Holistic Massage School Asks… Can You Recognize the Characteristics of an Abusive Relationship?

As Holistic Health Practitioners, the Faculty at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health understands the negative impact toxic relationships can have on one’s health.  By employing a heart-centered approach to education, Healing Hands Instructors model healthy interactions and set firm limits on acceptable classroom behavior.  By creating a safe, respectful environment, they ensure that all students are empowered to learn, make mistakes, and grow throughout their educational journey. 

Being subjected to repeated stress, fear, arguments, unkind criticism and manipulation can dramatically impact one’s emotional health. Although psychological abuse is often considered less severe than physical, all forms of abuse can have devastating physical and emotional effects. In addition to injuries from physical assault, abuse victims may suffer from chronic stress, tension, pain, gastric disorders, eating problems and psychosomatic issues.  Abuse is also tied to mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, addictions, and post traumatic stress disorders.

So, what happens to Students outside the classroom?  How can they learn to recognize abusive behavior and set boundaries before victimization can occur?  At Healing Hands, we believe the answer is education and awareness.  Click here to read our recent Blog – How to Nurture Healthy Relationships, and read on to familiarize yourself with several common characteristics of abusive relationships:

  1. Physical violence. When someone uses force to get his or her way such as hitting, slapping, grabbing, shoving or blocking you from leaving.
  2. Dishonesty. Withholding information, lying and gaslighting (changing stories) to keep information from being shared. Dishonesty also includes when one person steals from another.
  3. Intimidation. Trying to control aspects of the other person’s life by making threats, or through menacing comments or behavior.  This includes attempt to keep his or her partner from friends and family by threatening violence or a break-up.
  4. Disrespect. When someone makes fun of the opinions and interests of the other person or destroys something that belongs to and is valued by the person.
  5. Hostility. One person vents their anger on another, picking fights or antagonizes another. This may lead to one person changing his or her behavior to avoid upsetting the other.
  6. Control. One person makes all the decisions and tells the other what to do, what to wear, or with whom they may spend time. Unreasonably jealousy, and/or attempts to isolate the other person from his or her friends and family.
  7. Humiliation. – Yelling or screaming at you in public is a ploy intended to make you submissive and to control you in front of others. This is not acceptable under any circumstance and should be recognized as abusive.
  8. Verbal Insults – While it’s natural to occasionally loose our temper in an argument, that never excuses the use of foul language or name calling. Verbal abuse ranges from insulting one’s looks, job or intelligence to blasting one’s competence, or value. Verbal abuse is often accompanied by foul language, but its intention is to diminish one’s self-esteem so they become compliant and reliant on the abuser.
  9. Manipulation – Abusers are skilled manipulators who often succeed at convincing another that their physical or verbal outbursts are the result of misbehavior on their part. The aim is to make one doubt their own self-worth. That’s why most victims continue to excuse or forgive this kind of behavior.
  10. Calculated Outbursts When a person only demeans you, yells at you, or hits you in private. Although they may attempt to convince you that they have no control over their abusive outbursts, they never lose control in front of others or in public. Calculated outbursts are just another of the Abusers tools for manipulation and should not be tolerated.  Let the abuser know you won’t be spoken to in that manner and leave the scene immediately whenever possible.

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been serving residents in SoCal for over 26 years.  To date, we’ve prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers in Massage Therapy and can do the same for You! To find out more, visit us on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.

 

Massage School Students are Nutty about Holistic Nutrition!

At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands), our Faculty understands the importance of good nutrition and offers several classes on the topic.  Among these is Holistic Nutrition, taught by multi-course Instructor, Shana Lipner-Grover.   “The Holistic approach to health-care means taking all aspects of a person’s life into account when assessing their overall health”, said Shana.  “These include the physical, psychological, social, and Spiritual.  This course highlights how food provides the energy we need to move our bodies, and the nutrients essential for its growth, maintenance and repair.  If you want a positive attitude, healthy muscles and bones, and an abundance of energy, it is essential to understand Holistic Nutrition”, she added.

The goal of Holistic Nutrition is to help Students create healthy nutritional plans to build a strong foundation for long term health and wellness.  Students can use these plans for themselves, their families and their clients. In Shana’s course, students examine the basic nutrients in food including: vitamins, carbohydrates, fatty acids, enzymes, and amino acids. They explores how the energy of food ingested affects our own energy, and how food choices can impact the mind/body connection and over-all health. Students study the Digestive System and gain an understanding of how food is processed and utilized within the body. The course also includes the preparation and sharing of delicious, healthy recipes.  Upon completion Students will be equipped with the knowledge to customize the optimal nutrition program for themselves and their clients.

Holistic Nutrition is a 60-hour course that Shana teaches at all three Healing Hands classroom locations.  Her next course will be held at the Escondido campus (125 W Mission Ave #212) from 6pm to 10pm starting August 24th and running through October 12th.  The Registration deadline for Holistic Nutrition is August 10, 2018.

Course Instructor, Shana, shown here receiving a “Teacher of the Year” award from Healing Hands Founding Director Mrs. Paula Curtiss. A health educator, clinical herbalist, field botanist, and self-proclaimed ‘student of life’, Shana possesses a passion for teaching. Her classes at Healing Hands include: Holistic Nutrition, Superfoods & Dietary Practices, Herbal Studies & Applications, and more!

When not teaching, Shana manages a private Clinical Practice and a high-quality herbal product line called Sage Country Herbs.  An accomplished Speaker, Shana also lectures at a variety of Symposiums, Conferences and Institutes of higher learning in the SoCal area. To learn more, e-mail Shana at: shanalipner@gmail.com.

Healing Hands has been serving residents in SoCal for over 26 years.  Boasting more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses and two Certification Programs, Healing Hands has prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers as Massage Therapists and can do the same for you. Interested in learning more? Check out Healing Hands classes and Programs on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, (858) 505-1100 in San Diego. 

 

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Attention San Diego!!! – Holistic Massage School Offers Priceless Course on Super-foods & Dietary Practices

“With so many different dietary practices to choose from, do you find yourself confused about which is right for you, asked Shana Lipner-Grover, Guest Instructor at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  That question was the inspiration for my 40-hour course titled: Super-foods & Dietary Practices.  In it we review diets based on seasonal availability, geographic location, ethical treatment of animals, cultural backgrounds, environmental concerns and other factors. Students learn all about Super-foods and leave class armed with a variety of easy-to-prepare superfoods recipes to cook for themselves and share with family and clients”, she added.

In Super-foods & Dietary Practices, students also learn how different super foods support our nutritional and energetic needs.   Students explore the many benefits of different Super-foods including those that reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, and stabilize blood sugar.  They learn how foods affect our mental state, energy levels and protect against heart disease and Cancers.  Just as important, students learn how to eat to regulate their metabolism and optimize their weight and health.

Super-foods and Dietary Practices is a 40-hour course that is offered at all three Healing Hands locations.  The upcoming, Summer 2018 class will be held at the San Diego classroom located at 9025 Balboa Avenue Ste. #130.  The Registration deadline is August 20th and classes will be held on Sundays from 9am to 5 pm starting September 2nd and ending on the 30th.   

Shana Lipner-Grover is a clinical herbalist, field botanist, herbal medicine maker and health educator.  A holistic health advocate with a love for teaching, Shana provides hundreds of hours of herbal medicine and nutrition class training to Healing Hands Students.  Classes Shana teaches include: Advanced Herbal Formulations, Herbal Preparations, Herbal Studies & Applications, Superfoods & Dietary Practices and Holistic Nutrition.

When Shana’s not teaching she manages a private clinical practice, field based herbal school, and a high-quality herbal product line called Sage Country Herbs. Shana can also be sighted as a featured Speaker at a variety of Symposiums, Conferences and Institutes of higher learning like CSULA and Bastyr University. To find out more about Shana, visit her online at www.sagecountryherbs.com or e-mail her at: shanalipner@gmail.com.

Founded over 26 years ago and considered a trail-blazer in Holistic Health education, Healing Hands offers over 80 Massage and Holistic Health classes plus two Certification Programs.  To date, we’ve prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers as Massage Therapists and can do the same for you.  To find out if Healing Hands is right for you, please visit us at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.

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Holistic Massage School Offers Transformative Course in Sacred Hawaiian Massage

Lomi Lomi bodywork originated in the South Pacific and has been passed down among Hawaiians from generation to generation.  At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (Healing Hands), Instructor Jennifer Peterson teaches Lomi Ka Ala Hoku, a form developed in ancient Temples and delivered only by Kahunas (Master Healers) as a ‘Rite of Passage’ ceremony.  Its intention is for the recipient to develop a strong sense of social and family responsibility and gain an expanded awareness and spiritual empowerment.

When asked about her most recent class, held at the Laguna Hills classroom, Jennifer said “It was a wonderful Hawaiian learning experience full of ‘Aloha’ (which means Love, Peace & Compassion) and I am happy to send another talented group of Lomi Ka’Ala Hoku Therapists out into the world to do their healing!”

Considered a transformational massage and healing system, this therapeutic modality provides a holistic approach to healing by balancing the body-mind and Spirit. ​In this course, Students learn how to deliver the traditional, full-body Lomi Lomi massage.  Jennifer also teaches advanced strokes and unique ways Students can use their hands, palms, knuckles and forearms to apply soft and deep tissue massage.  

The practice of ‘pule’ or ‘prayer-full intention’ is also key to the Lomi Lomi healing experience and something Jennifer highly encourages. Before beginning each massage session, the student is directed to consciously release all prejudice, ego, and judgement of their clients. They are encouraged to turn their attention to their client’s uniqueness, focus on positive attributes, and say a prayer for their health and healing.

Hawaiian music enhances the Lomi Lomi experience as the practitioner attunes the flow of the massage with the music to harmonize energies within the body.  When observing this sacred massage modality, it appears the Practitioner is dancing around the table.  The rhythmic, steady pressure of long, fluid strokes make Lomi Lomi a powerful healing modality with affects that can be felt long after a session. 

The physiological and emotional benefits of Lomi Lomi include but are not limited to:

  • Improving the health of the body’s Systems: lymphatic, immune, circulatory, respiratory and digestive
  • Facilitating deep relaxation and a sense of peace
  • The release of deeply held neuro-muscular tension
  • Speeds the healing process, increases flexibility, boosts energy flow
  • Physically rejuvenating and energizing – boosts mood and outlook
  • Can act as a catalyst to help one release fear, anger, guilt and grief
  • Provides an opportunity to let go negative beliefs, self-criticism and forgive/transcend the effects traumatic experiences
  • Brings clarity and confidence, and increases trust and open-heartedness
  • Creates opportunities for introspection, increased self-awareness, self-acceptance and self-love.
  • Generates an overall sense of joy, empowerment, vitality, balance, and love of life

Jennifer Peterson brings an innate talent for bodywork and nearly twenty years of experience to her position at Healing Hands and teaches at all three classroom locations.  Her next Lomi Lomi class starts on August 4th at the Escondido campus located at 125 West Mission.

In addition to teaching Lomi Lomi,  Ayurvedic Massage, and Aromatherpy for Healing Hands, Jennifer practices massage, body-work and integrative Spa therapies at select high-end Spas in the San Diego area.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from UCLA and received her Holistic Health Practitioner training from Mueller College of Holistic Studies.  For more information on Lomi Lomi or to contact Jennifer directly, e-mail her at: Jennyp8@live.com.

Healing Hands has been serving residents in SoCal for over 26 years.  To date, our top-notch Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers in Massage Therapy and can do the same for you! To find out more about Lomi Lomi, or any of the other 80+ classes offered, please visit us at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 / Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 / Escondido, or (858)0505-1100 / San Diego.           

Holistic Massage School Offers Inspiration for Positive Change- Create a Customized Wellness Plan and Enjoy Optimal Health

At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, we teach students that the health of our physical bodies, minds/emotions, and Spirit are essential to holistic wellness”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands – Laguna Hills.  “Since every individual is different, identifying the areas most in need of change requires an inventory of their own current state of wellness.  Below are questions designed to facilitate self-exploration. When answered honestly, these questions help students define specific goals and actionable steps for a personalized wellness plan.  By sharing these questions, we hope to encourage the health enthusiasts everywhere to do the same”, she continued.

Nutrition: Do I understand my body’s nutritional needs? Does my body get the vitamins and nutrients it requires?  Do I avoid processed foods and consume plenty of fruits and vegetables? If not, how can I ensure that I do better?

Exercise: Do I get regular exercise that is aerobic and improves my cardio-vascular health.  Do I participate in exercises that build strength, flexibility, endurance, coordination or balance? What types of exercises do I like best?  What am I willing to do to ensure my body’s physical health?

Self-Care: Do I value and care for myself proactively, or put everyone else’s needs before my own? Do I avoid ingesting toxins such as drugs, alcohol, and tobacco that can harm my health?  Do I receive regular medical check-ups and follow through with treatments?  Do I practice safe-sex? Do I monitor my body for warning signs of disease? Do I practice forgiveness of myself & others?

Relaxation: Do I use relaxation strategies like Yoga, Tai Chi, or Massage, to regularly combat stress, relax and balance my body/mind? Do I practice any forms of meditation to help quiet my mind? Do I have a safe and quite place I can go for refuge when needed?  How can I create a special, personal space for tranquility and relaxation?

Rest: Do I maintain a regular sleep and wake cycle to avoid insomnia?  Do I create a dark, comfortable and cool sleep environment where I can rest undisturbed?   Do I get an average of seven hours of sleep each night? Do I avoid caffeine, blue light (from electronics & TV), and other pre-bed-time agitators like personal confrontations or spicy late-night snacks?

If you think you might be interested in becoming a Professional Massage Therapist, go online to www.HealingHandsSchool.com or,  Click here for more information.  To set up a personal tour and discuss this amazing career and the opportunities it can bring, call us at: (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.

 

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“Massage Therapist Training is…. …An Exciting Career Path to Independence!”

Do Friends Say You Have Healing Hands?

 Are you curious about the Holistic Healing Arts? Interested in subjects like Therapeutic Massage, Herbal Preparations, Aromatherapies, Nutrition, or Energy Work? Are you a compassionate person who enjoys working one on one with others? Do you want a living wage career that offers the flexibility to live your life on your terms?

If you answered YES to any of these questions it may be time to…

Explore a Career as a Professional Massage Therapist or Holistic Health Practitioner!

 

Hot Stone Massage Therapy                        Herbal Preparations                      Chakra Balancing with Crystals

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands) offers two academic Programs and over 80 Massage & Holistic Health classes. The school’s Mission is to teach Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork so students not only master the techniques, but gain a deep respect for their bodies and each other in the process. Our Instructors do a great job of inspiring excellence as our graduates are in high-demand among area employers

Enrollment at Healing Hands provides a useful, transformative education and rewarding path to independence for Graduates. The Department of Labor reports that the demand for Professional Massage Therapist eclipses all other professions with job growth expected to continue at 23% through 2023. Starting salaries for Professional Massage Therapists range from $25 to $45 per hour, with solo Practitioners earning upwards of $80,000 annually.

 As a School of ‘Holistic Health’, in addition to learning the basic massage modalities like Swedish, Sports and Deep Tissue, Healing Hands offers classes on ancient holistic practices from around the world!  These include Tui Na from China, Shiatsu from Japan, Ayurvedic Massage from India as well as Herbal Studies, Holistic Nutrition, and Homeopathic Remedies.  See the full list of course descriptions here.

If an education in the Holistic Healing Arts resonates with you, call us for a friendly visit and tour.  We make enrollment easy with three So Cal locations and day, evenings and weekend schedules.  Tuition Plans plus FSA, VA and WIA Benefits/Funding are also available to those who qualify.

Healing Hands has prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers and can do the same for you! Call us and explore your path to independence today! Learn more at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at 760.746.9364 in Escondido, 949.305.2722 in Laguna Hills, and 858.505-1100 in San Diego.  Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts”, since 1992.

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. 

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.

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.