Holistic Massage School Shares Five Strategies for Grocery Shopping for Optimal Nutrition

“We all know that food ordered at a local Diner or Buffet can be filled with empty calories and ingredients that aren’t always the healthiest” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Laguna Hills (Healing Hands).  “By selecting and cooking your own meals, you are empowered to take charge of your nutritional intake which is essential to Holistic Health”, she continued.

According to researchers in Australia who examined the habits of 1, 136 women, food shoppers who made a habit of planning meals made better shopping decisions.  The evidence showed that those who pre-planned and shopped with grocery lists ate more healthfully than those who did not.  Shopping choices for these women included more fruits, vegetables and healthier product options. The study also found that approaching grocery shopping as a holistic practice to nurture yourself (and your family) as opposed to a chore, made a huge difference.

To ensure that your next trip to the grocery store is one you’ll look forward to, the Faculty at Healing Hands has put together five ‘Insider Tips’.  These tips will help you navigate grocery stores and find the best products, so you receive the best return for your nutritional dollar.

Tip #1 – Even those of us who do read labels acknowledge they can be extremely confusing. Fortunately, experts say that as a rule, the fewer the ingredients listed on the label, the healthier the food.  So, the best option is to select the product with the shortest list of ingredients.

Tip #2 – Observe your product’s positioning on the shelf.  Be aware that the big food companies pay “slotting fees” to position their products on the shelves at eye level.  The tactic usually leaves the top and bottom shelves open for healthier, more natural alternatives.   So, be prepared to look high and low for the most nutritious options.

Tip #3 –Shop the circumference of the store to find foods with the best nutritional values.  In most grocery stores, the healthiest food items can be found along the walls, rather than within internal isles.  Fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and fresh meat, poultry and seafood can all be found around the edges of the store. Typically, nutritionally less potent, processed food items are moved to the inner isles, and often can be avoided all together.

Tip #4 – Remember the Nutrition Pyramid and be sure to include your daily requirement of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains and low-fat protein sources when planning meals and creating a shopping list.  The Pyramid model does not take into account dietary restrictions of all individuals, so learning what YOUR individual needs are, is equally important.  Having healthy selections readily available can keep your blood sugar balanced and curb unhealthy food cravings and impulsive eating.

Tip #5 –  Beware of deceptive marketing tactics. Many conglomerate companies use words that sound healthy to ‘spin’ the description of their food product.  For example, the term ‘Whole grains’ ensures the product has not been refined and stripped of most of its nutritional value.  The term ‘Multi-grain’ on the other hand, is deceptive as it may or may not have been refined, so it offers no guarantee of its nutritional value.  Learning differences such as these can help you avoid consuming foods with empty calories.

At Healing Hands, our wonderful Faculty  inspires students with the most comprehensive massage therapy and holistic health courses in southern California! Please see the full schedule of courses. Founded in 1992 Healing Hands has prepared more than 7,000 Graduates for rewarding careers as Professional Massage Therapists and can do the same for you. If you’d like to learn more about our programs, please contact us. 

Holistic Massage School Celebrates International Men’s Health Week

“Led by the Men’s Health Network, International Men’s Health Week, June 11-17, was created to increase awareness of male health issues, and develop policies and health services that meet their specific needs on a global scale”, said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands).  “In support of these endeavors, we are asking all Healing Hands students to encourage the men in their life to be more proactive about their holistic health”, she added.

In support of International Men’s Week, Healing Hands Faculty offers the following self-care strategies for men.  By adopting these 8 holistic health strategies, men can reduce their risk of cardio-vascular and other chronic diseases that can shorten their lives.

Holistic Self-Care Strategies for Men

#1 – Practice Safe Sex!  With HIV/Aids and so many Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) out there, ie: HPV, preventing sexually transmitted diseases is an essential self-care activity for men. Using a condom can greatly reduce chances of getting or spreading a STD.  Other risk reducing strategies include: a reduction in sex partners, mutual monogamy, and Hepatitis B & HPV vaccinations. Get treatment immediately If you suspect you may have contracted an STD.

#2 – Know Your Health Numbers! Keep track of important numbers such as your Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar levels, LDL & LDH Cholesterol, and Body Mass Index (BMI).  If any of these numbers are higher than normal, speak with your doctor for suggested life-style changes.  

#3 – Tune in to How You Feel!  Be sure to get regular health check-ups and any medical screening tests you feel may be needed.  Tune in to yourself and notice signs and symptoms of disease such as: pain in the chest, arms, shoulder, neck, jaw, or back.  Notice if you experience excessive thirst, shortness of breath, feeling light-headed or faint.  If you experience any of these signs or symptoms, don’t wait; seek help from your doctor or neighborhood urgent care facility right away. 

#4 – Say Nighty Night!  Adult men need a minimum of 7 to 8 hours of sleep nightly.  Simple strategies to help men get the sleep they need include: turning off computers and electronic gadgets that emit sleep inhibiting blue-light; adhere to the same bed-time and morning wake schedules; keep the bedroom dark, quiet, and temperature controlled; and avoid large meals or exercise right before bed-time.

#5 – Reduce Stress! – A prolonged bout of stress affects your health as well as your emotional wellbeing.  To keep your worries in perspective and reduce stress, make it a point to take good care of yourself.  Eat well, get plenty of sleep, exercise, laugh, play, and treat yourself to a Therapeutic Massage regularly.  Just one hour of Massage can substantially reduce stress hormones and increase happy hormones positively impacting mood.  

#6 – Let’s Get Physical!  At a minimum, adult men need 2.5 hours of moderate to intense aerobic activity each week.  In addition, muscle strengthening activities two or more days a week will help maintain strong, healthy and flexible muscles and joints.  Regular exercise can substantially reduce the risk of chronic or cardio-vascular diseases that cut a man’s life-span short.  Just a ½ hour walk daily can reduce one’s risk of obesity by 50 % and positively impact one’s physical health and sense of emotional wellbeing. 

#7 – Eat to Thrive!  A healthy diet is one that provides essential nutrients and contains food from all the basic food groups.  There should be a balance between calories-eaten with calories-burned, so daily activity is key to keeping your weight low.  You should also limit high sugar food items or those that are high in salt, fat, alcohol and calories.  Best choices are fresh, un-processed foods such as green leafy vegetables, whole grain products, colorful fruits, and lean protein such as Chicken, Fish, or Pork. To learn more about recommended guidelines visit: http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/.

#8 – Stop Smoking!  Smoking raises your risk of serious illnesses including: Heart Disease, Stroke, Lung Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Blindness, and many types of Cancers.   If you smoke, do your health a huge favor…seek support to stop smoking.  For more information go online to: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/quit-smoking/.

Healing Hands School has been serving residents in SoCal for over 24 years. Learn  more about Healing Hands’ Certifications here.  Boasting more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses and two Certification Programs, no other school offers a better opportunity for success than Healing Hands.   Click here to see all courses offered.  Our top-notch Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers as Professional Massage Therapists and can do the same for you!  Learn more on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or  click here to let us know your name and which location you’re interested in, and we will contact you.  

 

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.  

 

Newsletter: Summer Session and Successful Students!

We want to share our most recent newsletter from Paula and Neha with our fellow Healers out there regarding the summer session and Healing Hands School!

First off: We are so excited! Our expansion to the city of San Diego is 1 year old, and our school there is growing by the minute!

Check out our Summer 2018 classes!

Most people think of massageas pushing tissue. However, the masters of the craft know we manipulate tissue to help fibers move freely and to help create a softer gel-like state.

 

Here are three:

  • Dynamic Cupping: we learn to use suction to lift and pull tissue.
  • Body Reading: we welcome our guest world-renowned Zen Shiatsu practitioner, author and teacher, Seymour Koblin.
  • Chris Morgan and Harmony Curtiss’ Professional Practices course, we refine and hone our academic information to prepare us for the state board exam in Massage Therapy.

Summer Schedules 

Please see the full schedule of courses.

Our wonderful staff of dedicated instructors continues to inspire and teach the best and most comprehensive massage therapy and holistic health courses in southern California!

This Summer, we congratulate our most recent Holistic Health Practitioner graduates: Daniel Aguirre, Cindy Allbright, Corita Victoria Cazares, Jennifer Chagnon, Cutter Curtiss, Mary Dema-Ala, Alexa Nicole Esqueda, Christina Geno, Susanne Marie Haugen, Karen Holton-Braley, Maya Roche Landa, Jeremiah Layman, Diana Torres Lopez, William MacDonald III, Leslie McClellan, Mihaela Nedejde, Jaclyn Patio Durfee, Ashley Peak, William Pham, Melissa Pulido, Sydney Purvis, Miki Taylor, Mishele Wurth, Hayden Wyndhamsmith, and Gabriel Yanez.

Some of you came to us at our new San Diego location; some came to us from miles away.  

You all came from a myriad of life experiences and backgrounds. You each have had unique challenges to overcome and you each brought your unique healing energy to us. We are honored to have learned and shared with you. We wish you the very best of luck as you pursue your craft of healing the world around us.

In Peace and Healing,

Paula and Neha and all of Us at Healing Hands School

 

 

See how your summer schedule would work with our class sessions right here.

Still have questions? Our team would love to provide you with the answers.  Click here to let us know your nameand which facility you are looking to enroll in, and the appropriate Healing Hands team member will be in touch.  

Holistic Massage School Spotlights The Benefits of Meditation

 “Studies have shown that meditating for just 20 minutes daily is enough to  experience the many benefits Meditation provides” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Laguna Hills (Healing Hands).  “Thanks to new technologies such as MRIs and EEGs, researchers now know that daily meditation creates positive changes in  our physical bodies and brains.  As Holistic Health Advocates and Professional Massage Therapists, we want everyone to understand that daily Meditation is easy, instantly available, and an essential strategy for holistic self-care,” she added.

meditationThe effects of Meditation have been studied so frequently it has become a growing sub-field of neurological research.  New technologies enable Scientists to measure a variety of immediate and long-term benefits.  Research showed that regardless of the Meditation method used, daily can dramatically enhance one’s quality of life.  Meditation facilitates a sense of calm and balance that benefits overall health.  Studies also found that these benefits are cumulative and continue long after your meditation session has ended.

By clearing away the information overload that contributes to daily stress, Meditation increases self-awareness, and helps one gain a new perspective. It also reduces negative emotions, increases patience and tolerance and helps one develop coping skills for dealing with stress. Daily meditation has also been found to boost imagination, creativity, energy and inspiration.

Meditation has been shown to help people manage chronic symptoms and conditions such as: Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression, Headaches, and Asthma.  Research also suggests that regular meditation can positively impact Cancer, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, lower blood pressure and reduce risk factors of Heart disease.

Healing Hands owners, Paula and Neha Curtiss, are considered trail-blazers for Massage and Holistic Health education in SoCal.  They developed the first Massage Therapist Training Program for Community Colleges in the South land before starting Healing Hands more than 26 years ago.  Since then, their top-notch Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 Graduates, for ‘Living Wage’ careers and is still going strong! 

With day, evening and weekend classes offered from classrooms in San Diego, Escondido, and Laguna Hills; you can learn everything you need to know about the Holistic Healing Arts at Healing Hands.  Check us out online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 946-9364 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego. Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts”, since 1992.

Citations: Time Magazine, American Heart Association, American Psychosomatic Medicine Journal, Journal of International Society of Psycho-neuro Endocrinology

 

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.

 

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.