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

&

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

Attention High School Grads! Summer-time is a Great Time to Plan for Your Career!

“At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands) our Summer semester is finally here, and our Faculty can’t wait to introduce new students to Massage and the Holistic Healing Arts”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands in Laguna Hills. “Summer-time is a great time for High-school Grads to start considering career options. For those who are health or sports enthusiasts, like helping others, or need a living-wage income, consider becoming a Professional Massage Therapists.  Certified Massage Therapist are in high-demand, and Healing Hands can get you there in less than 1 year”, she added.

Dedicated to their Graduate’s success as Professional Massage Therapists, school Founders Paula and Neha Curtiss, created a curriculum with an unparalleled number of Massage and related Holistic Health classes.  By offering a variety of modalities, complementary therapies, and advanced body-work techniques, Graduates can pursue a personal ‘Specialty’, giving them a competitive edge.

Healing Hands’ Career guidance starts day one, helping students understand options, plan for their future, and by providing resources and support during academic challenges.  That support continues through Graduation and beyond with assistance in resume preparation and the interview process.  From your first Massage Therapy position to the last of your Massage career, Healing Hands will be here to help you succeed.

Why Choose Healing Hands?

  • Graduate in as little as 7 Months
  • Unparalleled Job Opportunities by Area Employers
  • A high-quality education at an affordable price
  • An unrivaled variety of interesting Massage & Holistic Health Classes
  • Flexible Payment Plans and Financial Aid are available to those who qualify
  • Attend school on your terms, choose from day, evening and weekend schedules
  • Choose from 3 convenient locations (San Diego, Escondido and Laguna Hills!)
  • All Faculty and Guest Instructors are specialists in their subjects
  • Experts in education of the Holistic Healing Arts for over 26 years and still going strong!
  • A heart-centered approach to education that’s earned a reputation for success

Why Choose a Career as a Professional Massage Therapist?

  • Massage Therapists’ earn a living wage income
  • Starting salary is between $25 to $45 an hour and the top 10% earn $80K or more!
  • A valuable skill, Massage provides immediate relief from pain, stress, injury and illness
  • Work Where you choose – Day Spas, Hospitals, Cruise ships, Resort Spas, Medical Offices, Chiropractic & Wellness Centers, Gyms, Sports Medicine Clinics, Casinos and more!
  • Work When you choose – day-time, evening, weekend or combined shifts
  • A specialized skill and profession you can take anywhere!
  • A satisfying career while you travel or pursue an advanced education
  • As a Massage Therapist you become an advocate for health and wellness
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to heal injury, optimize your own health & live your best life!

If you’re curious about a career as a Professional Massage Therapist, let us know, we can help! 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”.

###

Healing Hands School: Building Careers and Lifelong Relationships

 

We pride ourselves on our dedicated staff, which average many years with our schools. Their passion for massage and holistic healing resonates not only with our team but also with the students that enroll at Healing Hands School. Some of our staff members were our students once upon a time!

We want to share a post with you that Pilar Chandler posted on her Instagram recently.

Chandler posted her Teacher of the Year honor from April 2011 with this note, “Found this today… sweet memories! I taught massage therapy at Healing Hands School for about 10 years! Right before I left on sabbatical, they awarded me teach of the year! I fell in love with the school the day I walked in. I sat down in the classroom and then made it a part of my life for the next decade! It was such a wonderful environment for growth and learning and healing, (I am) forever grateful for my time and experiences there. I found my calling and my voice and so much more!”

We couldn’t have been more touched by Pilar’s words.

Paul Curtiss responded, “Awww, Pilar it was wonderful to teach you, then to watch you become a teacher, and now to think of how many you have touched. Your healing work is an inspiration to all of us!”

Tera Ratinoff then shared her experience, “I finished my Holistic Healing Practitioner over eight years ago, and she’s still my favorite teacher.”

Michal Ettinger also shared her sentiments, “A special school indeed. And you were definitely worth of teacher of the year.”

Jess Dyrenforth, ART, HHP, shared her experiences with Healing Hands School and Pilar Chandler. “You were my sports massage teacher. So grateful to have had the experience, and tap into your vast knowledge.”

The common thing is that we all had a love for holistic healing. What is also important is that we walked away with these lasting friendships.

People come to our school searching for a better way to give back to the universe, and we are fortunate to guide these people through the techniques and to help set them up for a successful and enriching career in massage therapy and holistic healing.

Are you considering a career change? Are you looking to start a new life with a new purpose? We can help.

We help students every day with financial aid options to cover the costs of tuition. Once they’ve completed the coursework, we can help place them with some of the top spas and massage therapy practices in Southern California.

Thank you, Pilar, for celebrating your honor and your passion for what you do.

Do you have stories or memories you’d like to share?   We’d love to hear your experiences.  Tag us on social using the hashtag #healinghandsschool.

If you’d like to learn more about our programs, please contact us.

Lost Your Job? Financial Aid Could Help Pay For Your Massage School Tuition at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health

Losing a job can be downright terrifying. 

While some may be able to bounce back quickly, others can face hardship. They also may end up asking themselves, “Is it possible that it is time for a change?”

We work with people nearly every day that have come out of a job loss. Those people now look forward to the future with a fulfilling career of massage therapy and holistic health.   They likely felt what you might be going through now. However, they were determined to seek a rewarding career. 

One of the programs that help fund tuition for students like you is the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  

WIOA is a program that provides comprehensive retraining of the nation’s workforce development programs.   This includes people recently laid off.  It can also include adults over the 18 years of age who qualify as low-income.

Each case is different, but you won’t know whether or not if you qualify unless you talk to a member of our team at one of our locations in Southern California.

The WIOA program helps provide both grant and loan funding to qualified candidates, and you may find that the money can pay for some or even all of your tuition!

With a Healing Hands School of Holistic Health certification, you will find yourself immediately in high demand.  Imagine hand picking your next position at the top spas, sports medicine therapy, and elder care facilities in the State of California.

If you have ever dreamed about working in a field that is rewarding, has flexible schedules, and most importantly fun, now is the time to contact us to find out what you may be eligible for in financial aid.

See If You Qualify Today

We have tremendous experience placing people just like you in one of our programs.  Would you like to see what the Healing Hands School of Holistic Health family is like?   We invite you to check out our Facebook page and see what we are all about. 

Want immediate information on your financial aid eligibility, click here and fill out the form with your details.   A Healing Hands team member will get you the information immediately. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holistic Massage School Offers Memorial Day Special for Veterans and Military Members

“San Diego County is known for having the largest percentage of Veterans in California”, said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  “This year, in addition to honoring those who lost their lives, we want to recognize all Veterans and Active Service Members for their service and sacrifice.  Toward that end, Healing Hands will be offering complimentary, one-hour Massages to Service Members who present a U.S. Military ID at any of our three SoCal locations”, she continued.

 Healing Hands’, “We’ve Got Your Back!” Memorial Day special will run Tuesday, May 29th and Wednesday, May 30th at all three Healing Hands’ Student Massage Clinics.  Veterans may call to schedule their free massage during the school’s office hours which are 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM Mondays through Fridays.  (See contact info in the closing paragraph below.)

Paula’s appreciation for Military members is nothing new to the Faculty and Students at Healing Hands. Aware that massage can be of significant value in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD), affecting close to 50% of Vets returning from war zones, Paula created a Community Internship Program.  The Program has given students opportunity to provide therapeutic massage to Veterans at Recuperative Care Centers, Wounded Warrior Clinics, Stand Down events and Resident Facilities for more than 25 years. 

Veteran Student at Healing Hands School

The symptoms of PTSD include feelings of hyper-arousal, high-anxiety, digestive disorders, super-vigilance and insomnia.  These symptoms are experienced when Cortisol levels (stress hormones) are elevated for extended periods of time. Massage therapies like Circulatory Massage and Deep Tissue have been found to substantially reduce Cortisol levels and associated symptoms.  In addition, studies found that Massage also increases Serotonin and Dopamine (good feeling hormones) levels.  Higher levels increase one’s feelings of well-being, reduce feelings of anxiety, and relieve Insomnia.  Massage Therapists help to facilitate the neuro-chemical changes that allow our body’s healing systems and processes to kick in. 

Healing Hands students take pride in serving U.S. Veterans, and it shows.  Many Veterans on the receiving end of our students’ therapeutic massages became interested in learning massage themselves.  In addition to fulfilling a growing demand for therapeutic massage in our communities, we discovered that Veteran/Graduates are uniquely qualified to work with service men and women still suffering from the demands of their military service.

 Veterans interested in a career as a Professional Massage Therapist can count on Healing Hands for the best Massage Therapy and Holistic Health training available!  Approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, Healing Hands is authorized to accept Veterans Benefits (Title IX and Post 9/11, chapter 30, 31, 33, and 35), on behalf of Military Service Members who qualify.  All that’s needed is for the Veteran/applicant to submit a Certificate of Eligibility when enrolling.

Healing Hands boasts two nationally accredited Certification Programs, 80+ Massage and Holistic Health courses, plus an unrivaled number of career placement opportunities, which gives YOU the competitive edge!  At Healing Hands, you can begin a rewarding career as a Professional Massage Therapist in less than 1 year. Learn more on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9634 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego.

 

Ayurvedic Massage: Mother Of All Holistic Healing

ayurvedic massage“Ayurveda,” which means “Science of Life” in Sanskrit, is an ancient self-care healing system developed over 5,000 years ago. It is considered the “mother of all healing,” and is a beautiful art of balancing the mind and body through the medium of oil massage. Here are three main benefits you can provide someone by performing this peaceful practice:

Decrease Stress

Your body was not meant to undergo stress each day – especially stress that doesn’t receive a proper release, such as exercising – and eventually, it begins to show physical and mental signs of this. From muscle pains and headaches to poor digestion and low energy levels, stress can lead to a multitude of health problems. However, ayurvedic massage therapy can help keep these problems at bay by relaxing your mind and body. Naturally, this leads to decreasing your blood pressure and heart rate, which results in lowering your risk of heart disease and strokes.

Promotes Better Sleep

This benefit is derived from ayurvedic’s ability to decrease your stress, as mentioned above. Stress can cause you to be extremely restless and prevent you from getting the proper amount of sleep you need to keep your mind and body healthy. Unfortunately, this can lead to insominia and depression if it’s not taken care of. With ayurvedic massage therapy, your mind will be able to think clearer and rest easier, which will enable your body to heal and restore itself.

Relieves Chronic Back Pain And Migraines

The gentle pressure that’s provided through ayurvedic massage can have a powerful effect beyond the physical touch. When it’s applied to the face, it will increase the blood circulation in that particular area which can relieve the pain that’s felt from a migraine. It can also help relieve chronic back pain by increasing blood flow and relieving the tension.

Our ayurvedic massage course is an introduction to Ayurvedic principles and practices. It includes an overall view of Ayurvedic healing and Panchakarma including hands-on instruction of three different bodywork modalities based on the Ayurvedic constitutional types or Doshas: Abhyanga, Vishesh, and Udvartana massages. Students will become familiar with the three Doshas (distinct combinations of physical, mental and emotional characteristics: Vata, Pitta and Kapha ), three qualities of mind ( Sattva, Rajas and Tamas ), and three qualities of energy ( Prana, Tejas and Ojas ). In addition, they will learn hands-on the “marmas” (pressure points ), Shirodhara ( “thread of oil on the forehead” ) and Indian Head Massage. These practices restore balance, boost immunity and enhance the quality and duration of life for themselves and their clients.

We have equipped many graduates with the skills needed to provide successful treatment to their patients. To learn more about our programs, 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.