Class Descriptions

General Interest/Continuing Education/Electives

While some classes are offered quarterly, most are less frequent. To see our current class and event calendar, please click here.
Required and Recommended Textbooks 

 

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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Alexander Method Introduction

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Often incorrectly thought of as a study of posture, the Alexander Method is a somatic study of how we do what we do. It leads to awareness, ease and graceful power, and is a wonderful foundational study for massage therapists. This work helps you stay with yourself while working, prevents mental, emotional and physical burnout, helps you dive into your next learning edge, and makes whatever modalities you practice more effective with less strain on yourself. In this class we will touch on the principles used in the Alexander Method, and will start exploring how you can use them in your life and work.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Harrison

Wear comfortable clothes, bring writing materials and blanket. Remember to wear comfortable clothing for this 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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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 silicone cups and pump.
Prerequisites: Massage-Fundamentals
Instructor: Holman

Writing materials, sheets, oil (lotion won't work), face cradle cover, bolster. Tuition includes a set of 4 self-suctioning, silicone cups, which will be handed out in-class.
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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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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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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

Course Hours: 7
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) This class meets Oregon's Massage Ethics, Boundaries and Communication Requirement
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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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. This class meets Oregon's Massage Ethics, Boundaries and Communication Requirement
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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Mystery of Pain

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
The Mystery of Pain is a fascinating journey into the very heart of how you understand, and therefore treat pain and suffering. A deeper understanding of the science of pain will open new vistas for exploration and increase your effectiveness with clients who hurt. Essentially, the more deeply you understand the process of pain, the more power you have to influence it. Emerging advances in the science of pain are not only fascinating; they open doors to possible avenues of treatment. This 4 hour class gives you the opportunity to examine pain from a variety of contexts.
Prerequisites:
Instructor:

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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 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 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 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 - 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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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. July 26, 2017 is the deadline to cancel registration to receive a refund.
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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 Introduction

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
In this four-hour class you will receive an introduction to the art of Shiatsu.Ê Shiatsu is a style of Japanese massage rooted in classical Chinese medicine theory. This course will include an exposure to essential Shiatsu techniques, a sequence to manage a short session working the whole back of the body, a little bit of Chinese medicine theory and a self-care Qigong exercise. Anyone who has an interest in learning a little bit about the art of Shiatsu is welcome to join us!
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: King

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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: Concurrent with Short Form Clinic
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 (concurrent)
Instructor: Ward

blanket, sheets, bolsters Please note: You will have clients the first day of class.
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Tax Highlights for LMTs

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This class will cover the highlights of recordkeeping for self-employed therapists and technicians. Included will be specific requirements for income tax reporting and information on new regulations. Participants will learn how to account for the usual deductions (e.g., auto and educational expenses) and other "highly audited" but fully allowable deductions.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Bowman

writing materials
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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 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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Zero Balancing® Introduction for LMTs

Course Hours: 7
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This course will provide an overview of Zero Balancing, directed to the skills, needs and interests of massage therapists. Zero Balancing focuses primarily on key joints of our skeleton that conduct and balance forces of gravity, posture and movement. The practitioner uses comfortable finger pressure and gentle traction to help clear blocks in the body's energy flow, amplify vitality and contribute to better postural alignment The course will emphasize concepts and practical hands-on skills from Zero Balancing that have broader application to other systems of bodywork. A demonstration of a full session will be included during the course.
Prerequisites: Massage Fundamentals or health care practitioner
Instructor: Zenger

writing materials; wear loose, comfortable clothing
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Zero Balancing® Level 1

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 Fund. 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.