Holistic Massage School Supports ‘Stand Down’ Event for Homeless Veterans

“The annual ‘Stand Down’ event for homeless veterans is modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH)- Laguna Hills. “The event allowed battle-weary soldiers time-away from the battle-field to unwind, enjoy warm meals, receive medical care, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends. Today’s ‘Stand Down’ events, offer street-weary homeless veterans a similar ‘safe-retreat’, she continued.

Stand Down events were not conceived as a hand-out, but more a hand-up, where homeless Veterans are given a chance to begin again.  The event provides Veterans access to VA benefits, shelter, meal services, psychological counseling, legal services, integrative medicine, and employment/job counseling and other services to help them get off the streets and back on their feet.  The recent Stand Down coordinated by the San Diego Veterans Village took place from Friday, July 21, to Sunday July 23rd 2017 in San Diego.  HH’s Staff Instructor, Sandra Christie, attended the event along with several volunteer Massage Therapy students from HHSHH.  Together, Instructor and students provided hundreds of therapeutic massages to Veterans during the three day event.   

 “According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, these Stand Down events are recognized as the most valuable outreach tool for homeless veterans in the nation”, said Paula.  “Today, I’d like to thank all Healing Hands Student volunteers for the generous donation of their time, compassion, and therapeutic touch extended to these homeless veterans.  A special thanks to Staff Instructor, Sandra Christie, for inspiring student participation  and handling logistics for the group”, she added.

Volunteering for a Stand Down is a great way to show homeless veterans how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice.  For more information about HH or the more than 80 Massage therapy and Holistic Health courses we offer, visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.

Holistic Massage School Comments on Ethics and the Client/Practitioner Relationship

“Every few months or years there is head line news about reports of unprofessional conduct by people in positions of perceived power, authority and trust” said Paula Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH).  “For Massage Therapists who work so closely with clients, it’s imperative they maintain high standards of professional conduct with firm boundaries, even when the client becomes provocative.  Failure to comply with the industry’s code of ethics can not only jeopardize a therapist’s professional reputation, it can jeopardize their career as well”, she added.

The trust factor is essential to any client/practitioner relationship. For a client to receive the full benefits of a therapeutic massage, they need to feel safe enough to completely relax.  It’s up to the practitioner to ensure that their clients don’t misinterpret their words, motives or touch as being sexual in nature.  It is also their responsibility to address any issues that could potentially jeopardize professional ethics. If boundaries become unclear for the practitioner, it is their responsibility to consult with a respected colleague or manager who can help identify potential problems and solutions. The following is a list of common warning signs that can help practitioners recognize when something is not right in the client/practitioner relationship. 

  1. Accepting unwanted touch or gifts.
  2. Feeling overwhelmed by a client.
  3. Neglecting your personal value system.
  4. Feeling drained of all your energy from 1 client.
  5. Falling in love with your client.
  6. Realizing that boundaries have been crossed – after the fact.
  7. Touching a client without permission (failure to obtain informed consent).
  8. Allowing others to make decisions for you.
  9. Letting others define who you are or what your goals are.
  10. Feeling a sense of dread toward massaging a client.
  11. Not being able to clearly define your scope of practice – believing that you can do more than you are educated to do.
  12. Expecting a client to anticipate your needs as a practitioner.
  13. Allowing your feelings and emotions to get in the way of your massage.
  14. Wanting someone to “rescue” you.
  15. Fear of saying no because you dread the consequences.
  16. The environment feels unprofessional.
  17. Your “gut response” tells you something is wrong.

 

As a professional massage practitioner who provides therapeutic services to the public, it is important that you understand your legal rights, obligations and risks while practicing good ethics. For more about Ethics and Professionalism for Massage Practitioners go online to www.ncbtmb.org/code-ethics.

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 about our 80+ massage and holistic health classes, 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.     

Holistic Massage School Shares Ethical Guidelines for Massage Therapists

 

“As Professional Massage Therapists, our ethics, values and professionalism are of great importance to our careers” said Harmony Curtiss, Operations Manager for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH).  “Since our behavior as Massage Therapists impacts our profession and society as a whole, we urge all Graduates to become knowledgeable of the laws, regulations and Code of Ethics that pertain to Massage Therapists”, she added.

The word ‘Ethics’ is defined as:  Rules or principles which govern right and correct conduct based on moral and cultural standards as defined by society. ‘Values” are defined as beliefs and abstract ideals that shape an individual’s thinking and behavior. ‘Professionalism’ pertains to one being a specialist in a specific field.  ‘Ethical Decision Making’ is the application of ethical and professional skills to determine appropriate behavior and resolve ethical dilemmas. Choosing the right and correct path for treating clients requires an awareness of consequences and thoughtful, ethical decision making.  Below are 10 guidelines that can help Professional Massage Therapists stay clear of any unintentional breach of ethics that could ultimately jeopardize their licensure, reputation, or career future.

  1. Clients should be given a clear choice about wearing or not wearing articles of clothing during a massage therapy session.
  2. Clients should dress and undress in private.
  3. Make sure to obtain Informed Consent (verbal) with every client; and obtain Special Consent (Signed Form) before providing massage to minor children.
  4. Practice appropriate draping procedures at all times when working with clients
  5. Take care to avoid accidentally touching any private body part.
  6. Refrain from using Inappropriate terminology when speaking about body parts.
  7. Refrain from sexual innuendo of any type.
  8. Should a sexual relationship between a therapist and client begin to develop, the professional relationship must be terminated.
  9. Expose only one area of the body at a time – to maximize client privacy, comfort and warmth.

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 about our 80+ massage and holistic health classes, 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.

Holistic Massage School Shares Secrets to Massage Therapists’ Practice Success

According to Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH), “The client’s perception of you and your business begins the moment they enter your massage room or clinic.  If you want a successful massage practice you must conduct yourself professionally at all times.  This means:

  • Have regular and convenient practice hours, that include one or two evenings per week or weekend appointments to accommodate clients who work a day job.
  • Build your business by engaging in practice building activities such as distributing promotional materials, attending community events, social media marketing, networking, e-marketing and snail mail campaigns.
  • Schedule one or two networking lunches with either other professionals or services representatives that may be able to refer business to you, and you to them. (Hair & nail salons, Gyms, Yoga Studios, Chiropractors, Doctors, Gynecologists, etc.)
  • Remain available by telephone, email, and/or via automated scheduling online and strive to return all telephone calls within twenty minutes or be prepared to lose a potential booking, or worse, a client.
  • Set your cell phone’s notification so your clients can reach you immediately for an urgent appointment.
  • Establish a reasonable massage fee schedule that describes both the services that you provide and the fees you charge for each service. (i.e.: $60 for an hour massage, $75 for Pre-Natal and $90 for a 90- minute massage.)
  • Create an online presence in the form of a website that promotes your image in a positive, professional manner and offers clients a little information about you and your qualifications (professional profile) as well as a menu of your services, fees and/or retail products being sold and testimonials from satisfied clients.
  • Create a positive social media presence to establish “Top-of-Mind-Awareness” and refrain from posting anything that could negatively impact your reputation.
  • Create and maintain Client Intake Forms that capture client health issues and potential contraindications as well as treatment notes and plans.
  • Be sure your massage room is clean, neat and free of any offensive odors.
  • Ensure that all linens are freshly washed and that all pillows, bolsters and supportive wedges are sanitized regularly.
  • Stock the massage room with a box of tissues, hand sanitizer, and small garbage can.
  • Dress for success. Women should refrain from wearing low cut, backless, sleeveless, or otherwise revealing blouses.  Best bet:  Yoga pants & plain colored polo shirt
  • Find a way to make your massage services stand out above others in the area. Consider specializing – Relaxation, Sports, Thai, Energy-work, Neuro-Muscular, Deep Tissue.
  • Consider enrolling in Healing Hands School of Holistic Health’s Structural Analysis or Neuromuscular therapy classes to learn a system for assessing posture, providing massage therapy, giving take home exercises. Clients who understand the value of the services you provide will keep their appointments and refer others.

 

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 about our 80+ Massage and Holistic Health classes, 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.    

Holistic Massage School Welcomes New Academic Advisor, Erick Valdez

“Born in San Francisco and currently residing in Escondido, California, Erick Valdez is the newest Staff member at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH)”, said Paula Curtiss, Director for HH.  “A dedicated employee who wears multiple hats, Erick serves as a Student Advisor, Administrative & Faculty Support Aid, and Clinic Director, for HH’s Escondido Campus. Please join me in welcoming Eric to the HH family”, she added.

A graduate of HH’s 1000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program, Erick’s familiarity with the school’s Curriculum, Instructors and Program requirements make him a knowledgeable and effective advisor 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 natural Healer, Erick confides that his family and friends have been asking him for massage since the young age of five or six.  Over the years he discovered that in addition to facilitating physical change, Massage was useful in resolving interpersonal conflicts.  Through the application of massage and herbal remedies, Erick found he could help reduce clients’ feelings of stress and anger, making conflict resolution much more likely. 

Inspired by his ability to facilitate a positive change in the emotional state of clients, Erick chose to pursue Massage as a profession in May of 2014.  He graduated just 1 year later with expertise that includes; Western Circulatory Massage and Spa Techniques as well as Eastern Modalities and Therapies like Tui-Na (Acupressure), Reflexology, Medicinal Herbs, Herbal Preparations, Breath-work and Calming techniques.  

A self-proclaimed Philosopher and Seeker of Wisdom and Knowledge, Erick sought employment at HH because he “Loved the Community and the Energy”.  Possessing a great passion for the Holistic Healing Arts, he says the best part of his job is meeting prospective students and introducing them to what he considers to be an empowering and important career. 

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 about our 80+ massage and holistic health classes, 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.

Holistic Massage School Asks Which Meditation Technique is Best for You? (Part- 3)

Visualization Meditation

Ideal for Visual-spatial learners (VSLs), (inventors, artists, musicians, healers, builders, creators, computer gurus, and visionaries), Visualization Meditations can be a powerful way to invoke qualities of the images being visualized, which can be positively transformative. VSLs are empathic and, often, very spiritually aware, even when very young. For these individuals, visualizations of images from nature such as earth, sky, oceans, mountains, running rivers etc. are soothing to the senses.  These types of visualizations also have a quality of purity that helps bring them into present moment awareness, which naturally quiets the mind’s tumultuous thoughts.

To date Healing Hands School of Holistic Health’s (HH) top-notch Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers as Professional Massage Therapists and can do the same for You! To learn more about HH 80+ Massage and Holistic Health classes, visit us on-line to: www.healinghandsschool.com  or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (858)505-1100 in San Diego.

Attention Aspiring Massage Therapists, Students, and Graduates of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health

“We are extremely pleased to announce that Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa is now offering SPECIAL INCENTIVES to students and graduates of our Massage Therapist Training Programs”  said Harmony Curtiss, Operations Manager for the Laguna Hills Campus of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH)”, Effective immediately, Hand and Stone is offering a generous Tuition Reimbursement Program (valued at $125. per month) to HH students and graduates who qualify.  A Hand & Stone representative will be at our Laguna Hills classroom at 23022 La Cadena #204 on July 15th at 4pm to speak with interested students, so mark your calendars”, she added.

 

Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa was founded in 2004 by Physical Therapist, John Marco who began franchising the concept in 2006.  Based in Hamilton, New Jersey, Hand & Stone Spas are growing rapidly both nationally and now internationally.  Their Spa Menu includes massage services, such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Sports, Hot stone, Pre-natal, Couples massage, Aromatherapy and more. The Spa also provides facial services for women, men, and teens, including peels and microderma-brasion treatments. In addition, it offers waxing services, such as face and body waxing services for women and men. 

Serving residents through three regional campuses in Southern California, HH’s top-notch Faculty has successfully prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers as Professional Massage Therapists and can do the same for YOU! To learn more about the 80+ Massage and Holistic Health classes offered at HH, please visit us 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.

Holistic Massage School Students and Alumni Treated to “Luxury Spa Day” by Burke Williams, Beyond the Spa

“Burke Williams Beyond the Spa, has been hiring Massage Therapy Graduates from Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH) since they opened their first Spa more than 20 years ago“,  said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH).  “As a thank you to our school for producing such competent and caring Massage Therapists, Burke Williams is inviting all HH students and Alumni to a complimentary ‘Luxury Spa Day’ on Thursday, July 20th at their Mission Viejo location, so mark your calendars!”, she added.

The Burke Williams Spa Day invitation gives HH students and Alumni opportunity to explore what it would be like to work in an upscale, luxury spa facility.  They not only get to use the spa free of charge and experience the heart behind this family-owned company, they get to feel the energy and environment in which Burke Williams Massage Therapists work.

At the event, HH students and alumni will enjoy a full hour of complimentary European style spa time, as well as light snacks and welcoming by the Burke Williams Spa management team.  All guests are asked to bring their bathing suits, comfortable clothes, and anything they may need to enjoy a relaxing day at the spa.

Interested students and graduates must RSVP by July 19th to HH’s Laguna Hills office at 949-305-2722 to get your name on the list so Burke Williams Management Team can greet you.  Burke Williams Spa is in the Mission Viejo Kaleidescope Mall located at 27741 Crown Valley Parkway. For additional information about this event or questions regarding employment at Burke Williams Spa, please contact Emily at:  emilyd@burkewilliamsspa.com.

Serving residents through three regional campuses in Southern California, HH’s top-notch Faculty has successfully prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers as Professional Massage Therapists and can do the same for YOU! To learn more about the 80+ Massage and Holistic Health classes offered at HH, please visit us 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.

Holistic Massage School Shares Fun Facts About Our Beautiful Brains!

  • A 2011 study conducted by Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital, gave scientific support to what Buddhists and Spiritualists have been said for ages: Meditation Makes You Healthier and Boosts Your Brain! The study showed significant increases in the size of various parts of the brain and amount of grey matter in Meditators!
  • It takes as little as 10 seconds for a human to lose consciousness after their brain is cut off from its blood supply.
  • The Olfactory (Smell) Bulb is part of the Limbic system of the brain which controls our emotions and the reason smells can trigger such strong memories. And, unlike memories triggered by sight or sound, olfactory memories can last much longer in our subconscious minds, making them valuable tools for our memory.
  • Our brains are more than 60% fat, make up 2% of your body’s weight, and use 20% of the body’s oxygen and glucose to keep itself functioning normally!
  • Human brains process images 60,000 times faster than we process text!
  • A 1986 study by University of Minnesota and 3M Corporation, showed images made ads more appealing and proved to be 43% more persuasive and effective than the use of text alone!

Serving residents through three regional campuses, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (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 about our 80+ massage and holistic health classes, 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.

San Diego Massage School Announces Upcoming MyoFascial Meridians Course

Attention Sports and Massage Therapy enthusiasts! 

Are you ready to move beyond the basics of Circulatory or Swedish massage?  Want to explore more effective ways to facilitate lasting change for clients? Interested in integrating proven assessment and treatment protocols into your Massage Therapy Practice?  If you answered YES to any of these questions, check out the MyoFascial Meridians for Pain Relief course being offered at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – San Diego (HH) this Summer. 

MyoFascial Meridians are imaginary ‘lines’ of bones, muscles and connective tissue that run throughout the entire body”, says J.R. Price, Certified Massage Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner, and multi-modality Instructor for HH.  “In this course, students examine the lines and planes of strain, tension, and compensation found in this body-wide network. They will look beyond how muscles work individually and explore how they operate when working cross-functionally. They learn how therapy on a single muscle offers limited short-term benefits where-as restoring balance to the body’s Meridians can promote long-term healthy posture, flexibility and well-being in their clients”, he added.

A specialist in Myofascial Therapies, J.R.’s deep understanding of and respect for physiology and the body/mind connection make him the ideal instructor for this comprehensive, 70-hour course. Offered on Sundays, starting July 9th, from 10am to 5 pm, at HH’s San Diego Campus located at 9025 Balboa Avenue – suite #103, MyoFascial Meridians for Pain Relief is a ‘must have’ course for anyone pursuing Movement Therapies or the Holistic Healing Arts.

HH been serving residents in Escondido and Laguna Hills for over 25 years, and opened their new San Diego location in March of 2017.  To date, HH’s top-notch Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers in Massage Therapy and can do the same for you! To find out more about Myofascial Meridians for Pain Relief, or any of the other 80+ classes offered at HH, please visit us at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 / Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 / Escondido, or (858)0505-1100 / San Diego.