Holistic Massage School – Visual Impairment

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. 

WHarmony Curtisse 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.

San Diego Classroom Offering Massage and Holistic Classes

Our new San Diego classroom is in full swing! This month we are starting Circulatory Massage, Thai Massage and Anatomy for Bodyworkers courses. You can review the course schedule for San Diego using our online database.

Sign up today by calling (760) 746-9364

Our new classroom is centrally located between the 163 and I-15 on Balboa Ave. That makes for easy access from just about anywhere in San Diego and the surrounding area.

Holistic Massage School Fall News Letter

Hello Healers,

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.

In Peace,

Paula and Neha & All of Us and Healing Hands School



Holistic Massage School Asks… Do You Have Healing Hands?

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?


If you answered YES to any of these questions it may be time to…


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”

Holistic Massage School Reveals Surprising Places Massage Therapists Work

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.


Holistic Clinics/Centers

  • Massage Clinics
  • Day Spas
  • Nail and Hair Salons
  • Wellness Centers


Sports & Fitness

  • Athletic Teams
  • Marathons & Sporting Events
  • Health Clubs & Fitness Centers
  • Yoga & Pilates Studios



Luxury Lifestyle

  • Spas
  • Resorts
  • Cruise Lines/Private Yachts
  • Casinos
  • Upscale & Boutique Hotels



  • Hospitals
  • 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.   

Holistic Massage School Reflects on Importance of Massage Therapists’ Code of Ethics

“The career path of a Massage Therapist requires more than physical dexterity and knowledge of a few massage strokes”, said Paula Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health. (HH)  “They must also be able to make sound ethical decisions and navigate a myriad of difficult dilemmas that may arise during a client’s care.  Students need a capacity for personal introspection, an awareness of the law, and respect for the ethics of the Massage Therapy Professional”, she added. A Massage Therapist’s choices and actions, both inside and outside of the therapy room can dramatically impact their personal and professional lives.  State licensing boards and professional associations set forth codes of ethics to define standards of professional conduct that ensure the highest good for the client in therapeutic relationships. The first step ethical practice is to become aware of these established regulations and to implement them.  In the Massage Therapy Industry, there are some ethical ‘absolutes’ of professionalism which include:



  • Professionals do not breech sexual boundaries with clients.

  • Client care is focused on help, not harm.
  • When the therapeutic skills required are out of the Practitioner’s scope,they refer the client.
  • Clients are to be informed.


The following Code of Ethics, developed by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), is considered an industry standard and used among many massage clinics. The NCBTMB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to defining and advancing the highest standards in the massage therapy and bodywork professions through Board Certification, Approved Providers, and Assigned Schools. For more on the NCBTMB go online to: http://www.ncbtmb.org.


(Copyright 2007 National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork)


  1. Have a sincere commitment to provide the highest quality of care to those who seek their professional services.
  2. Represent their qualifications honestly, including education and professional affiliations, and provide only those services that they are qualified to perfor
  • Accurately inform clients, other health care practitioners, and the public of the scope and limitations of their discipline.
  1. Acknowledge the limitations of and contraindications for massage and bodywork and refer clients to appropriate health professionals.
  2. Provide treatment only where there is reasonable expectation that it will be advantageous to the client.
  3. Consistently maintain and improve professional knowledge and competence, striving for professional excellence through regular assessment of personal and professional strengths and weaknesses and through continued education training.
  • Conduct their business and professional activities with honesty and integrity, and respect the inherent worth of all persons.
  • Refuse to unjustly discriminate against clients and/or health professionals.  
  1. Safeguard the confidentiality of all client information, unless disclosure is requested by the client in writing, is medically necessary, is required by law,  or necessary for the protection of the public.
  2. Respect the client’s right to treatment with informed and voluntary consent. The certified practitioner will obtain and record the informed consent of the client, or client’s advocate, before providing treatment. This consent may be written or verbal.
  3. Respect the client’s right to refuse, modify or terminate treatment regardless of prior consent given.
  • Provide draping and treatment in a way that ensures the safety, comfort and privacy of the client.
  • Exercise the right to refuse to treat any person or part of the body for just and reasonable cause.
  • Refrain, under all circumstances, from initiating or engaging in any sexual conduct, sexual activities, or sexualizing behavior involving a client, even if the client attempts to sexualize the relationship unless a pre-existing relationship exists between an applicant or a practitioner and the client prior to the applicant or practitioner applying to be certified by NCBTMB.
  1. Avoid any interest, activity or influence which might be in conflict with the practitioner’s obligation to act in the best interests of the client or the profession.
  • Respect the client’s boundaries with regard to privacy, disclosure, exposure, emotional expression, beliefs and the client’s reasonable expectations of professional behavior.  Practitioners will respect the client’s autonomy.
  • Refuse any gifts or benefits that are intended to influence a referral, decision or treatment, or that are purely for personal gain and not for the good of the client.
  • Follow the NCBTMB Standards of Practice, this Code of Ethics, and all policies, procedures, guidelines, regulations, codes, and requirements promulgated by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.

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. 


Massage Therapy School Shares the Importance of Reputation

According to Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH), as a Certified Massage Therapist, YOU are your business!  Because of that, it’s essential to create a professional and positive reputation for yourself. To do that, you will need to be mindful of your attitude, energy, appearance and treatment of clients in every interaction, every day of your working career. That said, having a “good reputation” is one of the best ways to attract clients, earn their loyalty, and inspire them to refer friends and family. 

How do you want to be perceived by your clients? Keep in mind, for clients, perception is reality.  The perceptions (opinions) they draw of you will come from more than your therapeutic skills.  It’s important to be aware that your reputation is also determined by how you dress, how you speak, how hygienic you are, and how you educate and interact with clients inside and outside the therapy room.  Everything you do, post, write online, or communicate publicly reflects on your reputation and can positively or negatively impact your business reputation, so take care to nurture and protect it. 

Your aim should be to project a trust-worthy image of a competent and happy professional who values their career and their clients. Your reputation should convey that you are prepared and eager to provide your clients with extra special treatment to speed healing, diminish their physical pain or discomfort and enhance feelings of well-being.

Controlling your image is important also.  Be prepared to receive negative feedback from clients from time to time.  Rather than take offense, ask questions to find out why. For example, if your client reveals they felt uncomfortably sore for more than 3 days after a Deep Tissue treatment, you would learn that you need to reduce your pressure next time, check in on pressure more often, or go more slowly.  Although you may not be able to change what has already happened, asking questions will reassure your client that you care, and keep you from repeating the same mistake with another client. 

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 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 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 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.