Harmony Curtiss has helped hundreds of people become a Massage Therapist, or Holistic Health Practitioners. One of her proudest achievements, has been to help those with visual impairment or who are blind. “A visually impaired student, or blind student faces innumerable challenges.
We do our best to support those students achieve their dreams. We can also help visually impaired students find Federal and State funding so that they may go to school without the worry of tuition. If you know someone, or you are someone who is visually impaired, contact the school today!”
Below are some questions a visually impaired student may be asked in order to meet that students specific needs.
How much sight do you have?
While this question may seem a bit invasive, it is important to establish what visuals will work, and what won’t at the beginning so we can be prepared with the appropriate materials.
So, you can see a little, do you use a program like Zoom-text on your computer at home?
Zoom-text is a program that is made for visually impaired people. It can blow up text to be really big, or change colors to be easier to see. In some cases we can get a publisher to give us a pdf file of a book so that the student can blow up the text and see it at home.
Are there specific colors you can see more easily than others? Are there any colors you can’t see?
Some visually impaired people have a hard time seeing black on white. If we find out that a student sees better with a different color of paper we will make sure to have some in stock just for them.
How comfortable are you using a recording device?
Because it can be harder for a visually impaired student to take notes, we highly recommend they record the lectures so they can listen to them on repeat.
So, you have zero sight. Have you ever had sight?
People who have a memory of sight have different needs then people with no memory of sight.
How recently did you lose your sight? How old were you?
We are trying to establish if the student is still learning how to live with losing sight. For some people, if they are still learning how to simply get around, then we may ask them to take a few courses at the Braille Institute before they enroll.
You have never had sight, do you read Braille? How comfortable are you with Braille? Do you have a device that translates into Braille?
Establishing whether or not a person reads Braille can be imperative. If someone reads Braille then we can make sure to transfer Word documents into their Braille reader so they can read the material that way. We can also test using the students Braille device. However we do need to format our materials so it’s helpful to know the best way a blind student can read is.
While these questions are to the point, really this is a discussion between the student and the administrator. Establishing a students’ need so that our school can meet those and excel. As always, our goal is to provide hands-on, experiential learning for our students. What better place for a blind student, then a massage school that cares about how they learn? Cares about knowing where each muscle is, where it attaches, identifying it, and then smoothing it out.
The staff at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health goes above and beyond to support students. If you have a visual impairment, or know someone who does, contact us today! We are happy to help you get the funding you need to achieve a dream of becoming a Massage Therapist or a Holistic Health Practitioner.
Ingredients for Sauce:
- 1 medium sweet onion (chopped)
- 1 medium green pepper (chopped)
- 4 Tbsp minced garlic
- 2 – 28 ounce cans tomato puree
- 1 – small can tomato paste
- 1 – medium (12 oz) can of chicken bouillion
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp each: Salt, Pepper, Parsley, Basil, Sage and Oregano
- 1 tsp sugar (to cut acidity)
- 2 Tbsp fresh Basil, finely minced
- ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup grated romano cheese
- In a large skillet over medium heat, add 2 Tbsp oil
- Blend in 1 cup chopped onion and green pepper and saute (stirring often until soft).
- Add garlic and stir 1-2 min until fragrant.
- Stir in 2 cans of Tomato Puree, Paste and Chicken Boullion
- Add in the Bay leaves, spices, and sugar and mix thoroughly
- Bring to a light boil, then partially cover, reduce heat and gently simmer for 30 min
- 1 lb Angel Hair Pasta, cooked ‘aldente’ according to package instructions
- Drain pasta and place in a large platter or Pasta Bowl
- Pour Sauce over Angel Hair and mix to coat Pasta wiith Sauce
- Garnish Pasta with Parmesan and Romano cheeses
- Top with fresh Basil leaves
- Serve hot and Enjoy!
Since 1993, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has provided one of the most comprehensive, heart centered holistic massage therapy certification programs in the United States. Our teachers and staff are all trained healers. We want nothing more than to help our students accomplish their goals of becoming healers in their communities. Please see the Fall schedule which is full of wonderful courses in all 3 locations: Laguna Hills, Escondido and San Diego.
We are honored to be the learning institution that thousands of students chose for the 500 hour Massage Therapy certification program. Now, after 25 years, we have decided to add another 100 hours to this fulfilling and successful program. Our Massage Therapy program will continue with the core courses of Circulatory Massage and Anatomy for Bodyworkers. We will continue to offer a choice of 3 out of the 4 of: Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage, Tui Na Acupressure, Deep Tissue Manipulations, and/or Shiatsu. The additional 100 hours includes 50 hours of ‘Professional Practice’ and 50 hours ‘Clinical Massage’. Our Massage Therapy students are serious about entering the work force. We feel that adding clinic time and increasing focus on the industry’s professionalism, including preparation for state examination, will help our Massage Therapy graduates feel more confident as they re-enter their communities as professional healers.
Please join us as we congratulate our most recent Holistic Health Practitioner graduates, this unique group: Roxanne Busch, Jason Coker, Beth Cooper, Josiah Devin, Queen Findlater, Karin Fuentes Fajardo, Tori Hall, Michael Larsen, Kristin Manon, Anna Perez, Kelly Petersen, Tiffany Smith, Susan Spunt, and Grayson Wolf. You are bringing your healing gifts to the wider world around you, be that your church, your dance group, your office, your family, your clients. It has been a pleasure to work with you, to see you learn and grow, and we look forward to hearing of your new adventures in healing. Please STAY IN TOUCH!
We also wish to celebrate a hearty hello to Amanda Gleason. Amanda joins our office staff in our Financial Aid department to address the nuts and bolts of the many ways students can use funding to make their career dreams come true. Amanda has several years of experience working in Financial Aid. She is currently an enrolled student in Healing Hands School. Amanda is also the Mom of twin 3-year-old girls. She’s the perfect fit: curious, open minded, helpful and organized. Amanda is looking forward to helping Healing Hands students with all aspects of tuition financing.
And with gratitude and singleness of heart, we wish a fond fare-thee-ever-so-well to our lovely Mina Robinson. Mina first came to Healing Hands in 2007. Her dream was to become a great healer, and that she did. She found that by working both as a holistic health practitioner and as a Healing Hands Office Angel, she could help both the body and soul. Mina’s personality is a combination of warmth and attention to detail, which has been perfect for helping students understand their financial aid opportunities and obligations. Mina is a dynamo of good energy, ready to take on any task to accomplish the goals of success, peace and healing. Working with Mina these past 5 years has been a true pleasure. Mina, we know your intelligence, your kindness, your diligence, your fun-loving nature will serve you and your community wherever you go, and whatever you do. We thank you, we will miss you and we wish you the greatest success on all you do.
Thank you, teachers, staff, students and community, for your continued support of Healing Hands School and of heart centered holistic health education.
Paula and Neha & All of Us and Healing Hands School
Are you someone who enjoys helping others? Curious about healing therapies like Massage, Nutrition, Herbalism, or Energy Work? Do you seek a career that offers the satisfaction of a great income plus the flexibility to live your life your way?
Explore a New Career as a Massage Therapist or Holistic Health Practitioner
Founded by Paula and Neha Curtiss in 1992, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH) boasts two Academic Programs and over 80 Massage & Holistic Health classes. Paula and Neha’s vision is a heart-centered approach to holistic health education. At HH students not only learn healing techniques, they gain a deep respect for their bodies and each other. HH instructors do a great job in fulfilling Paula and Neha’s vision as graduates have been in high-demand by top employers for over 25 years!
In addition to the basic massage modalities ie; Swedish, Sports and Deep Tissue, HH offers classes on ancient healing practices from around the world! These include Tui Na from China, Shiatsu from Japan, Thai Massage from Thailand and Ayurvedic Massage from India.
If an education at HHSHH resonates with you, call us for a visit and tour. We make it easy to attend with three So Cal locations, and classes offered during the day, evenings & on weekends. Tuition Plans plus FSA, VA and WIA Benefits/Funding are also available to those who qualify.
HH has prepared more than 7,000 students for Transformative and Rewarding careers as Massage Therapists or Holistic Health Practitioners and can do the same for YOU! Call us and Start Your Journey …today! Call us at 760.746.9364 for Escondido & San Diego or at 949.305.2722 for our Laguna Hills campus location.
Healing Hands School of Holistic Health
“Touching Lives, Touching Hearts”
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 2 lb. boneless beef round steak
- 1 14.5 oz. can Petite Diced Tomatoes (drained)
- 1 large red bell pepper (cut to bite-size strips)
- 2 large yellow bell pepper (cut to bite-size strips)
- 2 large sweet onions (chopped to ½-inch squares)
- 5 cup Beef broth
- ¼ cup Worcestershire Sauce
- 3 Tbsp. Garlic, (minced)
- 2 Tbsp. Cornstarch
- 2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar
- 3 tsp sugar
- 3 cups rice (cooked)
- ¼ cup of sliced green onion
- Coat the inside of a Crock-Pot with Pam cooking spray (Olive Oil or butter flavor)
- Slice meat into ½ inch thick slices (cut across the grain)
- Mix broth, cornstarch, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, and vinegar in a small bowl to combine
- Place beef, onions and bell pepper strips into the Crock-Pot
- Pour the broth mixture over these ingredients
- Top with stewed tomatoes, garlic and sliced green onions
- Cook on high-setting for 4 hours or on low-heat for 7 hours.
- Place ½ cup rice on serving plate and top with beef and vegetables
- Serve and Enjoy! (Makes about 6 servings)
According to Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH), Massage Therapist’s work environments are no longer limited to Day Spas and Clinics. Thanks to new technologies that confirm its therapeutic value, Massage Therapy has gained acceptance by mainstream medicine causing expansion into a variety of new settings. Below is a list of just some of the new environments Massage Therapy graduates can choose from. Compiled from hundreds of job opportunities received by HH’s Job Placement Department, this list reflects the on-going need for therapeutic touch in our communities.
- Massage Clinics
- Day Spas
- Nail and Hair Salons
- Wellness Centers
Sports & Fitness
- Athletic Teams
- Marathons & Sporting Events
- Health Clubs & Fitness Centers
- Yoga & Pilates Studios
- Cruise Lines/Private Yachts
- Upscale & Boutique Hotels
- Chiropractic Clinics
- Doctors’ and Medical Offices
- Rehabilitation Centers
- Physical Therapy
- Natural Food & Health Stores
- Corporate Conference Rooms – (incentive/retention programs)
- Provide Energy-work to Substance Abuse Rehab patients
- Provide Off-site Chair Massages at offices, airports, retail locations, public and private events
- Own Your Own Business as a sole practitioner
Serving residents through three regional campuses, HH is considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health Education in Southern California. To date, HH has prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers in Massage Therapy and can do the same for you! To find out more, visit us at www.healinghandsschool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, 858-505-1100 in San Diego.