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



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


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


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


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


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 – 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.