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 2014**
DECEMBER - JANUARY - FEBRUARY - MARCH
DECEMBER 2013 CLASSES (ALL CLASSES HELD AT 424 F ST. #B DAVIS, 95616)Click here to return to top of page
MUSCLE RELEASE TECHNIQUES (16 hrs) Thu & Fri, Dec 5 (9 am – 6 pm) & 6 (9 am – 5:45 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: Marty Morales. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage therapy training. Cost: $224 Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $210
NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY-Shoulder & Extremities (20 hrs) Fri (Eve), Dec 6 (6:15 pm – 10 pm), Sat & Sun, Dec 7 & 8 (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
PALPATION ANATOMY-Muscles and Bones (50 hrs- 32 hrs in class, 18 hrs lab/homework) Mondays and Tuesdays, Dec 9, 10, 16 & 17 (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, Dec 11 (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.
MASSAGE FOR SENIORS (12 hrs) Fridays, Dec 13 & 20 (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. Prerequisite: 100 hrs of massage training or with Instructor’s permission. Instructor: Emily Bay Cost: $180 Prepay: 2-Wk $170, 4-Wk $160.
REIKI 2 (16 hrs) Wed & Thu, Dec 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.
JANUARY 2014 CLASSES (ALL CLASSES HELD AT 424 F ST. #B DAVIS, 95616)Click here to return to top of page
INTEGRATIVE LYMPHATIC MASSAGE + POST-OP APPROACHES (24 hrs) Fri, Sat & Sun, Jan 3, 4 & 5 (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.
MASSAGE THERAPY FUNDAMENTALS (Intensive) (100 hr) Day class. Mon-Fri (9 am – 6:00 pm), Jan 6 through Jan 21. Instructors: Keesha Standley, Tim Holt, Brad Wathen, Emily Bay. Total Cost: $1,025.
TRIGGER POINT THERAPY (16 hrs) Sat & Sun, January 11 & 12 (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 preci-sion. 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.
NEUROMUSCULAR THERAPY- Rehabilitation for Cervical Pain & Injuries (16 hrs) Saturday & Sunday, January 18 & 19 (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.
THAI MASSAGE (60 hrs) Weds & Thurs, Jan 22, 23, 29, 30, Feb 5, 6, 12 & 13 (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 yogalike 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: $620 Prepay: 2-Wk $610, 4-Wk $599
SWEDISH HOT STONE MASSAGE (8 hrs) Fri, Jan 24 (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, decreas-ing 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 25 & 26, Feb 1 & 2 (9 am – 6 pm).This anatomy course will investi-gate 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 Mani-ken™ 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 27, 28 & Feb 3, 4 (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 31 (9 am - 6pm).In this one day class, you will learn about the traditional Indian Medicine known as Ay-urveda 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 2014 CLASSES (ALL CLASSES HELD AT 424 F ST. #B DAVIS, 95616)Click here to return to top of page
ACUPRESSURE REFLEXOLOGY- Energies of the Feet, Hands, and Ears (24 hrs) Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Feb 7, 8 & 9 (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 10 (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
SOUND HEALING (8 hrs) Tue, Feb 11 (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.
EMOTIONAL RELEASE & BODYWORK (6 hrs) Fri, Feb 14 (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
MASSAGE THERAPY FUNDAMENTALS(100 hr) Weekend class. . Fri (eve) (6:15 pm – 10:00 pm), Sat & Sun (9 am – 6pm), Feb 14 (eve), 15, 16, 21 (eve), 22, 23, 28 (eve), Mar 1, 2, 7 (eve), 8, 9, 15, 16. Instructors: Keesha Standley, Tim Holt, Brad Wathen, Emily Bay. Total Cost: $1,025.
CRANIAL SACRAL BALANCING - UNWINDING (24 hrs) Wed, Thu, Feb 19, 20 (9 am – 6 pm) & Fri, Feb 21 (9 am – 5:45 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.
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.
CLASSIC DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE (20 hrs) Wed & Thu, Feb 26 & 27(9 am – 5 pm) & Fri, Feb 28 (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 (circular, longitudinal and transverse), trigger point re-lease, and rudimentary stretching. Upon completion, students will be able to effectively treat such muscular problems as releasing hypertonic muscles, trigger points, 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 2014 CLASSES (ALL CLASSES HELD AT 424 F ST. #B DAVIS, 95616)Click here to return to top of page
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY FOR BODYWORKERS (50 hrs) (32 in class hrs – 18 lab hrs). Mon, Tues, Wed & Thu, Mar 3, 4, 5 & 6 (9 am – 6 pm). This class is an in depth study of the organ systems of the body and their specific functions. The class will help you learn to “see” into the body and be more effective as a therapeutic practitioner. This class is taught system by system and covers the chemical and structural process of the body and the physiological effects of your massage strokes. Your understanding of the functioning of the human body will be enhanced and it is an important class for message therapists looking to take the National Certification Exam. This is a lecture class. Prerequisite: None. Instructor: Angel Stork Cost: $475 Prepay: 2-Wk $450, 4-Wk $425.
MEDICAL MASSAGE – LOW BACK PAIN (8 hrs) Mon, Mar 10 (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 – SPRAINED ANKLE & KNEE (8 hrs) Tue, Mar 11 (9 am – 6 pm)Some anatomy of the knee/lower leg/ankle will be required. We will learn tissue testing and palpation assessments for the areas involved and soft tissue techniques that help in the majority of issues involving the knee, lower leg, and ankles. 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, Mar 12 (9 am – 6 pm).Learn how to work on all the areas around the shoulder girdle that can be related to Thoracic Outlet. Learn mobilization techniques for the ribs and how to improve your client’s range of motion through several Myofascial techniques. 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, Mar 13 (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
MEDICAL MASSAGE- HEADACHES & TMJ (8 hrs) Fri, Mar 14 (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.
AROMATHERAPY FOR MASSAGE (6 hrs) Mon, Mar 17 (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.
LISTENING TOUCH (12 hrs) Tue & Wed, Mar 18 & 19 (9 am – 4 pm). This work will add a whole new dimension to whatever bodywork you do. It will give you practical experience in using your awareness as a tool for healing. You will learn how to use gentle, direct touch with hands that listen, and how to bring your clients attention to each place in the body holding tension, allowing release. You will learn how to employ an approach of presence, acceptance and trust, expanding the effectiveness of your work and enhancing the ease you do it. Class time will be spent cultivating awareness in your own body as you work, as well as adaptations you can make to your massage that will support deeper release for your clients. This is not a technique class. This approach of mindfulness will benefit whether you are new to the field or have years working in the field. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage training. Guest Instructor: Sarah Simmons Cost: $180 Prepay: 2-Wk $170, 4-Wk $160.
PHARMACOLOGY FOR MASSAGE THERAPISTS (6 hrs). Fri, Mar 21 (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.
MASSAGE FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER© (24 hrs) Sat, Sun & Mon, Mar 22, 23 & 24 (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 class was originated by Gayle MacDonald. This class is a critical thinking class and it 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 massage training or with instructor’s permission. Instructor: Isabel Adkins Cost: $432, 3-Wk Prepay $412 (plus materials fee $25 to be paid to instructor)
ONCOLOGY MASSAGE 1: Blending East with West TM (22 hrs) Tue, Mar 25 (11 am – 6 pm) & Wed & Thu, Mar 26, 27 (9 am – 6pm). 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. Materials fee $16 to be paid to instructor. This class 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 massage training plus "Massage for People Living with Cancer" or equivalent Society for Oncology Massage approved class, OR with instructor's permission. Instructor: Isabel Adkins. Cost: $396, 3-Wk Prepay $376 (plus materials fee $16 to be paid to instructor)
ACUPRESSURE CHAIR MASSAGE (7 hrs) Fri, Mar 28 (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
ONCOLOGY MASSAGE CLINIC (32 hrs) Sat, Sun, Mon & Tue, Mar 29, 30, 31 & April 1 (9 am – 6 pm) In this class students will be able to work on cancer patients under supervision, practicing the knowledge and skills acquired in Oncology 1 or 2. Each day will end with a group discussion of cases worked with. Prerequisite: Oncology Massage 1. Instructor: Isabel Adkins and Kathy Nelson Cost: $576, 3-Wk Prepay: $556