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Advanced Circulatory & Sports Massage
Advanced Circulatory Massage introduces students to new ways of using their thumbs, fingers and palms as well as tools such as elbows and knuckles, taking Circulatory Massage to new healing heights. The Sports Massage portion of the class teaches techniques to treat a variety of clients ranging from the moderately active to the serious, competitive athlete. Also presented are deep, invigorating Massage techniques to enhance the performance of athletes at athletic events or prior to weight training. Special focus is given to cross-fiber techniques that release old adhesion's and scar tissue thereby promoting better performance and faster healing. This class equips the student with a whole new range of Massage techniques that enhance their body-work and its impact on their clients.
Advanced Herbal Formulations
This class takes the introductory herbal experience and goes much deeper. In this course students learn the benefits of various herbal preparations and their powerful role in healing. They will explore formulations that facilitate systemic balancing and are based on client’s individual constitutions or body types, as opposed to just addressing symptoms. They will also experience a variety of solvents for making advanced herbal preparations. By the end of this course, students will be able to assess typical nutritional deficiencies and prepare a variety of effective nutritional and herbal remedies to address our most common health issues like colds and flus, sinusitis/ bronchitis, urinary tract infections, high blood pressure, etc.
Anatomy For Bodyworkers
This course takes a deeper look into the fascinating world of the human body. The instructor presents a detailed exploration of its many systems including: Muscular, Circulatory, Skeletal, Immune, etc. Students learn how these systems serve the whole body while performing their individual functions. Through a greater understanding of the body’s systems and how they interact, the student becomes aware of the many ways it responds to and benefits from massage therapies. Anatomy for Body-workers greatly increases the student’s knowledge of anatomical terms and concepts, and improves their ability to communicate with the medical community, such as Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Osteopaths, and Fitness Managers. Note: This class is required for therapists and Practitioners. Please note: This course is required for the Massage Therapy Program and the Holistic Health Practitioner Program
Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy that uses essential oils from plants to positively affect an individual’s mental, physical and spiritual well-being. This course explores how 30 different essential oils can affect us on physical, emotional and energetic levels. Class discussions will include the history of Aromatherapy; intrinsic oil qualities; extraction and blending techniques; plus safe and effective consulting practices that are in accordance with high ethical standards. Through lecture, demonstration and hands-on experience students learn how to formulate and use essential oil blends to treat a variety of disorders and stress-related problems for their clients.
"Ayurveda" which means "Science of Life" in Sanskrit, is an ancient self-care healing system developed over 5,000 years ago. It is considered the "mother of all healing". This course is an introduction to Ayurvedic principles and practices. It includes an overall view of Ayurvedic healing and Panchakarma including hands-on instruction of three different bodywork modalities based on the Ayurvedic constitutional types or Doshas: Abhyanga, Vishesh and Udvartana massages. Students will become familiar with the three Doshas ( distinct combinations of physical, mental and emotional characteristics : Vata, Pitta and Kapha ), three qualities of mind ( Sattva, Rajas and Tamas ), and three qualities of energy ( Prana, Tejas and Ojas ). In addition, they will learn hands-on the "marmas" ( pressure points ), Shirodhara ( "thread of oil on the forehead" ) and Indian Head Massage. These practices restore balance, boost immunity and enhance the quality and duration of life for themselves and their clients."
BodyReading for Health Assessment & Intuition Development. Students will learn body reading skills for face, back, hara (abdomen), body structure, birth dates, mannerisms, attitudes, and hands based on Yin/Yang and 5 element models. These body reading skills will be applied to both understanding and deepening our vitality in health, relationships, and life path. Using these various body reading maps guides us in taking the necessary steps to fulfill our greatest Potential/Destiny.
Physical(food and Chi breathing exercises), Emotional (using feelings for healing) and Spiritual (subconscious healing) methods are all integrated into the course. Intuitive applications are developed with the various maps presented in this inspiring course as your instructor guides students to read people compassionately thus assisting them in full filling their Dreams and Life Purpose.
Breathwork & Conscious Breathing
This course will introduce different styles of Breathwork, and brief discussion of the chakra system and meditation. It will include a variety of breathing techniques and exercises the students can use to complement their massage practice once integrated into their well-being. The chakra system and meditation will be briefly discussed in a traditional and non-traditional sense allowing the student to decide for themselves how they may fit them into their healing practice.
Chair Massage is a form of bodywork that addresses the needs of the desk-bound, working person. In this course student’s learn to deliver an effective and restorative massage to clients who are fully dressed and in a seated position. They’ll examine the structure of the shoulder girdle and how movement occurs in the upper body. Through lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice they’ll master techniques to provide relief in the high-tension areas of the neck, shoulders, arms, and upper back. In addition, the instructor will convey various marketing strategies, discuss practical applications, and identify licensure concerns. This fun and informative class also explores new ways to expand business opportunities while contributing to the greater health and well- being of those in our community.
This course introduces students to the energetic system of the body and its energy centers referred to as “Chakras”. Students learn various techniques for balancing their own chakras as well as those of their clients’. Through lecture, demonstration and guided hands-on practice, students will learn how to use crystals, sound therapy, visualization meditations, color therapy and hands-on energy work to facilitate healthy energy flow. By understanding how to balance these energy centers the “life-force energy” can flow unimpeded, students gain valuable new “tools” for keeping the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical health of the body in balance.
The most commonly requested massage in the Spa, a Swedish massage involves lubricating the skin with massage oil and performing a variety of strokes to increase circulation and smooth muscle knots. Through lecture, group discussion, and supervised hands-on practice this course teaches students how to give a full- body Swedish-style massage. Techniques learned include gliding (Effleurage), kneading (Petrissage), and cross- fiber friction (Fanning). Special focus is given to the body’s anatomy, and proper body mechanics used by professionals. In addition students will learn “draping” techniques for assuring their client’s privacy. By the end of this course the student will be able to deliver a full-body Swedish massage that promotes relaxation, lowers blood pressure, detoxifies the system, relieves pain and facilitates many other health benefits. Please note: This course is required for the Massage Therapy Program and the Holistic Health Practitioner Program
This course offers the student an in-depth study of the 72 channels of the meridian matrix system which is believed to circulate life-force energy throughout the body. The focus of this class will be on the 12 Primary Meridians used in Acupuncture and Acupressure. These include specific point locations and their functions. In addition to exploring Chinese Medicine’s “Organ Philosophy”, students will learn how to recognize imbalances in the meridian system and deliver appropriate treatments. By integrating the basic principles of Traditional Oriental Medicine and Acupressure with other massage practices, students learn new tools to facilitate optimal health in their clients. Just a few of treatment options presented in this course include emotional balancing, relief from Insomnia, boosting the Immune System, calming Indigestion, reducing arthritic pain, and fighting Colds and Flu's.
The 20 hour Clinical Massage program is designed to give the serious HHP student real-life experience in a clinical setting. In addition to practicing their hands-on massage therapy skills and draping techniques, students learn how to meet and greet new clients, establish a rapport, demonstrate a sound work ethic and professionally handle client paperwork. Last but not least, the course educates students about employer expectations and prepares them for the professional job interview.
Please note: This course is required for the Holistic Health Practitioner Program
Clinical Practicum for the Massage Therapist
The 50-hour Clinical Practicum the Massage Therapist is designed to give the Massage Therapy student extended experience in clinic. Students practice their hands-on massage therapy skills, their professional communication skills such as client intake and basic paperwork procedures, draping techniques, and on the job work ethics. This course prepares the massage therapist for hands-on job interview and job expectations.
Please note: This course is required for the Massage Therapy Program and the Holistic Health Practitioner Program
Community Service Internship
In this 50 hour practicum, Healing Hands Interns work in the student clinic, with specific population groups, and in facilities which partner with Healing Hands. We provide massage therapy to Veterans recovery from hospitalization, peri and pre-natal patients, with disabled adults, the elderly, in the spa industry, and at charity and community outreach events. Interns schedule 4 practical hours within approved placement facility and meet one hour each week to review progress. Our first class starts with a 2 hour orientation to explore the intern placement opportunities. This practicum gives students an opportunity to explore the many avenues massage therapy and holistic health can be implemented in our community.
This satisfies the 50 hour clinic requirement for the Massage Therapy and Holistic health Practitioner programs.
CranioSacral Therapy I
This course teaches students how to use traditional CranioSacral Therapy techniques to facilitate a non-traumatic realignment of the soft tissue component of the cranial-sacral mechanism. Although soft and gentle in its application, the effects of CranioSacral Therapy on the internal dimension of mind-body are deep and profound. In this course, students will learn how cerebrospinal fluid protects the brain and spinal cord, as well as its role as the nervous system’s linkage and communication medium. In this hands-on experiential class, students develop the sense and feel of how the natural rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid influences and facilitates an integration process that helps the body self- correct and heal. By developing listening hands and understanding passive techniques, students help their clients restore natural balance and access the healing core inherent within each individual.
CranioSacral Therapy II
This course teaches students how to use traditional Cranio-Sacral Therapy techniques to facilitate a non- traumatic realignment of the soft tissue component of the cranial-sacral mechanism. Although soft and gentle in its application, the effects of Cranio-Sacral Therapy on the internal dimension of mind-body are deep and profound. In this course, students will learn how cerebrospinal fluid protects the brain and spinal cord, as well as its role as the nervous system’s linkage and communication medium. In this hands-on experiential class, students develop the sense and feel of how the natural rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid influences and facilitates an integration process that helps the body self- correct and heal. By developing listening hands and understanding passive techniques, students help their clients restore natural balance and access the healing core inherent within each individual.
Deep Tissue Manipulation
In this course students will discover the Deep Tissue techniques of Muscle Sculpting and Structural Organization as pioneered by Ida Rolf. Students learn how to manipulate “fascia” (the collagen web-like network that permeates the entire body) to create more balance (as it relates to gravity) and ease of movement in the body. This work requires client participation, and special emphasis is given to the mind-body connection. Students are taught effective communication skills to facilitate the emotional awareness associated with this kind of deep bodywork. Benefits of Deep Tissue include dramatic improvement in their client’s posture, flexibility , range of motion, and energy level, while at the same time providing relief from tension, aches, pains and stiffness.
Dynamic Cupping’s use of vacuum therapy is centuries old, dating back to ancient Egyptian, African and Asian cultures. This form of therapy uses suction to increase circulation, and soften myo-facial and muscular structures. Traditional Asian cupping uses fire to provide suction, alternate cupping techniques use hand held pumps, rubber cups, and “Baguanfa” silicone cups. This course covers basic history of vacuum therapy including the benefits and contraindications of using cups. We will learn a basic and dynamic cupping protocol to add to existing body work sessions or develop a stand- alone treatment plan. We will learn the basic handling of silicone cups and be able to apply, remove, and incorporate cupping movement to achieve desired outcomes of circulation, adhesion/muscle knot breakdown, and relaxation.
Energywork for Bodyworkers
Energy-work for Body-workers is a hands-on body/mind therapy that addresses healing on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels. In this course the student will learn how blockages at any of these levels can affect the human energy field. Discussions will include how the ‘health’ of this field relates to the potential for disease within the body. Students will learn energetic grounding techniques, and discover their unique way of receiving information energetically. Through a deeper understanding of the emotional and spiritual aspects of healing, the student greatly enhances their perception skills often differentiating themselves from less sensitive body-workers. The skills learned in Energetic Bodywork enable the student to create better health and balance for their clients as well as themselves.
A growing population group, the elderly person’s benefits from massage can be the most profound. Bodywork performed on the elderly, however, has as many special considerations as it does rewards. In this course, students learn about age-related changes and their impact on the individual. These include the fragile condition of their skin, bones, joints as well as common clinical conditions. Students examine the causes and contraindications associated with Heart Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes, digestive disorders, Stroke, and the effects of immobility. They’ll learn a variety of bodywork styles and techniques to address aging concerns while also promoting a sense of relaxation and well-being. Each week students visit a local nursing home and practice giving a massage to residents. As students experience working with the elderly, many find it especially rewarding.
Please note: A TB test is required to do this work.
Healing through Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. It’s a technology that empowers us to shine, prosper, and excel in all things. it’s the common denominator for all forms of self-healing, inspiration and transformation. A powerful tool designed to give you an experience of your soul. Kundalini Yoga blends breathing, movement, stretching, meditation, chanting and the science of sequence. A Typical Class starts with a breathing exercise. Then we do some spinal warm-warm ups and Stretching followed by a special set called a Kriya. A Kriya is a poetic progression of exercises which work in concert to create a synergistic, multi-dimensional, exponential effect. One kriya might focus on de-toxing the liver, or working through creative blocks, mastering your moods, or developing will-power. After doing a set we relax on our back for a few minutes. We end class with some form of meditation. Whatever the focus, by the end of every class you will feel energized and relaxed, focused and expansive, all at the same time.
Herbal Healing & Massage
This course teaches how various herbs can affect the physical/emotional body and how students can use them to enhance their massage practice. Students are taught the specific healing effects of different herbs and how to incorporate them into a collection of advanced therapeutic practices. In addition to covering herbal functions and their applications, students learn to create herbal massage products that they will take home, including an herb-infused massage oil and salve. Other areas covered include herbal medicine and nutrition to reduce inflammation relax muscles, reduce spasms, and more.
This is an herbal craft class where we make a variety of preparations. Class includes recipes and leaving with samples of everything we make it class. Products may include syrups, bath salts, lip balms, room deodorizers, personal deodorant, hand sanitizers and more! It’s empowering and cost effective to make your own products and share them with your family. Material fee pays for all the products made in class.
Herbal Studies & Applications
Herbal Medicine is the study and use of plants for food and medicine. As one of the oldest forms of medicine on the planet, people around the world have been using herbs for thousands of years. This 100 hour course is an introduction and offers a strong foundation of the western energetic model discussing herbal concepts and organ system physiology including Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary, Skin, Immune, Lymphatic, Nervous and Endocrine systems. The class is divided into segments that include lecture, the production of herbal preparations, and ecologically-based field work with special focus on native medicinal plants. Students visit a natural preserve where they explore the diverse eco-systems and native plants of Southern California. By the end of this course students will be familiar with many traditional uses for medicinal plants, understand how to work with herbal medicine in a safe and effective manner and will develop their own herbal apothecary (medicine cabinet). This class is the prerequisite for the Advanced Formulations class.
Herbal Thai Massage
Thai Herbal Massage (Luk Pra Kob) originated from Thailand’s ancient Herbal Medicinal Practices that date back several centuries. In this course Students will learn how to prepare a Thai herbal ball as well as the many therapeutic benefits of the essential oils released with the ball’s steam, after heating. Through lecture, demonstrations and guided hands-on practice students will learn how to apply the herbal ball along the Sen Sib (Thai acupressure points) and joints of the body for maximum efficacy. In addition they’ll learn how to integrate Thai oil massage and associated stretching into their Herbal Thai Massage practice. Benefits of this modality include detoxification, deep muscle relaxation, increased circulation and lymph flow, relief from pain and stiffness, enhanced flexibility, range of motion and a sense of over-all well-being.
Holistic Living Retreat
A holistic approach to life, health and healing means seeing the body and mind as an integrated whole. This two- day holistic living retreat reminds the student that living a balanced and health-conscious life can foster a powerful state of well-being. By modeling a more holistic approach to life, students help their clients re-discover their own innate power and ability for self-healing. This retreat gives students the opportunity to unwind, rejuvenate and reconnect with nature and a community of like-minded Healers. Students will sleep under the stars, and enjoy nutritious, simple meals and a variety of fun activities like yoga, T’ai Chi, breath therapy, and meditation. This popular, Spring-time retreat takes place in a beautiful, natural setting located in the heart of an undeveloped canyon complete with fresh- water creek. With no modern conveniences to distract them, students are immersed in outdoor, holistic living. All Healing Hands students and graduates are invited to attend and experience two days of personal growth, learning, healing and love.
The goal of holistic nutrition is to facilitate a healthy nutrition plan as well as build a strong foundation for long term health and wellbeing. In this course, students examine the basic nutrients in food including: carbohydrates, vitamins, enzymes, fatty acids, and amino acids and how food affects the mind/body connection. Discussions include how food choices impact our health and how the energy of food ingested affects our own energy. Students also explore the process of digestion to gain a better understanding of the breakdown and utilization of our food. A portion of this class includes demonstration, preparation and sharing of delicious and healthy recipes the student can incorporate into their own unique nutrition program.
Holistic Therapies for Pain Management
This class includes a physiology review of both acute and chronic pain. We examine subjective responses to pain and the musculoskeletal origins of pain. We will study assessments to objectively measure pain as well as practicing body/ mind techniques that can help our clients manage pain.
Homeopathic 1st Aid
Homeopathy, or homeopathic medicine, is a philosophy and practice based on the idea that the body has the ability to heal itself. Founded in Germany during the late 1700s, Homeopathy has been widely practiced throughout India and Europe for centuries. This course educates the student about safe and effective Homeopathic remedies they can use to deal with the shock and trauma of many medical emergencies. They’ll learn how to stimulate their client’s innate healing abilities, and develop a tool-kit of Homeopathic remedies to address emergencies requiring fi aid. Homeopathy is an information-packed course that will enable the student to treat nosebleeds, bruises, cuts, abrasions, sports injuries, muscle aches, cramps, fevers, insect bites, sunburn, food poisoning and other common medical emergencies.
Hot Stone Massage
This course teaches students how to perform a specialty massage in which smooth, heated stones are used to relieve stress, increase energy flow, deeply relax muscles and purify the body. Students learn how to use hot-stones as an extension of their own hands, plus various techniques to soothe and heal sore muscles. The course also teaches students the protocol for heating, sanitizing and clearing the stones for repeated use. Note: Due to the liability of heated stones, many Massage Insurance companies will not insure this practice unless modality is learned at a school, like Healing Hands.
Lomi Lomi: Hawaiian Massage
Lomi Ka’ala Hoku or Lomi Lomi massage, is an energetic healing modality based on the ancient Hawaiian concept of working with the life force of an individual to promote health and well-being. Lomi Ka’ala Hoku translates to “Massage Journey to the Stars” which reflects the intention of this massage, which is to calm the mind in order to heal the body. In this course students learn how to give the traditional, full-body Lomi Lomi massage as well as advanced strokes. They also practice releasing all prejudice and ego so they can come from a place of total acceptance of their client’s uniqueness, and where they are in their life’s journey. The energy work behind this style of bodywork comes from ancient Hawaiin teachings of personal empowerment, and was taught in the Hawaiian Temple for generations. Known as “Temple bodywork” Lomi Lomi is the most common form of “Hawaiian Massage” being done outside the Hawaiian Islands.
Within each of us is a silent healing partner, the Lymph System, which works in conjunction with the Immune System to keep us healthy, vibrant and strong. Without it our bodies would swell up like balloons, swamping our cells with stagnant, toxic fluid. The Lymph System’s impact on the body is so far reaching that we often don’t realize that our minor aches and pains, low energy or susceptibility to colds and flu’s may be due to its dysfunction. In this class students will discuss the anatomy of the System, contraindications for lymphatic massage, and specific techniques for draining lymph fluid from the legs, arms, torso and face. A great addition to any Practitioner’s “tool kit”, by learning how to stimulate the Lymph System through massage, students can significantly increase their client’s Immune System function and ultimately, their health and well-being.
Massage as a Business
This course covers general business practices, which include time management, advertising and promotion, legal issues, and ethical business practices. Specific massage-related business practices are presented and discussed, such as, setting fees, licensing procedures, liability insurance, building and maintaining clientele, and financial records. Students receive instruction on writing a simple business plan, designing business cards, preparing resume, web presence.
MyoFascial Meridians for Pain Relief
Myofascial Meridians are imaginary “lines” of bones, muscles and connective tissue that run throughout the entire body. In this course students will learn about these Meridians, their traceable and mapped patterns within the body, and techniques used to restore their balance. Through lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice, students examine the lines and planes of strain, tension, and compensation found in the body-wide network of muscles and connective tissue. They will step away from looking at how muscles work individually and explore how they operate when working cross-functionally. They learn how therapy on a single muscle often has limited short-term benefits where-as restoring balance to the body’s Meridians can promote long-term structural integrity (healthy posture), flexibility and well-being in their clients.
Natural Behavioral Techniques
This course introduces students to Natural Behavioral Techniques, that focuses on thoughts and feelings within the mind, and uses natural wellness modalities to balance the psyche. These techniques will help establish what the source of the problems are that may be causing life’s struggles within a person's system. Depression, anxiety, fears, and other emotional issues will be address. When the root of the problem is identified, the student will learn how problems can be transmuted with positive modalities. Through, lectures, demonstrations, and guided practice, students will learn how to identify negative obstacles, and be able to work through these issues to achieve a more positive life. The skills learned in Natural Behavioral Techniques facilitates the student to generate better mental/emotional wellness for their clients as well as themselves.
Neuromuscular Therapy is a precise examination of the body’s soft tissues with an emphasis on thorough treatment until results are achieved. In this course, we assess injuries and determine effective treatments. We outline the normal mechanics and relationships of the structures for a baseline. The assessment process takes us through exploring the relationship of various clinical conditions to musculoskeletal pain symptoms. Treatment involves performing techniques of mobilization, soft-tissue mobilization, friction massage, and myofascial release.
This course examines the normal mechanics of all major joints in the body and their interrelationship to soft tissue structures. We explore the following pathologies and present corrective treatment measures for various soft tissue sprains and strains, to include-thoracic outlet syndrome, rotator cuff tears, glenohumeral instabilities, impingement syndrome, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis and golfer's elbow, and others. We will also examine Ischemia, Trigger Points, Nerve Compression/Entrapment, Postural Distortion, Biomechanical Dysfunction, Biochemical Dysfunction.
On Site Therapy for Career Development
Learn how to give massage therapy in any environment. Learn the massage techniques that allow you to adjust body mechanic needs, as well as effective protocol adjustment. We will examine the needs of several population groups and the facilities which serve them including: spa and beauty, chiropractor, physical therapy, skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, Pre-Natal Clinic, office/professional workplace, sports events, fundraiser events, and social settings. Each lecture topic includes hands-on massage techniques for hands, feet, neck and shoulders. Topics Include: job interview skills, preparation of resume/business card, state CAMTC certification, job placement support, geriatric massage; working with homeless veterans, protocol adjustment for pre-natal massage; oncology massage, hospice care massage, and massage for job interview preparation.Upon completion, you are eligible to enroll in the Community Service internship program.
On-Site Bodywork for the Athlete
Bodywork for the Athlete is a blending of Trigger point and Thai-yoga-massage therapies developed by the Instructor to address the specific needs of world-class and national-class competitive athletes. Designed for working onsite at athletic events, this modality can be performed anywhere there is a soft, even surface. In addition, it requires no lotion or oil, and allows the athletes to remain in their shorts and t-shirts. In this course students are taught combinations of passive stretching with compression techniques as well as various direct manipulation moves. Through lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice students learn how to prepare an athlete for maximum performance, as well as soothe their muscles and speed recovery after an event. Onsite Bodywork for the Athlete is a valuable course for any Practitioner who is considering working with Athletes.
Note: Please wear shorts (preferably running shorts) with no pockets or stretchy yoga pants and t-shirts to class
Pass the MBLEx!
As of January 1, 2015 the California Massage Therapy Council requires state certified Massage Therapist to complete 500 hours of training and pass the Massage Therapy exam. This review class is designed to help you practice your information to prepare for the MBLEx exam. We will review important anatomical terms and system functions, as well as reviewing modality specific information. We will work with study aids and practice tests designed to assure your success.
Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health. This class focuses on how to work with the rapidly changing female body during the nine months of pregnancy. In this course students will be given guidelines for positioning the pregnant client, and learn how to address contraindicated areas. Through lecture, demonstration and lots of hands-on practice, the student will gain the knowledge to facilitate a completely safe and deeply therapeutic pregnancy massage.
Principles of Structural Integration
This course introduces students to the teachings of Ida P. Rolf, which uses touch to provoke awareness and balance in the human frame. Students will learn how human adaptation of gravity can be a negative or positive force, and how to apply geometry to balance structure and improve posture. They will gain a clear understanding of the role connective tissue plays in our bodies and how introducing client movement can achieve longer lasting results. This course teaches students how to touch our clients’ awareness, not just their bodies, and to use these principals to design tailor-made sessions for many common ailments.
Note: This is a prerequisite of 10 Session Structural Integration Course.
Professional Practices gives students the skills they need to pass their licensing state exam [MBLEx], and supports the professional decisions graduates will make upon entering the field. This is a homework intensive course. Students should be prepared to talk about test anxiety, testing skills, learning habits and tools, and develop a rigorous study habit in preparation for the exam. Professional Practices will include benefits and contraindications of massage, ethics, boundaries and laws, compassionate but firm communication skills. Business practices will include: Career development, simple budgeting and financing skills, business operations, records and security. This course includes clinical terminology for a review of Anatomy, Kinesiology and Pathology. The ABMP Exam Coach is required for homework. Students are highly encouraged to plan on paying for and taking the MBLEx at the end of this course. Please note: This course is required for the Massage Therapy Program and the Holistic Health Practitioner Program
Reflexology is a form of body work that involves applying pressure to specific points on the feet, hands, or ears to promote optimal health. This course covers “reflex zones” and techniques used in Reflexology. Through instruction, demonstration and hands-on practice the student will learn exact locations of “reflex points” that relate to organs, glands and other body systems. They’ll practice touching points that promote deep relaxation, reduce stress, improve circulation, facilitate detox, and revitalize the body. By including Reflexology in their massage practice, students can positively affect their clients’ circulatory, respiratory, endocrine, immune, and neuropeptide systems.
Reiki is a gentle, spiritual, healing practice that promotes balance throughout the mind/body system. It does not involve physical manipulation; instead, it works with the subtle vibrational fi that surrounds and penetrates the body. In this course students learn to awaken the innate healing power within and are encouraged to “open” to their own spiritual insights and wisdom. Through instruction, demonstration and practice they learn to “flow” loving energy through their hands and hearts to heal themselves and their clients. A simple yet powerful treatment, Reiki can relieve pain, alleviate chronic illness, and accelerate the healing process after any type of medical or holistic treatment.
Reiki II takes Reiki I principles and practices to a higher level. As this modality does not involve physical manipulation, but instead works on the vibrational field surrounding and penetrating its subject, its reach is virtually unlimited. In this course, students already familiar with this spiritual, healing practice will focus on techniques to “flow” loving energy through their hands and hearts out to their client, even at a distance! A simple to perform, yet powerful treatment, Reiki can relieve pain, alleviate chronic illness, and accelerate the healing process after any type of medical or holistic treatment.
Shiatsu is form of therapeutic bodywork that comes from Japan, and is based on the Chinese Five Element Theory. The intent of Shiatsu is to enhance overall health, increase blood and lymph circulation, heal injuries and balance the energies of the body, mind, and Spirit. Treatments are given on a mat with the client fully clothed and without the use of oil. In this course students learn about the energy channels (meridians) that flow through the body and examine how the body’s organs correlate to the Five Elements. Through demonstration and guided, hands-on practice they will learn how to access “Acu-points” along these meridians and practice applying fi pressure, palm pressure, stretches, and other Massage techniques balance the “life-force energy” or (Chi) these meridians carry. By the end of the course, students will be empowered to give a full body Shiatsu massage to facilitate healing are restore vitality for their clients.
Somatics explores how the quality and awareness of our own movement has a direct influence on mind-body well-being and physical comfort. A fundamental principal of Somatics is that growth, change and transformation are possible at any age. This course will teach you how the body responds to stress and its effect on neuromuscular dysfunction and chronic pain.
Somatics represents a new vision of human health by bringing to light the positive influence of self-awareness and active participation in your own well-being. By the end of this course, each student will understand and be able to identify the factors contributing to client pain and postural problems and to design and teach Somatic movement programs to groups and clients.
Spa Techniques is a course that introduces the student to a variety of commonly offered spa treatments that promote optimal health while helping the client unwind. Through lecture, discussion and hands-on practice, students learn about a variety of treatments to detoxify and exfoliate the body. Treatments explored in the course include body-wraps infused with herbal preparations, seaweed or essential oils. In addition students learn how to deliver salt scrubs and understand the benefits. A must-take course for any massage practitioner considering work in a Spa environment, Spa Techniques adds new dimensions to your collection of body-work modalities.
A gentle yet profound therapy that works on one’s energy field. Spiritual Healing is defined as the channeling of healing energy from its spiritual source (ie: God) to someone in need. Spiritual healing therefore requires a recognition and acceptance of a “God” with powers greater than our own, by the practitioner. It does not, however, depend on the religious or spiritual beliefs of the recipient. In this course students are taught to see the body, mind and Spirit of an individual as one unit that must be harmonized for optimal health to manifest. They will learn techniques for deepening their connection to “God”, and practice serving as a conduit for this powerful healing energy. With practice, students learn to facilitate the release of negative patterns that create stress and disease in their clients’ bodies.
Our routine postures, how we move, and how we use our body, are largely responsible for the physical pains and tensions we experience. In this course the student examines how unconscious habits of posture, dysfunctional movement and old habits of misuse can create misalignment in the body. They’ll be taught how this misalignment contributes to chronic pain, limitation, and loss of flexibility and strength. Through lecture and demonstration students learn how to recognize habits of misuse and work with gravity to correct them. They’ll learn techniques to strengthen weak muscles and release those that are tight to achieve a balanced alignment for their client. By restoring alignment the student restores healthy functioning so their clients can move easily and naturally.
Ida P. Rolf had a concept of our “core-in-gravity”. Her vision was beyond fixing things and more about finding expansion in the human frame. If the body has more space and volume our aches and pains become less prevalent; we find a new way of “being” not just finding what hurts. Her technique is an amazing blend of human geometry, neuromuscular reprogramming and spiritual exploration that helps connect our body, mind and Spirit.
This class is designed to teach you Ida Rolf’s original 10 session series. You will learn her systematic approach for taking the human frame apart and reorganizing it with a newer, more efficient one. Each of her sessions is not a series of techniques, but a series of goals that you and your client work together to achieve. Every session builds upon the goals achieved in the previous session/s to reach the ultimate goal of structural integration in gravity and to find a dynamic relationship to gravity. Each week you will learn a new progression in the series with lecture/ dialogue, demonstration, movement class and give/receive each session. Come join me and find your Dynamic Relationship to Gravity.
Prerequisites: Principles of Structural Integration.
Super-foods & Dietary Practices
The term “Super-foods” is used to describe a food considered especially nutritious and beneficial to health and well-being. Known health benefits of Super-foods include preventing or reducing inflammation helping to regulate metabolism and burn body fat, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, helping protect against heart disease and cancer, among others. In this course, students are introduced to a variety of easy to prepare Super-foods and explore how these foods fight disease and promote wellness.
Have you been confused about the many different dietary practices? There are diets based on cultural background, season and location, ethical treatment of animals, nutritional components, environmental concerns, weight loss, cleansing and ultimate health; but what is right for you?
Come join us for this informative course and learn how different super-foods and dietary practices can increase nutrition and health. Students gain valuable nutritional knowledge they can use to facilitate optimal health for themselves, their families, and clients.
Thai Foot Massage
In this course students will learn about the Thai acupressure points found along “Sen Lines” or energy paths in the body, as well as the Chinese reflex points affected by techniques used in a Thai Foot massage. Through lecture, demonstration and guided hands-on practice, the student will study the location of acu-points and how to touch them to produce relaxation, reduce stress, improve circulation, detoxify and revitalize the body. In addition, students will learn how to incorporate the use of a Thai Massage-stick and techniques such as two-handed palm movements, circular massage movements and thumb pressure movements into their practice.
This ancient massage modality was developed in Thailand and influenced by traditional medicine systems of India, China and Southeast Asia. Thai Massage works on both the physical and energetic systems of the body. It is performed on a floor-mat with the client wearing loose, comfortable clothing that allows for full movement.
In this course, students are introduced to the basic flow of Traditional Thai Massage, and will study Thai Massage Theory (which operates on the premise that our body is permeated with “lom” (air) that travels throughout the body along 72,000 pathways or energy lines called “sen”. Through lecture, demonstration and guided hands-on practice, students will learn the locations of the body’s 10 major “sen” lines and how to touch points along these energy lines to clear blockages and affect the entire body. With Thai massage, you learn a flow of movements that gently guide the client through a sequence of yoga-like motions. Combining rhythmic rocking and progressively deeper stretches, both client and therapist move into a state of meditative relaxation. Benefits include enhanced flexibility, a balanced and increased energy, better posture, and a lasting feeling of well being. Come and experience how this unique and dynamic method will benefit both you and your clients. The class goal is a complete 90-minute Thai Massage treatment for the entire body.
Mobilizations are a highly effective method to treat joint pain and restrictions within joints. These are well controlled passive movements which are performed slowly and with the therapist focusing his/her intention on the joints. The student learns how to handle joints effectively and with confidence. Mobilizations are most useful for synovial joints, but can also be performed on cartilagenous and fibrous joints. During these passive motions the therapist moves the joint to resemble the gliding motion between the two joint surfaces. Students are advised to re-visit anatomy prior to the class, such as classification of synovial joints, as the joint type will determine both anatomical and accessory movements possible within the joint. Mobilizations are a great addition to the tool box providing the therapist with the ability to work on a wider range of conditions and joint problems.
This course explores an advanced therapeutic stretching modality called Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation or (PNF). It is an interactive massage modality that involves alternating both passive stretching and contraction of the muscle groups being targeted. PNF’s goal is to improve flexibility, enhance grace of movement, improve range of motion (ROM), and facilitate balance in the musculoskeletal system of the body. Through demonstration and guided, hands-on practice students will learn powerful techniques to stretch and open up muscles and connective tissues, while limiting pain or discomfort in the client. Special focus is given to effective body-mechanics, optimal breathing techniques, and clear communication. PNF is especially beneficial to students interested in working with the competitive athlete as it’s been shown to greatly enhance performance. The course textbook includes an instructional DVD that reinforces the techniques learned.
Touch for Health
Touch for Health is a wellness system of holistic self-care and therapeutic balancing. Similar to applied kinesiology, we will learn and use muscle testing techniques to access sub-clinical nutritional, emotional, energetic, and physical imbalances. We will learn effective use of meridian massage, brain integration techniques, and neuro lymphatic stimulation. We will use manual muscle bio-feedback to determine which stimuli stress the body and how that stress can be decreased, thus opening the body to healing.
Traditional Oriental Clinical Techniques
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of Traditional Oriental Medicine, and their application to massage therapy and holistic health. Students will examine the principle concepts of yin, yang, and qi as well as the 12 primary meridians and functions of their associated organs. Through instruction, demonstration and guided, hands-on practice, the student learns traditional healing techniques such as: Fire Cupping, Gua Sha, Mixibustion, Castor Oil Packs and the use of liniments.
Trigger Points, or muscle “knots” found in taut muscles of the body, are believed to be a primary cause of myofascial (muscle and surrounding tissue) pain. Trigger Point therapy is a physiologically-based, proven bodywork modality that releases trigger points and relieves the multitude of pain symptoms they create. This course explores the many causes of trigger points which include; trauma, job-related repetitive use, strain injuries, inactivity and over- use. Through instruction, demonstration and guided hands-on practice the student learns how to search for, reveal and identify Trigger Points in their own body as well as that of a client. They will learn and practice proven techniques to release trigger points, relieve the pain, stiffness and dysfunction they create; and restore normal function to a muscle or group of muscles. Trigger point therapy also provides the student with an excellent self- care modality to assure a long, pain-free career in massage therapy. This course will focus on the Lower Body.
Tui Na: Acupressure Massage
Tui Na, is a massage modality based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves stimulation of acupressure points to directly affect the flow and balance of “chi”, (life energy) through “meridians” or channels in the body. In this course students learn manipulation techniques to move chi through ill and injured areas of the body where blockages tend to occur. They will practice specific treatments to address chronic pain, common illnesses, and disorders of the spine and joints, such as, Sciatica and rotator cuff problems. Through demonstration and hands- on practice students will master both oscillating techniques to increase energy, as well as the traditional presses and pulls characteristic of Tui Na.
Visceral manipulation are therapeutic techniques for internal organs. During it´s application tensions residing within the organs and associated tissue are explored, with the aim of improving overall movement, lessening any barriers to better function and allowing the body’s own self healing and self regulating mechanisms to function more optimally.
Visceral manipulation techniques can relieve pain related to IBS [Irritable Bowel syndrome], heartburn, constipation, bloating, indigestion, menstrual pain, endometriosis, bladder pain, internal scar tissue pain and restrictions and more.
During the class musculoskeletal tensions are explored that may directly or indirectly influence the organs and vice versa. Each abdominal organ is covered, and the different techniques applied.
Working with Cancer
Massage Therapy for People Living with Cancer
This class is for massage therapists who are interested in working with people who are going through cancer treatment or have recently completed cancer treatment. This course includes how to work safely with clients and care givers and facilitate their journey. You will learn medical terminology, intake procedures, how to navigate around medical environments, and adapt your massage to meet the needs of this population. This class includes a supervised clinical experience working with clients who have cancer.
Yoga Therapy is an adaptation of yoga techniques and practices that are personalized to help individuals with specific health challenges. This introductory Yoga Therapy class will address topics that you can take and use as tools in your massage or personal yoga practice. It will include yoga sequences, meditation techniques and breathe-work for various ailments. We will explore how certain poses can create space between the vertebrae, within the joints, and around the internal organs; other poses feel like they lift the heart and open space between the neck and shoulders. By improving circulation and reducing muscle tension, Yoga Therapy can become a valuable addition to any therapist's practice.