Holistic Massage School Announces Expansion into San Diego


“It is with great pleasure that my husband, Neha and I announce our plans to expand our Massage Therapy and Holistic Health educational Programs to a new location in the San Diego area,” said Paula Curtiss, Co-Founder/Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  Our decision came shortly after we learned of the International Professional School of Bodywork’s (IPSB) decision to close the school and discontinue enrollment as of the start of the Winter Quarter,” she continued.


Founded in 1977, as the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing, (IPSB) earned the reputation of being an innovative college devoted to the art and science of contemporary bodywork and massage therapy. The founders envisioned a way to teach massage therapy by combining body mechanics and movement with consciousness-raising techniques to touch the mind, body and spirit of the individual. For 40 years, the IPSB commitment to excellence brought the highest level of holistic health education to our culture. The school’s name changed to the International Professional School of Bodywork reflecting IPSB’s distinction as world renown. One of the oldest and most respected massage therapy and holistic health schools in the country, IPSB was at the forefront of the massage therapy and holistic health and wellness movement.


IPSB’s announcement to close the school was made on December 13th by the school’s President, Mr. Edward Maupin. Though the official school closure date is yet to be determined, students have since been scrambling to find an accredited Massage Therapy School that will accept transferrable credits.  Fortunately for them, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health is able to offer a clear path toward graduation and beyond.


Healing Hands Directors Paula and Neha Curtiss, are graduates of IPSB and wish to thank IPSB founders and faculty Ed Maupin, Carol Osborne-Sheets, and the many dedicated healers at IPSB for being the inspiration for heart-centered holistic health education which lives on today at Healing Hands. Begun in 1992, Healing Hands offers more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses plus two Certification Programs.  To date, their top-notch faculty has successfully prepared more than 7,000 students for successful careers and looks forward to helping IPSB students do the same. 


With established campus locations in both Escondido and Laguna Hills, the school’s expansion into a new San Diego location will occur prior to the start of the Spring Quarter.  As of April 3, 2017, Healing Hands will be accepting applications from IPSB transfer students and others seeking an education in Massage or Holistic Health.  Courses to be offered will include: a 100 hour Circulatory Massage, a 100 hour Tui Na (Acupressure) course, plus 100 hours of Neuro-Muscular Training. 

All Programs and courses offered at Healing Hands are Nationally Accredited and CEU approved.  Accordingly, the school is approved to accept educational funds provided by Federal Financial Aid [FAFSA], Veterans Administration [VA], the US Educational Development Department and Workforce Investment Opportunity Act to students who qualify.  For students who don’t qualify, the school offers several In-house Payment Plans ensuring an education in the Healing Arts is available to all who desire it.


The Faculty and Staff at Healing Hands School of Holistic Health are ready and eager to help you start a new journey, or continue on your current path to becoming a Healer, both inside yourself and as demonstrated in your profession. To learn more about the art of healing and all that Healing Hands has to offer, visit us on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.