Healing Hands School: Building Careers and Lifelong Relationships

 

We pride ourselves on our dedicated staff, which average many years with our schools. Their passion for massage and holistic healing resonates not only with our team but also with the students that enroll at Healing Hands School. Some of our staff members were our students once upon a time!

We want to share a post with you that Pilar Chandler posted on her Instagram recently.

Chandler posted her Teacher of the Year honor from April 2011 with this note, “Found this today… sweet memories! I taught massage therapy at Healing Hands School for about 10 years! Right before I left on sabbatical, they awarded me teach of the year! I fell in love with the school the day I walked in. I sat down in the classroom and then made it a part of my life for the next decade! It was such a wonderful environment for growth and learning and healing, (I am) forever grateful for my time and experiences there. I found my calling and my voice and so much more!”

We couldn’t have been more touched by Pilar’s words.

Paul Curtiss responded, “Awww, Pilar it was wonderful to teach you, then to watch you become a teacher, and now to think of how many you have touched. Your healing work is an inspiration to all of us!”

Tera Ratinoff then shared her experience, “I finished my Holistic Healing Practitioner over eight years ago, and she’s still my favorite teacher.”

Michal Ettinger also shared her sentiments, “A special school indeed. And you were definitely worth of teacher of the year.”

Jess Dyrenforth, ART, HHP, shared her experiences with Healing Hands School and Pilar Chandler. “You were my sports massage teacher. So grateful to have had the experience, and tap into your vast knowledge.”

The common thing is that we all had a love for holistic healing. What is also important is that we walked away with these lasting friendships.

People come to our school searching for a better way to give back to the universe, and we are fortunate to guide these people through the techniques and to help set them up for a successful and enriching career in massage therapy and holistic healing.

Are you considering a career change? Are you looking to start a new life with a new purpose? We can help.

We help students every day with financial aid options to cover the costs of tuition. Once they’ve completed the coursework, we can help place them with some of the top spas and massage therapy practices in Southern California.

Thank you, Pilar, for celebrating your honor and your passion for what you do.

Do you have stories or memories you’d like to share?   We’d love to hear your experiences.  Tag us on social using the hashtag #healinghandsschool.

If you’d like to learn more about our programs, please contact us.

Holistic Massage School Suggests Great Gift Ideas for the Special Dad in Your Life!

“Dads can make such a huge difference in our lives” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands).  “They are devoted to our well-being, provide wisdom, guidance and teach us volumes about the world we live in.  To remind the special Dad in your life just how loved and appreciated he is, consider one of these creative gift ideas from Healing Hands”, she added.

Suggestion #1Easy to arrange and inexpensive to purchase, give Dad a gift that’s sure to reduce his stress and enhance his well-being! Healing Hands’ on-site Student Massage Clinic offers two, hour-long massages for only $45.00!  Click here to book an appointment. 

 Suggestion #2Is Dad experiencing an acute or chronic medical condition?  As a school of the Holistic Healing Arts, in addition to educating aspiring Massage Therapists, many individuals interested in Holistic Health also enroll. All Healing Hands classes can be taken ‘a-la-carte’, or as part of a formal Program.  Students can attend full or part-time, during the day, evenings or on weekends. Either Mom or Dad can complete a Circulatory Massage Class in as little as one month and gain the knowledge and skills to deliver therapeutic massage for a life-time! Click here to view Course Descriptions. 

Suggestion # 3Herbal Products prepared by Herbal Instructor, Shana Lipner-Grover are available at all Healing Hands campus bookstores. All products are hand-blended and include Body/Massage Oils, Deoderant, Therapeutic Pain Solutions, Sore Muscle Salves and soothing Lip Balms.  Bookstores are open daily from 9am to 5:30 pm and products range from just $3.23 to $21.55, making them affordable for all Dad’s fans!

Suggestion #4 – Theracane. A versatile and portable massage tool, the Theracane features six massaging trigger-point balls on one strategically angled device. When a Massage Therapy session just isn’t an option, the Theracane is an effective tool one can use on themselves for precision compression therapy on nagging knots and muscle pain. Consistent use helps reduce the risk of future inflammation and injuries. 

Suggestion #5 – Reflexology Hand and Food Chart. A quick-reference guide, this unique, hand-painted chart includes a stand-up design, and displays the orientation of the feet and hands as they would appear during a treatment. Reflexology involves the application of pressure on specific areas of the feet and hands to positively impacts the endocrine, immune, circulatory, respiratory, and neuropeptide systems of the body. 

Serving residents through three regional campuses in Southern California, Healing Hands’ Faculty has successfully prepared more than 7,000 Graduates for rewarding careers and hundreds more who took classes for their own personal growth.  To learn more about Healing Hands and the 80+ Massage and Holistic Health classes offered, go on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.  Click here to let us know your name and which location you’re interested in, and we will be in touch.  

 

Lost Your Job? Financial Aid Could Help Pay For Your Massage School Tuition at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health

Losing a job can be downright terrifying. 

While some may be able to bounce back quickly, others can face hardship. They also may end up asking themselves, “Is it possible that it is time for a change?”

We work with people nearly every day that have come out of a job loss. Those people now look forward to the future with a fulfilling career of massage therapy and holistic health.   They likely felt what you might be going through now. However, they were determined to seek a rewarding career. 

One of the programs that help fund tuition for students like you is the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  

WIOA is a program that provides comprehensive retraining of the nation’s workforce development programs.   This includes people recently laid off.  It can also include adults over the 18 years of age who qualify as low-income.

Each case is different, but you won’t know whether or not if you qualify unless you talk to a member of our team at one of our locations in Southern California.

The WIOA program helps provide both grant and loan funding to qualified candidates, and you may find that the money can pay for some or even all of your tuition!

With a Healing Hands School of Holistic Health certification, you will find yourself immediately in high demand.  Imagine hand picking your next position at the top spas, sports medicine therapy, and elder care facilities in the State of California.

If you have ever dreamed about working in a field that is rewarding, has flexible schedules, and most importantly fun, now is the time to contact us to find out what you may be eligible for in financial aid.

See If You Qualify Today

We have tremendous experience placing people just like you in one of our programs.  Would you like to see what the Healing Hands School of Holistic Health family is like?   We invite you to check out our Facebook page and see what we are all about. 

Want immediate information on your financial aid eligibility, click here and fill out the form with your details.   A Healing Hands team member will get you the information immediately. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holistic Massage School Offers Memorial Day Special for Veterans and Military Members

“San Diego County is known for having the largest percentage of Veterans in California”, said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  “This year, in addition to honoring those who lost their lives, we want to recognize all Veterans and Active Service Members for their service and sacrifice.  Toward that end, Healing Hands will be offering complimentary, one-hour Massages to Service Members who present a U.S. Military ID at any of our three SoCal locations”, she continued.

 Healing Hands’, “We’ve Got Your Back!” Memorial Day special will run Tuesday, May 29th and Wednesday, May 30th at all three Healing Hands’ Student Massage Clinics.  Veterans may call to schedule their free massage during the school’s office hours which are 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM Mondays through Fridays.  (See contact info in the closing paragraph below.)

Paula’s appreciation for Military members is nothing new to the Faculty and Students at Healing Hands. Aware that massage can be of significant value in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD), affecting close to 50% of Vets returning from war zones, Paula created a Community Internship Program.  The Program has given students opportunity to provide therapeutic massage to Veterans at Recuperative Care Centers, Wounded Warrior Clinics, Stand Down events and Resident Facilities for more than 25 years. 

Veteran Student at Healing Hands School

The symptoms of PTSD include feelings of hyper-arousal, high-anxiety, digestive disorders, super-vigilance and insomnia.  These symptoms are experienced when Cortisol levels (stress hormones) are elevated for extended periods of time. Massage therapies like Circulatory Massage and Deep Tissue have been found to substantially reduce Cortisol levels and associated symptoms.  In addition, studies found that Massage also increases Serotonin and Dopamine (good feeling hormones) levels.  Higher levels increase one’s feelings of well-being, reduce feelings of anxiety, and relieve Insomnia.  Massage Therapists help to facilitate the neuro-chemical changes that allow our body’s healing systems and processes to kick in. 

Healing Hands students take pride in serving U.S. Veterans, and it shows.  Many Veterans on the receiving end of our students’ therapeutic massages became interested in learning massage themselves.  In addition to fulfilling a growing demand for therapeutic massage in our communities, we discovered that Veteran/Graduates are uniquely qualified to work with service men and women still suffering from the demands of their military service.

 Veterans interested in a career as a Professional Massage Therapist can count on Healing Hands for the best Massage Therapy and Holistic Health training available!  Approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, Healing Hands is authorized to accept Veterans Benefits (Title IX and Post 9/11, chapter 30, 31, 33, and 35), on behalf of Military Service Members who qualify.  All that’s needed is for the Veteran/applicant to submit a Certificate of Eligibility when enrolling.

Healing Hands boasts two nationally accredited Certification Programs, 80+ Massage and Holistic Health courses, plus an unrivaled number of career placement opportunities, which gives YOU the competitive edge!  At Healing Hands, you can begin a rewarding career as a Professional Massage Therapist in less than 1 year. 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 Celebrates ‘Correct Posture Month’ and Shares How Posture Causes Pain

“Did you know, more than 540 million people worldwide suffer from back pain”, asked Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Laguna Hills (Healing Hands). As a school of Holistic Health, we have a responsibility to educate students about how posture  dramatically impacts their health.  By teaching Students actionable measures to strengthen their own posture, they in turn help raise awareness among clients in our communities, she continued.

According to the Faculty at Healing Hands, strong posture is the key to moving with grace, ease and confidence.  It is also key to avoiding pain and injury.  In fact, studies  show that focused exercise (for posture correction) combined with mindful meditation reduce pain and improve range of motion better than medications.  More importantly, holistic strategies achieved desired results more frequently and with fewer negative health consequences.

May begins a month of campaigns that unite thousands of Therapists, Doctors, Physical Trainers and Health Educators.  Intent on addressing the mind/body consequences of poor posture, they recommend the A-C-E posture model, developed by Dr. Steven Weiniger.  An Internationally renown Posture Specialist, Dr. Weiniger encourages people to consider how their posture affects their overall health by emphasizing Awareness, Control and Environment. 

Awareness is best accomplished by taking photos of yourself standing face forward to the camera and then in side-view.  While most individuals ‘feel’ they are standing tall, a picture can help them recognize areas of weakness. These weaknesses can undermine how the body functions and contribute to muscle strain causing joint pain, limiting range of motion, and negatively impact our overall sense of wellness.

Control refers to the actionable strategies one can implement to increase strong posture.  These include therapeutic stretches, postural practices, massage therapies, Chiropractic adjustments, physio-therapies, strengthening exercises as well as increased activity levels.    Strong posture is the key to moving with ease and confidence while avoiding pain and injury. Studies also show that focused exercise and mindful meditation can reduce pain and improve movement better than pain medications and with far less negative health consequences.

Environment, or the creation of a posture-smart environment, refers to optimizing your home, work, play and sleeping environment to align each of your 4 posture zones.  These zones include your head, which should be centered over your body, and the alignment of your torso, pelvis and legs.

Posture studies show that when integrated, these strategies can speed healing of injuries, relieve pain, restore musculo-skeletal balance, elevate mood, increase alertness, boost energy, and enhance one’s self-esteem.  Conversely by allowing your bad posture to continue, one may experience increased pain which can lead to depression and contributes to headaches, lack of energy and a feeling of being drained and uninspired. 

At Healing Hands, students are given the choice of a variety of posture enhancing courses, such as Therapeutic Stretching, Principals of Structural Integration, Neuro-muscular Therapies and Somatics to name a few.  To learn more about Healing Hands and the 80+ Massage and Holistic Health classes offered, go online to www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.

What is a circulatory massage – and what are the benefits?

Massage therapy has many various techniques that promote wellness and improved lifestyles. There are many different strokes and techniques that all deliver diverse results.

While it isn’t the first phrase that pops into people’s heads when they think of massage therapy, circulatory massage is one of the most common healing methods used to help restore proper blood flow to the bodies muscles. 

Originally developed and perfected in Sweden, this specific massage helps relieve stress from the body and muscles, and can help improve a person’s overall mental and physical health. Using a variation of five different strokes, this therapeutic massage involves applying pressure (medium to deep), tension, vibration or motion to the different parts of the body either with hand, arms or electronic massage devices.

When applied with expertise, this massage technique has several benefits. It not only helps by increasing oxygen to flow to the bloodstream and relaxing tense muscles, but also expelling harmful toxins from the body by boosting the lymphatic system’s ability to cleanse lactic acid, uric acid, and metabolic waste. This results in better bodily function and can lower blood pressure.

If someone also suffers from chronic headaches, mobility issues, or joint pain (such as osteoarthritis) these massages can improve or resolve these issues long-term (with regular treatment).

Combined with the right diet and an exercise routine tailored to meet your needs, a circulatory massage can yield potentially life-changing results! With stress reduction and the ability to soothe sore muscles or painful joints, the benefits of circulatory massage can help almost anyone more fully enjoy their lives – and you can learn the skills necessary to empower the lives of others through the power of massage therapy!

Healing Hands School offers hands-on classes and instruction on circulatory massages as a part of our comprehensive massage therapy education. If you’re seeking to open a new career path in massage therapy, learning the five strokes and care involved in circulatory massage will serve as laying the foundation in a lasting career helping others.

Laying the foundation in Eastern Massage Therapy: Tui Na Acupressure Massage

Fine-tuned from over 5,000 years of practice and application in China, Tui Na is an intensive holistic method of massage therapy that can help treat a variety of conditions.

About Tui Na

Using a combination of healing herbs, ointments, heat application, acupuncture, and finger/hand massage strokes both relaxed and energized those it treats. The primary benefit of Tui Na massage is that it concentrates on the specific problem areas – whether it may be a sharp or a chronic pain located in the joints or locked in tense muscles. This technique is extremely beneficial for reducing aches and pains associated with neck and shoulders, hips, back, and ankle disorders. It is a very effective therapy for anyone suffering from arthritis, sciatica, or muscle spasms. 

Tui Na Benefits

The most beneficial advantage of Tui Na is that it focuses on maintaining overall balance with both mental and physical health. Anyone who wishes to bypass any drug side effects or chemical-based treatments may do so by adopting this effective and holistic massage technique to alleviate their pain.

Tui Na VS. Western Massage

While Tui Na may be the form of Eastern massage that is the most similar in technique to Western massage (as both emphasize the kneading of muscles to rid the body of toxins), there are a few drastic differences that separate them. However, Tui Na, like most Eastern forms of massage and healing, tend to be more “rigorous” than Western, addressing specific concerns via diagnosis.

Meanwhile, Western massage uses more broad strokes and focuses on relieving tension and stress throughout the entire body as a whole and tends to have a medium pressure intensity (as compared to Tu Na’s more vigorous technique).

However, don’t let the variety and differences between the two confuse you – both methods of massage therapy can help benefit anyone! It all depends on the individual’s needs.

Where to learn Tui Na

Healing Hands School provides hands-on classes in Tui Na with instructors who have implemented this extremely effective healing technique in the field. Learning the skills to help others through Tui Na’s focused methods not only empowers you but can access new career opportunities for anyone seeking a new path in massage therapy!

Holistic Massage School Offers Exceptional Course in Reflexology

“An effective holistic health practice that goes well with most massage modalities, Reflexology treatments are deeply relaxing and therapeutic”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (Healing Hands).   “When integrated into each therapeutic massage session, Reflexology allows students to positively impact their clients’ endocrine, immune, circulatory, respiratory, and neuropeptide systems.  Our 30-hour course will be offered on Sundays starting May 27th, from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, so mark your calendar!”,   she added.

Reflexology is a form of touch therapy that involves the Practitioner stimulating various pressure points on the feet and hands to promote health and healing.  The course is taught by Staff Instructor Denise Fultz, who combines lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice to familiarize students with reflex points and techniques for their manipulation.  Students learn which reflex points relate to specific organs, glands and other systems of the body, so they can customize client treatments.  The modality has been shown to improve a variety of common ailments including Plantar Fasciitis, Stress, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Anxiety and various digestive disorders. 

“Remembering the exact location of reflex points has always been the biggest challenge for Reflexology students”, said Denise.  Toward that end, co-faculty member Raina Colvin and I developed a Reflexology Chart for students to use as a quick-reference.  The unique, hand-painted chart includes a stand-up design, shows the underlay of bones in the foot, and displays the orientation of the feet and hands as they would appear during a treatment.Reflexology charts can be purchases at any Healing Hands Bookstore or online at Denise’s website: www.InnerWellness.org, To purchase multiple copies please email your request to:  denisehhp@cox.net or call her at 760-594-2473.

Denise Fultz is a Certified Massage Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner, Public Speaker, and multi-subject Instructor for Healing Hands.  A gifted Practitioner and Instructor, Denise has been a valued member of the Faculty for over 20 years and currently teaches a total of seven classes. These include: Homeopathic First Aid, Anatomy for Bodyworkers, Geriatric Massage, Circulatory Massage, Tui Na, Manual Lymph Drainage, and of course, this 32-hour Reflexology course.

In addition to Denise’s many contributions at Healing Hands, Denise is an aspiring Author in the process of writing her first book.  The book,  “Compassionate Care” is designed as a ‘How to’ guide for families and caregivers of terminally ill patients.  The book will provide a wealth of information about natural therapies and holistic remedies to support and comfort individuals going through the dying process.  

Healing Hands has been serving residents in Southern California 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.

Attention Personal Trainers!!!! Learn How Massage Therapist Training Can Boost your Business in 2018!…

Over the past few years, the number of Personal Trainers seeking to supplement their incomes by offering Massage Therapy has increased dramatically” said Paula Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands).  “Fortunately for them, we offer a 600 hour Massage Therapist Program that can give Personal Trainers a competitive edge in less than 1 year! Take a look below at just a few of the advantages Personal Trainers enjoy after adding Massage Therapy to their service offerings”, she added.

  • Earn More Money: Massage Therapists typically earn $20 to $30 for a ½ hour session and between $60 to $80 per hour for private clients, making Massage an excellent source of supplemental income.
  • Grow Your Expertise: Personal Trainers who learn Massage Therapy at Healing Hands, also learn volumes about physiology, holistic health practices and stretching, increasing their value to clients, Members and Gym Management.
  • Build Clientele: A Personal Trainer can build their business twice as fast adding Massage and Therapeutic Stretching as complementary, integrative services.
  • Add Value for Clients: Massage Therapy and Personal Training naturally complement each other allowing Trainers to offer more holistic treatments for clients.
  • Maximize Your Employment Value: A double area of expertise moves you to the top of the Gym Owner’s interview list. Someone who can provide multiple services to Members is always more valuable than a Trainer or Massage Therapist alone.
  • Job Security: The U.S. Dept. of Labor projects that job growth for Massage Therapists will continue to increase at a rate of 22% through 2023, adding tens of thousands of new jobs.
  • Maximize Your Schedule: Personal Trainers that provide therapeutic Massage and stretching, are much more likely to keep their schedules filled and avoid “wait” time between clients.
  • Avoiding Job Burnout: Being able to alternate between Personal Training and Massage will give the Trainer more variety, breaking up the monotony that can lead to job burnout.
  • Increase Your Sense of Purpose: Your desire to contribute to a healthier lifestyle for others through Personal Training is meaningful, altruistic endeavor. By adding Therapeutic Massage and holistic self-care to your “tool belt”, you can make a greater contribution, thus fortifying your Sense of Purpose.  

Healing Hands has been serving residents throughout Southern California for over 25years.  To date, their top-notch Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers with dozens of them Personal Trainers just like YOU! To learn more, go online to www.HealingHandsSchool.com  or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.                               

 

Healing Hands is NOT your Average Massage Therapy School … …And Why That’s Great News for Aspiring Massage Professionals!

According to Graduates, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands) isn’t your average school of Massage Therapy, and they’re absolutely right!  Through the years students have characterized Healing Hands as a place where tremendous personal healing, professional growth and spiritual transformation takes place.  Their appreciation of the Staff and Faculty for their heart-centered approach to education is evidenced by the hundreds of graduate-referred students who enroll annually.

“Many of the Students who are drawn to Healing Hands, are Sports and Health enthusiasts attracted initially to information that can help them optimize their own health and performance”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Laguna Hills campus.  It isn’t until they begin gaining the knowledge and skills to positively impact others through therapeutic touch, that they become truly excited about their career potential,” she added.

School Director, Paula Curtiss is passionate about Holistic Health and considered a true trail-blazer for Holistic education.  She and husband Neha created the first Massage Therapist Training Program for Community Colleges in the OC before launching Healing Hands in 1992.  Since then, they have added two Certification Programs and offer more than 80 Massage and related Holistic Health courses. 

Healing Hands Mission Statements includes: “… making an education in the Holistic Healing Arts available to all who seek one”.  Toward that end, Paula worked tirelessly to qualify for ‘National Accreditation’ making the school eligible to receive Federal Funding on behalf of students.  This includes Financial Aid for Students, Veterans,  WIOA clients and those who are Unemployed and qualify for retraining.  

Healing Hands’ 600-hour Massage Therapist Program (MT) delves deeply into Anatomy offering 100 hours of study on just the muscles, bones and body systems alone.  In addition, students receive 50 hours of Business & Professional Practices, 50 hours of clinic work, plus 400 hours of hands-on practice in both Eastern and Western massage modalities.  Healing Hands MT Program empowers students with everything they’ll need to become State certified and embark on their new career as a Professional Massage Therapist.   To date, Healing Hands Faculty has facilitated that reality for more than 7,000 Graduates!

For students whose aspirations go above and beyond attaining State Certification, Healing Hands also offers a 1000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program (HHP).  It allows students access to more than 80 Massage Therapy and related Holistic Health courses. These “elective” classes, are often advanced classes that give students a deeper understanding of our Mind/Body, and how to stimulate their clients’ innate healing system.  These include: Structural Integration, Neuro-Muscular,  Trigger Point, Energy-work, Therapeutic Stretching and dozens more.

Healing Hands wouldn’t be a school of Holistic Health without hundreds of educational hours dedicated to  Herbal Studies and Applications, Holistic Nutrition, and Superfoods.  These important holistic classes are led by Instructor, Shana Lipner-Grover who is a Clinical Herbalist, Field Botanist, and Herbal Medicine Maker, adding volumes to our students’ understanding of Holistic Health.

Many HHP graduates go on to become small business owners who choose to provide massage services from their own homes, via a mobile service, or invest in small offices or Wellness Clinics.  These Graduates often expand their services to include some form of holistic education, (ie: nutrition counseling), or natural remedies (ie: Aromatherapy, Herbal Remedies, Homeopathy).

Whatever your goals, if you are an aspiring Massage Therapist, rest assured that an education at Healing Hands will empower you with valuable knowledge and skills that can be your doorway to independence and a meaningful career you can take anywhere! To learn go more online at www.HealingHands.com or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.