy, or heals itself. When Massage Therapists apply therapeutic touch, they free up energy and stimulate blood-flow.  When directed toward the area of imbalance, inflammation is reduced and healing occurs”, she added.

As medical studies uncover mounting evidence, Massage’s curative impact on disease is no longer just anecdotal.  We now know that chronic and uncontrolled inflammation greatly contributes to the development of chronic illnesses.  These include cardiovascular disease, asthma and autoimmune deficiencies.

Fortunately, the emotional and physical benefits of massage can substantially impact Inflammation without the negative side-effects of pain medications.   Studies show that even just one hour of massage may decrease heart rate, create a drop in the body’s nerve impulses (relaxation response), reduce anxiety and provide relief from physical pain. Clients also experience a sense of emotional validation as their pain is acknowledged by the Practitioner. 

Just as notable, therapeutic touch encourages positive neuro-chemical changes that affect the body and mind.  Most massage modalities cause a release of Oxytocin, Dopamine and Serotonin. These powerful hormones can reduce depressed feelings and enhance mood, making it possible for natural healing to occur.

What Massage Therapists must take into consideration when treating inflammation is that aggressive pressure techniques can exacerbate chronic pain conditions.  That’s why Students are taught multiple modalities and encouraged to remain present and focused on their client throughout the massage session.  By observing their client’s reactions to touch, and encouraging open communication, Students are more consistently able to apply the appropriate pressure for their client’s unique health condition. 

With more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses to choose from, Healing Hands’ makes it possible for Students to explore and pursue an area of specialty.  A favorite among area Employers, no other school offers more opportunities for success as a Professional Massage Therapist than Healing Hands. Learn more on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.  Healing Hands School of Holistic Health “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts” since 1992”.

Holistic Massage School Spotlights The Benefits of Meditation

 “Studies have shown that meditating for just 20 minutes daily is enough to  experience the many benefits Meditation provides” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Laguna Hills (Healing Hands).  “Thanks to new technologies such as MRIs and EEGs, researchers now know that daily meditation creates positive changes in  our physical bodies and brains.  As Holistic Health Advocates and Professional Massage Therapists, we want everyone to understand that daily Meditation is easy, instantly available, and an essential strategy for holistic self-care,” she added.

meditationThe effects of Meditation have been studied so frequently it has become a growing sub-field of neurological research.  New technologies enable Scientists to measure a variety of immediate and long-term benefits.  Research showed that regardless of the Meditation method used, daily can dramatically enhance one’s quality of life.  Meditation facilitates a sense of calm and balance that benefits overall health.  Studies also found that these benefits are cumulative and continue long after your meditation session has ended.

By clearing away the information overload that contributes to daily stress, Meditation increases self-awareness, and helps one gain a new perspective. It also reduces negative emotions, increases patience and tolerance and helps one develop coping skills for dealing with stress. Daily meditation has also been found to boost imagination, creativity, energy and inspiration.

Meditation has been shown to help people manage chronic symptoms and conditions such as: Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression, Headaches, and Asthma.  Research also suggests that regular meditation can positively impact Cancer, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, lower blood pressure and reduce risk factors of Heart disease.

Healing Hands owners, Paula and Neha Curtiss, are considered trail-blazers for Massage and Holistic Health education in SoCal.  They developed the first Massage Therapist Training Program for Community Colleges in the South land before starting Healing Hands more than 26 years ago.  Since then, their top-notch Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 Graduates, for ‘Living Wage’ careers and is still going strong! 

With day, evening and weekend classes offered from classrooms in San Diego, Escondido, and Laguna Hills; you can learn everything you need to know about the Holistic Healing Arts at Healing Hands.  Check us out online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 946-9364 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego. Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts”, since 1992.

Citations: Time Magazine, American Heart Association, American Psychosomatic Medicine Journal, Journal of International Society of Psycho-neuro Endocrinology

 

Holistic Massage School Shares The History of Holistic Massage and Bodywork Therapies

Why are Massage and Bodywork Therapies so essential to Holistic Health? The oldest form of healing , the use of physical touch to express love, provide comfort and relieve pain is as old as human-kind itself.  An instinctive way of showing you care, massage and bodywork have been used in one form or another throughout history.  “Rubbing” as it was called, was mentioned in medical texts from the ancient Chinese as far back as 5,000 years ago. The practice was also widely known in 500 BC by the ancient Greeks, and written about by a famous Roman physician, Galen, in the second century AD.

One of the most influential figures in Massage & Bodywork therapies during the nineteenth century was Per Henrik Ling, a Swedish gymnast.  Ling’s study of the human body allowed him to develop a system of massage strokes for muscles and exercises for healthy joints.  These ‘strokes’ were based on ancient techniques and classified based on their effects.  His work formed the basis of what we now refer to as Swedish Massage.

During the 1960’s and 1970’s, Massage and Bodywork therapies became an important part of a holistic approach to health in the united States.  Personal growth and Wellness Centers began introducing massage as a means to release emotional issues. This began the trend of using massage to restore balance and overall (holistic) health as opposed to just easing sore muscles.  Massage as an essential part of Holistic self-care was later popularized by American Massage Therapist, George Downing, who was an early writer on the subject.

Today, the benefits of massage are well documented and its distinction as the most immediate way to positively affect another’s state of well-being continues.  Benefits of massage include relaxing the subject; reducing pain; and lowering anxiety levels, blood pressure, and even slowing brain cell deterioration. Massage also increases circulation, enhances focus, speeds healing and increases energy. Neuro-chemically, massage releases good feeling hormones which boosts mood and energy.

Want to learn more?  Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, offers an unrivaled number of classes on both Traditional and modern Massage modalities.  These include TuiNa (Acupressure), Ayurvedic Massage, Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Lomi Lomi (Hawaiian), Circulatory, Sports, and Deep Tissue .  As a school of Holistic Health, you can also enroll in dozens of Holistic Health classes such as Herbal Studies, Holistic Nutrition, Homeopathy, Therapeutic stretching, and more!

Offering day, evening and weekend classes, Healing Hands Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 graduates for success and can do the same for you! Learn more at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.

Holistic Massage School Offers Memorial Day Special for Veterans and Military Members

“San Diego County is known for having the largest percentage of Veterans in California”, said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  “This year, in addition to honoring those who lost their lives, we want to recognize all Veterans and Active Service Members for their service and sacrifice.  Toward that end, Healing Hands will be offering complimentary, one-hour Massages to Service Members who present a U.S. Military ID at any of our three SoCal locations”, she continued.

 Healing Hands’, “We’ve Got Your Back!” Memorial Day special will run Tuesday, May 29th and Wednesday, May 30th at all three Healing Hands’ Student Massage Clinics.  Veterans may call to schedule their free massage during the school’s office hours which are 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM Mondays through Fridays.  (See contact info in the closing paragraph below.)

Paula’s appreciation for Military members is nothing new to the Faculty and Students at Healing Hands. Aware that massage can be of significant value in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD), affecting close to 50% of Vets returning from war zones, Paula created a Community Internship Program.  The Program has given students opportunity to provide therapeutic massage to Veterans at Recuperative Care Centers, Wounded Warrior Clinics, Stand Down events and Resident Facilities for more than 25 years. 

Veteran Student at Healing Hands School

The symptoms of PTSD include feelings of hyper-arousal, high-anxiety, digestive disorders, super-vigilance and insomnia.  These symptoms are experienced when Cortisol levels (stress hormones) are elevated for extended periods of time. Massage therapies like Circulatory Massage and Deep Tissue have been found to substantially reduce Cortisol levels and associated symptoms.  In addition, studies found that Massage also increases Serotonin and Dopamine (good feeling hormones) levels.  Higher levels increase one’s feelings of well-being, reduce feelings of anxiety, and relieve Insomnia.  Massage Therapists help to facilitate the neuro-chemical changes that allow our body’s healing systems and processes to kick in. 

Healing Hands students take pride in serving U.S. Veterans, and it shows.  Many Veterans on the receiving end of our students’ therapeutic massages became interested in learning massage themselves.  In addition to fulfilling a growing demand for therapeutic massage in our communities, we discovered that Veteran/Graduates are uniquely qualified to work with service men and women still suffering from the demands of their military service.

 Veterans interested in a career as a Professional Massage Therapist can count on Healing Hands for the best Massage Therapy and Holistic Health training available!  Approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, Healing Hands is authorized to accept Veterans Benefits (Title IX and Post 9/11, chapter 30, 31, 33, and 35), on behalf of Military Service Members who qualify.  All that’s needed is for the Veteran/applicant to submit a Certificate of Eligibility when enrolling.

Healing Hands boasts two nationally accredited Certification Programs, 80+ Massage and Holistic Health courses, plus an unrivaled number of career placement opportunities, which gives YOU the competitive edge!  At Healing Hands, you can begin a rewarding career as a Professional Massage Therapist in less than 1 year. Learn more on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9634 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.

 

Holistic Massage School Celebrates ‘Correct Posture Month’ and Shares How Posture Causes Pain

“Did you know, more than 540 million people worldwide suffer from back pain”, asked Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Laguna Hills (Healing Hands). As a school of Holistic Health, we have a responsibility to educate students about how posture  dramatically impacts their health.  By teaching Students actionable measures to strengthen their own posture, they in turn help raise awareness among clients in our communities, she continued.

According to the Faculty at Healing Hands, strong posture is the key to moving with grace, ease and confidence.  It is also key to avoiding pain and injury.  In fact, studies  show that focused exercise (for posture correction) combined with mindful meditation reduce pain and improve range of motion better than medications.  More importantly, holistic strategies achieved desired results more frequently and with fewer negative health consequences.

May begins a month of campaigns that unite thousands of Therapists, Doctors, Physical Trainers and Health Educators.  Intent on addressing the mind/body consequences of poor posture, they recommend the A-C-E posture model, developed by Dr. Steven Weiniger.  An Internationally renown Posture Specialist, Dr. Weiniger encourages people to consider how their posture affects their overall health by emphasizing Awareness, Control and Environment. 

Awareness is best accomplished by taking photos of yourself standing face forward to the camera and then in side-view.  While most individuals ‘feel’ they are standing tall, a picture can help them recognize areas of weakness. These weaknesses can undermine how the body functions and contribute to muscle strain causing joint pain, limiting range of motion, and negatively impact our overall sense of wellness.

Control refers to the actionable strategies one can implement to increase strong posture.  These include therapeutic stretches, postural practices, massage therapies, Chiropractic adjustments, physio-therapies, strengthening exercises as well as increased activity levels.    Strong posture is the key to moving with ease and confidence while avoiding pain and injury. Studies also show that focused exercise and mindful meditation can reduce pain and improve movement better than pain medications and with far less negative health consequences.

Environment, or the creation of a posture-smart environment, refers to optimizing your home, work, play and sleeping environment to align each of your 4 posture zones.  These zones include your head, which should be centered over your body, and the alignment of your torso, pelvis and legs.

Posture studies show that when integrated, these strategies can speed healing of injuries, relieve pain, restore musculo-skeletal balance, elevate mood, increase alertness, boost energy, and enhance one’s self-esteem.  Conversely by allowing your bad posture to continue, one may experience increased pain which can lead to depression and contributes to headaches, lack of energy and a feeling of being drained and uninspired. 

At Healing Hands, students are given the choice of a variety of posture enhancing courses, such as Therapeutic Stretching, Principals of Structural Integration, Neuro-muscular Therapies and Somatics to name a few.  To learn more about Healing Hands and the 80+ Massage and Holistic Health classes offered, go online to www.HealingHandsSchool.com 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 Offers Exceptional Course in Reflexology

“An effective holistic health practice that goes well with most massage modalities, Reflexology treatments are deeply relaxing and therapeutic”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (Healing Hands).   “When integrated into each therapeutic massage session, Reflexology allows students to positively impact their clients’ endocrine, immune, circulatory, respiratory, and neuropeptide systems.  Our 30-hour course will be offered on Sundays starting May 27th, from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, so mark your calendar!”,   she added.

Reflexology is a form of touch therapy that involves the Practitioner stimulating various pressure points on the feet and hands to promote health and healing.  The course is taught by Staff Instructor Denise Fultz, who combines lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice to familiarize students with reflex points and techniques for their manipulation.  Students learn which reflex points relate to specific organs, glands and other systems of the body, so they can customize client treatments.  The modality has been shown to improve a variety of common ailments including Plantar Fasciitis, Stress, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Anxiety and various digestive disorders. 

“Remembering the exact location of reflex points has always been the biggest challenge for Reflexology students”, said Denise.  Toward that end, co-faculty member Raina Colvin and I developed a Reflexology Chart for students to use as a quick-reference.  The unique, hand-painted chart includes a stand-up design, shows the underlay of bones in the foot, and displays the orientation of the feet and hands as they would appear during a treatment.Reflexology charts can be purchases at any Healing Hands Bookstore or online at Denise’s website: www.InnerWellness.org, To purchase multiple copies please email your request to:  denisehhp@cox.net or call her at 760-594-2473.

Denise Fultz is a Certified Massage Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Public Speaker, and multi-subject Instructor for Healing Hands.  A gifted Practitioner and Instructor, Denise has been a valued member of the Faculty for over 20 years and currently teaches a total of seven classes. These include: Homeopathic First Aid, Anatomy for Bodyworkers, Geriatric Massage, Circulatory Massage, Tui Na, Manual Lymph Drainage, and of course, this 32-hour Reflexology course.

In addition to Denise’s many contributions at Healing Hands, Denise is an aspiring Author in the process of writing her first book.  The book,  “Compassionate Care” is designed as a ‘How to’ guide for families and caregivers of terminally ill patients.  The book will provide a wealth of information about natural therapies and holistic remedies to support and comfort individuals going through the dying process.  

Healing Hands has been serving residents in Southern California since 1992.  To date our top-notch faculty has prepared more than 7,000 students for successful careers as Professional Massage Therapists and can do the same for YOU! To learn more about Healing Hands, and the 80 + Massage and Holistic Health courses offered, please visit us at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 / Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 / Escondido or at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.