How Massage Therapy Training Boosts Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence

“Self-confidence and self-esteem aren’t qualities we’re born with” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands)- Laguna Hills.  “The belief that you are good and worthy of respect from others (self-esteem), and a belief in your ability to meet challenges (self-confidence) is an ongoing process. Fortunately, much can be done to change both for the better. Below is a list of concrete ways our Massage Therapy Training Programs help students gain a sense of competence, enhances their self-image and boosts their self-confidence”, she added.   

Promote Health- Be Excellent to Yourself!  As a leader of education in the Holistic Healing Arts, Healing Hands is in the business of advocating for whole health, mind, body and Spirit.  By educating students about Anatomy, Physiology, Massage, and Body-work techniques, Healing Hands’ Instructors empower them to facilitate healing and promote optimal health for themselves and clients.  Through lecture, demonstration, and lots of individual guidance, Healing Hands Instructors help students develop a sense of competency.

Try something New!  Sometimes the familiar path gets a little too comfortable and we can fall into a mindless routine.  Learning a new skill, like Massage Therapy can be invigorating.  Learning massage with a group of like-minded people can make you feel alive and enthusiastic again.  Knowing how to provide immediate therapeutic relief from stress, pain and injury is a skill Students can be proud of.  Massage Therapists experience a a gratifying sense of purpose. Professional pride and a sense of purpose boost self-confidence.

Move Your Body!  The physiological effects of joint movement, muscle exercises, whole-body stretching, Tai Chi and Yoga practice are  beneficial at any age.  Regular workouts boost your sense of well-being. They also contribute to self-esteem as you feel a sense of accomplishment. Students can count on getting plenty of exercise at Healing Hands.  In addition to the full-body work-out they get when giving a massage, all class includes an instructor led, full-body warm-up segment. 

Celebrate All Successes!  Rather than wait to celebrate only big successes, acknowledging small accomplishments can be very satisfying, reaffirming and prepare you for even greater challenges.  At Healing Hands, our Instructors provide the guidance that allows students to master basic skills before progressing to those more challenging.  By encouraging students to build on their successes, students move beyond their comfort zones, gaining confidence in the process. 

Groom Yourself and Dress for Success!  These are two strategies that can instantly, enhance your self-image, boost confidence and brighten your mood.  Taking time to groom yourself and address your personal hygiene is a must for all Massage Therapists in training. Working closely with others, requires conscientious attention to their breath, body-odor, hair-style, nails, and cleanliness/neatness of their clothes and over-all appearance.

Healing Hands has been serving residents in SoCal for over 26 years.  Boasting more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses and two Certification Programs, Healing Hands has prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers. Think you might be interested in becoming a Massage Therapist?  Give us a call  and let us set up a personal tour and discuss this amazing career and the opportunities it can bring!  Learn more about Healing Hands classes and Programs on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, (858) 505-1100 in San Diego. 

 

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What Meditation Can Do For Your Overall Health

While there are countless ways to promote your health and wellness, people often overlook the importance of meditation. If there is one thing you should be doing daily to remain healthy and happy, it is meditation. The power of your mindset depicts your outlook on life. So why aren’t we trying harder to train our ways of thinking through meditation?

One of our main priorities at Healing Hands is teaching our students how to maintain a balanced and healthy life. An essential piece of this balance is a healthy mind. We teach meditation practices to our students so they can create mindfulness for themselves. Because this type of practice can influence one’s life so heavily in a positive way, they are shown the importance of meditation in their courses and are encouraged to practice outside of the classroom.

We believe meditation has the ability to heal your mind, body, and soul- here are a few reasons how:

Reduce Your Anxiety 

Anxiety is no simple struggle, and everyone experiences it in some manner. It leaves our minds and bodies feeling chaotic, confused, and exhausted. One of the best ways to eliminate this feeling is through meditation. Mindful practices will give you the ability to control your thoughts, even in ways as simple as breathing. By activating and training the area in your brain that regulates your thinking and emotions, the feelings of worry begin to diminish. Let yourself truly live in the moment by meditating to feel your anxiety fade away.

Elevate Your Mood

You may believe the only way to get those “feel-good” chemicals in your body flowing is through exercise, but that’s not the case. Meditation practices increase the levels of serotonin and endorphins in your brain, leaving you feeling happier than you began. It allows you to transform your mindset in order to get rid of those negative emotions, giving you more room for lasting positivity in your life. Once you tune into this way of thinking, you’ll notice your ability to make rational decisions will become easier, and you will be happier.

Gain Self Control

Do you ever feel as if you have no willpower? Meditation might be a good way to retrain that! It activates your anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortex; which are the parts of your brain that are connected to self-control. Disciplining your mental weaknesses requires practice, and meditation is the perfect way to train your brain. Meditating will give you the strength to resist those negative thoughts or temptations you may be facing.

Decrease Your Stress

Meditation lowers the amount of Cortisol- the stress hormone- in your body. If you ever feel that the pressures you are facing are too much to cope with, allow meditation to clear up space in your mind. This will give you the opportunity to prioritize your tasks and calm your nerves. Being able to organize your thoughts through self-reflection practices will bring clarity and peace. If you want to discover more ways to reduce your daily stress, check out this blog post

 

When you begin to put your walls down and let healing energy in, you will notice a positive shift in your mood and thoughts. Meditation is something everyone should incorporate into their lifestyle, and it’s so easy to start! You will be surprised at how just a simple 5-minute practice can enhance your life.

Our Holistic Health Practitioner Program trains students to recognize the connection between the body, mind, and soul through practices such as meditation. Learn more about this program here.  

Massage Therapist Instructor, Denise Fultz, Promotes Benefits of Reflexology

We couldn’t be happier for Staff Instructor, Denise Fultz, whose article “Reflexology” was recently featured in the Spring 2018 Issue of California Current” said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands).  Denise is a dear friend and a talented, multi-subject Instructor who has been with us for more than 20 years.  To have her expertise recognized by the American Massage Therapy Association, is well-earned honor and an occasion to celebrate.  Congratulations Denise! Thank you for your dedication, and for your advocacy of the Holistic Healing Arts“, she added.

The article Paula is referring to shares a brief history about Reflexology and specifics about how it works.  It outlines the general health benefits of the modality, like its effectiveness in reducing tension and inducing relaxation. Denise also shares anecdotal stories of her experiences using Reflexology in class, with students as well as with Hospice and Palliative Care patients.

Reflexology’s goal is to remove energy blockages in our body’s system, increasing circulation and re-establishing homeostasis (a state of balance within the body/mind).  It can be used as an integrative therapy, stand-alone therapy, and as an effective technique to soothe anxious clients. 

Known to diminish pain and speed healing in areas that cannot be directly manipulated, it’s effective for treating broken bones, cancers, Organ and digestive disorders to name a few.  To read Denise’s full Reflexology article, click here (http://ca.wp.amtamassage.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/55/2018/06/Final-California-Currents-Spring-2018.pdf

A Certified Massage Therapist and talented Practitioner, while teaching for Healing Hands, Denise also worked as a Massage and Energy Therapist for Hospice in San Diego.  There, she was credited with developing, organizing and directing the first Massage Therapy Program for Hospice patients. Her team of Professional Massage Therapists provided therapeutic massage and natural therapies to enhance patient care and comfort. The Program was so well received, it inspired Denise to author her first book; “Comfort Care: Natural Symptom Solutions for Palliative and Hospice Care, which she hopes to publish next year. 

The seven classes Denise teaches for Healing Hands include:  Homeopathic First Aid, Anatomy for Bodyworkers, Geriatric Massage, Circulatory Massage, Tui Na (Acupressure), Manual Lymph Drainage, and Reflexology.  To learn more about Denise, visit her website: www.InnerWellness.org, or E-mail her at  denisehhp@cox.net.  For bookings, or to speak with Denise directly call 760-594-2473.

Healing Hands has been serving residents in SoCal since 1992.  To date our top-notch faculty has prepared more than 7,000 students for successful careers as Professional Massage Therapists and can do the same for YOU! To learn more about Healing Hands, and the 80 + Massage and Holistic Health courses offered, please visit us at www.HealingHandsSchool.com , or call us at (949) 305-2722 / Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 / Escondido or at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts” since 1992.

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Attention High School Grads! Summer-time is a Great Time to Plan for Your Career!

“At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands) our Summer semester is finally here, and our Faculty can’t wait to introduce new students to Massage and the Holistic Healing Arts”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands in Laguna Hills. “Summer-time is a great time for High-school Grads to start considering career options. For those who are health or sports enthusiasts, like helping others, or need a living-wage income, consider becoming a Professional Massage Therapists.  Certified Massage Therapist are in high-demand, and Healing Hands can get you there in less than 1 year”, she added.

Dedicated to their Graduate’s success as Professional Massage Therapists, school Founders Paula and Neha Curtiss, created a curriculum with an unparalleled number of Massage and related Holistic Health classes.  By offering a variety of modalities, complementary therapies, and advanced body-work techniques, Graduates can pursue a personal ‘Specialty’, giving them a competitive edge.

Healing Hands’ Career guidance starts day one, helping students understand options, plan for their future, and by providing resources and support during academic challenges.  That support continues through Graduation and beyond with assistance in resume preparation and the interview process.  From your first Massage Therapy position to the last of your Massage career, Healing Hands will be here to help you succeed.

Why Choose Healing Hands?

  • Graduate in as little as 7 Months
  • Unparalleled Job Opportunities by Area Employers
  • A high-quality education at an affordable price
  • An unrivaled variety of interesting Massage & Holistic Health Classes
  • Flexible Payment Plans and Financial Aid are available to those who qualify
  • Attend school on your terms, choose from day, evening and weekend schedules
  • Choose from 3 convenient locations (San Diego, Escondido and Laguna Hills!)
  • All Faculty and Guest Instructors are specialists in their subjects
  • Experts in education of the Holistic Healing Arts for over 26 years and still going strong!
  • A heart-centered approach to education that’s earned a reputation for success

Why Choose a Career as a Professional Massage Therapist?

  • Massage Therapists’ earn a living wage income
  • Starting salary is between $25 to $45 an hour and the top 10% earn $80K or more!
  • A valuable skill, Massage provides immediate relief from pain, stress, injury and illness
  • Work Where you choose – Day Spas, Hospitals, Cruise ships, Resort Spas, Medical Offices, Chiropractic & Wellness Centers, Gyms, Sports Medicine Clinics, Casinos and more!
  • Work When you choose – day-time, evening, weekend or combined shifts
  • A specialized skill and profession you can take anywhere!
  • A satisfying career while you travel or pursue an advanced education
  • As a Massage Therapist you become an advocate for health and wellness
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to heal injury, optimize your own health & live your best life!

If you’re curious about a career as a Professional Massage Therapist, let us know, we can help! Visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com, or, call us at (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills and (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.   Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts”.

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What Massage Is Right For You?

A common misconception is that all massages are similar. For people who are not familiar with massage therapy terminology, it can be difficult to decipher which one is right for you.

Not sure what massage you need? The first step is to assess why you are getting the massage. Whether it is for a specific need or simply for relaxation, it is helpful to understand the differences in massages in order to get the best results for your body.

 

The diversity of courses available in our Massage Therapy Program allows our graduates to work in many different fields such as athletics, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers.

With so many types of massages to offer, we ensure our students are proficient in every course they take by giving them hands-on practice.

 

Here are some common massages we teach our students:

Swedish Massage

Also known as the circulatory massage, this technique is most commonly used throughout wellness facilities. Muscle knots are smoothed out with oils with a variety of different strokes. This movement in the muscles releases toxins and increases the flow of oxygen. This massage promotes relaxation, lowers blood pressure, detoxifies the system, and relieves pain.

 

Hot Stone Massage

This technique is used to promote deep muscle relaxation and relieve stress through heated stones placed on different parts of the body. By warming up the muscles, therapists are able to reach areas of tension more effectively. These stones also increase blood flow throughout the whole body, helping you sleep better at night and boosting your mood.

 

Thai Massage

This ancient practice is not your typical massage. By using techniques from yoga, the body is energized through movement and stretching. Thai massages are utilized to enhance flexibility, balance and increase energy, improve posture, and create a lasting feeling of well being. Our students are trained to find the energy lines within each client to perform a proper 90-minute Thai massage.

 

The type of massage you should receive will depend on your body and mind’s needs. Our main priority at Healing Hands is to provide comfort and promote wellness to our clients. When our students enroll in our Massage Therapy Program, they are required to take 600 hours of course training that prepares them with all of the essential massage modalities.

 

Be sure to check out our Student Clinic, where you can receive two 60-minute massages for the price of one. 

Understanding your Chakras

Here at Healing Hands, we introduce our students to the energetic system of the body and its energy centers, the Chakras. Balancing your own chakras contributes to restoring health to your entire system. We train our students to balance these energy centers through various methods in order to promote a healthy lifestyle for themselves and their clients.

Keeping the Body in Balance

Your lifestyle habits play a significant role in the health and productivity of your chakras. Physical and emotional distress block your chakras. Each chakra center serves a different purpose in your wellbeing. Although each center is different, striving to sync these energies is what will give you balance.

Chakra Centers and What They Mean

 

Crown Chakra

Also known as Sahasrara, this chakra is located on the head and is the pathway to all other chakras. When your crown chakra is balanced, you feel joy and spiritual enlightenment.

Third Eye Chakra

Connected to inspiration and clarity, the Anja chakra links the mind to the body. This chakra is located between the eyebrows and gives you the ability to organize your life.

Throat Chakra

A balanced throat chakra allows you to speak your truth with compassion and purity. This energy center, named Vishuddhi, is for speaking and listening.

Heart Chakra

The Anahata chakra influences our relationships with one another. This chakra holds the most human emotion- having the ability to emit the most loving pieces of our soul but our most cruel as well.

Solar Plexus Chakra

Manipura is known as the powerhouse of the chakras as it contains your physical energy. Confidence is the biggest factor in keeping this chakra balanced. The manners in which you react to inabilities to control certain areas in your life with affect Manipura.

Sacral Chakra

You can find Sacral under your belly button, and this chakra centers around self-respect and creativity. Formally named Svadhishana, having this energy balanced means that you are fulfilling your desires.

Root Chakra

You can find Muladhara at the base of your spine- the root of the human body. This chakra keeps you grounded and centers on the need to survive.  Each energy center provides different needs in our spiritual and physical lifestyle. By taking time to work on each of our chakras, we can experience our lives to the fullest potential.

We train our students to balance their own chakras through methods such as crystals, sound therapy, visualization meditations, color therapy, and hands-on practice. By actively working towards self-awareness and fulfillment, our students learn how to heal others.

To find out how you can sign up for this class at one of our locations, click here.

Holistic Massage School Asks,… …Which Massage Style Resonates with You? (Part 1 of 2)

“Regardless of their chosen specialty, a good Massage Therapist will master a wide-range of modalities to meet the individual needs of their clients”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands).  “That’s why Healing Hands offers over 80 Massage Therapy and related Holistic Health courses.  Our Mission is to ensure that all our students receive a well-rounded, broad range of specialized skills and knowledge in the Holistic Healing Arts”, she added. 

Before any legitimate therapeutic massage, a client should be given a brief intake questionnaire and range-of-motion movement test.  During the assessment, the Practitioner asks questions and searches for dysfunctional anatomy, physiology or movement.  The process helps identify the source of discomfort, pain, stiffness, referred pain, numbness or tingling and allows the Practitioner to discern the best therapeutic approach.

During the massage, the client can expect to have his body draped with a sheet for privacy and extremities manipulated for access.  A conscientious Massage Therapist will encourage open lines of communication throughout the massage, to ensure the client’s comfort and ease.

After the massage, the Therapist may reassess the client’s range of motion to measure improvement.  He or she may prescribe self-care practices the client can do at home and discuss the goals for future massage therapy sessions.

To help first time ‘Massage Experiencers’ select the best massage for their needs, the Faculty at Healing Hands offers the below summary of three popular types of massage and their therapeutic benefits.  Review each to discover which type of Massage Therapy treatment resonates most with you.

Wellness Massage –  Focus on Relaxation and Stress Reduction. 

As new research supports the fact that stress negatively impacts our emotional and physical health, the demand for Massage Therapy continues to grow.  When your mind perceives the world to be threatening, which occurs frequently in today’s demanding and fast-paced world; your body responds with the ‘Fight or Flight’ response.  This response creates tremendous internal tension. Its impact can be evidenced by clenched fists, tightness in the neck, shallow breathing, stomach distress and headaches.  Worse still, chronic stress adversely impacts blood pressure, de-stabilizes blood sugar, and wreaks havoc on our Cardiovascular, Digestive and Immune systems. 

Modalities such as Swedish Massage and Lomi Lomi (Hawaiian) work especially well to reduce this internal tension.  They offer rhythmic, flowing strokes of varying pressure to encourage deep relaxation.  Benefits include a reduction in Cortisol, (stress hormones) and increase in Dopamine, Serotonin (good feeling hormones) which dissipate tension and allow the body’s natural healing to occur. 

Note: Watch for Part 2 of this Blog –  coming soon!

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Holistic Massage School asks…. When Will Your Career Move Begin?

Working as a Professional Massage Therapist offers students a living wage career that inspires the most positive expertise”, says Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (Healing Hands).  “Our Faculty is proud to have prepared more than 7,000 graduates to do this powerful healing work in our communities”, she added.

Paula has good reason to be proud. She and husband, Neha, have been providing education in the Holistic Healing Arts for more than 30 years! Together, they developed the first Massage Therapy Program for community colleges in SoCal before starting Healing Hands in 1992.  Since then they’ve grown to three locations and offer an unparalleled 80+ Massage and Holistic Health courses. Their vision and advocacy of the Holistic Healing Arts has impacted the lives of so many and is still going strong!

Must-know details about Healing Hands include that it has earned National Accreditation qualifying them to accept Federal Financial Aid, VA, and WIOA educational benefits on behalf of students.  Also, as a school of Holistic Health, Healing Hands’ curriculum goes beyond basic Massage techniques to adjunctive Holistic therapies that give Graduates a competitive edge. Please see the full schedule of courses.

Healing Hands’ Management and Faculty empower students to complete their Program of choice on their own terms.  The school remains open year-round and offers day, evening and weekend courses. Students can attend full or part-time and are given multiple start dates quarterly, ensuring a rapid path to independence.  At Healing Hands students select from two career-oriented Programs.  Both can get them ready for Certification in as little as one year. 

All courses are hands-on and designed so students learn and develop professional interaction and communication skills. Classes like ‘Clinical Practicum’ give students opportunities to reinforce newly acquired skills and boost their self- confidence. 

Whether Graduates choose to work at Spas, Gyms, Hospitals, Physical Therapy Clinics, or Wellness Centers, Healing Hands can help! Over the past 26 years, Graduates have earned a reputation for excellence among area employers. As a result, job placement opportunities, including tuition reimbursement, are in abundance for Healing Hands graduates.

Thinking about a positive career change?  Consider an education in the Holistic Healing Arts offered at Healing Hands and begin YOUR career move NOW! Check out our Summer 2018 classes! Learn more on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9634 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.

Holistic Massage School Invites You To… Get Trained and Get Working Now!

Are you searching for a rewarding career that offers flexibility, a variety of work environments, and a starting salary of $25 to $80 an hour?  If so, get to know Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands).  Our Massage Therapist and Holistic Health Practitioner Programs provide you with the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience you’ll need to succeed in one of today’s most in-demand careers.

A trail-blazer for Holistic Health Education for over 26 years, Healing Hands mission is to make an education in the Holistic Healing Arts available to all who seek it.  Toward that end, we offer a low cost, high quality education with over 80 Massage and related Holistic Health courses.  Nationally Accredited, Healing Hands is also authorized to accept FAFSA, VA, WIOA and other financial aid options for students who qualify. With classrooms in San Diego, Escondido and Laguna Hills, Healing Hands makes it easy to get trained, certified and begin a new career in less than one year! 

Students choose Healing Hands because of our reputation for exceptional instructors, a well-rounded curriculum, and unrivaled job placement opportunities.  These come from some of the finest Massage Clinics, Spas, Resorts, Casinos, Hospitals, Medical Practices, Gyms, Chiropractic Offices, and Wellness Centers in the SoCal area. A variety of Internship opportunities are also available to help graduates decide upon the work environment that best meets their needs and interests. 

All Healing Hands’ courses are thoughtfully chosen and developed by school Founders, Paula and Neha Curtiss to allow students to customize their education to areas of special interest.  These may include Physical Therapy/Sports Massage, Spa/Resort Massage, Medical /Clinical Massage, to name a few.  As a school of Holistic Health, Healing Hands also offers courses on Holistic Nutrition, Herbal Studies, Aromatherapy, Homeopathic 1st Aid, Therapeutic Stretching, Reflexology, or Energy-work.  These integrative therapies are considered “added-value” to massage employers, giving Healing Hands graduates the competitive edge in today’s thriving Massage Therapy Industry.

So, if you’re looking to make a career change, or unemployed and seeking a path to independence, know that Healing Hands’ friendly Admissions team is ready to help.  Get started today, call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, (858) 505-1100 in San Diego, or visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.comHealing Hands School of Holistic Health, “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts” since 1992.