Holistic Massage School Shares 20 Great Reasons to Get or Give a Massage This Holiday Season!

  1. Relieve Muscle Tension
  2. Improves athletic performance
  3. Reduce Anxiety
  4. Reduce pain of Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
  5. Enhances Sleep
  6. Improves your cardio-vascular health
  7. Promotes Relaxation
  8. Reduces chemo-therapy induced nausea and stress in cancer patients
  9. Decreases migraine pain and frequency
  10. Brightens mood and reduces symptoms of depression
  11. Relieves tension headaches
  12. Reduces Fibromyalgia pain
  13. Relieves post-partum, and post-operative pain
  14. Increases flexibility and range-of-motion
  15. Nurtures and comforts the recipient, improving quality of life in Hospice Care
  16. Reduces stress and tempers the negative effects of dementia.
  17. Improves balance in older adults
  18. Helps manage chronic back pain
  19. Improves pain from joint replacement
  20. Healing Hands School of Holistic Health offers a Holiday Massage Coupon for: two, hour long massages for just $45.00! Get yours at one of our on-site Student Clinics located at:
  • 9025 Balboa Avenue, Suite 103 in San Diego (Kearny Mesa) – (858) 505-1100
  • 125 Mission Avenue, Suite 212 in Escondido – (760) 746-9364
  • 23022 La Cadena #205 in Laguna Hills – (949) 305-2722


Founded in 1992, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is considered a trail-blazer in education the Holistic Healing Arts.  To date, the Healing Hands Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 graduates for successful careers as Massage Therapists and can do the same for you.  Find out if a career as a Professional Massage Therapist is right for you.  Check us out online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com  or call us at: (858) 505-1100 in Kearny Mesa/San Diego, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido and (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.


Reduce muscle tension

Enhance exercise performance

Relieve stress

Sleep better

Decrease rheumatoid arthritis pain

Improve cardiovascular health

Promotes relaxation

Reduce chemotherapy-related nausea

Decrease migraine frequency

Ease symptoms of depression

Relieve tension headaches

Help fibromyalgia pain

Relieve postoperative pain

Increase range of motion

Improve quality of life in hospice care

Temper effects of dementia

Improve balance in older adults

Manage low-back pain

Lower joint replacement pain

Help chronic neck pain


Holistic Massage School Shares Why Hugs are Good for Our Health


Did you know, touch is the very first sense that we acquire as human-beings? It is no wonder then, that touch and physical contact are essential for our well-being. Hugging is a reciprocal act that allows us to give and receive comfort and reassurance. When we hug someone, we open ourselves to their energy field, and nurture trust in the relationship.

Healing Hands Students give Instructor, Denise Fultz a group hug on the last day of class for Anatomy for Bodyworkers!

Physiologically, hugs can have a huge impact. Below is a list of just a few of the benefits you’ll receive by making hugging a habit. 

Hugs Increase Happiness! 

Hugging releases Serotonin into the body.  Serotonin affects and controls many mental and emotional processes. It is known as the ‘feel good’ hormone because it helps to make us feel happy, relaxed and confident. It also positively impacts motor functions, hormones, and blood pressure. High levels of serotonin negate sadness and increase pleasure. This has an immediate effect on our moods and feelings, reducing loneliness and depression.

Hugs Boost the Body’s Immune System.

According to a 2010 study published in the journal Developmental Review, the effects of touch, such as hugs and massage therapy showed a noticeable drop in heart rate and blood pressure. Study participants also exhibited a boost in their immune systems, increasing their white blood cell count and decreasing their levels of cortisol.

Hugs Boost Self-Esteem! 

Touch is the first sense we develop and is all-important to infants and developing children. Hugs, cuddles and physical comfort we received from our families growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level. Hugs remind us at a subconscious level how to self-sooth. They help to connect us with our self-love.

Hugs Help You Lose Weight!

Hugs, even for just 20 seconds, help boost Serotonin levels in both the hug initiator and receiver. Studies have shown that there is a direct link between obesity caused by overeating and low levels of Serotonin.  When levels of serotonin are too low, the brain receives signals that the body is hungry, and we feel the urge to eat. Once serotonin levels normalize, the desire to keep eating disappears therefore acting as an appetite controller.

Hugs Promote Faster Healing!

Hugs boost the release of Oxtytocin, which is important in maintaining a youthful body and healthy muscles.  In a study conducted on old and young mice with muscle damage, those who received oxytocin experienced faster healing than the mice who did not. The mice that received oxytocin were able to repair muscle damage eighty percent more than the young, untreated mice.

Hugs Help Us Communicate We Care!

With almost 70% of all communication coming through non-verbal ques, hugs are an excellent way to express your care and concern for another without saying a word.

Hugs Reduce Stress! 

Studies have shown that hugging causes the release of a hormone, Oxytocin, which acts on the limbic system, the brain’s emotional center.   Reduced cortisol levels reduces pain, helps us feel calmer and more relaxed. Oxytocin also promotes feelings of contentment, reduces anxiety and pain. oxytocin as promoting feelings of devotion, trust and bonding, and says it lays the biological foundation and structure for connecting to other people.

Healing Hands offers two Certification Programs and more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses.  Considered a trail-blazer in education of the Holistic Healing Arts, Healing Hands boasts three SoCal locations with day, evening and weekend classes. Learn more online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (858) 505-1100 in (Kearny Mesa) San Diego, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.  

Holistic Massage School Shares Holiday Gift Ideas for Health & Sports Enthusiasts

Looking for the perfect gift for the Health Enthusiasts in your life?  Then come visit Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands).  Healing Hands offers two Certification Programs and more than 80 massage and holistic health classes.  Whether you’re interested in learning about different massage modalities, Holistic Nutrition, Medicinal Herbs or Aroma-therapies, there is something for everyone at Healing Hands.

In addition to massage and holistic health classes, Healing Hands offers a variety of professional massage equipment, study-guides, and self-care products.  The list of items below not only support the needs of our students, they support countless sports and health enthusiasts within our communities.

Santa Says…..Stop by Healing Hands for

Unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else this Holiday Season!


Note: Bookstore hours are: 9am to 5:30pm Mondays through Fridays and 9am to 2pm Saturdays

Visa and Discovery Cards accepted



Price Range

Introductory Circulatory Massage Class




Two for One – Massage Coupon for Healing Hands Student Clinic




Instructors, Denise Fultz and Raina Colvin’s

$15.00 + tax

Instructor, Shana Lipner’s Sage Country Herbs Products

Deoderant / Room Deodorizer / Energetic Clearing Spray

Deluxe Massage Oil

Therapeutic Pain Spray

Sore Muscle Salve

Lip Balm








2 oz $5 / 4 oz $10

2 oz $7 / 4 oz $11

2 oz $18 / 4 oz $33

1 oz $9 / 4 oz $24


(Prices do not include tax)




(A Must-Have Self-Acupressure Tool

for Massage Therapists and Sports Enthusiasts)




La Crosse Balls (for Deep Tissue and





Massage Chair Package






Massage Therapists Holster (for oil)








Massage Oils, Lotions, Creams & Gels





$6.47 –  $22.73 (8 oz)

$45.95 (1/2 Gallon)

$71.95 (1 Gallon)







Disposable Face Cradle Covers (bulk – 100 pack)






Massage Tables




$290.52 Standard Plus Pkg.

$430.92 Classic Deluxe Pkg.

$430.92 Versalite Pro Pkg.

$484.92 Prima Table Pkg.



Massage Table Sheet sets






Leg/ankle Bolsters



$31.86 (Full round)

$30.24 (half round



Basic Fleece Pad Set







Deluxe Fleece Pad Set





Basic Table Warmer


Anatomy Study Guides 


Anatomy Flash Cards


Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage Study guide/folder


Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage Study Flash Cards





Founded in 1992, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is considered a trail-blazer for education in the Holistic Healing Arts.  To date, the Healing Hands Faculty has successfully prepared more than 7,000 Graduates for rewarding careers as Professional Massage Therapists and can do the same for you! To explore if a career in massage therapy may be right for you, please visit us online at www.healinghandsschool.com .  You can also call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego (Kearny Mesa). 

Holistic Massage School Shares: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Massage Therapists

The book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the most influential books ever written. Authored by Stephen R. Covey it has inspired millions of professionals to transform their lives for the better.  For nearly 30 years the best-seller has offered compelling advice that remains as relevant today as ever before.

In this book, Stephen focuses on the immutable principles of honesty, fairness, equality and human dignity.  All 7 habits offer empowering lessons for personal and career success. Below is an adaptation created by  the Faculty at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  It was re-written specifically for our students who are aspiring Massage Therapists and Holistic Health professionals.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Massage Therapists

Be Proactive –

Solo-Practitioners don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan. Successful Massage Therapists understand the need to be proactive in building their business.  They are proactive in letting others know who they are and what they offer. They seek creative ways to bring people in (workshops, holiday specials, co-operative events).  They also take time to nurture loyalty (referrals, service packages, membership perks).

Begin with the End in Mind 

Get clear about what you want to achieve. Ask yourself questions like: “Where is my practice going? Where do I want to be in 1 year or 5 years? What is the goal of this client’s treatment?  What treatment plan is best to achieve desired results? 

Put First Things First

No matter how skilled you may be as a Massage Therapist you can’t help others unless you are strong and healthy yourself. That’s why maintaining a healthy work/life balance is essential to becoming a highly successful Massage Therapist. You’ll need to decide how you define success and then prioritize your time accordingly.  Scheduling time to re-charge yourself and connect with others ensures your ability to continue to care for others.


Think Win-Win 

A Win-Win scenario is based on cooperation and a belief that there is plenty for everyone. It’s a mentality of “we can do more when we work together”.  It requires we look for and create opportunities for mutual benefit with clients.  For example, you may want to offer a client a free massage (or credit toward a massage) for every client they refer. 


Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood  

You must first understand your client’s needs before you can design their treatment plan. Do you ask appropriate questions and pay attention to the answers during intake? Do you check in with your client during therapy to ensure their comfort?  Do you regulate your pressure to accommodate their body part’s unique condition?  As Professional Massage Therapists you’ll need to be aware of both the verbal and non-verbal ques.



Work cooperatively with others! Synergy is all about open-minded teamwork to bring in fresh ideas and new solutions.  Networking with other Massage Therapists, Physical Therapists or Chiropractors, for example, can be mutually beneficial.  Not only can you exchange and refer clients, it’s a great way to boost your knowledge.


Sharpen the Saw

An old saying that refers to growth, change and evolution. Sharpening the Saw for some Massage Therapist may mean learning new or advanced techniques.  For others it may be, mastering integrative therapies, like Herbs and Nutrition.  Some may just need to try a new creative or recreational endeavor, to renew their energy and enthusiasm.


Healing Hands offers two Certification Programs and more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses.  Considered a trail-blazer in education of the Holistic Healing Arts, Healing Hands offers classes year-round during the day, evenings and on weekends. Learn more online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (858) 505-1100 in San Diego, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.  


Holistic Massage School Reveals Why Thanksgiving is Good for Your Health

“The word gratitude means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context)”, said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  “Gratitude means we acknowledge and appreciate the good in our lives. Wisdom practices such as expressing gratitude, sharing, and giving, are integral to many indigenous cultures. Setting aside time to give thanks for one’s blessings, has been scientifically proven to positively effect our holistic health.  Below are just a few of the health benefits enjoyed by those who nurture an attitude of gratitude”, she added.

  1. Your Physical Health – People who practice gratitude regularly report feeling more energetic and healthier than those who don’t. They also experience fewer minor aches and pains and are more proactive about self-care. This includes eating healthfully, getting regular doctor checkups, and exercising.
  2. Your Psychological Health – Taking time to focus on those things/people/events we are grateful for, can help us release negative emotions. Gratitude effectively increases our level of happiness and boosts our sense of well-being.
  3. Enhances Your Self-esteem – The practice of gratitude can increase athlete’s self-esteem, which is essential to optimal performance. Gratitude reduces the need to compare yourself to others. It allows you to be happy for another’s good fortune and/or accomplishments.
  4. New Relationships – Most people respond positively to acknowledgement and appreciation. It makes them more likely to want an ongoing relationship. Acknowledging and appreciating other people’s contributions, strengths, skills, talent, or intellect can lead to new friendships and opportunities. 
  5. Increases Emotional/Mental Strength – Focusing on all you have to be thankful for, is one of the simplest ways to boost your mood. Being able to recognize our blessings even in the face of extreme adversity or loss, builds emotional strength and resilience.
  6. Improves Sleep – A 2011 study found that people who took just 15 minutes nightly to acknowledge some of the things they are grateful for, enjoyed a better night’s sleep. These individuals also reported sleeping longer and feeling more rested than those who did not practice gratitude.
  7. Increases Empathy – People with an attitude of gratitude are more sensitive and empathetic toward others. They are more likely to express kindness, even when others behave unkindly. They are also less likely to retaliate if treated unfairly.
  8. Gratitude Helps to Evolve Our Personality. Studies reveal that individuals who express gratitude frequently experience more optimism, Spirituality and higher self-esteem. They also were found to be less self-centered and materialistic than those who were less appreciative.

Healing Hands offers two Certification Programs and more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses.  Considered a trail-blazer in education of the Holistic Healing Arts, Healing Hands boasts three SoCal locations with day, evening and weekend classes. Learn more online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (858) 505-1100 in (Kearny Mesa) San Diego, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.  


2014 study published in Emotion

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a leading gratitude researcher,

2012 study published in Personality and Individual Differences

2012 study by the University of Kentucky.

2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being

2014 study published in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology

Massage Therapist Training and Community Service: A Healthy Win/Win for All!

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health’s Community Service /Career Development class is taught by the school’s founding Director, Ms. Paula Curtiss. Designed to expose students to different clients and massage environments, it has benefited many within our communities.  In addition to helping those with medical conditions, the class helps students develop compassion and tolerance.


Therapeutic Massage Environments

Students learn what is expected of Practitioners working for a Doctor, Chiropractor Hospital, Rehab Center, or outdoor event.  Just as importantly, students discuss thought-provoking topics.  These include the intangible rewards of working with Veterans, cancer patients, trauma victims or recovering addicts.  The Community Service/Career Development Course boosts students’ self-respect, self-confidence, professionalism and sense of purpose.


Healing Hands’ Partners/Community Service Providers

Since 1992, Healing Hands has enjoyed Partnerships with a variety of Community Service Providers.  These include: Recuperative Care Services [Veterans released from hospitalization]; San Diego Spine and Rehabilitation; Southern California Perinatal Services; and Valle Vista Skilled Nursing Facility.


Sporting Events

Another way Healing Hands’ Students provide Community Service is to donate their time and expertise to special events.  These include Job/Career Fairs and events such as “Stand Down” for homeless Veterans struggling with their transition to Civilian life.     

Students interested in working on Athletes, such as participants of the LA or Rock & Roll Marathons, are encouraged to take “Advanced Circulatory and Sports Massage”.  Taught by Staff Instructor, Chris Morgan, students learn techniques to work on moderately active sports enthusiasts as well as competitive athletes.  They address acute injuries and learn how to speed healing.  They practice techniques to release scar tissue, increase joint mobility and prepare muscles for competitive events.  They also learn massage strokes to relax muscles and speed recovery after events.


“The main objective of our Community Service Internship Program is simple but powerful; To give students real-world experience in diverse Massage scenarios”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands – Laguna Hills.  “Through exposure to a variety of demographic groups and therapeutic issues, students are better able to target their ‘ideal client’ and a compatible work environment.


Healing Hands offers two Certification Programs and more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses.  Considered a trail-blazer in education of the Holistic Healing Arts, Healing Hands offers  day, evenings and  weekend classes. Learn more online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (858) 505-1100 in San Diego, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.  


Holistic Massage School Shares Characteristics of Healthy Self-Respect

Holistic Health Benefits of Self-Respect

“When you have healthy self-respect, it positively impacts your holistic (Mind, Body & Spiritual) health”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Laguna Hills.  “When we respect ourselves we’re better able to handle stress and more resilient when facing setbacks. That means you’re less likely to experience anxiety, depression, muscular tension, illness and other negative side-effects associated with chronic stress” she continued. 

Modeling Healthy Self-Respect

For over 26 years, the Faculty at Healing Hands has modeled and encouraged healthy self-respect among students.  They do this by empowering students with knowledge and skills to affect positive change in their lives and careers. They are also eager to point out and acknowledge their student’s unique strengths and talents.  Their validation helps students overcome feelings of worthlessness, guilt or shame which negatively impact our emotions and physiology. Most importantly, health self-respect enables us to attract caring, honest relationships and avoid those that are abusive, manipulative and unhealthy. 

Respect Yourself

Respecting yourself is essential to maintaining a positive self-image.  Self-respect allows you to feel good about who you are right now, and excited about the person you are becoming. Below is a list of characteristics of healthy self-respect.  How many do you possess?


Characteristics of Healthy Self-Respect

  • You like and respect the person you are. You feel you’re a worthy individual, deserving of love and respect from others.
  • Healthy self-respect requires an awareness of your values and beliefs, and your personal ‘Right’ not to compromise them.
  • You realize that you can’t please everyone all the time and you have no obligation to do so. You respect your time, and manage it efficiently based on your own priorities.
  • You recognize that no-one’s feelings, difficulties or experiences are more important than your own. You have an ability to set boundaries and to enforce them. 
  • You take responsibility for your life, and refrain from playing the ‘Victim’. You recognize that only you can change your life-circumstances.  If you’re tired of the same old story, you are willing to turn some pages!
  • You are accountable for your actions. When you make mistakes, you own them, apologize and learn from them. You can admit that: you lied, you were inconsiderate, you were dismissive, you lashed out in anger, etc.   Then, you do your best to make amends and avoid repeating your mistake.
  • You refuse to compare yourself with others. You don’t need to criticize others to feel better about yourself. You don’t feel jealous when others shine.  Instead, you acknowledge and appreciate your own unique skills, talents, knowledge and contribution.
  • You can say NO without feeling guilty! You put aside any false sense of obligation or fear of retribution. Instead, you can easily ask for more information or time to make your decision.  If your answer is ‘no’ you can say so, without the need to defend or apologize for your decision. 
  • You allow others, especially close friends and family, to be responsible for their own happiness. You refuse to accept blame-shifting, guilt-bombing or manipulation.
  • You are in-charge of yourself and your own happiness. You understand your wants, needs and feelings and can communicate them clearly. You know it is your right and responsibility to pursue happiness.
  • You know what your values and goals are, and you make them a priority in your life. You don’t accept guilt for pursuing a fulfilling life for yourself.  It is your birth-right.
  • You have a sense of purpose that motivates you and provides an incentive for growth and development. Personal growth naturally enhance your self-respect and self-esteem.
  • You don’t need others to approve of you to feel OK. You have the ability for ‘emotion regulation’. ‘Emotion regulation’ gives you the ability to listen to others’ criticism without internalizing or over-reacting to it. 
  • You trust yourself to make decisions that are in your best interest. You combine your knowledge, intuition, and insight when discerning a course of action. When/if you fail or make a mistake, you turn it into a life lesson and continue to move forward.

Healing Hands offers two Certification Programs and more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses.  Considered a trail-blazer in education of the Holistic Healing Arts, Healing Hands boasts three SoCal locations offers classes year-round during the day, evenings and on weekends. Learn more online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (858) 505-1100 in San Diego, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.  

Holistic Massage School Shares Foods That Fight Inflammation

Our bodies create inflammation as a defense mechanism against harmful stimuli. It is how the immune system removes the stimuli and begins the healing process.

Acute Inflammation

Acute inflammation comes on rapidly, becomes severe in a short time and may last for a several days. Often the result of trauma, microbial invasion, or toxic compounds.

Chronic Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is inflammation that has continued for several months or more. Usually the effects vary with the severity of the trauma and the body’s ability to repair the damage.


Inflammation causes noticeable symptoms, such as pain, redness and swelling.  Other symptoms are subtle, such as fatigue, fever, pain and digestive disorders.

Suggested Anti-inflammatory Foods for Optimal Holistic Nutrition



·       Salmon

·       Blueberries

·       Atlantic Mackerel

·       Cherries

·       Lake Trout

·       Apple (peels)

·       Herring

·       Grapes

·       Sardines

·       Avocados

·       Anchovy

·       Papayas

·       Sablefish / Black Cod

·       Strawberries

·       Albacore Tuna

·       Blackberries


·       Oranges


·       Grapefruits

.       Beetroot


.       Soybeans


.       Kale

·       Walnuts

.       Spinach

·       Almonds

.       Broccoli

·       Pumpkin Seeds

.       Brussel Sprouts

·       Hemp Seeds

.       Collard Greens

·       Flaxseeds

.       Swiss Chard

·       Chia Seeds

.       Green Leafy Lettuces




Whole Grains

·       Olive oil

·       Oatmeal

·       Avocado oil

·       Brown or Wild Rice

·       Walnut oil

·       Whole Grain Cereals

·       Safflower oil


Would YOU like to learn more about holistic health and natural remedies to reduce Inflammation? If so, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health can help.  Boasting more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses, we are SoCal’s leader in education in the Holistic Healing Arts.  Learn more online at www.HealingHandsSschool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 /Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 / Escondido or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego. “touching Lives Touching Hearts, Since 1992”



Holistic Massage School Discusses Self-empowerment in Romantic Relationships

 Self-empowerment & Romantic Relationships

If you’re like most men and women, you may sometimes have difficulty standing up for your needs in a romantic relationship. Often socialized to prioritize others before themselves, women are especially vulnerable to this behavior.  Learning to assert oneself and speak up for your needs, rights and boundaries in a romantic relationship, as in Life, is what self-empowerment is all about. Discerning what your rights are may be challenging, especially if you lacked healthy relationship models growing up.  Below is a list of ‘Partner Rights’ contributed by the Faculty at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health. 


  • I have a right to be treated fairly and respectfully by my partner. I will not tolerate being raged at, intimidated, bullied, coerced, belittled, hit or manipulated.  Any of the aforementioned behaviors are a violation of my boundaries and reason to end the relationship.
  • I have a right to honesty from my partner. While all of us tell little white lies occasionally, being lied to repeatedly erodes trust, which is essential to solid romantic relationships. 
  • I have a right to always say what I need, want or desire and to have my partner respectfully listen and consider how best to support me. In healthy relationships both partners want the other to be happy and fulfilled, so the supportive attitude and actions come naturally.

    Healthy, mutual, romantic relationships boost your immune system, health and well-being.


  • I have a right to take time for myself and/or to pursue personal interests, activities with friends and family outside of my romantic relationship. Guilt trips, manipulation or unkind comments will be considered violations of my personal boundaries.
  • I have a right to expect reciprocity from my partner. It is not okay for my partner to expect my comfort, affection, support, and validation without being willing to offer the same in turn.  The healthiest relationships enjoy a balance in the give and take, so each partner feels valued and significant.
  • I have a right to express my feelings and emotions to my partner. I also have the right to be listened to with compassion, empathy and understanding.  If I find that my partner lacks empathy and/or compassion, I have a right to end the relationship and walk away.

    Harboring anger, resentment, guilt, shame, judgement and hurt, as often happens in dysfunctional relationships, can leads to chronic stress a huge risk-factor for illness.


  • I have a right to be involved in any decisions that involve me. Decisions about life-style changes should be discussed, allowing both partners to share their perspectives and concerns.  Healthy relationships seek win/win scenarios, so both partners are satisfied with the outcome.

How many additional rights can you think of? 

With classrooms in Kearny Mesa, Escondido, and Laguna Hills Healing Hands School of Holistic Health offers two Certification Programs and over 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses. To learn more, go online to www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in Kearny Mesa.


Build a Career as a Professional Massage Therapist in 2019 and Thrive!

(Above) Jeni Hartung, Staff Instructor for Healing Hands’ 100-hour Circulatory Massage Course

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been preparing students for successful careers as Professional Massage Therapists for over 26 years. They currently offer two rapid paths to living-wage employment.  The fastest is the 600-hour Massage Therapist Program (MTP). The MT Program prepares students for State Certification in as little as 7 months.  Students who want to learn more about the Holistic Healing Arts may choose the 1000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program (HHP).  It includes the MTP plus 400 additional hours of elective courses.   

Massage Therapist Program:

This Program covers fundamental knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology.  It also provides opportunity for plenty of hands-on practice. It exposes students to both Eastern and Western Massage modalities.  

The Curriculum that makes up the Massage Therapist Program includes:

  • 100 hours of Circulatory Massage. (Massage Techniques + Body Mechanics + Bones & Muscles of the Body)
  • 100 hours of Anatomy for Body-workers. (Muscles, Bones, Connective Tissue and the Body’s Systems.)
  • 50 hours of Business & Professional Practices.
  • 50 hours of Clinical Practicum for the Massage Therapist. 
  • Plus, a choice of 3 of the following 4 classes:
    1. 100-hour Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage
    2. 100-hour Deep Tissue Manipulations
    3. 100-hour Shiatsu & Oriental Healing Techniques
    4. 100-hour Tui-Na – Chinese Massage Techniques

(Above) – Staff Instructor, Jeni Hartung, demonstrates massage techniques to release the neck and shoulder for students in Healing Hands’ 100-hour Circulatory Massage class.

Tuition for  600-hour Massage Therapist Program is only $7,800.  Healing Hands is authorized to accept educational funding on behalf of students who qualify.  These include Federal Student Aid, Veterans Benefits including Title IX and Post 911. Unemployment Development Departments’ Unemployment Benefits for retraining.  For students who don’t qualify for government assistance, the school offers in-house payment plans.  Tuition reimbursement is also offered by some of the area’s  top Massage Therapist employers.  When students graduate from Healing Hands they will have an abundance and variety of employment opportunities from which to chose. 

The Holistic Health Practitioner Program includes all MTP requirements.  Students may then select an an additional 400 hours of elective courses.  Students who choose the Holistic Health Practitioner Program can graduate in as little as 1 year.   The cost for the 1000-hour Program is $13,000.  As with the Massage Therapist Program, Healing Hands accepts educational funding on behalf of students.  We also offer several affordable finance plans so anyone interested in an education in the Holistic Healing Arts may pursue one.

Learn more online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com. You can also call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (858) 505-1100 in San Diego, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.  Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts”, since 1992.