“As a student, Vanessa demonstrated a sharp intellect, tremendous respect for holistic health practices, and great enthusiasm for our educational process”, said Harmony Curtiss, Manager for the Laguna Hills campus of Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HH). “In addition to being a quick learner, Vanessa possesses a friendly, cooperative manner, personal initiative and problem solving skills that make her an ideal candidate for our Academic Advisor’s position. Please join us in welcoming Vanessa Leal as the latest addition to the Healing Hands team”, she added.
Vanessa Leal is a Certified Massage Therapist and Holistic Health Practitioner who is qualified to assist students with course planning, registration, and all manner of academic counseling. Vanessa job, in short, is to help students realize their educational goals. A student’s primary contact for academic issues that impact educational progress, Vanessa is now available via phone, email or by appointment to assist students and coordinate school resources on their behalf.
Born in Laguna Beach, Vanessa currently resides in San Jan Capistrano where she operates her own a mobile massage practice. Vanessa also works part-time for Massage Envy Spa in Dana Point. Prior to pursuing an education in Massage Therapy, Vanessa served as a Receptionist/Administrative Assistant for a Home Owners Association. A detail-oriented and driven multi-tasker, Vanessa brings strong interpersonal, problem solving and administrative skills to her position as Academic Advisor for HH.
Watching Vanessa navigate a major life change, it was her sister, Marissa, who recommended she consider a career in Massage Therapy. Fascinated by Medicinal herbs, Homeopathy, and Energy Massage, Vanessa acted on her advice. From the moment she stepped through HH doors she just ‘knew’ that enrolling was the right next step. A year later she graduated and began what she considers a very rewarding career facilitating immediate and positive change for clients through the Healing Arts.
Vanessa combines a variety of modalities to customize bodywork for clients. Her scope of practice includes both Eastern and Western modalities such as Circulatory (Swedish), Deep Tissue, and Neuromuscular as well as Traditional Oriental Therapies, Chakra Balancing and Energy-work. A true ‘holistic’ practitioner, Vanessa’s curriculum choices included Homeopathic 1st aid, Herbal Preparations, Aromatherapies, and just as importantly, Spiritual Healing.
Positively transformed by her educational experience, Vanessa takes great pride in introducing others to the nurturing environment, amazing Instructors, and leading edge curriculum Healing Hands School provides. Down the road, Vanessa hopes to employ her knowledge, therapeutic skills and calming energy as a Mid-wife, assisting women during the child-birthing process.