Holistic Massage School Hosts TuiNa (Acupressure) Public Day For Massage Enthusiasts

Welcome to Public Day!!!

“At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands), our nationally accredited programs ensure students are given a strong foundation in Anatomy and physiology, plus access to a variety of massage modalities and complementary holistic health courses” said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director.  “Our 100 hour TuiNa (Acupressure) class teaches a massage modality based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. This modality involves stimulation of acupressure points to affect the flow and balance of “chi”, (life energy) through “meridians” or pathways in the body”, she explained. 


On February 5th, Healing Hands Escondido campus hosted “TuiNa Public Day”,

Practicing the Tui Na Technique of Rolling

directed by Staff Instructor, Raina Colvin.  Public Day is part of Healing Hands student evaluation process and is mandatory for a passing grade in any massage class.  On TuiNa Public Day, students were required to perform TuiNa massage on several public volunteers tasked with evaluating the student’s therapeutic performance and communication skills. 

In Raina’s class students learned dozens of manipulation techniques to move chi through ill and injured areas of the body where blockages tend to occur. They practiced specific treatments to address chronic pain and disorders of the spine and joints, such as Rotator Cuff problems of the shoulder or Sciatica which can send pain across the hip and down the leg. Through hands-on demonstration and hours of practice, students learned to  master oscillating techniques to increase energy, as well as the traditional compressions and pulls characteristic of Tui Na. Benefits of this traditional modality include:

  • Chair Massage basics

    Increased blood flow thru the body.
  • Reduces muscle stiffness and pain.
  • The warming of stiff muscles, tendons & ligaments which greatly reduce the potential for injury.
  • Increases range of motion and flexibility.
  • Positively impacts the nervous system by reducing stress hormones (Cortisol) and increasing pleasure hormones (Endorphins).
  • Helps speed healing of injured muscles and body tissues.
  • Speeds muscle recovery from over-use.
  • Calms the nervous systems and encourages relaxation.
  • Improves circulation of blood and lymph flow to the massaged area.


Raina Colvin – Tui Na Acupressure Instructor

Raina Colvin is a National Board Certified Massage Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner and has been a Staff Instructor for Healing Hands for over 20 years.  A multi-modality Massage Instructor, Raina teaches both Eastern and Western modalities including:  Circulatory Massage, Massage, Tui Na Acupressure, Shiatsu, and Chair Massage. Recognized for her exceptional knowledge, engaging sense of humor and skillful therapeutic body-work, Raina is one of Healing Hands most beloved Instructors.   

To learn more about Healing Hands,  TuiNa (Acupressure) Massage, upcoming Public Days, or any of the 80+ courses offered, please visit us on-line at 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 Hosts Public Day for Shiatsu Students

Shiatsu Public Day – getting started

As the students of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands) are busy finishing up their semester classes, for many it marks the end of the Program and beginning of a new chapter of life.  In addition to a solid understanding of  Anatomy, Physiology, and hands-on massage therapies, the lessons  learned at Healing Hands, empower students to choose from a multitude of career paths in the Holistic Healing Arts. 

Use the full weight of your body to give massage

During the final weeks of each course, students prepare for mandatory written exams and what the Healing Hands’ Faculty calls “Public Day”.  It requires they perform 1.5 hour massages to two complete strangers.  The massage is given to a public volunteer who is tasked with evaluating the student’s newly acquired skills.  Despite the students initial reservations, they almost always report that Public Day was an experience they truly enjoyed and won’t soon forget.

One of the classes hosting a “Public Day” this January was Shiatsu, taught by Staff Instructor, Harmony Curtiss.  Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shiatsu had been used throughout Asia for thousands of years before gaining popularity in the US.  Designed to improve the flow of qi (energy) in the body, Shiatsu helps restore balance in mind and body while activating the body’s innate healing system.  Rather than fluid strokes, Shiatsu Practitioners will use a variety of compression techniques and manipulations to effect the 12 energetic pathways of the body called “Meridians”.

Learn how to use your whole body!

Shiatsu is performed on a floor mat with the patient dressed in loose work-out clothing so his/her body can be moved and manipulated by the Therapist.   Many students start a Shiatsu massage by “crawling the body” before applying finger and palm pressure along the different Meridians.  Meridians can be found on their patient’s back, neck and shoulders, torso, arms, legs and feet, so it is also a therapeutic full-body massage.

While working, students reflected on Harmony’s pre-event words.  She reinforced that Holistic Health is all about creating a space for the ‘letting-go’ experience that facilitates all healing.  The therapeutic and holistic effects of Shiatsu include:  a reduction in muscle stiffness, anxiety, and stress; improved circulation and range of motion; plus an enhanced sense of well-being. 

Cobra Stretch

A career as a Professional Massage Therapist offers financial independence, a strong job outlook, flexible hours, a variety of work environments and opportunity to make a positive difference. The educational experience offered at Healing Hands exposes one to both Eastern and Western modalities and dozens of Holistic Health practices,  often serving as a catalyst for the students own personal growth, healing, enhanced self-confidence and sense of purpose.  To learn more 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 – Winter Schedule Newsletter

Hello Healers,

Happy New Year, 2018! We look back on a wonderful year of healing and growth and welcome a new year of potential and hope.

Chakra Balancing, Hot Stone, and so much more!

Our new classroom location in San Diego continues to grow! Our variety of Holistic Health Practitioner courses exemplify the scope of holistic education for which Healing Hands School is renown.  Our Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage course teaches the anatomy and hands on skills needed when working with every aspect of repetitive stress, whether you are a San Diego Socker player or a Weekend Warrior. The Chakra Balancing course  refocuses internal energy, Somatic teaches movement therapy, Hot Stone is a delicious course for mid-Winter, and Lymph Drainage Massage tunes and tonifies the immune system. Our Escondido location continues to flourish offering five 100 hour courses in the Massage Therapy Program as well as the full Principals and 10 Sessions of Structural Organization. In Laguna Hills, we present the Massage Therapy program, as well as the Reiki and Spiritual Healing courses, the 100 hours NeuroMuscular Therapy course, and the comprehensive Holistic Nutrition course. Please see the schedule for the full array of courses offered this quarter.

Congratulations Holistic Health Practitioner Graduates!!!

Congratulations to our latest Holistic Health Practitioner graduates: Julia  Alvarado, Teddie V. Andrade, Tacita Archambault, Connie Bond, Philolus Barbara  Coward, Alexandra Dexter, Devon M. DiBona, Molly G. Ferrall, Jennifer Gonzalez, Gloria Gonzalez- Calderon, Teri Haley, Sophia  Karam, Ana Lazetic, Kimberly Lynne Minzlaff, Shervin Modir, Carlie Nagy, Anita Razo, Sokhim Ricard, Estefani Salas, Janet (Lythia) Sanchez, Diana Shriver, Nathaniel Tong, Felipe de Jesus Tovar, Gordon Tucker, and Ben Walder. Each student brings their unique life experiences to Healing Hands School. When we first meet you, we know so little about you. Where are you from? What did you do before you came to us? What led you to Healing Hands School?   Working with each of you affords us the opportunity to know you as dedicated students, and as devoted healers. Thank you for choosing Healing Hands School for your training. We look forward to hearing of you success and sharing your story.

Shannon Gonzales

Dr. Shannon Gonzales

Each year we choose one teacher from our faculty of master teachers, to be honored as our Healing Hands Teacher of the Year. As with all our students, when we first met Shannon Gonzales, we knew little of her. Shannon came to us in 2004. We knew Shannon as an earnest student, dedicated to perfecting on her hands on skills. We also came to know Shannon as a woman working on her inner energy. To describe Shannon is to describe a woman of inner strength and deep faith in the healing process. Shannon finished her Holistic Health Practitioner program at Healing Hands School in 2005, and began teaching in 2006. Shannon’s thirst for understanding healing led her to study Traditional Oriental Medicine where she became a Certified Acupuncturist. It is this dedication to understanding the power of inner healing and her faith in the healing process that are a wellspring of inspiration for her students. Shannon, it has been truly wonderful to see your growth from a beginning student at Healing Hands School blossom into the master teacher you have become. Congratulations Shannon Gonzales, Healing Hands Teacher of the Year!

The New Year is often showed as a new baby. This year, Healing Hands School staff welcomed new babies to Teo and Blueray, and Shannon and Kenny. Welcome Amelia and Eli and all the new babies of the year!

We wish you peace in this New Year. May your health, your happiness and your homes overflow with love and joy.

Paula and Neha

and All of Us at Healing Hands School

Healing Hands Expands to San Diego!

Healing Hands Expands to San Diego!

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health brings Massage Therapy and HHP programs to IPSB location and students!

Come meet us at IPSB Sunday, Jan 8 at 7 pm!

We accept FAFSA. Begun in 1992, we provide heart centered holistic health education.

Check out: healinghandsschool.com and come and see us this Sunday!

9025 Balboa #130, San Diego, CA 92123

Zyto Scans and Make & Take Workshop!


FREE Zyto Scan (Biofeedback) to determine which oils are best for your body/mind.
FREE information on the properties & uses of Essential Oils.
If you want to make and take a roller bottle or spritzer.
Please Bring $5-$20 materials fee depending which oils you use!

Contact info: Melanie Price
(619) 592-0308

2 Events!!!

Monday, January 4, 2016 at 7pm, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – 23022 La Cadena, Suite 205, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 7pm, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – 125 W. Mission, Suite 212, Escondido, CA 92025

Holistic Massage School: Thank You Massage Volunteers!

Check out what these Rock-Star students and graduates have accomplished this month!

Memorial Day

Mia Taylor & Kathleen Kortz Volunteering at Veterans Hospital for Memorial Day Event

Meet: Mia Taylor and Kathleen Kortz
Where: Veterans Hospital

Mia and Kathy jumped on a wonderful opportunity to volunteer at a Veterans Hospital on Memorial Day, the event was set up by Odyssey Experience.  Mia is a graduate of the Holistic Health Practitioner Program and Kathy is currently a student of the Holistic Health Practitioner Program.  This two wonderful people volunteered their time to honor our troupes and our veterans.  They performed chair massage and table massage for 4 hours!  We are proud to have such uplifting individuals as part of the Healing Hands Family, and we know that these two people will have rewarding careers in holistic health. 



Harmony Curtiss & Adam Van Bovenkamp performing Chair Massage at IVC

Meet: Harmony Curtiss & Adam Van Bovenkamp
Where: Irvine Valley College Finals Week

For the second year in a row, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been asked to massage stressed college students during finals week at IVC.  Every year we go to promote our Student Clinic ($45 for 2 one hour massages!) and to help out students pursue their chosen careers.



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Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage Class at Rock ‘N Roll Marathon

Meet: Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage Class
Where: Rock ‘n Roll Marathon, San Diego

Every year our Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage (Sports) class goes to the Rock ‘N Roll Marathon in San Diego.  Our classes have participated in this event since Rock ‘N Roll’s first marathon in 1998!  Wow, talk about a long tradition! 🙂   At this event, our students massage athletes and gain real world experience in alleviating cramps, pains, and helping the runners back into a healthy body after completing 26.2 miles! Congratulations to all Sports students for participating in a Healing Hands Family Legacy!



Alison Scola, Sal Torres, Alora Ashlie & Lauren Rose at Xterra Triathlon

Meet: Alison Scola, Sal Torres, Alora Ashlie & Lauren Rose
Where: Xterra Triathlon, Laguna Beach

These exemplary students participated in the XTerra Laguna Beach Triathlon by volunteering massage therapy to the athletes who participated in the event.  We thank them for their time and commitment to helping athletes recover from the event.   Students like these will go far in their careers!

Holistic Massage School Teams up to Host Therapeutic Massage Workshops

Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (HHSHH), recently announced the release of two new health workshops for massage enthusiasts and their families.  Teaming up with area massage clinics and spas, Paula designed these information packed workshops to empower attendees of all ages.  Offered on a first come, first serve basis and delivered at the hosting Spa or Clinic’s location, these workshops serve to raise awareness of Healing Hands School while boosting memberships for spas and clinics, making it a win/win for everyone.

The first workshop to be released in 2015, Holistic Health and Wellness for All –   is a two-hour workshop offered to Spa/Clinic clients, employees, and their families.  This workshop touches on the physical, mental, and spiritual components of Holistic Health.  Attendees learn simple yet powerful holistic practices to increase their body’s energy, strength, flexibility and overall health.   This workshop has already received rave reviews from Spa patrons and has inspired new ideas for future workshops.

The second workshop, to be promoted for Mother’s Day 2015, Kneading Your Mother–  is a one-hour workshop for Spa/Clinic clients and their mothers.  This workshop addresses common problem areas of the body, and discusses how bad posture and alignment patterns can cause tension, pain, stiffness and even injury.    Paula also demonstrates correct body alignment, proper body-mechanics and exercises to help Moms of all ages keep their bodies strong and flexible.   

Credited with developing the first Massage Training Programs for community colleges in the State, Paula and husband, Neha, are considered trail-blazers of Holistic Health education in California.  Since starting Healing Hands School in 1992, they’ve prepared more than 6,000 students for satisfying and rewarding careers as Massage Therapists and Holistic health professionals. 

Currently, HHSHH offers two top-notch certification Programs and over 80 massage and holistic health classes.  Nationally Accredited and State Approved, Healing Hands is also the school of choice for So Cal therapists seeking continuing education credits required by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB).    

For more information on Healing Hands Health Workshops, or to learn more about Programs and classes offered at  Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, visit us on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us in Escondido at (760) 746-9364 or in Laguna Hills at (949) 305-2722.

Holistic Massage School Volunteers Help at OCRA, Orange County Ride for AIDS

OC Ride for AIDS (aka OCRA) is a bike ride that supports AIDS Services Foundation (ASF) in Orange County.   “AIDS Services Foundation Orange County’s (ASF) mission is to prevent the spread of HIV and improve the lives of men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Orange County” 

At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health we pride ourselves in supporting our community, and the people around us.  This is the second time that Healing Hands has been a part of OCRA where students have volunteered their time.  A huge thank you goes out to the following students: Viet Vu, Tara Miali, Ivette Brosz, Maryam Lailabadi, Will Wooten, and Alison Jones.


As  students and graduates alike, your selfless acts of volunteering will push you into the forefront of the massage therapy industry.  These students worked shifts giving Massage Therapy, pain and joint relief to the riders in the event.  Posted at the mid-line and at the finish line, these students helped relieve cramping muscles, helped stabilize overloaded systems, and brought a sense of peace to the otherwise charged and exciting atmosphere.  

The coordinator of the event, Vince Bennet said, “We had amazing feed back from the riders as well as the “OCRA” Orange County Ride for AIDS orgnaizers regarding the exceptional massage team.  Thank you everyone from Healing Hands School of Holistic Health who attended as well as assisting in organizing the massage team.  This was our 5th year and we are thrilled to have Healing Hands as the official Massage Team of OCRA!”

And thank you Vince Bennett for providing our therapists with shade, water, t-shirts, and the opportunity to work with these amazing athletes, mothers, fathers, friends and survivors.  Is was truly an amazing experience.

Holistic Massage School Supports CalWORKs Career Training and Educational Events

Mental Health Systems (MHS) is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 to provide innovative and cost-effective mental health services to California residents state-wide.  MHS operates more than 80 community-based programs throughout California including ‘CalWORKs’ which is designed to transition people from welfare dependency to self-sufficiency through employment.  Toward that end, MHS provides a wide variety of training, professional development seminars and community outreach events year-round. Their training’s and courses are taught by a staff of highly trained, expert behavioral health professionals and their conferences include nationally recognized speakers and trainers. The events are designed to provide a unique interactive learning environment as well as provide networking opportunities for clients.shutterstock_124152457

On Monday, September 8th, 2014, Harmony Curtiss, Director of Special Funding for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH) was invited to speak at one such event in Oceanside, California.  “All welfare to work participants receive an appraisal of their education and employment background as well as assistance in finding a job or obtaining the education and training necessary to become financially self-sufficient” said Ms. Curtiss. “Healing Hands was invited because we care about our students and we help them through the process of enrollment to employment.  We deeply respect the training and physical work it takes to be a long-lasting massage therapist and we are always here to help our students as well as graduates succeed in their chosen field.  In addition to our ability to help students from all walks of life achieve their dreams, we are a nationally accredited school and listed on California’s Eligible Training Provider List which allows us to provide vocational training to CalWORKs clients.  Another reason we were targeted is because the field of Massage Therapist is considered an ‘in-demand’ career with job growth at 23%, higher than any other industry segment.  Just as importantly, our training can be completed in as little as a year and starting salaries range between $20 and $45 an hour making it a  ‘financially viable’ career as well”, she added.

shutterstock_34840459CalWORKs services are offered through Social Services as well as several Multi-Service Centers where employment related activities take place.  These include: vocational assessment, employment readiness and job appraisal, education and job training services, referrals to community services, and ongoing employment goals coaching.  CalWORKs clients must be either a recipient of assistance through San Diego County’s California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) or enrolled in the Welfare-to-Work Initiative.  CalWORKs clients are referred by Welfare-to-Work Employment Case Managers. They also work with referrals through other community-based organizations to secure necessary Employment Case Manager referrals.  For more information about CalWORKs call (858) 573-2600.

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been serving residents through two regional campuses located in Escondido and Laguna Hills for over 22 years.  With more than 80 Holistic Health courses and two Certification Programs to offer, HHSHH is considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health Education in Southern California.  To date, HHSHH has prepared more than 6,000 students for successful and rewarding careers in Massage Therapy and Holistic Health. To find out more about the educational programs or financial aid available at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health 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.