Continuing Education Class Schedule

These classes may be taken as continuing education or as part of our 250- and 500-hour programs.  



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THAI MASSAGE (60 hrs) Weds & Thurs, Jan 21, 22, 28, 29, Feb 4, 5, 11 + 12 (9 am - 5:30 pm). Traditional Thai Massage is an extraordinary 2,500-year-old healing arts system which is practiced comfortably clothed on a floor mat. Blending gentle rocking, rhythmic acupressure and yoga-like stretching. Thai Massage deeply opens, relaxes and revitalizes the body. It is unparalleled in its ability to open joints and increase range of motion and flexibility. This workshop will focus on history, theory, technique and form. Treatment sequences in supine and side-lying, prone and sitting positions will be taught and practiced. Attention will be given to proper body alignment, ease of movement, focus, and awareness so that the experience of the practitioner is as healing as the experience of the client. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Tim Holt Cost: $720 Prepay: 2-Wk $710, 4-Wk $699.

SWEDISH HOT STONE MASSAGE (8 hrs) Fri, Jan 23 (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.

MANIKEN™ ANATOMY (50 hrs) (32 in class + 18 lab/homework) Sat & Sun, Jan 24, 25, 31, Feb 1 (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 1 (30 hrs) Mon & Tue, Jan 26, 27, Feb 2, 3 (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.

AYURVEDA AND BODYWORK (8 hrs) Fri, Jan 30 (9 am - 6 pm). In this one day class, you will learn about the traditional Indian Medicine known as Ayurveda and know how to use its concepts in your massage practice. Specifically, you will learn how to see clients from an Ayurvedic perspective in order to help you formulate a massage plan best suited for you client. Prerequisite: None. Guest Instructor: Elena Irueta Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk: $115, 4-Wk: $110.


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FULL BODY FRESH TISSUE DISSECTION CLASS (18 hrs) Fri, Feb 6 (9 am - 5 pm), Sat, Feb 7 (9 am - 5 pm), Sun, Feb 8 (9 am - 3 pm). This is a unique, hands-on learning experience. With the modeling and guidance of the instructor, students will acquire an advanced anatomical knowledge using in situ palpation, dissection and the application of techniques to explore lines of tension in the body. Students will develop their understanding of the relationships between the organs and the musculo-skeletal system. Conduct in situ palpation of organs and participate in individual break-out dissections of organs (liver, kidney, heart, etc.). Detailed dissection of the major nerve tracts (brachial, lumbar, plexi). Detailed dissection, with pre-evaluation, of the articulations of the knee and shoulder. Exploration of the cranium, and the dural system within the cranium, in relationship to the body. Cancellation/Refund Policy: Notice of cancellation must be made by 65 days before the start of class. Tuition is fully refundable up to December 2, 2014, after which $300 will be withheld. If we are able to fill your space, $250 will be refunded. $50 will be withheld for administrative costs. Held at UC Davis lab, 4800 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95820. (This class must be paid for separately from 250 or 500 hr program or CE packet) Prerequisite: 150 hours of bodywork training Instructor: Ben Katz Cost: $975.

ACUPRESSURE REFLEXOLOGY- Energies of the Feet, Hands, and Ears (24 hrs) Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Feb 6,7 & 8 (9 am - 6 pm) Your entire body can be mapped in your ear, hand and foot. Working with these areas is a powerful way to assess energy flow and to stimulate the body's ability to heal. The class explores a variety of techniques from traditional Chinese massage with an emphasis on keeping the practitioner's hands healthy. The course includes meridian, reflex, and acu-point location and contributes to the student's understanding of assessment. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Kathleen Davis. Cost: $330 Prepay: 2-Wk: $320, 4-Wk: $310.

ACUPRESSURE FOR THE CHAKRAS (8 hrs) Monday, Feb 9 (9 am - 6 pm) . Energetic touch to bring balance to the Wheels of Life Force along centerline. Each chakra relates to a particular aspect of our development. Learn to recognize the feel of balanced mobility in the chakras and ways to work with them to increase overall vitality. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Kathleen Davis. Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110

VISUALIZATION FOR MASSAGE: HYPNOSIS AND HYPNOTIC QIGONG FOR PHYSICAL HEALING (8 hrs) Tue, Feb 10 (9 am - 6 pm).This class on practical hypnosis and visualization techniques for massage therapists is designed to increase your abilities to help your clients and yourself, enhancing energy, strength, listening skills, ability to work with your client's emotions, and generally expanding your inspiration and enjoyment as a working massage therapist. This experimental class includes visualization/energetic theory and guidelines, instruction on how to use hypnosis and guidelines for hypnostic language, guided trance journeys, skill building exercises, qigong techniques and visualizations, self care techniques and hands on practice using these techniques in the massage session. This class focuses on powerful techniques utilizing hypnosis and visualization of the body in very specific ways in order to maximize the healing potential of massage sessions. Emphasis is on traditional qigong visualization and energy techniques which mobilize static energy in the body, helping to alleviate illness, injury symptomology, emotional stress, dissolve muscle tension, break up adhesions, and more. Qigong is a ancient form of hypnotic energy which combines well with massage, Reiki, and various forms of Asian bodywork. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Ellen Asherah Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110.

PHARMACOLOGY FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS (6 hrs). Fri, Feb 13 (9 am - 4 pm). The class will focus on the drug therapies that clients seeking massage therapy may be taking. Drug therapy of any kind is intended to bring about physiological changes which may make necessary to alter a massage. We will explore "red flags" and give guidelines for altering a massage when necessary. Some understanding of physiology and pathology of the body is recommended. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Emily Bay Cost: $90 Prepay: 2-Wk $85, 4-Wk $80.

TRIGGER POINT THERAPY (16 hrs) Mon & Tues, Feb 16 & 17 (9 am - 6 pm).. Trigger points are areas of contracted muscle tissue that can be tender to the touch and are often involved in chronic pain. This class is designed for the massage therapist who desires to take their skills to another level of precision. You will learn to assess, identify and assist the client in releasing long-held patterns in the body. Increase your effectiveness by working smart, not harder. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage training. Instructor: Marty Morales. Cost: $224 Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $205.

CRANIAL SACRAL BALANCING - UNWINDING (24 hrs) Wed, Thu & Fri, Feb 18, 19, 20 (9 am - 6 pm).This class takes the gentle hands-on skills you have learned in Cranial Sacral Balancing I and applies them to work with regions of the body that hold stress and injury. This is useful, for example, in working with the kinds of musculoskeletal injuries you will encounter frequently as a massage therapist. We work in a non-forcing way with the body's natural intelligence and self-correcting mechanisms. Major topics of the workshop are: unwinding legs and feet, arms and hands, head and neck; releasing held energy from the body; understanding the potential for working with trauma. Prerequisite: Cranial Sacral Balancing 1 or Touch, Presence & Healing. Instructor: Jim Gilkeson. Cost: $330 Prepay: 2-Wk: $320, 4-Wk: $310.

MASSAGE THERAPY FUNDAMENTALS (100 hr) Weekend Class. Fri (eve) (6:15 pm - 10:00 pm), Sat & Sun (9 am - 6pm), Feb 20 (eve), 21, 22, 27 (eve), 28, Mar 1, 6 (eve), 7, 8, 13 (eve), 14, 15, 21, 22. Instructors: Keesha Standley, Tim Holt, Brad Wathen, Emily Bay. Total Cost: $1,025

ORTHO-BIONOMY© - RELEASES FOR THE UPPER EXTREMITIES (16 hrs) Mon & Tue, Feb 23 & 24 (9 am - 6 pm). Ortho-Bionomy uses Osteopathic-based gentle body positions and movements to stimulate self-correcting reflexes within the muscles and nerves. Those responses can move the client out of pain and discomfort within10-30 seconds. This method is very specific and structure oriented. In this class you will learn how to apply pain relief techniques for shoulders, scapula, elbows, wrist, clavicle and the bones of the hand. Prerequisite: None. Guest Instructor: Jim Berns Cost: $224 Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $205.

CLASSIC DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE (20 hrs) Wed & Thu, Feb 25 & 26 (9 am - 5 pm) & Fri, Feb 27 (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.


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MASSAGE FOR SENIORS (12 hrs) Mon, Mar 2 & 9 (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.

REIKI I (16 hrs) Tue & Wed, Mar 3 & 4 (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.

ACUPRESSURE FOR NECK & SHOULDER (6 hrs) Thu, Mar 5 (9 am - 4 pm).Simple point formulas to help yourself and your clients - easy to add into your regular session work. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Kathleen Davis Cost $90 Prepay: 2-Wk $85, 4-Wk $80.

ACUPRESSURE CHAIR MASSAGE (7 hrs) Fri, Mar 6 (9 am - 5 pm). Heighten the effectiveness of chair massage by learning to include meridian pathways and acu-points and to mobilize the client. Use of variety of stances and hand techniques facilitates both the safety and vitality of the practitioner while enhancing the experience of the client. Prerequisite: none. Instructor: Kathleen Davis. Cost: $99 Prepay: 2-Wk $95, 4-Wk $90.

ANATOMY-BODY SYSTEMS (50 hrs) (32 in class, 18 hrs homework/lab) Tue, Wed, Thu & Fri, Mar 10, 11, 12 & 13 (9 am - 6 pm). This course provides an overview of the structure and organization of the human body. All organ systems and their interrelationships will be explored and taught in such a way to maximize relevance to one's massage therapy practice and/or one's personal life. Learning activities include lecture/discussion, palpation, movement, homework, and group interactive games. Recommended texts: Trail Guide to the Body, by Andrew Biel. Prerequisite: None Instructor: Mark Olson Cost: $470 Prepay: 2-Wk $450, 4-Wk $425

MUSCLE RELEASE TECHNIQUES (16 hrs) Mon & Tue, Mar 16 & 17 (9 am - 6 pm). Muscle Release Therapy is a simple yet highly effective and flexible modality for a massage therapist to possess and implement. Muscle Release uses resistance and relaxation and the clients? own active involvement in order to lengthen tissue and treat muscle tissue dysfunction. Muscle Release uses light pressure, allowing for less strain on the part of the massage therapist. This class was previously titled Muscle Energy Techniques. This is an invaluable class for the structural/medical bodyworker. Instructor: Sharon Oshita. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage therapy training. Cost: $224 Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $210.

REIKI 2 (16 hrs) Wed & Thu, Mar 18 & 19 (9 am - 6 pm) This workshop will continue the learning from the Reiki 1 class and will include distance healing, mental and emotional healing. We'll have a deeper discussion of the human energy field and how it relates to disease. We'll take a closer look at judgments and limiting beliefs and learn how to reframe them for ourselves and our clients. We will continue our exploration of sound, vibration, intent and entrainment with an expanded Reiki toning circle. Students will be attuned to two additional symbols and mantras. Please bring set of sheets and some crayons or colored markers. Prerequisite: Reiki I. Instructor: Ellen Asherah Cost: $224 Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $205

AROMATHERAPY FOR MASSAGE (6 hrs) Fri, Mar 20 (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.


TRANSITIONS & FLOW (8 hrs) Mon, Mar 23 (9 am - 6 pm). Description coming soon. Instructor: Sharon Oshita.

REIKI 3 (24 hrs) Tue, Wed & Thu, Mar 24, 25 & 26 (9 am - 6 pm) Instructor: Ellen Asherah.

LISTENING (Assessment method for determining an order of treatment) (16 hrs) Sat & Sun, Mar 28 & 29 (9 am - 6 pm). This class teaches an efficient way to determine the where, what and how in organizing a treatment, which can be integrated into any manual therapy modality. It offers a way to quickly determine the global and the local patterns of restriction in the body through a process called Listening. Then with a technique called Inhibition the therapist quickly determines the place to start the treatment. This "starting point" is where in the body, in the present moment is there compensating to maintain function. The "starting point", also known as the dominant lesion can be located anywhere in the body and to start a treatment from this place will best inform an effective treatment. We will learn how to identify tissues with either a passive or active form of listening. Palpation will be taught to help refine our sense of touch and increase knowledge of anatomy and as a crosscheck reference to our listening skills. The class will include both before and after demonstration of restriction-mobility and functional change illustrating the flow of listening, inhibition and palpation in treatment. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training. Instructor: Ben Katz Cost: $224 Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $205

SHIATSU FOR THE MASSAGE TABLE (24 hrs) Mon, Tue, Wed & Thu, Mar 30, 31 & Apr 1 & 2 (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.

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