Continuing Education Class Schedule

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



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MANIKEN™ ANATOMY (32 hrs) Fri, May 1 (9 am - 5:45 pm), Mon, May 4, Fri, May 8 & Mon, May 11. (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: $420 Prepay: 2-Wk $410, 4-Wk $399.

INTEGRATIVE LYMPHATIC MASSAGE + POST-OP APPROACHES (20 hrs) Fri (eve), May 1 (6:15 pm - 10 pm) and Sat & Sun, May 2 & 3 (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: $280 Prepay: 2-Wk $270, 4-Wk $260.

INTEGRATIVE STRETCHING FOR MASSAGE (12 hrs) Sat & Sun, May 9 & 10 (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.

FIVE-ELEMENT ACUPRESSURE-Assessment and Application (30 hrs) Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon, May 15, 16, 17 & 18 (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.

HOT STONE MASSAGE (20 hrs) Tue & Wed, May 19 & 20 (10 am - 6 pm), and Thu, May 21 (10 am - 5 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.

PREGNANCY MASSAGE (24 hrs) Fri, Sat & Sun, May 22, 23 & 24 (9 am - 6 pm). This class will prepare you for working with pregnant and postpartum women. You will learn safe, comfortable prenatal positioning, for all stages of pregnancy, technique contraindications and general Swedish modifications for expectant women. You will understand the physiological and anatomical process of pregnancy and postpartum and learn a wide variety of techniques to enhance pregnant and postpartum women's comfort, health and enjoyment. Please bring at least 3 firm pillows (including one King if possible) to class. Textbook required: Pre- and Perinatal Massage Therapy by Carol Osborne-Sheets. Prerequisite: 96 hrs massage training Instructor: Angela Meyer Cost: $330 Prepay: 2-Wk $320, 4-Wk $310.

SOUND HEALING (8 hrs) Tue, May 26 (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.

ASIAN FOOT TREATMENTS (8 hrs) Wed, May 27 (9 am - 6 pm). 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.

CUPPING & MOXIBUSTION (14 hrs). Thu & Fri, May 28 & 29 (9 am - 5 pm). These two techniques are great to add to your toolkit. Cupping works to clear deep tension easily and quickly. Moxibustion is an effective way to build qi, allowing you to offer a truly nurturing session. Both are timehonored practices of traditional Chinese medicine. We will utilize lecture, demonstration, discussion, and practicum. You will learn to apply cups in a variety of techniques, remove them safely, and clean them. We will discuss appropriate uses of cups and contraindications for their use. Students will also learn about yang meridian pathways, as well as benefits and contraindications, safety procedures, and several techniques of moxibustion. Prerequisite: None Instructor: Kathleen Davis Cost: $199 Prepay: 2-Wk $189, 4-Wk $179.

SPORTS MASSAGE-Principles of Sport Massage (16 hrs) Sat & Sun, May 30 & 31 (9 am - 6 pm). In this class we will discuss the various considerations when working with active/athletic individuals and the different phases of their activities, such as pre-event, inter/intra- event, postevent, and recovery. The timing of the massage session will determine the intent of the massage session. Are you trying to "warm-up" the body/muscles, excite the CNS, get the athlete psychologically "up" for competition? Are you trying to maintain a particular physical/mental state? Are you trying to determine what might be needed to improve performance for the next competition/event? Or perhaps you're just assisting in the recovery of an athlete after a competition/event? What techniques might you use to attain these goals? These are the types of questions we'll be addressing. Understanding what you're trying to accomplish will allow you to explore the various approaches/techniques and reasoning behind the decisions to maximize an individual's level of activity and competitive nature. Prerequisite: 100 hours of massage therapy training. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage therapy training. Instructor: Sharon Oshita Cost: $224. Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $205.


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ORTHO-BIONOMY© - SUBTLE PHYSICAL AND ENERGETIC RELEASES (16 hrs) Mon & Tue, June 1 & 2 (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. This class provides you with the sensitivity, awareness and palpation skills to engage the client's physical and energetic body. You will learn to feel and follow the client's inner movements to help them unwind their patterns. You will learn specific techniques to bring balance to your client's body: physically and energetically and you will learn to work distally from a point to release the body more fully. Barely move their body, yet release contractions deeply, easily, and with little effort. Prerequisite: One Ortho-Bionomy class. Instructor: Jim Berns Cost: $245 Prepay: 2-Wk $235, 4-Wk $225.

ACUPRESSURE DREAMING (6 hrs) Thu, June 4 (9 am - 4 pm). ) Learn how to facilitate sleep for deep restoration. Patterns for helping with insomnia, restless dreaming and nightmares. Instructor: Kathleen Davis Cost: $99 Prepay: 2-Wk $95, 4-Wk $90.

ACUPRESSURE FOR PMS RELIEF (6 hrs) Fri, June 5 (9 am - 4 pm). Learn the meridians and points for releasing menstrual pain and regulating mood swings. Menstrual pain isn't normal just common- come learn how to free your clients from PMS. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Kathleen Davis Cost: $99 Prepay: 2-Wk $95, 4-Wk $90

GENTLE SCAR TISSUE MOBILIZATION TECHNIQUES FOR THE POST-MASECTOMY & RADIOTHERAPY CLIENT (21 hrs) Sat, Sun & Mon, Jun 6, 7, 8 (9 am - 5 pm). Many breast cancer survivors experience pain, lymphedema, and shoulder dysfunction. This course focuses on the basic understanding of the effects of surgery and radiation on the tissues and how scar tissue mobilization can restore healthy functioning to the fascial/musculo-skeletal system. Additional techniques will include the modality of Corrective Massage™ to address both the treated area and compensatory areas of soft tissue. Understanding the function of the lymphatic system is equally important, so there will be a thorough discussion of the lymphatic anatomy and instruction of basic drainage techniques for the torso will be taught. All techniques are of a gentle nature to be respectful of the potential traumas held within the treated tissues, the compromised nature of the lymphatic system and the residual effects of radiation therapy as well as surgery. This course will include lecture, hands on, and supervised sessions with clients. NOTE: Students registered into a program or class hour package will need to pay a supplementary fee for this class. Prerequisite: 100 hours of massage training. Guest Instructor: Jamie Elswick Cost: $425 Prepay: $400 if paid in full by April 15, 2015.

SWEDISH HOT STONE MASSAGE (8 hrs) Tue, Jun 9 (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.

TOUCH, PRESENCE & HEALING (16 hrs) Wed & Thu, Jun 10 & 11 (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: $245 Prepay: 2-Wk $235, 4-Wk $225.

SPORTS MASSAGE-Injuries and Sports Massage (24 hrs) Fri, Sat & Sun, Jun 12, 13 & 14 (9 am - 6 pm).. In this class we will discuss common injuries and conditions found with the active/athletic population and how we might approach them as massage therapists. It will include, but not be exclusive to the discussion of an overview of anatomical structures of the area, (muscles, bones, joints), mechanism of injury, stages of healing tissue, the proper use of ice vs. heat, and observation and assessment of body movement. We will also discuss the pathology of specific injuries to help you to "DO NO HARM" as a massage therapist and understand what is indicated and contraindicated for a particular stage of injury for that person. Understanding of anatomy and physiology is helpful. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage therapy training. Instructor: Sharon Oshita. Cost: $360 Prepay: 2-Wk $350, 4-Wk $340.

NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY - CRANIAL DECOMPRESSION & TMJ (20 hrs) Mon, Jun 15 (9 am - 6 pm) and (7 pm - 10 pm), Tues, Jun 16 (8 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: $299 Prepay: 2-Wk $290, 4-Wk $280.

ACUPRESSURE-TUI NA (30 hrs) Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday, June 19, 20, 21 & 22 (9 am - 5:30 pm). Learn the ancient art of Chinese meridian massage. This is an active style that includes moving muscles, joints, and bones. Excellent for adding to your sports massage and increasingly popular in spas. Tui Na is an adaptable style, appropriate for a full range of clients. You will learn the pathways of Chi and a variety of hand movements (sho fa) with which to work the meridians. Additionally, we will work through a full session pattern allowing ample time to get comfortable with the techniques. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Kathleen Davis. Cost: $450 Prepay: 2-Wk $442, 4-Wk $435.

REFLEXOLOGY (Feet, Hands and Ears) (30 hrs) Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun, Jun 25, 26, 27 & 28 (9 am -5:30 pm). Reflexology uses specific touch techniques on the feet which serve as miniature maps of the whole body, allowing the corresponding organs, glands, and body parts to be affected. Reflexology has been known to improve circulation, ease pain, and increase relaxation. A complete foot reflexology sequence will be taught. Specific techniques and routines, history, terminology, assessment, benefits, and contraindications will be addressed. Reflexology complements all modalities and you will learn how to integrate this work into your practice. Hand and ear reflexology will be addressed in this very practical class - you will learn thorough sequences for the feet, hands and ears. This class is packed with solid information you can take home and use immediately. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Robin Varga Cost: $450 Prepay: 2-Wk $442, 4-Wk $435.

CHAIR MASSAGE (7 hrs) Mon, Jun 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: $110 Prepay: 2-Wk $105, 4- Wk $99.

ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY FOR MASSAGE EXAM (32 hrs) Tue, Wed, Thu & Fri, Jun 30, Jul 1, 2 & 3 (9 am - 6 pm). Description coming soon. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Larry Munn Cost: $420 Prepay: 2-Wk $410, 4-Wk $399.

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