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.  

 

Holistic Massage School asks…. When Will Your Career Move Begin?

Working as a Professional Massage Therapist offers students a living wage career that inspires the most positive expertise”, says Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (Healing Hands).  “Our Faculty is proud to have prepared more than 7,000 graduates to do this powerful healing work in our communities”, she added.

Paula has good reason to be proud. She and husband, Neha, have been providing education in the Holistic Healing Arts for more than 30 years! Together, they developed the first Massage Therapy Program for community colleges in SoCal before starting Healing Hands in 1992.  Since then they’ve grown to three locations and offer an unparalleled 80+ Massage and Holistic Health courses. Their vision and advocacy of the Holistic Healing Arts has impacted the lives of so many and is still going strong!

Must-know details about Healing Hands include that it has earned National Accreditation qualifying them to accept Federal Financial Aid, VA, and WIOA educational benefits on behalf of students.  Also, as a school of Holistic Health, Healing Hands’ curriculum goes beyond basic Massage techniques to adjunctive Holistic therapies that give Graduates a competitive edge. Please see the full schedule of courses.

Healing Hands’ Management and Faculty empower students to complete their Program of choice on their own terms.  The school remains open year-round and offers day, evening and weekend courses. Students can attend full or part-time and are given multiple start dates quarterly, ensuring a rapid path to independence.  At Healing Hands students select from two career-oriented Programs.  Both can get them ready for Certification in as little as one year. 

All courses are hands-on and designed so students learn and develop professional interaction and communication skills. Classes like ‘Clinical Practicum’ give students opportunities to reinforce newly acquired skills and boost their self- confidence. 

Whether Graduates choose to work at Spas, Gyms, Hospitals, Physical Therapy Clinics, or Wellness Centers, Healing Hands can help! Over the past 26 years, Graduates have earned a reputation for excellence among area employers. As a result, job placement opportunities, including tuition reimbursement, are in abundance for Healing Hands graduates.

Thinking about a positive career change?  Consider an education in the Holistic Healing Arts offered at Healing Hands and begin YOUR career move NOW! Check out our Summer 2018 classes! 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.

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.

 

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.