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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



Price Range

Instructors, Denise Fultz and Raina Colvin’s




Instructor, Shana Lipner’s Sage Country Herbs Products


Deluxe Massage Oil

Therapeutic Pain Solution (small/large)

Sore Muscle Salve

Lip Balm









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


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



Knobble (for Self-Acupressure)




Anatomy Study Guides 


Anatomy Flash Cards


Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage Study guide/folder


Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage Study Flash Cards



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.


Holistic Massage School – Sponsers

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


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.


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.


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 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.



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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Holistic Massage School Announces New Course Offerings in 2015

Ms. Paula Curtiss, Founder of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health recently announced the addition of 8 new holistic health classes to be offered to students in 2015.  “At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, we believe that certified Massage Therapists and Holistic health Practitioners should have a variety of bodywork modalities at their disposal”, said Paula.  “We also believe therapist should have an understanding of the structure and function of the body as well as holistic health practices known to optimize health.  Just as importantly, our students need opportunity to fine-tune their skills with hours of practical, hands-on experience.  We believe these new classes will help students do just that”, Paula concluded. 

Advanced Herbal Formulations: Herbal plantsThis class takes the introductory herbal experience and goes much deeper. In this course students learn the benefits of various herbal preparations and their powerful role in healing. They will explore formulations that facilitate systemic balancing and are based on client’s individual constitutions or body types, as opposed to just addressing symptoms. They will also experience a variety of solvents for making advanced herbal preparations. By the end of this course, students will be able to assess typical nutritional deficiencies and prepare a variety of effective nutritional and herbal remedies to address our most common health issues like colds and flus, sinusitis/ bronchitis, urinary tract infections, high blood pressure, etc.

Community Service Internship:  24 hour to be scheduled with approved facility. Healing Hands Interns work in the student clinic, with specific population groups, and in facilities which partner with Healing Hands. Our interns work with Veterans recovery from hospitalization, peri and pre-natal patients, with disabled adults, the elderly, and in the spa industry. You will schedule your practical hours with your placement facility. Interns commit to working a minimum of 4 hours each week for 6 consecutive weeks. This course may be taken more than once.  Prerequisite: On Site Therapy for Career Development 

Herbs for the Massage Therapist:  This class covers how herbs affect the physical/emotional body and how to introduce their impact through massage. Herbal “products” can be relaxing-to-invigorating and balancing-to-rejuvenating. There are “herbal preparations” that detoxify and others that relieve stress. What appeals to you? Learn what herbs to select and blend for the right healing.

On-Site Therapy for Career Development: Learn how to give massage therapy in any environment. Learn the massage techniques that allow you to adjust body mechanic needs,

Harmony Curtiss sporting the polo shirt at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health

Harmony Curtiss sporting the polo shirt at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health

as well as effective protocol adjustment. We will examine the needs of several population groups and the facilities which serve them including: spa and beauty, chiropractor, physical therapy, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, Pre-Natal Clinic, office/professional workplace, sports events, fundraiser events, and social settings. Each lecture topic includes hands-on massage techniques for hands, feet, neck and shoulders. Topics Include: job interview skills, preparation of resume/business card, state CAMTC certification, job placement support, geriatric massage; working with homeless veterans, protocol adjustment for pre-natal massage; oncology massage, hospice care massage, and massage for job interview preparation. Upon completion, you are eligible to enroll in the Community Service internship program.

Standardized Test Practice Review: As of January 1, 2015 the California Massage Therapy Council requires state certified Massage Therapist to complete 500 hours of training and pass the Massage Therapy exam. This review class is designed to help you practice your information to prepare for the MBLx exam. We will review important anatomical terms and system functions, as well as reviewing modality specific information. We will work with study aids and practice tests designed to assure your success. This course is a ‘review’, we suggest you take this course after you have already completed at least 4 of the Massage Therapy courses including Anatomy for Bodyworkers.

Therapeutic Mobilizations: Mobilizations are a highly effective method to treat joint pain and restrictions within joints. These are well controlled passive movements which are performed slowly and with the therapist focusing his/her intention on the joints. The student learns how to handle joints effectively and with confidence. Mobilizations are most useful for synovial joints, but can also be performed on cartilaginous and fibrous joints. During these passive motions the therapist moves the joint to resemble the gliding motion between the two joint surfaces. Students are advised to re-visit anatomy prior to the class, such as classification of synovial joints, as the joint type will determine both anatomical and accessory movements possible within the joint. Mobilizations are a great addition to the tool box providing the therapist with the ability to work on a wider range of conditions and joint problems.shutterstock_130090013

Visceral Manipulation: Many people that suffer from IBS [Irritable Bowel syndrome], heartburn, constipation, bloating, internal scar tissue, and healing from pregnancy; live in constant pain. Learn to use the most effective Visceral manipulation techniques to relieve this pain.

Yoga Therapy:  Yoga Therapy is an adaptation of yoga techniques and practices that are personalized to help individuals with specific health challenges. This introductory Yoga Therapy class will address topics that you can take and use as tools in your massage or personal yoga practice. It will include yoga sequences, meditation techniques and breathe-work for various ailments. We will explore how certain poses can create space between the vertebrae, within the joints, and around the internal organs; other poses feel like they lift the heart and open space between the neck and shoulders. By improving circulation and reducing muscle tension, Yoga Therapy can become a valuable addition to any therapist’s practice.

To learn more about the 80+ massage therapy and holistic health classes offered at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, visit us on-line at healinghandsschool.com or call us at (760) 746.9374 in Escondido, or at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.

Holistic Massage School Reviews Recent Research on Massage and the Immune System

“While the relaxation benefits of massage have been known for decades, new studies are showing that its effects go much deeper” said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.   “In fact, studies at both Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of Los Angeles, and Touch Research Institute at University of Miami’s School of Medicine support the same conclusion: the immune system can be effectively strengthened by massage from as little as one session!   This is great news for the massage industry, as it demonstrates its essential role in any rehabilitative or wellness program”, she added.

One study refer was conducted at Cedars-Sinai and measured a substantial increase in the number of white blood cells in subjects who received just one forty-five-minute massage.  White blood cells play an important part in defending the body from disease.   Massage positively impacted hormone levels also; reducing the stress-hormone Cortisol and increasing ‘good hormones’ Serotonin and Dopamine.  Massage also lowered levels of ‘cytokines’ which contshutterstock_42359824ribute to inflammation.  Chronic inflammation breeds a wide range of ills including: cardiovascular disease, depression, and conditions like asthma and arthritis. 

Another study by Touch Research Institute on female patients with Fibromyalgia found similar evidence of a boost to the immune system.    In that study, subjects reported lower anxiety and depression, which was supported by lowered Cortisol levels immediately following their therapy sessions.

 A third study involving HIV+ gay men who received massage regularly for 1 month further supported the conclusion.  At the end of the month, all men reported feeling more relaxed with a reduction in anxiety levels.  Their blood work also revealed a substantial decrease in the stress hormone, Cortisol.  Once again, these benefits correlated with an increase in white blood cells and enhanced immune function.  

 Today, many of the acute and chronic conditions we experience are stress-induced, which is why massage therapy makes such a positive impact.  More and more studies are showing it not only relieves stress, but can reverse its deteriorating effects on the body as well.   Below is a partial list of some additional benefits found by other massage studies conducted by TRI:

  •  reducing depressive symptoms
  • diminishing pain
  • lowering stress hormones 
  • alleviating insomnia
  • increasing attentiveness/clarity
  • weight gain in pre-term infants   
  • shorter labors and less post-partum depression in pregnant women 
  • reducing high blood-pressure 

shutterstock_131745701To find out more about the study of massage and its application in science and medicine, visit Touch Research Institute online at: http://www6.miami.edu/touch-research/About.html or Cedars-Sinai research at: http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research.

To learn more about the 80+ massage therapy and holistic health classes offered at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, visit us on-line at healinghandsschool.com or call us at (760) 746.9374 in Escondido, or at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills

(Cit http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Research/Research-Areas/Immunology-Infectious-Disease/index.aspx)

(Cit: Ironson, G., Field, T.M., Scafidi, F., Hashimoto, M., Kumar, M., Kumar, A., Price, A., Goncalves, A., Burman, I. , Tetenman, C., Patarca, R. & Fletcher, M.A. (1996). Massage therapy is associated with enhancement of the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity. International Journal of Neuroscience, 84, 205-21

 (Cit: Sunshine, W., Field, T.M., Quintino, O., Fierro, K., Kuhn, C., Burman, I. & Schanberg, S. (1996). Fibromyalgia benefits from massage therapy and transcutaneous electrical stimulation. Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, 2, 18-22.)