Massage Therapist Training and Community Service: A Healthy Win/Win for All!

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health’s Community Service /Career Development class is taught by the school’s founding Director, Ms. Paula Curtiss. Designed to expose students to different clients and massage environments, it has benefited many within our communities.  In addition to helping those with medical conditions, the class helps students develop compassion and tolerance.


Therapeutic Massage Environments

Students learn what is expected of Practitioners working for a Doctor, Chiropractor Hospital, Rehab Center, or outdoor event.  Just as importantly, students discuss thought-provoking topics.  These include the intangible rewards of working with Veterans, cancer patients, trauma victims or recovering addicts.  The Community Service/Career Development Course boosts students’ self-respect, self-confidence, professionalism and sense of purpose.


Healing Hands’ Partners/Community Service Providers

Since 1992, Healing Hands has enjoyed Partnerships with a variety of Community Service Providers.  These include: Recuperative Care Services [Veterans released from hospitalization]; San Diego Spine and Rehabilitation; Southern California Perinatal Services; and Valle Vista Skilled Nursing Facility.


Sporting Events

Another way Healing Hands’ Students provide Community Service is to donate their time and expertise to special events.  These include Job/Career Fairs and events such as “Stand Down” for homeless Veterans struggling with their transition to Civilian life.     

Students interested in working on Athletes, such as participants of the LA or Rock & Roll Marathons, are encouraged to take “Advanced Circulatory and Sports Massage”.  Taught by Staff Instructor, Chris Morgan, students learn techniques to work on moderately active sports enthusiasts as well as competitive athletes.  They address acute injuries and learn how to speed healing.  They practice techniques to release scar tissue, increase joint mobility and prepare muscles for competitive events.  They also learn massage strokes to relax muscles and speed recovery after events.


“The main objective of our Community Service Internship Program is simple but powerful; To give students real-world experience in diverse Massage scenarios”, said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands – Laguna Hills.  “Through exposure to a variety of demographic groups and therapeutic issues, students are better able to target their ‘ideal client’ and a compatible work environment.


Healing Hands offers two Certification Programs and more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses.  Considered a trail-blazer in education of the Holistic Healing Arts, Healing Hands offers  day, evenings and  weekend classes. Learn more online at or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, (858) 505-1100 in San Diego, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido.