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

Welcome to Public Day!!!

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


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

Practicing the Tui Na Technique of Rolling

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

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

  • Chair Massage basics

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


Raina Colvin – Tui Na Acupressure Instructor

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

To learn more about Healing Hands,  TuiNa (Acupressure) Massage, upcoming Public Days, or any of the 80+ courses offered, please visit us on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills. 

Holistic Massage School offers a Romantic Gift Idea for Valentine’s Day

Looking for that special Valentine’s Day gift to make your partner feel nurtured and loved?  Before investing in an expensive, store-bought item, consider a gift that can keep on giving! At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (Healing Hands)  you can….Recover the Health of Your Body, Open your Heart, Uplift your Spirit, and Facilitate Healing for Loved Ones for years to come!

Heart of Healing Hands

For more than 25 years,  Healing Hands talented and dedicated Faculty have been trail-blazers in education of the Holistic Healing Arts, teaching an unprecedented 40+ massage and related holistic health courses.   While many Healing Hands’ students enroll in Certification Programs with the goal of becoming Professional Massage Therapists, classes are also available  ‘a-la-carte’, in response to a resurgence of interest in more natural, holistic therapies.

 “At Healing Hands, we’ve empowered countless stay-at-home Moms, Dads, and Care-takers with effective massage therapies and natural remedies to better care for their children, elders and each other”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands – Laguna Hills campus.  We’re one of the few massage schools to offer three introductory, classes each semester.  To accommodate students schedules,  ‘Circulatory Massage’ is offered as a  daytime class, an evening class, plus an ‘Intensive’ four days a week class, which completes in a month”, she added 

Valentines Couples Massage

Healing Hands also offers courses in both Eastern and Western Massage modalities as well as dozens of  holistic health classes such as: Herbal Studies, Natural Behavioral Techniques, Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, and Reflexology.  You will also find a variety of advanced classes among the curriculum such as Structural Integration, NeuroMuscular Therapy,  and MyoFacial Meridians for Pain Relief to name a few.

If learning how to give a massage isn’t an option this Valentines day, Healing Hands offers an on-site Student Massage Clinic where holistic health enthusiasts can purchase two, hour-long massages for a flat rate of $45.00, no tip required!  In addition to reducing pain and stiffness in your muscles, a therapeutic massage will reduce Cortisol (stress hormones), boost Endorphins (good feeling hormones), help stabilize blood pressure and sugar levels, improve circulation, and enhance your feelings of wellbeing.  Starting your Valentines celebration with a Couple’s massage at Healing Hands  is a great way for partners to celebrate their love and check out the school in the process. 

Healing Hands’ offers three campus locations in San Diego, Escondido and Laguna Hills.  The School is Nationally Accredited and approved to receive Federal Student Financial Aid, as well as WIA, Unemployment, and VA educational benefits for those who qualify. 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.

Holistic Massage School Illuminates A Career Path for Single Parents


Aboce: Rose and Staff Instructor Harmony Curtiss performing Shiatsu massage

Kim Bridges, who goes by the nick-name, Rose, is well on their way to a rewarding career as a Professional Massage Therapist.  Although only 500 hours of training are required for State licensure, Rose chose Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands) to enhance their Massage Therapist education with integrative, holistic health practices.  By the end of January, Rose will have successfully completed over 830 hours of education and training.  These courses include: Circulatory (Swedish) Massage, Anatomy, Herbal Healing, Sports, Therapeutic Stretching, Trigger Point Therapy, plus several Eastern and Western Massage modalities. 

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Rose chose one of today’s most in-demand careers with job growth projected to continue at a rate of 22% (vs the average 7%) through 2023! When asked who inspired them to enroll at Healing Hands, they replied, “My sister, Becky, who currently works as a Professional Massage Therapist at, Montage Hotel and Resort.”  Rose went on to explain that Becky knew of their interest in holistic health,  and heard the Instructors at Healing Hands were exceptional, encouraging them to check it out.  Rose said it wasn’t until after Becky gave them that first massage, that they realized how powerful the Healing Arts were, and their potential to transform lives. It was then that Rose made the conscious decision to enroll at Healing Hands and empower them-self to help others in the same way.

Rose performing a Shiatsu Massage during Public Day

A parent to a 2 year old child, Love,  Rose said a career as a Professional Massage Therapist will afford financial independence and a flexible work schedule, two important considerations for a young, single parent. When asked about their future career aspirations, Rose revealed plans to move North with life- partner, Rusty. There, the two hoped to invest in a home with enough surrounding property to establish a Holistic Healing Center.  Rose says that in addition to providing therapeutic massage, they want to create an Apothecary of Herbal Preparations known to treat many common illnesses and ailments.  Rose’s Holistic Healing Center will offer these integrative therapies to positively impact clients’ health, healing and Mind/Body wellness in meaningful ways.  

Founded by Paula and Neha Curtiss, Healing Hands’ goal is to provide a challenging yet compassionate educational experience that enables Graduates to realize their potential as professional Healers. With a curriculum that boasts over 80 Massage Therapy and Holistic Health classes, Healing Hands’ Graduates are well-prepared to enter the field with a broad range of specialized skills and knowledge. Offering a heart-centered approach to education, Healing Hands has successfully prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers and can do the same for you!  To learn more, go online to www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us in San Diego at (858) 505-1100, in Escondido at (760) 746-9364, or in Laguna Hills at (949) 305-2722.                             

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.

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 – 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!

Bill & Tedd’s Excellent Adventure: A story about turtles & growth

Bill & Tedd

Bill & Tedd are two red-eared slider turtles housed at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, the Laguna Hills campus.  Today they turned 5 years old! 

The growth of Bill & Tedd is directly tied to my growth into the Director of Laguna Hills.  Here is our story:

My name is Harmony Curtiss, I am the daughter the founding owners of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, Paula and Neha Curtiss.  In some ways I have  worked for Healing Hands as long as I can remember – digging through boxes of registrations, carrying books, ect.  It was a running joke in our family that we couldn’t possibly drive into town without stopping by the school.

In 2012 I moved to Orange County to establish a full-time office presence to support our students.  I had to be self-motivated in order to fill the time with projects that would enable the school to grow.  And I am happy to say that not only did I accept the job, but I accepted the challenge that it came with.  I overcame so many struggles that first year: communication, massage clinic growth, ect.  But the hardest thing, was being alone 40 hours a week.

About 7 months into working all alone, I was out on the town with some friends in LA, when Jilly Bee, a leader in the Flow Arts Community, bought a pair of turtles as a surprise gift for a friend.  At the time I knew my roommate had a small fish tank he didn’t need – and I figured – ‘Hey, these guys could fit in my office! Without taking up to much space!’ And so I bought a pair of turtles for myself to keep me company.  They were about the size of a half dollar when I bought them.

At first the turtles names were Lomi Lomi and Mertle the Turtle.  Lomi was the bigger, lazier one that would punk on Mertle.  Lomi loved to bask on the rocks while Mertle loved to swim.  Constantly. But my parents insisted they be named Bill & Tedd.  Over the years, after much laughter from prospective students and current students alike – I embraced the names Bills & Tedd.  And as they have grown – so have I.

They started in a small 5 gallon tank.  And I hired my first part-time employee – Andrea Pinsonneault.  Andrea helped teach me

Bill & Tedd’s 50 Gallon Tank

 professionalism.  From dress, to marketing, and sales.  But eventually the turtles outgrew the 5 gallon tank and we upgraded to a 50 gallon tank.  About this time, Andrea moved on to be our Marketing Coordinator and I hired Haley Simon as a full-time employee and co-worker.  I moved the turtles into their new home, and proudly showed them off to visitors.  

From that moment on, I too had a partner in the office.  Hayley and I struggled to bring Healing Hands into the digital world.  Getting student files to be digital, digitizing handouts so they could be emailed, creating systems to track all these files and forms.  And as we grew into a powerful team, we outgrew our office.  In 2014 we moved into the Suite the Laguna Hills office is in today, and of course the turtles came with us.

Bill and Tedd had always been the center of the office, people sit by them, feed them, play with them through the glass.  And Bill & Tedd respond.  Don’t believe me? Just go give them a look in the tank, they will jump off and splash around – hoping you’ll feed them some shrimp. 

Bill & Tedd’s 150 gallon home

In 2015 I acquired a 150 gallon tank for Bill and Tedd.  With the help of about 20 friends, we got the 150 gallon tank up the stairs and into the small room in the back where I could refurbish the tank.  I repainted and re-glazed it so it could be professional enough for an office.  By the time I had the tank installed, Hayley was moving on to go to Acupuncture school, and I hired 2 people to replace her. 

These two people, Jennifer Acuna and Adam Bovenkamp, dealt with one of the hardest years I have had at Healing Hands School.  The laws and regulations surrounding a massage school became tighter on a national, state, and local level. 

During the height of our stress, Bill became sick!  Bill was swimming lopsided, not quite able to swim right.  So off to the vet we went!

After having to give poor Bill anti-biotic shots for pneumonia every day for 2 weeks, I got him back swimming and gave the tank a new make-over.  Increasing the plants and items in the tank, giving them both their own platforms and lights to bask on.  My turtles had become teenagers, and they needed separate areas. 

At the beginning of 2016 there was roughly 300 massage school approved by the California Massage Therapy Council.  By the beginning of 2017 there was 100.  Bill got better, and the paperwork surrounding the school stabilized.  Jenn moved on to pursue a career in counseling, and Adam moved into a partnership with a clothing company, so I hired 2 new people. 

Loving those hide-away places!

One year later my newest employees, Vanessa Leal and Trey Powell, have become Healing Hands School advocates of their

own.  Feeding the turtles every morning, turning on their lights, and turning them off every night.  They enjoy taking care of Bill and Tedd, our 2 mascots, on a daily basis.  And as my daily work load has changed to working on the future of Healing Hands – I still clean the tank.  In the end, I am still responsible for the well-being and health of Bill & Tedd just as I am responsible for the well-being and health of the Laguna Hills Campus.   And I hope we are able to grow together for many more years.

So, without further ado – HAPPY BIRTHDAY BILL & TEDD!!!!!! You are some of the luckiest turtles in the world, just like the students who find Healing Hands School, may your Adventures Be Excellent!