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

¡Conviértete en un terapeuta masajista bilingüe!

Clase empieza el 03 de enero de 2017 en Laguna Hills.

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health sanación da la bienvenida a Mariano Reyes. Mariano ha completado su programa de terapia de masaje y ayudando e interpretar en la clase de masaje circulatorio. ¡Tomar el advatage de esta oportunidad para comenzar su nueva carrera como terapista de masaje bilingüe! 

Regístrate ahora o llámenos para obtener más información.
(949) 305-2722

Holistic Massage School Asks: Want a New Career in the New Year?

If pursuing a new career is one of your new year’s resolutions for 2017, Paula Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health wants you to know your timing couldn’t be better!

“In 2014, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics announced its projection that employment growth for Massage Therapist will continue to grow at a rate of 22 percent (vs the average 7%) between 2014 and 2024, adding 36,500 more professionals to this field” said Paula. “The astounding number of job opportunities received by HH’s Job Placement Department in 2016 is evidence of this growing demand. With the assurance of job security for years to come and a starting salary of between $25 to $45 an hour, becoming a Professional Massage Therapist is more rewarding now than ever” she added.

Massage Therapists employ their knowledge of Anatomy/Physiology plus a variety of hands-on strokes and manipulations to relieve pain, reduce stress, relax tight muscles and positively affect every system in their client’s body! With dozens of modalities to choose from, today’s Massage Therapists have a variety of ways to facilitate health and well-being for their clients. Some Massage Therapists may choose to specialize in relaxation, employing modalities such as Circulatory (Swedish) or Lomi-Lomi (Hawaiian Massage), Pregnancy and Geriatric (Elderly) massage. Those more oriented toward rehabilitation, may choose to specialize in Sports Massage, Deep-tissue Manipulations, Myo-facial or Trigger Point therapies.  Most often, however, Massage Therapists become adept in several modalities, each of which require specific skills, strokes and techniques.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median annual wage for Massage Therapists was $37,180 in 2014. The best-paid 10 percent in the profession made more than $71,950, while the bottom 10 percent made less than $18,460. According to an articles published in US News, Massage Therapists rank #50 in The 100 Best Jobs and, ranked #8 in Best Health Care Support Jobs based on the following 6 component measurements:

  • Median Salary
  • Employment Rate
  • 10-Year Growth Volume
  • 10-Year Growth Percentage
  • Job Prospects
  • Stress Level
  • Work-Life Balance

What’s even more inviting, Massage Therapists now work for employers in a variety of private and public environments.  These include the traditional Spas, Massage Clinics, and Chiropractic offices plus the not so traditional jobs now being offered on Cruise ships, in Casinos, in Shopping Malls, at Gyms, and in Corporate board rooms to name a few. Regardless of their working environment, Massage Therapists still enjoy the satisfaction of providing instant relief and facilitating long-term health and healing for the clients they serve; what can be better than that!

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been serving residents through two regional campuses located in Escondido and Laguna Hills for over 24 years.  Considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health Education in Southern California, HH has prepared more than 6,700 students for successful and rewarding careers in Massage Therapy and Holistic Health and can do the same for you! To learn more about HH, or to explore if a career in massage therapy may be right for you, please visit us online at www.healinghandsschool.com  or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido. 

Holistic Massage School: Holiday Gift Ideas for Health Advocates

 

Santa Says…..
Stop by Healing Hands School for the
 Perfect Gift this Holiday Season!

 

 

You don’t have to be a Professional Massage Therapist to enjoy giving and receiving a therapeutic massage.  At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH), you can learn how to give your friends and loved ones a therapeutic Circulatory Massage in as little as 1 month!  Imagine, you can start a class in January, and by February have the knowledge and skills to relieve pain, reduce stress, relax over-worked muscles and positively impact the lives of those closest to you. HH’s Circulatory Massage class can be a unique and valuable experience for yourself, a friend or a loved one. 

If a massage class didn’t make it on to your holiday shopping list this year, then consider one of HH’s holistic health classes.  With more than 80 courses to choose from, there is something of interest for everyone at HH.  In addition to dozens of massage modalities, HH offers classes in Aromatherapy, Health & Dietary Practices, Homeopathic 1st Aid, Herbal Studies and Applications, Nutritional Superfoods, Advanced Herbal Preparations plus a variety of Energy-work classes.  Our on-site bookstore also offers a variety of unique books, study-guides, and self-care products, a collection you won’t find anywhere else this holiday season.

Note: Bookstore hours are: 9am to 5:30pm Mondays through Fridays at
 125 W. Mission Avenue in Escondido or 23022 La Cadena in Laguna Hills
Visa and Discovery Cards accepted

 

Item

Price Range

Instructors, Denise Fultz and Raina Colvin’s

 

 

$12.00

Instructor, Shana Lipner’s Sage Country Herbs Products

Deodorant

Deluxe Massage Oil

Therapeutic Pain Solution (small/large)

Sore Muscle Salve

Lip Balm

 

 

 

$10.80

$12.96

$12.96/$21.60

$8.64

$3.24

Massage Tables

$290.52 Standard Plus Pkg.

$430.92 Classic Deluxe Pkg.

$430.92 Versalite Pro Pkg.

$484.92 Prima Table Pkg.

Massage Chair Package

$236.52

Massage Oils, Lotions, Creams & Gels

 

 

$6.47 –  $22.73 (8 oz)

$45.95 (1/2 Gallon)

$71.95 (1 Gallon)

La Crosse Balls (for Deep Tissue and

Self-Acupressure

$2.16

Knobble (for Self-Acupressure)

 

 

$15.12

Anatomy Study Guides 

$3.24

Anatomy Flash Cards

$25.92

Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage Study guide/folder

$6.48

Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage Study Flash Cards

$25.92

 

NOTE:  The above is a partial list of items available, please visit HH book-store to view them all.

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been serving residents through two regional campuses located in Escondido and Laguna Hills for over 24 years.  Considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health Education in Southern California, HH has prepared more than 6,700 students for successful and rewarding careers in Massage Therapy and Holistic Health. To learn more about HH, or to explore if a career in massage therapy may be right for you, please visit us online at www.healinghandsschool.com  or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido. 

 

Holistic School: Circulatory Massage for Hospice Patients

“Circulatory Massage is an excellent integrative therapy that can be used to enhance the quality of life for Hospice patients”, said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (HH). “Massage Therapists who work with Hospice patients provide a very nurturing experience that helps reduce pain and discomfort while restoring feelings of self-esteem and self-acceptance”, she continued. 

Paula is a Certified Massage Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner, and the Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH).  Possessing over 25 years of experience as a multi-modality Massage Therapist and Instructor, Paula understands first-hand how providing a gentle, therapeutic touch delivered with focused attention can diminish the feelings of isolation and loneliness many terminal patients experience. Proven to be useful as a primary or integrative therapy for any condition with a stress component, Circulatory Massage can provide substantial relief to patients diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, one of the most stress-full events one can experience.

In HH’s Circulatory Massage class students are educated about age-related changes and their impact on the Hospice patient. These include, thin, fragile skin, bones, joints as well as common clinical conditions. Students examine the causes and contraindications associated with chronic and terminal illnesses. Through lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice, students learn a variety of bodywork styles and techniques to address aging concerns while also promoting relaxation.

Circulatory Massage facilitates the release of neuro-chemicals that reduce stress and alleviate pain.  With regular Circulatory Massage, many Hospice patients enjoy a reduction in the need for narcotic and psychotropic medications which often come with their own negative side-effects.  In addition to physical benefits, Circulatory Massage delivers many significant and immediate psychosocial benefits for terminally ill patients.  Once diagnosed, many experience a roller-coaster of strong feelings, emotions, thoughts and fears.  These may include but are not limited to:

  • Denial about their diagnosis
  • Anger about the negative mental and physical effects of their disease or treatment
  • Frustration about the limitations imposed by the disease
  • A sense of being powerless and vulnerable
  • Depression and hopelessness
  • Guilt about how their illness and dying will affect loved ones
  • Mood swings caused by drugs, dementia, or simply the situation itself
  • Fear of death – the unknown, and/or the progression of the disease

 

Paula shares the reality of this work with students, explaining how working with the dying isn’t easy and often presents uncomfortable, even confrontational challenges.  It requires a willingness to face our own limitations and emotional vulnerabilities and to stay present and engaged despite of our fears.  She also shares how Circulatory Massage given to the terminally ill allowed her to share many enriching and fulfilling moments with patients she might otherwise have missed. Paula believes that providing Circulatory massage for Hospice patients can facilitate profound growth, both personally and professionally for the Massage Therapist and encourages all students to explore this soul-enriching massage specialty.

Considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health Education in Southern California, HH has been serving residents from campuses in Escondido and Laguna Hills for over 24 years.  To date, HH has prepared more than 6,700 students for successful careers in Therapeutic Massage and can do the same for you! To learn more about HH, their Circulatory Massage class or any of the other 80+ classes offered, visit us online at www.healinghandsschool.com  or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.

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Holistic Massage School – Sponsers

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health Acknowledges the following Generous Sponsors – for our Holistic Networking Potluck – Nov. 13, 2016

stronglite

Stronglite has been providing massage equipment to the bodywork community. Over those years massage has become increasingly more mainstream, expanding its roots into the medical, sports, health, and beauty industries. With this growth, massage continues to prove its validity and massage therapists show how they are making a difference. Our goal is to continue to supply innovative massage tables, massage chairs and massage accessories at competitive prices, so that massage therapists can continue to make an impact on the people, companies, and communities around them.

sacred-earth

SacredEarth Botanicals’® mission is to promote a line of professional massage therapy products with a focus on certified organic ingredients, environmentally friendly packaging, and sustainable business practices. We offer our customers peace of mind knowing their massage products have been thoughtfully developed with the health of the therapist, client, and the environment in mind. Our facility is certified organic by the Oregon Tilth and the USDA.

envy-2-0

Massage Envy Spas of Orange County – Whatever life throws at you, it’s the daily wear and tear that takes its toll on your body. Massage does more than just relax the body and calm the mind. Regular treatments give you the time to check in and tune up to help you be ready for more of this wonderful thing we call living.

burke

Burke Williams Beyond the Spa – Burke Williams created the original urban day spa in 1984, elevating the spa experience to a new art form. Drawing inspiration from world-class European day spas, we combine the finest traditions with nourishing innovations to transport you from the stress of everyday life. Our dedicated, professional therapists will treat you to the ultimate in relaxation and renewal. We are a sanctuary, a place of wellness and beauty, inspiration and optimism.

Holistic Massage School: Benefits of Meditation

The Benefits of Meditation

“Today’s Scientists are discovering a wide range of immediate and long-term benefits that can be derived from regular meditation practice”, said Paula Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH).  “Recent studies have shown that meditating for just 20 minutes a day for even a few weeks is enough for subjects to begin experiencing the many benefits meditation provides. That’s why the faculty at HHSHH encourages students to include the practice of meditation as an essential part of their holistic self-care program,” she added.

No one knows the exact date of meditation’s origin, however, Archaeologists and Scholars agree that it dates back about 5,000 years.  Since the 1950s there have been hundreds of studies on the effects of meditation, which has become a growing subfield of neurological research.  Technologies such as MRIs and EEGs are used to discern what happens in the body when one meditates, and how their bodies and brains change after meditating on a regular basis. 

Body AwarenessAlthough there are hundreds of types of meditation, most fall into one of two categories.  The first, Focused Attention Meditation, is when an individual focuses his/her attention on something specific for the duration of the meditation session.  This ‘something’ may be their breath, a mantra, visualization, part of the body or object such as a crystal or flower.  Examples are: Buddhist Meditation, Chakra Meditation and Sound Meditation.

The second category, Open Monitoring Meditation, is a process of non-reactive observation of one’s moment to moment experience of their thoughts, feelings, memories, sounds, smells, surroundings, etc.  Examples of Open Monitoring Meditation include Mindfulness Meditation, Vipassana, as well as some Taoist Meditations.

Regardless of the style, meditation provides numerous benefits to one’s Mind, Body and Emotional Wellbeing.  As you’ll see from the lists below, just 20 minutes of meditation a day can make substantial changes that can dramatically improve your quality of life.  (Note: These lists represent some but not all of the benefits with sources provided at the end of this post.)

Benefits to your Mind:

  • Enhances cognitive skills
  • Positively impacts creative thinking
  • Better decision making and problem solving skills
  • Increases memory retention and recall
  • Improves mental focus
  • Quicker information processing
  • Diminishes effects of ADHD
  • Helps you ignore distractions
    Hayley Simon, a student practicing in the park

    Hayley Simon, a student practicing in the park

Benefits to your Body:

  • Improves immune system function
  • Helps prevent Arthritis, Fibromyalgia & HIV
  • Lessens inflammatory disorders
  • Reduces premenstrual and menopausal syndromes
  • Increases energy levels
  • Improves breathing and heart rates
  • Reduces recurrence of Asthma
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Improves longevity
  • Increases relaxation

Benefits to Emotional Well-being:

  • Enhances one’s self-esteem and self-acceptance
  • Increases optimism and awareness
  • Improves your mood
  • Enhances emotional intelligence
  • Helps develop positive social connections
  • Reduces feelings of depression and loneliness
  • Lessens feelings of anxiety & impulsivity
  • Reduces fear and worry
  • Helps prevent emotional over-eating or smoking

Up-coming Meditation Classes:

  • Spiritual Healing with Faun Parliman
  • Chakra Balancing with Perla Pintado
  • Healing through Kundalini Yoga with Alex Young
  • Holistic Living Retreat with Paula & Neha Curtiss

This classes can be found on our schedule located here: http://healinghandsschool.com/schedule-massage-therapy.php

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been serving residents in Escondido and Laguna Hills for over 23 years.  Offering day, evening and weekend classes, HHSHH’s staff of highly qualified Instructors have prepared more than 6,000 students for successful and rewarding careers as Massage Therapists and Holistic Health Practitioners.  To learn more about HHSHH or the 80 + classes offered, please visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.

 

Sources:

Time Magazine, American Heart Association, HealthCentral, Bloomberg, NCBI, American Psychosomatic Medicine Journal, Journal of International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology, The Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, NPR News, ScienceDirect (1), ScienceDirect (2), ScienceDirect (3), Medical News Today, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, HealthCentral, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics Journal., ScienceDaily, NCBI, PLOS One, Stanford School of Medicine, Sage Journals.

Holistic Massage School Discusses Benefits of Yoga

Have you ever watched a dog as it wakes from a nap?  They usually will yawn, then stretch their front paws out in front of them and move their upper body to the floor stretching into an upside down “V”.  Once they have stretched to their limit, they release the stretch then end it with a full body shake, before happily trotting off on their way.  It’s as if dogs instinctively know the benefits of stretching to relieve accumulated tension, align their spine and energize their bodies. HealingHands-LagunaNiguel_048

“A well-rounded, daily practice of Yoga, can go a long way to relieve muscle and joint pain and stiffness caused by excess tension held in the body”, says Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH).  “In addition to improving circulation to the muscles; regular Yoga exercise helps you become stronger, more flexible and can enhance your over-all posture, ease of movement and mental clarity.  Because Yoga is such an important and effective self-care tool, we encourage all students to practice it regularly.  In fact, we include Yoga stretches as part of the warm-up exercises for many of our massage classes”, she added.

The word “yoga” comes from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language and is considered an ancient Hindu spiritual discipline.  This spiritual science offers a direct means of stilling the natural turbulence of thoughts.  Yoga’s purpose is said to be “the uniting of the mind, body and spirit.

While there are many different versions of Yoga practiced today, most session will include breath control, simple meditation, and the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits.  Practiced regularly, Yoga’s been proven to enhance overall health by creating balance in the body and by inducing both physical and emotional relaxation.  Depending on the yoga tradition, the poses may be done in quick succession, creating heat in the body through movement; or, when done slowly they can increase strength, stamina and help to align the spine.

To find out more about Holistic Health or the 80+ Massage and Holistic Health classes offered at HHSHH, please visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com  or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.

Holistic Massage School Newsletter – Summer 2015

Hello Healers,

Summer of 2015 finds Massage Therapy more integrated in the American experience than ever before. The Healing Hands School clinics see more clients each week. During our On-Site Therapy course we visited 5 different facilities which are ready for our student interns. Our job placement board has more jobs posted than our graduates can fill. At Healing Hands School, we are so happy that we can teach very practical hands on skills, and yet stay true to our lineage of holistic health. Each staff member, teachers, and student adviser is a healer. We are dedicated to continuing our mission of bringing a comprehensive experience of holistic health to all our students. 

This Summer, we have a new class in our elective line-up: James Beard’s Introduction to Breathwork. James teaches several breathwork techniques which can be integrated into your massage practice. James teaches how to use the breath as a healing tool. In Laguna Hills, Shana Lipner’s Herbal Studies course is condensed to twice a week, and we welcome Shannon Gonzales back from her maternity focus to once again bring us her Energywork for Bodyworkers. In Escondido, Claudia Baben and Jennifer Peterson will teach LomiLomi Hawaiian Massage. Jennifer Johnson, owner of the Hideaway Spa at the Marriott, will teach Massage as a Business.

Please celebrate with us as we congratulate our latest Holistic Health Practitioner graduates: Justyne Carnes, Angela Carnes, Gabriella Davis, Gina Ferrera, Brittany Huggins, Jessica Kolleda Osborn, Dawn McCadden, Anneka Preston, Moises Reynoso, Wendy Taylor, Robert Thomas II. You are a beautiful and unique group of diverse healers comprised of 2 new parents, a professional drummer, a bicyclist therapist, and a U.S. Marine veteran. You came to Healing Hands with open minds and strong convictions. It has been wonderful to work with each of you. We are truly excited to hear how your healing path will unfold before you. Good work awaits your healing hands.

With the warmth of Summer ripening around us, we wish all peace and health,

Paula & Neha
&
All of us at Healing Hands

Summer 2015 schedule: http://healinghandsschool.com/schedule-massage-therapy.php

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