Achieve Optimal Health in the New Year!

Did you know…..Yoga is a philosophy as a well as a practical science and healthcare system that has been around since ancient times? The word ‘Yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit root word Yuj which means to join. Yoga is a joining of the individual consciousness (Jivatma) with the Universal Consciousness (Paramatma). It includes specific poses combined with breath control and guided meditation.

“Yoga is an exceptional Holistic Health practice that our students at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health are encouraged to engage in daily” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands – Laguna Hills. “Yoga practice, whatever the form, can be used to reduce stress, nurture self-awareness, build muscle strength, increase flexibility, promote relaxation and enhance your overall wellbeing”, she added.

While there are more than 100 different forms of Yoga, most combine strengthening and stretching poses along with deep breathing and guided meditation.  Ashtanga Yoga is just one Yoga style that is physically challenging and extremely therapeutic.  Known as the ‘eight limbs of Yoga’, Ashtanga Yoga addresses all the aspects of the individual.  It is aimed at creating harmony in the internal and external worlds.

The ‘eight limbs of Yoga’ contained within an Ashtanga Yoga practice include:

  1.  Yama helps us harmonize our interactions with our external world. Yama consists in resisting all inclinations toward violence, lying, stealing, sexual activity, and greed.
  2. Niyama helps us maintain self-discipline and control of our internal world. Yamas, are recommended activities and habits for healthy living, spiritual enlightenment and liberated state of existence.  They include 1) Self-Purification; cleanliness, 2) Contentment, delight, happiness, joy.  An experience of acceptance of life, ourselves. 3) self-discipline or any discipline that is willingly and gladly accepted in order to bring about a change of some kind—whether it be improved health, a new habit, better concentration, or a different direction in life. 4) Self Study; an effort to know the Authentic Self (that which shines as the innermost core of your being). 5) A trustful Surrender to God.  Giving ourselves over to a higher purpose.
  3. Asana or yoga poses help us maintaining optimum health of our physical body. Yoga poses can help strengthen muscles, enhance flexibility, massage internal organs and improve our coordination and balance.
  4. Pranayama which includes exercises to control our breath, can improve both our physical as well as mental health.
  5. Pratyahara involves methods to prepare for meditation. Pratyahara is the point where the inner journey begins.
  6. Dharana is the beginning state of all internal visualization techniques. It involves focus and concentration of the mind on an internal object.
  7. Dhyana is when your mind remains focused on the object of meditation for a prolonged period.
  8. Samadhi is when the practitioner goes beyond the sense of individuality when meditating and eventually experiences a oneness with the Cosmic Consciousness.


Learn more about strategies to improve your Holistic Health at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  Founded in 1992, Healing Hands is considered a trail-blazer in education of Massage and the Holistic Healing Arts.  To date, the Healing Hands Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 graduates for successful careers as Massage Therapists and can do the same for YOU!  Find out if a career as a Professional Massage Therapist is right for you. call us at: (858) 505-1100 in Kearny Mesa/San Diego, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido and (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.


Maternity and the Professional Massage Therapist (Part 2 of 2)

What Massage Therapists need to know when planning on having (or adopting) a baby… (cont’d.)

Option 4 – Purchase Your Own Short-term or Temporary Disability Plan – If all else fails, selecting your own Short-term or Temporary Disability Insurance Plan may be a sound solution.  As there are dozens of commercial insurance vendors offering a variety of short-term plans, you’ll need to read the options and fine print to ensure you get the coverage you’ll need.  You can learn more about the differences between Short-term and Temporary Disability plans at: .


Option 5 – Apply for State Disability Insurance:

California is one of four states in the Union that provide for short-term disability.

Below are some of the general requirements that apply:

  • The Massage Therapist must have worked 30 days to six months, (depending on the state) before being eligible for benefits.
  • There is a one-week waiting period before benefits are payable. (You can’t receive benefits until the 8th day you are temporarily disabled).
  • The disability must be non-work related.
  • Benefits last no more than 26-30 weeks (52 weeks in California).
  • The weekly benefit is approximately 60% of a Massage Therapists wages.
  • Pregnant Massage Therapists can receive short-term disability for several weeks for delivery and recovery.
  • An independent medical examination to determine the Massage Therapists initial and continuing eligibility may be required.

Option 6 – Apply for Family and Medical Leave – When paid leave or an individual insurance plan is not an option, many American women will turn to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). 

The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. This includes continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. Eligible employees are entitled to twelve work-weeks of leave in a 12-month period for:


  • the birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth;
  • the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement;
  • to care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition;
  • a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job;
  • any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty;” or
  • Twenty-six workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered servicemember with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the servicemember’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin (military caregiver leave).

To learn more about FMLA, please visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s website on FMLA at:


Disclaimer: The above information is provided as a guide for Massage Therapists considering pregnancy and may not contain all potential resources available for financial assistance. 

Founded in 1992, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is considered a trail-blazer in education the Holistic Healing Arts.  To date our Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 graduates for successful careers as Massage Therapists and can do the same for you.  Find out if a career as a Professional Massage Therapist is right for you.  Check us out online at  or call us at: (858) 505-1100 in Kearny Mesa/San Diego, (760) 746-9364 in Escondido and (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.




How Meditation Can Help You Commit To Your New Year’s Resolution

The start of a new year can bring new changes, challenges, and purpose into your life. It is a great time to start fresh and set new goals for yourself.


For many of us, it can be difficult maintaining a resolution after a few weeks into January. One way to stay focused on your future plans is through meditation. Practicing meditation daily brings you peace of mind and allows you to set clear intentions for your future.


One of the most compelling abilities we have as human beings is the power to manifest our dreams into action. The strength of the mind allows you to visualize your goals and understand how to make them your reality. When life’s situations and distractions get in the way, meditation helps up stay centered.


Regardless of what your resolution may be, meditation can be the most important element into ensuring you reach your goals.


Here’s how meditation can help you stay on track:


It Creates Space For Self Acceptance

In order for you to achieve anything you desire in life, you not only have to believe in the goal but believe that you can do it yourself. Your goals are individual to you; nobody else can  accomplish them for you. Meditation produces positive intent that with time, allows you to gain self-acceptance.


It Helps You Stay Grounded

When you are meditating, you are balancing the energies around you to get rid of feelings of uneasiness. Meditation brings your focus back to what is important at that moment. When you set an intention for your meditation practice, you create an environment full of awareness.


It Clears Your Mind

One of the most beneficial aspects of meditation is being able to calm your thoughts and open up space for clarity. When you feel your mind start to wander, let your thoughts pass and refocus on your intention. With practice and experience, these thoughts will not come as often.


By choosing to take a few moments of your day to meditate, you are creating a mindset for success that will carry with you outside of your practice.

At Healing Hands, we believe that overall wellness is achieved by balancing the mind, body, and soul. Our class in Spiritual Healing teaches our students how to bring awareness into our energetic system through meditation.


We are offering this course in both San Diego and Orange County at our Escondido and Laguna Hills locations this winter session!


April 5th – 9th

Fridays & Mondays from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Laguna Hills

February 4th – March 4th

Mondays from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm


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