Our Community of Healers

Becoming a student at Healing Hands is more than receiving a certification in massage therapy or holistic health. One of the unique aspects of our school is the community support behind every student. Even though your journey with us begins when you enroll, it does not end when you graduate.

Working in massage therapy means you heal others. At our school, we believe the best way to heal is through compassion and support. In order for our students to successfully heal their clients, they must experience healing themselves first. We take a holistic approach to our teachings so that our students can have a comprehensive learning experience that not only benefits their careers but their souls as well.

We provide our students with resources and experiences that further develop their knowledge and passion for holistic healing:

In Nature

Every year a two-day holistic living retreat is held for all students and alumni to attend. This event reminds the student that living a balanced and health-conscious life can foster a powerful state of well-being.

This retreat gives students the opportunity to unwind, rejuvenate and reconnect with nature and a community of like-minded Healers. This popular, Springtime retreat takes place in a beautiful natural setting located in the heart of an undeveloped canyon complete with fresh- water creek. With no modern conveniences to distract them, students are immersed in outdoor, holistic living.

Online

Beyond the courses and exams, Healing Hands is online. Our active community on platforms such as Facebook gives our alumni and friends the chance to network from anywhere in the world. For those who have graduated from our school and have gone on to their dream careers, this is a great place for them to keep up with us.

“This program changed my life and the community this school has created has meant everything to me. They are there for you every step of the way to becoming a Massage Therapist which is no walk in the park.” – Mihaela Nedejde, Laguna Hills Alumni. We are constantly receiving support from old and new students.

Beyond Schooling

Because of the tight-knit group of healers we have established, opportunities for jobs are abundant. The support from our alumni is a continuous journey as people are constantly offering job opportunities for anyone interested.

The relationships we have cultivated with our partners has given our students the opportunity for successful job placements. After years of building great relationships with these businesses, we have been able to give our students the chance to work in different environments and help them evaluate what practices are best for them. Spas and healing facilities all around Southern California are filled with past Healing Hands students.

 

We encourage our students to dig deep into their own healing to understand how to heal others through the support of everyone around them. By modeling a more holistic approach to life, students help their clients re-discover their own innate power and ability for self-healing.

If you want to begin a new career with the love and care of a supportive community, schedule a tour at one of our three locations. 

Ways To Relieve Your Daily Stress

Every day we are faced with challenges that bring on stress. Too much stress can take a toll on your physical and mental wellbeing. When these pressures become repetitive, we begin to experience some real problems.

 

Our students are trained to understand their client’s stress through assessments and clear communication. Dealing with an extensive amount of tension and worry can cause insomnia, muscle tension, a weakened immune system and more. Mentally, stress increases feelings of depression and anger along with a lack of motivation.

 

While there are so many reasons to be stressing out, we need to learn how to overcome those mental blocks in order to sustain a well-rounded and healthy lifestyle. We can achieve this by making small mindful changes throughout our day.  

 

Begin the day with yourself.

Mornings can be a hassle when you already have a long to-do list in your head the minute you wake up. Before you begin your hectic day, set the tone by taking 5-10 minutes to yourself. Try to think about circumstances in which you are thankful. Practicing gratitude can put your worries into perspective, helping you realize how small they actually are. Incorporating positive thinking will establish your mood and start you off feeling good.

 

De-clutter your space.

Waking up to a messy room affects your mindset more than you may think. Whether you begin in your house or at the office; cleaning the clutter in your physical spaces will help clear the clutter in your mind. Having an organized space to work or relax in gives your brain a break from focusing on too many things at once.

 

Drink water.

Hydration is one of the most important factors in having a healthy lifestyle. Not drinking enough water causes us not to think clearly and makes us feel drained. The amount of daily water intake depends on each person. But generally speaking, women should be drinking around 12 cups a day, while men need about 16 cups. Water will help give you the clarity and energy you need to thrive during your day.

 

Focus on one task at a time.

Many times when we find ourselves stressed out it is because we have too many tasks on our plate and not enough time in the day to complete them. Bring your attention to one need and let everything else go. Once that task is done, you can switch your attention to the next. Worrying about multiple duties at once serves no purpose other than stress. There will always be more to do, don’t let that cloud your mindset.

 

 

By creating small, healthy habits you can include in your life; you will see a noticeable difference in your mentality. Taking the time to practice positive thinking will help you see and feel better. Our Massage Therapy Program educates students on how to relieve stress in ways our clients cannot do on their own. To learn more about this program, click here.

 

 

Aromatherapy Healing: Essential Oils and Their Effects

While we specialize in the art of massage therapy and healing techniques with our hands, we teach and embrace wellness from a holistic approach.  The sense of smell is a strong tool that can do a lot to energize and reinvigorate our minds, spirits, and bodies Whether you are looking for a better night’s sleep, or just need to unwind from a stressful day, aromatherapy is a natural and effective way to soothe your soul.

Essential oils have been used all over the world for thousands of years because of the healing properties they provide us. By extracting the components from plants, oils contain a variety of restorative features.

Here are some different types of essential oils and their benefits:

Lavender

There’s a reason why this scent is one of the most popular of them all. Although lavender has multiple purposes, it is most commonly used to relax. The calming scent it produces is beneficial to those suffering from anxiety or trouble sleeping. Aside from relieving stress, it also can aid in healing skin wounds and burns. 

Eucalyptus

This oil is great for treating colds and congestion. Its antibacterial properties allow for aid in respiratory issues. Adding it to a bath can clear your mind and your airways all at once. Try using eucalyptus in your home as a cleaning product as well. This multi-purpose cleaner will leave your home smelling naturally fresh with no toxins.

Tea Tree

Tea tree provides antiseptic properties that can heal a variety of skin issues. Use this oil to help fight acne, soothe dry cuticles, or reduce inflammation from conditions like psoriasis or eczema. You can also treat skin infections and cuts with tea tree.

Lemon

 The look of lemon is as bright as its benefits. Revitalizing and energy boosting, lemon helps promote mindfulness to keep you focused. This acidic fruit also can be used as a detoxifier, just add a couple of drops to your water in the morning for a natural cleanse.

Chamomile

Commonly seen in tea, chamomile’s sweet scent can replace your feelings of anger and disappointment with relaxation and positivity. The physical benefits are just as useful, as this oil adequately reduces pain. Whether you have headaches or muscle pain, you can use chamomile to relieve your suffering.

These natural remedies can provide relief in all aspects of your life. Utilizing essential oils can help you eliminate the use of medication and toxic products while promoting a more balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Aromatherapy is just one of the many classes we teach at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health. This course explores how 30 different essential oils can affect us on physical, emotional, and energetic levels. Class discussions include the history of Aromatherapy; intrinsic oil qualities; extraction and blending techniques; plus safe and effective consulting practices that are in accordance with high ethical standards. Through lecture, demonstration and hands-on experience students learn how to formulate and use essential oil blends to treat a variety of disorders and stress-related problems for their clients.

To learn more about this class and see our entire catalog of courses, please click here.

 

Holistic Massage School Shares Holistic Wellness Plan for Spring

Spring is a time of new beginnings and a reminder of nature’s awesome beauty and resilience.  This Spring, the faculty at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, is encouraging students to begin anew as well.  Known as trail-blazers for Holistic Health Education in Southern California, they are urging students to experience the benefits of holistic self-care first-hand by adopting a program designed with equal emphasis on the Body, Mind and Spirit.   It offers simple, natural strategies to address different aspects of our lives that affect our health and well-being.

Mental/Emotional

·       Regular, routine sleep schedule (7-8 hrs)

·       Deep breathing to reduce stress

·       Mindfulness practice to relieve anxiety

·       Think like an Optimist, focus on what you want

·       Practice self-compassion & forgiveness

·       Replace negative mind-chatter with thoughts of  possibility

·       Spend time in nature

·       Stress reduction techniques (bio-feedback, yoga, Tai Chi)

·       Time Management to reduce stress

·       Chart your moods for increased self-awareness

·       Feel your feelings (don’t numb them with alcohol or drugs)

·       Heal family of origin issues

·       Work through grief

·       Psychotherapy/Medication as needed

 

 

Physical Self-care

·       Balanced nutrition, healthy eating

·       Watch water intake

·       Routine Medical & Dental Exams

·       Daily exercise (minimum ½ hour)

·       Supplements and herbal remedies

·       Time for beauty & hygiene

·       Acupuncture/Acupressure

·       Breathing Exercises

·       Therapeutic Massage

·       Natural light/time in nature

·       Relaxation

·       Limit caffeine

·       Alcohol in moderation

·       Engage in pleasurable activities

 

 

Social Support

·       Reach out to friends and family regularly

·       Explore opportunities to meet  like-minded people

·       Plan a Girls/Guys night out to re-connect with friends 

·       Draw clear boundaries for how you’re treated 

·       Psychiatrist/therapist/support groups

·       Minister/Rabbi/Life Coach

·       Volunteer work

·       Spend time with pets and animal friends

 

 

Spiritual Connection

·       Daily Meditation or Yoga Practice

·       Prayer

·       Practice Forgiveness

·       Become part of a Spiritual Community

·       Find a sense of purpose

·       Read inspirational texts

·       Surround yourself with people who interact respectfully

·       Practice daily Gratitude sessions

·       Give up being a ‘People Pleaser’, be your authentic self

·       Hold your own well-being sacred 

 

 

 

Work/Career

·       Seek out fulfilling work that provides a sense of purpose

·       Set and achieve professional goals to bolster self-confidence

·       Achieve financial independence to empower yourself

·       Reaching team goals  enhances a sense of community

·       Make a meaningful contribution to others

·       Go beyond your comfort zone to reveal unique skills 

 

 

Creative Self-Expression

·       Seek out and make time for activities you enjoy

·       Draft a “Bucket-List” then achieve your list’s goals.

·       Humor – Laughter is the best medicine

·       Take up a musical instrument or start singing

·       Let yourself dance, free-style or with a partner

·       Write poetry, prose or start a book

·       Practice a Martial Art like: Tai Chi or Karate

·       Learn to Ski, Skateboard or Snowboard

·       Take a class in  Massage, Nutrition,  etc. 

·       Travel to a new destination or foreign land

·       Go camping with friends

·       Try sketching, painting, beading,  or crafting

·       Take a cooking class

.       Try a dance class, Tai chi class, or the “Flow Arts”

 

 

Holistic Health Practitioners strive to restore the innate harmony and balance of the individual through therapeutic massage and education of holistic health practices that not only treat and prevent disease, but enhance a person’s overall health, longevity, personal happiness and vitality as well. Learn more about Healing Hands by going online to: www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call (949) 305-2722 for Laguna Hills, (858) 505-1100 for San Diego or (760) 746-9364 for Escondido.

 

 

Holistic Massage School Shares… Why Laughter Heals

“Did you know, infants begin smiling within their first few weeks of life and begin laughing just months after birth” says Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health in Laguna Hills.  “Innate to the human Spirit, laughing offers a wide range of holistic health benefits. Though medical doctors instinctively used humor to distract patients from pain for centuries, today there is measurable data that documents its therapeutic value.  Below is a list of just some of the research findings that support the belief that ‘Laughter IS the Best Medicine!”, she added.   

  • A good laugh relaxes muscle tension throughout the body
  • Laughing increases oxygen intake and exercises the heart & lungs
  • Laughter has been found to improve sleep
  • Laughter triggers the release of the body’s natural pain-killers (Endorphins)
  • One cannot be anxious, angry or sad when laughing, therefore it naturally boosts our mood
  • Laughter helps us shift our perspective, allowing us to view situations differently
  • Laughter allows us to take ourselves less seriously and increases our self-compassion
  • Laughter produces a general sense of well-being and empowerment
  • Laughter promotes mental alertness
  • Laughter increases memory and creativity
  • Laughing can increase physical energy
  • When we laugh, we reduce stress-related hormones (Cortisol)
  • Laughter also has been found to boost the immune system
  • Laughter, and the stomach contractions it creates, can relieve stomach aches
  • Studies show laughter helps balance blood pressure
  • Laughter is contagious, and people enjoy being others who have a good sense of humor.

Laughing is an important holistic health practice that can help you to feel better about yourself and the world around you.  Just a few minutes of laughter daily can help you to relax and recharge, relieving pain while lifting our spirits, energy and mental capacities.  Best of all, laughter is available to all of us, at all times, and in almost any situation we may find ourselves. 

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been serving residents in SoCal for over 25 years.  With more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses plus two Certification Programs to offer, 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, please 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.

Citations: 1) The University of Maryland, Laughter’s Effect on Cardiac Health, presented by the American College of Cardiology.  2) The New England Journal of Medicine, Norman Cousins and his findings as published in the book, Anatomy of an Illness.