Class Descriptions

General Interest/Continuing Education/Electives

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Required and Recommended Textbooks 

 

Active Isolated Stretching Upper Body

Course Hours: 16
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Leave class with the knowledge on how to stretch yourself and assist your clients. This class covers every stretch you need in order to treat a wide variety of disorders in the cervical spine, shoulders and jaw. The topics of stability and myofascial meridians of Anatomy Trains¨ are also covered. The material presented addresses frozen shoulder, TMJ, thoracic outlet syndrome, whiplash among other disorders. This class is part of a 3-part Basic Level training by AIS Northwest.
Prerequisites: Massage-Upper or LMT
Instructor: Morton

Wear comfortable clothing, bring a fitted sheet and pillowcase or face cradle cover, bolster or pillow recommended. Recommended texts: Anatomy Trains by Myers and Trail Guide to the Body by Biel. Instructor will provide handouts needed for the class.
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Active Isolated Stretching-Lower Body

Course Hours: 16
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Leave class with the knowledge on how to stretch yourself and assist your clients. This class covers every stretch you need in order to treat a wide variety of disorders in the lumbar spine, hips and knees. The topics of stability and myofascial meridians of Anatomy Trains¨ are also covered. The material presented addresses disc conditions, nerve impingement, sciatica, groin impingement, S/I dysfunction and ITB syndrome among other disorders. This class is part of a 3-part Basic Level training by AIS Northwest.
Prerequisites: Massage-Lower or LMT
Instructor: Morton

Wear comfortable clothing, bring a fitted sheet and pillowcase or face cradle cover, bolster or pillow recommended. Recommended texts: Anatomy Trains by Myers and Trail Guide to the Body by Biel. Instructor will provide handouts needed for the class.
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Body Mechanics for Massage Therapists

Course Hours: 8
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
"Staying Alive for Another 25". Kitty Lawrence has been an LMT for 26 years and still loves it. This course is a synthesis of her years of study and practice. With aliveness and awareness at the core, we will focus on applying the laws of physics to our work to create a more healthful and joyful massage dance. Included will be Beth McKee's system of using the bones as levers, joints as hinges, and weight transfer. Self care exercises provided. (NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: Massage - Fundamentals
Instructor: Lawrence

Sheets, oil, bolster, and a large towel, wear comfortable clothing, Recommended Text: Body Mechanics and Self Care Manual, Dixon
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Building Your Ethical Body

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
There are many good ethics courses that provide guidelines and practice on how to deal with issues that may come up in a bodywork practice. This course provides a physical foundation for working with the ethics of touch. The class is designed to strengthen the massage therapistÕs resolve and confidence in her/his own ability to deal with confusing and murky issues. It is capped by a qigong form that is specifically designed to strengthen the practitionerÕs boundaries and protect against what is not nourishing in an environment while connecting to oneÕs guiding star or inner wisdom within.
Prerequisites: Comm/Ethics or LMT
Instructor: Dixon

Wear comfortable clothing
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Chiropractic Assistant Certification Class

Course Hours: 12
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
This twelve hour course will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work as a Certified Chiropractic Assistant (CCA) in the State of Oregon. The course consists of eight hours of didactic instruction and four hours of hands-on training. (6 hours of the class apply to CE requirements for OR LMT) Topics covered include chiropractic history and philosophy, tissue injury and repair, all standard physiotherapy modalities used by chiropractors including massage, selected rehabilitative protocols, state laws governing CCA's, CCA's duties and responsibilities, HIPAA compliance, and issues of communication and boundaries. Students will be provided with the certificates of completion as well as CCA Applications and they will be prepared to sit for the open-book Chiropractic Assistant Certification Examination administered by the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners. You must apply to take the Certification exam within 60 days of the training.
Prerequisites: None, AP I recommended
Instructor: Pleau

Required Text: Physiotherapy Study Guide for Certified CAs, writing materials, set of sheets, pillow case, 2 bath towels
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CPR

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This CPR course provides hands-on training in Adult, Child and Infant CPR. Choking and use of the AED are also covered. Content is based on the American Heart Association Guidelines. Participants will receive a 2 year CPR/AED certification card. OHSA compliant course.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Hueller

writing materials. CPR cards will be mailed to you 2 weeks after class completion.
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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, blanket RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Myofasical Massage and Body Mechanics and Self Care Manual, Dixon;
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Craniosacral Therapy: Level I

Course Hours: 15
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Craniosacral Massage is a gentle yet powerful form of bodywork developed by osteopathic physicians. Through freeing restrictions in the movements of the cranial bones and sacrum, CSM directly influences the central nervous system and the fascia. In this class, you will learn a protocol of techniques for releasing restrictions in the sutures of the skull as well as review how to feel for the Cranial Wave.
Prerequisites: Craniosacral Intro or equivalent
Instructor: Dixon

Sheet, blanket, meditation cushion or pillow, writing materials. Wear comfortable clothes (no jeans). REQUIRED TEXT: Dixon, Myofasical Massage, 2007 RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Milne, Hugh, Heart of Listening Vol.1 and Vol.2,
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Cupping & Gua Sha - Theory and Techniques

Course Hours: 15
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
In this 15 hour class we explore the simple, yet profound techniques of Cupping and Gua Sha. Cupping has become increasingly popular as an adjunct therapy to relieve pain and promote healing. Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese method of addressing muscular tension and supporting immune function. This course will include both lecture and practical application. We will cover indications for both techniques as well as contraindications. This will include a very basic introduction to Chinese Medicine theory, so that a student can understand the context of the traditional use for these adjunct therapies. This class includes a 1.5 hour supervised practicum on Sunday. At the end of this weekend workshop a student will be able to appropriately apply both Cupping and Gua Sha techniques, within their scope of practice. Tuition includes a set of cups and pump.
Prerequisites: Massage Fundamentals or Shiatsu I
Instructor: King

Writing materials, linens, massage oil or lotion. Recommended to wear sleeveless open shoulder shirt/sports bra and shorts Tuition includes a set of cups and pump.
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Cupping Massage: Theory & Application

Course Hours: 15
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This 14-hour training is an introduction to the theory and practice of cupping massage. The class focuses on how therapeutic cupping enhances the function of all body systems. Class will consist of lecture, assessment skills, small group discussion, and demonstration and approximately 8 hours of hands-on application. Tuition includes a set of cups and pump.
Prerequisites: Massage-Fundamentals
Instructor: Holman

Writing materials, sheets, oil (lotion won't work), face cradle cover, bolster.
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Dao Yin Stretch

Course Hours: 7
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
This movement discipline strengthens and enhances vitality in many dimensions by opening the joints and clearing the channels of energy. Dao-Yin Stretch will also increase mobility, strength and resilience, improving your coordination, balance and endurance. Dao-Yin helps the student develop body awareness and understand the principles of alignment for practicing Shiatsu in an efficient manner.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Ward

Wear loose comfortable clothing, no jeans
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Deep Massage - the Lauterstein Method

Course Hours: 20
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
In this class, students and practitioners will be introduced to David Lauterstein's unique form of deep bodywork. The work is a systematic integration of energy and structural work drawing on concepts from Structural Integration, Rolfing and Zero Balancing. This class will include relevant anatomy and theory and application of deep massage for the neck, back, pelvis, legs, front torso and head. Participants will learn to engage energy and structure and get better results with less effort; as well as skills and an understanding that "deep massage" means more than engaging tissue.
Prerequisites: Massage Upper and Lower or equivalent
Instructor: Lauterstein

Required text: The Deep Massage Book, Lauterstein. Read pages 1-31 before class. Bring sheets, towels, face cradle cover, oil/lotion, writing materials and comfortable clothing.
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Deep Massage - Level II

Course Hours: 20
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
In Deep Massage Level II students will add 20 new valuable techniques, including Deep Massage “fulcrums” for working with the iliopsoas, the diaphragm, the deep sub-occipital muscles, side-lying work for the entire body, as well as work for the masseter, the rotator cuff, and deep lateral rotators. Level I and Level II students will be taught in the same room with instruction from both David Lauterstein and his teaching assistant so that everyone receives detailed table-side supervision. DM II will also look at session design, deepening the understanding of DM theory and how to integrate the new fulcrums and the Level I protocol, depending on the needs of the individual client.  
Prerequisites: Massage Upper and Lower or equivalent
Instructor: Lauterstein

Required text: The Deep Massage Book, Lauterstein. Read pages 1-31 before class. Bring sheets, towels, face cradle cover, oil/lotion, writing materials and comfortable clothing.
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Ethical Boundary Setting

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This interactive workshop addresses a variety of relational situations where boundary setting is needed with clients and clarifies what is needed in various dual relationships. The goal of the class is to obtain clarity in your professional boundaries and devise ways to communicate them to avoid ethical dilemmas. We will explore confidentiality, transference, client attraction, emotional triggering, friendships, business and energetic boundaries.
Prerequisites: Comm/Ethics or LMT
Instructor: Wells

Writing materials
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Feelings in the Body

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Emotions inhabit every cell of the body. They affect how we see and then respond to the world around us personally and professionally. Having more awareness of our emotions and needs holds the key to increased clarity and integrity to show up as a fully engage, responsible health practitioner. In this class learn techniques to be more present and clear with your own self. Learn to communicate effectively, building rapport with your clients, guiding them to develop more body and emotional awareness. Be clear about emotional boundaries and be more at ease when clients have emotions. This class meets the 4 hour OBMT Communication. Ethics, Boundaries CE requirements.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Welton-Miller

Writing materials, one sheet and one blanket
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Foot Reflexology Basics

Course Hours: 7.5
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Foot Reflexology is a form of massage used for both healing and relaxation. It is based on the belief that certain areas of the body, notably the feet, contain reflex connections with internal organs. This workshop will present basic working techniques, history and theory, and emphasize practical application. (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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Heart Centered Ethics - Part I

Course Hours: 6
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
This engaging workshop is intended to provide a didactic model for appropriate use of power that is inherent in helping relationships. We will focus on Informed and Conscious Use of Power as well as Accountable and Wise Use of Power. We will explore our personal reactions to ethics, personal relationship to power, power differentials inherent in being an LMT, personal power preferences, and explore the impact of ethical mistakes we have experienced. For more information about the method and concepts, go to www.rightuseofpower.com. (NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: Communication/Ethics or LMT
Instructor: Ireland

Writing Materials
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Hot Stone Massage

Course Hours: 15
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
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: Earl

Oil (not lotion, gel or cream), 12 white or light-colored hand towels, 1 bath towel, 1 beach towel (approx 3' x 5.5'), one fitted and one flat sheet, face cradle cover, king size pillowcase, pillow or bolster
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Insurance Billing for LMTs

Course Hours: 6
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
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: Campbell

Writing materials
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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.
Prerequisites: Massage - Fundamentals
Instructor: Dixon

sheets, breast drape, no lotion or oil, pillow or bolster as needed
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Manual Resisted Muscle Testing

Course Hours: 15
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
This class teaches the techniques of manual resisted muscle testing and orthopedic tests in order to guide you to the source of the pain. You will learn consistent and organized ways to screen clients and where to apply your own massage techniques in order to work more efficiently and effectively. (NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: Kinesiology - Upper Body or Lower Body
Instructor: Libby

2 sheets, face cradle cover, bolster; wear loose comfortable clothes Required text: Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy by Whitney Lowe Required text: Orthopedic Assessment in Massage Therapy by Whitney Lowe
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Massage Basics

Course Hours: 10
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
In this popular 4-week class, you will learn basic massage techniques for the back, neck, shoulders, hands, feet and head. You will also learn about nurturing touch and about bodywork as a healthcare tool. This is a great class to take if you are interested in massage as a career. Instructors are experienced healthcare practitioners and licensed massage therapists with extensive additional training in a variety of bodywork styles.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Williams

2 sheets, towel, massage oil in spill-proof bottle, pillow case OR face cradle cover, blanket Please remember to have your nails trimmed short and to wear comfortable clothing. Complete disrobing is not required (sheets will be used as drapes); if you wish, you may wear a bathing suit, shorts and a sport bra for women, or similar clothing.
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Massage for People Living with Cancer

Course Hours: 24
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Comfort-oriented massage or touch can be safely administered to cancer patients, regardless of the severity of their condition. The purpose of this class is to present information that will soothe bodyworkers' fears about working with clients who have been diagnosed with cancer or are recovering from it. Sunday's culminating activity will be to give a relaxation massage to someone with cancer or recovering from it. Approved by Chiropractic Board.
Prerequisites: Massage - Fundamentals
Instructor: MacDonald

see FAQ NOTE: All materials must be brought for class on Friday. FAQs - What materials will be needed? - 3-ring binder - Journaling materials - Unscented lotion or oil (no containers that require dipping) - 2 sets of clean linen (please, no heavily-scented detergents) - 1 clean beach towel or blanket for client warmth (Day 3 only) - 1 bath towel and 2 hand towels - 2 clean pillows - clean, bag (lg garbage bag, okay) - Alcohol-based hand cleaner (such as Purell) Please arrive at least 20 minutes early on the first day to if you need to complete any final registration tasks. Class will begin on time each day. Lunch Lunch each day is one hour long and will be approximately mid-way through the day. It is sometimes more relaxing to bring a brown bag lunch than to eat out, especially on day 3, which is usually Sunday. However, there are food establishments nearby. Please bring snacks if needed to maintain blood sugar level. (Quiet snacks for consumption in the classroom are much appreciated!) Required Reading Because each minute of time available to us in class is precious, some advanced reading is required from Medicine Hands: Massage for People Living with Cancer, 3rd Ed. (2014. Prior familiarity with some of the subject matter will allow class time to be spent in deeper discussion of the material. The following sections should be read before attending class: REQUIRED CHAPTERS: 4,5,7 AND 8 of Medicine Hands 3rd Ed. (2014) Special Needs Participants with hearing or visual impairments or other physical handicaps may wish to contact the instructor at least 2 weeks prior to the start of class to to identify themselves and to arrange for special learning needs. In this way, a learning plan can be created in order to enhance the participants learning. The same is true for those with learning disabilities. Arrangements can be made ahead of time for these participants to receive the handouts. Additionally, the instructor consistently reinforces the key concepts of the training and presents the material at a slow pace. This helps all students, especially those with learning disabilities. Clinic experience Ð Day 3/Dress and Grooming The culminating experience of the weekend will be to massage someone who has been in treatment or may presently be in treatment for cancer. Please bring clothes that are suitable for working with members of the public. Therapists often wear a scrub top or polo shirt with a massage insignia on the chest pocket. Of course, short shorts and necklines that reveal cleavage are not appropriate. Scent-free zone Many people are sensitive to the scents used in shampoos, perfumes and detergent. Please be mindful of this when preparing to come to class.
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Mind Body Connection

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Massage can enhance the bodymind connection to bring core beliefs to conscious awareness. This session gives an overview and some experience with ways to create this connection including appropriate communication and boundaries to establish a safe environment.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Ireland

Writing Materials
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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: Massage - Fundamentals
Instructor: Dixon

sheets, lotion (not oil), bolsters
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Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy

Course Hours: 15
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
A knowledge of trigger points and their referral patterns can add a therapeutic focus and organization to your massage skills. In this hands-on class, we will explore the nature and location of trigger points, the referral patterns they manifest, how to reduce them, along with the pain and dysfunction they may cause.
Prerequisites: Kinesiology - Upper or Lower Body
Instructor: Libby

2 sheets, face cradle cover, bolster, Recommended text: Myofascial Pain & Dysfunction by Travell & Simons
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Neuromuscular Therapy - The Spine

Course Hours: 15
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a highly effective and specific form of deep tissue massage. It is applicable to the treatment of acute or chronic injuries, postural strain syndromes, mental and emotional stress, and performance optimization for athletes, dancers, martial artists, etc. This 15 hour course addresses NMT treatment protocols for the thoracic, and lumbar spine. Course content includes relevant anatomy and kinesiology reviews, indications and contraindications for NMT, and evaluation strategies to guide treatment and assist in determining when physician referral is appropriate.
Prerequisites: NMT Intro, AP I, Kines-Upper Body or equivalent
Instructor: Pleau

Sheets, towel/pillow case for draping, face cradle cover, small hand towel or washcloth, lotion (not oil), a kinesiology text. Wear comfortable clothing. Optional: T-bar set if you have your own.
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Neuromuscular Therapy - Hip, Thigh & Knee

Course Hours: 15
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a highly effective and specific form of deep tissue massage. It is applicable to the treatment of acute or chronic injuries, postural strain syndromes, mental and emotional stress, and performance optimization for athletes, dancers, martial artists, etc. NMT - Hip, Thigh, & Knee will familiarize students with NMT treatment protocols for these areas in the lower extremity. Course content includes relevant anatomy and kinesiology reviews, indications and contraindications for NMT, and evaluation strategies to guide treatment and assist in determining when physician referral is appropriate. NMT: Introduction is prerequisite for this class.
Prerequisites: NMT Intro, Massage and Kines-Lower Body or equivalents
Instructor: Pleau

Sheets, towel/pillow case for draping, face cradle cover, small hand towel or washcloth, lotion (not oil), a kinesiology text. Wear comfortable clothing. Optional: T-bar set if you have your own.
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Neuromuscular Therapy Introduction

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a highly effective and specific form of therapeutic massage for the treatment of acute and chronic injuries, postural syndromes, athletic performance optimization, and much more. NMT uses wooden tools called T-Bars for gentle yet very thorough assessment and treatment of muscle bellies, tendons, and attachment sites. In this 3-hour introductory course you will learn the history of NMT as well as the underlying neurological and physiological concepts involved in Neuromuscular Therapy and the body's response to treatment. Participants will become familiar with the six different T-Bars and their appropriate use. This is a great chance to learn how to use T-Bars and what it feels like to receive T-Bar work. Upon completion, you will have the necessary background and preparation for the 4-part NMT training through Oregon School of Massage.
Prerequisites: AP I, Kines-Upper or Lower Body or equivalent
Instructor: Pleau

Sheets, towel/pillow case for draping, face cradle cover, small hand towel or washcloth, lotion (not oil), a kinesiology text. Wear comfortable clothing. Optional: T-bar set if you have your own.
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On-Site Chair Massage I

Course Hours: 7
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
This workshop covers five different aspects of on-site massage: chair design and function, demonstration and application of a 15-minute stretch and compress massage routine for the upper back, neck and shoulders, correct use of body mechanics and leverage, a complete and practical plan for marketing your business to successfully secure clients, and professionalism. On-site chairs will be provided. (NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: Massage - Fundamentals
Instructor: Conary

Cloth face cradle cover. optional: an On-Site chair if you have one (please call and let us know if you do) Onsite Chair massage classes do not require linens, oils, or lotions. If you are ill, feeling ill, or have an injury that would impair your ability to participate, please contact the instructor prior to attending this class.
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On-Site Chair Massage II

Course Hours: 9
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
This workshop provides a review of the 15-minute chair massage routine and business review presented in On-Site Chair Massage I. A second 15 minute routine will be presented utilizing stretch and compress techniques focused on the "stress diamond", arms and hands and lower body. An opportunity to apply all these skills with the public will be provided. (NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: On-Site I
Instructor: Conary

Cloth face cradle cover. optional: an On-Site chair if you have one (please call and let us know if you do) Onsite Chair massage classes do not require linens, oils, or lotions. If you are ill, feeling ill, or have an injury that would impair your ability to participate, please contact the instructor prior to attending this class.
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Polarity Therapy - I

Course Hours: 16
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This class introduces concepts of energy medicine through Polarity Therapy. Learn about the chakra system and how it corresponds to our physical, psychological and emotional bodies. Discuss how to explain "energy work" in Western terminology. Learn about the elements and how they correspond to our physical bodies and impact our health and well-being. The Polarity general session can be used as a whole session to balance the entire body, or it can easily be integrated into any health care practice. Enhance your massage, Reiki or healthcare practice with these effective and powerful techniques. Polarity I and II are part of the 155 hour Associate Polarity Practitioner program.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Finn

Water bottle, a set of sheets, pillow, blanket, bolster, comfortable cotton clothes
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Polarity Therapy - II

Course Hours: 16
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This class deepens the knowledge of energy, the elements and our physical bodies presented in Polarity I. Students will learn techniques to help clear stressful physical manifestations and strengthen the body. We will discuss the spine as a central channel for bringing in soul energy, or our creative force. Learn about the lymphatic and respiratory systems and work to strengthen the immune system and free the breath. Students leave this class with many pieces of work to add to their practice as well as a deeper understanding of the energetic aspects of all bodywork. Polarity I and II are part of the 155 hour Associate Polarity Practitioner program.
Prerequisites: Polarity - I or instructor approval
Instructor: Finn

Water bottle, a set of sheets, pillow, blanket, bolster, comfortable cotton clothes
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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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Pregnancy: Bodywork for the New Mother

Course Hours: 8
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
A fun, inspiring, class that addresses the concerns of the new mother who experiences numerous physiological changes and strains, from nursing neck, new mother's back & hip aches, breast issues and postpartum depression. Techniques to support lactation, pelvic realignment, cesarean section recovery, diastasis recti assessment, and scar tissue reduction will be taught, along with abdominal massage, breast massage, sacral unwinding, and techniques for hip rebalancing. Cautions, contraindications, risks and importance of nurturing touch for mother and infant will be discussed. Bodywork modalities include acupressure, myofascial release, Swedish massage, and Mayan techniques to "close the bones". When possible, we will have mother/baby volunteers to receive the "closing of the bones". This class is part of the Maternity Massage Certificate Program.
Prerequisites: Massage - Upper or Lower, A&P I; Preg Mass recomm.
Instructor:

see paragraph below: 1. Linens: 1 set massage table sheets. 1 breast drape: small bath towel or large pillow case works 1 other bath towel 2. Unscented oil or lotion in non-spillable bottle. (NO SCENTS!) Sesame oil (not roasted!) is useful if you have that. 3. Bolsters: Leg bolster plus 2 other standard pillows. IF you have the BODY SUPPORT SYSTEM body cushion and bolster you can bring that. 4. Pen/pencil/or computer for notes. 5. Full Apron with pocket for oil/lotion bottle, if desired. 6. Wear loose stretchy attire; we will be doing stretches and exercises in class. 7. Long scarf/shawl/sarong 8. If you have LeslieÕs text: Nurturing Massage for Pregnancy, please read chapters 11-13 before class. 9. An item to put on a Mother Altar... something that represents mother/mothering/ ancestors to you. OPTIONAL: ¥ Lunch if needed. ¥ Learn the names of your maternal grandmothers as far back as you can. ¥ Find out something about your birthÑhow was labor for your mother? Any medications? Any complications? Who was present at the birth?
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Pregnancy: Massage & Acupressure for Birth

Course Hours: 4.5
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
This class covers basic massage techniques, acupressure points, relaxation and positioning, as well as multi-cultural touch techniques to help ease the pain of labor and possibly assist in a faster, less complicated delivery. After a quick review of labor and birth physiology, the class offers abundant hands-on practice with acupressure, belly rub, ways of calming anxiety, easing back pain, increasing contractions, use of rebozo, and much more! You may bring a pregnant volunteer to class to practice techniques with. The practical segment will be followed by a video that discusses and demonstrates the use of nurturing touch during 4 births. Be prepared to work in various positions and labor-like situations! Loose or stretchy clothing is recommended. This class is open to LMT's, birth professionals, and birth companions, and is part of OSM's Maternity Massage Certification. This class is part of the Maternity Massage Certificate Program.
Prerequisites: None. Open to Doulas, Birth professionals, Pregnant couples, massage students and therapists
Instructor: Stager

optional: you may bring a pregnant woman w/ whom you'll be working 1. Unscented oil or lotion in non-spillable bottle. (NO SCENTS!) 2. Pillows Galore (3-4 pillows) 3. Pen/pencil for notes. 4. Wear Loose Clothing for moving about on floor, in room. 5. Shawl/Scarf/Rebozo long cloth or sarong if possible OPTIONAL: 6. If you have and want to use a physio/birth ball, feel free to bring it. 7. Special tools you have used or like to use during a birth. 8. Pad or knee pads if needed, for work on floor 9. Apron if desired to protect clothing from lotion/oil. 10. Snack if desired. If you have the Text: Nurturing Massage for Pregnancy by Leslie Stager, or if you are enrolled in the Maternity Massage Certification program - Please read Chapters 8 -10 before the start of class.
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Pregnancy: Massage Fundamentals

Course Hours: 8
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Pregnancy Massage is in demand. Avoid losing clients due to a lack confidence or skill! Every therapist should know positioning options and bodywork adaptations to allow you to safely address your pregnant clientÕs needs. Pregnancy Massage Fundamentals presents guidelines and techniques to improve your body mechanics while enhancing mothers' comfort. Class includes lecture, discussion, positioning and technique practice and if time allows, a birth video may be shown. This class is the first day of MotherTouchª Prenatal Bodywork Certification and students may continue on in this training the same weekend with instructor approval. This class is part of the Maternity Massage Certificate Program.
Prerequisites: Massage Fundamentals
Instructor: Stager

1. LINENS: 1 twin Fitted or flat sheet for bottom, one double (full) flat sheet for top. (NO SINGLE Top SHEETS: queen size ok). One set clean pillow cases for all pillows. (No pillows without pillow cases.). One breast drape: bath towels or large pillowcases can work for that. One small size towel (like dish towels). Or use tiny pillow or foam wedge 2. Unscented oil or lotion in non-spillable bottle. (NO SCENTS!) 3. Bolsters: OPTION I: I recommend the BODY SUPPORT SYSTEM body cushion and bolster. If you have it, bring it along with 2 flat queen size pillows for more leg support, 1 small pillow for arm, and 1 thin neck/head pillow or towel. TOTAL: Bring 4 pillows of varying sizes AND body cushion. OPTION II: Pillows Galore! Bring 3 flat (vs puffy) queen size pillows for leg, 1 standard or smaller pillow for arm, 1 neck/head support. Memory foam works pretty well. Bulky fluffy pillows are difficult to work with. 1 tiny pillow or foam wedge for under belly. TOTAL: 5-6 pillows. OPTION III: Obtain firm foam rectangular bolster for the leg close to these dimensions: 12-15Ó tall, 24Ó long, 12 inches wide. Bring that along with 1-2 flat queen size extra leg pillows, 1 standard or square pillow for under arm, 1 small pillow for head and dish towel or thin tiny wedge or pillow for under belly. TOTAL: 3-5 pillows and bolster. 4. Wear Loose Clothing for comfort. 5. Pen/Pencil/or computer for notes. OPTIONAL: ¥ Recommended Text: Nurturing Massage for Pregnancy by Leslie Stager. Read chapters 1-5 before class. ¥ Lunch if you would like to watch film during lunch break. ¥ Special item to represent ancestor/birth/pregnancy/mothers for Pregnancy Altar.
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Pregnancy: MotherTouchª Prenatal Bodywork Certification

Course Hours: 32
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Pregnancy is a unique 9-month experience accompanied by physical adaptations of posture, pelvic floor, low back and breasts and leading to a variety of musculo-skeletal complaints. In the MotherTouchª Prenatal Bodywork Training, you'll gain respect for in this potent rite of passage, while learning advanced manual therapy techniques to address common pregnancy concerns including sacro-iliac joint pain, leg cramps, uterine ligament spasms, and headaches. Gain confidence with draping and positioning, recognize the difference between pregnancy massage myths and real precautions, and offer effective deep tissue, Swedish, acupressure, myofascial, and other bodywork techniques that address clientÕs shifting needs from conception to birth. This class includes a 1.5 hour supervised pregnancy massage clinic where students must demonstrate proficiency. This class is part of the Maternity Massage Certificate Program.
Prerequisites: Massage - Upper and Lower Body or equivalent (min 200 hours of training)
Instructor: Stager

See full list below - Req'd Text: Nurturing Massage for Pregnancy by Leslie Stager - Read Chapters 1 - 5 before the start of class. GRADING All participants (students and LMTs) must attend all hours and demonstrate proficiency in the skills of this class for credit. PREGNANT MODELS You may bring a pregnant woman (5+ months pregnant) with you on Sunday for a massage from 2:30 - 4:00 pm. Please call us immediately if you are intending to bring someone! We are also recruiting volunteers from other sources. It is possible for us to end up with too many or not enough, so please give us a call. Thanks! SUPPLIES 1. LINENS: 2 twin Fitted or flat sheets for bottom (Two sets: for you and for client) 2 double (full) flat sheets for top. (NO SINGLE Top SHEETS: queen size ok) 2 sets clean pillow cases for all pillows. (No pillows without pillow cases.) 2 breast drapes: bath towels or large pillow cases can work for that. 2 small size towels (like dish towels). 2. Unscented oil or lotion in non-spillable bottle. (NO SCENTS!) 3. Step stool: 1-step plastic stool. Wider is more stable. Some people use two, or make one. You and clients will be using it. 3. Pregnancy Side-lying bodywork requires adequate support. There are several options: Option I: I recommend the BODY SUPPORT SYSTEM body cushion and bolster. If you have that, bring it along with 2 flat queen size pillows for more leg support, 1 smallish pillow and case for under arm, and 1 thin neck/head pillow or towel, and case. TOTAL: Bring 4 pillows of varying sizes AND body cushion. Option II: Pillows Galore (5-6 pillows)! Bring 3 flat (vs puffy) queen size pillows for under leg, 1 standard or smaller pillow for under arm, and 1 neck/head support. Memory foam works pretty well for these pillows. Bulky fluffy pillows are difficult to work with. If thatÕs all you have, you will make do for the weekend and then decide what you want to get. Option III: Obtain firm foam rectangular bolster for the leg close to these dimensions: 12- 15Ó tall, 24Ó long, 12 inches wide. Bring that along with 1-2 flat queen size extra leg pillows, 1 standard or square pillow for under arm, 1 small pillow for under head. . 4. Class booklets and pen/pencil for notes. 5. Full Apron with pocket for oil/lotion bottle, if desired to prevent oil on clothing. 6. Wear Loose Clothing; we will be doing stretches and exercises in class. 7. On Sunday we will offer a free 1.5 hr pregnancy massage clinic. Please spread the word in your community to find a volunteer who is having a low risk pregnancy and is at least 23 weeks pregnant. OPTIONAL: ¥ Lunch if needed, especially on pregnancy clinic day. Snacks as desired. ¥ Robe for client if you wish. ¥ Learn the names of your maternal grandmothers as far back as you can. ¥ Find out something about your birthÑhow was labor for your mother? Any medications? Any complications? Who was present at the birth?
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Reflexology Variations

Course Hours: 7.5
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
The class is designed to give students a basic introduction to three variations on foot reflexology. the first segment of the class covers a basic comparison between hand and foot reflexology as well as a simple routine to be applied to hands. The second segment covers an introduction to ear reflexology and a simple routine to be applied to the 5 master points. The final segment covers an introduction to the theory of Universal Reflexology as developed by Chris Stormer of South Africa. It is based on the concept that emotional energy is stored in the body and can be the source of imbalance and illness. Students are introduced to the Language of the Feet and given the opportunity to interpret each others' feet based on this emotional model built around the chakra centers.
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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Reiki Healing at Breitenbush

Course Hours: 18
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
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. Frank honors the oral tradition presenting material through "teaching stories." Their symbolism speaks directly to the heart and soul, meeting the student precisely where they are in their own life journey. Phyllis Furumoto is honored as the Lineage Bearer. This is a First Degree Reiki class, designed to allow enough time for the awakening of self and client-awareness. (NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Coppieters

2 sheets. Additional retreat information is included. Apr 29, 2017 is the deadline to cancel registration to receive a refund.
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Seasons & Elements for Business Growth

Course Hours: 15
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
In this 15-hour course students apply 5 element theory to develop their massage & bodywork practice. The main focus of this class will be on various styles of communication with current and prospective clients. The orientation of this course is two-fold: first to develop an awareness of one's own perspective, and second to communicate how oneÕs work may be beneficial to a client. It is designed to help the student develop their own voice for communicating what they have learned and know based their clientsÕ concerns. Class includes 5 element theory discussion & its application to business; writing reflections; and presentation practice in communicating about your business.
Prerequisites: Business Intro
Instructor: King

Class meets 4/19, 4/26, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31
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Shiatsu I - Short Form (Back)

Course Hours: 30
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
The Shiatsu program presents the theory, principles and techniques of Asian massage. In Shiatsu I, students learn a "kata", or choreographed set of techniques for the back of the body. In addition, students are introduced to the energetic anatomy upon which Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Shiatsu is based. Names, locations, and functions of the primary channels are discussed, as well as the five-element theory. Students also learn a self-massage sequence called Dao Yin. (NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: AP I (may be concurrent) or LMT
Instructor: Ward

Required Texts: Shiatsu I Handbook, Cleaver and Healing Massage Techniques -- 5th Ed., Tappan . Bring to each class(inc 1st): sheets, blankets, standard-size pillow, pillowcases(2).
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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 I
Instructor: Ward

blanket, sheets, bolsters Remember to wear comfortable clothing and have your nails trimmed short.
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Shiatsu III - Long Form (Back)

Course Hours: 30
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
This segment of the Shiatsu training adds to the short form by teaching students more techniques and stretching routines for all the major joints and muscle groups on the back of the body. The stretches are particularly useful for stimulating the flow of qi along the channels and through joint areas. Students will practice the Dao Yin self care stretch sequence learned in the Dao Yin stretch class. (NCBTMB approved)
Prerequisites: Shiatsu II and Shiatsu SF Clinic
Instructor: Ward

sheets, blankets, bolsters, comfortable clothing, trim nails short.
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Shiatsu IV - Long Form (Front)

Course Hours: 30
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
In this course the students will learn techniques and stretching routines for all the major joints and muscle groups on the front of the body. The course will include time for self care with the Dao-Yin stretch kata.
Prerequisites: SF Clinic
Instructor: Ward

sheets, blankets, bolsters, required text: Long Form Handbook - Cleaver
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Shiatsu IV - Long Form Weekend Format

Course Hours: 30
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
In this course the students will learn techniques and stretching routines for all the major joints and muscle groups on the front of the body. The course will include time for self care with the Dao-Yin stretch kata.
Prerequisites: SF Clinic
Instructor: Zermer

sheets, blankets, bolsters, required text: Long Form Handbook - Cleaver
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Shiatsu Long Form Clinic

Course Hours: 40
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This supervised clinic practicum is devoted to practicing and perfecting the Long Form. Each session consists of one two-hour scheduled appointment for allowing students to practice on the general public. Students will learn to prepare themselves for doing a two-hour massage through Dao Yin. After each session students will review technique issues, body mechanics, and modifications for clients with special needs. Students are expected to know the techniques taught in Shiatsu III and Shiatsu IV and be able to apply them.
Prerequisites: Shiatsu III and IV
Instructor: Ward

blanket, sheets, bolsters
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Shiatsu Long Form Tutorial

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Like the short form tutorial, this is a private class in which the student practices on the instructor, who in turn provides detailed feedback on the student's work. It functions as the culminating step in the training, during which the student gets to demonstrate all they have learned to the instructor.
Prerequisites: Shiatsu LF Clinic - may be concurrent
Instructor: Ward

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Shiatsu Short Form - Tutorial

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:

Prerequisites:
Instructor: Ward

Shiatsu Tutorial Registration Process: Around week 6, Eastern Focus students will be arranging for their Tutorials with the Shiatsu instructor. They will have a Shiatsu Tutorial Form for us to fill out, which they then take to their instructor so they can verify payment. A class registration form needs to be filled out as well, and turned inn to the Registrar. As with other classes, PIF's and payment plan students will not pay at registration time. Quarterly payment students need to pay for this class at the time of registration.
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Shiatsu Short Form Clinic

Course Hours: 45
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
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. (NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: Shiatsu II, Comm/Ethics; Path I-may be concurrent
Instructor: Ward

blanket, sheets, bolsters Please note: You will have clients the first day of class.
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Soft Tissue Intensive for Certified Chiropractic Assistants

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
In the state of Oregon, Certified Chiropractic Assistants are required to complete 6 hours of continuing education per year. This four-hour course is designed to help meet the continuing education requirements for Certified Chiropractic Assistants. This course can also be used as continuing education for Licensed Massage Therapists or as elective credit for massage therapy students in the core massage therapy training program at Oregon School of Massage. In this course, students will practice various massage techniques for reducing muscle spasm and myofascial restrictions and learn how to provide a thorough and effective region or condition-specific soft tissue treatment in 10-15 minutes.
Prerequisites: CCA or Massage-Fundamentals. Kines Upper recommended
Instructor: Pleau

Massage sheets, face cradle cover. Wear comfortable clothing. recommended text: Trail Guide, 4th ed. by Biel
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Sports Event Massage

Course Hours: 8
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Explore the role of the massage therapist in athletic performance and recovery. Pre and Post event massage enables an athlete to perform at their best with fewer injuries and pain. This course addresses changes that occur in the tissues during training and competition, the benefits of sports massage, and the application of techniques, which are specific to event massage. The student will be taught how to present themselves confidently in an athletic environment with the correct tools, successful techniques, and proper safety guidelines. Please bring or wear comfortable shorts and a T-shirt.
Prerequisites: Massage - Fundamentals
Instructor: Goin

Comfortable shorts, shirt; sheets, towel, oil, bolsters, face cradle cover
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Tapping into the Body Wisdom

Course Hours: 6
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
We will be exploring how to elicit the wisdom of the body as a way of guiding the massage. We will develop a trust for body wisdom through exercises designed from the principles of Mindfulness, Unity, Organicity, Mind Body Wholism and Non-violence. This is a class designed to deepen the bodywork experience for the client. Students learn to establish clear boundaries of scope of practice and to recognize and communicate the body-mind connection. Although not required, it would be helpful to attend the Mind Body Connection introduction.
Prerequisites: Massage Fundamentals or equivalent
Instructor: Ireland

Writing Materials, set of sheets, face cradle cover
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Tension Headache Treatments

Course Hours: 16
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Tension headaches, defined as muscle contraction type headaches, are experienced by up to 63% of men and 86% of women. This class will provide therapists with a variety of assessment skills including postural, active and passive ROM to create individualized treatment plans for their massage clients. Participants will also learn the precise soft tissue protocols to address this common massage concern. Anne is an NCBTMB provider #451486-10.
Prerequisites: LMT or Massage Upper Body
Instructor: Barber-Shams

Sheets, oil/lotion, bolster, sack lunch. Women-sports bra or tank top Recommended texts: Trail Guide to the Body by Beil & Clinical Massage Therapy by Rattray
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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 - Level II

Course Hours: 30
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
The Level II Southern-style course is the full 3-hour Southern-style Kata. Building on the material covered in the Level I course, students will learn all the points, Sen Lines (meridians) and Assisted Yoga Asanas to complete this hands-on protocol for generally balancing the principal Chakras and energy lines. Good body mechanics and the role of breath in partnership within the therapeutic encounter are emphasized. This material is covered in two separate weekends with a few weeks between to allow the student to develop comfort with the movements, etc. Practice sessions are assigned during the break. The healing that students receive during the class is substantial and is the underlying foundation of the work: heal yourself first with the benefits of yoga, as you act as a conduit for those same benefits to help the person you touch. Required text fee is included in the class tuition. This class is approved by NCBTMB and the Thai Healing Alliance International.
Prerequisites: Thai I
Instructor: Weitzer

pillow, queen-size sheet/blanket, water bottle, writing materials. Please bring an item to share each day for a potluck lunch. This class meets 9/9-10 AND 9/23-24 & is held at David's Yoga Yurt: 16283 SW Scholls Ferry Rd. Beaverton, OR Remember to wear loose, comfortable clothing (no blue jeans, jewelry or belts with a lot of metal) and to have your nails trimmed short.
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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Treatment

Course Hours: 8
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Learn how to assess and treat symptoms of pain, numbness, and tingling associated with Functional Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. TOS can often be confused with carpal tunnel syndrome so correct assessment skills are important. In this 7-hour class you will learn how to assess and treat the muscular origins of functional TOS: the pectoralis minor, scalenes, subclavius and mid-trapezius.
Prerequisites: LMT or Kinesiology Upper Body
Instructor: Barber-Shams

Sheets, oil/lotion, bolster. Women-sports bra or tank top No need to bring, but for supplemental home study the instructor recommends: Trail Guide to the Body by Beil & Clinical Massage Therapy by Rattray
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Vision Issues & Chronic Upper Body Tension

Course Hours: 13
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Vision issues are very common in clients and in bodyworkers as well. These issues are frequently related to chronic face and upper body tension-- which bodywork alone relieves for only a short time. In this course, bodyworkers will learn to identify compensatory reactions of our body, both to vision issues and to wearing eye glasses. They will learn how to help clients understand this connection and how to tailor an entire massage session to this tension, using specific hydrotherapy and massage techniques for the face, neck, and upper body. And finally, they will learn about referring the client to appropriate health professionals, including optometrists, natural vision improvement teachers, and Feldenkrais practitioners. Take your clients to the next level!
Prerequisites: LMT
Instructor: Sinclair

Eye pillow, table linens, 6 face towels, 4 pillowcases, massage oil
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Working with TMD Patients

Course Hours: 12
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Patients who suffer from TMD (temperomandibular joint disorder) exhibit a host of frustrating symptoms and problems. OSM has synthesized a massage protocol specifically designed to help TMD patients. The TMD protocol is specially designed to deal with debilitating symptoms such as clicking, popping and locking in the jaw, headaches upon awakening, inability to chew or talk and sinus, face, back, neck and shoulder pain. This protocol combines techniques of Swedish, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial release and Craniosacral Therapies. Students must be willing to perform intra-oral massage techniques.
Prerequisites: Mass - Upper Body, willingness to give and receive intraoral massage
Instructor: Dixon

sheets, lotion (not oil), bolsters or pillows
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Zero Balancing¨

Course Hours: 25
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This is the first course of the Core Zero Balancing curriculum and introduces the intellectual and practical framework of the art and science of Zero Balancing. Students are given a detailed study guide, clear presentations, and demonstrations of Zero Balancing. In practice sessions, students experience both how to perform Zero Balancing and how Zero Balancing feels to receive. Zero Balancing focuses primarily on key joints of our skeleton that conduct and balance forces of gravity, posture and movement. Following a 30- to 40-minute protocol, the practitioner uses gentle traction and finger pressure to release held tension in the bones, joints and soft tissue. The ZB practitioner evaluates where the energy and structure are blocked or disturbed, and then balances it as needed. Zero Balancing is excellent for relieving both physical pain and emotional distress.
Prerequisites: Massage Fundamentals or health care practitioner
Instructor: Zenger

writing materials; wear loose, comfortable clothing
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How to Register

To register for classes, please call the Portland campus at: 800-844-3420. Payment is due at time of registration and we accept Visa, MasterCard, Check or Cash.

Community Education classes are open to the public - all are welcome to register.

Attendance Policy

To receive credit for a class you must be present at least 90% of class hours. If you're unable to attend a class, call the office so the instructor and Registrar can be notified.

Special Accommodations

Please notify the school when you register if you require special accommodations due to a disability. Doing so will give us time to prepare the necessary materials and notify your instructor.

Cancellation Policy

We require 24 hours notice if you're unable to attend a class. At any point after we take your registration, a $25 schedule change fee will be charged for cancelling or switching classes. If you stop attending, give less than 24 hours notice or no-show for a course, you will receive no credit for that course and no refund will be given.