About

Welcome to Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.

At Healing Hands, we provide a comprehensive, hands-on learning environment where students develop the practical skills and detailed knowledge that power successful careers in massage therapy and holistic health. We take a well-rounded approach to our work, and we pride ourselves on delivering a top-quality education at an affordable price. We’re dedicated to helping our students realize their full potential as professional healers – providing a supportive culture where they can feel secure in their learning and growth process.

Our school is certified, approved, and accredited – since 1992.

Our Core Beliefs

  • We believe the classroom experience should be lifechanging and life-affirming.
  • We believe in understanding and nurturing on the mind-body connection in the classroom and beyond.
  • We believe in the importance of taking care of your own body, so you can help others.
  • We believe Certified Massage Therapists and Holistic Health Practitioners should have a variety of modalities at their disposal.
  • We believe therapists should have a deep understanding of the structure and function of the body.
  • We believe students should have the opportunity to fine-tune their craft with many hours of practical experience.
  • We believe in supporting our students during every step of the journey – from enrollment through career placement.

“The more you strive to reach the place of splendor,
the more the invisible angels will help you.”

Our History

Our story begins on February 8, 1992, when Neha and Paula Curtiss began teaching their Circulatory Massage Technician class as a part of the first comprehensive massage technician course to be offered at any community college in the State of California.  At the time, the Healing Hands School of Holistic Health was transported in the back of a station wagon and the business office was at our kitchen table.

Our vision was to teach therapeutic bodywork in a way where students not only learned the proper techniques but were encouraged to be inspired by the art and the craft of the work.  Even then, we understood that the student must be able to feel the work, not just learn the motions. We had a burning question inside of us:

How do we teach hands-on massage skills, while engendering a deep respect for the physical body and compassion for one another?

We looked to our many teachers who had given so generously of themselves, and we explored the traditions of western science, the disciplines of eastern philosophy, and everything in between.  In the end, we discovered a deep faith that if we created a positive environment that embodied respect and compassion, our students would rise to the expectations. And they most certainly have.

Since that first day of Healing Hands, more than 7,000 students have graduated from our Massage Therapy or Holistic Health Practitioner Programs.  As our school grew, several of our students chose to join the Healing Hands Staff, while most took their talents into their communities to bring their vision of healing to those in need.  Regardless of where our graduates ended up, our Healing Hands community remains connected, engaged, and supportive.

Today, the Healing Hands School of Holistic Health fills three locations throughout Orange and San Diego Counties.  We are humbled and proud of our reputation for being the best massage and holistic health program in Southern California.

The Healing Hands Difference

Choosing a career in Massage Therapy and Holistic Health means choosing a future where you will make a difference in your life and the lives of those around you – every single day.  Our holistic, hands-on approach to our students’ education is designed to prepare them for exciting careers helping others overcome chronic pain, recover from injuries and illness, reduce stress, find balance, and participate in proactive healthcare and wellness.

Since that first day of Healing Hands, more than 7,000 students have graduated from our Massage Therapy or Holistic Health Practitioner Programs.  As our school grew, several of our students chose to join the Healing Hands Staff, while most took their talents into their communities to bring their vision of healing to those in need.  Regardless of where our graduates ended up, our Healing Hands community remains connected, engaged, and supportive.

Today, the Healing Hands School of Holistic Health fills three locations throughout Orange and San Diego Counties.  We are humbled and proud of our reputation for being the best massage and holistic health program in Southern California.


Empowerment & Flexibility with Healing Hands

Our passion is your future – and our programs are designed to empower you to tailor the educational experience that will help you achieve your greatest goals. After all, this is your journey, and we’re honored to be your trusted coach along the way.

Program Choices

Our programs are flexible, offering both full-time and part-time enrollment. We help you create your program to meet your individual needs – including a wide variety of elective courses and three campus locations. We offer programs in Massage Therapy or Holistic Health, or our students can take continuing education classes to support their ongoing learning.

Subject Choices

Our students’ interests are diverse, so our course offerings are, too. We offer over 1800 hours of foundational classes and elective courses to give our students the freedom to specialize in the styles, techniques, and modalities that best fit their individual interests. Some focus on healing processes that date back hundreds of years, and others focus on cutting-edge science. From maximizing performance for professional athletes to providing therapeutic healing for the elderly (and everything in between), our program creates endless opportunities for our students.

Scheduling Choices

Our courses are offered during the day, in the evening, and on weekends to meet the needs of our students. With three campus locations, our teachers, staff, and administrators work hard to offer the flexibility you need – so you can focus on learning.

Payment Choices

Our staff works hard to ensure our school offers the highest quality education at the most affordable prices. We work with our students to develop Financial Investment Plans that are best-suited for their needs. Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information on the options available to you.

Job Placement Support

When you choose Healing Hands School of Holistic Health, you’re choosing to join a community of successful professionals, experienced professors, and driven students. After graduation, we help you secure a job in the field. We’re proud to maintain an average Job Placement Rate of 80% and higher. More than 7,000 graduates have gone on to experience rewarding careers in massage therapy and holistic health.

Our graduates continue to be our best advertising. We regularly receive calls from employers and health practitioners seeking out our graduates. We also provide a Job Board and Job Placement Advisor to assist you.

Instructor Expertise

Our instructors are some of the most talented in their fields and specialization. The National Accrediting agency that oversees our work found Healing Hands faculty to “Far Exceed Expectation”. This finding was based on the years of experience of our faculty, the low staff turnover, and the staff’s professionalism in and out of the classroom. In addition, the School was found to have excellent continuity of communication and overall integrity.

For more information about our faculty and staff, click here.

Student Satisfaction

Our student and graduate evaluations show Healing Hands students are highly satisfied with their training and experience at our school. We foster open communication between our faculty and students, and our onsite office staff is here to assist and support you during your program.

We actively seek input from students, faculty, employers, and leaders in our field. We are dedicated to providing an educational environment where the student is secure in their learning and growth process.

Let’s Invest in Your Future. Let’s Transform Your Life.
Let’s Start Today.