Continuing Education Class Schedule
These classes may be taken as continuing education or as part of our 250- and 500-hour programs.
**CLICK HERE FOR CLASS SCHEDULE THROUGH DECEMBER 2015**
JULY - AUGUST - SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER
JULY 2014 CLASSES (ALL CLASSES HELD AT 424 F ST. #B DAVIS, 95616)Click here to return to top of page
MASSAGE THERAPY FUNDAMENTALS (Intensive) (100 hr) Day class. Mon-Fri (9 am – 6:00 pm), Tues, Jul 1 through Thurs, Jul 17 (except Jul 4). Instructors: Keesha Standley, Tim Holt, Brad Wathen, Emily Bay. Total Cost: $1,025.
ADVANCED PALPATION ANATOMY – Pelvis and Lower Extremity (16 hrs) Sat & Sun, July 12 & 13 (9 am – 6 pm). We will review muscular/skeletal anatomy and concentrate on assessment (postural & range of motion) and various release techniques. This class is designed to help you become more efficient in uncovering and treating tension patterns that result in neuromuscular pain. Prerequisite: 50 hours of Anatomy. Instructor: Larry Munn Cost: $224 Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $205.
SWEDISH HOT STONE MASSAGE (8 hrs) Fri, July 18 (9 am - 6 pm). Using hot stones in a full body Swedish massage takes clients to a deeply relaxed state and induces a profound level of stress release that is greater than massage alone. Using Hot Stones provides relief for the therapist’s hand, decreasing the possibility of injury. In this class, we will apply Swedish massage techniques with hot stones to give a deeply relaxing, soothing full body treatment. Therapist can use this method as a standalone one hour treatment or to warm up muscles for deeper work. Equipment, set up, safety, and proper body mechanics will be covered. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Lea Wildflower. Cost: $120 Prepay: 2- Wk $115, 4-Wk $110.
FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY (50 hrs: 32 hrs in class and 18 hrs lab/homework) Sat, Sun, Mon & Wed, July 19, 20, 21 & 23 (9 am - 6 pm). While good massage is largely an intuitive art, its effectiveness increases dramatically when a therapist's intuition is informed by a solid knowledge of the structure and workings of the body. Functional Anatomy is designed to give the practitioner a basic knowledge of the muscles, bones and movements of the body from a bodyworker’s perspective. Throughout the class, we will be studying the structure of the body from a functional perspective, learning not just where the muscles are, but how they produce or restrict movement, how they impact posture and movement when they're either too tight or too weak, and how one would stretch or strengthen them. In addition to watching anatomy DVDs and reading, class time is dedicated to exploring the body experientially through palpation, and movement exercises. The textbook Trail Guide to the Body by Andrew Biel is required (please purchase online before class), and students are encouraged to read the first chapter of the book prior to the first day of class. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Emily Bay. Cost: $470 Prepay: 2-Wk $450, 4-Wk $425.
FIVE-ELEMENT ACUPRESSURE-Assessment and Application (30 hrs) Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon, July 25, 26, 27 & 28 (9 am – 5:30 pm). Refine your assessment skills and expand your understanding of acupressure meridians and their ability to bring vitality, joy and health. The Five Element approach to acupressure allows you to create powerful sessions through which you can help your clients to harmonize imbalances in their health and energy. As you learn the associations of each element and how the elements interrelate, you will begin to see patterns that can help your clients understand how their choices are influencing their meridian flow and their sense of well-being. In class we will look at how color, smell, posture, voice and attitude reflect the balance of a person’s elements. We will learn 12 points that help with assessment of the meridian balance and palpate meridian pathways to sense which textures reflect the elements in stress. $11 text required (please pay instructor). Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Kathleen Davis. Cost: $430 Prepay: 2-Wk $410, 4-Wk $399.
SHIATSU FOR THE MASSAGE TABLE (24 hrs) Tue, Wed, Thu & Fri, July 29, 30, 31 & Aug 1 (9 am – 4 pm). This class will adapt the Shiatsu sequence for the body mechanics of the massage table. We will work through clothing, but Shiatsu is easy to integrate into other forms of table massage, working through the drape. Shiatsu will deepen the therapeutic value of any bodywork treatment. In this class, you will learn a 60-minute Shiatsu treatment. What you need to bring: Sheets, face cradle cover, and a pillow, note-taking materials, comfortable loose clothing. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Tim Holt Cost: $330 Prepay: 2-Wk $320, 4-Wk $310.
AUGUST 2014 CLASSES (ALL CLASSES HELD AT 424 F ST. #B DAVIS, 95616)Click here to return to top of page
SOFT TISSUE INTEGRATION (20 hrs) Fri (eve), Aug 1 (6 pm – 10 pm), Sat & Sun, Aug 2 & 3 (9 am – 6 pm). This class takes students through the process of basic activation and integration exercises that will help clients maintain the work received in the table from the practitioner, while keeping suggestions within the scope of practice for soft tissue therapists. Integration exercises explored will emphasize a combination of stress reduction with a joint articulation, which will get the body to move at every joint and is aimed to balance the system out. Students will come away with a working protocol that can be easily taught to clients as a preparation before a session, integration after it or maintenance between sessions and in life. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage training Guest Instructor: Michael Petrow Cost: $280 Prepay: 2-Wk $270, 4-Wk $260
CRANIAL SACRAL BALANCING 1 (30 hrs) Mon & Tue, Aug 4, 5, 11 & 12 (9 am – 5:30 pm).The cranial sacral system is primarily the fibrous covering around the brain and spine, and the fluid within this covering. This system is where our human intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies interconnect most closely. The purpose of Cranial Sacral Balancing (a system of bodywork pioneered by Dr. John Upledger over the past 26 years) is to restore optimal balance to these four bodies. The method of Cranial Sacral Balancing is subtle, gentle, and completely pain-free: freeing the movement of cranial sacral fluid by feeling for and releasing areas of holding in the cranial sacral sheath and in the bones of the skull. In this course, you’ll learn to feel the cranial sacral rhythm (distinct from the rhythms of pulse and breath), to induce a "still point", experience distinct movement in the individuals parts of the cranium, and release tension from the entire system. The benefits of this work include the disappearance of headaches, spontaneous deep relaxation, release of old injuries, and significant lightening of moods and emotions. It is subtle work with amazing results. Prerequisite: None Instructors: Keesha Standley Cost: $430 Prepay: 2-Wk $410, 4-Wk $399
CLASSIC DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE (20 hrs) Wed & Thu, Aug 6 & 7 (9 am – 5 pm) and Fri, Aug 8 (9 am - 4 pm) This class introduces the basics of deep tissue massage therapy. The class will focus on three general areas: the neck and occipital area, the shoulder, and the hip and lumbar region. Muscular and skeletal anatomy will be taught with emphasis on the origin, insertion, and the musculotendinous attachments for each major muscle. Nerve pathways will also be taught with particular emphasis placed on impingement syndromes within each area. “Deep Tissue Massage” will teach you how to access deeper structures and begin to facilitate structural changes. We will use basic Swedish massage techniques to soften superficial tissues. The deeper techniques presented will be an eclectic mix of muscle stripping, bone cleaning, friction. Upon completion, students will be able to effectively treat such muscular problems as releasing hypertonic muscles, impingement syndromes, scar tissue reduction, muscle strains, and chronic muscular spasms. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage training. Instructor: Tim Holt. Cost: $280 Prepay: 2-Wk $270, 4-Wk $260
NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY-PRINCIPLES AND POSTURAL ANALYSIS (16 hrs) Sat & Sun, Aug 9 & 10 (9 am – 6 pm).This class covers the science and philosophy of neuromuscular therapy allowing an understanding of how and why it works so effectively. It covers the physiological principals of ischemia, trigger points, nerve compression/entrapment, postural distortion and dysfunctional biomechanics. You will also learn what the body’s position in space can tell you and how to use your eyes to truly understand where the body pain is coming from so you can treat the cause and not the symptom. You will not only learn how to see the position, but also to determine which muscles are being utilized. This class is a “must” for anyone doing clinical massage or any kind of structural bodywork. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Venice Sullivan Cost: $224 Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $205.
THAI TABLE MASSAGE (20 hrs) Wed & Thu, Aug 13 & 14 (9 am – 5 pm), Fri, Aug 15 (9 am – 4 pm). Integrate effective stretching into your table massage with techniques from Thai Massage, Hatha Yoga, and Somatics. You will learn a series of stretches and joint mobilization techniques for each area of the body to increase client’s range of motion, lengthen muscles, and free joint restrictions. This is a great addition to any massage treatment. Prerequisite: 50 hrs massage training. Instructor: Tim Holt Cost: $280 Prepay: 2-Wk $270, 4-Wk $260
MASSAGE THERAPY FUNDAMENTALS (100 hr) Weekend Class. Saturdays and Sundays (9 am – 6 pm), Aug 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31, Sept 6, 7, 13, 14, 27 & 28. Instructors: Keesha Standley, Tim Holt, Brad Wathen, Emily Bay. Total Cost: $1,025.
INTEGRATIVE LYMPHATIC MASSAGE + POST-OP APPROACHES (24 hrs) Mon and Tues, Aug 18 & 19, Mon, Aug 25 (9 am – 6 pm).. In this class you will learn how to palpate and effectively stimulate the lymphatic system with a light touch. The techniques shown will help you to individualize your clients‟ sessions to address areas of edema and scar tissue as well as give support to detoxification and decongestion goals. Lymphatic massage is especially useful when applied to general respiratory conditions, abdominal discomforts, sprains and post-operative recovery. This class includes foundation al theory, hands-on practice of lymphatic techniques, the opportunity to integrate the techniques into your signature massage and a discussion of how to apply your new skills in specific postoperative situations, including cosmetic surgery. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of Massage. Instructor: Lucy Rush Cost: $330 Prepay: 2-Wk $320, 4-Wk $310.
MANIKEN ™ ANATOMY (50 hrs) (32 in class + 18 lab/homework) Thu’s & Fri’s, Aug 21, 22, 28 & 29 ((9 am – 6 pm).This anatomy course will investigate the muscular and skeletal structures of the body. The course is divided into four all-day sections. Each day covers a portion of the body as follows: (1) neck and trunk; (2) scapula, shoulder, and upper extremity; (3) pelvis and low back; (4) hip and lower extremity. This class will be taught using the Maniken™ system of learning by building clay muscles onto a skeleton. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Emily Bay Cost: $470 Prepay: 2-Wk $450, 4-Wk $425.
CRANIAL SACRAL BALANCING (Headaches & TMJ) (30 hrs) Tue & Weds, Aug 26, 27, Sep 2 & 3 (9 am – 5:30 pm) This course adds to the foundation built in Cranial Sacral Balancing 1. The work includes expanded techniques for the sphenoid bones, temporal bones and eyes. The focus is on learning to move with the flow of the receiver’s body, allowing release to take place with remarkable ease. In this non-doing space, doors to inner dimensions open, expansion becomes effortless, and the body can heal itself. Prerequisite: Cranial Sacral Balancing I Instructor: Keesha Standley Cost: $430 Prepay: 2-Wk $420.
SEPTEMBER 2014 CLASSES (ALL CLASSES HELD AT 424 F ST. #B DAVIS, 95616)Click here to return to top of page
SOUND HEALING (8 hrs) Thu, Sept 4 (9 am – 6 pm).Integrating Sound Healing into a massage session is a deep, beautiful and powerful way to increase relaxation, spiritual renewal and healing potential. This experiential class explores hands-on, practical sound healing techniques to use during a massage session. Through sound healing you can easily facilitate a parasympathetic shift in your client, relieving pain and stress, calming, releasing and balancing emotional energy. Using sound and vibration gently yet deeply penetrate soft tissue as well as the body’s organs, glands and cells, encouraging harmony and balance on a cellular level. This class emphasizes using crystal and Tibetan singing bowls during the massage session. Also included are qigong sound healing techniques, chanting and toning, and an introduction to using other sound healing instruments including didgeridoos, tuning forks, chimes and sound tables. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Ellen Asherah Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110.
MYOFASCIAL BODYWORK - STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION (32 hrs) Mon, Tue, Wed & Thu, Sept 8, 9, 10 & 11 (9 am - 6 pm).Gaining an understanding of the client as a whole and not just the sum of their parts is the next paradigm in bodywork. Day one consists of being able to read and assess a client’s body issues and then formulate a plan that takes into account that working one area may affect another. In addition to exploring palpation, day two to four will focus on gaining fascial palpation/techniques to better understand the importance of working with fascia. Finally, the student will practice the theoretical reading tools and fascial techniques learned. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage training. Instructor: Marty Morales. Cost: $450 Prepay: 2-Wk $440, 4-Wk $430.
MARKETING FOR BUSINESS SUCCESS (8 hrs) Fri, Sep 12 (9 am – 6 pm). . In order to start and run a successful practice, a brand/business identity needs to be established. This is the core element that feeds into all other marketing strategies. A branding process will normally cost over $1,000. This information-packed workshop will give you valuable information at a fraction of the cost: Reveal your current identity and your desired position as bodyworker. Create a tagline for your business. Discover your ideal client. Identify your true aesthetic that will feed into your future designs (website for example). Prerequisite: None Instructor: Marty Morales Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115 4-Wk $110
SPORTS MASSAGE-Pre and Post Event (24 hrs) Mon, Tue & Wed, Sep 15, 16 & 17 (9 am – 6 pm). The focus here is on the use of massage before and after an event and/or training session. Prior to an event or training session stimulation of the central nervous system (CNS) is essential to optimize performance. Leaving the athlete feeling „up‟ both physiologically and psychologically is the goal. What is „up‟? Physiologically speaking, it includes increasing the core body temp, ROM/flexibility, blood flow to the muscles, and the efficiency of the CNS to relay its information to the body. We will introduce a fast paced, movement based routine utilizing pumping, percussion, ROM/flexibility and muscle preparation techniques. The psychological aspect focuses on helping the athlete gain a positive mind/body connection, mentally preparing for the specific event and visualization of success. You don’t have to be an expert, but an understanding, by the therapist, of the demands of the activity will greatly benefit the athlete. A post event routine will be taught to speed recovery, reduce the lactic acid build up, and regain the ROM/flexibility the athlete began the event/training session with. It is also an ideal time to assess any injuries or „problem areas‟ that will benefit from sports massage sessions at your office. This is a great marketing opportunity. Post event sports massage is slower paced and generally more superficial, depending on the athlete, than pre event. Techniques include: flushing, effleurage, petrissage, and stretching. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage therapy training. Instructor: Steve DeHart. Cost: $330 Prepay: 2-Wk $320, 4-Wk $310.
ANATOMY – Muscles & Bones (50 hrs) Sept. 18, 19, 25 & 26 (9 am – 6 pm)This class is designed to recognize and understand the musculoskeletal system of the human body in a challenging, detailed, and practical fashion. In order to build repetitive and memorable anatomical knowledge, included, but not limited to the discussion will be bones, joints, muscles, muscle attachments, and muscle actions. The course will include various "activities" to challenge students to critically think and retain the information enhancing their ability to apply their knowledge quickly and efficiently when working with clients. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Sharon Oshita Cost: $470 Prepay 2-Wk $450, 4-Wk $425.
NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY - PELVIS (20 hrs) Fri (Eve), Sep 19 (6:15 pm – 10 pm), Sat & Sun, 20 & 21 (9 am - 6 pm).An in-depth look at the pelvis and its mechanisms. Discover why it is often the center of other body pain and dysfunction. Learn the secrets of unlocking it and assist your clients to improved function. Understand the stages of Rehabilitation and how to enforce them. This is the first in a series of NMT classes that will allow you to offer very effective structural bodywork to your clients. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage training. Instructor: Venice Sullivan Cost: $280 Prepay: 2-Wk $270, 4-Wk $260.
SPORTS MASSAGE-Injury and Prevention (24 hrs) Mon, Tue & Wed, Sep 22, 23 & 24 (9 am – 6 pm).This is the heart of sports massage. Where change in the musculoskeletal system takes place. In these sessions you will experience a hands-on, client/therapist interactive focus on how massage can be used to: prevent injury, rehabilitate from injury, correct chronic biomechanical imbalances, and create lasting change over the long term. An emphasis is placed on specific sports and specific sports injuries. To notice the biomechanical faults within a specific sport can help to prevent injury and assess „why‟ an athlete is have reoccurring injuries. We will also dive into the stages of healing of injury as well as the timing and depth of appropriate massage techniques. Contraindication of massage with be emphasized. Some common injuries include: strains/sprains, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff, low back, sciatica, IT band, Achilles, over use and ankle/knee injuries. Techniques taught include: Muscle tracing, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Myofascial Release, Facilitated Stretching and Pin and Stretch. Understanding of the anatomy and physiology is recommended. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage therapy training. Instructor: Steve DeHart. Cost: $330 Prepay: 2-Wk $320, 4-Wk $310
CHAIR MASSAGE (7 hrs) Mon, Sep 29 (9 am – 5 pm).Seated Massage is a wonderful addition to your massage expertise and resume!.Learn the bio-mechanics of working on a massage chair or any other seated instrument to maximize client relaxation and minimize the stress on your body. Instruction includes demonstration and practice of ten and fifteen minute sequences and how to market yourself as a chair massage professional. Enjoy the benefits of being able to give an effective and truly “portable” massage to your friends, family, clients and prospective employers. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Lucy Rush Cost: $99 Prepay: 2-Wk $95, 4-Wk $90.
SPORTS MASSAGE-Stretching (24 hrs) Tue & Wed, Sep 30 & Oct 1, Thu, Oct 2 (9 am – 6 pm). We will explore several stretching techniques including ballistic, static, PNF and Active Isolated Stretching (AIS). Our focus will be on AIS which is a complete and systematic stretching program geared for athletes. AIS is based on identifying the muscle to be stretched, isolating that muscle using precise localized movements and maximizing the effectiveness of the stretch in a safe and efficient manner staying away from the stretch reflex mechanism of the muscle. AIS will be taught to the therapist as an assisted stretch for the athlete as well as a tool for the athlete to take home and perform on themselves. A hip/leg protocol and shoulder protocol will be taught hands-on. AIS is effective for the rehab of most sports injuries. Understanding of anatomy and physiology is recommended. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage therapy training. Instructor: Steve DeHart. Cost: $330 Prepay: 2-Wk $320, 4-Wk $310. TAKE ALL THREE SPORTS MASSAGE CLASSES FOR $100 DISCOUNT ON THIS CLASS.
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ACUPRESSURE- A Practice in Harmony (30 hrs). Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon, Oct 3, 4, 5 & 6 (9 am – 5:30 pm).This class introduces students to the ancient Chinese healing art of Acupressure, a quiet form of energy work which emphasizes a listening touch. Students will learn key points with which to balance energy in the body through the meridians and extraordinary vessels of Traditional Chinese Medicine. You will learn how to work with the meridians to affect specific conditions of imbalance. We will use a quiet form of energy work which allows the development of a subtle touch and the ability to read subtle energy. The understanding of the meridians will enrich any forms that you practice. You will be able to offer a full session and you will find that the style blends well with a wide variety of body work. $12 text required (please pay instructor). Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Kathleen Davis. Cost: $430 Prepay 2-Wk $410, 4-Wk $399
DYNAMIC DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE (20 hrs) Tue & Wed, Oct 7 & 8 (9 am – 5 pm), and Thu, Oct 9 (9 am – 4 pm).Dynamic Deep Tissue Massage is a fluid interplay between direct pressure, movement and breath. These components are coupled with the intention of enlivening the body and reorganizing holding tendencies. This class is designed to give participants tools for working with deep levels of contact. Students develop sensitivity and perception as they learn to work with greater precision and effectiveness. There is a strong emphasis on body mechanics and appropriate technique as well as the dynamics of working more deeply with clients. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage training Instructor: Brad Wathen Cost: $280 Prepay: 2-Wk $270, 4-Wk $260.
EMOTIONAL RELEASE & BODYWORK (6 hrs) Fri, Oct 10 (9 am - 4 pm). . In this class, we will explore how bodies hold and release emotions, what massage therapists can do within our scope of practice to support our clients, and how to feel comfortable in a variety of situations. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Emily Bay. Cost: $90 Prepay: 2-Wk $85, 3-Wk $80.
NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY-NECK AND UPPER TORSO (20 hrs) Fri (Eve), Oct 10 (6 pm – 10 pm), Sat & Sun, 11 & 12 (9 am – 6 pm) Structural evaluation and neuromuscular technique to release the Upper Torso and Cervical area will be taught. Assess how one part of the body will continue to cause problems in other areas. Highly specific work to fully release each area worked on. Spine, intercostals, abdominal and chest and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, will be addressed. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage training. Instructor: Venice Sullivan Cost: $280 Prepay: 2-Wk $270, 4-Wk $260
AROMATHERAPY FOR MASSAGE (6 hrs) Tue, Oct 14 (9 am – 4 pm).Aromatherapy uses essential oils, volatile and aromatic liquids obtained from plants, to bring about positive effects on body, mind and spirit. Combined with massage, aromatherapy is an ideal treatment. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Emily Bay Cost: $90 Prepay: 2-Wk $85, 4-Wk $80.
MASSAGE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER © (24 hrs) Wed, Thu & Fri, Oct 15, 16 & 17 (9 am – 6 pm)(NCBTMB approved for CEU hours) Comfort-oriented massage or touch can be administered to people with cancer regardless of the severity of their condition, and at any stage in the cancer experience. Topics covered include: understanding metastasis - why is massage not contraindicated; adaptations that must be made for clients who have undergone or are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery; massage protocol for patients at risk for lymphedema; exploration and processing of participants’ personal experience and relationship to cancer; intake procedures; and most importantly, opening the heart to those with serious illness. This is a critical thinking class and requires focused, comfortable sitting. We provide floor chairs and if you need something more comfortable, please bring your own chair, pillow, etc. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of Swedish-style massage training. Instructor: Isabel Adkins Cost: $432, 3-Wk Pre-pay: $412 (Materials fee $25 to be paid to instructor)
ONCOLOGY MASSAGE 1 “Blending East with West” ™ (22 hrs) Sat, Sun & Mon, Oct 18 (11 am – 6 pm) 19 & 20 (9 am – 6 pm).. Class will allow body therapists to enhance their work with cancer patients by integrating Reflexology and Acupressure skills with the Massage for People Living with Cancer© protocol in regard to pressure adjustments, sites that need to be avoided and client positioning. While looking at the body from an Eastern Medicine point of view, practitioners will learn: how to support the internal organs during disease, treatment and recovery; how to address symptoms more directly by understanding how the organs “network”; how to mitigate the side effects of treatment and symptoms of disease, such as low blood counts, nausea, fatigue, neuropathy, weakness in the limbs, and GI tract disorders; how to strengthen the immune system; the importance of Ayurvedic oils for cancer cure; the psychological aspects of living with a potentially fatal disease and how that may impact the immune system. This class also requires focused sitting. We provide floor chairs and if you need something more comfortable, please bring your own chair, pillow, etc. Prerequisite: Massage for “People Living with Cancer©” or equivalent Society for Oncology Massage approved class. Instructor: Isabel Adkins Cost $396 3-Wk Prepay $376 (Materials fee $16 to be paid to instructor)
REIKI I (16 hrs) Tue & Wed, Oct 21 & 22 (9 am – 6 pm).This workshop will introduce students to Reiki (pronounced “Ray-Key”) and the human energy system. Reiki is a universal life energy that can be used to balance the chakras and smooth the aura. Learn about this unique energy, see how to channel and focus this energy for healing on many different levels for yourself and your clients. Receive the first level attunement allowing you to channel the Reiki energy. Explore the history and uses of Reiki in the East and West. Learn to balance the chakras using this energy. Explore the Mind-Body connections as they relate to Reiki. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Ellen Asherah Cost: $224. Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $205.
ONCOLOGY MASSAGE 2 “Integrating Complimentary Therapies”™ (40 hrs) Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon, Oct 23, 24, 25, 26 & 27 (9 am - 6 pm). In this class, we will enhance our protocol for cancer patients, integrating the reflexology and back shu bladder points learned in Oncology 1 with acupressure points along seven of the major meridians: spleen, liver, stomach, kidney, lung, conception vessel, large intestine and pericardium. Students will explore the psychological aspects of the organs: their personalities in terms of likes, dislikes and emotions. Students will establish a direct relationship between what each organ influences physically to the human behavior it also regulates. Students will develop an enhancement of massage protocol: specific acupressure points to address different signs & symptoms of disease and treatments. Finally, students will practice with volunteer clients living with cancer. Prerequisite: Oncology Massage I. Instructor: Isabel Adkins Cost: $720 Prepay: 3-Wk: $699 (Materials fee $25 to be paid to instructor)
MASSAGE THERAPY FUNDAMENTALS (100 hr) Day Class. Tue, Wed, Thu & Fri (9 am – 6:00 pm), Oct 28 through Nov 14. Instructors: Keesha Standley, Tim Holt, Brad Wathen, Emily Bay. Total Cost: $1,025
NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY-Shoulder & Extremities (20 hrs) Fri (Eve), Oct 31 (6:15 pm – 10 pm), Sat & Sun, Nov 1 & 2 (9 am – 6 pm) Structural evaluation and neuromuscular technique will be taught to release such conditions as thoracic outlet syndrome, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and shin splints. You will learn to release all of the muscles involved and their pain patterns and begin rehabilitation. Also covered will be the forearms, hands, legs, and feet. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Venice Sullivan Cost: $280 Prepay: 2-Wk $270, 4-Wk $260.
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MASSAGE FOR SENIORS (12 hrs) Saturdays, Nov 8 & 15 (9 am – 4pm)This class teaches massage techniques to help improve or maintain the state of health of older persons suffering from specific age related impairments which respond to soft tissue manipulation. These include poor blood circulation, arthritis, or joint and muscle stiffness due to Parkinson’s Disease, and paralysis due to stroke. Benefits and contraindications will be taught. This class may be taught in eight hour blocks. Teaching is by lecture, demonstration and supervised practice sessions. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training or with Instructor’s permission. Instructor: Emily Bay Cost: $180 Prepay: 2-Wk $170, 4-Wk $160.
PATHOLOGY (& Physiology) (50 hrs: 40 hrs in-class, 10 hrs lab/homework). Sun, Mon & Tues, Nov 9, 10, 16, 17 & 18 (9 am - 6 pm).This is a class designed to help students recognize and understand different types of pathologies. Definitions, terminology, basic anatomy and physiology will be foundations to be able to understand and assess the indications/contraindications of massage on conditions that are most commonly encountered by massage therapists. Basic sanitation and safety issues will also be discussed to assure the well being of both the therapist and the client. This class requires long days of sitting. We provide padded chairs, but if you need an especially comfortable chair, please bring your own or pillows, cushions, etc. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Sharon Oshita. Cost: $470 Prepay 2-Wk $450, 4-Wk $425.
INTEGRATIVE STRETCHING FOR MASSAGE (12 hrs) Wed & Thu, Nov 19 & 20 (9 am – 4 pm). This class will teach a very thorough series of passive stretches for each major joint and muscle group in the body. Passive stretching makes your massage much more three dimensional! It helps to return the target muscles back to a healthy relaxed tonus after applying whatever massage therapy you practice. This class will focus on how to assess normal range of motion, how to identify the end range of the passive stretch, and how to apply stretches with perfect body mechanic for all size clients and therapist combinations. The stretches taught are from sports, physical therapy, Asian bodywork, and applied yoga. Clients love to be stretched. These techniques will make your massage more engaging and expand your toolbox. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage therapy training. Instructor: Tim Holt Cost: $180. Prepay: 2-Wk $170, 4-Wk $160.
PALPATION ANATOMY (50 hrs- 32 hrs in class, 18 hrs lab/homework) Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon, Nov. 21, 22, 23 & 24 (9 am – 6 pm)This course provides a basic knowledge of the human musculoskeletal system. Through extensive use of massage setting palpation exercises you learn to confidently "see" into the body's structure with accuracy and insight. Our exploration of common areas of muscular imbalance and adhesion help you focus your massage work for a more effective session. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Larry Munn Cost $470 Prepay: 2-Wk $450, 4-Wk $425.
SELF-MYOFASCIAL RELEASE (8 hrs) Tue, Nov 25 (9 am – 6pm).This course provides a basic knowledge of the human musculoskeletal system by using various tools for self-myofascial release (SMR). Through interactively taking students through the principles of and rationale for fascial release, students will bring awareness to their own bodies, establish a working protocol for transferring their bodywork sessions to functional life with SMR for clients, and in the process, explore cutting-edge techniques that integrate foam rolling with movement to enhance results and increase function. The class is divided into four sections that will be interwoven through the class: Fascia and Rationale for Fascial Release, Kinesthetic Assessment, Functional Anatomy, SMR Integration. By enhancing their knowledge of functional anatomy through investigation of the functional mobility regions of the body, students can expect to build a more integrated thought process and, in doing so, will learn how better to maximize their client’s results with effective self-care options. The integrative release techniques learned in this course is applicable in and outside of a session for clients and/or themselves. Prerequisite: None. Guest Instructor: Michael Petrow. Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110.
ASIAN FOOT TREATMENTS (8 hrs) Wed, Nov 26 (9am – 6pm)This class takes some of the best Asian spa foot care treatments and creates a signature treatment that will be deeply therapeutic and relaxing for your clients. This class will feature a soak for the feet to relax and clean, a light lotion massage sequence, followed by more deeply therapeutic massage applied with an Asian Reflexology tool. The legs and back may be included depending on whether you apply the treatment on the bodywork floor mat or a reflexology chair. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Tim Holt Cost: $120. Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110.
HOT STONE MASSAGE (20 hrs) Fri (Eve), Nov 28 (6 pm – 10 pm) and Sat & Sun, Nov 29 & 30 (9 am – 6 pm)Stone Massage is becoming increasingly popular in spas and resorts, as well as in private practice. It provides the deep therapeutic benefits of heat therapy. It is an excellent modality for work with injury recovery as well as offering deeper stress-relieving benefits. Stone Massage provides a rest for the therapist’s hands while delivering the full benefits of deeper massage to the client with minimal discomfort. This class will cover methods of heating, using and caring for your stones. Contraindications, benefits will be taught. Take your relaxation massage to a new level; utilize the therapeutic benefits of heat and save your hands. Please bring a large bath towel, 2 handtowels & a set of twin size sheets. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Lea Wildflower Cost: $280 Prepay: 2-Wk $270, 4-Wk $260.
DECEMBER 2014 CLASSES (ALL CLASSES HELD AT 424 F ST. #B DAVIS, 95616)Click here to return to top of page
MEDICAL MASSAGE – LOW BACK PAIN (8 hrs) Mon, Dec 1 (9 am – 6 pm). Anatomy of the lower back will be reviewed and we will learn application of orthopedic medical evaluation tests for nerve involvement as well as technique. Be as effective as possible for clients with low back pain. . Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Marty Morales Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110
MEDICAL MASSAGE – SPRAINED ANKLE & KNEE (8 hrs) Tue, Dec 2 (9 am – 6 pm). Anatomy of the knee/lower leg/ankle will be reviewed and we will learn application of orthopedic medical evaluation tests as well as technique. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Marty Morales Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110
MEDICAL MASSAGE – THORACIC OUTLET & RIBS (8 hrs) Wed, Dec 3 (9 am – 6 pm). Anatomy of the shoulder and neck will be reviewed. Learn application of orthopedic medical evaluation tests for Thoracic outlet as well as technique. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training Instructor: Marty Morales Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110
MEDICAL MASSAGE – WHIPLASH AND NECK WORK (8 hrs) Thu, Dec 4 (9 am – 6 pm). This class explores the mechanics of whiplash, the anatomy of the neck/upper back and how massage can effectively address the signs and symptoms of “whiplash.” You will learn orthopedic tests for nerve involvement, RPM testing for specific muscles, and application and integration of several modalities in the treatment of this condition. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training Instructor: Marty Morales Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110
MEDICAL MASSAGE- HEADACHES & TMJ (8 hrs) Fri, Dec 5 (9 am – 6 pm). The jaw has a close relationship to headaches. In this class you will learn how to work the muscles of the jaw and head to help alleviate tension headaches. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training Instructor: Marty Morales Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110
NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY- Rehabilitation for Cervical Pain & Injuries (16 hrs) Saturday & Sunday, Dec 6 & 7 (9 am – 6 pm). Why do the problems of the neck not resolve, no matter what you do? Learn the well known and seldom practiced techniques that can truly relieve the pain of injuries of the cervical region. Prerequisite: 100 hours massage training, plus at least 40 hours of neuromuscular technique training and with instructor’s permission. Prerequisite: 100 hours massage training, plus at least 40 hours of neuromuscular technique training AND with instructor’s permission. Instructor: Venice Sullivan. Cost: $224 Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $205.
MANUAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE CERTIFICATION (45 hrs) Mon through Fri, Dec 8-12 (9 am - 6 pm) & Sat, Dec 13 (9 am - 3 pm). This 6-day MLD certification course is based on the techniques developed by Dr. Emil Vodder, Ph.D. When skillfully applied, this therapeutic form of soft tissue mobilization dramatically enhances lymph formation and promotes drainage within the superficial and deep systems of the lymph vascular network. During this course, students will be instructed in anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system. Basic MLD treatment sequences as well as MLD treatment sequences for mild, medically uncomplicated upper and lower extremity lymphedema will be demonstrated and practiced. Each day will be divided into two sections, one theoretical and the second, hands-on application. Topics covered in this class are relevant anatomy and scientific technology to the lymphatic system. Students will learn to: differentiate between the normal and diseased states of the lymphatic system (physiology and pathophysiology of the lymphatic system); understand the indications and contraindications related to the use of MLD; be able to perform the techniques of MLD for all body areas; develop appropriate treatment strategies for indications such as post-surgical edema, posttraumatic edema, fibromyalgia, general detoxification and other conditions; perform MLD on clients after breast surgery for cancer (clients at risk to develop lymphedema); and competently perform MLD on clients with mild, medically uncomplicated primary or secondary lymphedema. Please note: This course will not prepare the participant for the Complete Decongestive Therapy treatment of lymphedema. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Rene Janiece Cost: $950. $50 discount if pay in full before Nov. 10.
ADVANCED PALPATION ANATOMY – Neck and Torso (16 hrs) Sun & Mon, Dec 14 & 15 (9 am – 6 pm). We will review muscular/skeletal anatomy and concentrate on assessment (postural & range of motion) and various release techniques. This class is designed to help you become more efficient in uncovering and treating tension patterns that result in neuromuscular pain. Prerequisite: 50 hours of Anatomy. Instructor: Larry Munn Cost: $224 Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $205.
ADVANCED PALPATION ANATOMY – Upper Extremity, Neck & Jaw (16 hrs) Tue & Wed, Dec 16 & 17 (9 am – 6 pm)We will review muscular/skeletal anatomy and concentrate on assessment (postural & range of motion) and various release techniques. This class is designed to help you become more efficient in uncovering and treating tension patterns that result in neuromuscular pain. Prerequisite: 50 hours of Anatomy. Instructor: Larry Munn Cost: $224 Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $205
TOUCH, PRESENCE & HEALING (16 hrs) Thu & Fri, Dec 18 & 19 (9 am - 6 pm). This class teaches you to work at the cusp of structure and energy. You will learn to use the physical body as a handle for physical, emotional, and psycho-spiritual processes. This is a non-modality bound approach to energetic bodywork. We will cover the development of bodyworker to healer and the recurring psycho-spiritual themes in energetic work and their application in energy-active bodywork. This is one the possible prerequisite classes for CSB - Unwinding. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Jim Gilkeson Cost: $224. Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $210.
ADHESION & SCAR TISSUE RELEASE (20 hrs) Fri (eve), Dec 19 (6:15 pm - 10 pm), Sat & Sun , Dec 20 & 21 (9 am - 6 pm). This workshop will introduce you to adhesion and scar tissue release work. Old and new adhesions can cause long term myofascial pain and dysfunction, and postural distortion. You will learn client analysis including visual range of motion assessment. You will learn how to properly palpate and identify healthy and unhealthy fascia. You will learn how to isolate and release the adhesions and gain an understanding of how and why the body creates this dysfunctional situation. n. Various techniques will be used including orthopedic massage for joint work, myofascial release using cross fiber technique, neuromuscular re-education including triggerpoint-release, and facilitated stretching. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Guest Instructor: Lily Starling Cost: $280 Prepay: 2-Wk $270, 4-Wk $260.
ADVANCED PALPATION ANATOMY – Pelvis and Lower Extremity (16 hrs) Mon & Tue, Dec 22 & 23 (9 am – 6 pm). We will review muscular/skeletal anatomy and concentrate on assessment (postural & range of motion) and various release techniques. This class is designed to help you become more efficient in uncovering and treating tension patterns that result in neuromuscular pain. Prerequisite: 50 hours of Anatomy. Instructor: Larry Munn Cost: $224 Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $205