Advantages of a Holistic Massage School VS Traditional College

Avoid Un-manageable Financial Debt!

“The United States’ college debt crisis is currently affecting the majority of Millennials who thought a traditional college education was the way to go”, said Harmony Morgan, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Laguna Hills).  “Now, they find themselves facing an enormous debt incurred by an education that promised a future it couldn’t deliver”, she added.

Harmony isn’t alone in her opinion. According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2017–2018 school year was: $34,740 at private colleges; $9,970 for state residents at public colleges; and $25,620 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. These numbers indicate that during the last few decades, the cost of a traditional college education has tripled, which is completely out of proportion with inflation. Fortunately, vocational schools like Healing Hands, offer substantially lower (up to 2/3 lower) tuition rates than traditional 4-year colleges.


As Professional Massage Therapists, Healing Hands’ Graduates enjoy the security of an in-demand career that provides a living-wage income.  Instead of investing 4 to 5 years of study to earn a Bachelors’ Degree, a Massage Therapist can become Certified after completing only 500 hours of study. The entire education to certification process can happen in months rather than years! That’s because at vocational schools like Healing Hands, instructors focus on the specific knowledge and skills needed to get students trained and working FAST!

Healing Hands’ 600-hour Massage Therapist Program, costs approximately $6,000 and takes only 7 months to complete.   The more advanced, 1000-hour Holistic Health Practitioner Program, costs only $12,000 and takes only 12 months to complete.

Living-Wage Employment:

The US Department of Labor (DOL) reports that as more states adopt licensing requirements and standards for Massage Therapy, it is likely to become more respected and widespread.   In May of 2018, the DOL reported that the median annual wage for massage therapists is $41,420, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $78,280.

The profession of Massage Therapist made the Bureau of Labor Statistics ‘Top 20 Fastest Growing Occupations’ list.  This is due to the high (26%) percentage of employment growth expected between 2016-26. In addition to this optimistic job outlook, Healing Hands was founded in 1992, making them a preferred resource among Massage Therapist Employers. Accordingly, their Career Placement Department receives more job opportunities monthly than they have graduates to fill them!

Variety of Employment Options:

With more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses available throughout the year, Healing Hands students can pursue Eastern or Western Massage Modalities to target specific work environments.  They may also focus on integrative therapies such as Herbalism, Nutrition & Homeopathy, which boosts their service offerings as well as their income! Regardless of their unique path, Massage Therapists enjoy one-on-one interaction, work in a semi-meditative state, create a space for healing and use their knowledge and skills to affect positive change.

Professional Massage Therapists will find themselves in high demand at a variety of massage clinics, day spas and Resorts.  They also have opportunities in a various Medical setting such as a Doctor’s office, Hospital, Chiropractic or Physical Therapy Clinic, Rehab or Wellness Center.  Massage Therapist interested in Sports may pursue work at Gyms, Athletic Clubs, and even with Professional Sports Teams.  Those looking for more unusual venues may choose to work in Casinos, on Cruise Ships, in Airports, and even in the Corporate boardroom. Last but not least, many Massage Therapists work from their home or operate a mobile massage service in which they work at their client’s home.

Life Satisfaction:

According to US News, a career as a Professional Massage Therapist ranked #12 for Best Jobs Without A College Degree, #13 for Best Health Care Support Jobs, and 22 for Highest Paying Jobs Without A Degree.  These rankings were based on 6 important measurements.  These included: Median Salary, Employment Rate, 10-Year Growth Percentage, Job Prospects, Stress Level and Work-Life Balance.  Could a career as a Professional Massage Therapist be right for you?

To date, Healing Hands has prepared more than 7,500 students for successful careers in Massage Therapy and Holistic Health and can do the same for you! Learn more, visit us online at  or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, or (858) 505-1100 in Kearny Mesa.