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General Interest/Continuing Education/Electives

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Aromatherapy Foundations - Part I

Course Hours: 7.5
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Aromatherapy is a powerful, yet simple modality to incorporate into massage and your life. Connect with your sense of smell. By understanding where essential oils come from and how they interact with our bodies you can make the most effective use of them. Get acquainted with 5 essential oils and experience simple treatments that you can immediately incorporate into your practice. All supplies are included with this class. FOR ONLINE COURSES YOU WILL NEED TO PICK UP YOUR OILS KIT FROM THE OSM BOOKSTORE.This class is a prerequisite for Aromatherapy - Part II. (NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Sidlo

Bring required text. You will receive a lab kit on the first day of class, bring 1 bath towel, writing materials Required Text: Aromatherapy for Bodyworkers by Shutes and Weaver Recommended Text: The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, by Battaglia.
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Aromatherapy Foundations - Part II

Course Hours: 7.5
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Deepen your understanding of aromatherapy as we explore the chemistry of essential oils. Create blends and design treatments which incorporate this knowledge. Learn about the healing potential of vegetable oils used for massage. Five more essential oils will be added to your tool chest. Help create an infused oil and a salve. (NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: Aromatherapy Part I
Instructor: Sidlo

Aromatherapy kit from part 1, massage sheets, 1-4 oz of an unscented carrier/vegetable oil (ex. sweet almond, sunflower, jojoba, etc.), 1 4-8 oz empty plastic bottle, writing materials. Essential oil NEW: Peppermint, Rosemary, Frankincense, Grapefruit, Bergamot
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Aromatherapy Foundations - Part III

Course Hours: 7.5
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Deepen your understanding of aromatherapy as we explore the chemistry of essential oils. Create blends and design treatments which incorporate this knowledge. Learn about the healing potential of vegetable oils used for massage. Five more essential oils will be added to your tool chest. Help create an infused oil and a salve. (NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: Aromatherapy Part I and II
Instructor: Sidlo

Required Text: Aromatherapy for Bodyworkers by Shutes and Weaver ; Aromatherapy kit from part 1 & 2, massage sheets, 1-4 oz of an unscented carrier/vegetable oil (ex. sweet almond, sunflower, jojoba, etc.), 1 4-8 oz empty plastic bottle, writing materials.
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Aromatherapy Foundations - Part IV

Course Hours: 7.5
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Understand why quality and safety are critical issues for both you and your clients. Increase your repertoire with 5 additional oils. Learn additional treatments that are useful for a massage or healing practice as well as home health care. Shopping 101: learn how to find, evaluate, and purchase essential oils. Experience the magic of creating custom essential oil blends. (NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: Aromatherapy Part I, II & III
Instructor: Sidlo

Required Text: Aromatherapy for Bodyworkers, by Shutes & Weaver. Aromatherapy kit from part 1,2 and 3, a bath towel, and writing materials. Bring Aromatherapy essential oils from Part 1,2 and 3, a bath towel, and writing materials.
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Building Your Ethical Body

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

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Ethics, Boundaries, and Communication in Mind-Body Healing

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This course will discuss the role that the mind plays in relation to pain in the body. Through an ethical lens, we will discuss the history and science of chronic pain and trauma, along with the ethics of treating clients in chronic pain or with a history of trauma. Additionally, we will go over guidelines on maintaining healthy boundaries, and communicating in a way that respects the scope of practice of licensed massage therapists.
Prerequisites: Massage A&A or LMT
Instructor: Hallett

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Five Elements Qigong:

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

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

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Using imagery, touch and movement, this course will delve into the functional anatomy of the bones, joints and the arthrokinematics of the pelvis/hip. With emphasis on experiential, applied anatomy, this will not only bring you understanding of your own three-dimensional design, but will also provide insights to further support your clients.
Prerequisites: NONE, Kinesiology Recommended, OR LMT
Instructor:

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

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

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

Course Hours: 5
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Foam rolling is an effective way to stretch and even strengthen muscles, soften fascial adhesions and scarred areas or increase ROM.Ê This class is comprised of five hour-long facilitated foam rolling sessions where students learn to place and manipulate foam rollers to address specific pain, hypertonicity, trigger points and other needs.
Prerequisites: NONE
Instructor: Dixon

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

Course Hours: 24
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is a systematic approach of assessment and treatment to the interface between the neurological, myofascial and musculoskeletal systems of the body.Ê Winter term will introduce the concepts and practices of trigger point therapy, fascial manipulation and other modalities used in NMT to treat common upper body dysfunctions.Ê This is the first of three termsÊ to be followed by the torso and low back, then hips and lower body.Ê Each term will build upon knowledge and understanding presented in previous classes.Ê The series of NMT courses will total 80 hours. Those who attend all terms will be eligible to sit for a certification exam at the conclusion of all classes.Ê Ê
Prerequisites: A&P 1 and 2, Pathology, Kinesiology Upper and Lower, OR LMT
Instructor: Lloyd

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Polyvagal Theory & Bodywork

Course Hours: 4
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
In the era of Covid, understanding our clients' stress response is more important than ever. In this 4-hour course, you will learn what Polyvagal Theory is, how to identify the three types of threat response, and discover how to recalibrate the nervous system during times of high stress. This class pays particular attention to the relationship between chronic stress and sociological factors like class, race and gender.
Prerequisites: AP3
Instructor: Moore

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Qigong

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

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Recordkeeping/Tax Reporting

Course Hours: 12
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
This class will cover bookkeeping and record keeping 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. Time will be devoted to both technical concepts and practical application. New tax law changes will be covered. (NCBTMB Approved)
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Bowman

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Reiki: The Science Behind Sensation

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Frank will share from his 30+ years of practicing and teaching of Reiki. He will review the health benefits of Reiki and the anthropological research of Dori Beeler, Ph.D. and offer a Reiki self-treatment with affirmations to promote enhanced immunity. There will be time for Q&A.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Coppieters

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The Reembody Method: Module 1

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

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Understanding Chronic Pain

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

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