Attention San Diego Residents, Are You Ready for a Positive Career Change?

Dream of a relaxing work environment? Fantasize about a flexible work schedule?  Craving a more meaningful career? Enjoy connecting one on one with clients? 

 

If you answered YES to any of the above questions it may be time for you to consider a career as a Professional Massage Therapist or Holistic Health Practitioner.

 Founded by Paula and Neha Curtiss in 1992, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is a Nationally Accredited and State Approved school of the Holistic Healing Arts.  That means that in addition to Eastern and Western Massage modalities, we offer dozens of related holistic health classes.  Unlike many vocational schools, all we do is teach the Holistic Healing Arts, so no school offers a better probability of success than Healing Hands.  Our Instructors are all specialists in their respective subjects, which is why we’ve successfully prepared more than 7,000 graduates for rewarding careers as Massage Therapists and can do the same for you!

Students learn techniques to deeply relax clients while providing therapeutic relief.

Healing Hands offers a 600-hour Massage Therapist Program and a 1000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program.  Both programs teach students what they need to become State Certified, however the later offers 400 additional hours of elective classes.  These may include popular modalities like Herbal Thai Massage, Pre-Natal (Pregnancy) and Shiatsu as well as complimentary therapies like Clinical Acupressure, Zen Touch or Body Reading. (Click here to see descriptions of all courses.)  Best of all, Healing Hands’ students can train to become Professional Massage Therapists or Holistic Health Practitioners, in as little as 1 year! 

Teaching in a Hands-On Environment!!!

Students choose Healing Hands because we offer a low-cost, high quality education with three convenient locations in San Diego, Escondido and Laguna Hills. Our classes are offered year-round during the day, evenings and on weekends to accommodate busy student schedules. 

Learn Reflexology, Thai Foot Massage, Acupressure and many other Massage Modalities.

In addition to massage techniques, our curriculum covers essential knowledge for the Practitioner such as: Professional Ethics, Anatomy, Physiology, Body Mechanics, Client Positioning, Client Communications, and more!  Best of all, Healing Hands graduates are in high-demand among top industry employers for their expertise and longevity of service.

Here, Founding Director, Paula Curtiss, demonstrates Shiatsu techniques for a group of students.

Therapeutic massage is a beneficial wellness intervention proven to positively impact every systems of the body. Thanks to a renewed interest of Holistic Health, the U.S. Dept. of Labor predicts “Jobs for Massage Therapists will continue to grow at a rate of 26% through 2026” (faster than any other industry) and “the average starting salary for Massage Therapist is $40 an hour”- making it an ‘in-demand’ and financially viable career for years to come!

 

Learn more online at www.HealilngHandsSchool.com or, call us at 760.746.9364 in Escondido, (858) 505-1100 in San Diego or 949.305.2722 in Laguna Hills.  Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts”, since 1992. 

Introduction to Yoga Massage

As we continue to grow our community of healers, we are always looking for new opportunities to expand the education of our students. One of the ways we accomplish this is by adding new courses for our students to take. The wide variety of classes we offer gives students the chance to specialize in the bodywork styles and modalities that best fit their interests.

One of the newest courses we are offering at Healing Hands is Yoga Massage. This type of massage therapy is a combination of yoga and Thai massage. The Yoga Massage course applies guided breathing, stretches, and postures of yoga along with the rhythmic compressions, pulls, and stretches of Thai Massage.

 

Understanding Yoga Massage

Thai Massage techniques enhance flexibility, energy, posture, and well-being. Yoga postures condition the body and concentrate awareness through muscular contractions and breathing. Yoga usually pits one group of muscles against the other, exerting many times the force of gravity. By combining these two modalities, the massage therapist is able to heal clients through physical touch and mental focus.

In this form of eastern therapy, the massage therapist becomes pure, gentle energy. They are the facilitator of a soft stretch, movement through breathing and the pressure of gravity. Students will learn to combine massage and yoga techniques with gentle joint mobilization as an integrated, adaptive and assisted flow.

 

Yoga Massage As A Therapist

On completion of the course, students should be able to incorporate, adapt and apply different massage techniques with Yoga. The course includes some massage fundamentals such as draping as well.

The Yoga Massage course teaches students how to be a guide. By assisting through stretches, postures and focused breathing, the massage therapist helps the client move towards a unique state of physical and inner balance attaining whole body awareness.

While there are plenty of massage therapy techniques to be used, Yoga Massage is quite unique. The massage therapist moves with the client to mobilize joints, reduces muscle stiffness, balance hormones, and much more.

 

Interested in signing up for this class? Our Escondido location will be teaching this course starting December 15th!

Our classes for the Fall are filling up, be sure to sign up quickly. Check here to see what courses are available for registration. 

 

Attention San Diego Job Seekers – Are You Pursuing a Purpose Driven Life?

Medical Science now confirms with what Massage Therapists have known for centuries, Massage Therapy heals, enhances health and improves lives!  Working as a Professional Massage Therapist offers a sense of purpose and pride that comes from helping others. Considered an in-demand career, an education in the Holistic Healing Arts can prepare you for a variety of employment opportunities. 

Founded over 26 years ago, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (Healing Hands) is Nationally Accredited and approved by the California Massage Therapy Council.  Healing Hands has met rigorous standards to qualify for educational funding on behalf of students who qualify.  These include Federal Student Financial Aid, WIOA, Vocational Rehab, and Veterans & Military Members Educational Benefits.

Whether you are just entering the workforce, seeking a career change, or transitioning from Military service, pursuing a career as a Professional Massage Therapist is a great choice.  In less than 1 year, you’ll learn everything you’ll need to contribute to Humanity in meaningful ways – one massage client at a time!

The unprecedented number of classes Healing Hands offers is just one of the reasons they’ve become the school of choice for aspiring Massage Therapists. Other reasons include an expert faculty, interesting coursework, a safe learning environment, and an unrivaled number of job opportunities!  Most importantly, Healing Hands continues to innovate and expand its curriculum to cover new, emerging modalities and techniques.

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At Healing Hands, Students can choose from two Certification Programs. A 600-hour Massage Therapy Program (MT) that’s required for licensure, or the 1,000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program (HHP) that offers a variety of integrative electives. Some students choose the ‘Fast-track’, enrolling in the MT Program so they can get working as soon as possible.  Others invest the year necessary to complete the HHP Program enhancing their value among Employers. Healing Hands also transfer credits from the MT Program to the HHP Program for Graduates who return to take their skills to the next level.

As a Healing Hands student, you’ll be referred to as the ‘Healer’ you are in the process of becoming. Through lecture, demonstration, hands-on practice as well as a variety of intern/externships experiences, Healing Hands students get to fine-tune their craft long before accepting their first client. By the time they Graduate, they’ll be well prepared with the essential knowledge and skills necessary for State Certification and a rewarding career.  

To date, the Healing Hands faculty has prepared more than 7,000 graduates to be competent and caring Massage Therapists and can do the same for YOU! Learn more online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego, 760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.

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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. 

Holistic Massage School Offers Dynamic Course in Pre-Natal (Pregnancy) Massage – Coming Soon to San Diego!

 

Pre-Natal Massage is a therapeutic massage modality that is gaining popularity among pregnant women over the past several years, and with good reason”, said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  “Studies show that in addition to improving the health of the mother-to-be, it can improve labor outcomes and the health of the newborn infant.  To ensure that our Graduates are well prepared to provide therapeutic massage to expectant mothers at all stages of the pregnancy, we offer a 30-hour course at all three Healing Hands locations”, she added. 

 

Healing Hands next Pre-Natal Massage class will be held at the San Diego classroom located at 9025 Balboa Avenue Suite # 103, from October 2nd through October 21st with registration in September. Led by Guest Instructor, Dave Garza, the Pre-Natal Massage course focuses on how to work with the rapidly changing female body during pregnancy.  Students learn about precautions for working with pregnant women and addresses contraindicated areas they need to avoid.  They also learn how to position the client using pillows, breast wedges and bolsters to meet their individual needs. Through lecture, demonstration and lots of hands-on practice, students gain the knowledge and experience needed to facilitate a completely safe and deeply therapeutic pregnancy massage. 


 

Benefits of Pre-Natal Massage:

Improved health of mother and newborn.

  • “Stress Hormones” such as Nor-Epinephrine and Cortisol were reduced by as much as 30 to 40%
  • “Happy Hormones” such as Dopamine and Serotonin levels were increased by 30 – 40%
  • Improved circulation
  • Enhanced cardiovascular health
  • Fewer complications for the newborn during and after birth (ie: low birth weight)
  • A significant reduction in the nerve pain often associated with late pregnancy
  • Improved labor outcomes
  • Relief of muscle aches and joint pain
  • Releases fluids in swollen joints caused by increased pressure during pregnancy
  • Increases oxygenation of muscles and faster repair of body tissue
  • Reduction in anxiety and depression
  • Enhanced mood and mood regulation
  • Increased lymphatic drainage and detoxification

 

Contraindications for Prenatal Massage:

Women with the following conditions should consult a health care provider prior to receiving a massage:

 

  • A high risk pregnancy
  • Women who experienced a pre-term labor
  • Women with severe swelling
  • Pregnancy induced hyper-tension (PIH)
  • Women with preeclampsia (a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to organ systems, often the kidneys)
  • High blood pressure and/or sudden, severe headaches
  • Women who recently gave birth

 

Founded in 1992, Healing Hands is considered a trail-blazer for education in the Holistic Healing Arts.  To date we’ve prepared more than 7,000 graduates for successful careers and can do the same for you!  To learn more about Pre-Natal Massage or any of the other 80+ Massage and Holistic Health courses offered visit us online at www.healinghandsschool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holistic Massage School Explains the Benefits of Circulatory Massage

Circulatory Massage is an excellent integrative therapy that offers numerous health benefits”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, Laguna Hills (Healing Hands). “Massage Therapists can provide a very therapeutic and nurturing experience.  Circulatory Massage helps enhance circulation and the functioning of all Body Systems while reducing pain and discomfort”, she added. 

Harmony is a Certified Massage Therapist and Holistic Health Practitioner with years of experience as a multi-modality Massage Therapist and Staff Instructor.  She understands first-hand how therapeutic touch delivered with focused intention can provide substantial relief to patients of all ages including infants and the elderly.

In Circulatory Massage class, Healing Hands Instructors provide lecture, demonstration, and dozens of hours of hands-on practice.  In addition to learning about all the bones and muscles in the body, students learn to master body draping and a variety of massage strokes and techniques.  By the end of the course, students are empowered to deliver a full-body Circulatory Massage that addresses therapeutic concerns while promoting deep relaxation and well-being.

Circulatory Massage facilitates the release of neuro-chemicals that reduce stress and alleviate pain.  With regular Circulatory Massage, clients can enjoy a reduction in pain medications which often come with negative side-effects.  In addition to a long list of physical benefits, Circulatory Massage delivers many significant psycho-social benefits as well.  These may include but are not limited to, enhanced mood, an increase in energy and mental focus, balanced emotions and increased self-esteem.

Harmony shares the reality of this work with students, explaining how working with a variety of different clients can present challenges, but also offers many rewards. Although it requires a willingness to acknowledge and be sensitive to the emotional vulnerability of clients, it also can facilitate profound personal and professional growth for the Massage Therapist. 

Considered a trail-blazer for education in the Holistic Healing Arts, Healing Hands has prepared more than 7,000 students for successful careers and can do the same for you! To learn more about Circulatory Massage or any of the other 80+ classes offered, visit us online at www.healinghandsschool.com  or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.

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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

 

 

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