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.

Massage Therapist Training Empowers Natural Healing of Chronic Pain and Inflammation

“Did you know, one of the primary benefits of Massage is its positive affect on inflammation? said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Laguna Hills (Healing Hands).  “Our bodies either resist pain, which takes energy, or heals itself. When Massage Therapists apply therapeutic touch, they free up energy and stimulate blood-flow.  When directed toward the area of imbalance, inflammation is reduced and healing occurs”, she added.

As medical studies uncover mounting evidence, Massage’s curative impact on disease is no longer just anecdotal.  We now know that chronic and uncontrolled inflammation greatly contributes to the development of chronic illnesses.  These include cardiovascular disease, asthma and autoimmune deficiencies.

Fortunately, the emotional and physical benefits of massage can substantially impact Inflammation without the negative side-effects of pain medications.   Studies show that even just one hour of massage may decrease heart rate, create a drop in the body’s nerve impulses (relaxation response), reduce anxiety and provide relief from physical pain. Clients also experience a sense of emotional validation as their pain is acknowledged by the Practitioner. 

Just as notable, therapeutic touch encourages positive neuro-chemical changes that affect the body and mind.  Most massage modalities cause a release of Oxytocin, Dopamine and Serotonin. These powerful hormones can reduce depressed feelings and enhance mood, making it possible for natural healing to occur.

What Massage Therapists must take into consideration when treating inflammation is that aggressive pressure techniques can exacerbate chronic pain conditions.  That’s why Students are taught multiple modalities and encouraged to remain present and focused on their client throughout the massage session.  By observing their client’s reactions to touch, and encouraging open communication, Students are more consistently able to apply the appropriate pressure for their client’s unique health condition. 

With more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses to choose from, Healing Hands’ makes it possible for Students to explore and pursue an area of specialty.  A favorite among area Employers, no other school offers more opportunities for success as a Professional Massage Therapist than Healing Hands. Learn more 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.  Healing Hands School of Holistic Health “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts” since 1992”.

Newsletter: Summer Session and Successful Students!

We want to share our most recent newsletter from Paula and Neha with our fellow Healers out there regarding the summer session and Healing Hands School!

First off: We are so excited! Our expansion to the city of San Diego is 1 year old, and our school there is growing by the minute!

Check out our Summer 2018 classes!

Most people think of massageas pushing tissue. However, the masters of the craft know we manipulate tissue to help fibers move freely and to help create a softer gel-like state.

 

Here are three:

  • Dynamic Cupping: we learn to use suction to lift and pull tissue.
  • Body Reading: we welcome our guest world-renowned Zen Shiatsu practitioner, author and teacher, Seymour Koblin.
  • Chris Morgan and Harmony Curtiss’ Professional Practices course, we refine and hone our academic information to prepare us for the state board exam in Massage Therapy.

Summer Schedules 

Please see the full schedule of courses.

Our wonderful staff of dedicated instructors continues to inspire and teach the best and most comprehensive massage therapy and holistic health courses in southern California!

This Summer, we congratulate our most recent Holistic Health Practitioner graduates: Daniel Aguirre, Cindy Allbright, Corita Victoria Cazares, Jennifer Chagnon, Cutter Curtiss, Mary Dema-Ala, Alexa Nicole Esqueda, Christina Geno, Susanne Marie Haugen, Karen Holton-Braley, Maya Roche Landa, Jeremiah Layman, Diana Torres Lopez, William MacDonald III, Leslie McClellan, Mihaela Nedejde, Jaclyn Patio Durfee, Ashley Peak, William Pham, Melissa Pulido, Sydney Purvis, Miki Taylor, Mishele Wurth, Hayden Wyndhamsmith, and Gabriel Yanez.

Some of you came to us at our new San Diego location; some came to us from miles away.  

You all came from a myriad of life experiences and backgrounds. You each have had unique challenges to overcome and you each brought your unique healing energy to us. We are honored to have learned and shared with you. We wish you the very best of luck as you pursue your craft of healing the world around us.

In Peace and Healing,

Paula and Neha and all of Us at Healing Hands School

 

 

See how your summer schedule would work with our class sessions right here.

Still have questions? Our team would love to provide you with the answers.  Click here to let us know your nameand which facility you are looking to enroll in, and the appropriate Healing Hands team member will be in touch.  

Holistic Massage School Spotlights The Benefits of Meditation

 “Studies have shown that meditating for just 20 minutes daily is enough to  experience the many benefits Meditation provides” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Laguna Hills (Healing Hands).  “Thanks to new technologies such as MRIs and EEGs, researchers now know that daily meditation creates positive changes in  our physical bodies and brains.  As Holistic Health Advocates and Professional Massage Therapists, we want everyone to understand that daily Meditation is easy, instantly available, and an essential strategy for holistic self-care,” she added.

meditationThe effects of Meditation have been studied so frequently it has become a growing sub-field of neurological research.  New technologies enable Scientists to measure a variety of immediate and long-term benefits.  Research showed that regardless of the Meditation method used, daily can dramatically enhance one’s quality of life.  Meditation facilitates a sense of calm and balance that benefits overall health.  Studies also found that these benefits are cumulative and continue long after your meditation session has ended.

By clearing away the information overload that contributes to daily stress, Meditation increases self-awareness, and helps one gain a new perspective. It also reduces negative emotions, increases patience and tolerance and helps one develop coping skills for dealing with stress. Daily meditation has also been found to boost imagination, creativity, energy and inspiration.

Meditation has been shown to help people manage chronic symptoms and conditions such as: Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression, Headaches, and Asthma.  Research also suggests that regular meditation can positively impact Cancer, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, lower blood pressure and reduce risk factors of Heart disease.

Healing Hands owners, Paula and Neha Curtiss, are considered trail-blazers for Massage and Holistic Health education in SoCal.  They developed the first Massage Therapist Training Program for Community Colleges in the South land before starting Healing Hands more than 26 years ago.  Since then, their top-notch Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 Graduates, for ‘Living Wage’ careers and is still going strong! 

With day, evening and weekend classes offered from classrooms in San Diego, Escondido, and Laguna Hills; you can learn everything you need to know about the Holistic Healing Arts at Healing Hands.  Check us out online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (760) 946-9364 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in San Diego. Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts”, since 1992.

Citations: Time Magazine, American Heart Association, American Psychosomatic Medicine Journal, Journal of International Society of Psycho-neuro Endocrinology

 

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.

 

 

Massage Therapy Students Deliver Presentations On the Body’s Five Senses

Throughout the year, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands) offers a comprehensive, 100-hour course named: Anatomy for Bodyworkers taught by Staff Instructors Denise Fultz and Shaunna Avila-McClure. A requirement for Healing Hands 600-hour Massage Therapist, and 1000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Programs, Anatomy for Bodyworkers delves deeply into the study of each of the body’s Systems. These include:  Muscular, Skeletal, Cardio-Vascular, Integumentary (Skin), Respiratory, and Immune Systems.

Anatomy for Bodyworkers lets students explore how each of these Systems function, interact with one another, and how they affect one’s whole health. It.is also designed to increase the student’s knowledge of anatomical terms and concepts, giving them opportunity to work with or along-side Physical Therapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and in clinical settings such as Hospitals, Doctors offices and Sports/Rehab Centers.

On the last day of class, Anatomy for Bodyworkers students were tasked with delivering a live, team presentation on one of the body’s five senses.  Student presentations included hand-crafted displays, photos, graphics, instructional videos, hand-outs and live demonstrations.  One presentation, on the sense of “Sight” stood out among all others, thanks to a young, female student named Kendall. 

Kendall shared her personal story of life without sight.  Born 4 months premature, weighing only 1.5 pounds, Kendall was confined to an incubator for several months after birth. There, she was subjected to a pressurized supply of oxygen that caused the retinas in both her eyes to detach, resulting in blindness. Kendall shared what it was like going to a school for the blind, and about the technology, utility aids and strategies she uses to dress, study, write, read and navigate her physical surroundings.

Kendall also shared some of the challenges she faces, like trying to cross a street at a busy intersection that doesn’t have audible queues.  She also shared how her blindness has been a blessing, citing how her lack of vision keeps her from pre-judging others based on their race, color, sexual preference or appearance.  This kind of insight comes naturally to Kendall and represent just one of the reasons her classmates feel enriched by her presence and inspired by her wisdom. 

At the end of class, Instructor Denise invited students to ‘circle up’ to say their goodbyes to graduating classmates.  After reminding them of the self-limiting beliefs and fears they had coming into the class, she commended them for rising to meet those challenges.  Then with utmost sincerity and pride, Denise acknowledged her students for their personal and professional growth, ending class with the same heart-centered approach with which it began.  Students surrounded Denise to deliver a group hug and express their gratitude for lessons learned.

With starting salaries for Professional Massage Therapists ranging from $25 to $40 an hour, Healing Hands offers an exceptional career path for anyone interested in the Holistic Healing Arts. Offering over 80 Massage and Holistic Health classes, plus special Program accommodations for the visually impaired, no other Massage Therapy school offers a better probability of success than Healing Hands.

To learn more, go online to: 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.  Healing Hands School of Holistic Health  –  “Touching Lives, Touching Hearts” since 1992.

Yoga Therapy: Relaxing The Mind, Healing The Body

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Just like any other language, you have to learn what your body is saying. It speaks to you on a daily basis, but you have to be willing to hear what it’s trying to tell you. If your body is telling you that it’s in need of a little extra TLC, always listen and pursue a holistic healing method, like yoga therapy, which can increase your health.

Yoga Therapy is an adaptation of yoga techniques and practices that are personalized to help individuals with specific health challenges. It uses yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and guided imagery to improve mental and physical health. The holistic focus of yoga therapy encourages the integration of mind, body, and spirit.

Here are two ways it can help get your health back on track:

Mental Relaxation

When your mind is calm and free, your body will follow suit. Yoga therapy allows you to slow down and take note of the present moment. Whether you’re focused on your breath or healing a part of your body, this type of holistic treatment can help reduce anxiety, depression and even Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Allowing yourself to heal your mind is generally the first step in healing your body.

Physical Rehabilitation

Yoga therapy can often resemble physical therapy. Its yoga techniques are utilized in the delivery of the massage in order to bring a healing and soothing aspect to the rehabilitation process. These techniques teach you to relax, breathe, and de-stress. Just by doing one yoga therapy session, you’ll begin to notice a big difference in how your body operates. If you maintain a steady practice of this form of yoga, you’ll be able to feel improvements in your organ functions, digestion, and nervous system. Unlike standard yoga classes, yoga therapy sessions are typically conducted in one-on-one or small group settings. Yoga therapy can be paired with other forms of therapy, or it can be used to directly treat a specific issue.

Our introductory Yoga Therapy class will address topics that you can take and use as tools for your massage or personal yoga practice. It will include yoga sequences, meditation techniques and breathe-work for various ailments. We will explore how certain poses can create space between the vertebrae, within the joints, and around the internal organs; other poses feel like they lift the heart and open space between the neck and shoulders. By improving circulation and reducing muscle tension, Yoga Therapy can become a valuable addition to any therapist’s practice.

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.

 

Aromatherapy: Holistic Healing Of The Mind, Body, And Soul

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“Without inner peace, outer peace is impossible.” – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Stress has, unfortunately, become a common denominator in many people’s lives but it doesn’t have to be. When you realize that stress only has power if you give it power then you will have opened your world to a whole new set of possibilities. One of the best ways to help your mind see this perspective is by utilizing aromatherapy practices.

Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy that uses essential oils from plants to positively affect an individual’s mental, physical and spiritual well-being. When inhaled or applied to the skin, essential oils have proven to help people overcome a variety of health problems with their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory medicinal properties. For over 5,000 years, aromatherapy has been a trusted practice among cultures all over the world. However, while aromatherapy can help improve your physical health, it can also make a large impact on your mental health as well. Some of the most common reasons that people use aromatherapy are to help improve sleep quality, reduce stress, and overcome depression.

Oftentimes, aromatherapy involves diffusing a combination of essential oils into the air in order to provide a relaxing atmosphere for an individual. Depending on the individual’s preferences though, it can also be inhaled through the nose, soaked in an oil-infused bath, or used as an oil during a massage. By combining massage therapy and aromatherapy, you’ll experience the most rewarding and euphoric feeling that will heal both the mind and body. You’ll notice that your stress levels will have lowered, your mind will feel clearer, and your body will feel lighter and rejuvenated.

Our aromatherapy course explores how 30 different essential oils can affect us on physical, emotional and energetic levels. Class discussions will include the history of aromatherapy, intrinsic oil qualities, extraction and blending techniques, and safe consulting practices. Through lecture, demonstration and hands-on experience students will learn how to formulate and use essential oil blends to treat a variety of disorders and stress-related problems for 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.