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**
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER - DECEMBER - JANUARY - FEBRUARY - MARCH
 

OCTOBER 2014 CLASSES (ALL CLASSES HELD AT 424 F ST. #B DAVIS, 95616)

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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.

NOVEMBER 2014 CLASSES (ALL CLASSES HELD AT 424 F ST. #B DAVIS, 95616)

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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.

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)

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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

FUNCTIONAL ANATOMY (50 hrs) (32 in class + 18 lab/homework) Sat, Sun, Mon & Tue, Dec 27, 28, 29 & 30 (9 am - 6 pm). This class will focus on muscle and bone anatomy as it relates to movement of the human body. Freedom of musculoskeletal movement is essential for optimal health. Injury, chronic movement patterns and inactivity are just a few causes of musculoskeletal dysfunction. We will examine the primary/secondary movers of the body in activities of daily living, work and sports related movement patterns. Knowledge of insertion/origins and primary/secondary actions of muscles will aid us in the assessment of restrictions within the musculoskeletal system. Not knowing what muscles cause what movements OR where these muscles are located within the body, puts us at a disadvantage when working with clients to gain optimal movement patterns. This is primarily a lecture class. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Emily Bay Cost: $470 Prepay: 2-Wk $450, 4-Wk $425.

JANUARY 2015CLASSES (ALL CLASSES HELD AT 424 F ST. #B DAVIS, 95616)

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MARKETING FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS (12 hrs) Sat & Sun, Jan 3 & 4 (9 am - 4 pm)Learn the most up to date and affordable strategies to fill your practice with ideal clients. This class is geared toward all personality types and all levels of comfort with technology and business, from beginner to advanced. We will cover website and online marketing, networking, building business referrals, basic copy writing, and more. Learn to embrace marketing in a way that is authentic to your practice and personality, and give yourself the gift of sustainable business income. The instructor grew her small private practice to more than 1400 clients in 3 years using the strategies she will share with you in this class. Prerequisite: none. Guest Instructor: Lily Starling Cost: $180 Prepay: 2-Wk $170, 4-Wk $160.

MASSAGE THERAPY FUNDAMENTALS (100 hr) Day Class. Mon- Fri (9 am - 6:00 pm), Jan 5 through 20. Instructors: Keesha Standley, Tim Holt, Brad Wathen, Emily Bay. Total Cost: $1,025.

ORTHO-BIONOMY© - RELEASES FOR THE SPINE & PELVIS (16 hrs) Sat & Sun, Jan 10 & 11 (9 am - 6 pm).Ortho-Bionomy uses Osteopathic-based gentle body positions and movements to stimulate self-correcting reflexes within the muscles and nerves. These responses can move the client out of pain and discomfort within 10-30 seconds. This method is very specific and structure-oriented. In this class you will learn how to apply pain relief techniques for the neck, thoracic, lumbar, psoas, ilium, and sacrum, and how to increase joint mobility. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Jim Berns. Cost: $224 Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $205.

NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY-VISCERAL MASSAGE (16 hrs) Sat & Sun, Jan 17 & 18 (9 am - 6 pm) The internal organs or viscera have great impact on the function of the muscles. Trigger points can fire from muscle to muscle, muscle to organ, or organ to organ, organ to muscle. When we work on the muscles and the problems keep coming back, perhaps it is due to trigger points firing from organs to muscles. Learn how to recognize this phenomenon, and how to work the organs to relieve the spiral of dysfunction. Breaking the cycle of repeating symptoms will help them regain health and wellness. This is a Neuromuscular Therapy class. Prerequisite: Recommend 40 hrs of neuromuscular classes or with instructor's permission. Instructor: Venice Sullivan Cost: $224 Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $205

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.

FEBRUARY 2015 CLASSES (ALL CLASSES HELD AT 424 F ST. #B DAVIS, 95616)

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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.

NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY - CRANIAL DECOMPRESSION & TMJ (20 hrs) Fri (Eve), Feb 13 (6:15 pm - 10 pm), Sat & Sun, 14 & 15 (9 am - 6 pm). Learn effective techniques to normalize the soft-tissue components of structural imbalances in the cranium. Analyze cranial distortions that cause structural changes down the entire body. Look at scoliosis as an adaptation process designed by the body to maintain structural balance. Learn to unravel TMJ problems. Learn to identify + palpate all muscles affected by TMJ. This class examines soft-tissue causes of scoliotic patterns, how torsion and structural imbalances in the cranium, jaw, shoulders, pelvis and feet contribute to these patterns. Prerequisite: recommended 40 hrs of neuromuscular classes and with instructor's permission. Instructor: Venice Sullivan Cost: $280 Prepay: 2-Wk $270, 4-Wk $260.

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.

MARCH 2015 CLASSES (ALL CLASSES HELD AT 424 F ST. #B DAVIS, 95616)

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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.

MEDICAL MASSAGE - FROZEN SHOULDER (8 hrs) Mon, Mar 23 (9 am - 6 pm). Gain valuable anatomy knowledge of the shoulder and learn quick and effective fascial and movement techniques for clients with Frozen Shoulder and other conditions. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training Instructor: Marty Morales Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110.

MEDICAL MASSAGE - SCIATICA AND IT BAND (8 hrs) Tue, Mar 24 (9 am - 6 pm). Understand the relationship between IT band and the quadriceps and hamstrings and learn to work it in different positions in order to fully access the IT band and the muscles of the pelvis in order to positively affect clients with sciatic issues. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training Instructor: Marty Morales Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110.

MEDICAL MASSAGE - CARPAL TUNNEL (8 hrs) Wed, Mar 25 (9 am - 6 pm) Anatomy of the forearm and carpal tunnel will be reviewed. Learn the application of orthopedic medical evaluation tests for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as well as technique. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training Instructor: Marty Morales Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110.

MEDICAL MASSAGE - LOW BACK PAIN (8 hrs) Thu, Mar 26 (9 am - 6 pm). In this class we will learn how to evaluate the sacrum and low back for issues and how to apply the results using joint mobilization and soft tissue techniques. Anatomy of the lower back will be required. A brief introduction to nerve involvement/palpation will be included. 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 - WHIPLASH AND NECK WORK (8 hrs) Fri, Mar 27 (9 am - 6 pm). This class explores the mechanics of the cervical spine, the anatomy of the neck/upper back and how massage can effectively address the consequences of "whiplash." You will learn palpation assessment tests and the application and integration of several modalities for this condition, including spinal mechanics, and myofascial bodywork. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training Instructor: Marty Morales Cost: $120 Prepay: 2-Wk $115, 4-Wk $110.

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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