Holistic Massage School is… Making Our World a Healthier Place… …One Massage at a Time!”

At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, (Healing Hands) our Graduates don’t just become Professional Massage Therapists, they become lifelong Healers and Holistic Health Advocates”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands – Laguna Hills campus.  “What students learn about the body, mind, and holistic therapies will not only serve their clients, it will positively impact their friends and loved ones for years to come.  Through the delivery of Therapeutic Massage, Practitioners can demonstrate the immediate benefits while educating others about the long-term gains of holistic self-care.  It is our Faculty’s intention that Healing Hands Graduates make our world a healthier place, one massage client at a time!”, she added.

So, what exactly is Holistic Health?  According to the American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) “Holistic Health is an ancient approach to healing that considers the whole person, emphasizing the connection of Mind, Body, and Spirit”.  Rather than prescribe drugs to treat symptoms, Holistic Health Practitioners look for the underlying cause.  This includes exploring their clients’ perceptions, beliefs, interpretation of events, response to stressors, habits and lifestyle choices.   By looking at their own posture, behavior and thoughts, clients can become active, empowered partners in the holistic healing process.

Holistic Health is also defined by Practitioners as “more than the absence of disease, it is a state of physical and emotional balance and wellbeing”.  Science has shown us that the body can not heal when it is in the ‘Fight or Flight’ mode. Assisting the client in achieving a state of relaxation is key to affecting positive change.  Many believe the role of the Holistic Massage Therapist / Practitioner is simply to create an environment of trust, safety, and relaxation that enables the clients innate healing system to kick-in.

Holistic Health includes helping clients grasp the reality that both positive and negative thoughts release chemicals that create physical reactions in their bodies.  By understanding the body’s neuro-chemistry, clients are more likely to make healthier choices.  Holistic Health Practitioners also believe that while all healing traditions from around the world offer valuable tools, the optimal treatment involves an integrative, holistic approach.  The Practitioner’s goal is to inspire an expanded awareness that opens their clients up to enhanced self-awareness, self-care, ease, joy and creative self-expression.

Considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health education in SoCal, Healing Hands’ 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, the 80+ Massage Therapy and Holistic Health courses offered, please 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 Students Share: Top 10 Reasons to Choose Healing Hands

“With Spring just around the corner, our Faculty and Staff  are busy preparing for another exceptional enrollment season”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands) in Laguna Hills.  When asked about her optimistic outlook, she explained, “Thanks to greater public awareness of the therapeutic benefits of Massage, our society is experiencing a renewed interest in Holistic Self-care.  This trend is creating an increased demand for Massage Therapy which is positively impacting our school’s enrollment. With over 80 Massage and Holistic Health classes plus two Certification Programs , no other school of Massage offers Graduates a better probability of success than Healing Hands”, she added. 

With so many massage schools in SoCal, we wanted to know why our students picked Healing Hands.  Below are the top ten reasons our Graduates gave for choosing Healing Hands over other schools for their Massage Therapy education.

  1. Financial Aid: Healing Hands is Nationally Accredited and eligible to accept Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA, Veterans Benefits, WIA Funding, etc.) on behalf of students who qualify. In addition, we offer three in-house plans, so an education in Massage Therapy is available to virtually anyone.
  2. Employment Opportunities: Healing Hands receives more job opportunities each month than we have graduates to fill them.  Our Career Services team assists students with resume preparation and job opportunities.
  3. Low Cost /High Quality Education: Healing Hands offers a high-quality education while keeping enrollment costs low.  In fact, our 600-hour Massage Therapist Program offers one of the lowest tuition rates among Massage schools in Southern California.
  4. Job Security: Massage Therapy is considered an “in-demand” profession by the US Department of Employment which expects job growth to continue at a rate of 23% (vs 7% average) through 2023 – faster than any other job sector!
  5. Financial Independence: Massage Therapists earn on average $25 to $45 per hour making it a self-supporting career choice.
  6. Flexible Scheduling: Healing Hands offers day-time, evening and weekend classes.  This allows stay at home moms/dads or those with full or part-time jobs to meet their commitments while learning a new career.
  7. Programs for Seeing Impaired: Healing Hands has acquired new technologies and adapted our Massage Therapy classes to accommodate visually impaired students who desire an education in the Holistic Healing Arts.
  8. Unparalleled Education –With more than 80 classes to offer, no other school offers a more comprehensive Holistic Health curriculum than Healing Hands. Request a copy of our Annual Class Catalog (listing all class descriptions) by calling Harmony at (949) 305-2722.
  9. Longevity of Service: Healing Hands’ Faculty stresses the importance of proper body-mechanics when delivering a massage.  As a result, our Massage Therapist/graduates endure less on-the-job injuries, and a longer than average longevity of service than students educated elsewhere.
  10. An Exceptional Faculty: All Healing Hands Massage and Holistic Health Courses are taught by Instructors who are specialists in their respective subjects and take a heart-centered approach to education.

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is considered a trail-blazer for Holistic Health education in Southern California.  To date, the school’s top-notch Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 students for successful careers in Massage Therapy and can do the same for you! To find out more about the educational programs or financial aid available at Healing Hands please visit us on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego. 

 

Energetic Bodywork: Healing Your Body, Healing Your Mind

energetic bodyworkIn every season of life, we encounter days where we feel less energized, less motivated, and more stressed. Instead of giving yourself a hard time about feeling this way, remind yourself that these symptoms are a sign that your mind and body are in need of a simple rejuvenation. When we’re relaxed and stress-free, we are able to restore our natural ability to heal which, in turn, enables us to fight off health-related issues. Not only does this positive energy aid our health, but it also manifests itself as confidence and outward harmony in dealing with everyday events.

 

Energetic Bodywork, previously known as Energywork for Bodyworkers, is a hands-on body/mind therapy that addresses healing on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. It helps clear any mental or physical roadblocks you may be experiencing. These disruptions in your “life force energy” can lead to critical emotional or health problems if left untended. Whether this imbalance is caused by an emotional situation, physical trauma, or negative thoughts and feelings (worry, doubt, anger, anxiety), energy healing treatments help relieve these emotions by reducing stress and promoting relaxation. This triggers the body’s natural healing abilities and improves and maintains your overall health.

 

The healing benefits from this type of treatment can be dramatic, but are often quite subtle and tend to show up later – after the healing session is long over. Often the “results” happen at the level that will provide the most profound benefits. For example, the main benefit of a healing session might come in the form of an insight or change in attitude that results in a change of behavior that leads to a long-lasting improvement in physical health, emotional health, and/or quality of life.

 

In our Energetic Bodywork course, students learn how physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual blockages can affect the human energy field. Discussions include how the ‘health’ of this field relates to the potential for disease within the body. Students will also learn energetic grounding techniques and discover their unique way of receiving information energetically. Through a deeper understanding of the emotional and spiritual aspects of healing, the student greatly enhances their perception skills often differentiating themselves from less sensitive body-workers. The skills learned in Energetic Bodywork enable our students to create better health and balance for their clients as well as themselves.

 

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been helping men and women satisfy their passion for learning and building a successful career in massage therapy for more than 25 years. We have programs, including financial aid, available for qualified students. If you are interested in a career in massage therapy, you can make an appointment and learn more about our massage therapy or holistic health program. Click HERE or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or, (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.

 

Swedish Massage: Increasing Circulation, Decreasing Pain

massage therapy Sometimes our bodies need a little extra TLC. From long work commutes to playing sports, our muscles and joints experience wear and tear in a variety of ways. To keep your muscles healthy and free of tension, you’ll want to regularly treat yourself to a Swedish massage.

 

This type of treatment is among the most commonly requested massages in spas. It’s the perfect way for anyone who is overworked and stressed out to relax his or her mind and body. A Swedish massage is performed in a soothing environment where the therapist lubricates the skin with massage oil or lotion and performs various massage strokes. These movements warm up the muscle tissue and gradually break up muscle “knots,” called adhesions. In order to achieve this, the technique that is used for this type of massage is very focused on muscle relaxation by targeting superficial muscles – rather than the connective tissues targeted in deep-tissue massages. While the strokes of the massage relax individual muscles, the overall experience eliminates mental stress. In turn, this helps reduce/eliminate tension headaches, increase energy levels, and allows you to get a better night’s sleep.

 

Since many of the massage’s movements also involve stroking the hands toward the heart, it naturally increases blood flow and drains toxins from the limbs of your body. This means that your muscles are getting more nutrients and oxygen and that your body is removing toxins more efficiently. This benefit is what makes a Swedish massage good for treating minor, sports-related injuries. It soothes and alleviates the inflamed area and increasing blood flow to that particular spot of your body.

 

Our circulatory massage class involves learning the technique of performing a Swedish massage. It involves lubricating the skin with massage oil and performing a variety of strokes to increase circulation and smooth muscle knots. Through lecture, group discussion, and supervised hands-on practice this course teaches students how to give a full- body Swedish-style massage. Techniques learned include gliding (Effleurage), kneading (Petrissage), and cross-fiber friction (Fanning). Special focus is given to the body’s anatomy, and proper body mechanics used by professionals. Also, students will learn “draping” techniques for assuring their client’s privacy. By the end of this course, the student will be able to deliver a full-body Swedish massage that promotes relaxation, lowers blood pressure, detoxifies the system, relieves pain and facilitates many other health benefits. 

 

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been helping men and women satisfy their passion for learning and building a successful career in massage therapy for more than 25 years. We have programs, including financial aid, available for qualified students. If you are interested in a career in massage therapy, you can make an appointment and learn more about our massage therapy or holistic health program. Click HERE or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or, (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.

 

Deep Tissue Manipulation: Getting To The Root Of An Injury

When we’re not obviously in pain, we’re often unaware of the small ways we’re injuring ourselves over time. From looking at screens to doing physical labor, our body goes through a lot of strain throughout the day. These small “injuries” can lead to scar tissue adhesions accumulating in your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. When this problem goes unaddressed, the result is pain, discomfort, and lack of mobility.

 

To remedy this, a deep tissue manipulation, or deep tissue massage, invigorates and manipulates the deep layers of tissue within the body, including the fascia and other supportive tissue that make up the muscles and joints. Compared to other massage techniques — such as the Swedish massage or acupressure, which tend to be lighter in pressure and can involve moving the body into certain positions — deep tissue massage is generally slower and firmer. This is due to deep tissue massages being meant for therapy and rehabilitation as opposed to relaxation.

 

Due to the intense nature of this massage, some pain may be experienced. However, as long as the pain isn’t unbearable, remember that this is a sign that your injury is being taken care of at the core. The pain can also be from the massage’s movements against the muscles rather than moving with them. The benefits of deep tissue massages include dramatic improvement in your posture, flexibility, range of motion, and energy level, while at the same time providing relief from tension, aches, pains and stiffness.

 

In our Deep Tissue Manipulation course, students will discover the Deep Tissue techniques of Muscle Sculpting and Structural Organization as pioneered by Ida Rolf. Students will learn how to manipulate “fascia” (the collagen web-like network that permeates the entire body) to create more balance (as it relates to gravity) and ease of movement in the body. This work requires client participation, and special emphasis is given to the mind-body connection. Students are taught effective communication skills to facilitate the emotional awareness associated with this kind of deep bodywork.

 

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been helping men and women satisfy their passion for learning and building a successful career in massage therapy for more than 25 years. We have programs, including financial aid, available for qualified students. If you are interested in a career in massage therapy, you can make an appointment and learn more about our massage therapy or holistic health program. Click HERE or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or, (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.

 

Three Benefits of Sports Massage Therapy

sports massage LA marathonPhysical exercise is essential for keeping your body happy and healthy. However, if you’re an athlete who is working out more than the average person, your body undergoes an immense amount of stress. To keep your body in peak condition all year round, consider investing in sports massage therapy sessions. These soothing yet effective massages will provide you with these three main benefits:

 

Alleviate Muscle Tension

Heavily exercised muscles tend to lose their capacity to relax. This causes chronically tight muscles and loss of flexibility, which predisposes athletes to injuries; especially muscle pulls and tears. Since blood flow through tight muscles is very poor, excess pain can occur in the athlete’s injury. Since massage therapists can specifically target tender or tight areas, the pain is alleviated much quicker than if you left it untreated. When pressure and massage techniques are applied to an injured area, it signals the mind and body to relax and increases your overall range of motion.

  

Stress and Pain Reduction

Part of the alleviation that someone experiences during a massage is due to the release of endorphins. Endorphins are morphine-like chemicals produced by the body that help diminish pain while triggering positive feelings. They’re often referred to as the brain’s “feel-good” chemicals and are the body’s natural painkillers. These help decrease anxiety, provide pain relief, improve your mood, and enhance a person’s state of well-being. Whether an athlete receives a pre or post-event massage, this euphoric state of mind benefits them in both situations.

  

Improve Recovery

When an athlete is injured, it’s a tremendous setback for their career. However, massage therapy sessions can speed up their recovery time by increasing circulation to injured muscles, which helps eliminate toxic debris and enables the muscle to have a healthy healing process.

Our Advanced Circulatory Massage class introduces students to new ways of using their thumbs, fingers, and palms as well as their elbows and knuckles, taking Circulatory Massage to new healing heights. The Sports Massage portion of the class teaches techniques to treat a variety of clients ranging from the moderately active to the serious, competitive athlete. We also provide our students with knowledge about deep, invigorating massage techniques to enhance the performance of athletes at athletic events or prior to weight training. Special focus is given to cross-fiber techniques that release old adhesions and scar tissue thereby promoting better performance and faster healing. This class equips the student with a whole new range of Massage techniques that enhance their bodywork and its impact on their clients.

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been helping men and women satisfy their passion for learning and building a successful career in massage therapy for more than 25 years. We have programs, including financial aid, available for qualified students. If you are interested in a career in massage therapy, you can make an appointment and learn more about our massage therapy or holistic health program. Click HERE or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or, (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.

Holistic Nutrition: Healthier Food For A Healthier You

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Often we forget that what we put into our body is just as important as what we don’t. By supplying your body with rich nutrients, unprocessed foods, and healthy meals, you’ll begin to see a huge difference in how you feel, how you think, and how you go about your day-to-day life. Here are a few benefits of maintaining a holistic nutrition plan:

 

Food Tailored To You

The overall goal of holistic nutrition is to facilitate a healthy nutrition plan as well as build a strong foundation for long-term health and wellbeing. Essentially, it’s all about healing with whole, natural foods. The best thing about this is that you’re able to craft a specific food plan based on your likes, lifestyle, and allergies. Generally, many people turn to traditional doctors when they’re having digestion, or other related, health issues. However, when you work with a holistic nutritionist, you’ll be able to walk away with a tailored food plan and personal health coach instead of another bottle of medication.

 

Increased Energy and Focus

The more you feed your body foods that aren’t processed, the more you’re fueling your muscles, bones, and organs with healthy nutrients, which gives you more energy. Foods that aren’t altered, stripped, or refined in any way are better for our digestion and overall health. Our bodies recognize these foods as natural and from the Earth and know how to break them down to utilize them for maximum energy and potential. You’ll feel your body become lighter and more energized while your mind becomes clearer and more awake.

 

Strengthens The Body and Heals The Mind

Since you’re feeding your body clean foods, you’ll be giving your immune system a much-needed boost. Not only does this help prevent diseases, but it also plays a role in strengthening your bones and muscles and rejuvenating your heart, liver, stomach, and intestines. Following a holistic nutrition plan also helps heal your mind by enabling you to relieve stress, overcome memory loss, and aid in a variety of other mental conditions.

In our Holistic Nutrition course, students examine the basic nutrients in food including carbohydrates, vitamins, enzymes, fatty acids, and amino acids and how food affects the mind/body connection. Discussions include how food choices impact our health and how the energy of food ingested affects our own energy. Students also explore the process of digestion to gain a better understanding of the breakdown and utilization of our food. A portion of this class includes demonstration, preparation, and the sharing of delicious and healthy recipes that the students can incorporate into their own unique nutrition program.

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been helping men and women satisfy their passion for learning and building a successful career in massage therapy for more than 25 years. We have programs, including financial aid, available for qualified students. If you are interested in a career in massage therapy, you can make an appointment and learn more about our massage therapy or holistic health program. Click HERE or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or, (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.

 

Chakra Balancing: Finding Peace and Harmony

Just like in nature, there is a balance to our body. This balance is formed from chakras that live within us. Each one is the center of spiritual power in the human body. There are generally considered to be seven main chakras that keep our mind and body aligned. Starting from the root chakra (sits at the base of the spine) to the crown chakra (located at the top of the head), this energy flows through our body and can actually have a massive effect on our mental and physical health.

 

Think of chakras like another organ system. We need every organ to function properly so that our body can perform to its fullest. When our chakras are balanced, our body is in harmony, and we feel energized, elevated, and whole. When they’re not balanced, we experience a multitude of physical, mental, and emotional imbalances; anything from low back pain and immune disorders to low self-esteem and indecision. Aiding these symptoms by practicing chakra-healing techniques allows the body to heal fully and naturally with results that benefit you every day of your life.

 

In order to balance your chakras, you can practice various forms of healing exercises such as meditation, massage, and yoga. Chakra meditation and yoga should always involve thoughts and movements that assist in bringing your attention to yourself and to a state of pure awareness. While these two techniques assist in your mental health, massage helps focus on your physical health by targeting muscles and joints that are tense, strained, or out of alignment.  

 

Our chakra-healing course introduces students to the energetic system of the body and its energy centers referred to as “chakras.” Students learn various techniques for balancing their own chakras as well as those of their clients’. Through lecture, demonstration and guided hands-on practice, students will learn how to use crystals, sound therapy, visualization meditations, color therapy and hands-on energy work to facilitate healthy energy flow. By understanding how to balance these energy centers the “life-force energy” can flow unimpeded. Our students are able to gain valuable new “tools” for keeping the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health of the body in balance.

 

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been helping men and women satisfy their passion for learning and building a successful career in massage therapy for more than 25 years. We have programs, including financial aid, available for qualified students. If you are interested in a career in massage therapy, you can make an appointment and learn more about our massage therapy or holistic health program. Click HERE or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or, (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.

 

How Kundalini Yoga Benefits The Mind, Body, and Soul

Your body and mind undergo a variety of stressors throughout the day – both mental and physical. Eventually, this causes an unnecessary amount of strain on your health, which can disrupt your daily life. By taking part in an activity that calms your mind, such as kundalini yoga, you’ll be able to save your body from excessive wear and tear.

 

Kundalini yoga is a form of natural healing and a way to foster overall well-being. It gives your body a deep relaxation experience, which, in turn, allows your mind, body, and nerve endings to heal. Oftentimes it has the ability to increase lung capacity, strengthen the immune and nervous system, and promotes joint health.

 

While kundalini yoga benefits your health, it also benefits your soul. It empowers you to shine, prosper, and excel in all things and encourages you to move on from attachments that are keeping you stuck in the past. This type of yoga is the common denominator for all forms of self-healing, inspiration, and transformation. It’s also a powerful tool designed to give you an experience of your soul by combining breathing, movement, stretching, meditation, chanting and the science of sequence.

 

In our ‘Healing Through Kundalini Yoga’ class, we begin by teaching you breathing exercises in order to calm your mind and bring your focus to the present. Then, we’ll slowly transition into spinal warm-warm ups and stretching followed by a special set called a Kriya. A Kriya is a poetic progression of exercises, which work in concert to create a synergistic, multi-dimensional, exponential effect. One kriya might focus on detoxing the liver or working through creative blocks while another might focus on mastering your moods or developing willpower. After doing a set, we relax on our back for a few minutes and always end class with various forms of meditation. Whatever your intention for the class may be, you’ll always feel energized, relaxed, focused, and expansive at the end of the class.

 

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been helping men and women satisfy their passion for learning and building a successful career in massage therapy for more than 25 years. We have programs, including financial aid, available for qualified students. If you are interested in a career in massage therapy, you can make an appointment and learn more about our massage therapy or holistic health program. Click HERE or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or, (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.

 

Massage Therapy Techniques: Spreading The Love

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Part of learning about various massage therapy techniques is learning how to best utilize those skills to make people healthier and happier. Whether an athlete needs rehabilitating or a patient needs to relieve stress in their body, a massage therapist has the honor of being a part of this person’s journey. Here are three examples of courses that we offer at Healing Hands and how they can provide you with the necessary skills to lend a healing hand:

 

Deep Tissue Manipulation

Deep tissue massages have a multitude of benefits; from treating chronic back pain and arthritis to lowering blood pressure and breaking up scar tissue. It can also improve a client’s posture, flexibility, range of motion, and energy level, while at the same time providing relief from tension, aches, pains and stiffness. In our deep tissue manipulation course, we teach you about how to manipulate fascia (the collagen web-like network that permeates the entire body) to create more balance and ease of movement in the body. This technique puts a special emphasis on the mind-body connection, which is why it’s important to us to teach you effective communication skills to facilitate the emotional awareness associated with this kind of deep bodywork.

 

Tui Na Massage

Tui Na is a massage modality based on traditional Chinese medicine. It involves stimulation of acupressure points to directly affect the flow and balance of “chi”, (life energy) through “meridians” or channels in the body. In this course, you would learn manipulation techniques to move chi through ill and injured areas of the body where blockages tend to occur. You’d also practice specific treatments to address chronic pain, common illnesses, and disorders of the spine and joints, such as, Sciatica and rotator cuff problems. Through demonstration and hands- on practice you’ll be able to master both oscillating techniques to increase energy, as well as the traditional “presses and pulls” characteristic of Tui Na.

 

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu is a form of massage that originated in Japan and traditional Chinese medicine. It uses a caring touch to aid in self-healing and also uses gentle stretching and manipulation techniques. Shiatsu, meaning “finger pressure,” creates pressure with the thumbs, hands, elbows, or knees on various pressure points of the body. Our students learn this soothing and healing technique to help people restore and maintain their energy, reduce problems with their neck, shoulders, and back, and promote healing from sprains and strains.

 

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been helping men and women satisfy their passion for learning and building a successful career in massage therapy for more than 25 years. We have programs, including financial aid, available for qualified students. If you are interested in a career in massage therapy, you can make an appointment and learn more about our massage therapy or holistic health program. Click HERE or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego,  (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or, (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.