Holistic Massage School – Fall Schedule Newsletter

Hello Healers,

In Fall’s magnificent abundance, we explore concepts of grace. What it is to be graceful? What it is to be grateful? We ask each student, each healer, at the beginning of every healing session, take a breath. Inhale this exquisite knowledge: by allowing you to practice the craft of massage therapy on their body, your client, your fellow student, your friend, your loved one, has given you the most sublime gift a person can give another. Trust. They trust you. Inhale this trust. When you exhale, exhale gratitude for this most wonderful gift. The gift they give you by allowing you to work with them.

 

When we hear the term ‘by grace of God’, we take that to mean that God is being generous to us. Gracias, graceful, grateful, gracious, is to be appreciative, to be thankful. When a person is graceful, they are at ease. They are pleasant to be with, easy on the eye, at ease in the world.

 

We thank you, the students, the teachers, the staff and all the helpers that make Healing Hands School happen. We thank the core instructors who gracefully blend the very best of inspiration, academics, body awareness, and class room structure. This ensures the students’ experience will accomplish the goal of learning a new skill, while the student simultaneously experiences receiving healing the student is seeking to facilitate in others.

 

Let us also recognize that for students to be in the classroom, our office angels diligently guide the student. From their first contact with Healing Hands, the perspective student is graciously welcomed. Over the next year, we advise on how to schedule their life, how to fund their tuition, how to schedule their family. The office angels help the student feel at ease before they have taken their first class and through out their time with us. How to help if the student gets sick? How to help Veterans receive the benefits they paid into? How to combine funding sources the students are entitled to? One of Healing Hands’ unique qualities is our office angels are, or were, Healing Hands students. We deeply know the students experience and are committed to gracefully guiding the student through the process to accomplish their goal of becoming professional healers.

 

Some of the many Fall courses we are grateful for include two new courses, two offered by a mentor and master, and two that bring us connection to the community around us. Claudia Baben presents ‘Table Thai’ which transfers some of the matt work of Thai Massage, to working on a massage table. Claudia also teaches the new course ‘Yoga Massage’. Learn to apply Yoga positioning and breathing techniques to release tension and open the recipient to greater flexibility and functionality. Talk about graceful! Guest instructor and author, Seymour Koblin, will lead us in Zen Touch and Body Reading.

 

In school Director Paula Curtiss’ Community Service Internship Program, Paula meets with our group of interns each week to guide the internship process.   Students elect to do their Clinical hours with specific population groups in our community. We have student healers working with professional athletes, in the spa industry, with chiropractors, in Sharp Hospitals Integrative Medicine Program, in the Free Integrative Wellness events each Thursday at AltHealthNet. Our student healers work with the most compromised of humanity in several hospice care environments, in skilled nursing facilities, with veterans recuperating from hospitalization, and with people recovering from alcohol and drug use. Paula is proud of the generous nature of student healers and looks forward to working with you.

 

Please join us as we congratulate our most recent Holistic Health Practitioner Graduates. Lauren Blackstone, Justin Cuevas, Jessica Dimarco, Christina Geno, Austin Healy, Marquita Hopkins-Carter, Alex Jenks, Maya Roche Landa, Leslie McClellan, Dominick McGriff-Dunk, Lyric Mendez, Danielle Mitchell, Angeline Pesca, Kelly Shott, and Leila White. You came to Healing Hands from various backgrounds, with some of life most difficult challenges. You have each worked diligently to graduate. We thank you that you choose Healing Hands School, that you trusted us. Your communities, your friends and families, your new work await you healing hands. We wish you the greatest of luck as you go out and heal the world!

 

We wish to deeply thank a long time Healing Hands School ally, Jeff Wise. Jeff and wife, Susan donated 12 brand new massage table to Healing Hands! This will allow us to use the older table at sporting events and keep the new tables protected from the outside environment. Graceful generosity at work. Jeff and Susan, we thank you for most kind and generous gift.

 

In Peace and Healing,

Paula & Neha

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All of Us at Healing Hands

 

 

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.

 

3 Reasons Pre-Natal Massage is Valuable

Pregnancy is a life-changing event that affects a woman’s physical body in many ways. Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, and relieve muscle aches and joint pain. This bodywork can also improve labor outcomes and newborn health through therapeutic movement.

Benefits of massage for pregnant women:

Decreased Stress and Anxiety

The journey of pregnancy is a beautiful process, but it can also be a stressful time. Especially for a first time mommy-to-be, anxious feelings of uncertainty can be overpowering and affect her health and that of the baby. Receiving massage during pregnancy not only affects the physical body, but the emotional health of the recipient as well. Massage therapy releases endorphins and helps reduce stress levels by soothing the nervous system. Therapeutic bodywork encourages relaxation by increasing levels of serotonin and dopamine, leaving both mom and baby feeling at ease.

 

Pain Relief

Most women experience different levels of pain during their nine months of pregnancy. As the baby grows and the body changes, women can experience discomfort in their muscles and joints. Massage therapy stretches the muscles and decreases the levels of discomfort as it allows for more movement in the body. This is a natural pain-reliever that even carries into labor and delivery.

 

Better Sleep

Sleep is crucial for the health of both mom and baby. Getting the right amount of rest every night before the baby comes is crucial, as many women get less sleep once the baby is born. Pre-natal massage promotes good quality sleep, which strengthens the immune system. This bodywork induces calm feelings, allowing the recipient to rest. Giving the body a break through massage therapy helps moms refocus and develop good sleeping habits.

 

Every pregnancy experience varies, but massage therapy can benefit all. The feelings pregnant women experience may transfer to the baby, so taking care of their physical and mental state will positively affect those nine months of constant change and growth.

 

Want to serve pregnant women in your practice?

Our class, Pre-Natal Massage, focuses on how to work with the rapidly changing female body during the nine months of pregnancy. In this course, students will be given guidelines for positioning the pregnant client, and learn how to address contraindicated areas. Through lecture, demonstration and lots of hands-on practice, students will gain the knowledge to facilitate a completely safe and deeply therapeutic pregnancy massage.

We strive to give our students the education and experience needed to heal any type of client. Explore our variety of courses here

 

 

 

 

Healing Hands: A Unique School Experience

Becoming a massage therapist at Healing Hands means more than practicing bodywork and learning anatomy. We strive to make your time with us meaningful as you join our community of healers.

As a student here, you will be supported in every way possible on your journey towards getting your certification.

Our support reaches beyond the classroom and into the personal lives of our students. The holistic compassion each instructor possesses reflects our devotion to each student discovering their potential as professional healers.

CFO and Co-Director, Paula, explains what a student can expect as a result of beginning their journey with us:

“So when you become certified as a Massage Therapist, you go out into the field, and you make a living doing a job you love.”

“Waking up in the morning and thinking ‘I wonder who I’m going to work on today. I wonder if it’s going to be a day where I’m going to have a lot of bad left knees to work on. That pregnant woman I worked on last week- I wonder how she’s feeling today.”

Massage therapists experience something different every time they work. No days are ever the same, which is what makes the career so exciting. By implementing genuine care for each patient, the job holds great meaning and value for each person.

Paula adds, “And you have that care for the job you’re doing, but it’s because you actually care for the people that you’re working on. And that really starts here. It starts by the care that a person coming to Healing Hands who’s just looking at us for the first time- we always want to take care of you.”

By showing compassion to our students, we hope that they can provide that same care for their clients.

“You are our customer; you’re our student –but we’re going to be with you for a year. You’re going to be experiencing what it’s like for fellow students to work on your body, as well as listening to what’s going on in your challenges in your life. Your instructors have many, many years of experience guiding you through what it’s going to be like to be a student here at Healing Hands.”

Healing Hands offers a unique experience for students, a holistic approach to learning.

“And we hope that when you leave the school, you never really leave. You continue to come back.”

Our Healing Hands community does not just include our current students, but also alumni that have been involved as far back as when the school began 20+ years ago.

The support you receive from instructors and peers does not stop when you graduate. We are constantly helping one another by posting job openings and any other opportunities that someone could benefit from. It’s a lifelong relationship that is special to only our school.

 

Learn more information about our Massage Therapy Program here

Meet Healing Hands’ Community of Healers – We’re the Leaders in Education of Massage and the Holistic Healing Arts

At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, we provide an environment that makes it safe for students to learn, make mistakes, venture beyond their comfort zones and grow!  Rather than conformity, Healing Hands Instructors inspire students’ creativity, uniqueness and natural talents.   With more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses to choose from,no other Massage school offers the same probability of success for Graduates as Healing Hands.

To find out if a career as a Professional Massage Therapist is right for you…call:

949.305-2722/Laguna  Hills – 858.505-1100/San Diego – 760.746-9364/Escondido

Or, visit us online at: www.HealingHandsSchool.com

After the Certification: Where Massage Therapists Work

You have reached the end of your Massage Therapy Program – so what’s next?

Massage therapists have a large variety of settings in which they can work in. We offer our students diverse classes so they can discover what types of massage they like best.

One of the most important benefits of being a massage therapist is the amount of work environment options available. Massage therapists can work in any niche field of healing of their choice. Every work setting will provide a different experience as the needs of clients differ.

A few types of environments that massage therapists may work in:

 

Fitness Centers

Massage therapists have the ability to work in fitness centers with athletes of every kind. Sports massage therapy techniques treat a variety of clients ranging from the moderately active to the serious, competitive athlete. Therapists use deep, invigorating massage techniques to enhance the performance of athletes at athletic events or prior to weight training.

Spas

The most common places you will find massage therapists are in spas. Although spas seem relaxing for the client, that is not always the case for massage therapists as it can be a fast-paced environment. Working in spas allows for many types of massage techniques to be utilized depending on the client’s needs. Some places will offer set schedules while others are based off an appointment.

Healthcare

The need for massage therapists within healthcare environments is consistently growing. Whether it is in hospitals or rehabilitation centers, patients can heal much quicker through massages. Working in this environment is different than most settings because you are working with a team to treat patients. Self-employment options are limited when working in healthcare.

 

Although there are so many different environments in which a massage therapist can work in, the ultimate goal for all is to heal their clients. Our Massage Therapy Program allows you to choose your classes based off of preference and convenience, so that you can learn and practice the techniques you enjoy most.

Our fall schedule has been released, see what courses we are offering at each of our locations here.

Attention Professional and Aspiring Massage Therapists… …Check Out These Exciting New Classes from Healing Hands!!!

PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES

Student/Graduates need to pass their licensing state exam [MBLEx] so they may enter the field as a Professional Massage Therapist. Professional Practices enhances students’ testing skills by discussing test anxiety, teaching effective study habits, sharing learning tools, and suggesting testing strategies to prepare Students for optimal performance on the exam.

The course also reviews the benefits and contraindications of massage.  It explores how to communicate compassionately yet firmly with clients.  Ethics, Laws, and appropriate Client/Therapist boundaries pertaining to Massage Therapy sessions will also be covered.  

Business topics this course addresses include: career development, budgeting/money management, Operations, Documentation and security issues. Students review clinical terminology as well as Anatomy, Kinesiology and various Pathologies ensuring their preparedness for the challenging MBLEx exam.

BODY-READING

Body-Reading is based on the Traditional Eastern Yin/Yang and 5 Element Models. This course teaches the Massage Therapist how to initiate a health assessment for their clients.  It focuses on the development of the student’s intuition.  Areas of the body to be ‘read’ include: the face, back, abdomen and body structure.  This modality also looks at clients’ birth dates, mannerisms, attitudes, and hands. 

Body reading facilitates the client’s understanding of themselves and deepens their vitality in health, relationships, and their life’s journey. Physical (food and breathing exercises), Emotional (using feelings for healing) and Spiritual (subconscious healing) methods are all integrated in this course.  Intuitive applications are developed with the various maps presented. The Practitioner’s use of these body reading maps can help guide clients toward the necessary steps to fulfill their greatest potential.

DYNAMIC CUPPING

Dynamic Cupping’s is centuries old, dating back to ancient Egyptian, African and Asian cultures.  It uses suction to increase circulation and soften myo-facial and muscular structures of the body. Traditional Asian cupping uses fire to create the suction.  Other styles use hand held pumps, rubber cups, and silicone cups. The course covers the basics, the benefits, and specific contraindications of this modality. Students learn a dynamic cupping protocol to add to existing body work sessions or use as a stand-alone treatment plan.

The skills learned in Dynamic Cupping include how to apply, remove, and incorporate movement to achieve desired outcomes.  Cupping effectively increases circulation, helps with the breakdown of adhesion and muscle knots, and supports relaxation.

If you’re curious about a career as a Professional Massage Therapist, let us know, we can help! To date we’ve prepared more than 7,000 Graduates for rewarding careers as Professional Massage Therapists and can do the same for you!  Find out more; visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com, or, call us at (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills and (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.   Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts”.

 

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Morning Routine: 5 Great Ways to Start Your Day

Most people can agree that mornings can be hectic from the moment you open your eyes. With so many things to do, we often find ourselves with not enough time to get it all done. The days can feel overwhelming before they have even started.

But don’t be discouraged; you have the power to transform your day from chaotic to productive through healthy morning habits.

Our Holistic Health Practitioner Program  trains students to connect the mind, body, and soul to build a healthy lifestyle. The courses included in this program provide insight on practices that will bring balance to your body. Implementing morning methods such as these helps our students promote overall wellness to their clients.

 

Here’s how you can start the day with a boost to your energy and mentality:

Stretch

A morning stretch can do wonders for your mind and body. Stretching improves posture, boosts energy levels, and reduces muscle tension.  A couple of minutes of this can ease strained muscles and get the blood flowing to your brain, preparing your day mentally and physically. Get yourself moving right away to enhance your productivity.

Make Your Bed

There’s a reason mom always told you to make your bed!  After a long day at work, a messy space is the last thing you should come home to. Don’t end the day as hectic as it began. Start small by making your bed the moment you wake up. As simple as this task sounds, it may bring you the most beneficial outlook on the day ahead of you. Making your bed will de-clutter your resting space and decrease your stress levels.

Set Goals

Incorporating mindfulness into your daily life is something we encourage all of our students to do at Healing Hands. One way to do this is by determining your attitude for the day through setting goals. Daily goals give us the ambition to get our work done and feel good about it. Take some time before you go to bed to think of your goals for the next day. Waking up with those objectives in mind will bring motivation to any aspect of your life.

Fuel Yourself

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? Yes! Your body is like a machine- the better you take care of it, the better it will function. Be kind to it by eating healthy, energizing food in the morning. Give yourself a boost by incorporating foods like Greek yogurt and bananas into your morning meal.

Soak up Sunlight

If you are like most of us, you spend a good chunk of your day indoors. Take a moment to go outside and embrace the natural sunlight and fresh air your body craves. That vitamin D can do wonders for you.  Try this by choosing to set your phone aside and drink your morning coffee in your backyard instead of your kitchen. Just a couple minutes in nature will ease your worries and bring clarity you need to crush the day.

 

Creating a holistic lifestyle starts with little steps like these. You will notice a positive transformation once you begin to make mindful decisions about your health and wellness.  

If you are interested in taking courses for personal enhancement and growth, enroll today.

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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How Massage Therapy Training Boosts Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence

“Self-confidence and self-esteem aren’t qualities we’re born with” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands)- Laguna Hills.  “The belief that you are good and worthy of respect from others (self-esteem), and a belief in your ability to meet challenges (self-confidence) is an ongoing process. Fortunately, much can be done to change both for the better. Below is a list of concrete ways our Massage Therapy Training Programs help students gain a sense of competence, enhances their self-image and boosts their self-confidence”, she added.   

Promote Health- Be Excellent to Yourself!  As a leader of education in the Holistic Healing Arts, Healing Hands is in the business of advocating for whole health, mind, body and Spirit.  By educating students about Anatomy, Physiology, Massage, and Body-work techniques, Healing Hands’ Instructors empower them to facilitate healing and promote optimal health for themselves and clients.  Through lecture, demonstration, and lots of individual guidance, Healing Hands Instructors help students develop a sense of competency.

Try something New!  Sometimes the familiar path gets a little too comfortable and we can fall into a mindless routine.  Learning a new skill, like Massage Therapy can be invigorating.  Learning massage with a group of like-minded people can make you feel alive and enthusiastic again.  Knowing how to provide immediate therapeutic relief from stress, pain and injury is a skill Students can be proud of.  Massage Therapists experience a a gratifying sense of purpose. Professional pride and a sense of purpose boost self-confidence.

Move Your Body!  The physiological effects of joint movement, muscle exercises, whole-body stretching, Tai Chi and Yoga practice are  beneficial at any age.  Regular workouts boost your sense of well-being. They also contribute to self-esteem as you feel a sense of accomplishment. Students can count on getting plenty of exercise at Healing Hands.  In addition to the full-body work-out they get when giving a massage, all class includes an instructor led, full-body warm-up segment. 

Celebrate All Successes!  Rather than wait to celebrate only big successes, acknowledging small accomplishments can be very satisfying, reaffirming and prepare you for even greater challenges.  At Healing Hands, our Instructors provide the guidance that allows students to master basic skills before progressing to those more challenging.  By encouraging students to build on their successes, students move beyond their comfort zones, gaining confidence in the process. 

Groom Yourself and Dress for Success!  These are two strategies that can instantly, enhance your self-image, boost confidence and brighten your mood.  Taking time to groom yourself and address your personal hygiene is a must for all Massage Therapists in training. Working closely with others, requires conscientious attention to their breath, body-odor, hair-style, nails, and cleanliness/neatness of their clothes and over-all appearance.

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. Think you might be interested in becoming a Massage Therapist?  Give us a call  and let us set up a personal tour and discuss this amazing career and the opportunities it can bring!  Learn more about 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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