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General Interest/Continuing Education/Electives

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ABC's of Chinese Medicine - Part A

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

writing materials
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ABC's of Chinese Medicine - Part B

Course Hours: 30
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Part A focuses on healthy function, while Part B explores the energetic workings of the body from the standpoint of disharmony or pathology. Specifically, we try to understand how and why both physical and psycho-emotional signs and symptoms arise and to view their manifestation as unique to individual organs. In Chinese medicine, disease is primarily identified by a constellation of symptoms known as an organ pattern.
Prerequisites: ABC's of Chinese Medicine - Part A
Instructor: Ward

Required Text: ABC's Part B, writing materials
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Advanced Foam Rolling

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

Foam Roller (included in class cost, pick up at OSM Bookstore prior to first class)
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Aromatherapy Foundations - Part 1

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. 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 4

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 1, 2, & 3
Instructor: Sidlo

Recommended 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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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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Barefoot Shiatsu Massage

Course Hours: 12
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Barefoot Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese approach to bodywork utilizing the feet to press, stretch and stroke the body in what is a surprisingly comfortable and satisfying massage experience. It is also fun to do. Barefoot technique develops a strong sense of balance, body awareness and sensitivity similar to practicing Tai Ji Quan. The barefoot style was first promoted in this country by Shizuko Yamamoto, and is part of the tradition in which Jim Cleaver originally trained. This technique is especially useful when the client is larger than the practitioner. This class is open to anyone and, like Shiatsu Basics, is a good introduction to Shiatsu.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Ward

Flat sheet, pad or blanket, 2 pillow cases or hand towels. Work is done on the floor, so if you want them, bring 2 small pillows or bolster, and 1 or 2 regular pillows. Class will include a one hour lunch break so students are encouraged to bring their own lunch. Please wear soft clothing, no blue jeans or metal belts, etc. Also note that this class is contraindicated for pregnant women. Thank you.
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Building Your Ethical Body

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

Wear comfortable clothing
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Clinic

Course Hours: 45
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This class introduces the student to Òreal lifeÓ massage practice situations with supportive supervision. While doing supervised sessions with clients from the general public, students will refine their massage technique, practice listening skills and boundary setting, and begin to make treatment plans. Required Clinic training is held on the first day of class.
Prerequisites: Mass Assess/App (concurrent)
Instructor: Cahen

Sheets, oil, bolsters, towel, face cradle cover, blanket
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Craniosacral Therapy Introduction

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

Sheets, bolster, and blanket RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Myofasical Massage and Body Mechanics and Self Care Manual, Dixon;
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Craniosacral Therapy: Level 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 instr permission
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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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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Five Elements Qigong:

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

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

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Franklin Method for the Muscles of Spinal Movement: In this class we will use anatomical imagery and movement to experience and more deeply understand the function and motion of the many muscles that facilitate spinal movement. We'll learn to see these complex muscles as patterns to embody their relationships and to improve movement of the spine in our own bodies and for our clients.
Prerequisites: NONE, Kinesiology recommended, OR LMT
Instructor: Wesley

Dress for optional movement Franklin Method for the Muscles of Spinal Movement: In this class we will use anatomical imagery and movement to experience and more deeply understand the function and motion of the many muscles that facilitate spinal movement. We'll learn to see these complex muscles as patterns to embody their relationships and to improve movement of the spine in our own bodies and for our clients.
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Franklin Method: Abdominals

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Franklin Method for the Abdominals: The abdominals aren't just for crunches! In this class we'll experience their crucial role in breathing, movement and stability. Via functional anatomical imagery, touch and movement, we'll discover the multi-layered interaction of the abdominals with the spine, healthy digestion, and even, the shoulders.
Prerequisites: NONE, Kinesiology recommended, OR LMT
Instructor: Wesley

Dress for optional movement
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Franklin Method: Bones & Joints of the Feet

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

Dress for optional movement Franklin Method for the Bones and Joints of the Feet: Take a Foot Tour through the 26 bones of your feet! In this class we will meet and greet our feet with movement, anatomical imagery and a deep dive into experiencing the many functions of the foot. Develop more awareness for your own body and further your understanding for your clients as well.
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Franklin Method: Hip Rotators

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Through physical insights using anatomical imagery, touch and movement, in this course you will get to understand the relationships and functions of the hip rotators (they're for more than just rotating!). You'll also get to experience balanced support in the pelvis and the hips and learn ways to better address it with your clients.
Prerequisites: None, Kines recommended, or LMT
Instructor: Wesley

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Franklin Method: Mental Imagery and Movement

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 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, Kines recommended, or LMT
Instructor: Wesley

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Franklin Method: Pelvic Bony Markings, Joints, and Arthrokinematics

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 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, Kines recommended, or LMT
Instructor: Wesley

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Franklin Method: Scapular Motion

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Franklin Method for the Muscles of Scapular Motion: Using imagery, touch and movement, in this course you will experience the many muscles that provide dynamic, three-dimensional movement for the scapula. Understanding how these muscles work together to transfer force more efficiently from the limbs to the trunk enables us to address common shoulder and neck tension for ourselves and our clients.
Prerequisites: NONE, Kinesiology recommended, OR LMT
Instructor: Wesley

Dress for optional movement
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Franklin Method: Thoracolumbar Fascia

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
With movement, touch and imagery, we will explore the functions of the layers of the thoracolumbar fascia while also experiencing the muscular interactions as well. This area is crucial to balanced mobility in the shoulders, back and hips and this course will help you as well as your understanding when working with your clients.
Prerequisites: None, Kines recommended, or LMT
Instructor: Wesley

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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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Lymphatic Massage for Upper Body

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

sheets, breast drape, no lotion or oil, pillow or bolster as needed
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Massage - Assessment & Application

Course Hours: 30
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This 30-hour class continues the training in therapeutic massage. Massage - Assessment & Application emphasizes the application of a variety of Western massage procedures with a variety of common immune, musculo-skeletal, inflammatory, emotional and body-mind conditions. Students will continue to gain a deeper understanding of related health sciences and the integration of technical bodywork procedures into a unified treatment session. This class includes learning exercises in practitioner/client communications, assessment, charting notes, practitioner self-care and body-mind integration
Prerequisites: Mass/Kines- Up & Low, Hydro, Path 1
Instructor: Holden

Sheets, face cradle cover, oil/lotion,bolster(opt), writing materials, text
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Massage for People Living with Cancer - Home Study

Course Hours: 6
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
The Home Study portion supports the live class webinar segment. It includes reading, viewing lectures, and testing. 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. The Home Study portion is a pre-requisite to the live webinar class. Approved by Chiropractic Board.
Prerequisites: Must take concurrently w/ Massage for People with Cancer Live Class
Instructor: MacDonald

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Massage for People Living with Cancer-Live Class

Course Hours: 24
NCBTMB Approved Course:Yes
Description:
Description: Comfort-oriented massage or touch can be safely administered to cancer patients, regardless of the severity of their condition. The live webinar portion of the class will include demonstration videos of the hands-on techniques and give learners a chance to do hands-on practice under the supervision of the instructor. The culminating activity will be to give a relaxation massage to a simulated cancer client. Approved by Chiropractic Board.
Prerequisites: LMT, or A&P 3, Pathology 2, Massage Upper/Lower, A&A, Clinic
Instructor: MacDonald

The HOME STUDY program is a part of this class, and is to be done prior to the in-person class. CLASS DATES: SU 1/30 SU 2/06 SU 2/13 SU 2/20 SU 2/27 SU 3/06 SU 3/13 SU 3/20 BRING: Linens 2 each: Bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths 2 pillows Massage oil or lotion rather than a cream 3-ring binder for handouts 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.
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Myofascial Foam Rolling

Course Hours: 7.5
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Foam rolling is an effective way to stretch and even strengthen muscles, soften fascial adhesions and scarred areas or increase ROM. 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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Myofascial Massage - Indirect Method

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

sheets, lotion (not oil), bolsters
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Myofascial Massage Introduction

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

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

Course Hours: 7
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This workshop covers 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.
Prerequisites: Massage - Fundamentals
Instructor: Aguayo

Cloth face cradle cover. Optional: an On-Site Chair if you have one (please call and let us know if you do) This workshop covers four basic aspects of on-site massage; application of techniques, body mechanics, professionalism, and practice development. Instruction includes the use of acupressure techniques on the head, neck, back, and shoulders with emphasis on the effects of stress and repetitive motion on areas of the upper body. Additional techniques for working the arms, hands, and feet will be demonstrated. The majority of the class time will be spent in demonstration if techniques followed by application and practice by participants working on each other with individual assistance from the instructor. On-site chairs will be provided. 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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Pain and Inflammation

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
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.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

Supplied by Instructor
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Pain and Stress

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
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.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dixon

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Polyvagal Theory & Bodywork

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

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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 client’s 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 MotherTouch™ 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 or LMT
Instructor:

WHAT TO BRING: FUNDAMENTALS Of PREGNANCY MASSAGE 9-6 PM 1. LINENS: 1 twin Fitted or flat sheet for bottom - 1 double (full) flat sheet for top. (NOT TWIN or Single Massage size Top SHEETS) - Clean pillow cases for all pillows. (No pillows without pillow cases.) - 2 breast drapes: bath towels or large pillowcases can work for that. - 1 small size towels (like dish towels). Or use tiny pillow or foam wedge 2. UNSCENTED OIL OR LOTION in non-spillable bottle. (NO SCENTS!) 3. BOLSTERS: Best to have a bunch of bolster options to use for optimal positioning! 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 leg support, 1 pillow for the arm, and 1 thin neck/head pillow or towel. TOTAL: Bring 4 pillows of varying sizes AND body cushion. If you want to buy this system ahead of class, you can get up to a 25% discount by contacting Leslie directly (mothertouchclasses@gmail.com). Option II: Pillows Galore! Bring 3 flat (NOT 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. 6. SPECIAL ITEM for Pregnancy Altar that represents ancestor/birth/pregnancy/mothers OPTIONAL: ¥ Recommended READING: Nurturing Massage for Pregnancy by Leslie Stager. Read chapters 1-5 before class. You can purchase just those chapters as pdf from Leslie for $20. Email her asap to order that ahead. ¥ Lunch if you would like to watch a Birth Film during lunch break. ¥ Apron for oil/lotion and to protect your clothing with close contact in sidelying massage.
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Pregnancy: MotherTouch(TM) 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 MotherTouch(TM) 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 client's 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 Up & Low or equiv (> 200 hours training) or LMT
Instructor: Swan

See full list below - Req'd Text: Nurturing Massage for Pregnancy by Leslie Stager - Read Chapters 1 - 5 before the start of class. MotherTouchª PRENATAL BODYWORK CERTIFICATION: WHAT TO BRING MUST WEAR N95 OR KN95 MASK AND SUBMIT NEGATIVE COVID TEST 24-48 HOURS PRIOR TO CLASS, REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS. WE WILL BE WORKING DIRECTLY WITH PREGNANT MODELS SO SAFETY AND DISEASE TRANSMISSION ARE PARAMOUNT. 1.LINENS: 2 twin Fitted or flat sheets for bottom (Two sets: one for you and one for client) ÊÊ- 2 twin bed or full flat sheets for top. (NOT Massage-sizeÑwe need bigger size than that) ÊÊ- 2 sets clean pillow cases for all pillows. (No pillows without pillow coverings) ÊÊ- 2 breast drapes: queen/king pillowcases work fine. ÊÊ-Ê Tiny pillow for under neck 2.Ê ÊUnscented OIL or LOTION in non-spillable bottle.ÊÊ(NO SCENTS!) 3. BOLSTER OPTIONS (Bring one of these options): 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 small/thin head pillow. TOTAL:ÊÊBring 4 pillows of varying sizes AND body cushion. If you want to buy this system ahead of class, you can get 15% off at www.BodySupport.com. Use the discount code: TouchForBirth Option II: Pillows Galore! Bring 3 flat (vs puffy) rectangular 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, dish towel, 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 hand towel or thin tiny wedge or pillow for under belly. TOTAL: 3-5 pillows and bolster. . 4. REQUIRED TEXT: Nurturing Massage for Pregnancy by Leslie Stager. Read chapters 1-5 before class. Pen/Pencil/or computer for notes. 5. Wear Loose Clothing; we will be doing stretches and exercises in class. 6. A special item that makes you think of birth/pregnancy/ancestors to add to a Pregnancy Altar. OPTIONAL: ¥ Full Apron with pocket for oil/lotion bottle, if desired to prevent oil on clothing. ¥ Lunch if needed, especially on pregnancy clinic Day III. Snacks as desired. ¥ Robe for client if you wish. BEFORE CLASS: ¥ Learn about your birthÑhow was labor for your mother? Any medications? Any complications? Who was present at the birth? FIND A PREGNANT VOLUNTEER: Currently we need some volunteers: If you are local please contact Chelsey at cswan.lmt@gmail.com for a flyer for volunteers with detailed info and times. Contact Chelsey if you already have a pregnant client to bring. Friday:ÊÊWe need pregnant models in the 2nd or 3rd trimester for demonstration of belly rub, positioning, and health intake. Please contact me if you have someone who can come. Saturday: Free 1.5 hr pregnancy massage clinic: Models must have low risk pregnancy and be at least 23 weeks pregnant. Sunday: We need pregnant volunteers who are at least 38 weeks at the time of class for labor preparation acupressure and bodywork.
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Preventing Eye Strain and Upper Body Tension

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Identify responses on physical and emotional levels related to strains from use of computers, phones, desk-work, etc and ways to consider countering the stacked tensions created by our work patterns. Treatments will include standard and hydrotherapy methods of care.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Sinclair

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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

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
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Qigong Basics

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

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
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Qigong Sampler

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

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

Course Hours: 12
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
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: Moore

writing materials
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Rehabilitation After Injury

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This class will cover causes of injuries, bodywork and other useful therapist, tools for helping clients with emotional concerns that arise with debilitating injury and how to help clients stay motivated while pursuing rehabilitation.
Prerequisites: Massage Upper/Lower, Kinesiology Upper/Lower or LMT
Instructor: Sinclair

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Reiki Healing

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. This is a First Degree Reiki class, designed to allow enough time for the awakening of self and client-awareness.
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Lee

2 sheets LOCATION: Portland. Classes are held at 9500 SW Barbur Blvd, Ste 100 in the Kristin Square building (near Capitol Hwy and about 2 blocks north of the TriMet Transit Center; enter from the back of the building) *
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Shiatsu 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 1 (concurrent) or LMT
Instructor: Ward

Required Texts: Shiatsu I Handbook, Cleaver Please 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:
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: Shiatsu 1
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 Short Form - Tutorial

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

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Shiatsu Short Form Clinic

Course Hours: 45
NCBTMB Approved Course: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.
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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Statutes

Course Hours: 6
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
This 6-hour class will introduce the student to the theories of professional regulation and the Oregon massage statute. Key provisions covered will be Ethical Standards; Scope of Practice and the Application of the Statute. It will include some discussion of regulation in Washington and other states.
Prerequisites: Comm/Ethics, Clinic (may be concurrent)
Instructor: Holden

Review the Oregon Board website pages on initial licensure, the Boarderline (found in Publications), and most current meeting minutes. Bring 2 interesting take-aways to class. There is a PRE-class assignment: Review the Oregon Board website pages on initial licensure, the Boarderline (found in Publications), and most current meeting minutes. Bring 2 interesting take-aways to class. ONLY MEETS: 1/18 and 1/25 Review the Oregon Board website pages on initial licensure, the Boarderline (found in Publications), and most current meeting minutes. Bring 2 interesting take-aways to class.
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Tai Chi for Better Balance

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

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The Belly

Course Hours: 7
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
A focused belly session can be even more relaxing and potent than a full body massage, but it requires attention, intention, and slow careful listening to allow the layers of protection to dissolve. In this class you will learn abdominal work for women that encourages deep relaxation and healthy digestion. We use techniques that support peristalsis, reduce heartburn and constipation, nourish the kidneys, free the respiratory diaphragm, reduce scar tissue, and help clients regain connection to their Center of energy. As the layers release, we can move in even more deeply to palpate uterus and ovaries, round ligament, and other pelvic structures and apply deep and subtle abdominal techniques to mobilize the womb, increase circulation, and reduce adhesions, menstrual cramps, pelvic pain, and mild organ prolapse. These techniques are applicable to men as well, but the focus of this course is on women's health.
Prerequisites: LMT or AP 1, AP 2, AP 3, Kinesology & Massage Upper & Lower
Instructor: Stager

Linens, 2 small pillows, bolster, breast drape, unscented massage oil/creme, hot water bottle (optional) WHAT TO WEAR: Wear stretchy fitted clothing that allow easy palpation of bones/muscles through shorts or tank. Jeans or very tight leggings are too hard to work with.
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The Cardiovascular System - Massage and Pathologies of Circulation

Course Hours: 3
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
Refresh and build on your knowledge of the cardiovascular system in a dynamic course that will involve massage practice. We will examine symptoms of, angina, congestive heart failure and hypertension, and look closely at edema from different etiologies as well. There also will be a review of medications your patients may be taking and recommendations on how to utilize this information in a massage session. This course will help bolster your confidence when deciding how much pressure to use, how to attune yourself to symptoms of shortness of breath, how to deal with edema, and how to promote relaxation from stress or recent illness. It will also show how massage can be a tool for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. You will leave the course with greater knowledge of the circulatory system, and it will broaden the scope of your potential clientele.
Prerequisites: AP 3 & Path 2 or LMT
Instructor: Pullella

Lotion or oil and a towel
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The Female Pelvis

Course Hours: 12
NCBTMB Approved Course:No
Description:
ItÕs the temple of our creative energy and the root of our spine, yet we often feel disconnected or experience pelvic pain and instability. Learn to palpate the pelvic bones, ligaments, and muscles and practice techniques to enhance mobility and comfort to the sacro-iliac joint, hips, free the sacrum or Òsacred boneÓ and work with deep pelvic floor muscles external bony attachments. These techniques are useful for your male clients as well, but we will be focused specifically on female clients and their concerns. We'll be working in supine, prone or sidelying positions.
Prerequisites: LMT or AP 1, AP 2, AP 3, Kinesology & Massage Upper & Lower
Instructor: Stager

Linens, 2 small pillows, bolster, breast drape, unscented massage oil/creme WHAT TO WEAR: Wear stretchy fitted clothing that allow easy palpation of bones/muscles through shorts or tank. Jeans or very tight leggings are too hard to work with.
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The ReEmbody Method: Module 1

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

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The ReEmbody Method: Module 2

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

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Understanding Chronic Pain

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

Course Syllabus Understanding Chronic Pain Course Description: Pain is a global health problem. One in five people suffer with pain every year. One in ten people experience chronic pain every year. The annual costs of treating pain are greater than the costs of treating cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined. 43% of Americans receiving massage reported they did so for health conditions such as pain management, injury rehabilitation, migraine control, or overall wellness. 88% of consumers agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain. Chronic Pain is very different from acute Pain and presents unique challenges for both the patient and the treating therapist. Chronic Pain is defined as pain that has not abated after 6 months, however it could have been continuing for several years. Patients may be taking a number of medications and coping with losses in relation to their job, family, other health problems, social identity, loss of positive experiences. This class presents options for working with this population who often donÕt receive the consistent care that they need. Chronic pain has its own unique physiology and symptom picture. 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 CEU's, 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
practice Discussion Review, Q&A - where to go from here
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