Current CE Course Descriptions

Couples Massage

This workshop is designed for couples who would like to deepen their relationship through the exploration of compassionate, loving, sensuous (non-sexual) touch. Using simple, easy-to-learn intuitive techniques, students will learn to give and receive a relaxing, stress-reducing full body massage. Your time together will include lecture, discussion, demonstrations and hands-on practice in a safe, supportive environment. In this workshop, we will also have the opportunity to learn more about accepting each others individual preferences of giving and receiving to improve the experience of exchanging touch.

CPR & FIRST AID — American Red Cross Format

CPR & First Aid is a comprehensive, practical skills subject that prepares students to respond appropriately and competently in applying adult CPR and first aid in medical emergencies. Content includes one-person CPR with mannequin practice, rescue breathing, emergency action principles, handling internal and external bleeding, burns, injuries and fractures to bones, muscles and joints. Medical emergencies, including heart attack and stroke, poisoning, exposure to extreme heat and cold, animal and human bites, injuries to the eyes and nose, bandaging, splinting and emergency rescues, are also covered.

Craniosacral Therapy

Students of Craniosacral Therapy will be introduced to the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid around the brain and spinal cord that makeup the craniosacral system. Craniosacral Therapy aims to help resolve the trapped forces that underlie and govern patterns of disease in both the body and mind by “listening through the hands” to subtle craniosacral rhythms for patterns of inertia or congestion. With this light touch modality, you can evaluate and treat restrictions in the craniosacral system, offering relief from migraines, autism, central nervous system disorders, chronic neck and back pain, stress, fibromyalgia and more.

Facilitated Stretching

Many massage therapists would like to include effective stretches in their client sessions but feel they don’t have the training or expertise to perform the stretches correctly. Facilitated Stretching is a safe, simple, yet dramatically effective stretching technique that can be used with a wide variety of clients to regain or improve flexibility.  It’s easy to learn and to incorporate into your current massage practice.

Facilitated stretching is based on the principles of PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) and consists of three simple steps: stretch the muscle, contract it isometrically against resistance, then stretch it again.  These steps apply whether you’re isolating one muscle at a time, or using the spiral diagonal patterns of PNF to stretch groups of muscles simultaneously. Facilitated stretching, combined with soft tissue work, will enable the practitioner to obtain greater overall success in client treatment sessions.  Additionally, a program of self-stretching using these techniques can be invaluable for clients in their home stretching programs.

Indian Head Massage

Discover the blissful and gentle relief of an Indian Head Massage! Performed while the client is fully clothed sitting in a chair or as part of a table massage, this technique stimulates pressure points that create deep relaxation and tension relief. It is an excellent addition to a regular office chair massage or for geriatric clients confined to a wheelchair.

Joint & Stretch

Whether you’re a massage student, a professional therapist or looking to enter the fitness profession, Joint & Stretch will help you assess current muscle function, improve range of motion, increase strength, reduce overuse injuries and enhance performance. This course focuses on facilitated stretching, also called proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF). You will learn stretches for the lower extremity, upper extremity, neck and upper torso and will be introduced to routines for both specific activities and common soft tissue injuries.

Kinesiology-Based Clinical Massage (for the Upper or Lower Extremities)

Do you know the client’s specific concerns and physical problems? Do you and the client have specific goals for the massage? Do you have a plan? Do you have the required skills and tools? How will you know if you have achieved the session goals? A clinically based massage will address all of these questions, using techniques based on biomechanical concepts that address specific musculoskeletal issues. Concepts covered will include pre- and post-assessment, anatomical and kinesiological understanding of the upper or lower extremity, deep tissue techniques, stretching and session planning. Focus will be on restoring normal function and reducing pain for the client.

Neuromuscular Massage

Based on early concepts of pain relief, Neuromuscular Massage incorporates various tissue manipulation techniques with an emphasis on trigger point therapy. This anatomically oriented, deep tissue, pressure point technique uses the neuromuscular system to balance and normalize muscle function and reduce the pain response. Neuromuscular massage also incorporates stretching techniques to release tissue. In this class, you will learn to relieve pain and increase mobility within muscles that have referred pain indicators. This class utilizes lecture, discussion, demonstration and hands-on techniques.

Reflexology

Reflexology is a bodywork modality in which defined points on the feet, hands or ears are stimulated, resulting in specific reflexive activity of the nervous system. It is thought that this pressure relieves blocked energy and allows the body to work more efficiently. In the 1930s, physical therapist Eunice Ingham refined foot reflexology to create the system we use today. The Ingham Method of Foot Reflexology is the focus of this class and is used to improve nerve function and blood supply to normalize body processes and relieve tension. This course utilizes lecture, discussion, demonstration and hands-on techniques.

Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique for the Hips, Low Back & Abdomen

Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique for the Hips, Lower Back, & Abdomen will help you to work the entire pelvic girdle.  You will learn to successfully work with, Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome, Lordosis, Lumbar Scoliosis, Gluteus Medius/Minimus Syndrome, Sacroiliac joint misalignments and sacrococcygeal joint misalignments, Bladder and Intestinal Adhesions, and Abdominal Inflammation. SMRT is a series of passive contractions that allows therapists to release muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue quickly, easily, and with little pain to you or the client. All of this is done quickly, with almost no pain to the client, and in a way that is tremendously easy on your body.  Because we have disrupted the pain loops, settled the parasympathetic nervous system, created almost no additional pain, and brought the area back to homeostasis, the results of an SMRT treatment last.

Thai Yoga Massage

Practiced as a duet, Thai Yoga Massage is a dynamic therapy that focuses on healing the body, mind and spirit. Counter-balancing and levering the recipient’s body with your own, you will work with gravity, breath and directed touch to create a harmonious and therapeutic “dance” with the recipient that imparts physical vibrancy, grace and spiritual energy.  This particular technique is almost always performed on a mat on the floor.

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