Q & A with Neha Curtiss, Founding Director for Holistic Massage School, Healing Hands School of Holistic Health

Figure 1 Healing Hands Students Volunteer at a Stand Down Event for Homeless Veterans in our Community

Question. – As Educators of Massage and the Holistic Healing Arts, what message do you have about the need for body-workers here in the United States?

Answer – You can go to the war-torn places of the world, work with some of the most impoverished people in third world countries or places in Africa and so forth, but you’ll find no one there more in need of massage and body-work attention than those in the buildings you drive by every day on the way to work.  There are so many people in our society who are literally having limbs amputated because of lack of attention and circulation.  So, I’m proud that we’ve created a Community Service Program in which our students visit rehabilitative or palliative care facilities to serve people who are in dire need.  Paula Curtiss, (co-founding Director) and Denise Fultz, (Staff Instructor) over-see the volunteer work and educate students on what they need to know to be successful in these specialized work environments.


Question – What distinguishes Healing Hands from other schools of Massage?


Figure 2 Herbal mixes or “Preparations” are used for medicinal purposes all around the world!

Answer – We offer education and training on much more than just Massage modalities!  I am particularly proud of the Herbal Studies program we have here at Healing Hands.  The Herbal Studies program is taught by Shana Lipner who is an expert in Herbology.  The class is not just about what herbs or good for various conditions, and has nothing to do with ordering prepackaged dried herbs.  Healing Hands Herbal Studies program is about actually going out into the field and doing wild-crafting.  Shana teaches students how to identify and ethically harvest some of the native plants in the area that can be used for medicinal reasons.  Shana takes students through a scientific categorization of different herbs so they may use their own knowledge to mix and match the herbs specific to their client’s specific needs.

Question – How does Healing Hands educate students about inappropriate touch in the Massage room and ethical challenges within the Industry?

Figure 3 Student Massage Therapist creates a place of safety and comfort that allows a massage client to fully relax, which is part of the healing process.

Answer – We live in a sexually charged society where sex sells and screams at you from billboards, TV sets and Movies.  What we’ve often lost in this society, is intimacy.  What we like to share at Healing Hands is a non-sexual intimacy.  An intimacy that can be shared with your Mom, with your children, with your friends, and even strangers.  This intimacy, while it provides great comfort, physical change and healing, does not include sex.  We believe that appropriate touch is one of the best ways of dealing with inappropriate touch, and that’s what we teach here at Healing Hands.  We also offer a required course titled Professional Practices which goes into detail about physical and emotional boundaries and legal consequences of inappropriate touch during a massage session.

Does a career as a Professional Massage Therapist sound like something you’d enjoy? If so, there’s never been a better time and no better school than Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.   Healing Hands has been serving residents throughout Southern California for over 27 years.  To date, their top-notch Faculty has prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers and can do the same for YOU! To learn more, go online to www.HealingHandsSchool.com  or call us at (858) 505-1100 in San Diego (Kearny Mesa), (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills.



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