Class Descriptions

General Interest/Continuing Education/Electives

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Required and Recommended Textbooks – Fall 2021 

 

ABC's of Chinese Medicine - Part A

Course Hours: 30
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
In Introduction to Chinese medicine we will go on a journey through the vast and deep landscape of Chinese medicine. This class is open to anyone, with no prerequisites. It is part of the Shiatsu Certificate program, but is relevant to anyone with an interest in natural healing. We will explore the essential theories of this tradition, which provide a conduit from ancient healing methods rooted in the rhythms of the natural world, to contemporary practice in the modern world that we inhabit. This is a lecture class, but in each class we will practice some special Qi gong (movement/meditation) exercises to ground the theory in our own kinesthetic experience.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Ward

writing materials
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Advanced Foam Rolling

Course Hours: 15
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Foam rolling is an effective way to stretch and even strengthen muscles, soften fascial adhesions and scarred areas or increase ROM.Ê This class is comprised of five hour-long facilitated foam rolling sessions where students learn to place and manipulate foam rollers to address specific pain, hypertonicity, trigger points and other needs.
Prerequisites: Myofascial Foam Rolling
Instructor: Dixon

Foam Roller, theraband, and mini balls. Available for purchase at OSM Bookstore prior to first class.
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Body-Based Trauma Relief

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
People can be traumatized by any event (internal or external) that they perceive (consciously or unconsciously) to be life-threatening. Pain is a key event that coincides with Trauma either in a causative or correlative manner. Pain can cause trauma or Trauma can cause Pain, or they can co-exist and intermingle. The relationship is complex. Perception of trauma and pain vary with age, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status and culture and life experience.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

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Building Your Ethical Body

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This Ethics course provides a conceptual and physical foundation for working with the ethics of touch. The class is designed to strengthen the massage therapistÕs physical and mental resources, and provide clear strategies to build confidence and capability to deal with confusing and murky issues. It includes an overview and short practice of a variety of skill building techniques plus mindful movement exercises that strengthen practitioner boundaries and protect against harmful social/ environmental influences on massage and bodywork while connecting to oneÕs inner wisdom.
Prerequisites: Comm/Ethics or LMT
Instructor: Dixon

Wear comfortable clothing
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Communicating with Resonance

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
We all need connection and a sense of being seen and understood. How we communicate and connect with our clientÕs effects interpersonal neurobiology and how a client feels verbally and energetically held in a session. In this class learn to attune to a client, communicating in ways that connect with their needs creating a space for clarity and deep relaxation. We learn to attune by tapping into the resources of right brain resonance, body awareness, emotion and needs awareness helping create an authentic safe and inclusive atmosphere for yourself and your client.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Welton-Miller

Writing materials.
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Craniosacral Therapy Introduction

Course Hours: 15
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Craniosacral work is a gentle, powerful form of bodywork developed by an osteopathic physician. Craniosacral techniques move the cranial and sacral bones to free restrictions in the connective tissue and central nervous system. Craniosacral bodywork is especially useful for addressing pain and dysfunction in the head, spine and pelvis. The techniques can release physical and emotional trauma throughout the body and can be performed with the client clothed. This introductory course will introduce students to the history and basic concepts of Craniosacral Massage and a basic protocol of preliminary techniques that you can practice alone or integrate into a massage session.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

Sheets, bolster, and blanket RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Myofasical Massage and Body Mechanics and Self Care Manual, Dixon;
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Craniosacral Therapy Level One

Course Hours: 15
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Craniosacral work is a gentle, powerful form of bodywork developed by an osteopathic physician. Craniosacral techniques move the cranial and sacral bones to free restrictions in the connective tissue and central nervous system. Craniosacral bodywork is especially useful for addressing pain and dysfunction in the head, spine and pelvis. The techniques can release physical and emotional trauma throughout the body and can be performed with the client clothed. This introductory course will introduce students to the history and basic concepts of Craniosacral Massage and a basic protocol of preliminary techniques that you can practice alone or integrate into a massage session.
Prerequisites: Craniosacral Therapy Introduction
Instructor: Dixon

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Cupping Massage: Theory & Application

Course Hours: 6
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This class offers massage therapists an opportunity to learn the theory and practice of suction cupping therapy. The morning will begin with a slideshow presentation about the history and current practices of the art of cupping therapy. Participants will be shown stories and images from the cultures that practice cupping therapy and explore both our collective ancient, pre-scientific healing teachings about cupping and the physiology associated with our contemporary sports medicine model. The goal is to emerge with an understanding that allows for the full range of healing potential that cupping therapy offers. The second section of the class will be dedicated to practice. Participants will work in pairs and small groups to learn how to safely perform cupping therapy using a variety of techniques including: traditional fire cupping, valve suction-pump cupping, and press on silicone cupping. You will be able to offer your clients a safe and healing cupping treatment on Monday morning! 🙂 Students are required to purchase a set of cups, or bring an set of cups, approved by the instructor, to the class. The class handouts will include resources for a wide variety of cupping equipment suppliers.
Prerequisites: Mass and Kines Upper&Lower, or LMT
Instructor: Lev, L.Ac.

Writing materials, sheets, oil (lotion won't work), face cradle cover, bolster. Students will be required to provide their own cups. Sets will be available in the OSM store. Cups that are bought elsewhere need to be approved by the instructor.
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Five Elements Qigong:

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Qigong means "energy work". It brings together mindful movements, breath and the imagery of nature to cultivate more energy, heal the organs, expand the breath and build immunity and strength. Coming together to "gong", or cultivate, qi (energy) in a group can bring a powerful healing force to our suffering world. Beginners and experienced practitioners can both benefit from this class. Forms are easy to learn and practice can be adapted to seated or standing and particular medical conditions. Regular and consistent practice builds powerful healing and develops keen attention to what feeds your body, mind, heart and soul. We will explore: Traditional Chinese Theory underlying the five elements or forces of nature, Interrelationships between the five elements, the five yin organs and their yang counterparts and frequencies of colors, sounds and imagery, Opportunity to practice the five elements Qigong form that can be used for emotional and physical preventative health
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

Wear comfortable clothes, including layers, wear comfortable shoes if you need them for support, bring yoga mat (if you wish, not required) and pillow to sit on Qigong means "energy work".Ê It brings together mindful movements, breath and the imagery of nature to cultivate more energy, heal the organs, expand the breath and build immunity and strength.Ê Coming together to "gong", or cultivate, qi (energy) in a group can bring a powerful healing force to our suffering world.Ê Beginners and experienced practitioners can both benefit from this class.Ê Forms are easy to learn and practice can be adapted to seated or standing and particular medical conditions. Regular and consistent practice builds powerful healing and develops keen attention to what feeds your body, mind, heart and soul.Ê Build community by learning and practicing Qigong with other massage therapists. This class presents a five elements Qigong form that can be used especially to heal the emotions and move stuck and stagnant energy to speed healing. The 5 elements (or 5 changes) are rooted in Daoist philosophy and aim to explain natural developments in the natural world. Almost every phenomenon can be understood as an expression of the five elements: the phases of life, the compass directions, the different types of food, the parts of the human body, emotions, colors, etc. When the five elements and energies are balanced inside Ð physically, mentally and emotionally Ð we feel happy, healthy and whole. This class is designed to strengthen the massage therapistÕs ability to use mindful and focused movement to reinforce breathing, awareness, relaxation, and issues in body, mind, emotions, and spirit. These kinesthetic tools directly affect quality of life, time needed to heal and sense of safety and ease for therapist and indirectly for clients. We will explore: ¥ Traditional Chinese Theory underlying the five elements or forces of nature ¥ Interrelationships between the five elements, the five yin organs and their yang counterparts and frequencies of colors, sounds and imagery ¥ Opportunity to practice the five elements Qigong form that can be used for emotional and physical preventative health Class Hours: class meets for a total of 3 hours Competency-based Objectives: The LMT who successfully completes this course will be able to: Describe verbally 1. Definition of five elements Qigong 2. Interrelationships between the five elements, the five yin organs and their yang counterparts 3. How to use the five elements practice to achieve enhanced ease in breathing, increased range of motion and soft tissue release 4. Benefits of Qigong for therapists and their clients Demonstrate practically (in-class participation) 1. Basic understanding of Steps that make up the five elements Qigong form for emotional and physical health Course Evaluation: To determine that students have competence in these skills there will be the following evaluation. (in-class participation) To pass the class and receive CEUÕs, a student must attend 90% of class and get a minimum of 90% of total available points. Required Materials ¥ Supplied by the instructor Recommended Materials: ¥ Bodylessons, by Marian Wolfe Dixon, available at www.amazon.com or from the instructor ¥ Qigong, by Kenneth Cohen, available at www.amazon.com Instructor: Marian Wolfe Dixon, MA (Psychology and Health Education), LMT (#3902) , NCTMB approved Continuing Education Provider (#769), www.marianwolfedixon.com Competencies/ Class Schedule (to be adapted as needed): Students will be introduced to processes designed to support integrity in life and bodywork practice. Emphasis is on practicing the five elements Qigong form to support the therapistÕs connection with nature and their own emotional health. A major portion of class time will be spent in demo and practice to enhance kinesthetic comprehension and build the studentÕs sensitivity and awareness. In-class participation is essential! Keep your videos on so instructor can better see you to give individualized feedback Introduction, syllabus, students, instructor, studentÕs past experience with Qigong Structured Practice ¥ Warm up and Preparation ¥ Lung Forms ¥ Liver Forms ¥ Kidney Forms ¥ Heart Forms ¥ Closing and Settling In-Depth review of Form - to energize, catalyze and direct shifts in the body. The Chinese characters for five elements are a combination of the numeral wu (five) and xing, which means to go, to walk, to travel, to circulate. The five elementsÒ are not static, they describe patterns of action. The five Chinese elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) are distinguished from the four elements of the classical theory of elements of ancient Greek (fire, water, earth, air).
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Foot Reflexology Basics

Course Hours: 7
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
The purpose of this class is to give students a basic understanding of the principles of reflexology as well as an appreciation for the large variety of ways different cultures have explained and used this ancient form of bodywork. Students are introduced to several basic techniques then taken step-by- step through a session sequence covering all the major reflex areas of the feet. Classroom time consists of some lecture/discussion followed by demonstration and hands-on application by the students. (NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Butler

lotion, witchhazel or rubbing alcohol, 2 towels PLEASE HAVE YOUR NAILS TRIMMED SHORT! It is very important in this particular class. Thank you.
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Franklin Method for Shoulder Girdle

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
How many joints are there in the shoulder? The answer might surprise you, and in this course, we will experience each and every one. This course focuses on experiencing and embodying the functional anatomy of the shoulder to improve its motion. We all know how many people struggle with shoulder issues; having a clearer picture of whatÕs happening in the body helps make your own movement more efficient and your work with clients more effective.
Prerequisites: NONE, Kinesiology recommended, OR LMT
Instructor: Wesley

Dress for optional movement Alison Wesley and Ann Teachworth (Anatomy in Asana) Nope. WeÕre not sisters. But people ask that all the time. WeÕre just two long-time yoga practitioners/teachers/therapists with an obsessive love for anatomy who came together through applied anatomical study in the Franklin Method and want to change the world by improving each personÕs sense of themselves one bone at a time. With an emphasis on embodied functional anatomy, kinesiology, and mindbody training, their work helps people understand and experience their design and function so that they can operate more fully and freely in their bodies, minds, and lives. Alison is a Faculty Franklin Method Educator and Registered Yoga Teacher/Therapist in Portland, OR. She owns Working with Yoga, offering workplace yoga and assists Franklin Method Teacher Trainings alongside the creator, Eric Franklin. With him, she co-wrote Understanding the Pelvis: A Functional Approach to Yoga, published by Human Kinetics. She designed and leads mobility classes for back care at Rebound Physical Therapy and has a therapeutic movement video series called ThrUMovement. Ann Teachworth is a Franklin Method Educator, Licensed Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Teacher in Orlando, FL. SheÕs the Director of Education and an instructor at the Orlando School of Therapeutic Massage and Yoga. Ann and her husband, Lynn, co-founded their continuing education company, Trunamics, to train and resources massage therapists and bodyworkers in an integrative approach to human body dynamics that encompasses not only the structural but also the functional and energetic aspects of the body. Their mission is to make good therapists great. www.anatomyinasana.com
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Franklin Method for the Adductors/Abductors of the Hip

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
In this course we will not only embody these muscles in hip adduction and abduction, we will explore their other important functions/movements as well as experience fascial connections with the back, the knee and the pelvic floor. This can help create a "doorway" to working with your clients as well as to your own motion/posture as well.
Prerequisites: None, Kines recommended, or LMT
Instructor: Wesley

Dress for optional movement
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Franklin Method for the Muscles of Head/Neck Movement

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Experience the many interactions and layers here as we use touch, imagery and movement to embody the muscles that make it possible to move the head/neck. A common area of discomfort, you'll learn simple techniques, images and ideas to allow for more ease for our clients and for your own body.
Prerequisites: None, Kines recommended, or LMT
Instructor: Wesley

Dress for optional movement
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Franklin Method: Arthrokinematics of Knee

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Through touch, anatomical insights and movement, experience the inner workings of the largest joint in the body, the knee. Not only can this help relieve knee pain, but by embodying the function of the knee, the function of the feet and hips can be improved as well.
Prerequisites: None, Kines recommended, or LMT
Instructor: Wesley

Dress for optional movement Alison Wesley and Ann Teachworth (Anatomy in Asana) Nope. WeÕre not sisters. But people ask that all the time. WeÕre just two long-time yoga practitioners/teachers/therapists with an obsessive love for anatomy who came together through applied anatomical study in the Franklin Method and want to change the world by improving each personÕs sense of themselves one bone at a time. With an emphasis on embodied functional anatomy, kinesiology, and mindbody training, their work helps people understand and experience their design and function so that they can operate more fully and freely in their bodies, minds, and lives. Alison is a Faculty Franklin Method Educator and Registered Yoga Teacher/Therapist in Portland, OR. She owns Working with Yoga, offering workplace yoga and assists Franklin Method Teacher Trainings alongside the creator, Eric Franklin. With him, she co-wrote Understanding the Pelvis: A Functional Approach to Yoga, published by Human Kinetics. She designed and leads mobility classes for back care at Rebound Physical Therapy and has a therapeutic movement video series called ThrUMovement.
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Franklin Method: Bones & Joints of the Feet

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Franklin Method for the Bones and Joints of the Feet: Take a Foot Tour through the 26 bones of your feet! In this class we will meet and greet our feet with movement, anatomical imagery and a deep dive into experiencing the many functions of the foot. Develop more awareness for your own body and further your understanding for your clients as well.
Prerequisites: NONE, Kinesiology recommended, OR LMT
Instructor: Wesley

Dress for optional movement
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Franklin Method: Muscles of Healthy Breathing

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
With a spotlight on the functional biomotion of the most important breathing muscle, the diaphragm, we will also embody muscles that assist healthy breathing. The results are not only the positive effects that come from good breathing (calm nervous system, better digestion, more energy) but embodying the muscles that support healthy breathing can greatly improve lower back, neck and shoulder tension as well.
Prerequisites: None, Kines recommended, or LMT
Instructor: Wesley

Dress for optional movement Alison Wesley and Ann Teachworth (Anatomy in Asana) Nope. WeÕre not sisters. But people ask that all the time. WeÕre just two long-time yoga practitioners/teachers/therapists with an obsessive love for anatomy who came together through applied anatomical study in the Franklin Method and want to change the world by improving each personÕs sense of themselves one bone at a time. With an emphasis on embodied functional anatomy, kinesiology, and mindbody training, their work helps people understand and experience their design and function so that they can operate more fully and freely in their bodies, minds, and lives. Alison is a Faculty Franklin Method Educator and Registered Yoga Teacher/Therapist in Portland, OR. She owns Working with Yoga, offering workplace yoga and assists Franklin Method Teacher Trainings alongside the creator, Eric Franklin. With him, she co-wrote Understanding the Pelvis: A Functional Approach to Yoga, published by Human Kinetics. She designed and leads mobility classes for back care at Rebound Physical Therapy and has a therapeutic movement video series called ThrUMovement.
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Franklin Method: Where the Head Meets the Spine

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
A crucial area to understand and embody to release tension, to reduce headaches and to improve posture in daily life. In this class we'll learn to sense the location and function of the joints where the head meets the spine as well as the interaction between the first and second vertebrae. With imagery, touch and very gentle movement, this can help your own posture as well as a doorway to provide imagery to your clients as well.
Prerequisites: None, Kines recommended, or LMT
Instructor: Wesley

Dress for optional movement Alison Wesley and Ann Teachworth (Anatomy in Asana) Nope. WeÕre not sisters. But people ask that all the time. WeÕre just two long-time yoga practitioners/teachers/therapists with an obsessive love for anatomy who came together through applied anatomical study in the Franklin Method and want to change the world by improving each personÕs sense of themselves one bone at a time. With an emphasis on embodied functional anatomy, kinesiology, and mindbody training, their work helps people understand and experience their design and function so that they can operate more fully and freely in their bodies, minds, and lives. Alison is a Faculty Franklin Method Educator and Registered Yoga Teacher/Therapist in Portland, OR. She owns Working with Yoga, offering workplace yoga and assists Franklin Method Teacher Trainings alongside the creator, Eric Franklin. With him, she co-wrote Understanding the Pelvis: A Functional Approach to Yoga, published by Human Kinetics. She designed and leads mobility classes for back care at Rebound Physical Therapy and has a therapeutic movement video series called ThrUMovement.
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Franklin: Bones and Joint Movement of the Elbow

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
What a complex and rarely understood area of the body! We'll spend time understanding and embodying the arthrokinematics (joint movement) of the elbow to allow for more ease in giving massage as well as in exercise.Ê
Prerequisites: None, Kines recommended, or LMT
Instructor: Wesley

Dress for optional movement
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Hot Stone Massage

Course Hours: 15
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Hot Stone Massage provides a new way for therapists to explore their massage skills by combining hot or cooled stones and targeted massage techniques. The result is a unique form of treatment that can be focused for relaxation, injury rehabilitation, deep tissue, reflexology, energy balancing and spa applications. This workshop teaches participants everything they need to know in order to deliver both a 60- and 90-minute hot stone massage session. Through detailed demonstrations, instructor led table time, plenty of hands-on and a detailed packet of written materials, diagrams and pictures, participants develop their skills quickly so that they can start generating income the day after the workshop.
Prerequisites: Massage Fundamentals or LMT
Instructor:

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Inquiring into Pain Stories

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
"This course presents massage therapists with processes and tools for listening to the stories of Pain Patients who are coping with intractable Pain. Inquiry into Pain Stories will strengthen therapeutic rapport and helps client and therapist alike to move beyond irrational thoughts such as fear, worry and anger that may challenge the massage treatment process. Through detecting and minimizing fear, worry, anger and other counterproductive reactions, the therapist can strengthen the therapeutic connection and promote confidence and capability in patients who are challenged by pain. This class includes an overview of current theories with practical skill-building exercises to reinforce scope of practice and other LMT boundaries This course provides an understanding and overview of the Inquiry process. It teaches students to access presence, awareness and mindfulness, (as opposed to fearful, angry or confused patterns of decision-making) when making crucial decisions in a challenging situation."
Prerequisites: NONE
Instructor: Dixon

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Insurance Billing for LMTs

Course Hours: 6
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Open your practice to a whole new market by incorporating insurance billing. Contrary to "the word on the street", the process is not as complicated, time consuming, nor as financially compromising as you might think. This class will show you how to easily and effectively make use of this lucrative market. You will learn your rights and restrictions as a medical provider; learn how to submit, keep and maintain insurance claims; and receive the forms you will need to start billing immediately. Information on insurance company contacts are also shared. After this class, you will know the basic information you need to start growing your practice.
Prerequisites: Massage Fundamentals or equivalent.
Instructor: Davis

Writing materials. (Optional: bring a laptop if you have one.)
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Lymphatic Detox Introduction

Course Hours: 9
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Lymphatic Detox Massage maximizes the therapeutic effects of bodywork and is especially effective in reducing swelling, relieving acute and chronic pain, and detoxifying the body. Although extremely gentle and subtle the effects are potent on a physical level. In this introductory class, students become acquainted with main functions and actions of the lymphatic system, indications, contraindications and precautions. They will learn a simple protocol to drain the neck of toxins and a self-care practice to enhance detoxification and speed healing.(NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: Massage Fundamentals
Instructor: Dixon

sheets, breast drape, no lotion or oil, pillow or bolster as needed
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Lymphatic Massage for Upper Body

Course Hours: 15
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Lymphatic Detox Massage maximizes the therapeutic effects of bodywork and is especially effective for reducing inflammation and swelling, relieving acute and chronic pain, and detoxifying the body. Although extremely gentle and subtle the effects are potent on a physical level. This class focuses on rejuvenating and detoxifying the Upper Body, including the face, neck, chest, arms and hands. In this class, students review the protocol for the neck presented in the Lymphatic Detox Intro and continue on with additional lymphatic massage techniques for the neck as well as lymphatic detox of the face, chest, arms and hands. A simple protocol to drain the neck and upper extremities of toxins is taught and students are reminded of self-care practices to enhance detoxification and speed healing - moving, stretching and breathing and the application of cold and heat therapy.
Prerequisites: Lymph Detox Intro or equivalent
Instructor: Dixon

sheets, breast drape, no lotion or oil, pillow or bolster as needed
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Massage for End of Life Care

Course Hours: 6
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Massage therapy offers so much to people who are nearing the end of life. For many people, the end of life can bring with it fear, anxiety, loneliness, and physical discomfort. Massage therapy can be very effective in providing relief from these issues, and sharing positive experiences with people who are often unable to do many of the things that have brought them joy throughout life. In this class we will learn how to safely and effectively provide massage therapy in end of life care, and examine the role a massage therapist can play in witnessing and sharing this experience.
Prerequisites: Massage Fundamentals
Instructor: Casey

Linens, oil/lotion. Wear comfortable clothing.
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Massage Room Design

Course Hours: 5
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
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Myofascial Foam Rolling

Course Hours: 7.5
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Foam rolling is an effective way to stretch and even strengthen muscles, soften fascial adhesions and scarred areas or increase ROM.Ê This class is comprised of five hour-long facilitated foam rolling sessions where students learn to place and manipulate foam rollers to address specific pain, hypertonicity, trigger points and other needs.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

Foam Roller required (available for purchase at OSM Bookstore prior to first class) The class is designed to strengthen the massage therapistÕs ability to use mindful and focused movement to reinforce breathing, awareness, relaxation, and issues in body, mind, emotions, and spirit. These kinesthetic tools directly affect quality of life, time needed to heal and sense of safety and ease for therapist and indirectly for clients. We will explore: ¥ Research that suggests that myofascial bodywork has a role to play in clinical outcomes ¥ How foam rolling creates the two way ÒstretchÓ on fascia that characterizes myofascial massage ¥ Clinical approaches to implementing foam rolling with clients ¥ Opportunity to practice an all-purpose foam rolling protocol that can be used for self-care and to optimize outcomes with clients Class Hours: class meets for a total of 10 hours - 1 hour per week Competency-based Objectives: The LMT who successfully completes this course will be able to: Describe verbally 1. Definition of Myofascial Massage 2. Definition of Foam Rolling 3. How Myofascial Bodywork differs from Foam Rolling 4. How to find enhanced ease in breathing, increased range of motion and soft tissue release 5. Benefits of foam rolling for therapists and their clients Demonstrate practically (in-class participation) 1. Basic understanding of Steps that make up an all-purpose foam rolling for self-care and improved client outcomes Course Evaluation: To determine that students have competence in these skills there will be the following evaluation. (in-class participation) To pass the class and receive CEUÕs, a student must attend 90% of class and get a minimum of 90% of total available points. Required Materials ¥ Supplied by the instructor Recommended Materials: ¥ Bodylessons, by Marian Wolfe Dixon, available at www.amazon.com or from the instructor Instructor: Marian Wolfe Dixon, MA (Psychology and Health Education), LMT (#3902) , NCTMB approved Continuing Education Provider (#769), www.marianwolfedixon.com Competencies/ Class Schedule (to be adapted as needed): Students will be introduced to processes designed to support integrity in the body and for bodywork practice. Emphasis on practicing foam rolling to support the studentÕs strength, stamina and ROM. A major portion of class time will be spent in demo and practice to enhance kinesthetic comprehension and build body sensitivity and awareness. In-class participation is essential! Keep your videos on so instructor can better see you to give individualized feedback. Introduction, syllabus, students, instructor, studentÕs past experience with Myofascial Massage or Foam Rolling Structured Practice (not all steps may be included in every class and order may be shifted in individual classes) ¥ Warm up and Preparation Ð Rest and Assess ¥ Upper Back Protocol Ð shoulder girdle, shoulder joint ¥ Upper Extremity Protocol ¥ Inner Thighs, It band, back of thighs, Hips, Calves, Knees ¥ SI release, pelvic release ¥ Rebalancing ¥ Strengthening the Core ¥ Neck Release, TMJ release ¥ Closing Ð Rest and Re Assess Integration of Knowledge Ð where to go next?
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Myofascial Massage - Indirect Method

Course Hours: 15
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Myofascial Massage (MFM) aims to achieve muscle, organ and nerve relaxation via the release of the connective tissue. MFM is comprised of two separate and unique bodywork techniques known as Direct and Indirect technique. Indirect MFM, taught in this class, involves jostling, gentle rocking and traction. Massage therapists who practice myofascial massage report improved body mechanics, awareness, an increased sense of joy about bodywork and rave reviews from clients. (NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: Myofascial Massage Intro or Instr permission
Instructor: Dixon

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Myofascial Massage Introduction

Course Hours: 12
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Myofascial Massage (MFM) aims to achieve muscle, organ and nerve relaxation via the release of the connective tissue. MFM is comprised of two separate and unique bodywork approaches known as Direct and Indirect. This class provides an overview to both approaches and a sampling of a variety of direct and indirect techniques (including demonstration and practice time with jostling, rocking, skin rolling, compression, and myofascial stretching). Massage therapists who practice myofascial massage report improved body mechanics, awareness, an increased sense of joy about bodywork and rave reviews from clients. (NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: Massage Fundamentals
Instructor: Dixon

sheets, massage cream (not oil or lotion), 2 pillows, blanket, REQUIRED TEXT: Dixon, Myofasical Massage, 2007. Read ch 3. 6 & 8 before class. Recommended Text: Body Mechanics and Self Care Manual, Dixon
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On-Site Chair Massage I

Course Hours: 7
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This workshop covers four basic aspects of on-site massage; application of techniques, body mechanics, professionalism, and practice development. Instruction includes the use of techniques on the head, neck, back, and shoulders with emphasis on the effects of stress and repetitive motion on areas of the upper body. Additional techniques for working the arms and hands will be demonstrated. The majority of the class time will be spent in demonstration if techniques followed by application and practice by participants working on each other with individual assistance from the instructor.
Prerequisites: Massage - Fundamentals
Instructor: Aguayo

2 cloth face cradle covers. Optional: an On-Site Chair if you have one (please call and let us know if you do)
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Pain: Getting Shame Out of Pain

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This course provides an introduction to the process of practicing shame resilience and teaches students to access presence, awareness and mindfulness when treating people suffering with Pain. It also helps participants identify appropriate referral sources for patients experiencing Shame associated with Pain.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

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Pain: Moving from Helplessness to Hope

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This course provides an understanding and overview of the inquiry process. It teaches students to access presence, awareness and mindfulness (as opposed to fearful, angry or confused patterns of decision-making) when making crucial decisions about how to touch Patients in Pain.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

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Polyvagal Theory & Bodywork

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
In the era of Covid, understanding our clients' stress response is more important than ever. In this 4-hour course, you will learn what Polyvagal Theory is, how to identify the three types of threat response, and discover how to recalibrate the nervous system during times of high stress. This class pays particular attention to the relationship between chronic stress and sociological factors like class, race and gender.
Prerequisites: AP 3
Instructor: Moore

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Power of Conscious Engagement

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Each moment, the choices we make and how we respond have a powerful impact in our relationships both personally and professionally. Creating an empowered life depends on our ability to consciously and authentically engage with ourselves and others. In this experiential class we will be using the Karpman drama triangle to explore how we lose our power by playing the rescuer, blamer or victim. From this compassionate self-discovery process you will learn practical ways to shift from drama to awareness and communicate with more integrity and clarity. Fulfills OBMT CE requirement for Ethics, Communication, Boundaries class.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Welton-Miller

Writing materials.
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Preventing Eye Strain and Upper Body Tension

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Poor habits of using the eyes can create great tension and strain in the eyes, neck, and back. This chronic tension can lead to headaches and discomfort that massage alone relieves for only a short time. Causes include outstanding vision problems or diseases, hunching over cell phones, carrying the head far forward while using a computer, and emotional stress. Learn strategies to alleviate headaches, eyestrain, and tight muscles, including how to relax and relieve the eyes, how to improve work habits including proper ergonomics, and how to use bodywork and hydrotherapy modalities to address the causes of strain.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Sinclair

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Qigong Basics

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Qigong means "ENERGY WORK". A moving meditation enriched with breath and imagery, this practice expands the breath, heals the organs and connects students with Nature and their inner Selves. Beginners and Experienced qigong practitioners will benefit from this self care class. Students will learn a series that they can practice on their own to recuperate and rejuvenate from the physical, mental and emotional stresses of bodywork. Movements are easy to follow and individualized for people living with acute or chronic illness or injury.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

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Qigong Sampler

Course Hours: 7.5
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This five-week class is designed to strengthen the massage therapistÕs ability to use mindful and focused movement to reinforce breathing, awareness, relaxation, and issues in body, mind, emotions, and spirit. These kinesthetic tools directly affect quality of life, time needed to heal and sense of safety and ease for therapist and indirectly for clients. We will explore: ¥ Research that suggests that qigong has a role to play in clinical outcomes ¥ Clinical approaches to implementing Qigong ¥ Opportunity to practice several Qigong forms that can be used for self-care and preventative health
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

Wear comfortable clothes, including layers, wear comfortable shoes if you need them for support, bring yoga mat (if you wish, not required) and pillow to sit on Qigong means "energy work".Ê It brings together mindful movements, breath and the imagery of nature to cultivate more energy, heal the organs, expand the breath and build immunity and strength.Ê Coming together to "gong", or cultivate, qi (energy) in a group can bring a powerful healing force to our suffering world.Ê Beginners and experienced practitioners can both benefit from this class.Ê Forms are easy to learn and practice can be adapted to seated or standing and particular medical conditions. Regular and consistent practice builds powerful healing and develops keen attention to what feeds your body, mind, heart and soul.Ê Build community by learning and practicing Qigong with other massage therapists. This class presents a five elements Qigong form that can be used especially to heal the emotions and move stuck and stagnant energy to speed healing. The 5 elements (or 5 changes) are rooted in Daoist philosophy and aim to explain natural developments in the natural world. Almost every phenomenon can be understood as an expression of the five elements: the phases of life, the compass directions, the different types of food, the parts of the human body, emotions, colors, etc. When the five elements and energies are balanced inside Ð physically, mentally and emotionally Ð we feel happy, healthy and whole. This class is designed to strengthen the massage therapistÕs ability to use mindful and focused movement to reinforce breathing, awareness, relaxation, and issues in body, mind, emotions, and spirit. These kinesthetic tools directly affect quality of life, time needed to heal and sense of safety and ease for therapist and indirectly for clients. We will explore: ¥ Traditional Chinese Theory underlying the five elements or forces of nature ¥ Interrelationships between the five elements, the five yin organs and their yang counterparts and frequencies of colors, sounds and imagery ¥ Opportunity to practice the five elements Qigong form that can be used for emotional and physical preventative health Class Hours: class meets for a total of 3 hours Competency-based Objectives: The LMT who successfully completes this course will be able to: Describe verbally 1. Definition of five elements Qigong 2. Interrelationships between the five elements, the five yin organs and their yang counterparts 3. How to use the five elements practice to achieve enhanced ease in breathing, increased range of motion and soft tissue release 4. Benefits of Qigong for therapists and their clients Demonstrate practically (in-class participation) 1. Basic understanding of Steps that make up the five elements Qigong form for emotional and physical health Course Evaluation: To determine that students have competence in these skills there will be the following evaluation. (in-class participation) To pass the class and receive CEUÕs, a student must attend 90% of class and get a minimum of 90% of total available points. Required Materials ¥ Supplied by the instructor Recommended Materials: ¥ Bodylessons, by Marian Wolfe Dixon, available at www.amazon.com or from the instructor ¥ Qigong, by Kenneth Cohen, available at www.amazon.com Instructor: Marian Wolfe Dixon, MA (Psychology and Health Education), LMT (#3902) , NCTMB approved Continuing Education Provider (#769), www.marianwolfedixon.com Competencies/ Class Schedule (to be adapted as needed): Students will be introduced to processes designed to support integrity in life and bodywork practice. Emphasis is on practicing the five elements Qigong form to support the therapistÕs connection with nature and their own emotional health. A major portion of class time will be spent in demo and practice to enhance kinesthetic comprehension and build the studentÕs sensitivity and awareness. In-class participation is essential! Keep your videos on so instructor can better see you to give individualized feedback Introduction, syllabus, students, instructor, studentÕs past experience with Qigong Structured Practice ¥ Warm up and Preparation ¥ Lung Forms ¥ Liver Forms ¥ Kidney Forms ¥ Heart Forms ¥ Closing and Settling In-Depth review of Form - to energize, catalyze and direct shifts in the body. The Chinese characters for five elements are a combination of the numeral wu (five) and xing, which means to go, to walk, to travel, to circulate. The five elementsÒ are not static, they describe patterns of action. The five Chinese elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) are distinguished from the four elements of the classical theory of elements of ancient Greek (fire, water, earth, air).
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Reiki Healing

Course Hours: 18
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Reiki is a form of natural healing that takes place through gentle, sacred touch and addresses the energy of both the practitioner and the client. It restores health and harmony to the physical body, releases emotional blockages and activates a closer connection to spirit. It is also a wonderful and easy form of self-healing. Reiki works with the vibration of love and compassion. Its recent origins have been traced back to Japan in the late 1800's and the inspired work of Dr. Mikao Usui. The opening to this simple and mysterious universal life energy happens through a series of initiations which activate the deeper energy bodies in subtle and delicate ways. Students will also practice the form through various hand positions. This is a First Degree Reiki class, designed to allow enough time for the awakening of self and client-awareness.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Knorr

2 sheets LOCATION: Portland. Classes are held at 9500 SW Barbur Blvd, Ste 100 in the Kristin Square building (near Capitol Hwy and about 2 blocks north of the TriMet Transit Center; enter from the back of the building) *
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Shiatsu II - Short Form (Front)

Course Hours: 30
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
In Shiatsu II, students learn the kata for the front of the body, review channel locations and TCM theory. Finally, the students practice the whole "short form" kata with a focus on developing quality of touch. Students continue to do the Dao Yin self-massage exercise.(NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: Shiatsu 1
Instructor: Ward

blanket, sheets, bolsters Remember to wear comfortable clothing and have your nails trimmed short.
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Shiatsu Short Form - Tutorial

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This is a private class in which the student practices on the instructor who provides detailed feedback on the studentÕs work. Following the completion of the clinic practicum, the student makes an appointment with the instructor to schedule the tutorial.
Prerequisites: Must take with Shiatsu SF Clinic.
Instructor: Ward

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Shiatsu Short Form Clinic

Course Hours: 45
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
The clinic provides students with the opportunity to practice the Shiatsu kata on the public in a supervised setting. Nineteen full-body Shiatsu massages are performed on clients over the ten-week course. This training reinforces the Shiatsu kata and develops confidence, strength and efficiency. In addition, students practice listening skills and boundary setting, and learn to modify the kata to meet individual needs and time constraints. Clinic is encouraged to be taken the term following Shiatsu II.
Prerequisites: Shiatsu II, Comm/Ethics; Path I (concurrent)
Instructor: Ward

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Tai Chi for Better Balance

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
The class is designed to strengthen the massage therapistÕs ability to use mindful and focused movement to reinforce breathing, awareness, and relaxation in body, mind, emotions, and spirit. These kinesthetic tools directly affect quality of life, time needed to heal and sense of safety and ease for therapist and indirectly for clients.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

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Thai Massage - Level I

Course Hours: 16
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
This Level I Southern-style course is extracted from the full Southern-style Kata, and provides the student with a holistic session lasting 40 to 50 minutes. This short form uses all five body positions and focuses primarily on compressions and passive Yoga stretches. The emphasis of this class is on good body mechanics; you will learn to move the client effortlessly and "heal yourself while helping those you touch." This tradition is practiced fully clothed, so please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a pillow and blanket to class. This course is NCBTMB approved, and is certified by the Thai Healing Alliance International.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Weitzer

sheets, pillow, blanket, water bottle, writing materials Remember to wear loose, comfortable clothing (no blue jeans, jewelry or belts with a lot of metal) and to have your nails trimmed short. Friday evening is a free introductory session, as well as part of the class, so bring a friend! Your attendance is required Friday evening in order to receive credit for this class.
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Thai Massage Demo

Course Hours: 2
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Join us to experience a taste of the Thai Massage Southern-style Kata. With Thai Massage the student will learns to move the client effortlessly and "heal yourself while helping those you touch." This tradition is practiced fully clothed, and this demonstration will share both Thai Massage principles and techniques. This introductory evening is part of the weekend course and space is available for the whole training.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Weitzer

sheets, pillow, blanket, water bottle, writing materials Remember to wear loose, comfortable clothing (no blue jeans, jewelry or belts with a lot of metal) and to have your nails trimmed short. Friday evening is a free introductory session, as well as part of the class, so bring a friend! Your attendance is required Friday evening in order to receive credit for this class.
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The Cardiovascular System - Massage and Pathologies of Circulation

Course Hours: 5
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Refresh and build on your knowledge of the cardiovascular system in a dynamic course that will involve massage practice. We will examine symptoms of, angina, congestive heart failure and hypertension, and look closely at edema from different etiologies as well. There also will be a review of medications your patients may be taking and recommendations on how to utilize this information in a massage session. This course will help bolster your confidence when deciding how much pressure to use, how to attune yourself to symptoms of shortness of breath, how to deal with edema, and how to promote relaxation from stress or recent illness. It will also show how massage can be a tool for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. You will leave the course with greater knowledge of the circulatory system, and it will broaden the scope of your potential clientele.
Prerequisites: AP 2 & Path 2 or LMT
Instructor: Pullella

Sheets, Massage oil/lotion & Bolster
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The ReEmbody Method: Module 1

Course Hours: 12.5
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
How a body behaves when it is threatened is different than how it behaves when it is secure, and those behavioral patterns are predictable. Side dominance is a key signature to assessing neurological pattern development, providing a pathway to developing efficient, effective protocols including touch and verbal technique.
Prerequisites: Kinesiology Lower or LMT
Instructor: Moore

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The ReEmbody Method: Module 2

Course Hours: 12.5
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
How a body behaves when it is threatened is different than how it behaves when it is secure, and those behavioral patterns are predictable. Side dominance is a key signature to assessing neurological pattern development, providing a pathway to developing efficient, effective protocols including touch and verbal technique.
Prerequisites: MOD 1 ReEmbody Method & Kines Lower or LMT.
Instructor: Moore

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Understanding Chronic Pain

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Pain is a global health problem. One in five people suffer with pain every year. One in ten people experience chronic pain every year. The annual costs of treating pain are greater than the costs of treating cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined. 43% of Americans receiving massage reported they did so for health conditions such as pain management, injury rehabilitation, migraine control, or overall wellness. 88% of consumers agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain. Chronic Pain is very different from acute Pain and presents unique challenges for both the patient and the treating therapist.
Prerequisites: NONE
Instructor: Dixon

Course Syllabus Understanding Chronic Pain Course Description: Pain is a global health problem. One in five people suffer with pain every year. One in ten people experience chronic pain every year. The annual costs of treating pain are greater than the costs of treating cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined. 43% of Americans receiving massage reported they did so for health conditions such as pain management, injury rehabilitation, migraine control, or overall wellness. 88% of consumers agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain. Chronic Pain is very different from acute Pain and presents unique challenges for both the patient and the treating therapist. Chronic Pain is defined as pain that has not abated after 6 months, however it could have been continuing for several years. Patients may be taking a number of medications and coping with losses in relation to their job, family, other health problems, social identity, loss of positive experiences. This class presents options for working with this population who often donÕt receive the consistent care that they need. Chronic pain has its own unique physiology and symptom picture.Ê Treatment goals aim to reduce problematic symptoms and improve quality of life. Once goals are identified, optimum treatment techniques, hydrotherapy and homework/self-care can be prescribed to follow clear critical thinking guidelines.Ê Massage therapists who complete this class will able to understand chronic pain. Armed with solid information and together with patient input, therapists are prepared to figure out what will be most helpful for their individual clients. Learning Outcomes: Students will demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking/ making clinical decisions about tactics to help patients cope with: 1. Chronic Pain 2. Fibromyalgia 3. Stress and Sleep challenges 4. Anxiety and Depression Students will be introduced to subtle energy applications appropriate for use with chronic pain patients Class Hours: class meets for a total of 3 hours Competency-based Objectives: The LMT/student who successfully completes this course will be able to: 1. Describe anatomy and physiology of acute, subacute and chronic stages of inflammation 2. Explain contraindications for patients in acute, subacute and chronic stages of inflammation 3. Know a variety of massage approaches that are appropriate for patients in acute, subacute and chronic stages of inflammation 4. Describe and suggest hydrotherapy homework for patients in acute, subacute and chronic stages of inflammation Course Evaluation: To determine that students have competence in these skills there will be the following evaluation. (in-class participation) To pass the class and receive CEUÕs, a student must attend 90% of class and get a minimum of 90% of total available points. Required Materials ¥ Supplied by the instructor Instructor: Marian Wolfe Dixon, MA (Psychology and Health Education), LMT (#3902), NCTMB approved Continuing Education Provider (#769), www.marianwolfedixon.com Class Schedule (to be adapted as needed): Students will be introduced to processes that affect the pain cycle with regard to inflammation. In-class participation is essential! Keep your videos on so instructor can better see you to give individualized feedback Introduction to class, instructor, students Pain as a major health problem / Focus for massage therapists Inflammation as a factor affecting Pain and treatment Acute Pain - Not the same as Chronic Pain Additional Challenges for Patients How additional challenges affect Treatment Avoiding Burnout for Therapists Demo gentle approach (optional) Breakout Groups Ðpractice Discussion Review, Q&A - where to go from here
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