Holistic Massage School: Shannon Gonzalez, Teacher of the Year!

Above: Shannon Gonzalez honored with ‘Teacher of the Year’ award from Healing Hands’ Director, Neha Curtiss.

Each year, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health’s (Healing Hands) Founding Directors, Paula and Neha Curtiss, select one Instructor from their exceptional Faculty to be honored as Teacher of the Year.  The decision is made by looking at the cumulative contribution each teacher makes and this year, the honor went to Dr. Shannon Gonzales, a Certified Acupuncturist, Energy Practitioner and multi-modality Massage Therapist and Instructor. 

“To describe Shannon is to describe a woman of great inner strength and deep faith in the healing process”, said Paula Curtiss.  “Shannon’s thirst for understanding healing led her to study Traditional Oriental Medicine.  It is this dedication to understanding the power of inner healing and Shannon’s faith in the healing process, that brings a wellspring of inspiration to her students.  It has been truly wonderful to watch Shannon’s growth from a beginning student into the Master Instructor she has become.  Please join me in congratulating Shannon as Healing Hands ‘Teacher of the Year’ for 2017”, she added.

Dr. Shannon Gonzalez

Shannon was selected to teach at Healing Hands in 2006, about one year after completing the 1,000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program. As a student, Shannon demonstrated a sincere interest in and talent for the Holistic Healing Arts and shared the Faculty’s heart-centered  approach to education. Shannon lives her life consciously through the practice of self-awareness, and eagerly shares her philosophy, skills, and knowledge with students. 

Striving to creating a safe and compassionate learning environment, Shannon teaches Tui Na (Acupressure), Clinical Acupressure (Advanced Acupressure), Energetic Bodywork, Traditional Oriental Clinical Techniques, and Chair Massage for all three Healing Hands locations.  When Shannon is not teaching, you’ll find her providing energetic bodywork sessions to private clients, gardening, or simply enjoying the solitude of country living. 

Founded in 1992, and now boasting more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses plus two Certification Programs, Healing Hands is considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health education in Southern California.  To date, our exceptional Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers as Massage Therapists and Holistic Health Practitioners and can do the same for YOU! To find out if a career in the Healing Arts resonates with you, go on-line to www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call our friendly Admissions team at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills,

A Popular Choice for WIOA Clients Seeking Re-training

Healing Hands Massage Therapist Training Program –

A Popular Choice for WIOA Clients Seeking Re-training

 

If you are a WIOA client seeking an in-demand career,  please check out the top ten reasons WIOA Clients choose Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands): 

  1. ETPL Approved School: Healing Hands is listed on the EDD’s Eligibility Training Providers’ List and is approved to provide Massage Therapist training and accept educational funding for students participating in retraining through the WIOA. Please see etpl.edd.ca.gov, Program Name: Massage Therapist.
  2. National Accreditation: Healing Hands is nationally accredited making all class credits earned fully transferrable to other accredited vocational schools or colleges of massage in the US.
  3. Job Security: Massage Therapy is considered an “in-demand” profession by the US Department of Labor (DOL) with an expectation of 30,000 new jobs opening by 2022.
  4. US News reported in 2016 that Massage Therapists rank #50 in The 100 Best Jobs and, #8 in Best Health Care Support Jobs. This ranking was based on 6 important measurements which include: Job Prospects, Stress Levels, Employment Rate, Median Salary, 10-Year Growth Volume & Percentage, and Work-Life Balance.
  5. Annual Income: In 2015, the US Department of Labor reported that the average annual income for Massage Therapists was $38,040 with the top 10% earning more than $74,860
  6. Flexibility: Massage Therapists can work full-time or part-time during the day-time, evenings and on weekends.  This allows stay at home moms/dads or those with full-time jobs, to meet their commitments while training for a new career.
  7. Reputation for Excellence: Founded in 1992, Healing Hands has successfully graduated more than 7,000 competent and caring students whose employers return to us time and again for their recruiting needs.  
  8. Curriculum: Healing Hands offers an unparalleled number of classes. Each of the 80+ Massage and related Holistic Health Courses are taught by Instructors who specialize in their subjects.
  9. Employment Opportunities: Healing Hands School receives more job opportunities each month than we graduates to fill them!  Our Career Services team assists students and Alumni with resume preparation and by distributing job opportunities via e-mail.
  10. Personal/Professional Growth & Development: Even if becoming a Professional Massage Therapist isn’t your ultimate career goal, a Healing Hands education will inspire and nurture your personal and professional growth. In addition to learning volumes about your body, holistic health practices, and the benefits of therapeutic touch, you’ll gain valuable skills that will allow you to facilitate health, healing, and relaxation for clients, friends and family for years to come!

Healing Hands has prepared dozens of WIOA clients for successful careers as Professional Massage Therapists, and can do the same for you!  To learn more, visit us online 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.

Massage Therapist Training Program – Re-training

Healing Hands Massage Therapist Training Program –

A Popular Choice for WIOA Clients Seeking Re-training

If you are a WIOA client seeking an in-demand career,  please check out the top ten reasons WIOA Clients choose Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands): 

  1. ETPL Approved School: Healing Hands is listed on the EDD’s Eligibility Training Providers’ List and is approved to provide Massage Therapist training and accept educ

    Massage Therapist students


    ational funding for students participating in retraining through the WIOA. Please see etpl.edd.ca.gov, Program Name: Massage Therapist.
  2. National Accreditation: Healing Hands is nationally accredited making all class credits earned fully transferrable to other accredited vocational schools or colleges of massage in the US.
  3. Job Security: Massage Therapy is considered an “in-demand” profession by the US Department of Labor (DOL) with an expectation of 30,000 new jobs opening by 2022.
  4. US News reported in 2016 that Massage Therapists rank #50 in The 100 Best Jobs and, #8 in Best Health Care Support Jobs. This ranking was based on 6 important measurements which include: Job Prospects, Stress Levels, Employment Rate, Median Salary, 10-Year Growth Volume & Percentage, and Work-Life Balance.
  5. Annual Income: In 2015, the US Department of Labor reported that the average annual income for Massage Therapists was $38,040 with the top 10% earning more than $74,860
  6. Flexibility: Massage Therapists can work full-time or part-time during the day-time, evenings and on weekends.  This allows stay at home moms/dads or those with full-time jobs, to meet their commitments while training for a new career.
  7. Reputation for Excellence: Founded in 1992, Healing Hands has successfully graduated more than 7,000 competent and caring students whose employers return to us time and again for their recruiting needs.  
  8. Curriculum: Healing Hands offers an unparalleled number of classes. Each of the 80+ Massage and related Holistic Health Courses are taught by Instructors who specialize in their subjects.
  9. Employment Opportunities: Healing Hands School receives more job opportunities each month than we graduates to fill them!  Our Career Services team assists students and Alumni with resume preparation and by distributing job opportunities via e-mail.
  10. Personal/Professional Growth & Development: Even if becoming a Professional Massage Therapist isn’t your ultimate career goal, a Healing Hands education will inspire and nurture your personal and professional growth. In addition to learning volumes about your body, holistic health practices, and the benefits of therapeutic touch, you’ll gain valuable skills that will allow you to facilitate health, healing, and relaxation for clients, friends and family for years to come!

Healing Hands has prepared dozens of WIOA clients for successful careers as Professional Massage Therapists, and can do the same for you!  To learn more, visit us online 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.

Need a New Career, in the New Year?

Holistic Massage Schools Offers A Dynamic Path to Financial Independence!

Whether you are seeking an in-demand career that ensures financial independence, or a flexible career you can take anywhere, learn everything you’ll need at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  With more than 7,000 graduates and hundreds more enrolling annually, Healing Hands offers several paths that allow you to launch a meaningful career in the Holistic Healing Arts in less than 1 year!

Isn’t Creating Prosperity Doing What We Love

Something Each of Us Seeks?

Are you recent high-school graduate in need of a Vocation, a Professional stuck in an unrewarding job, or an Empty Nester eager to begin a new chapter?  If you answered Yes!,…. Healing Hands can help you achieve your goal!  Let our friendly Student Advisors help you explore your scheduling options, understand Financial Aid offerings, and move confidently toward a professional life of fulfillment and joy! 

Teaching in a Hands-On Environment!!!

At Healing Hands, all students are referred to as “Healers”, and Instructors inspire that ‘intention’ in each of the 80+ massage and related holistic health courses they teach. Offering much more than the fundamental courses you’ll find in other Massage Training Programs, Healing Hands helps students pursue their niche in today’s re-invigorated Holistic (Whole) Health and Wellness Markets.  By recognizing each students unique abilities and strengths, we can prepare them for Massage Therapy opportunities in a wide variety of settings from Hospitals, Physical Therapy Clinics and Wellness Centers to Day Spas, Gyms, Casinos, and more!

In addition to the mechanics of therapeutic Massage, Healing Hands students are given the guidance and direction they need to interact and excel as a Professional Massage Therapist or Holistic Health Practitioner.  In addition to the variety of Eastern and Western Massage modalities,  Healing Hands offers dozens of complementary health classes such as Nutritional Superfoods, Medicinal Herbs, Structural Integration, and other natural remedies.

Even if becoming a Therapeutic Massage Therapist isn’t your ultimate career aim, it can serve as a meaningful way to support yourself while you pursue other educational interests.  Learn more by visiting us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com  or call us call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (858)0505-1100 in San Diego.  Healing Hands has been “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts” since 1992.   

Attention Transitioning Veterans!!! Veterans Benefits at Holistic Massage School

Don’t Miss Out on the Educational Benefits You‘ve Earned!

Holistic Massage School Offers a Rewarding Path to Civilian Re-employment

“You were driven to protect and serve us in the Military, and now Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is driven to help you succeed in civilian life”, said Paula Curtiss, the school’s Founding Director.  “Healing Hands has supported military families by providing free Massage services to Veterans at Wounded Warrior clinics, Stand Down events, Rehab Centers and Memorial Day festivities for over 25 years!  In addition to our outreach efforts, we became Nationally Accredited and eligible to accept VA educational funding. Today, Veterans can take full advantage of their VA educational benefits at Healing Hands and begin a rewarding new career in only 1 year!” she added.  

Go here for information about Veterans benefits at Healing Hands School and a quick breakdown of each Chapter of benefits and what a veteran would receive.

Veteran and Now Graduate of Healing Hands

Unlike most other Massage Training schools, Healing Hands is a school of Holistic Health, which means they offer much more than the basics of therapeutic massage.  In fact, Healing Hands comprehensive curriculum boasts more than 80 Massage and related Holistic Health courses, allowing students to pursue a wide-range of therapeutic specialties.  With more than 7,000 Graduates and hundreds more enrolling annually, no other Massage School is better equipped to prepare Veterans for success as Professional Massage Therapists or Holistic Health Practitioners,  than Healing Hands

According to Vets.gov, the Post-9/11 GI Bill gives educational benefits to military members, including those on active duty, or in the Reserves or National Guard, who fulfilled at least 90 days of active duty service after September 11, 2001. The program nick-named the “GI Bill for the 21st Century,” offers substantial increases in monthly educational benefits over the previous GI Bill.  If you’re a Servicemember, Veteran, or family member interested in an education at Healing Hands, you must apply for a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). To do this, you will first need to:

  1. Check your eligibility at:  https://www.Vets.gov/education/eligibility
  1. Gather the documents and information (social security number, bank account direct deposit information, and your education and military history)
  1. View your estimated benefits by entering the school’s name: “Healing Hands School of Holistic Health”, when completing the on-line form at:  https://www.Vets.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool
  2. Work with a Healing Hands Student Advisor to discuss options and select the right program. 

 

Healing Hands has prepared dozens of Veterans and Military Spouses for rewarding careers as Massage Therapists and Holistic Health Practitioners and can do the same for you!  To find out if a career in the Holistic Healing Arts is right for you,  please visit us on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call our friendly Student Advisors at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido,  or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.

 

Holistic Massage School: Our Instructors

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH) prides itself in retaining an incredibly strong teaching staff.  Here are just some of reasons students enjoy their courses

  • Experts in their field: Instructors at Healing Hands School are experts in the fields they teach. Most massage schools, pay one or two teachers a salary to teach a wide variety of subjects.  But here at Healing Hands School, we have a wide variety of teachers who teach very specific subjects.  This means that when you take a course in Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage (better known as Sports) you are receiving instruction from an instructor who specifically practices Sports massage and can give you real world experiences.
  • Long Healthy Careers: The average time length for a staff instructor at Healing Hands School is 10 YEARS! Take a look at any spa, any facility, how many of that staff have been on-board for 10 or more years?  How much experience do they have helping students grow, learn and flourish?  We have instructors who have been with Healing Hands for TWENTY years!  They love the school, love to educate, and love to participate in a strong community of healers.  When you take courses at Healing Hands, you know you can expect a fun, energizing and inspiring classroom experience.

    Anatomy For Bodyworkers

  • Inspiration: “That was the best Instructor I’ve ever had in my life!” – is a quote we often receive from students. Instructors here are dynamic.  If you do not understand a subject matter – just ask! And the Instructor will find a different way to explain the curriculum to you.  When a course is over, students often have a happy/sad feeling.  Happy to have received such an amazing instruction, sad that it’s over.  When you are done with a course, we hope you feel inspired to bring Massage and Holistic Health into the world around you.
  • For more information about our staff; visit our Staff page

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 the more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health classes available at HH please visit us on-line 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 – 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

Holistic Massage School – Best Study Tools for MBLEx

Passing the Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination, better known as the MBLEx, has been a requirement to become a Certified Massage Therapist in California for almost 3 years.  Through these years many students have come to us with various study apps, tools, books, and they all have same question: ‘Which one is best?’

Here is a list of potential tools for the massage therapist to study the MBLEx with some of the pros & cons we have found:

Resource Name

Book, app, ect

Pros

Cons

ABMP Exam Coach

Online, mobile friendly

Made specific to MBLEx content, this program changes as the student studies – tailoring its content to the students individual needs.  It includes definitions,  flashcards, quizzes, and practice tests.  Preferred by Healing Hands School

No picture questions

AMTA Exam Prep

App

Practice tests and quizzes.  Illustrations are the same used in the MBLEx.  FREE!

Does not change content based on what a student has studied.

Plain & Simple Guide to Therapeutic Bodywork

Book

Great if you need a refresher on Anatomy content.  Paragraph format with quizzes at the end of each section

Ethics, business & professional boundaries are a larger part in the MBLEx then this book trains for. 

MBLEx Study Guide

Book

FSMTB (they own the MBLEx) version of what you need to study.  Outlines all the subjects you need to know.

General information.  It doesn’t specifically help you study the section that you need.

Best if used with something with more content like the Exam Coach

Tests.com

Online app

 Tests, tests TESTS!!!! As many tests as you can practice.  Great for practicing tests.

Tests questions are based off of the old National Board Certification Exam – not specific to the MBLEx. 

Holistic Massage School – When Should I Renew My License?

In the state of California there is one state wide Certification for Massage Therapists issued by the California Massage

CAMTC Certification RENEWED!

Therapy Council.  It is a voluntary Certification, but it takes the place of most city licensing so that a Massage Therapist can work in multiple cities without having separate licenses for each city.  A Certification by the CAMTC is required by the vast majority of employers since it guarantees that the Therapist has had a background check, and proper training before becoming a Certified Massage Therapist.  So most massage therapists in California are CAMTC Certified.

A CMT (Certified Massage Therapist) is supposed to renew their CAMTC Certification every two years. 

 We STRONGLY advise massage therapists to renew their license / certification 60-90 days before it expires.

This will guarantee that there is no gap, or lapse while the license is being processed.  We have heard several stories from our graduates where a therapist didn’t renew until close to their expiration.  When their license expired, and they were still waiting for their new one – they were unable to work. So – make sure to renew your CAMTC Certification early!

Holistic Massage School – Get to Know Our Office Angels

“Hello, you have reached Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, my name is _______!  How may I help you today?” says one of our Office Angels.  For many people these are the first words they hear when they call the school for more information.  And like all people looking to connect with the school, they find themselves answering questions that allow

Michelle Vonn

our office staff to connect with them.

In Escondido & San Diego, we have a staff of 7 Office Angels: Amanda Gleason, Mina Robinson, Erick Valdez, Jeremy Jarauguy, Michelle Vonn, Peregrine Curtiss, and Vivianna McCormick.

In Laguna Hills we have 2 Office Angels: Vanessa Leal and Trey Powell.

Erick Valdez

Each one of these wonderful Angels has taken, or is currently taking one of our Programs.  As a team, they are dedicated to helping students reach their goals.  Whether someone is calling for more information about the school, or about their individual account – these office Angels go above and beyond to help students.  And if an Office Angel does not know the question, they will take your name and number and get back to you.    

Office Angels all have two important things in common:  they LOVE the school, and they LOVE to help people.  Office Angels originally come to Healing Hands as a student.  They come, they sign up for courses and enroll in a program, and then they stay to help others do the same.  Office Angels are drawn to working in the office for several reasons: they want to expand their own office skills, want to know more about how a

Vanessa Leal

small business works, want a regular schedule that is still in the field of holistic health, but most of all, they want to help people.

Office Angels are the reason why people join Healing Hands.  Without the Office Angels guidance we would not be able to receive Financial Aid, or have someone to talk with regarding  course options and goals.  Office Angels do more then answer the phones, they also guide people through their program and into fulfilling careers.